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Blog Tour — The Epic Story of RJ And York

4 Aug

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Epic Story of RJ and York by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


It’s an epic adventure across Europe, from France to Italy, to Germany and even Russia in this riveting, fun, romantic, enthralling trilogy about true love, honor, and the cost of, well, saving the world.

Title: Out of the Night
Series: The Epic Story of York & RJ #1
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Clean)

The romantic trilogy ignites in book one of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

He’s not looking for trouble…

All former spy and current national security agent York Newgate wants is to propose to the woman he loves, RJ Marshall. Then they can move to Shelly, Washington, and start the calm, safe life he’s been dreaming of for over a year.

Too bad trouble doesn’t agree…

Or maybe RJ simply attracts trouble because she’s just going out for coffee when she spots a wanted, known terrorist standing in the middle of a street in Paris. At least she thinks it’s international criminal Alan Martin, the mastermind behind a plot to kill the president.

But he’s in jail, right?

Wrong. Martin has escaped, and it’s up to RJ—and York—to keep him in their sights until he can be apprehended. But chasing down Martin means following him into the darkness of whatever plot he’s cooked up now.

Will he ever outrun trouble to find his happy ending?

So much for York’s epic proposal. Now, he just wants to escape Europe with their lives.

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Chapter 1

York wasn’t a coward. Not even a little. Besides, RJ was going to say yes. 

It was just that he wanted it to be perfect. In every way—from the ambiance, to the food, the stroll along the Seine under a twinkle-light sky, even down to the buskers singing romantic French songs. 

Everything had been meticulously planned and was now aligned for the moment he got down on one knee and asked Ruby Jane Marshall to marry him. Finally. 

And really, that was the only reason it had taken him so very long—painfully, ridiculously, stupidly long for him to propose. Because after a year and a half of chasing down bad guys—namely, a plot to kill the president by one former vice-president, which included checking and rechecking their evidence for the federal prosecutor—he was so very ready to make good on his promise to return to small town Shelly, Montana, and build a life together. 

One that included a front porch view of Lake Shelly, via the gorgeous timber-framed house he’d put an offer on—a surprise wedding gift for RJ. 

Yes, York had it all figured out. Once they’d gotten clear of the trial, he’d booked this trip to Paris, purchased a beautiful vintage two carat diamond ring, made dinner reservations at the famed Le Jules Verne restaurant at the Eiffel Tower, with the glittering lights of Paris sprayed at their footsteps. And tonight, during their romantic after dinner walk, he’d tell her how she’d changed his life. 

How, somehow, despite his losses, the wounds, she’d healed him. 

Most of all, that he couldn’t wait one more minute to marry her, if she’d have him. In his mind’s eye, she said yes, of course, and leaped into his arms, and—

It would all end happily, he knew it in his heart. 

Title: I Will Find You
Series: The Epic Story of York & RJ #2
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 16, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Clean)

The gripping romantic adventure continues across Europe in this second installment of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

The woman he loves has vanished…

When RJ Marshall said she’d be right back, York should have objected. No, he wasn’t going to let her run off to Berlin, even if it was to save a little girl.

Only problem—she’d told him this while he was unconscious. So really, it doesn’t count, and it’s not his fault that she’s gone missing. And, he didn’t know why he expected RJ not to chase danger into trouble. But now he has to find her before criminal mastermind Alan Martin tracks her down.

She’s in over her head…

RJ didn’t mean to leave York behind, but she’s on a mission to save a little girl caught in the crossfire of Martin’s terrorist plot. Now, she’ll have to find the girl and keep her safe while leaving clues for York to follow her.

But who will catch up to her first—York, or the man with a vendetta?

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Title: No Matter the Cost
Series: The Epic Story of York & RJ #3
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Clean)

The riveting conclusion to the Epic Story of RJ and York!

Her worst nightmare has happened….

RJ refuses to believe it, and until she has proof, she’s going to keep searching for answers. And most of all, for the man she loves, even if it means diving into the past he always wanted to keep secret.

The kind of secrets that could have set York free. It’ll take a trip back to Russia, to the sketchy and dark history of York’s life to find the clues to the sinister plans of a global terrorist. And the answers that might lead her to a happy ending.

Or has it? What if her happy ending is more than a dream?

If RJ hopes to save her country—and find out the truth about York—she’ll have to become the high-action, Sydney Bristow spy that she always dreamed of being. But really, does RJ really have what it takes—with, or without the man she loves—to save the world?

