Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Trouble Blows West by Monique Bucheger

Trouble Blows West JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for Trouble Blows West by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


The Secret Sisters Club
Title: Trouble Blows West 
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #2 
Author: Monique Bucheger 
Publisher: True West Publishing 
Release Date: March 18, 2020 
Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction 

Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. She is certain that defending her twin brother, Toran, from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do. But Ginnie couldn’t be more wrong. 

She quickly figures out that Toran doesn’t appreciate being rescued by a girl any better than Pierce likes being knocked down by one. When Pierce seeks revenge on Ginnie, Toran sets aside his anger and helps her plot a playback prank at Pierce’s house. 

Sadly, Ginnie learns that Pierce has a reason for being a bully when she sees his dad drop him to the floor like a ragdoll with one awful blow to the chest. Realizing he's a boy in big trouble, Ginnie switches gears and decides to be his ally, even if he won’t let her be his friend. 

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon Book Depository


EXCERPT


GINNIE IS AGGRAVATED WITH HER DAD & BROTHER:

She blew out an impatient breath. “That would mean seeing Daddy again and I’m not talking to him.”

Uncle Jake chuckled. “That does complicate things, but being the good uncle that I am, I can’t in good conscience allow you to ride without your helmet at least, knowing your dad prefers you to ride with a saddle and your helmet. Why are you mad at my brother?”

“Because he’s nuts. And so is my brother. Please let go, I’ll be fine.”

Uncle Jake smiled and shook his head. “Can you define ‘nuts’ for me?”

“Crazy. Loony. Nutburgers. Now please let go.”

“Sorry, I need more information than that.”

“Uncle Jake!”

“Fill in the blank.” He handed her Calliope’s reins. “I am risking getting grounded by riding without my helmet because …”

Ginnie didn’t hesitate, fury rising mounting. “Because my dad is as pigheaded as my brother. They would rather see Toran beat up by Pierce than have me help him. They actually think Pierce is gonna listen to Toran tell him to back off.” Ginnie recalled Pierce’s angry, purple face when he found himself on the theater floor earlier and shook her head. “Pierce isn’t the chatting type.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. 

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. 

She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works on her website

CONNECT WITH MONIQUE: Website Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card OR winner's choice of Google Play, Apple, or Kobo!

Trouble Blows West JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 21, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 28, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Ranger for the Twins
By Tanya Agler
Contemporary Romance
Paperback and Ebook, 384 Pages
October 6, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She fell from grace…
Before falling for him

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love…

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Excerpt


It had sounded so easy on the drive. Dig around into Lucie’s life to see whether his parents should invest in an attorney to broker involvement between the authorities and whoever was in charge of a restitution account, however small, to see if they could recover the fifty thousand dollars Justin had swindled from them.

            Spying was the more accurate word, but that was harsher to his ears.

            Then came the words he’d never expected to hear after all these years.

            Lucie considered him her best friend.

            Friends didn’t spy on each other.

            Friends didn’t lie to each other.
 



Other Books in the Series

The Sheriff's Second Chance
By Tanya Agler
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
January 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Broken things can’t be fixed…
Or can they?

Officer and single dad Mike Harrison doesn’t believe in second chances. Ever. That is, until he learns that his former best friend—gorgeous green-eyed car mechanic Georgie Bennett—is back in town. Unfortunately, she’s also a suspect in a recent break-in! But it’ll take an old classic car to show Mike and Georgie that almost anything can be restored with a little patience…and a whole lot of love.

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About the Author


An award-winning author, Tanya Agler moved often during her childhood and settled in Georgia where she writes sweet contemporary romance novels, which feature small towns, family and pets, and themes of second chances and hope. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, is a January of 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming release. The sequel, A Ranger for the Twins, will be released in Oct. 2020. A graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, she lives with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. Represented by Dawn Dowdle and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, she’s currently at work on the sequels to her debut. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies, walking, and a good cup of tea.



