The Company of Stonemasons by Graham Williams

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The summer of 1545 and there’s murder in the Cathedral of Chichester. An honest family of stonemasons heads to the city to repair the building only to find the massive spire is in danger of collapse and they’re walking into a plot to steal taxes from King Henry VIII.

Stonemason’s teenage sons, Edward and the artistic prodigy, Adam hear stories of the Chichester diamond, buried somewhere in the cathedral and start their own search, not knowing the powerful evil that surrounds them.

A true thriller, filled with danger and humour, stonemasons working at terrifying heights and amongst all the friars and priests, who can they really trust?

Read a sample from the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Company-Stonemasons-Chichester-Diamond-Book-ebook/dp/B08SFWBRZN

About the Author:

Being retired, I have the time now to write and tell stories. I am registered as blind, and I am profoundly dyslexic, and I rely on the wonders of technology to bring out my stories, and to live. I spend many hours walking around London, as this is where I find most of my inspiration from. The places; sounds and smells of the city, I have a love for. To know one’s history is to know one’s self. I hope you enjoy them.

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Graham-Williams/e/B088397H17

Website: https://grahamwbooks.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Graham-Williams-Books-101571254541311

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Company-Stonemasons-Chichester-Diamond-Book-ebook/dp/B08SFWBRZN/ref=sr_1_5

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Riverbend Gap by Denise Hunter

She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine.

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until local sheriff’s deputy, Cooper Robinson, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the precipice of another ledge—and forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Katelyn and Cooper met when her car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road and Cooper came by just in time. Immediately they were both attracted to each other, but little did he know that Katelyn is the one his brother has been dating. So that made her off limits, despite the fact that his brother kept pushing them together. And the chemistry between the two keeps growing. Which makes for an interesting and entertaining read from author Denise Hunter.

Riverbend Gap is such an amazing story. It is so emotional and a heartbreaking but yet heartwarming read. The Robinson’s are such a fabulous family, full of love for each other. I really felt bad for Copper and Katelyn because they truly cared for each other, but Copper would never hurt his brother. I love the family setting and the quaint village with the Appalachian Mountain nearby. The characters are so very realistic, they felt like family to me. With the excellent writing skills of the author, the plot runs smoothly, the emotions of the family drama would not let me put this book down. There is so much more to this story but I’ll not give it away, so you need to read it for yourself. I’m giving Riverbend Gap Five Stars and its worth every one. If you love a good clean romance with faith weaved into the lives of the characters, I encourage you to checkout this new read from Denise Hunter. You will love it as much as I do.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 books, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

You can find Denise Hunter at:

https://www.denisehunterbooks.com/index.html

The Sound the Sun Makes by Buck Storm

ABOUT THE  BOOK

Literary Americana with humor, heart, and a whole lot of twists to keep readers guessing


Detective Early Pines loves his southern Arizona desert, often thinking he could stare at it all day long. But now that he’s forced to do just that, the truth is the view from his back porch is getting old. He’s on mandatory leave from the police department, simply for punching a wife beater who had it coming. Early is in dire need of a distraction from his own loud thoughts. So when an old friend invites him to tag along to a rodeo down in Old Mex, it seems like just the ticket.
But if there’s one constant in the world, it’s that life always throws a guy curveballs. With a flat tire, a roadside bar, and a beautiful woman with trouble on her hands, Early’s distraction takes a hard right turn–straight to Los Angeles, six hundred miles west.
Hammott Lamont is waiting there in his own personal hunting ground. The reclusive filmmaker is a veritable cult leader to Hollywood stars–and he’s sure his latest project will redefine art history in his image. He’s got a plan for a brutal, modernized version of the Christ story, and he’s ready to trample anyone who stands in the way of his colossal vision. That is, until big, loud Early Pines hits the coast for a clash of two titans who never saw each other coming.
Quirky, lyrical, and unexpected, The Sound the Sun Makes offers a warm and sunny side trip for fans of Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, and Barbara Kingsolver who long for more of a Christian worldview in their fiction.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Early Pines has just been suspended from his detective job at the police station for punching someone in his small southwestern town of Paradise. Spending time alone was getting old, until and old friend invites him to a rodeo down in Old Mex. Early was more than ready to go, but he was not expecting the sidetrack they would have to take on their journey.

This is my first book by Buck Storm and it was a very interesting read. It took me a while to get use to his writing style, but I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. There are many twists and turns in this story, so when I thought I had it all figured out, another twist would happen and I was back to guessing. The characters were believable and likeable for the most part. I had trouble liking some of them but the gave the story a lot of flavor. If you haven’t read a Buck Storm story this would be a good place to start. This one is Four Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed, award winning author and musician. His novels have made friends around the world.

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories by Marco Di Noia

Funny and Ironic: Amazing, Happy and Feel Good Stories

by Marco Di Noia

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GENRE: Short stories (HUMOR/General)

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BLURB:

Funny short stories, ironic stories, amazing stories, animal stories, incredible stories, unusual stories, comical stories, humorous stories. Happy and feel good stories to create funny conversation, humorous conversation, a great conversation starter.

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EXCERPT:

The Zebra, The Lion and The Crocodile 

In the woods, in Africa, there was a log. 

The zebra came and sat on the log because he was tired. 

Then the lion came and sat on the log. 

Then a crocodile came and sat on the log under the tree. 

They all began to talk about how hot it was, and it was good to rest in the shade on the log. When the night came, and the cool arrived. 

The zebra fell asleep. 

The lion and the crocodile stayed awake with hunger, realizing it was days since they had eaten. 

They did not want to fight each other. 

But they argued about who deserved to eat the zebra.

They could not come to an agreement, so they both savaged the zebra in his sleep.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Hi, my name’s Marco! I live in Sydney, Australia. I began writing stories to relieve boredom. After I wrote a few stories, I realized that they made me laugh. I kept writing and my depression went away. I am happy with the way the stories make me laugh and I hope you enjoy them too.

CONNECT WITH AUTHOR MARCO

K: @FunnyandIronicStories 

INSTAGRAM: @tigerhorse777 

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BOOKSHOP

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Giveaway Tour What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor

Book Description:

What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

What’s Not Said is the debut novel from author Valerie Taylor and it is the first book in her What’s Not Said series. It is clear Kassie is not happy being with her husband and not happy with her life. After all she is cheating on him with a much younger guy, with plans to divorce her husband. But when she finds out her he has a chronic kidney disease and is quite ill, the divorce is off, that is until she finds something in her husband’s drawer that proves his deceit as well. This is quite the back and forth story and there are twists and turns that will through readers off chorus, so it makes you want to keep reading to see who is doing what next.

What’s Not Said is well written with well created character that are pretty realistic. I have to admit that it is more of an adult story than I was expecting so I did skip over a lot of it to get to the main storyline. This would be good for those who enjoy a good contemporary romance. I think this one is a Four Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Join Us for This Tour from September 15 to October 12!

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor

Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages

Release date:  August 2021

 

 

What’s Not True…is an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that 

offers full entertainment to readers.”Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

 

 

Book Description:

With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).

 

Interview with Valerie Taylor

Author of What’s Not Said (She Writes Press, September 2020) and What’s Not True (She Writes Press, August 24, 2021)

 

How many books will be in the WHAT’S NOT Series?

 

Now that What’s Not True is available everywhere, I have fondly labeled my work the WHAT’S NOT  Series, and it seems to be catching on! If you say something enough times, folks often adopt it in their own lexicon.

 

While What’s Not Said was originally written as a standalone, What’s Not True was written purposely to end with a cliffhanger. I’m in the process of writing the third book, yet to be formally named, but it will obviously carry the WHAT’S NOT in its title. So soon, I’ll be able to call it the WHAT’S NOT Trilogy.

 

Are there any scenes in your novels that are autobiographical?

 

A common piece of advice aspiring authors receive is to “write what you know.” The basic plots of both What’s Not Said and What Not True are totally fictional, as are the characters. However, in retrospect, I’d say the first book, What’s Not Said, had more elements in it that are autobiographical than the second book, What’s Not True. Perhaps that means I evolved as a writer by the time I got to book two!

 

In What’s Not Said, Kassie’s father dies when she’s young, and so did my dad. And like Kassie, I had a wicked stepfather and a mother who died of cancer. In What’s Not True, two of the characters live in Charlestown, MA, as did I once upon a time. Kassie and I both are allergic to pomegranates and are huge Boston Red Sox fans. Bad Kassie’s—Kassie’s alter ego—mimics a nickname a colleague had given me years ago—Bad Malerie. 

 

How many books do you read each year and do you have a favorite genre?

 

Before I retired and worked 50 to 60 hours a week, I was ecstatic to read 12 books a year. That was my goal. Of course, this was before eReaders and audiobooks became as popular as they are today. Each year I tried to read a cross-section of genres—historical and contemporary fiction to balance the non-fiction books I generally read for self-help or business/career purposes. 