And if she does…what will be the cost?

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Susan May Warren

With over 1.5 million books sold, critically acclaimed USA Today best-selling novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over ninety novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

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(1) winner will receive a paperback set of The Epic Story of RJ and York trilogy.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway! — Hope Beyond The Waves

28 Jul

Hope Beyond the Waves JustRead Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Hope Beyond the Waves by Heidi Chiavaroli, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Hope Beyond the Waves

Title: Hope Beyond the Waves
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers, LLC
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Genre: Christian, Dual Timeline Fiction

From award-winning author Heidi Chiavaroli comes a sweeping dual timeline story that explores hope and enduring love in the midst of the impossible.

Massachusetts, 1993

After making a grievous mistake that will change her life forever, Emily Robertson is sent away to live with her grandmother on Cape Cod. When Emily finds a timeworn photograph buried in a drawer, she realizes her grandmother has concealed a secret even bigger than her own. Will convincing Gram to reveal their family history help Emily make the most important decision of her life or will it prove her parents right—that family scandal is better off buried and forgotten?

Massachusetts, 1916

Atta Schaeffer plans to marry the man of her dreams and whisk her little sister away from their abusive father. But when she is diagnosed with a dreaded malady, Atta is forced into a life of exile, leaving her sister in harm’s way.

On Penikese Island, Atta’s best hope lies with Harry Mayhew, a doctor who seeks a cure for his patients at any cost. But when experiments fail, Atta runs from Harry—and from God. Can she return to her sister before it’s too late? Or will her illness consume both her body and soul?

A testament to faith and love, Hope Beyond the Waves is the raw account of the journey of two generations of women running from desperate situations toward irresistible hope.

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Chapter One

Osterville, Massachusetts

April, 1993

I stand rigid, arms pinned to my sides as my mother wraps me in a loose hug in Gram’s foyer. 

“I’m so glad we thought of this arrangement,” she says.

Arrangement. As if shipping me off and hiding me away is a plan we’d come up with together. 

My father kisses me on the forehead, but it’s awkward. Probably a show for my grandmother. He’s kissed plenty of babies on the campaign trail, after all—this is likely no different. 

“Be good, Sweet Pea.” He turns to my grandmother, who barely comes up to his armpits. “Keep in touch, Mom. Don’t hesitate to call if…” His gaze flicks to me and he doesn’t finish his sentence.

What? Does he think I’ll find a cute boy in Gram’s retirement village? One who will get me in bigger trouble than Bryan already has?


Where Grace Appears Where Hope Begins Where Love Grows Where Memories Await


heidi chiavaroli

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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(1) winner will receive a Handmade French Market Seagrass Bag, hardcover copy of Hope Beyond the Waves, and Ocean-Lover Bookmark!

Hope Beyond the Waves JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 25, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 1, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Blog Blitz — Her Darkest Secret

28 Jun

Her Darkest Secret JustRead Blog Blitz
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Her Darkest Secret Title: Her Darkest Secret
Author: Jessica R. Patch
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired TRADE
Release Date: June 28, 2022
Genre: Christian, Psychological Thriller with a romance thread

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly’s blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister’s body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he’s back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that’s fueled Fiona’s career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

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Ty reentered. “It’s done. Death investigator is on her way. Apparently she’s been busy this morning. You want me to come with to interview the husband? You know it’s always the husband.”

“How could it be this time? The feather in her hand.”

Ty shrugged. “I just think you spend that much time with someone…you wanna kill ’em.”

Asa snorted.

“Asa, you don’t have to enlist Fiona’s help, but you owe her a courtesy call.”

Ty was right. But it would ignite a different set of fireworks. The kind that didn’t light up the night sky, but set emotional fires and burned everything to ash. “It’ll put her on a plane out here. Give me some time. It won’t hurt anything.” Asa could move past the Fourth of July, then call and inform her that he was handling things and would keep her updated.

Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be enough for Fiona.

Asa was going to have to pin Scripture verses all over his town house, car and office to keep his temper in check and his heart guarded.


Jessica R. Patch

Jessica R. Patch is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author known for her dry wit, signatures twists, and complex characters. She loves reading true crime books, discussing cold cases over chips and salsa with her girlfriends, and hunting down serial killers in her romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

Jessica loves to encourage and inspire people to forward living through her Patch of Hope devotions in her monthly email newsletter. You can join the Patched In community at her website:

She resides in the Memphis area with her husband, two young adult children, and her spoiled tri-color Shetland Sheepdog. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent at Books & Such Literary Management.