Tour Schedule



Tour Giveaway


One winner will receive a tote bag, $10 Amazon gift card, signed print copy of The Sheriff's Second Chance and a pen (US only).

Ends October 7, 2020.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Author Interview & Giveaway: About Face, Rest, and Intents & Purposes






About the Books

Book: About Face, Rest, and Intents and Purposes
Author: Tonia Colleen Martin
Genre: Illustrated Poetry
Release Date: 2019 and 2020

The terrible accident happened too long ago to remember the specifics. Having lost what she doesn’t remember owning, it takes the miracle of crossing paths with Hush, Shush and Silence, to reveal the truth. The shock of realizing she struggled to maintain an identity never meant to be hers, floors her. From a position of surrender, the surface of her tears mirrors who she has always been but hasn’t seen and does not know. Unimaginable possibilities, surprising choices and thrilling freedom ensues.

At the core of all anxiety is mistaken identity. About Face invites readers to consider who they might be apart from other people’s expectations and who they might become.

Click here to get your copy of About Face!



A perennial gift book for the stressed and beleaguered. Falling into the growing category of children’s books for adults, Rest: An Invitation to Freedom, lures readers out of frenzied productivity into a state of peaceful contemplation. Written for exhausted high achievers, this story is suitable for office lobbies, coffee and bedside tables.

“The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. At its best, the fairy story or fantasy is far from being a flight from reality; it is, rather, a flight to reality.”- JRR Tolkein

“The trumpet of imagination, like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their
graves.” – GK Chesterton

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” — C.S. Lewis

Click here to get your copy of Rest: An Invitation to Freedom!







This story took longer to live than to transcribe. For daydreamers, truth-seekers, joy-feeders, and those longing to let your heart instruct your mind, this little book is for you. Falling into my own stylized category of children’s book for adults, Intents and Purposes, chronicles the path of a life abandoned by disconnection and loneliness as it moves to the threshold of hope and contentment.

Both text and illustrations are mine. Although countless versions reside in my constantly reconfiguring memory, this compilation seems to be its truest version.

Click here to get your copy of Intents and Purposes!
 


About the Author



I earned my MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, received the Hallberg Award for Art; Best of Show, Blue Line Gallery, Membership Medley; published in The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies; Ruminate Magazine; Metonym; Sierra College Journal.


More from Tonia


They are ready! Finally! These three illustrated books are condensed chronicles of various phases of my spiritual development. Over the years, I’ve learned that the deepest matters of the heart seem to be resistant to the confines of words. Images aid in the capture of emotions, but even still, the heart is shy. It runs from impatience and requires a concentration of listening and a suspension of judgment.

Each one of these books hovers over distinct territories and touch down in depths most avoid. I struggle to put my experiences into a kind and beautiful package, hoping to lure readers into places of feeling many might avoid. Not realizing they would be officially released during this unnerving pandemic, I am now so grateful for the message of hope that invites readers into possibilities and faith in our merciful Father of Lights who brought all things into being and is, even now, administering Peace to those who simply ask and expect. For those who suffer in the unknown, as I have and often do, I invite to include the reading of these missives of encouragement and their distribution of the message of Hope hidden in their pages.  They were written to uplift you on the days when you can find no words for your longing, no relief for your uncertainty and a deep desire for encouragement.  I am eager to get them out in the world.

Author Interview


What was the inspiration behind this series?  
Tonia: The three books being promoted by Celeb Lit were developed as a response and an exploration of the path from living like an orphan in a story of my own invention to living out the redeemed story of my position as God’s daughter and a joint heir with Christ Jesus.

How long did it take you to write this novel? 
Tonia: These books are not novels. They are gift books, much shorter than a novel, more dense and concentrated in terms of their messages of hope and how to overcome discouragement and loneliness. Several years went into the writing and illustration of the books. I can’t say I kept track. I just kept whittling away at my message, carving off unnecessary words or superfluous ideas.

What was the most surprising thing you discovered while researching and writing this set? 
Tonia: It surprised me how often the core issues of abandonment and misidentification propel people into recycling back over and over again in a direction of repetitive harm.