 

Once I retired in 2016, I set a new goal to read 30 books each year. Last year I read 39 books! I think I changed my goal to 40 on Goodreads for 2021. I’ll need to check my progress! These days, I read a lot of fiction, as my need or desire for non-fiction has lessened. I have discovered short stories this year, which I enjoy, obviously, for the succinct storylines, fast pace, and the sense of accomplishment I feel when I complete each story!

 

How has social media impacted your life as an author?


Social media? Love it! Hate it! Before What’s Not Said was published I was barely on Facebook. In fact, I don’t think I was. But then everyone says we must have a presence there. So I do, and in the last 18 months, I’ve built a following of more than a thousand. Now I know that’s not huge, but it’s steadily growing. 

Little did we authors know, though, how critical social media would become once the pandemic hit in March 2020. As you know, all public events were cancelled. Many still are. The only way for us to reach our audience, to launch our books, to stay in touch became social media. As such, I’m relatively active on Instagram and Twitter, as well as Facebook. I’d love to have you follow me. The links are below.

Will there be new characters in the third book of the WHAT’S NOT Series?

 

As a matter of fact, there’s a new villain to challenge Kassie, the protagonist, and there is a new secondary character that I’ll be introducing. My overall goal is to spin off the new secondary character into a new series; perhaps a cozy mystery that wouldn’t include the main characters in the WHAT’S NOT Series, but create a whole new cast of characters. More than likely, the main setting will still be in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area. Not sure if there’ll be any European intrigue in it. I’m still exploring the idea!

 

I’d love to hear from you. Here’s how you can reach and follow me:

 

My website: www.valerietaylorauthor.com

Follow me: Facebook.com/valerietaylorauthor

Twitter: @ValerieEMTaylor

Instagram: ValerieETaylor

 

And please do subscribe to my newsletter, Behind and Ahead, which I write with readers in mind:

www.valerietaylorauthor.com/subscribe

 

Thank you so much! Read on!

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll Also Love The Award-Winning First Book in This Series:

 

WHAT'S NOT SAID by Valerie Taylor

 

Book Details:

Book Title:  What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor

Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher:  She Writes Press, 300 pages

Release date:  September 2020

 

 

 

2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction

2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction

Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection

Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021

“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”

Kirkus Reviews

 

 

Book Description:

What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.

 
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Meet the Author:

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. Valerie is a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers 

Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

Sep 15 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Sep 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 15 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 16 – Review Thick & Thin – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / author interview 

Sep 16 – Pick a Good Book – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / author interview / giveaway

Sep 16 – AllBookedUpReviews (instagram) – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 17 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 17 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Sep 21 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 21 – @twilight_reader – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID

Sep 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / giveaway

Sep 23 – Review Thick & Thin – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / guest post

Sep 24 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Sep 27 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Sep 27 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID

Sep 28 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Sep 29 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 29 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 30 – @twilight_reader – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Sep 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway 

Oct 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 1 – Books for Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID

Oct 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / giveaway

Oct 5 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

Oct 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review of WHAT’S NOT SAID / giveaway

Oct 6 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Oct 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / author interview / giveaway

Oct 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Books for Books – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Oct 12 – Books and Zebras  – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE

Oct 12 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of WHAT’S NOT TRUE / giveaway

 

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Tour and Giveaway for Seasoned Grace by Melissa Wardwell

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About the Book

Book:  Seasoned Grace

Author: Melissa Wardwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: August 31, 2021

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You can run from your past, but you can’t escape it.

Though he disappeared that day, Raylin McReynolds never believed her father died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

So, when a mysterious letter arrives from Breakers Head, informing her that she would find him on the Independence Islands off the coast of Georgia, she has no choice but to find a job, get there, find her father.

As mainland troubles encroach on Hooper Island, Sean Anderson devises a plan and presents it to the island pastors and his cousin, Scott. The result: Grace Mission—a place where those struggling can find the help they need.

What he didn’t need was a distraction in the form of a newcomer to the islands—a mission volunteer, no less.

Others at the mission, Beth and Scott, see more than just frustration brew between Raylin and Sean. What will it take to convince Sean and Raylin to stop bickering long enough to see what’s obvious to everyone else?

Raylin’s on a mission to find her father and protect her heart, but neither seem willing to cooperate.

Seasoned Grace continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Melissa Wardwell’s Seasoned Grace is another read in the Hooper Island series and book number fifteen in the Independence Islands series. It was fun connecting to characters I love from other books, and I enjoyed getting to know new characters we meet in this one. Seasoned Grace is a perfect story this time of year surrounding the World Trade Center and the 9/11 events and the memories of that horrible time. In the story, Raylin did not believe her father died at 9/11 and was determined to find him. But there’s a lot of things in her way.

I enjoyed getting to know Raylin and Sean throughout the book. Though their relationship was a not that good in the beginning. There was a lot of friction and emotions flying crazy. But that’s what makes the book so good, right? I love the way Wardwell writes this story with so much feeling, digging deep into the characters lives. I also like that she deals with difficult issues, weaving God and the Christian life into this story and the characters lives. There were twists and turns that were a surprise, and had me reading until the last page. Melissa Wardwell does an amazing job writing this story and I can wait for more of Hooper Island. If you love a good clean contemporary beach fiction, this is one you don’t want to miss. Seasoned Grace is Five Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Melissa Wardwell

She doesn’t mind alternating between the world of writing and the reality of being a mother, but she would rather sit with a good book or a good friend and a cup of coffee.

When she isn’t penning works of fiction, she is busy reviewing books for her blog, Back Porch Reads.

To see more from Melissa Wardwell, visit www.melissawardwell.com

More from Melissa

Here we are, in the middle of the collection. The third island—Hooper Island. Have you enjoyed the journey so far? I hope you have, I’m sure you have 😉

Seasoned Grace quickly became my favorite addition to the Independence Islands Collection. It is a little more serious on a few of the topics than my first two contributions. Now that a foundation has been set, I felt like I could get a little deeper into my character’s emotions and pasts. People are complex so writing two-dimensional characters are not something I like doing. I want readers to see the secret hurts that mold them into the person they are, and how God can heal those painful areas.

Grace is the running theme throughout this book. Grace enough to let things go, the Father’s grace, showing grace to those around us, and any other form of grace that might come up. Grace is like salt and pepper. It gives the right kind of flavor to our lives. At least I think that is a life quote Gram would tell Beth.

There is one chapter that you will see one of the new characters lay out their painful past in a rather quick way in a conversation with another character. This character suffered much in their life that some will struggle with understanding how they could talk about it so freely (which is why I am shining a light on it now).

When a person has found healing in life by following Christ and has allowed Him to take away the sting of what others have done to them, those moments become easy to talk about with others. Especially if it means that the one listening will seek healing for themselves.

This conversation in the book is intense and thought-provoking. It also displays the level of grace required to see people the way God might see them instead of through our tainted lenses. I found myself crying as I wrote it because I know how freeing it is to forgive and let the Father heal a wounded heart.

Seasoned Grace also has several returning characters—Beth and Scott, Thaddeus, Amara and Dante, Sarah Reid, and her boys. There are also two new faces, Raylin and Sean, as well as a couple of other mobile business owners who come together to help Elnora Island bounce back from a hurricane.

All my contributions to the collection flow from one book to the next like a television series. While the other writers may have written their stories to be independently read from the others, that is not something I have done. Trust me when I say that it wasn’t my original intent. As I saw my five stories develop, there was a constant feeling of community and character interaction throughout the books. I couldn’t just leave some characters behind, never to be heard from again, while I bring in new faces. It just wouldn’t be right. They have developed friendships and that cannot be overlooked. That said, when they come together at the end for Thanksgiving diner, they, and you the reader, will have a pleasant surprise.

So, stay with me, push through, read on—it will all be worth it in the end.

P.S. I realize that I gave a recipe for Scrumptious Independence, but not Heart Pressed. I apologize for that one.

I hope this one makes up for it. Scott’s favorite

Fish Tacos

Oil

If you don’t have a deep fryer (like me), get a thick bottom, deep pan

Use natural oil, like corn or canola oil

Gauge the temperature with a candy or deep fry thermometer

Fill your pan no more than 2/3 of the way

Heat the oil slowly to 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit

too low of heat, you will get greasy fish

too high of heat, you will burn the fish

Fish

Cod works the best, but Salmon is pretty interesting option as well.

Rinse it off after thawing if you use frozen fish, excess water will make your oil spatter

Pat it dry with paper towel – I use a lot of paper towel, but I feed five adults

If fish pieces are thick, cut into 1 inch-ish strips.

I use Panko fish batter for my batter. I don’t make it from scratch

Slowly place coated pieces of fish into the hot oil and let it cook until golden brown.

While that cooks, prepare your toppings.

