Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Book Spotlight: The Amish Book Cellar by Tracy Fredrychowski

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About the Book

The Amish Book Cellar

Title: The Amish Book Cellar
Series:
Willow Springs Amish Mystery Romance #1
Author:
Tracy Fredrychowski
Publisher:
The Tracer Group, LLC
Release Date: June 4, 2024
Genre:
Christian Fiction Amish Cozy Mystery

It will take everything she has to face her past. Can this wayward woman find her way back into the hearts of her Amish Community? 

When a mistake forces Lydia Troyer to leave her Amish roots in exchange for a new life as an Englischer, she finds herself running from more than her past as Wally Troyer's rebellious daughter. 

Upon her father's untimely death, she is called home to take over The Book Cellar, Willow Springs's favorite Amish bookstore. A series of strange happenings and whispers among her people lead her to suspect there are more than books hidden in the cellar. Will she chance getting her heart broken again if she leans on a longtime friend and carpenter, Aaron Shetler, to help her discover the truth? 

Widower Aaron Shetler has too much at stake to allow Lydia Troyer back into his life. Will it take his young daughter, Mattie Rose, to convince him what he yearns for the most is the one thing he's fighting against the hardest? 

 Together with their Labrador Yankee, Lydia, and Aaron help bring to light a century of mysteries waiting to be unearthed about some of Willow Springs's most upstanding citizens. 

Can this woman find the courage to stand up for what is right and find her place back among her people?  

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Allie's Amish Family Miracle


Excerpt


The black abyss, a place she had known since childhood yet never fully explored, urged her on. The air grew denser as she ventured deeper into the back section of the unused space. With a flashlight in hand, she found the display case covered in dust. How she wished the electric lights the bishop approved for the bookshop included the cellar.

The eeriness of the night added to her apprehension. With gloved hands, she reached for a particularly weathered volume, and a strange sensation pricked at the back of her neck.

Faint whispers echoed through the walls. At first, she dismissed them as a figment of her imagination, the creaks and sighs of an old building playing tricks on her mind.

Yankee sat at her side. His fur bristled slightly, and Lydia couldn’t help but notice the hair standing up on his back. A low growl rumbled intensely within his chest, a guttural sound that hinted at an awareness beyond her own.

But then the whispers grew into distinct voices. They rose and fell unsettlingly, forcing her to hold her breath and turn off the flashlight. A chill settled over her as the voices carried through the musty air. Fear crept in as the voices seemed trapped in the walls, holding her captive to the darkness. Yankee’s stance reassured her, his loyalty a silent affirmation that she wasn’t alone.

When the sounds faded, she summoned the courage to make her way out of the back room. Ascending the narrow staircase with the ancient book clutched tightly in her hands, the whispers from the cellar still lingered in her mind. As she reached the upstairs apartment, a sudden compulsion prompted her to lock the door behind her.

About the Author

Tracy Fredrychowski

Tracy Fredrychowski’s life closely mirrors the gentle, simple stories she crafts in her writing. With a passion for the simpler side of life, Tracy regularly shares tips on her website and blog at tracyfredrychowski.com

In northwestern Pennsylvania, Tracy grew up steeping in the virtues of country living. A pivotal moment in her life was the tragic murder of a young Amish woman in her community. This event profoundly influenced her, compelling her to dedicate her writing to the peaceful lives of the Amish people. Tracy aims to inspire her readers through her stories to embrace a life centered around faith, family, and community. 

For those intrigued by the Amish way of life, Tracy extends an invitation to connect with her on facebook.com/tracyfredrychowskiauthor. On her page and group, she shares captivating Amish photography by her friend Jim Fisher and recipes, short stories, and glimpses into her cherished Amish community nestled deep in the heart of northwestern Pennsylvania’s Amish County.

