Thursday, September 21, 2023

Webinars Coming Soon: The Art of Writing 2023

Art of Writing JustRead Takeover Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover Blitz for The Art of Writing 2023 webinars, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

You are Invited

The Art of Writing 

Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. CT 

online October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9

This virtual conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators includes access and recordings to four webinars organized by publishers.

Session One: Dispelling the Myths Around Christian Fiction Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m. central Kelsey Bowen, Jamie Lapeyrolerie, Rachel McMillan

Kelsey Bowen Jamie Lapeyrolerie Rachel McMillan

Christian fiction is alive and well and this will be a great opportunity to hear more. Join a panel of publishing experts as they dispel myths surrounding this genre. This session will encourage you to replace unsettling rumors with exciting truths and be reminded of the unique and powerful place that Christian storytelling has in our world. 
 
Session Two: How Great Books Can Improve Your Novel and Your Life 
Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m. central 
Claude Atcho, Jamie Lapeyrolerie

Claude Atcho Jamie Lapeyrolerie

This session will provide dynamic conversation with authors and publisher sharing great works that provide excellent examples of authentic scenes, character arcs, characters with varying life experiences, and more -- to help you write a really great book. Come away with a few must-reads and a list of excellent writing examples to inspire your own craft. 

Session Three: Publishing Doesn’t Have to Terrify You! 
Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m. central 
Stephanie Broene, Tamela Hancock Murray, Barb Roose, Laura Wheeler

Stephanie Broene Tamela Hancock Murray Barb Roose Laura Wheeler

Writing a book is only the beginning of the publishing process and it can feel overwhelming. After you sign a contract or decide to self-publish, what comes next? With a panel of publishing experts, we’ll cover publishing aspects everyone needs to know, such as: How do I get endorsers? If I need an authenticity reader, where do I start? How can an agent help me in the process? If I’m just starting to build a platform, what should I focus on? Come away with tips and tricks that cover all areas of publishing! 

Session Four: Going Deep with Award-Winning Authors 
Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. central 
Patricia Raybon, Steven James, Becky Wade

Patricia Raybon Steven James Becky Wade

Hear and learn from the life songs of three award-winning authors who will weave their real-life tales about writing fiction later in life, moving from nonfiction to fiction, then gaining a “seat” in the Christy Hall of Fame. Find out what motivates them, how they stay inspired, and what encouragement they have to pass on to fellow writers. Patricia, Sean, and Becky will provide a peek into their world to help you, with pen in hand.

Added Bonus

All registrants to the Art of Writing sessions can opt to “add-on” a publisher consult. Choose one or more of these small group sessions with a publisher: Pitch & Publish, Ask Me Anything, Strengthen Your Proposal & Get Your Foot in the Door, Calling All Debut Authors. Time/dates are determined based on attendee and moderator schedules. Space is limited. First come, first served.

Learn More about The Art of Writing 2023 Webinar Series


Register

Save the dates for The Christy Award Finalists Webcast & Winners Gala Webcast on October 12 and November 16, respectively. Hall of Fame author Chris Fabry and ECPA's Jeff Crosby will be announcing the 2023 finalists on October 12 at 11 a.m. CT. Janette Oke, Davis Bunn, and other award-winning novelists will be featured and winners announced during the 2023 Winners Gala Webcast on November 16 at 7 p.m. CT. The Christy Award webcasts are free but registration is required.

Chris Fabry Janette Oke Davis Bunn

The Christy Award® is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999. For more information about ECPA, visit ECPA.org. For more information about the Christy Awards and Art of Writing conferences, visit ChristyAwards.com or email TheChristyAward@ecpa.org

Register Now for The Art of Writing & The Christy Award web events


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive their choice of The Art of Writing registration OR print copies of The Christy Award finalist titles for one category!

Art of Writing JustRead Takeover Blitz Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 20, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2023. 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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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Book Spotlight: Shadowcast by Crystal D. Grant

Shadowcast JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Shadowcast by Crystal D. Grant, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Shadowcast

Title: Shadowcast
Series:
The Gateway Trilogy
Author:
Crystal D. Grant
Publisher:
Quill and Flame Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2023
Genre:
Fantasy Romance (Clean)

He has known nothing but darkness for years. Now it’s time to let it consume him. 