Cole Slaw

8oz. bag of pre-shredded Cole slaw mix

1 1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 tsp of sugar

1 cup of mayo or Miracle Whip

1/4 cup of mustard or 1/2 tsp of mustard powder

Avocado

Make sure it is ripe—soft, not hard

Mash it wit a fork

Cut a lime in 1/2 and squeeze the juice over the mashed avocado

Sprinkle salt and pepper on it

Stir together

Layering the taco

Spread some of the Avocado mixture on a tortilla

Place a strip or two of fried fish on top

Finish with Cole slaw mix

Enjoy!

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Reviewingbooksplusmore, October 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 2

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 3

Life, love, writing, October 3

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 4

Simple Harvest Reads, October 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 5

Splashes of Joy, October 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 6

Blogging With Carol, October 6

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 7

Mary Hake, October 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11b5d/seasoned-grace-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Thief Catcher by Jonetta Blake

The Thief Catcher

by Jonette Blake

October 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour

A holiday in this tropical resort could be her last.

Delia Frost is ready to quit her job and take a holiday. But she wants a relaxing holiday, not the one her husband dreams of; traveling in a motorhome. Sending airfare money to her two children who are holidaying abroad so they can all meet up for this family holiday, she packs her and her husband’s bags for seven glorious days in a tropical island resort.

But even thieves need to take a holiday, and once more Delia finds herself caught in a web of thievery and murder. And this time it is not only her life in danger, it is the lives of her children.

Can she catch this murderous thief before it’s too late?

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Jonette Blake writes supernatural thrillers and suspense thrillers. She is the author of over ten books and dozens of short stories, writing as D L Richardson. ​She was born in Ireland and grew up in Australia. She lived through the 80s and music is still a big part of her life. When she is not writing, she plays her piano and guitar, listens to music, reads, and enjoys the beach. ​She has held jobs in administration, sales and marketing, has worked in HR, payroll, and as a bank teller. Her latest novel “The Widow Catcher” is based on the coastal town she lives in and her own bank teller experience.

Catch Up With Jonette Blake:
www.JonetteBlake.com
Goodreads
BookBub – @iandebr
Instagram – @debbielrichardson
Twitter – @DLRichardson1
Facebook – @JonetteBlake

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Humanity’s Cry for Change by Kate Heartsong

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Join us for this tour from September 13 to September 30Book Details:
Book Title:  Humanity’s Cry for Change: Actions You Can Take to Create a New Earth by Kate Heartsong
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 216 pages
Genre:  Inspirational/Motivational
Publisher:  Joyful Radiance, LLC
Release date:  July 2020
Formats available for review: print – softback, ebook (gifted kindle)
Tour dates: September 13 to September 30, 2021
Content Rating:  G Your description of the rating “G” describes well this book. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking; also no violence (other than reference that there is a lot of violence happening on the planet).

Book Description:
Many people worldwide are anxious and in pain. They want relief! With chaos in both our individual lives and across the globe, humanity is hungry to learn about why there’s all this upheaval and what we can do to positively change ourselves and humanity.

Humanity’s Cry for Change has the answers to these, and other important questions that people are yearning to explore and resolve.

Also discover:

  • the science that proves we are all interconnected, and why we must now live with Oneness consciousness to create a new earth and to survive.
  • Valuable exercises that will help us awaken from our dream of separation, walk our authentic life, experience personal healing, raise our vibration, and more.
  • Ways for businesses to create sustainable, collaborative and wholistic systems for the well-being of all.
  • How to create a new earth, one that offers kindness, respect, collaboration, love and peace.

Have hope and lighten your heart as you step onto this journey of positive change and healing; realize that as you do this, everyone benefits and that together we can create the new earth!

Buy the Book
​  Amazon ~ Joyful Radiance, LLC 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In Humanity’s Cry for Change, Kate Heartsong gives us Actions You Can Take to Create a New Earth. It is true that people are more anxious that ever before because of the chaos in the world today. Heartsong is showing how each of us can help change our earth by interacting with each other through positive thinking and positive change. She quotes a lot of people, tells the scientific bases of how we should live with oneness in order to survive.

Heartsong has a lot of ideas about how we can connect with each other, but I was hoping for more of how we can help our world by doing things to help our environment. She did touch on this a little bit and it was things I have already heard. But want more in this area. If you are into changing yourself and changing this world by connecting with each other and thinking positive thoughts instead of the negative that is so relevant today, you may enjoy this book.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Meet the Author:
For over 20 years, Kate Heartsong, author, Reiki Master/Teacher, entrepreneur, speaker and coach, has been receiving profound insights while meditating. She is passionate about supporting her clients, audiences and readers with these insights, along with the wisdom from her vast life experiences and education. She does this through empowered coaching, workshop facilitation, writing articles, coauthoring, speaking, and through her two books, Humanity’s Cry for Change and Deeply We Are One.

Kate has also been teaching self-confidence, meditation and Reiki workshops for over 15 years, with many successful client results.

​In addition to this, Kate is one of 91 coaches worldwide, who are on the new Google Play Store app called Ingomu, empowering her learners with her topic called Positively Change Yourself and Humanity.

Connect with the Author: website ~ Twitter ~ Linkedin ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ goodreads Tour Schedule:

Sep 13 –Locks, Hooks and Books– book review / giveaway
Sep 14 –fundinmental– book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 15 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review 
Sep 16 –Kam’s Place– book review
Sep 17 – Books for Books – book review 
Sep 20 –Deborah-Zenha Adams– book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 21 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22 –Jazzy Book Reviews– book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 23 –Literary Flits– book review / giveaway
Sep 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Sep 27 –Splashes of Joy– book review / giveaway
Sep 28 –Sefina Hawke’s Books– book spotlight
Sep 28 – 
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Books and Zebras  – book review
Sep 30 –Cheryl’s Book Nook– book spotlight / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway

Tour and Giveaway for The Secret of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published

Publication date‎ September 20,2021

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 430 pages

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8458188739

File size ‏ : ‎ 4146 KB

Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited

Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled

Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported

ABOUT EMERALD COTTAGE

She’s sweet & cozy mysteries. He’s fun & cozy flings.
Till a deadly secret reveals not-so-cozy things.

Twenty-five-year-old Molly Stewart—ex-Navy nurse and former evidence technician for the Charleston Police Department—has been burned by love. So when her friend, Pastor Chase Griffin, begs her to move to scenic Lake Loon to be a nurse and companion for Miss Lilly, his elderly landlady, she jumps at the chance. The secluded and cozy cottage on a clear mountain lake seems the perfect place to heal from her fiancé’s betrayal as well as indulge in one of her greatest passions—cozy romance. First with reading them by the bookcase and then hopefully, if dreams come true, writing and solving them one day as an author and detective. But when Miss Lilly’s estranged great nephew shows up, it’s no mystery as to why he and Molly butt heads. Because it only takes one stolen kiss—while she’s sleeping, no less—to discover he’s an even bigger player than the ex-fiancé who broke her heart.

When international playboy and Irish soccer star Brec McGill learns his long-lost great aunt is in a coma from a drowning accident, he rushes to her side. Not only is he anxious to reconnect with his only living relative he spent summers with as a boy, but her cottage on Lake Loon, Georgia is the perfect respite to heal from game injuries and escape a tabloid scandal. At thirty-three he’s disillusioned with the game, his fiancée, and life in general, craving nothing but a little peace and solitude to get his head on straight. But when he discovers his aunt’s cottage is not only inhabited by a crusty Aunt Lilly he hasn’t seen in years, but a pretty prude of a nurse as well, his plans take a nose-dive in the lake. Because suddenly it appears not only was Aunt Lilly’s accident no accident … but somebody out there wants to see them all dead.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow! We all know Julie Lessman as writing heart stopping passionate Christian romance, and now she writes a sweet but intriguing cozy mystery with so many twists and turns you will be guessing whodunit throughout the entire book. Lessman nails it with her first Cozy mystery and I am looking forward to more just like this one from her. I think Sloan needs his own story, right? This cast of realistic characters quickly stole my heart. Of course Miss Lilly is my favorite, with Molly and Brec not far behind, and they had me laughing quite a bit. I was so excited to find characters from The Isle of Hope series in this story as well. I love that series so much. I love and appreciate the way Julie weaves the Christian life in the lives of her characters and the scripture she uses were ones I needed to hear. I also like the way she writes into the story intimate relationships after marriage. But there is romance here. Lots of it. And passionate it is, after all it is a Julie Lessman book and she knows her stuff when it comes to kissing and cuddling. And it is so nice to be able to read a sweet passionate romance that is clean!