Do any of the novel’s characters hold a special place in your heart? 
Tonia: They all hold a special place in my heart. Their struggles are my struggles.

Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?  
Tonia: When people with poor eyesight mingle with those with selective hearing, accidents happen.”

What do you hope readers take away from this novel? 
Tonia: I hope readers will be encouraged to have their struggles revealed & represented by the various characters.

If the novel was made into a movie, who would like you to see play the main characters? 
Tonia: My little books would lend themselves quite well to very short videos that could be sent to encourage people who are feeling alone and discouraged. 

Would you share something about yourself that most readers wouldn’t know? 
Tonia: I lived most of my life being afraid of freedom, even though I didn’t realize it. When a life-altering tragedy put me in a position of having the freedom to make all kinds of decisions, I suddenly realized how frail my faith was. 

In what setting do you enjoy writing the most? 
Tonia: I need big blocks of time and silence.

What are you reading now? 
Tonia: I am reading a novel about the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.

How many bookshelves are in your home? 
Tonia: Five….they are everywhere.

Who is an author you would recommend to anyone and everyone? 
Tonia: C.S. Lewis; Frederick Buechner; Wendell Berry.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing? 
Tonia: I paint, garden, cook; spend time with children and grandchildren, participate in “story” writing workshops.

Where can readers find out more about you and your novel?
Tonia: www.toniacolleenmartin.com; I love email correspondence: tonia.colleen@gmail.com.

Blog Stops


Texas Book-aholic, September 20
Beauty in the Binding, September 21 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, September 21
For Him and My Family, September 22
For the Love of Literature, September 23 (Author Interview)
Inklings and notions, September 24
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 25
Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 26 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, September 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 28
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 30
Through the Fire Blogs, October 1 (Author Interview)
Mary HakeOctober 1
Emily Yager, October 2

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Tonia is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, September 18, 2020

First Line Fridays: Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee

Happy Friday! 

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee.

"Pandemonium has broken out in the streets of New York City."

Have you read Under the Tulip Tree? Book blurb below and you can read an excerpt on Tyndale's website.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland’s dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena’s banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers’ Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena.


As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured—especially because Rena’s ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie’s story challenges Rena’s preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?


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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Just Jones by Andy Andrews

Just Jones JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for Just Jones by Andy Andrews, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Just Jones by Andy Andrews Title: Just Jones
Series: Noticer #3
Author: Andy Andrews
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Fiction/Magical Realism

From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews comes the return of one of our favorite fictional characters: Jones, the noticer. A mysterious elderly man with white hair and endless wisdom who always appears to show up exactly when he’s needed most.

At 3:29 a.m. on May 22, a telephone rings in Orange Beach, Alabama. Breaking the sleepy silence inside the bedroom of New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews, a hastily whispered message heralds the news that Andy has been waiting on for seven years: Jones is back in town. Apparently, however, he is also in jail.

The old man is tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding his brief incarceration. After arriving to bail him out, Andy is shocked to discover that his trusted friend has already opened an unusual business in one of the resort town’s most high-profile shopping districts. Jones’s Five & Dime seems to always have exactly what visitors are looking for, even as their fate steadily becomes entwined with Jones’s.

As the town moves from spring to summer, a practical joker is becoming bolder and more inventive with every prank that is pulled. Could Jones be behind some of it? Why? And what will happen if he is? What’s the truth about that four-hundred-pound table in his Five & Dime? What compels certain people to gather around it every morning? And why does it look as if every person Jones meets has a secret they will reveal only to him?

With rare insight, Andy and Jones take us on a journey that proves the importance of perspective, the power of connection, and the ability we all have to make the impossible come true.

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EXCERPT FROM JUST JONES


FROM THE PAGES OF THE BOOK . . .