After witnessing the brutal death of his brother at the hands of the Steward Knights, Mason Grey turns to vengeance. Using his Gifts to read and control the minds of others, he climbs the ranks of the Dark Army, determined to earn the coveted Shadowstone-a powerful tool against the light-wielding Stewards. But when he is wounded in battle, he finds himself recovering in the home of a chatty peasant girl...without the use of his Gifts. Even worse, the girl mistakes him for one of the Stewards he despises. 

Seria Gayle longs to be seen as more than the town washerwoman. When she finds an injured Steward in the woods, she welcomes the chance to use her healing skills and hopes it will earn her some respect. But as she nurses the sullen stranger back to health, she discovers he is nothing like the knights she has long admired. 

When Mason's true identity is revealed, Seria is devastated and humiliated. But she is offered a chance at redemption by the very prince that Mason hates. Now Mason struggles between two choices: accept the Shadowstone to avenge his brother or pursue this newfound light in the form of a peasant girl. With time running out and war looming, will Mason and Seria defy their own convictions for a chance at love or stand against one another like they've sworn to do?

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop


Book Excerpt


Seria gave a breathless laugh. “If I didn’t know any better, I would think you could read my mind. You keep saying what I’m thinking.”

He raised his head and stared at her. Her exhaustion and swirling emotions pulled at him. For the first time, he sympathized with her. He knew what it was like to lose everything. “How do you know I can’t?”

She laughed. “A few lucky guesses, and now you’re a mind reader.”

A small, crooked smirk stretched across his face. “I’ve had a lot of lucky guesses.”

“Is that so?”

Resting his knuckles on his thighs, he looked her straight on. “You don’t believe me?”

She scoffed. “That you can read my mind? Nay, but I’ll give you a chance to prove it.” She put her hands on her hips and tilted her head, her thoughts playing out clearly to him.

“You think I’m stringing you along, but you’re humoring me because I’m doing your laundry for you.”

Seria’s jaw unhinged.

He couldn’t stop his grin. “And I do have lovely eyes.” He gave her a wink and went back to his work.


About the Author

Crystal D. Grant

Crystal D. Grant is a daydreamer who adores freshly-baked cookies and anything with fur or feathers. During the day, she strives to instill a love of books and learning within her young students. As a hearing-impaired, home-school graduate, she found her voice in writing and has had multiple short stories and poems published. When she’s not reading or writing stories that sweep her away to another time and place, she watches classic movies and TV shows that do the same. Or she works on jigsaw puzzles. Crystal currently resides in smalltown Missouri, where she is always looking for space for another scented candle.

Connect with Crystal by visiting crystalgrantauthor.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win a signed copy of Shadowcast, book swag, and exclusive color art from the book!

Shadowcast JustRead Tours giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 18, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 25, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Cover Reveal: Every Time We Say Goodbye by Natalie Jenner



QUICK FACTS

  • Title: Every Time We Say Goodbye: A Novel
  • Author: Natalie Jenner
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 14, 2024)
  • Length: (336) pages
  • Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
  • ISBN: 978-1250285188

BOOK DESCRIPTION


The bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls returns with a brilliant novel of love and art, of grief and memory, of confronting the past and facing the future.

In 1955, Vivien Lowry is at a crossroads in life. Her latest play, the only female-authored play on the London stage that season, has opened in the West End to rapturous applause from the audience. The reviewers, however, are not as impressed as the playgoers and their savage notices not only shut down the play but ruin Vivien's last chance for theatrical success. With her future in London not looking bright, at the suggestion of her friend, Peggy Guggenheim, Vivien takes a job as a script doctor on a major film shooting in Rome’s Cinecittà Studios. There she finds a vibrant moviemaking scene filled with rising stars, acclaimed directors, and famous actors in a country that is torn between its past and its potentially bright future, between the liberation of the post-war cinema and the restrictions of the Catholic Church that permeate the very soul of Italy.

As Vivien tries to forge a new future for herself, she also searches for the long-buried truth of the recent World War and the fate of her deceased fiancé lost in battle. Every Time We Say Goodbye is a bold and moving exploration of trauma and tragedy, hope and renewal, filled with dazzling characters both real and imaginary, from the incomparable author who charmed the world with her novels The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls.

(Every Time We Say Goodbye is linked to The Jane Austen Society, & Bloomsbury Girls by characters, but is a stand-alone novel.)


