Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Book Spotlight: The Amish Book Cellar by Tracy Fredrychowski

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Amish Book Cellar by Tracy Fredrychowski hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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?  

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


Also Available

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

A Cameo for a Cowgirl JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for A Cameo for a Cowgirl by Carolyn Miller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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?

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


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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.

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


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/

Monday, June 10, 2024

Book Review: The Hudson Collection by Jocelyn Green

About the Book:


Step into the beguiling world of 1926 New York and discover the power of resilience, friendship, and love from award-winning author Jocelyn Green.


Elsa Reisner's lifelong dream of working as an ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History is fading as the job begins to drain her passion. But fate takes an unexpected turn when she is assigned to catalog the bequest of a recently deceased patron whose Gothic country mansion holds secrets and treasures waiting to be discovered.

As Elsa delves into her task, she forms an unlikely bond with the estate's delightful gardener and her daughter, as well as an architectural salvage dealer who still bears scars from the Great War. Together, they embark on a thrilling treasure hunt for a missing relic intended to safeguard the servants' futures before the estate is sold. At the same time, Elsa's body seems to betray her with new symptoms from a childhood disease that isn't through with her yet.

With the brooding veteran and her handsome colleague joining the search, Elsa must navigate the tangled web of secrets and hidden motives along with the changing state of her health. As her deadline looms ever closer, will she be able to secure a new life for her friends before the estate slips from their grasp?


My Thoughts:

The Hudson Collection lands as book two in Jocelyn Green’s On Central Park series. Like its predecessor, The Metropolitan Affair, this novel started slow but grew into an enjoyable story that had me rooting for the main characters. I admired Elsa’s competence and personal journey. Her friendship with Luke became a source of support and balance that turned into a beautiful romance. I love a humble, kind, supportive hero, so it was a pleasure to watch the development of their relationship.

Beyond the characters, while reading The Hudson Collection, I also enjoyed the mystery of the lost medieval aviary, the thought-provoking quotes, and the sensitivity with which the author handled PTSD, physical scars, and autism. These elements combined with other topics and themes to create depth and interest. Perhaps the overarching theme of the novel was dealing with adversity in a healthy way. This played out in Elsa’s life as she faced workplace discrimination, eugenics philosophy, and the physical effects of childhood polio. As always, Jocelyn Green’s extensive research showed in her depictions of the time and the formation of her characters.

I recommend The Hudson Collection by Jocelyn Green to readers who enjoy inspirational historical fiction with depth. 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.


About the Author:


Jocelyn Green (JocelynGreen.com) inspires faith and courage as the bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including the Christy Award-winning The Mark of the King and Drawn by the Current and her On Central Park series.


Thursday, June 6, 2024

Event Spotlight: JustRead Rendezvous 2024

RDV '24 JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for JustRead Rendezvous 2024, hosted, sponsored, and organized by JustRead Publicity Tours!

You are Invited

JustRead Rendezvous
November 15, 2024

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove

Join fellow readers and authors at the JustRead Rendezvous to celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads. This event, modeled after the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, aims to sweeten reading and storytelling experiences with fellowship and encouragement. Activities will include corporate worship, speaker sessions, author panels, small group discussions, games, giveaways, a pop-up book shop, and author signings. 

Baker Publishing Group fiction imprints (Bethany House and Revell), Enclave Publishing, and Kregel Publications have joined JustRead Publicity Tours as event sponsors.

Learn more about the 2024 JustRead Rendezvous


Participating Authors

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 first 27 participating authors

first row: Amanda Barratt, Amanda Cox, Amanda Dykes, Angela Ruth Strong, Becky Wade, Elizabeth Goddard, Elizabeth Musser, Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Meyer. second row: Janilise Lloyd, Kate Breslin, Katie Powner, Kimberley Woodhouse, Kristi Ann Hunter, Laura Frantz, Linda MacKillop, Lisa Phillips, Lynn Austin. third row: Mesu Andrews, Nancy Mehl, Nicole Deese, Robin W. Pearson, Ronie Kendig, Sara Brunsvold, Sara Davison, Sara Ella, Sara Watterson

Keynote speakers include Amanda Dykes, Becky Wade, and Ronie Kendig. Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips will lead worship. More authors will be added to the event as reader registration increases!  