Connect with Tracy at tracyfredrychowski.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Epic Book Launch: Collision Course by Millie Inman

About the Book


Book Title: Collision Course
Author Name: Millie Inman
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 19, 2023

The shocking death of the popular Prince of Wales launches his young heir from innocent childhood into a roiling caldron of political jealousy and intrigue. Set in all the glory of mid-eighteenth century England, the child prince is urgently prepared for his estranged grandfather’s throne. Under the wing of his godly tutor-advisor, the youth staggers through an escalating minefield of hazards.

Juxtaposed with the prince’s story, is the life of a down-and-out firebrand statesman considering retirement from public service, including the House of Commons because he’s under the king’s fervent disfavor. As rumors of coup d’etat swirl around the prince, an alliance between the youth and the flagging Member of Parliament (MP) secures hope of a safe ascension. The alliance also catapults the prince’s gentle advisor and the seasoned statesman MP into the two most powerful men in Great Britain. One controls the next king. The other controls Parliament. Then, in the face of escalating war, a shocking twist changes everything.

Collision Course shatters clich├ęs as it treks through England’s finest gardens and dines with kings and statesmen, all the while peering into the universal nature of the human soul and the heartbeat of corrupted constitutional government. This is the true, untold story of alliance, ambition, betrayal, loss, and recovery that set the world stage for the American Revolution.

Book Excerpt

George sprang up. “The doctors said yesterday Papa had improved!” He bolted out the side door. Tears blurred his vision as he raced across the garden path under a pewter-gray dawn. Chilled March wind tore at his shirttail, biting his midriff and ears. Motion slowed, and sound grew distant. Surely this was only a nightmare! He was only vaguely aware Edward and the stooped old reverend galloped somewhere behind him like a panicked rear guard.

As he lunged up the kitchen steps, Edward’s wailing closed in, tugging him from the ragged dream. The door flung open and several teary servants fell in with the miserable entourage. The room was darker than usual. Colder. The young prince paused, catching his breath while his eyes adjusted. He shivered. The fire had burned low. In the dim light, Mama sat at the table before the hearth with her head buried in her arms. A forlorn lady-in-waiting wept softly nearby.

“Say it isn’t true, Mama!” he gasped, racing to her. She looked up dazedly. He saw her eyes, often red with allergies, swollen to slits. Fear squeezed him, forcing a gasp. She attempted a brave demeanor, stood to greet her sons, and smoothed her skirts over the forming lump in her stomach. Ignoring her delicate condition, George threw himself against her, weeping bitterly.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Epic Book Launch: The End Begins by Sara Davison

About the Book



Book Title: The End Begins
Author Name: Sara Davison
Genre: Dystopian Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 15, 2024

Which of them is the prisoner and which one is free?

Bookstore owner Meryn O'Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared in Canada and the military has taken over. When a radical Christian group claims responsibility, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn's city to keep an eye on the Christians and ensure they are not stepping outside the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could end up in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier, namely Lieutenant Gallagher.

Jesse watches out for Meryn when possible, although she wants nothing to do with him. His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives.

With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency—and to convince Meryn that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.


Book Excerpt

After the terrorist attack on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2034, the Vancouver subway system in 2045, and the numerous cyber-attacks over the past two decades that had temporarily crippled the economy and life in general, the Canadian government had upped the military budget by billions and granted the armed forces much more far-reaching powers than they’d had in the country’s history.

For almost a decade now, since that last massive attack in ’45, the increased military presence had prevented any other large-scale strikes and lowered the crime rates in all the major cities in the country. It helped when the citizens—even those as young as Isaiah and his friends—respected the authority the armed forces now wielded.

The sound of haunting music drifted on the air behind him, and Jesse glanced across the street. A large mosque stood on the other side of the road, its rounded dome gleaming in the sunlight. Men streamed into the building, following the call to prayer playing over a speaker system, the words in Arabic.

A car had slowed behind his jeep and the driver was edging out a little, obviously tempted to maneuver her silver IONIQ around it, even though it was illegal to pass in a school zone.