ADVANCE PRAISE

“I’m in awe of Natalie Jenner’s new novel, which surprised me at every turn. At times it reads like the juiciest historical tell all, boasting cameos by enduring household names like Sophia Loren and Gina Lollabrigida, and featuring a party where Ava Gardner dances on the table. But most importantly, this is a story about damaged people who are still blinking into the light after the nightmare of the Second World War. This beautiful book balances and explores the most heroic aspects of humanity, and by extension the most evil. Every Time We Say Goodbye is a heartbreaking, engrossing, and thoroughly dazzling work of art that would make the filmmakers at the center of its story proud.” —Nina de Gramont, New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Christie Affair

Every Time We Say Goodbye welcomes back beloved characters from Jenner’s previous novels along with a new fascinating cast in Italy for the production of post-war films. Well-researched and written in a perfect blend of harrowing and heartwarming, this is another fabulous Natalie Jenner novel that historical fiction fans will adore!” —Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London and The Librarian Spy

“In her latest novel, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Natalie Jenner deftly weaves in elegant prose, the lives of the incredibly unique characters working to create a controversial war film at the Cinecitta in Italy, and the effects they have on each other and society. An emotionally poignant tale, that explores the human condition before, during and after war, and how those experiences change some while others remain unapologetically stuck. Ultimately, readers will find themselves swept along on a vivid journey through 1950s Italy, wading through the pains of the characters’ pasts and the sacrifices they made, in order to find a way to their hopeful future. Every once in a while, a story comes along that really grips you and inspires you to contemplate the choices we’re all given, and Jenner has done that here. An absolute page-turner, I couldn’t put this captivating book down.” —Eliza Knight, USA Today bestselling author of The Mayfair Bookshop and Starring Adele Astaire


A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR NATALIE JENNER

Hello Dear Readers,

Every Time We Say Goodbye was the hardest book I will ever write, and the most rewarding.

It all started when I learned about the world-famous Cinecittà movie studio in Rome being used as a war refugee camp in the 1940s. People who had been stripped of everything—homes, possessions, even their most basic humanity—suddenly found themselves confined to life inside a “dream factory.” I decided to set my third novel during a very specific, very cool time in history—la dolce vita of mid 1950s Rome—while exploring the incredibly complex and haunting legacy of that city under German occupation during the Second World War.

I also wanted to know why Vivien Lowry, a character from my book Bloomsbury Girls, had been so angry all the time! I wondered if a woman could make the biggest mistake of her life and move past the regret in a way that benefitted her and the world around her. I never intended to write a dual timeline. I had been working on Every Time We Say Goodbye for nearly a year when the voice of a young female Italian resistance fighter codenamed la scolaretta—the schoolgirl assassin—suddenly showed up on the page one day. Having witnessed the bravery and sacrifice of so many to keep us safe during our world’s most recent challenge, I wanted to pay tribute to them. How fortunate am I, through the intimate and emotional power of historical fiction, to have the opportunity to do so.

I packed everything I could into this book: love and conflict, faith and religion, censorship and resistance, art and moviemaking, fashion and food, and cameos by favorite actresses such as Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner and characters from both The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls (I, myself am terrible at goodbyes!).

I hope, more than anything, that Every Time We Say Goodbye gives readers the entertainment, inspiration and food for thought that nourished me throughout its writing.

Best wishes, Natalie


THE BIG REVEAL...


And now for the cover reveal...



  I love that pop of red from Vivian's dress! Share your thoughts in the comments!


AUTHOR BIO




Natalie Jenner is the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls, which have been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer and career coach and once owned an independent bookstore in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs.



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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Book Spotlight: Expired Vows by Laura Conaway & Lisa Phillips

Expired Vows JustRead Blog + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Expired Vows by Laura Conaway and Lisa Phillips, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Expired Vows

Title: Expired Vows
Series:
Last Chance Fire and Rescue #4
Author:
Laura Conaway & Lisa Phillips
Publisher:
Sunrise Publishing
Release Date:
September 12, 2023
Genre:
Christian Romantic Suspense

Fire. Family. Faith.
Last Chance Fire and Rescue
 

She sees the promise of freedom. He vowed to always be the hero. 

EMT Trace Bently came back to Last Chance County to escape his past. After the loss of his wife, he gave up a promising career as a police officer for the chance to save lives every day as part of the Fire Department. When a hostage situation demands the help of a local counselor, Trace realizes the past he left behind has found him. He’s being given a second chance to save the life of someone he cares about.  

If he can face the grief he buried. 