I was hoping Molly and Brec would be an item, but Brec has so much baggage, will he ever be the man Molly needs? And then there is Sloan, a Christian and perfect gentleman. And in the mix there is still someone out there murdering people and it seems as though they have their eyes set on Emerald Cottage and Miss Lilly and Molly. Are their lives at risk? There’s a lot of action going on in this story and there is no way to even touch on it all here, so you really need to read the book to find out what happens with these characters. And if you have read a Julie Lessman book, this is a great one to start with and you are certainly in for a treat. And you Cozy mystery lovers out there. This one is for you. The Secret of Emerald Cottage truly is a 50% suspense and 50% romance story, which is so amazing I give it Five Stars and I wish I could give it more.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT JULIE LESSMAN
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 21 Romance Writers of America and other awards.

Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner, and her independent novel, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love was listed on Family Fiction magazine’s “Top 15 Novels of 2015.”

Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

Want To Know When I Release a New Book?

Well, now you can by following me on BookBub! Just click on the link below to go to my BookBub author page, then click on the “follow” tab in the upper right-hand corner and BookBub will alert you via e-mail every time I release a book or novella.

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Also, if you would like to stay in the loop regarding my new releases, sales, giveaways, contests, or what I’m up to next, just sign up for my Journal Jots   blog. Simply enter your e-mail in the “Subscribe” box at the top right-hand side of the page, and you’ll automatically receive an e-mail when I post.
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AND NOW ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY!!

Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of The Secret of Emerald Cottage (or choice of Julie Lessman’s books), a character named for you or a loved one (great birthday/Christmas gift!) in her next book, A Hope and a Prayer, which releases early next spring and a signed paperback of that book? Just head on over to JULIE LESSMAN’S BLOG for all the details and GOOD LUCK!

Tour and Giveaway for Spirituality, Healing and Me by Ilana Estelle

Join us for this tour from September 20 to October 8!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Spirituality, Healing and Me: How Living a Spiritual Life Offers Hope and healing in the Modern World
Author:  Ilana Estelle
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Genre:  Self-Help
Publisher:  RedDoor Press
Release date:  Sept 16, 2021
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA and Canada), ebook (mobi for kindle)
Tour dates:  Sept 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating:  G.


Book Description:

Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be. In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical disability to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve well-being, heal our minds and set us firmly back on track.

Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.

Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.
•Improve emotional balance and wellness
•Boost confidence and self-esteem
•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient
•Appreciate life and each other
•Accept changing circumstances
•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Amazon.uk

B&NIndiebound ~ Waterstones
Book Depository


Add to goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Spirituality, Healing and Me: How Living a Spiritual Life Offers Hope and healing in the Modern World. Turns on I found a lot of profound truth to what Ilana Estelle says. Dealing with a disability, it makes sense that connecting to one’s self is essential in dealing with disabilities. I will admit that there are some things I’m not so sure about, but then other things are spot on. For 26 years I have been dealing with a different kind of disability than this author, but the facts are still the same. Some things I read, I already do them myself, but it was nice and interesting to read Estelle’s viewpoint. There are a lot of statements in this book that I highlighted for future reference and I’m glad I had an ecopy of the book so I could do that, and always have it with me on my Kindle app on my phone. One thing that stood out to me is something I already knew, but reading it brings it to light even more for me. It is, and I’m quoting this from the book, “Being selfless means being focused on the needs of others, rather than our own needs. It is one of the most endearing qualities we can possess.” This is something I am going to write on an index card and keep with me, and I encourage you to do the same with thoughts that have helped you from this book. If you are dealing with a disability, regardless of what it is, I think you can benefit from reading this book.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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An Interview With The Author

You refer to your website, The CP Diary in your book, how frequently do you write for that?

I add new content to my blog daily. What started out as a blog for me has turned into so much more, it helps others looking for help on-line too. 

My writing helps me with what I get to deal with; it is the reason I continue to write as often as I do. I never stop learning, wanting to find out more about myself and the world.

Do you have a writing schedule?

I have never tied myself into a particular writing schedule as such. Writing can be quite addictive, the more I write, the more I want to write any time of day. The more I write, the more I want to know more, the more I want to write and learn more. 

How original and unique is your book?

Finding out about my disability at the age of 46, even though I was originally diagnosed at 2, makes ‘my story’, and what I have written, original and unique. Also, I have written both books from a universal perspective and that makes my books original and unique. It doesn’t matter what we deal with, from a universal perspective, we may all relate to what I have written. 

Your book contains several quotes from famous people – which is your favourite and why?

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.” Henri J.M. Nouwen

Henri J.M. Nouwen’s words are simple and meaningful. Embracing spirituality can be a cathartic experience. For anyone who experiences a spiritual awaking, it truly is a life changing experience. 

My own spiritual journey has changed my attitude and my life. If my words resonate with you, or you’re just starting out on your own spiritual journey, I would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to check out my books, Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ and ‘Spirituality, Healing and Me.’ I know they can help. 

And no matter what any of us deal with, please don’t lose sight of your vision, and trust the spiritual process, because it should never let you down. My mum used to say, life doesn’t come with a manual and life can be hard. Yes, spirituality can make life easier… and you’ve GOT this! 

I know that no matter what I have had to deal with, or what I’ve had thrown at me over the years, spirituality has got me through my experiences and through the healing process and I am forever grateful. 

How did writing your books put your demons to rest?

Writing my blogs for @TheCPDiary was the start of the process of me coming to terms with my experiences, but I could never know about my disability without writing my first book. 

Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ was the start of understanding my life with my disability, the other part was understanding my journey, which I have done through my ‘Spirituality, Healing and Me’ book. 

Through the process, I needed to understand myself and for others to understand me. I believe being able to rationale and understand our life and our experiences, are an important part of the healing and emotional process and putting some of those demons to rest. 

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Meet the Author:

Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.

Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well being. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.

Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Sept 20 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / guest post / giveaway
Sept 20 – Kam’s Place – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me
Sept 21 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Sept 22 – Laura’s Interests – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway

Sept 22 – Kam’s Place – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm
Sept 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Sept 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Sept 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 30 – Fur Everywhere – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 1 –
Oct 4 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / author interview / giveaway
Oct 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Spirituality, Healing, and Me / giveaway
Oct 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm / giveaway
Oct 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Enter the Giveaway:

 
 
 

Launch Day for Secrets of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

Secrets of Emerald Cottage by Julie Lessman

The Secret of Emerald Cottage

COMING SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

She’s sweet & cozy mysteries. He’s fun & cozy flings.
Till a deadly secret reveals not-so-cozy things.

Twenty-five-year-old Molly Stewart—ex-Navy nurse and former evidence technician for the Charleston Police Department—has been burned by love. So when her friend, Pastor Chase Griffin, begs her to move to scenic Lake Loon to be a nurse and companion for Miss Lilly, his elderly landlady, she jumps at the chance. The secluded and cozy cottage on a clear mountain lake seems the perfect place to heal from her fiancé’s betrayal as well as indulge in one of her greatest passions—cozy romance. First with reading them by the bookcase and then hopefully, if dreams come true, writing and solving them one day as an author and detective. But when Miss Lilly’s estranged great nephew shows up, it’s no mystery as to why he and Molly butt heads. Because it only takes one stolen kiss—while she’s sleeping, no less—to discover he’s an even bigger player than the ex-fiancé who broke her heart.

When international playboy and Irish soccer star Brec McGill learns his long-lost great aunt is in a coma from a drowning accident, he rushes to her side. Not only is he anxious to reconnect with his only living relative he spent summers with as a boy, but her cottage on Lake Loon, Georgia is the perfect respite to heal from game injuries and escape a tabloid scandal. At thirty-three he’s disillusioned with the game, his fiancée, and life in general, craving nothing but a little peace and solitude to get his head on straight. But when he discovers his aunt’s cottage is not only inhabited by a crusty Aunt Lilly he hasn’t seen in years, but a pretty prude of a nurse as well, his plans take a nose-dive in the lake. Because suddenly it appears not only was Aunt Lilly’s accident no accident … but somebody out there wants to see them all dead.

Check it all out here on Julie Lessman’s website and pre-order your book today.

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GIVEAWAY CONTEST!! 

Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed paperback of The Secret of Emerald Cottage (or choice of Julie Lessman’s books), a character named for you or a loved one (great birthday/Christmas gift!) in her next book, A Hope and a Prayer, which releases early next spring and a signed paperback of that book? Just head on over to JULIE LESSMAN’S BLOG for all the details and GOOD LUCK!

Movie Review: FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW

GENRE: Romance

CAST

Danielle C. Ryan, Myko Olivier, John Paul Lavoisier

YEAR: 2019

SYNOPSIS:

Premiering on HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES on Sunday, September 19 at 9PM ET/PT!

Inspired by the book, Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, by Miralee Ferrell

After learning she’s been entrusted to take care of her deceased cousin’s children, an architect is torn between focusing on her career and honoring her cousin’s wish.