About the Author


Sara Davison is the author of The Night Guardians, The Rose Tattoo, two sparrows for a penny, and In the Shadows series, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. A finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, including the Christy Award, Davison is a Cascade, Word, and two-time Carol Award winner for romantic suspense. She lives in Ontario with her husband, Michael. Like every good Canadian, she loves coffee, hockey, poutine, and apologizing for no particular reason. Get to know Sara better and subscribe to her short, monthly newsletter at www.saradavison.org.

Book Spotlight: A Cameo for the Cowgirl by Carolyn Miller

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About the Book

A Cameo for a Cowgirl

Title: A Cameo for the Cowgirl
Series: Three Creek Ranch #1
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date:
June 14, 2024
Genre:
Christian Romantic Comedy

Welcome to Three Creek Ranch, home of the James family for over a hundred years, complete with its own Western movie set. 

Franklin James might be a famous pro hockey player, but just because he's Cassie's older brother doesn't mean she wants to step into the limelight. She's too busy helping her dad run the ranch and managing the ranch's movie set, and negotiating with the giant egos of movie stars like Harrison Woods, who's supposed to be filming the new TV series of As The Heart Draws. And while his TV hero characters might be hugely popular, Harrison's real character seems anything but noble. Cassie is convinced he's hiding something, and that this diva's nice guy moments are just an act. 

Can she remind him what being a true hero is all about?

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Fire and Ice   


Excerpt


His lips curved. “I missed you, Cassie.”

Her breath hitched. He couldn’t mean that to sound quite like that. “Well, lucky for you, here I am again.”

“Lucky for me.” His voice held a rasp.

She stepped back. If she didn’t know better, she’d be almost inclined to think the man liked her or something. Which was ridiculous. Why would he like her when he could have his pick of Hollywood?

Besides, just because a man might say smooth things didn’t mean a girl needed to believe them. And this girl couldn’t afford to believe them, or allow her heart to get involved. She’d gone that way before, and it hadn’t ended well. Besides, he wasn’t a Christian. Was he?

About the Author

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller is a bestselling Australian author of historical and contemporary romance. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include the Regency Brides and the Regency Wallflowers series. Her contemporary novels include the Original Six and Northwest Ice hockey romance series, the Muskoka Shores romance series, and those in the Independence Islands series. Her stories have been described by Publishers Weekly as "a winsome exploration of life, love and faith" and witty "with snappy repartee that rockets off the page" (Library Journal). Readers enjoy these books that are humorous yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges. Her novels can be considered 'inspirational', and may appeal to readers of Christian fiction, who want stories of hope and redemption - with a twist of Aussie humour.

Connect with Carolyn at carolynmillerauthor.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Author Interview: When the Ocean Roars by Charlsie Estess

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About the Book

When the Ocean Roars

Title: When the Ocean Roars
Author:
Charlsie Estess
Publisher:
Iron Stream Media
Release Date:
June 11, 2024
Genre:
Contemporary Christian Romance

He needs to surrender. She needs to fight. Are they ready for their next battle?​ 

Weeks before the Ultimate Fighting World Championship, Keane “The Golden Lion” Temple lands in Japan for the battle of his professional life. The adored prizefighter is primed to take the win. And nothing has ever distracted him from victory in the ring. 

 But when his path collides with an intriguing woman, he gives in to impulse and asks her to spend his day off from training with him. Surely, he can keep his heart safe for one day. 

Ami Ono cannot pass on the invitation but also hides her full identity. As their extraordinary day bleeds into night, both realize one day won’t be enough. Then the excursion ends in disaster when Keane discovers who Ami is. They part ways, but compelling circumstances and an undeniable attraction draw them back together, driving their attraction―and her high-society family drama―to something more intense than Keane has ever faced. As the forbidden romance threatens to take down his principles in the knockout of his life, he struggles to honor his beliefs. Will The Golden Lion surrender his heart? Will Ami defy the domineering men in her life and accept it? Do they stand a chance against nature?