He wore blue jeans and a white T-shirt with leather flip-flops. His longish, snow-white hair framed a deeply tanned face and the most startling eyes Keely had ever seen. In fact, they were the first thing she’d noticed after being placed in the cell. The old man’s eyes were blue, but it was a lighter—no, a brighter—shade of blue than she had ever seen.

It was as if his eyes had been encased in crystal. There was a clarity to them Keely was unable to define. She had heard of eyes that sparkled, but always considered that specific description a way of referring to excitement reflected in a person’s face. But this old man? His eyes really did sparkle.

He had already been in the cell when Keely was locked in during the early morning hours. When the door had shut behind her, the officer quickly departed. Keely simply stood by the door with tears streaming down her face. She had been angry, afraid, and drunk.

Now, her head pounded ferociously, but she was beginning to recall those first moments in the cell. The old man had stood when she walked in, Keely remembered. And he had said something. What was it? Oh yes . . .he had bowed slightly and said, “Welcome. Come in and rest. I’ve been waiting and am glad you’re here.”

Keely stared at the old man for a moment through half-open eyes. “Who are you?” she said.

“Jones,” he smiled. Then, nudging her playfully with his shoulder, added, “Not Mr. Jones. Just Jones.”


Required text: Taken from Just Jones by Andy Andrews. Copyright 2020 by Andy Andrews. Used with permission from www.thomasnelson.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Photo by Christy Haynes, BeachChicPhotography.com

Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The NoticerHow Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit AndyAndrews.com.

CONNECT WITH ANDY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Noticer Returns (Noticer #2) by Andy Andrews!

Just Jones JustRead Blog Tour Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 14, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 21, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Author Interview & Giveaway: Second Chance at Love by Shirley Quiring Mozena






About the Book


Book:  A Second Chance at Love
Author: Shirley Quiring Mozena
Genre:  Non-fiction
Release Date: July, 2020
Whether your marriage was blissful or challenging, lengthy or short, it didn’t end the way you imagined. Regardless of how you found yourself without a life partner, you may be at a point where you’d like to experience the love of a spouse again. Authors Shirley and Jim Mozena experienced devastating losses and then struggles in their relationships before finding renewed love with each other, and in Second Chance at Love they offer their insights to these difficult questions:
  • Are you really ready?
  • Is now the time?
  • How do you know if you’ve found the right one?
  • Is the potential pain of losing another spouse worth it?
The authors approach their answers with practical reality and their own vulnerability. They share the experiences of their first marriages, their second marriages, their journeys through what seemed like devastating losses, and the gifts of finding love and another chance to share their lives with a spouse after death and divorce.

In addition to the down-to-earth guidance on the situations you face when considering marrying again, Shirley and Jim have created valuable questionnaires to identify issues and facilitate discussions with potential mates. The information contained in this book will give you confidence and peace as you navigate these hopeful waters.

Click here to get your copy of the book!



About the Authors



Shirley Quiring Mozena is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and publishes a weekly blog on encouragement and hope. She and her husband, Jim, facilitate GriefShare, where they work with those grieving the loss of a loved one in death. Shirley has also written Second Chances at Life and Love, with Hope and Beyond Second Chances: Heartbreak to Joy.
James (Jim) P. Mozena was owner and president of Mozena Consulting Group (MCG Inc.) for thirty years. He has taught university business classes and authored four books on improving organizational performance.


More from Shirley and Jim


Did you know remarriage is on the rise for Americans aged 55 years or older—widowed or divorced? Author Shirley Quiring Mozena, with her husband Jim, know the demands of remarriage, blending families from divorce and being widowed. They came from long and enduring marriages and found marriage to be fulfilling. They discovered that in spite of their love for each other, there were challenges before their wedding took place.

Together they wrote Second Chance at Love. Join them as they share their joys, sorrows, and even misfires in pursuing a marriage partner. This book will show you through their own experiences through divorce and widowhood what’s important in what a couple might face in second or third marriages.