Click link below to watch trailer

https://aciamericancinema.com/screener/finding-love-in-mountain-view

Giveaway

To celebrate the premiere of FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, premiering Sunday Sept 19th at 6pm PT/9pm ET, we are giving away a copy of the book the film was based on signed by the lead actors!  Enter to win one of 3 copies here:

https://www.blessedfreebies.com/finding-love-in-bridal-veil-oregon-book-giveaway.html

Tour and Giveaway for Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills

Trace of Doubt

by DiAnn Mills

September 1-30, 2021 Tour

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Synopsis:

Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.

Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

Praise for Trace of Doubt:

“Well-researched… with some surprising twists along the way. In Trace of Doubt, Mills weaves together a tale of faith, intrigue, and suspense that her fans are sure to enjoy.” – STEVEN JAMES, award-winning author of SYNAPSE and EVERY WICKED MAN

Trace of Doubt is a suspense reader’s best friend. From page one until the end, the action is intense and the storyline keeps you guessing.” – EVA MARIE EVERSON, bestselling author of FIVE BRIDES and DUST

“DiAnn Mills serves up a perfect blend of action, grit, and heart… Trace of Doubt takes romantic suspense to a whole new level.” – JAMES R. HANNIBAL, award-winning author of THE PARIS BETRAYAL

“Filled with high stakes, high emotion, and high intrigue.” – JLYNN H. BLACKBURN, award-winning author of  UNKNOWN THREATand ONE FINAL BREATH

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Wow! Just Wow! I love every page of this book. Every book I read of DiAnn Mills just gets better and better. Shelby is out of jail after serving 15 years for confessing to pulling the trigger and killing her brother in law. But someone doesn’t like her out in the world and they are trying to silence her. But FBI Special Agent Denton is determined to find who is behind the attacks. Will he find the guilty one before they succeed in taking out Shelby for good?

Shelby was such a lovable character, she quickly stole my heart. I felt so bad for her because she was trying so hard to make a new life for herself in the small town of Valleysburg. She has no place else to go because her family disowned her. Denton had to grow on me, but I soon trusted that he has Shelby’s best interest at heart. Mills does a fantastic job creating characters, showing their personality as well as as their good traits as well as faults with the not so likeable characters. Trace of Doubt is a fast pace, nails biting, edge of your seat suspense thriller that I didn’t want to put down, though there were times I had to for a bit. There is so much tension throughout this book, at times I had to stop just to grasp what I had read. There were many times I went back and re-read paragraphs or pages. This story has so much more than what I mentioned, but you will need to read the book to find out what’s there. The doubts, lies, deception along with finding the truth with lots of faith running through the story will sure capture your attention fast, just as it did mine. I can’t say enough good things about DiAnn Mills and this amazing story. I will definitely be keeping my copy of Trace of Doubt to read again. If you enjoy a really amazing suspense that will knock you off your feet, you will love this latest book from DiAnn Mills.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Published by: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication Date: September 7th 2021

Number of Pages: 432

ISBN: 1496451856 (ISBN13: 9781496451859)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook.com | Tyndale | Books-A-Million | Murder By The Book | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

PROLOGUE

SHELBY

Would I ever learn? I’d spent too many years looking out for someone else, and here I was doing the same thing again. Holly had disappeared after I sent her to the rear pantry for potatoes. She’d been gone long enough to plant and dig them up. I needed to get those potatoes boiling to feed hungry stomachs.

        I left the kitchen to find her. The hallway to the pantry needed better lighting or maybe fewer corners. In any event, uneasiness swirled around me like a dust storm.

        A plea to stop met my ears. I raced to the rear pantry fearing what I’d find.

        Four women circled Holly. One held her arms behind her back, and the other three took turns punching her small body. My stomach tightened. I’d been in her shoes, and I’d do anything to stop the women from beating her.

        “Please, stop,” Holly said through a raspy breath. For one who was eighteen years old, she looked fifteen.

        “Hey, what’s going on?” I forced my voice to rise above my fear of them.

        “Stay out of it, freak.”

        I’d run into this woman before, and she had a mean streak. “What’s she done to you?” I eyed the woman.

        “None of your business unless you want the same.”

        “It’s okay, Shelby. I can handle this.” Holly’s courageous words would only earn her another fist to her battered face.

        And it did.

        “Enough!” I drew my fists and stepped nose to nose with the leader.

        The four turned on me. I’d lived through their beatings before, and I would again. I fell and the kicks to my ribs told me a few would be broken.

        A whistle blew, and prison guards stopped the gang from delivering any more blows to Holly or me. They clamped cuffs on the four and left Holly and me on the floor with reassurance help was on its way.

        I’d been her age once and forced to grow up fast. No one had counseled me but hard knocks, securing an education, and letting Jesus pave the way. I’d vowed to keep my eyes and ears open for others less fortunate.

        Holly’s lip dripped blood and a huge lump formed on the side of her head. I crawled to her. “Are you okay?”

        “Not sure. Thank you for standing up for me. I thought they would kill me. Why do they do this? I’ve never done a thing to them.”

        “Because they can. They want to exert power, control. Stick by me, and I’ll do my best to keep you safe.”

CHAPTER 1

I tightened my grip on the black trash bag slung over my shoulder containing my personal belongings—parole papers, a denim shoulder bag from high school, a ragged backpack, fifty dollars gate money, my driver’s license at age sixteen, and the clothes I’d worn to prison fifteen years ago.

        The bus slowed to pick me up outside the prison gates, its windshield wipers keeping pace with the downpour. The rain splattered the flat ground in a steady cadence like a drum leading a prisoner to execution. I stepped back to avoid the splash of muddy water from the front tires dipping into a pothole. Air brakes breathed in and out, a massive beast taking respite from its life labors.

        The door hissed open. At the top of the steps, a balding driver took my ticket, no doubt recognizing the prison’s release of a for- mer inmate. He must have been accustomed to weary souls who’d paid their debts to society. The coldness glaring from his graphite eyes told me he wagered I’d be locked up again within a year. Maybe less. I couldn’t blame him. The reoffend stats for female convicts like me soared high.

        For too many years, I imagined the day I left prison would be bathed in sunlight. I’d be enveloped in welcoming arms and hear encouraging words from my family.

        Reality hosted neither.

        I moved to the rear of the bus, past a handful of people, and found a seat by myself. All around me were those engrossed in their devices. My life had been frozen in time, and now that I had permission to thaw, the world had changed. Was I ready for the fear digging its claws into my heart?

        The cloudy view through the water-streaked window added to my doubts about the future. I’d memorized the prison rules, even prayed through them, and now I feared breaking one unknowingly.

        The last time I’d breathed free air, riding the bus was a social gathering—in my case, a school bus. Kids chatted and laughter rose above the hum of tires. Now an eerie silence had descended.

        I hadn’t been alone then.

        My mind drifted back to high school days, when the future rested on maintaining a 4.0 average and planning the next party. Maintaining my grades took a fraction of time, while my mind schemed forbidden fun. I’d dreamed of attending college and exploring the world on my terms.

        Rebellion held bold colors, like a kaleidoscope shrouded in black light. The more I shocked others, the more I plotted something darker. My choices often seemed a means of expressing my creativity. While in my youth I viewed life as a cynic. By the time I was able to see a reflection of my brokenness and vowed to change, no one trusted me.

        All that happened . . .

        Before I took the blame for murdering my brother-in-law. Before I traded my high school diploma and a career in interior design for a locked cell.

        Before I spent years searching for answers.

        Before I found new meaning and purpose.

        How easy it would be to give in to a dismal, gray future when I longed for blue skies. I had to prove the odds against me were wrong.

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Excerpt from Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills.  Copyright 2021 by DiAnn Mills. Reproduced with permission from DiAnn Mills. All rights reserved.

 

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Author Bio:

DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a former director of Blue Ridge Christian Writers, and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She shares her passion for helping other writers be successful by teaching writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

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Tour and Giveaway for Saving Faith by Jennifer Sienes

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Book:  Saving Faith

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: July 13, 2021

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Hearts and flowers might pay the bills, but that’s all they’re good for.

Still clutched in the grip of guilt over her youthful indiscretions, Faith Nicholson can’t seem to move past her parents’ disappointment in her—or her disappointment in herself.  Determined to make something in her life a success, she focuses on her floral design.

After all, she has quite the past to atone for.

Then her little sister decides to get married, and everyone but Faith chooses her for the job of coordinator. The family florist is the perfect choice. Right? Overruled, Faith agrees.

Enter a widower and his precocious daughter. A friendship with Michael Jacobs becomes more than a refuge in stress of wedding preparations. It becomes a catalyst for her entire life.

Hiding from her past hasn’t worked until now. Perhaps Michael is right.  Facing it is exactly what she needs if she has any hope of a real future.

Faith never would have imagined that her grudging agreement to help her sister could become an olive branch between herself and her family—and the Lord.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is my first read from author Jennifer Sienes and I enjoyed it much. Faith just can’t get over her past, and uses her flower arranging to help cope with the hurts she has faced. When her sister ask Faith to be her wedding planner, she tried everything to get put of it but it seems everyone else is in agreement that she should help her sister out. She was not expecting how it out turned out for her good.