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(1) winner will receive a signed paperback of Her Darkest Secret, Brain Games WHODUNIT: Solve Crime Scene Puzzles Book, & a Shine cross necklace!

Her Darkest Secret JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 28, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 5, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Book Spotlight And Giveaway! — Catching Hope

23 Jun

Catching Hope JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Catching Hope by Kathy Cassel, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Catching HopeTitle: Catching Hope
Author: Kathy Cassel
Publisher: Haven Point Publishing
Release Date: March 22, 2022
Genre: Teens/YA, Christian

Catching Hope: A pursuit fraught with danger.

Newly adopted Lexi Michaels is taking her first real vacation as she, twin brother Levi, adoptive brother Chad, and new cousin Jen head to Haiti where their dad, a pediatrician, will be volunteering in an island clinic. But who is the man who displays such hatred for the Michaels when they arrive at their resort? Is an attempted burglary as random as it appears? Will Jen ever accept the newcomers to the family? When the four teens set out to explore Haiti’s sights and history on their own, an unexpected encounter and natural disaster plunge them into adventure and danger. With their very survival at stake, can the four teens work together, or will Lexi’s dream of a “forever family” end in tragedy?

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Ahead of us, the terrain broke away into a deep gorge. If Levi hadn’t stopped, we’d likely have raced right over the edge. And unlike the crevice I’d been so terrified of earlier, this one was far too wide to jump—at least twenty feet across—while the tangle of green vegetation I could see at the bottom was a sheer drop a good fifty feet straight down.

I could feel the usual panic and dizziness sweeping over me as I stared into the awful depth. I could also hear the shouts of the kidnappers, closer than they’d been. We were trapped!

Then Levi grabbed my hand. “Come on!”

He was tugging me to the right along the gorge rim. From the corner of my eye, I saw Jen and Chad keeping pace beside us before I realized where Levi was pulling me and yanked to a stop again. A few more yards ahead, a dirt-like bridge, no more than a yard wide and covered in mossy vegetation, spanned the gorge. Stalactites overgrown with vines hung from the bottom.

“Are you kidding me?” I exclaimed. “The thing’s made of dirt! We can’t cross!”

Chad was now passing us, Jen on his heels. “Yes, we can!” he shot at me over his shoulder. “If it is dirt, it would have collapsed under its own weight. And we don’t have a choice—unless you see any other way to cross!”

As Chad headed out onto the bridge, Levi grabbed my hand again. “Come on! We’ll go together!”

Chad was already halfway across with Jen right behind him. I glanced back. The kidnappers were now in sight, running full-out toward us, no more than a hundred yards away. I could either cross the bridge now or be recaptured. Worse, I would be getting Levi recaptured too.

As though taking for granted I would follow, Levi stepped out onto the bridge. I kept my eyes on his back as I stepped out after him. Chad and Jen had now reached the other side.

If Jen can, so can I! I told myself fiercely. Levi took another step, and I did too. Then another. Behind us, renewed shouts told me the kidnappers had seen what we were doing and were gaining on our lead.

“Hurry!” I told Levi. He quickened his pace, and so did I.

We were almost to the far side when I felt a slight tremor shake the bridge. I screamed and fell to my knees. My gaze dropped to the terrifying drop below us.

“Go!” Jen screamed from the bank. “Get out of there now!”

Levi turned back. “Grab my hand!”

Even as he yanked me to my feet, I could feel the bridge disintegrating beneath my feet.

“Run! Run!” Jen shouted. “The bridge is going!”

As though we weren’t aware! Levi practically dragged me the last few feet. No sooner had we cleared the bridge than the dirt, moss, stone, and whatever else spilled into the gorge below. As I realized how close we’d come to joining the rubble at the bottom of the gorge, a shudder passed through me, and I began to tremble.

Angry shouts brought me out of my fear. The kidnappers had reached the other side and were screaming with fury at the sight of the collapsed bridge. And with a sheer rock face below them, they now had no way to cross. At least some good had come from our close call.

As though with one mind, we all hurried away from the gorge until we could no longer see the kidnappers. A well-trodden path led through the brush and trees, probably trampled down by animals or even people crossing the bridge.