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Excerpt


Perhaps Ami’s reasons for pursuit extended beyond mere intrigue. So what? Keane Temple was a potent force. Like a black hole, he was drawing her in, closer and closer. Most men were predictable. And she knew more than one thing about fighters. But he was unexpected. Attentive. Patient. A fleeting opportunity for the taking.

With a glance, she admired him, head to toe. One second, her wild imagination was rushing in a treacherous direction. The next, she was flying through the air. Her toe had snagged a chunk of driftwood. As the rough beach raced toward her face, a strong arm darted under her to break the fall. Keane toppled beside her. But she wasn’t complaining.

About the Author

Charlsie Estess

Charlsie Estess holds a master of business administration degree and worked in finance and strategic planning before becoming a writer. She is a member of ACFW and Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers and was an ACFW 2023 Genesis Finalist. She currently resides in Mississippi with her husband and two sons.

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Author Interview


Q: What inspired you to write When the Ocean Roars?

When the Ocean Roars was inspired by the convergence of several ideas, particularly triumph over human struggle. While experiencing a hard season in my own life, I also saw very real battles in my friends’ lives. It’s easy to magnify life’s minor inconveniences, but those challenges often fall into insignificance when an unexpected disaster lands at our front door. Fighting cancer. The loss of a child. Family feuds. A wicked boss. An unfaithful spouse. Addictions. Wayward children. While we all face seasons of hardship, we don’t all do battle the same.

So, I decided to write a story about a fighter, a man of faith, who crosses paths with a feisty woman of science. And Japan made perfect sense. I studied there for the better part of a college year and knew it would be the perfect setting, one steeped in rich tradition, vivid sounds, and exotic scents. This story touches on a historic event that weighed heavy on my heart, but we should never underestimate the will to survive and the power of love.


Q:  How long did it take you to write this book?

I love this story and wouldn’t give up on writing it, but the process came in starts and stops. I estimate it took just under a year to research and write When the Ocean Roars, and then I actually let this manuscript sit for more than a year before finalizing and pitching it at a conference.

What surprised you while researching/writing this novel? The story’s heroine is a graduate student of geophysics. I did quite a bit of research about geophysics and seismology. It’s one thing to hear about earthquakes on the news, but tracking individual quakes over a time period was surprising, fascinating, and a bit unsettling. Large seismic events can create ripple effects or set off a chain reaction of earthquakes, underscoring just how interconnected our planet is. Like striking a bell, seismic waves travel extensive distances, ringing through the earth and registering on seismographs on the opposite side of the world. Wow. And yikes!


Q: Do you have a favorite quote from When the Ocean Roars?

“When the earth trembles and the ocean roars, he is our refuge and strength. Claim that—deep in your heart.”


Q: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

Writing has been an unexpected journey for me. Years ago, I felt led to write, but I also questioned the calling. In hindsight, I pulled a Jonah twice, but I started writing, more for personal enjoyment and anxiety-therapy than with the goal of selling a book. But I finished one book (and then another), and I prayed about the calling. For a long time, no one knew I wrote. I wasn’t sure my stories would appeal to anyone, but I started entering writing contests and became a finalist in many. When judges loved the story and shared they wanted to read more, I was beyond encouraged! Their kind words and feedback were the validation I needed to move forward and pursue publication. I love being an author!


Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers wouldn’t know?

When I studied in Japan, I tried to learn karate. I even went to a few tournaments and a sumo match.


Q: What are you currently reading? I just finished Water from my Heart by Charles Martin and started He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox.


Q: What is your favorite genre to read?

Goodness, that’s hard! But I love romance, both historical and contemporary, best.


Q: What is your favorite hobby?

I love to run and take “plot walks” outdoors. My best thoughts come while walking the blacktop.


Q: What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is spring. I live in the sultry Deep South, and spring is still not too hot. The roadside flowers. The bright birds. And I get to chase my favorite baseball catcher!