 Family Counselor Kelsey Scott has to secure this grant or admit failure. She can’t afford to lose any more pieces of the life she wants because of her own choices. When Kelsey becomes the target of a series of dangerous attacks, Trace steps in determined to protect his wife’s best friend. This hero breaks down all her resistance, but Kelsey can’t risk her own heart.  

Even if it’s what will set them both free.  

Another thrilling installment in the Last Chance Fire and Rescue series.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleBookshop | BookBub


More in This Series

Expired Return  Expired Hope  Expired Promise


Excerpt


Trace Bently wasn’t going to let anyone die on his watch—not today.

“You ready to go, partner?” Andi peeked her head around the driver’s side door of the ambulance. Her voice echoed in the enclosed garage area of the Eastside firehouse.

“All set.” Trace hit the side of the truck and jogged to the passenger side.

The tires squealed against the pavement as they made a sharp turn out of the station. Sunlight streamed through the windshield, and he pulled down the visor. Andi leaned forward and flicked the sirens on. Traffic steered to the shoulder, and they were given the right of way.

Trace spoke into the radio. “Ambulance 21 is on the way. Any updates on the situation?”

Static crackled through the line as he waited for a response. Hostage situations could get ugly fast, and he hoped a negotiator was already en route. Time was always of the essence. No telling what would tip the captor over the edge to do something stupid. He’d seen it too many times when he was a cop. Standing around, powerless to do anything.

Now that he was an EMT, he could focus on the victims rather than just who needed to be arrested. Saving lives was his job—and that’s exactly what he was going to do.

He leaned forward and tapped his foot against the floorboard before sneaking a glance at Andi. A knowing look crossed her face as she raised her eyebrows. She was going as fast as possible. He knew that. But he didn’t have to like how slow it felt in the meantime.

“We’ve got a male holding two kids at gunpoint,” the commander on the other end of the line stated.

Trace winced. “Copy that.”

“Kids?” Andi hissed.

Trace gritted his teeth. “I know.”

“The wife escaped and is with an officer now but needs immediate medical attention. Gash to the forehead and cuts along her arm. Possible broken bone,” the commander said.

“ETA seven minutes.” Trace let go of the button.


About the Author

Lisa Phillips  Laura Conaway

Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 50 books that span Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). As a worship leader for Calvary Chapel churches in her local area, Lisa has discovered a love for mentoring new ministry members and youth worship musicians. 

Connect with Lisa by visiting authorlisaphillips.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates. Discover the world of Last Chance County at www.lastchancecounty.com.

Laura Conaway grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania as an avid reader and writer while making every adventure a mystery to solve like Nancy Drew. As a former school librarian, she’s always on the hunt for the next best read but now spends her time creating stories that leave readers on the edge of their seat with a healthy dose of suspense and happily ever afters. When she’s not typing away or inhaling sweet potato fries to motivate writing, Laura spends her time playing violin and guitar and sharing about the Greatest Story ever written.

Connect with Laura by visiting lauraconawayauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will a print copy of Expired Vows and a $10 gift card to the Sunrise Shop

Expired Vows JustRead Tours giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 13, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 20, 2023. 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 5, 2023

Author Interview: Getting Reel by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger



About the Book


Book: Getting Reel

Authors: Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger

Genre: Christian Sweet Contemporary Romance

Release Date: August 5, 2023

When explosive personalities collide, can a control-freak director and last-chance actress work together to win a film competition?

Ryan Torino loves the feeling of control, especially when it comes to his photography work and indie movies. And when he gets the opportunity to enter an indie film festival—rumored to have Hollywood bigwigs attending—he can’t afford for anything to be less than perfect, especially the casting of his leading role.

Enter Zinnia Preston, who has been trying to break into the acting scene since college. Now in her late twenties and working the not-job-of-her-dreams, Zinnia knows this indie film project may be her last chance to make it onto the screen. Ryan is intimidated by Zinnia’s strong personality, but he can’t deny she’s the one for the job. Meanwhile, Zinnia wants to throttle Ryan for his perfectionistic tendencies, but she needs this gig.

The tension between the two threatens to derail the project, and to both of their frustration, clashing visions aren’t the only reason sparks seem to fly every time they interact. When an old nemesis arrives back in town, Zinnia and Ryan will need to set aside their differences and work together to have a chance at winning. If not, they can kiss that Hollywood riding-into-the-sunset ending goodbye.

Click here to get your copy!