We heard no sound from our pursuers. They must be searching for a way across the gorge. The relief allowed us to slow down. Once I’d recovered my breath from the desperate race, I looked over at Chad. “That bridge could just as easily have fallen with you and Jen. We could have all died back there. And you wonder why I don’t like heights!”


Kathy Cassel

Kathy Cassel is the author of eleven books for Christian preteens and girls and three Young Adult Fiction books.

Kathy grew up in northern Indiana, lived on three different continents while her husband was in the USAF, and now lives in the Florida Panhandle. She and her husband have eight children, five of whom are adopted, three from Haiti and two from the United States. They also have six grandchildren. Kathy’s favorite activities are those that involve traveling and adventures that include her children and grandchildren.

In order to better relate to the characters in her stories, Kathy has done things such as whitewater rafting, certify in scuba diving, and get her motorcycle endorsement. She draws the line at sky diving.

CONNECT WITH KATHY: Website | Facebook | Instagram


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Catching Hope JustRead Giveaway

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Book Spotlight And Giveaway — The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-Up

4 May

The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-Up JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-Up by Megan Besing, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-UpTitle: The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-Up
Author: Megan Besing
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

A mail-order mistake…

Or a made-to-be match?

When Della Mae Wagner’s train arrives in Missouri, she’s shocked to find that the couple who hired her don’t just want a teacher for their grandsons but a wife for their son! After a broken engagement, marriage is not in Della’s plans. And Hank Lamson isn’t pleased—with his parents, with his unexpected guest or with Della’s unfairly appealing smile. But his plans to send her packing are foiled as his family comes to love her…and he feels the walls around his wounded heart start to fall.

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He drew closer, intending to remove a piece of straw sticking in her hair, but instead his fingers brushed her cheek. Her breathing hitched at his touch, and the storm faded into the dimness around them, leaving just him and Della.

Her eyes sought his before drifting to his mouth and then back. He didn’t need her to smile to read the questions she held. They matched the ones running through his mind. To answer them, he rested his forehead against hers, erasing what space there was left between them.

“Della.” He didn’t know why he was whispering. All he knew was that he was trying to think of a reason not to kiss his own wife.


Megan Besing

Despite always adoring happily-ever-afters, Megan Besing didn’t unlock a love for reading until her mid-twenties, which quickly expanded into writing. Her own stories have won many awards, including the Selah for her novella, Perfect for the Preacher, along with the Pre-published Maggie for The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-up. And now she’s thrilled to be a Sunrise Publishing author. However, her most cherished achievements are being a wife and mother. She lives in a pocket-size Indiana town, centered around extended family, where she’s always planning a road trip with a view. Yet, her favorite place may just be on her front porch drinking tea. Connect with Megan at

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Grand Prize Package: (1) winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card, signed copy of The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-up, rose necklace, 1 Cor. 13:13 tote, apple oven mitt, apple kitchen towel, and a Great is Thy Faithfulness bookmark!

2nd Prize: (1) winner will receive an engraved rose leather journal!

Third Prize: (1) winner will receive a signed copy of The Rancher’s Want Ad Mix-up!

The Rancher's Want Ad Mix-Up JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 2, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on May 9, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Blog Tour — Where Wild Roses Bloom

16 Mar

Where Wild Roses Bloom JustRead Blog+ Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Where Wild Roses Bloom by Angela K. Couch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Where Wild Roses BloomTitle: Where Wild Roses Bloom
Series: Heart of a Mountie #1
Author: Angela K. Couch
Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance, Christian

When Lenora Perry’s dream of becoming an acclaimed singer dies a painful death, she attempts to escape her mistakes by fleeing north—directly into the path of an all-too-dashing Mountie. Though the man in scarlet appears eager to be rid of her, his home provides security, and his sister offers friendship—two things Lenora is desperate for after discovering her pregnancy. With the past dogging her footsteps and her future uncertain, dare she consider new dreams?

Upholding the law makes up the fabric of Constable Edmond Bryce’s existence. As his five years of service draw to an end, he must decide whether or not to continue in his father’s footsteps—an increasingly difficult decision now that Miss Perry has infiltrated his life. Though she’s the daughter of a parson and a close friend to his sister, Edmond can’t push aside the feeling that Lenora hides more than she tells. But duty calls, leaving little time for matters of the heart.


Lenora lowered her eyes from the penetrating gaze of the uniformed man and his silent interrogation. “Who’s that?”