Author Interview with Shirley


Please give a little introduction to your book

Shirley: More and more men and women over fifty-five are choosing to get married again after death and divorce—though navigating such a path isnt always a happy bed of roses. But the authors of Second Chance at Love: Navigating the Path to Remarriage have traversed these rocky shores and offer practical insights for those considering romantic relationships after dealing with devastating losses due to death or divorce.
How long did it take to write this book? 
Shirley: Two years.
What do you hope readers take away from your book? 
Shirley: That loving again after death or divorce is possible. Finding another mate can be successful—but there are definite areas to consider before marrying again.
What setting do you enjoy writing in the most? 
Shirley: I have an office with lots of photos on my walls. The photos come from my past. One of me climbing a mountain and reminding me how difficult it was. Another of my husband, handsomely standing in his tuxedo from a cruise we took a few years ago. Past photos of my grandchildren. There’s a placard with part of I Corinthians 13… "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." A good reminder of how my words have influence on others and the importance of them. Of course, there are shelves of books—I love books—they are my friends.

Readers can find out more about me at my website: www.shirleymozena.com

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, September 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Splashes of Joy, September 9 (Author Interview)
Texas Book-aholic, September 10
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11
Spoken from the Heart, September 12 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, September 12
Inklings and notions, September 13
For Him and My Family, September 14
Beauty in the Binding, September 15 (Author Interview)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 16
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 18 (Author Interview)
Sara Jane Jacobs, September 19

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Shirley is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Italian's Unexpected Heir by Jennifer Faye


On Tour with Prism Book Tours


The Italian's Unexpected Heir
(The Bartolini Legacy #3)

By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback and; ebook, 256 Pages
September 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance


Her baby surprise proves…
…that one night will never be enough!


Reeling from the secrets that have torn his heritage apart, Enzo Bartolini is set on selling his family’s Tuscan vineyard and trying to forget the impulsive, dazzling night he and best friend Sylvie shared in Paris. While the sale moves forward, the thrilling awareness between him and Sylvie is harder to move past…especially when she upends Enzo’s world by revealing she’s carrying his baby!

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Go to Jennifer's Contact Page HERE and order your bookmark(s)!




Other Books in the Series

The Prince and the Wedding Planner

(The Bartolini Legacy #1)

By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
March 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

When different worlds collide…

…sparks fly!

With her family name on the line, wedding planner Bianca Bartolini needs this royal wedding to go perfectly—she can’t afford distractions. Too bad the bride’s dashing brother has other plans! Duty-bound Crown Prince Leo has mere weeks to announce his own engagement, but none of the candidates measure up to Bianca. They’re the most unlikely match, but might that just make them perfect for one another?

(Affiliate links included.)

The CEO, the Puppy and Me

(The Bartolini Legacy #2)

By Jennifer Faye

Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
June 1st 2020 by Harlequin Romance

Has the search for her past… 

…guided her toward her future?

Gia Bartolini’s determinedly searching for her real father. First stop on the enchanting Italian island of Lapri? A mysterious abandoned mansion…where, rescuing a trapped puppy, she falls straight into the arms of alluring Riccardo Moretti! Her passion for the all-business CEO burns bright, leaving Gia with a question: In uncovering her true roots, has fate led her to true love?

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About the Author



Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.




Tour Schedule




Tour Giveaway




One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a copies of THE PRINCE AND THE WEDDING PLANNER and THE CEO, THE PUPPY AND ME, winner's choice of print (US only) or ebook.


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Friday, September 11, 2020

First Line Fridays: Rules Are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere

Happy Friday! 

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first lines from Rules Are Made to be Broken by Mylissa Demeyere.

"I walked through the double doors and into the lobby, clutching the strap of my backpack on my shoulder as if my life depended on it."

Have you read Rules Are Made to be Broken? I absolutely LOVED this book. I haven't got my book review up yet, but the book blurb is below.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:

I've loved Will Henderson from the first day I laid eyes on him. But I made a solemn promise that same day. I would never, ever date Will Henderson.