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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Book Spotlight: A Midsummer Romance by Alyssa Schwarz

About the Book:



Two friends.
One play.
And a town of meddling mothers…


When wedding planner Jess Daniels’s personal and professional life implodes on the shores of Nantucket, Wild Rose Ridge is a perfect escape. But a flood in her aunt and uncle’s basement lands her unexpectedly at the Yellow Rose B&B— a few doors down from her childhood friend’s extremely attractive brother. She’s sworn off love and all entanglements. Her heart just needs to listen.

Professor Caleb Weaver thought leaving the big city university for a teaching position in his hometown would be easy. But between helping his parents with the B&B and getting roped into the town’s community play, he has no time to himself. But when Jess is also pulled in, the late nights and weekend rehearsals don’t sound so bad.

Real life begins to mirror Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream a little too much when they are strategically cast as the main couple. Worse, when a last-minute actor is invited to the stage. Can Caleb convince Jess to take a chance on him, or will the course of true love end in tragedy?

With a touch of summer magic, anything can happen.

Excerpt:


“I’m not late for the first day of practice, am I?”

Of course, Caleb chose that exact moment to arrive.

One dangerous peek over her shoulder confirmed it. A gray T-shirt stretched across muscles he hadn’t had in high school, and where his square jaw had once been smooth, a shadow of stubble now made him look like a regular Hollywood heartthrob. Throw in his dancing skills and love for his mother, and it was a wonder he wasn’t married yet.

“We were just talking about how Jess is going to play Hermia in our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Isn’t that great?” said Darlene.

His eyes lowered to Jess, lingering long enough for her to make out their gold and hazel flecks. “Is that so?” A corner of his mouth tilted up, and Jess thought she might keel over right at the top of the high school steps.

At least if she suffered a heart attack, the town doctor was there to help. Only the idea of anyone other than Caleb giving her mouth-to-mouth …

Wait, what was she thinking? How was she ever supposed to stand up on stage with him and pretend to be in love with him? Maybe back in high school, but that was years ago. She knew better than to fan those feelings only to be let down a second time.

Her gaze dropped to his full lips that were currently moving, yet she’d missed everything he’d just said.

“Jess, are you feeling alright?” His rich baritone brought warmth back into her clammy hands as she wrestled her thoughts to the present. “I was saying it’ll be fun doing this together—like old times, right?”

“Mm, hmm.”

See? Precisely why she shouldn’t play Hermia.

Chase checked his watch and then nudged Fiona, who gasped at the time.

“Oh, it’s almost six. We’d better head inside and get started.” She swiped the old script from Jess with an encouraging smile. “We can talk later, but I’m positive you’re going to do great.”

Shrugging a large bag over her arm, Fiona ushered the others inside where a buzz of conversation greeted them from the stage area.

“After you,” Caleb said almost as a question as he held the door open for her.

Jess could only stand there like a stage prop, head bobbing in acknowledgment as she edged past. The unmistakable scent of lavender and something woodsy filled her nose as her shoulder brushed his, igniting a fresh wave of goosebumps beneath her cardigan.

Pull yourself together, Jess.

“Did you say something?” His voice was right behind her in the dim auditorium, making her jump.

Not even the ghost of Jacob Coleman, whom some believed haunted the school theater, could have startled her as much as Caleb in the past few days. In fact, she was fairly certain that if a ghostly apparition were to descend over the stage, her heart wouldn’t race like it did now.


About the Author:



Alyssa is a Colorado native who attended the Colorado School of Mines, got her masters in Geological Engineering, and promptly became a watercolor artist and author (as one does). She loves writing heartfelt romances with happy endings, a bit of mystery, faith, humor, and second chances. When she's not writing, you can find her in her cooking, quilting, painting, or doing any number of crafty activities. Visit her website to learn more and receive a free novella when you subscribe to her newsletter: https://www.authoralyssaschwarz.com/