Lyman McRae kept the wagon moving, following the herd as they had for the past weeks. “That is the sheriff, you might say. The mounted police sent out to keep peace in the west.”

So very different from any lawman she’d ever seen. His scarlet coat fit to the breadth of his shoulders, adorned with brass buttons down the front. Even his dark pants wore a thin gold line on the sides. Where a US marshal or sheriff sported nothing more than a silver star to set him apart, this man’s whole apparel would be visible for at least a mile.

But from that distance, one wouldn’t be able to see the strong lines of his face or the depth of those brown eyes. And that would be a shame.

As they approached, she straightened and again attempted to maintain his gaze.

“Miss Wells.” Greer brought his horse alongside the wagon. “Constable Bryce will escort you to the nearest settlement.”

Constable. So proper a word. Stalwart and unforgiving. She could very well picture the same to describe this man in his immaculate uniform and lack of expression.

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angela couch

To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K. Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after five munchkins.

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Author Interview — Kathleen Denly

17 Feb

Please welcome historical romance author Kathleen Denly to By The Book! Kathleen’s latest novel, Harmony on The Horizon is now available. Find all the details below including a fabulous giveaway! (US residents only.)

Many authors say that they have always been a writer — making up stories as a child. When did you first become a writer?

I always struggle with how to answer this question, because in hindsight I can see the beginnings of my life as a writer way back in elementary school. However, I didn’t start thnking of myself as a writer until I was in high school. During my freshman year of high school, I awoke around four in the morning with a novel premise running through my head. I’d never before considered writing anything more than short stories for fun. Yet, I didn’t question it. I just grabbed the notebook from my nightstand and jotted down my ideas. The next day after school, I started typing out my story. Not knowing any better, I just wrote free flow as things came to me. When my family went on a road trip, I switched to writing long-hand in pencil on legal pads. I think I filled four of them before we got back two weeks later. I worked on that same story off and on for about eight years before deciding it was garbage I would never want to publish and deleting or shredding every word of it. Many writers gasp when I confess this, but I have no regrets. 

Was there a special someone, such as a teacher, parent, or other relative, who encouraged you to pursue writing?

There were many people in my life who praised my skill with the written word, and one of my high school English teachers would read my “fun” writing while I helped grade his students’ paper during my stint as his Teacher’s Assistant. But no one really encouraged me to pursue my writing seriously until I got married. My husband has been my biggest advocate and supporter. He’ll act out action scenes with me, watch the kids while I’m at a writers conference, and plan vacation trips around my research bucket list. But to this day he hasn’t read any of my novels. In fact, he doesn’t really read much and when he does it’s only ever nonfiction. Talk about ironic.

Why did you choose the historical romance genre?

I didn’t actually make a conscious choice to pursue this genre. I began writing my first historical romance after attending a creative writing class that sparked the idea for the premise. Over the course of writing that novel, I learned more about the industry—namely that you’re better off sticking to one genre as a new author. So when I decided to write a second novel, historical romance made sense. By the time I reached a pitch session with an agent who asked if I would consider writing contemporary romance because the market was better for those, I knew it just wasn’t where God was calling me. I may still write one of those in the future, but for now, I’m loving historical romance. 

Were there any obstacles you faced in your journey to publication?

As a homeschooling mother of four it’s difficult to find quiet time to write. When I first started, my husband was working three jobs to make ends meet and there were still days I couldn’t afford the gas to drive the three miles to our closest library. However, God is good and He made a way for me to obey His calling to share His truth through story.

What types of research do you pursue? Books, on-site visits, etc.

I do it all. I start online, of course. Then I move to books and historical archives. Then I visit as many locations as I can. Lastly, I’ll take on as many hands-on projects as I can manage to get a true sense of the lives my characters live. For example, I have woven yucca fibers, made tallow candles, learned to smoke meat, died fabric with plant materials, pumped water from an old-fashioned well pump, washed my clothes on a washboard using lye soap, shucked dried corn for seeds, made my own quill pens, attempted calligraphy, used wax seals, and so much more. For me, research is half the fun of writing historical fiction.

What does a typical writing day look like? Are you structured or informal in your writing schedule?