For almost a decade, Charlotte Dubois has loved Will Henderson from afar, squelching her heart's silent yearnings. But no way could she date her best friend Kelsey's brother. Their whole friendship is based on one rule: No friend of Kelsey can ever date Will. Instead, Charlotte has watched him date and break more hearts than should be legal.

Will Henderson never got over that stolen kiss he shared with Charlotte years ago--though he's tried valiantly to rid his system of his sister's best friend.

When circumstances bring the two into each other's arms again, Will wants to convince Charlotte to break the rules and take a chance on him. But to do so, they will have to hide their relationship from the ones they love most. Can true love triumph, or will they both end up losing?



First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Scavenger Hunt with Giveaway: A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal




About the Book:


Book: A Season to Dance
Author: Patricia Beal
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: May 6, 2017

Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start towards her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect, Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus.

Then, an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana's own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?


About the Author:


Patricia writes contemporary women's fiction and romance. She is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance and Desert Willow (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017 and 2020). 

She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Visit her at http://www.patriciabeal.com for more.




Kick-Off Post:


When I wrote the first line of my first novel in January of 2011, I wanted to get published because I was desperate to feel important.

I finished writing A Season to Dance that fall and hired coach Gloria Kempton via Writer’s Digest to look at the whole thing and tell me if it was any good.

She saw potential in the story of a small-town professional ballerina with big dreams, but explained I needed a clearer quest, more telling details, better scene structure, and better balance between sequels and dramatic scenes. I joined Gloria’s critique group and spent a year rewriting.

During that year, my husband got orders to move the family from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Germany, and he deployed for the sixth time soon after we settled on a lovely mountaintop in Idar-Oberstein.

When I finished rewriting, Gloria said the novel looked good and had everything a novel was supposed to have. But… “Something’s still missing. I don’t know what it is. We’ve covered it all.”
So of course I did what any writer desperate for validation would do. I told my coach that surely nothing was missing and that it was time to query. I hired a service to blast queries everywhere for me. I know… Shame on me… But God used that.

God’s Plan—Phase One

One query ended up with Mrs. Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary. The novel wasn’t Christian—I wasn’t a Christian. She shouldn’t have received my query. But she did. She sent me a note saying she liked the storyline but that in Christian novels the protagonist couldn’t live with her love interest without being married. She was very kind and said that if she was missing the point and if the novel was indeed Christian that I should resubmit explaining the living together piece.

When I read it I laughed and rolled my eyes. I started typing a condescending reply. Something about Christian fairy tale brains and me living in the real world, but I decided not to send it.

Days passed. A week passed. A month passed. And all I did was collect rejections. I became bitter. Bitterly sad at first. Then bitterly discouraged. And then bitterly ugly. I’d never been ugly before. Not like that.

See, up to that point, I’d believed that there was some kind of “god” and that somewhere, somehow, being good was right and that it paid off. But with the disappointments of the publishing journey those beliefs became a joke to me. I stood in the middle of my empty German kitchen—husband deployed, kids at school, my first dog had just died. And I looked at that inbox full of rejections and stated to whomever or whatever was out there: “God is dead.”

Mercy. Surely I said that to the “god” of my imagination, and not to the real God—God as He reveals Himself in the Bible. But I know that He was in that kitchen with me. And phase two of His plan was about to start.

Luke 22:31-32: “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

God’s Plan—Phase Two

As I lost all restraint and became the worst version of myself, God removed me from my green German mountaintop.

After less than eighteen months in Germany, we were sent back to America, to the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas. To a place called Fort Bliss—a place from which you can see a Mexican mountain with the words: “Cd. Juárez. La Biblia es la verdad. Leela.” That translates to “City of Juárez. The Bible is the truth. Read it.” Gotta love it. God is good.

During the first six months back in America, I went to two secular writers’ conferences and met more rejection. My lack of restraint and my selfishness didn’t really make me happy. I wanted to go to therapy. I wanted a job. I still dreamed of that book deal that had to be just around the corner. I wanted, I wanted…

But nothing happened, and it didn’t matter how hard I tried to get help, get happy, and find any kind of relief for the pain I felt. Nothing. Happened. I’d never seen so many closed doors—slammed-shut doors—ever in my life. Even the shrink kept double booking, closing early, and somehow cancelling on me. It was ridiculous.