About the Authors



Hope Bolinger is the managing and acquisitions editor at End Game Press and the author of 25+ books. When she isn’t accidentally writing a book in seven days, she likes to model, do theater, and hike around northeast Ohio. Find out more about her at Hopebolinger.com


Alyssa Roat is a multi-published author and has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and publicist. When not reading and writing, she likes to swordfight, rock climb, throw axes, and generally engage in tomfoolery with her silly cats. Her name is a pun, so you can find more about her at alyssawrote.com.

 


Author Interview with Alyssa


Q: What was the inspiration behind this novel?

Alyssa: In this series, Hope and I (Alyssa) wanted to explore what life and calling looks like for people in the arts—writing, music, theater, and now film. Hope has done a lot of acting for plays, and I spent a semester in L.A. in college for film, but we both did a lot of research to make up for where our knowledge is lacking.

In the book, Ryan and Zinnia are two people trying to follow God’s calling even when it’s hard and unconventional. As writers, Hope and I know what that’s like. This novel was inspired by our interest in film and the arts, as well as our experiences as creatives. And of course, who doesn’t love a little romance along the way?


Q: Do any of the novel’s characters hold a special place in your heart?

Alyssa: In this novel, I wrote from Ryan’s perspective, while Hope wrote from Zinnia’s. I had a lot of fun writing about his cat and dog (having owned both myself), but most of all, I related to his struggles with control and being afraid to trust others to help. Ryan also works hard to manage his OCD, something I struggled with as a teen, and I think it’s important to be able to see characters who deal with the things we deal with in real life—characters who are flawed and imperfect but still lovable and worth rooting for.


Q: What do you hope readers take away from this novel?

Alyssa: We hope creatives are inspired and encouraged in their journey of following God’s calling. And we hope that readers in general are inspired and reminded that God has unique plans for all of us, and how art points us to the greatest Artist.


Q: In what setting do you enjoy writing the most? 

Alyssa: Hope is a writing wizard who I think could write a novel on a pile of napkins in a crowded room in under twenty minutes. As for me…I need my little drink, maybe a little snack, my music playing, a comfy seat, and to be isolated from any other human being I might be tempted to talk to. I have the attention span of a goldfish, so I need to be shut away and given plenty of things to fidget with so I don’t get distracted and start doing something totally unrelated to writing.


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

Alyssa: Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even our websites. All of our social media links are here: https://linktr.ee/alyssawrote and https://linktr.ee/hopebolinger


More from the Authors

Something many people don’t know about me (Hope) is that I’d planned to go into film before college. I did an internship at a great Christian film company my senior year of high school.

And I’m actually dating someone who had worked for Netflix and Disney for a while.

Even Alyssa, my coauthor, did a semester in LA to learn all about film.

So why did all of us leave it?

Well, we felt called to publishing instead. As for my boyfriend, he’s waiting for that next door. Perhaps it’ll be opened by the time this post goes up.

In the book, we tackle not only the film industry, but the idea of control. I think, if we’re honest with ourselves, we like to micromanage whatever we can. Alyssa and I each wrote a character whose circumstances are way beyond their control.

Zinnia feels like she’s too old to jump into the Hollywood scene now. And Ryan feels torn between his love of film and the pressures his family puts on him to join their business.

The entire cast of characters seems to want to control everything.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say—like Alyssa and myself—the characters do have to learn how to put their plans in God’s hands. Knowing that whether or not he allows them to continue into the world of film, that he has everything under control.

And maybe we as readers need that reminder too.

That no matter if we’re being controlling, or have someone in our lives who is trying to micromanage everything, ultimately, we have a powerful Creator who knows the number of hairs on our heads.

It was bittersweet to end this series with Alyssa, our last coauthored work together. I don’t know when we will get a chance to coauthor again, but hopefully we can.

This process has taught us about control. Letting go, letting other ideas in. Knowing that book deadlines and publication dates don’t always go to plan.

And honestly? I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Blogs Stops


The Sacred Line, August 24

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 25 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 25

Karen Baney Reviews, August 26

Artistic Nobody, August 27 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 29

An Author’s Take, August 30

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 31 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 1

The Book Club Network, September 2

For Him and My Family, September 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 4

Beauty in the Binding, September 5 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 6


Giveaway


To celebrate their tour, Hope and Alyssa are 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.

Giveaway Link: https://promosimple.com/ps/27783/getting-reel-celebration-tour-giveaway

Sunday, September 3, 2023

August 2023 Reading Recap & September 2023 TBR

My August 2023 Reads: 

  1. Wake Up to Wonder by Karen Wright Marsh - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Read my review.

  2. A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White  - ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ - Read my review.