Jennifer Sienes does a very nice job of creating likeable characters that develop well as the story unfolds. Faith was a flawed character with a tough background, and maybe that’s why I like her so well. And I enjoyed the interactions between she and Michael. I love how God brought these two together. And even though this is fiction, the same thing happens in real life all of the time. I love and appreciate how Sienes weaves faith into the lives of her characters, and how she shows love, faith, forgiveness and redemption through our Lord.

I enjoyed this story so much, it is the first I have read from the Apple Hill series, and now I’ll go back and read the others as well. But I will say that Saving Faith reads ok as a stand alone. If you haven’t read any books by Jennifer Sienes, this sweet romance is a great book to start with. And don’t forget to check out the other books in the Apple Hill series. I give Saving Faith Four Stars. Hurry put and get your copy.

A special thanks to Celebrate Lit and the publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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About the Author

Jennifer

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing–and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies–two in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

More from Jennifer

Where does inspiration come from? When I wrote Illusions and Providence (books 2 and 3 of my Apple Hill series) it came from real-life tragedies I’d lived through. The characters and stories were pure fiction, but the inspiration was heartfelt and dark—just where I needed my emotions to be in order to write redemption stories. When I wrote Surrendered (Book 1) in the series, the inspiration came from one character that was eventually deleted in the second draft of Providence. Are you confused yet? Just to set the record straight, although Surrendered was the first book published in the series, it was the last one I wrote. Why they were published in the order they were is unimportant.

Saving Faith is unlike any other book I’ve written. It was the first novella I wrote in the series, although it isn’t the first to be published (are you sensing a pattern?) I’ve since written two Christmas novellas, both based on side characters introduced in my novels. All That Glitters released last November starring two characters from Surrendered—Julia and Marty. Wish Upon a Star will release this coming November, and the main characters are Elaina and Ryan from Providence.

But the characters in Saving Faith were created from thin air. Well, mostly. Although Addie Jacobs is a side character, she was inspired by a little girl in my Sunday School class—adorable, precocious, intelligent, and headstrong. Once I had her in place, the rest of the novella came together. It was also the first book I’ve written without plotting it out in advance, which was quite disconcerting for a control-freak like me. It was as if the Holy Spirit introduced me to the story as I wrote it. I’ve heard of those pantsers (they write by the seat of their pants rather than outline the plot), but until Saving Faith, I’ve never been successful at winging it. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t the main writer; I was just the co-pilot. I believe the story of Faith, Michael, Chloe, and Addie is better for it.

Another first for me was writing a story where romance was the main genre. I write women’s fiction with an element of romance. But Saving Faith is a romance with an element of women’s fiction. This set the bar for my other novellas. It’s these shorter books that allow me to delve into the world of romance, although it’s not the typical boy-meets-girl kind of story. It’s more boy-knows-girl and loves her anyway kind of story. Because truth be told, none of us are loveable without the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 30

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 30

Texas Book-aholic, August 31

Inklings and notions, September 1

Reviewingbooksplusmore, September 1

For Him and My Family, September 2

deb’s Book Review, September 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 4

CarpeDiem, September 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 6

Kayem Reads, September 6

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 7

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 8

lakesidelivingsite, September 9

Mary Hake, September 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 11

Splashes of Joy, September 12

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Falling for Her Convenient Groom by By Jennifer Faye

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Wedding Bells at Lake Como
The perfect destination for love!

Italy’s picturesque Lake Como is the perfect destination for love, except the path to happy-ever-after isn’t always smooth…

Cousins Gianna and Carla aren’t looking for romance. Gianna’s nursing a broken heart and Carla’s wed to the family business. Until charismatic brothers Dario and Franco arrive on Lake Como’s stunning shores…and sweep them off their feet!

Find out what happens when a case of mistaken identity leads to a fake engagement in Bound by a Ring and a Secret

And discover Carla and Franco’s story in Falling for Her Convenient Groom

Falling for Her Convenient Groom
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook,  159 Pages
August 24, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

Will their business deal…
…give them more than they bargained for?

To appease her overbearing father, Carla told him that she’s engaged. She doesn’t, however, have a fiancé…yet! That’s where Franco comes in—if they marry temporarily, she’ll ensure that both of their companies will mutually benefit. Since neither wants a relationship, saying “I do” is strictly for business. But with their undeniable chemistry, can they keep it that way?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Franco and Carla thinks their arranged marriage will be just what they both need for their businesses, their relationship is totally platonic after all. And it’s just for six months. They can do this, and after the six months is over, they will part ways. But then it may not be this easy. I love Jennifer Faye’s books and this one sure didn’t disappoint. Both Carla and Franco were my favorite characters from the beginning and really wanted their marriage to work out, even thought they were not in love. I enjoyed following their journey, with their unusual commitment, as well as the ups and downs and the issues that seem to always get in their way. Faye does an amazing job with the main and supporting characters in this story. It took me a while to like Carla’s dad, but he grew on me after a while. The plot is interesting and there is plenty going on to keep my attention throughout the entire book. And I love how Faye weaves everything together and gives readers a beautiful ending. I am looking forward to more from Jennifer Faye in the near future.

Falling For Her Convenient Groom is Five Stars for me. If you enjoy a sweet clean romance, you will love this newest read from author Jennifer Faye. I highly recommend that you check out this book.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Bound by a Ring and a Secret
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

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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.

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Tour and Giveaway for Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

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Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

 

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages

GenreChildren’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Yobe Qiu LLC

Release date:  January 2020

Content Rating:  G

 

Book Description: 

“Our Moon Festival” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book celebrating the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe Zhong Qiu Jie, Tết Trung Thu, and Tsukimi!
 
 
 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Our Moon Festival is a unique book because it teaches children how the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. I enjoyed reading this myself because this is all new to me. Features in the book is The Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai, The Ťet Trung Thu- The Vietnamese Moon Festival and Tsukimi Japanese Moon Festival. 

The illustrations created be Christina Nel Lopez are outstanding, with bright vibrant colors that would catch anyone’s eye on the bookshelves. I love the attention to details in each page of the book. And the way the illustrations to life is amazing. I think it is so neat to teach children about other cultures and their activities and author Yobe Qiu does a fabulous job of showing the details. This book should be in all elementary school libraries and it would be great in any place a child may go. Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu is Five Stars for me. 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 
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Yobe is an educator, entrepreneur and mom who lives in NYC. As an educator, she focused on teaching families to embrace love, diversity and different cultures. Through the years working in the classrooms and closely with other educators, she noticed the lack of multi-cultural resources that represented children of color. That is when Yobe decided to create multicultural children stories that feature Asian children, families and cultures! Yobe loves spending time

 

with her daughter, reading to children and taking long walks during the day!

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Sep 7 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Sep 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Sep 7 – Kam’s Place – book review

Sep 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Sep 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Sep 9 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 10 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway

Sep 13 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

Sep 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Sep 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / giveaway

Sep 15 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / giveaway

Sep 15 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Sep 16 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Sep 17 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

Sep 20 – Fictional Vixen – book review

Sep 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Sep 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Sep 22 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight 

Sep 22 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway

Sep 23 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Sep 23 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway

Sep 24 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway

Sep 27 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review

 

 

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Tour and Giveaway for The Memory Bell by Kat Flannery

The Memory Bell

by Kat Flannery

September 1-30, 2021 Tour

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Synopsis:

Grace Penner’s safe haven crumbles when a body is found outside of town.

Gifted the memory bell, a family heirloom, from her grandfather’s will, Grace’s excitement is soon squashed when the bell gets broken right after she receives it. While gluing the pieces back in place, she discovers three are still missing.

Determined to find them, she is halted when the new detective, Bennet James, investigates her family. Grace is intent on showing the detective her family isn’t capable of murder, but as the investigation deepens, and pieces of the bell show up with ominous notes, Grace soon realizes the Penners are not what they seem. Amidst the tightly knit family; dark secrets, deception, and possibly even murder unfold.

Will Grace be able to save the family she loves more than anything without losing herself forever?

Praise for The Memory Bell:

“A naïve small-town girl and a disillusioned big-city cop, drawn together by an unsolved crime that is itself only the tip of the iceberg, The Memory Bell serves up the perfect steamy summer read.”
–Jenny Jaeckel, author of House of Rougeaux

“The story moves beyond a small town whodunit to probe the underlying bonds of history that connect a family.”
-Midwest Book Review

“Wonderful, engaging, and fast-paced! Flannery knows what she’s doing!”
-Jonas Saul, author of the Sarah Roberts series

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Publication Date: July 1, 2021

Number of Pages: 288

ISBN: 1684337089 (ISBN-13:978-1684337088)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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“Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it’s the place where we find the deepest heartache.”   ~ Iyanla Vanzant

CHAPTER ONE

Detective Bennet James stood over the remains of a hand dug grave. The morning air was brisk for July, and a foggy cloud permeated the air as he exhaled. He’d woken as the first rays of dawn crept through his hotel window casting sundogs along the planked floor.