Check out recent releases by participating authors in the JustRead Amazon Storefront.


Register

The registration fee (including a book tote, lunch, afternoon snack, and more) is $124 for readers. We’re nearing the reader registration mark to add more best-selling, debut, and indie authors to the 2024 event. Tell your friends and register today to pave the way by August 1! 

Subscribe to email updates and learn more about each author on the JustRead Rendezvous website. Connect with other attendees and hopefuls in the Rendezvous Roomies & Logistics ’24 private Facebook group to arrange shared experiences or cost-sharing opportunities

Register Now

P.S. Join us on Thursday at the same location for the Art of Writing conference and The Christy Award Winners Gala. The Christy Award honors and promotes excellence in Christian fiction and is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Visit christyawards.com for more information and registration.

Giveaway

(1) winner will receive one paid registration to JustRead Rendezvous 2024 courtesy of '23 Rendezvous author Tamara Leigh
(1) winner will receive a canvas tote bag, an A6 journal notebook with a ballpoint pen, a 12 oz enamel mug, a scented candle, and a reading blanket
(5) winners will receive a $10 egift card (Baker Book House, Christianbook, or Amazon)

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

May 2024 Reading Recap & June 2024 TBR

 My May 2024 Reads: 



  1. The Words We Lost by Nicole Deese - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - My local book club's selection for May. I loved this book just as much the second time around. Read my original review here.

  2. The Hudson Collection by Jocelyn Green - ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ - Review to come!



Expected June 2024 Reads:
  1. Born of Gilded Mountains by Amanda Dykes.
  2.  
  3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. - Currently reading. This is a LONG book!

  4. When the Ocean Roars by Charlsie Estess.

  5. Think This Not That by Dr. Josh Axe - Currently reading.



What will you read this month?

Monday, June 3, 2024

Book Spotlight: A Summer to Remember Collection

A Summer to Remember JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for A Summer to Remember by Lisa Phillips, Andrea Christenson, Rebecca Reed, Gina Conroy, Angela Ruth Strong, Carrie Padgett, Tabitha Bouldin, and Bell Renshaw, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Books


Eight summer novels across 2 volumes.
From Christian fiction’s hottest contemporary romance authors.

Bright Lights A Summer to Remember

Title: Bright Lights
Series:
A Summer to Remember #1
Authors:
Lisa Phillips, Andrea Christenson, Rebecca Reed, Gina Conroy
Publisher:
Two Dogs Publishing, LLC
Release Date:
May 16, 2024
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Finally Home - Lisa Phillips 

Ashlynn Monroe knows she has a reputation as the Ice Queen, but being the police commissioner's assistant that rep serves her just fine thank you. When her Aunt Ruby comes to visit from Last Chance County on the anniversary of Ashlynn's mom's death, neither realizes it's a week that will alter both their lives in ways they never imagined. 

 Fire Chief Greyson Frayer followed in his father's footsteps. Saving lives is who he is, but the burn scars he earned along the way seem to have kept him from the life he wants...until he sees a familiar face as if for the first time. Is Ashlynn the future he's been looking for? 

With a romance brewing between Russ and Ruby in the background, Adelynn and Greyson discover the future they've always wanted. And the chance to finally come home.  

Summer at Trillium Lake - Andrea Christenson 

Privileged Athena Vassos is banished to the family’s lake property near Sunset Falls, WI, to “think about” her place in the family’s multimillion dollar business. She isn’t sure what she wants with her life now that she has finished her graduate degree. 

At the rustic Trillium Lake Bible Camp, Sean Campbell is overwhelmed. He was only supposed to be the deputy director, not much more than a glorified handyman, not running the whole show. 

When a devastating tornado rips through the camp, Sean and Athena need to work together despite their differences.  

Loving the Rodeo Queen - Rebecca Reed 

Quinn Mulroney, former rodeo queen, lost it all. Now, she’s dreaming of becoming a veterinarian while caring for her daughter. She’s never forgotten the one man she called hero. 