  3. Voice of the Ancient by Connilyn Cossette - ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ - Read my review.

  4. Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - A well-written story that was simultaneously sad and hopeful. Full of spiritual truths, it reminded me of the spiritual warfare surrounding this human existence.

  5. Under the Blue Skies by Tricia Goyer and Elly Gilbert. - ⭐⭐½ - Read my review.




Expected September 2023 Reads:
  1. He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox.

  2. Iris by Susan May Warren. - I enjoyed this entire series and am eager for Iris' story!

  3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. - Currently reading. This is a LONG book!

  4. Yesterday's Tides by Roseanna M. White. - My local book club's selection for September.

  5. The Evangelical Imagination by Karen Swallow Prior - Currently reading.



What will you read this month?

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Book Review: A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White

 


QUICK FACTS

  • Title: A Beautiful Disguise
  • Series: The Imposters (Book 1)
  • Author: Roseanna M. White
  • Genre: Historical Romance, Detective Mystery, Inspirational Fiction
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 22, 2023)
  • Length: (368) pages
  • Format: Hardcover, Trade Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook
  • ISBN: ‎ 978-0764240928
  • Tour Dates: August 21 – September 4, 2023


BOOK DESCRIPTION

In Edwardian London, not all that glitters is gold as a lady and an intelligence officer's secret mission take them from the city's dazzling ballrooms to its covert intelligence offices.

Sir Merritt Livingstone has spent a decade serving the monarch in the field, but when pneumonia lands him behind a desk in the War Office Intelligence Division just as they're creating a new secret intelligence branch, he's intent on showing his worth. He suspects an aristocrat of leaking information to Germany as tensions mount between the two countries, but he needs someone to help him prove it, so he turns to The Imposters, Ltd. No one knows who they are, but their results are beyond compare.

Left with an estate on the brink of bankruptcy after their father's death, Lady Marigold Fairfax and her brother open a private investigation firm for the elite to spy on the elite. Dubbed The Imposters, Ltd., their anonymous group soon becomes the go-to for the crème of society who want answers delivered surreptitiously. But the many secrets Marigold learns about her peers pale in comparison to her shock when she and her brother are hired to investigate her best friend's father as a potential traitor.

Lady Marigold is determined to discover the truth for her friend's sake, and she's more determined still to keep her heart from getting involved with this enigmatic new client . . . who can't possibly be as noble as he seems.


PRAISE FOR A BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE


  • “White's well-woven plot is engaging from start to finish with delightful threads of mystery, romance, and inspiration."— Carrie Turansky, award-winning author

  • “A Beautiful Disguise has all of the hallmarks of this beloved author’s resplendent fiction: pitch-perfect historical research, a thrilling setting and perfectly paced plot and a love story that sparks as wonderfully as Lady Marigold’s effervescent intelligence and charm. A sheer and unputdownable delight by a true master.” — Rachel McMillan, author of The Mozart Code

  • “5 STARS - Espionage, intrigue, and secrets abound in this beautifully crafted historical fiction set in pre-WWI Edwardian England (1909). Roseanna M White’s gift of weaving intricate, engaging plots and creating charming, lovable characters shines so clearly in this book that kicks off her new series Imposters.”— Mindy Houng, Interviews & Reviews.com


MY THOUGHTS

A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White held my attention with a complex mystery that required me to read attentively in order to avoid confusing all the side characters. I loved that I did not anticipate who the villain behind trouble and tragedy was. I also enjoyed reading about all the tools The Imposters used in their investigations – acrobatics, facial expression techniques, memorization, etc. All those little details, coupled with the historical setting, displayed the author’s research and talent.

Quieter than the mystery and investigation in A Beautiful Disguise, a theme about the power of truth played out in Marigold’s life, family, and relationships. A favorite quote: “The truth isn’t always pretty. But I like to think it’s always beautiful (p. 264).” Given that Marigold and her group make a living using illusions and mild deceptions, it’s a brave take on the importance of truth. I liked how certain characters struggled with the issue and came to their own conclusions.

A Beautiful Disguise begins The Imposters series by Roseanna M. White. This novel works well as a standalone story, but plentiful hints about book two made me eager for the next installment. Recommended for fans of inspirational, historical fiction. 4.5 Stars!




Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.


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AUTHOR BIO


Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. She pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of numerous novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to Edwardian British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia.

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