The One Open Door

When God planted our family in the desert, He planted us two blocks from a friend from the Fort Benning years. A friend whose claim to fame was church shopping whenever the Army moved her family. I asked her to take me to church on the first Wednesday of January of 2013.

I fell in His arms. Surrendered, defeated, and dependent. Or what God likes to call—ready. I was born again two weeks later and was baptized on Super Bowl Sunday that February.

Gloria’s “Something Missing”

I had tickets to go to New York for the Writer’s Digest conference that spring, but sometime in March, it dawned on me: “You silly goose of a girl. You wrote a salvation story without the salvation piece.” My first coach, Gloria Kempton, had been right all along. There was something missing!

A Season to Dance isn’t just the story of a small-town professional ballerina who dreams of dancing at the Met in New York and the two men who love her. It’s also the story of a girl desperately trying to fill the God-shaped hole in her heart with often misguided career and romantic pursuits.

I deleted Mrs. Hart’s email that week. Yes, it was still in my inbox. Job well done, Mrs. Hart.
Now, I had work to do. I spent 2013 and the first half of 2014 rewriting the novel. Five ladies from my Sunday school read chapter after chapter as I produced them and cheered me on through that gruesome process. I couldn’t have done it without their support. God is good.

Jeff Gerke edited my novel in the summer of 2014 and had me read Robert McGee’s The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes. God is good.

I went to my first Christian writers conference, the ACFW 2014 in St. Louis. Two weeks later, Les Stobbe offered to represent me. God is good.

ACFW 2015 was fantastic and many houses are looking at that first manuscript. God is good.
My family got saved, too. My husband in July of 2013. Our son in December of 2013. My mom in the fall of 2014. And our little girl just this past summer, the summer of 2015. God is amazingly good.



Author Interview:


If the novel was made into a movie, who would like you to see play the main characters?

Patricia: The reader as Ana, Blake Shelton as Peter, and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Claus. Here’s a little bit more on each –

Meet Ana: (image from Pinterest)

Resembles: You – I would love for each reader to feel like the star of the story.
Age: Late twenties.
Loves: Ballet, her aging dog, the Chattahoochee River, Callaway Gardens, the Rhine.
Quirk: Counting when she doesn’t want to cry (trees, bricks, anything).
Favorite place to explore/visit: Callaway Gardens.

Biggest struggle: Finding joy, balance, and success.

Background: She’s been dancing forever and does well, but not as well as she’d hoped, and time is running out. She’s engaged and is happy, but her first love’s return to Georgia after a mysterious disappearance shakes her up.

Work: Second best at the Allen Ballet.



Meet Peter: (image from Pinterest)

Resembles: Blake Shelton.
Age: Late thirties.
Loves: Ana, his ranch, and country music.
Quirk: He knows a lot about ducks and hawks.
Favorite place to explore/visit: Anywhere Ana is.

Biggest struggle: Trust.

Background: His first wife left him for another man. He believes that with Ana he can be happy again.

Work: Landscape artist at Callaway Gardens.









Meet Claus: (image from Pinterest)

Resembles: Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Age: Late twenties.
Loves: Ana, ballet, picnics by the Rhine, and his Mercedes.
Quirk: He’s an old soul.
Favorite place to explore/visit: Anywhere in his native Germany.

Biggest struggle: To get Ana back.

Background: Claus was born in Germany and met Ana when they were both starting their careers. After a mysterious disappearance and 10-year absence, he returns to Georgia to dance with her and win her back.

Work: He’s now one of the world’s most famous dancers.




How many bookshelves are in your home?

Patricia: Three bookshelves. Each section of each bookshelf is organized by publisher. That paints a clear picture of what each house is all about. I recommend.


Where can readers find out more about you and your novel?

Patricia: www.patriciabeal.com 😉



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