Tiago Vargas is seeking his passion, hoping to prove himself to his exacting father. When fate brings Quinn back into his life, he sees a second chance at his first love and offers her a job. 

But she’s not the same woman he rescued. She carries a secret, and if Tiago discovers it, will he still be her hero, or will her hidden life destroy her last shot at happiness?  

Anxious for Love - Gina Conroy 

Event planner Charlee Lovelle, with a talent for creating perfect moments, except her own, is fed up with online dating games. Australian dating coach Maxwell Adams just wants to help people find love and take his business to the next level, not play the dodgy Love Doctor. Both frustrated with the superficiality of modern relationships, Charlee and Maxwell engage in an emotional game of tug-of-war as they embark on separate paths of self-discovery. In a whirlwind of humor, heart, and unexpected connection, they navigate the complexities of romance and relationships, but will they recognize the pull towards each other or will their own inner struggles keep them apart?

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


Excerpt from Loving the Rodeo Queen


Tiago stared at the polished toes of his best boots. He should give up this craziness and go home. What had he been thinking? That he could catch hold of a two-year-old memory? Even if he managed to find the woman who’d hijacked his dreams, she’d likely made more of an impression on him than he’d made on her. After all, except for one meeting when she’d been dazed and bruised, they’d only ever connected across an open arena through air clogged with the dust of her calf-tying or roping prowess.

Maybe he’d imagined their connection. He’d been one face amongst hundreds. Doubtful she’d even seen him––merely looked in his direction.

But he couldn’t forget the intensity in her eyes––a mixture of joy and triumph––heady and intoxicating. Alluring. Like her words the night he’d literally stumbled over her in the dark recesses surrounding the stock pens. Then, after he’d driven her to the emergency room, she’d repeated them even as she’d denied his insistence to escort her inside and refused to see him the next day.

“You’re my hero.”

They haunted him. Mocked him. Captivated him.

His future as his father’s business partner may have crumbled to dust, but it wouldn’t matter if he could be Quinn’s hero. That hope wouldn’t let him abandon his search until he found her and proved whether their relationship was a figment of his imagination.

She was still around, so he couldn’t leave. Not yet.


Excerpt from Summer at Trillium Lake


What more could Athena Vassos want? The sun shone all around, the birds chirped above her, the water sparkled below, and her boat was stocked with enough snacks and Coke Zero for twenty people. She had everything she needed.

Except a working motor.

She groaned and lay back on the plush leather seats of her dad’s Barletta Corsa pontoon boat. The same boat that now sat dead in the water on Trillium Lake in Sunset Falls, Wisconsin.

Dead in the water. And wasn’t that a metaphor for her life?

Twenty-seven years old and nothing to show for it. She’d worked her tail off for her graduate degree in business, planning to join Vassos Corporation, her family’s waterpark hotel company. The Vassos empire spanned the United States and she’d thought she would take her place on the board once she’d proved to her dad she could run with the big boys.

Two years she’d given to the company, working early mornings, late nights, and everything in between. Everything else took a back seat to her ambition. She’d done everything her father asked her to, so when he’d called her into his office three days ago, she’d expected a very different outcome.

“Shut the door, Athena,” he said. “We need to talk.”



Starry Nights A Summer to Remember Title: Starry Nights
Series: A Summer to Remember #2
Authors:
Angela Ruth Strong, Carrie Padgett, Tabitha Bouldin, Bell Renshaw
Publisher: Two Dogs Publishing, LLC
Release Date:
June 6, 2024
Genre:
Christian Contemporary Romance

Out of Play - Angela Ruth Strong 

When single mom Bex Lemaire is asked to step down as her eight-year-old daughter’s soccer coach for getting too competitive, she’s hoping the new coach will let her assist. Former child star Skylar Hayes agrees to take over the team as research for his comeback role. At first, he mistakes Bex for a raving fan but eventually realizes she's only crazy about soccer, which gives her the skills needed to train him. She's all work, while he likes to play, but together, they just might win.  