Bones were found by the grain elevators at the mill in Oakville. The sleepy town was an hour’s drive from Chicago and where he’d been stationed for the last two weeks. It was hell, but anything was better than sitting at home waiting to hear his fate. He flexed his shoulders. The muscles ached from the mounting pressure.

He took a sip of the coffee he’d bought at the local gas station. The bitter blend was cold and old. Probably made the night before and just waiting for some poor soul to drain the last of the dregs from the decanter.

With no details other than the presence of human remains to work with, Ben made quick work of taping off the area and closing all access in and out of the mill. The trains were halted and all productivity near the tracks was at a standstill. He surveyed the grounds. Three metal silos stood in a row to his left with tracks laid in front of them. Directly behind were wooden buildings with peaked roofs, and a single track led to a dead end.

He gathered the mill was over fifty years old by the way the boards heaved and sagged. Out of commission for some time, he wondered why no one had torn the dilapidated buildings down. Being that the place was pretty much deserted it’d make things difficult in the investigation. He snorted. It wasn’t his investigation, and if things didn’t work out for him with the state, he’d never see another one again.

He rubbed his hand across his face. His heart quickened with the familiar feeling of piecing together a puzzle. It was the same feeling he got every time he was dealt a new case. Except this one was different. It wasn’t his, and even though the thought of having something to occupy his mind was appealing, he doubted Sheriff Rhoads would let him take the lead on it, much less be a part of it.

Ben glanced down at the body. Nothing left but bones and a few fragments of hair which signified the death happened years before. The grave was not shallow, but not deep either. Ben guessed it was four feet into the ground. A blue blanket caught his eye. He fingered the soft cotton with a gloved hand, a crocheted throw that was now pulled from the knots someone delicately placed there. Whoever had wrapped the victim in it did so with pristine care.

“Where is the witness?” he asked the young deputy standing to his left. He couldn’t remember the boy’s name, or was it he didn’t care? It didn’t really matter. He’d stopped caring about those around him a long time ago.

The deputy looked a bit flushed, and Ben figured the kid living in the small town had never seen anything like this before. Regret settled in his stomach at making the boy stay with him while he looked over the body and its surroundings. Ben remembered seeing his first body, a young girl, no more than six. Her image still haunted him on nights when sleep wouldn’t come.

He blinked, collected his thoughts, and faced the young man.

“You’re no longer needed here,” he said.  

“The men who found the body are over there,” the kid stammered. His hand shook as he pointed to the two silhouettes standing twenty yards away.

“Thanks.” Ben dismissed him and walked toward the two men sipping coffee from their mugs. A part of him wanted to turn back to his car and leave now that Rhoads was here, but his pride and his duty wouldn’t allow it. He pulled out the small note pad and pen he kept in his pocket.

“Morning. I need to ask you a few questions.”

“Ain’t you the new fella?” one of the men asked.

“Yeah.”

“You’re that swanky detective from the city.”

Ben didn’t answer.

“Why in hell would you want to come out here?”

He remained silent. It was none of the old man’s business why he’d been placed in this shithole town.

“Talk is you got into hot water up there.”

“I need to ask you some questions,” Ben repeated, an edge creeping into his voice. He wasn’t about to discuss his shit with these guys. He shifted from one foot to the other, took a deep calming breath, cleared his throat, and waited.

“Not much to tell,” the man said. His thick white moustache spanned the whole of his upper lip and the bottoms of his cheeks.

“Your name?” he asked.

“Walter Smythe.” The man leaned in to read what Ben wrote and tapped his index finger onto the paper. “That’s Smythe with a Y not an I.”

Ben nodded.

“Can you tell me how you came upon the body?”

“Ol’ Russ was the one who found it.”

He turned to the other man.

“I ain’t Russ,” the farmer said.

“Who is—”

“That’s my dog.” Walter whistled. A large St. Bernard came loping up from the field behind the buildings.

“The dog found the body?”

“That’s right.”

“What were you doing out here?”

“I come out from time to time.”

“Why if the place is closed down?”

The man shrugged.

“Have you brought Russ out here before?” Ben asked, still trying to piece together how the remains were found.

“Sure. I bring him everywhere.”

“Why was he in the elevators?”

Walter’s wide shoulders lifted underneath the plaid jacket.

“Did the dog take anything from the grave, or disturb it in anyway?”

“Once I seen him diggin’, I called him over.” Walter guffawed. “But the damn mutt just kept on going back. So, I went over to see what the hell he was after.”

“At what point did you figure out it was a body?”

“Right away when I saw the bones.”

“Russ dug up most of the grave?”

“Nah, maybe a foot of it.” Walter nudged the farmer beside him. “I called Bill and we determined it was best to call the sheriff.”

“Why didn’t you call the sheriff first?”

Walter didn’t answer.

“Did you remove or touch anything?” Ben asked.

“Nope.”

As much as the farmer was rough around the edges, he could tell Walter Smythe spoke the truth.

“One more question. Has anyone gone missing in the last ten years?”

“Not around these parts. Most people who go missing leave for the city.”

“Why is that?”

“Small towns ain’t for everybody.” Walter’s eyes narrowed. “Stuff like this don’t happen around here.”

Ben nodded before he walked away and headed back to his car. He opened the door but didn’t get in. Tall silos, train cars and tracks were surrounded by a field. Waist-high stalks of yellow waved in the breeze and from what he knew of farming, it looked to be canola. Why wasn’t the body buried in the field? There must be over a hundred acres of land. Until he received the coroner’s report, he couldn’t begin to guess at anything yet. Before he left, he’d need to talk to Sheriff Rhoads and see about any missing persons reports in the area.

“Well, that is odd.” Rhoads sauntered toward him, brows furrowed.

“What is?” Ben asked.

“A body, here, at the elevators, in Oakville.” His forehead wrinkled, and a perplexed look crossed his face. “Nobody has been here in years.”

“These things can happen anywhere. There are no rules for death.”

Rhoads focused on him, but remained quiet for some time before he said, “Not here.”

“I’d like to take the lead on this,” Ben said. The words surprised him, but he couldn’t take them back now. Besides, he needed something to keep him busy. The minor misdemeanors at the old folk’s home, break-ins, and an occasional kid in trouble wasn’t enough to keep him from going crazy with boredom.

“Not sure that’s wise, with your probation and all.”

Ben nodded, figuring that would be the answer.

“But I don’t see it as more than an unfortunate accident, so go ahead.”

Ben wasn’t so sure.

***

Excerpt from The Memory Bell by Kat Flannery.  Copyright 2021 by Kat Flannery. Reproduced with permission from Kat Flannery. All rights reserved.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Grace Penner was happy she received the memory bell from her grandfathers estate. But she has no idea what will follow. The bell got broken and Grace finds there are three pieces missing. Then a body is found and Ben starts investigating Grace’s family. 

Author Kate Flannery gives readers a mystery and a whole lot more in The Memory Bell. This story ends up being a murder mystery turns family drama. Grace finds her three missing pieces she needs to complete the memory bell but with weird messages that leads to family secrets, and this family has a boatload of secret. This is what kept me reading this book, because there were so many twists and turns with what was being revealed, I had to find out the outcome. I always like a good murder mystery and this one turns into a gripping family drama that will give you chills. I didn’t like Grace at first but as her character develops, I begin to like her lot, and I felt bad that she has no idea about all of these issues with her family. The entire cast of characters were fun and intriguing to follow throughout the story. The Memory Bell gets Five Stars from me. If you enjoy a suspenseful murder mystery filled with a heavy dose of family drama, this is a must read for you! 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

 

 

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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing, or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She has been a keynote speaker, lecturer and guest author inspiring readers and writers at every event she attends. Kat’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career, and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to plot what story will be next. Creativity is in all aspects of Kat’s career. She does Social Media and Marketing for her own career and businesses, writing ads, and other content.

 

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Angels All Around Us by Larry S. GLOVER

Description:

What is an angel? Have you ever wondered how angels can help you? Although we may not be able to see them, we can feel their presence; and these kind-hearted celestial helpers are guiding us in our everyday lives when we need them the most!

In Angels All Around us – Find out as we explore the various types of angels who are watching over you, your family, and others. With faith and understanding, angels will be there for you!

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Are there really angels watching out for us? In this sweet children’s book, author Larry S. Glover explores why he thinks there are angels all around us, even different types of angels. I found this book to be very interesting and informative. If you have ever wondered about Angels, check out this book. And as will all questions about the Bible, check out what is in this book and compare to what God Says about Angels in His word.