Lauren's Second Chance - Carrie Padgett 

Lauren’s Second Chance is a contemporary romance for readers who love sun, sand, and satisfying endings. Lauren and Mason were each other’s first loves, until life broke them apart. A decade later, when the opportunity arises to appear with Mason on a reality show, Lauren is conflicted. She needs this show for what it means to a project near to her heart. But can she keep that heart safe from the man who broke it once? Grab your shades and SPF 30 sunscreen to dive into a reality television dating show story where first love is also forever love.  

Her Cowboy Champion - Tabitha Bouldin 

It’s true that money can’t buy happiness. No one knows that better than Sage Rhett after her boyfriend steals her photography business and leaves her penniless. Heartbroken, faith shattered, she returns to Apple Creek–the last place she called home. 

Maverick Pierce is used to people seeing him for the money attached to his family name. As a Pierce, he’s afforded anything that money can buy, but the one thing he wants can never be bought. 

When Sage accepts a job working at the Pierce ranch, Maverick discovers he never stopped loving the fiery cowgirl who broke his heart when she left twelve years ago. If he wants to win her over, he’ll have to do more than flash a little money. This second chance, rags to riches, cowboy romance pits love against responsibility as Sage and Maverick struggle to overcome their history and trust God for a happily ever after. 

Love in the Lyrics - Bell Renshaw 

Liberty “Libby” Taylor has maxed out on space for her equine therapy business. The best way to gain the capital she needs in order to expand requires a bit of subterfuge, but that will also mean pulling one over on her new boss. 

Singer and songwriter Harland Grey left LA for Winter, Montana in the hopes of finding peace from the demons of his not-so-distant past, but purchasing Melody Ranch may not hold the answers he’s looking for. 

Thrown together, sparks fly between the two, but will the secrets kept between them finally be what tears them apart?  

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon


About the Authors

Lisa Phillips  Andrea Christenson

Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 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.

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

Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

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

Rebecca Reed  Gina Conroy

Rebecca Reed loves adventure. From riding race horses to sampling the world's ice cream flavors to writing tales of identity and purpose, she sees obstacles as challenges. You might find her listening to audiobooks on her rural Indiana farm. A wife, mother, and grandmother with a huge, fruit-eating canine, her dream is to bring God glory through fiction that delights readers with compelling, flawed characters whose search for identity and purpose reveals God's truth.

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

Born and bred in New York, Gina Conroy now lives in the Midwest where she splits her time, and sometimes her personality, as a writer, teacher, and life balance coach. Whether writing fiction or real life stories, Gina infuses faith with fun and hopes her readers take away a satisfying read that delves just beneath the surface.

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

  Carrie Padgett

Angela Ruth Strong works as a flight attendant, survived breast cancer, and uses her own crazy life experiences as inspiration for the stories she writes. Her books have earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been nominated for a Christy, won the Cascade Award, and become Amazon bestsellers. She and her husband also got to play extras when her novel Finding Love in Big Sky was adapted for film. To help aspiring authors, Angela started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho.

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

Carrie Padgett has lived in every part of California, and currently writes from her office with a view of the Sierra Nevada. She thinks nuts take up room where chocolate ought to be and chips and dip should be its own food group. She and her husband have been married for far longer than most reality shows last. She has two daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandkids who call her Grammie.

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

Tabitha Bouldin  Bell Renshaw

Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor's degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author and an avid reader. When she's not homeschooling her kids, you'll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha's genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

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

Bell Renshaw is a pen name for Emilie Haney. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has a love for the outdoors that matches her love for the written word. She turned her passion for stories toward writing at an early age, finding entertainment and adventure in made-up worlds fed by the books her parents read to her as a child. Now, she's still getting lost in those worlds but they are of her own making.

She believes that—no matter what—love fights for what's right. 

Connect with Bell/Emilie at emiliehaney.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Tour Giveaway

(2) winners will each win paperback copies of both Bright Lights and Starry Nights.

(4) additional winners will each win ebook copies of both Bright Lights and Starry Nights.

A Summer to Remember JustRead Tours blog giveaway

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