Mia Kemble does an amazing job with the illustrations on the cover and inside the book. The sweet pictures brings this story to life and you read it to your child. This is a book that children will want to read over and over. This book would be awesome in any church or Christian school library, as well as any library when children will attend. I encourage you to check out this sweet book. This book is Four Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About Larry S Glover

Retired Army and Navy Veteran, Former Elementary Educator, Chaplain, and Author:

After 21 years of dedicated Navy & Army service, Chaplain Glover taught special education at Duval County public schools. He is the founder of Childlike Faith Children’s Books helping children grow in their faith as well as building a moral compass.

His books are designed to help give busy families a foundation to use at home to encourage their child’s faith, and promote positive character traits in a way that is imaginative, creative and fun. With Childlike Faith Children’s Books, Larry has 2 new series:

The Kids Value Series fosters the development of core character traits helping children to see the value in being kind, nice, helpful and respectful in their daily interactions with others.

The Kids Empowerment Series helps children pursue a faithful way of life.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Chaplain Glover graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor’s degree in religion and Master’s degree from Liberty University Theological Seminary. He has also earned four units required in (CPE) Clinical Pastoral Education and Psychotherapy for Board Certification from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). He’s been married for over 40 years and has 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and enjoys exercising daily, cooking, writing books!

A Plague Among Us by Deb Pines

 

A Plague Among Us

A Chautauqua Murder Mystery

by Deb Pines

September 1-30, 2021 Tour

 

When Al Martin, the editor of a satiric newspaper in Chautauqua, N.Y., reportedly dies of COVID-19, the local consensus is: good riddance.

A sister suspects foul play. She wonders why Al was cremated in a hurry.

The police stay out of it.

So it takes reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman to try to find which of Al’s haters— including an estranged wife, three bitter siblings, a secretive caregiver, old enemies and the many targets of Al’s poison-pen sarcasm—might be a ruthless killer.

The novel, No. 8 in a series called “an Agatha Christie for the text-message age,” once again offers page-turning suspense. Wit. And the unforgettable setting of Chautauqua, a quirky, churchy, lakeside, Victorian cottage-filled summer arts community that launched an adult-education movement Teddy Roosevelt called “the most American thing in America.”

Kirkus Reviews calls A Plague Among Us “an intriguing and engaging crime tale” and “enjoyable novel” with “captivating characters.”  

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery

Published by: KDP

Publication Date: July 1, 2021

Number of Pages: 280

ISBN: 979-8525017368

Series: Mimi Goldman Chautauqua Mysteries, Book 8 | Each book can be read as a Stand-Alone Mystery

Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

A Plague Among Us is the first book I’ve read in this series. It reads OK as a stand alone, but I think reading the series in order will probably be easier to keep up with the characters. I enjoyed the beautiful little town of Chautauqua and its people. This story is so realistic because the covid19 cases in Chautauqua, as well as a possible death because of the virus. I’ll have to say it was little weird for me reading this book because I just got over covid myself, and then reading a fiction story with the virus running rapid through the story was a bit weird. But all that aside, this is an awesome murder mystery. And while many were glad to say good riddance to the newspaper editor, their were others concerned about his death, Maybe it wasn’t covid, it could be murder. So the sleuthing begins and Mimi Goldstein and Sylvia quickly get to work on finding the culprit.

Deb Pines is a new author for me and I enjoyed her writing style and enjoyed this book very much. The characters were believable and played their parts well as the story unfolds. There’s quote a bit going on in this story, a lot of twists and turns that kept me tuning the pages to see whodunit. If you enjoy a good mystery with fun characters, especially the ones doing the murder sleuthing, you will enjoy this book very much. A Plague Among Us is Five Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Read an excerpt:

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Mimi and Sylvia were on the road again, heading to the Tissue Donor Center in Jamestown to chase Winston Suarez.

The center wasn’t far from the Loves’ funeral home. But this time Google Maps was directing them to take the highway, not back roads.

They started out the same way, heading west on 394, passing the same early landmarks: the Institution’s empty parking lots, busy golf course and We Wan Chu Cottages.

“So what’s new?” Sylvia asked.

“Too much,” Mimi said. “It’s crazy how I keep learning stuff without seeing how any of it means anything.”

“Because the medical examiner still hasn’t called?”

“Uh-huh.”

Sylvia sighed heavily. “Maybe he’s just as difficult as his dad.”

Tom Love Sr., in Mimi’s opinion, wasn’t difficult. All he had done was stand up for his son before Sylvia picked a fight with him. But Mimi let it go.

“Well, one thing I’ll grant the older one,” Sylvia said.

“What?”

“He’s above average in the looks department.”

Mimi chuckled.

“What?”

“I thought you’re done with all of that nonsense.”

“I am.”

Sylvia moved to the left lane to take the ramp onto Route 17/Interstate-86 East and floored it.

“Whoa, hey,” Mimi said. “Mario Andretti, slow down.”

Okay, okay,” Sylvia said. “Just had to get us on the highway.”

Sylvia slowed down to fit into the slow lane, sticking behind a FedEx truck going a steady 70 miles an hour.

Mimi filled Sylvia in on what she had heard from Shannon about Liam and Patrick. Their denials of knowing anything about the pranks. Their claims the decisions to have no autopsy and a quick cremation were just expedient—so Patrick could get home.

“So what time does Winston Suarez get off work?”

“I’m pretty sure it’s 5.”

Mimi had reached Winston once, described why she was calling. He got quiet, then hung up. After that, she called Winston and never reached him—leaving something like five or six messages.

They stayed on the highway about ten miles before taking the Jamestown airport exit, then winding around a maze of city streets until signs with a big “H” led them to the UPMC Hospital campus.

“Hopefully,” Sylvia said, “we’re more irresistible in person.”

The Tissue Donor Center was one of many outbuildings with medical-sounding names surrounding the redbrick main hospital.

Some were done in their own architectural style. Most, like the Tissue Donor Center, imitated the low-slung, redbrick design of the hospital, down to having a white number (for their address) and a primary-colored letter on their sides.

The letters were explained on campus signs. Building A was the main hospital. Building B, the signs said, was Outpatient Svcs. C was the Sherman Medical Bldg. D was Imaging & Medical Bldg. E was Physical Therapy, Pharmacies. F was the Tissue Donor Cntr.

Sylvia zipped past the early letters of the alphabet, slowing at F, the Tissue Donor Cntr. The main door had its name above it, an intercom to the right. Near the curb, another sign said, “No Standing any time. Ambulance Lane.”

They didn’t see any ambulances, but Sylvia decided to wait for Mimi anyway in a parking lot across the street.

“Break a leg,” Sylvia yelled as Mimi got out.

Mimi laughed.

If she did break a leg, no question, this was the place to do it. Her limb could be X-rayed at the Imaging Bldg.(D) and then set at Outpatient Svcs. (B).

At the door of the Tissue Donor Center, Mimi knocked.

“Who is it?”

The woman’s voice, through the intercom, was familiar.

“My name is Mimi Goldman,” Mimi said. “And—”

“Let me guess? You’re looking for Winston?”

Mimi laughed. “I guess I’m pretty predictable. Is he here?”

“He is. This is Hannah, by the way. We keep speaking on the phone. Why don’t I see if he’ll come out?”

Mimi had high hopes. How hard would it be for Winston to take a few steps to walk outside and see her?

On the other hand, blowing her off might be easier.

When she heard a ping, Mimi examined her phone. Sylvia, after coaching from her grandkids, texted like a teenager.

Wassup?

I asked for WS and someone said they’d get him. Just waiting.

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Standing there, Mimi went through her email. Then she switched to her latest word game addiction: Spelling Bee in The New York Times.

Players have to make the most words, four letters or longer, from seven given letters, including one letter that had to be used in every word. The words that day had to be made from BLWCHAE, with all using an E.

Mimi started with the obvious ones: BLEACH, BLECH, BEACH, EACH, LEACH, LECH. She was moving on to trickier words when the center’s door swung open.

Out stepped a tall, handsome, dark-featured young man in a white surgical mask and blue scrubs with the name SUAREZ above his shirt pocket.

“I don’t know who you are,” he said. “I don’t know why you keep asking me about this case, but . . . I’m pleading with you to drop it and just go.”

Mimi had expected an asshole, too lazy or too self-important to talk. Not a frightened young man.

“Can you say why?” she asked. “I have no idea why this case is at all sensitive.”

Winston shook his head.

“How about off the record? You have my word that I’d never tell anyone you ever spoke to me.”

“Sorry,” he said. “I can’t risk losing my job.”

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Excerpt from A Plague Among Us by Deb Pines.  Copyright 2021 by Deb Pines. Reproduced with permission from Deb Pines. All rights reserved.

 

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A former reporter, Deb is also a lover of puns, show tunes and indoor cycling. She lives in New York City with her husband Dave.
Deb Pines, an award-winning headline writer for the New York Post, is the author of seven Mimi Goldman novels and one novelette all set in the Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York where they are top sellers.

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