This is an ever-changing thing for me. I am always learning from my mistakes and trying to do better with managing my time. Recently, I instituted a new rule that I will only respond to emails on Fridays and keep my social media interactions confined to specific morning, lunch break, and evening time slots. This has allowed me to block out distractions during my writing hours which take up the bulk of most days. I hate schedules with time slots and much prefer simple to-do lists. However, I have discovered that a compromise is what works best to keep my life balanced.

How long does it usually take to craft your books? (from outlines/first drafts to final edits)

The birth of an idea usually comes weeks or even months before the research and outline stage. The research and outline stage takes about one to two months. Then it takes me somewhere around three months to actually write my first draft. Then come beta readers followed by a few weeks of self edits and then, of course, I go through my publisher’s edits. All told, it’s about a two year process between committing to writing an idea and actually releasing the book.

Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel?

Harmony on the Horizon was inspired by a field trip I took with my kids to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. During that trip a docent lead us into the Mason Street Schoolhouse and shared the story of the “Mary Walker Scandal.” She was the first teacher to teach in that schoolhouse and, by choosing the “wrong” person to dine with, created a scandal that put pressure on the members of the board to fire her. Long story short, she wound up marrying one of those members. Once I heard the story, I knew I wanted to fictionalize it. My story is not meant to represent the true historical people, but it does, in part, follow the true events of that scandal. 

aWhat do you want your readers to take away with them after finishing one of your novels

I hope that readers will come away from my stories feeling entertained, encouraged, and inspired. I hope that they will have a new or refreshed perspective of who God is and how He sees us. And, of course, I hope that they will be eager to read more of my stories. 😉 

Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

I recently completed the first draft of a new novella for my Chaparral Hearts series. Members of my Kathleen’s Readers’ Club will have an opportunity to claim a free copy of this story when it releases in fall of 2022. Right now, I’m working on my fourth full-length novel for the same series which will release in 2023. I’m especially excited about this novel because it’s set in a part of San Diego County where I haven’t yet taken readers and it involves a true gang of banditos that terrorized California in the 1870s. The heroine, Biddie Davidson, is also a character whom fans will recognize from previous novels in the series. I’m excited to show how she’s grown up and the adventures she experiences when she reconnects with people from her past.

Thanks so much, Kathleen, for sharing with us today! Discover more about Kathleen, Harmony on The Horizon, and her great giveaway below.


Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

Kathleen Denly writes historical romance to entertain, encourage, and inspire readers toward a better understanding of our amazing God and how He sees us. Award winning author of the Chaparral Hearts series, she also shares history tidbits, thoughts on writing, books reviews and more at

Kathleen lives in sunny California with her loving husband, four young children, one dog, and nine cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

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GIVEAWAY (US residents only)

• Mini Junk Journal – Prink & Green
• PIN – Sleep Less Read More
• Sing in the Sunlight Bookmark (not pictured)
• Harmony on the Horizon Sticker
• 1 ebook copy of either Waltz in the Wilderness or Sing in the Sunlight

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Book Review — The Siren of Sussex

28 Jan

Victorian high society’s most daring equestrienne finds love and an unexpected ally in her fight for independence in the strong arms of London’s most sought after and devastatingly handsome half-Indian tailor.

Evelyn Maltravers understands exactly how little she’s worth on the marriage mart. As an incurable bluestocking from a family tumbling swiftly toward ruin, she knows she’ll never make a match in a ballroom. Her only hope is to distinguish herself by making the biggest splash in the one sphere she excels: on horseback. In haute couture. But to truly capture London’s attention she’ll need a habit-maker who’s not afraid to take risks with his designs—and with his heart.

Half-Indian tailor Ahmad Malik has always had a talent for making women beautiful, inching his way toward recognition by designing riding habits for Rotten Row’s infamous Pretty Horsebreakers—but no one compares to Evelyn. Her unbridled spirit enchants him, awakening a depth of feeling he never thought possible.

But pushing boundaries comes at a cost and not everyone is pleased to welcome Evelyn and Ahmad into fashionable society. With obstacles spanning between them, the indomitable pair must decide which hurdles they can jump and what matters most: making their mark or following their hearts?


“…a tender and swoon worthy interracial, cross-class romance in Victorian London…Readers will delight in this paean to women’s fashion and horseback riding.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Matthews brings the Victorian era to vivid life with meticulously researched details and an impossible romance made believable and memorable.”— Booklist, starred review

“Matthews deftly underscores racial and gender discrimination in Victorian London in this excellent start to ‘The Belles of London’ series; rather than overshadowing, it propels the romance. Romance aficionados who love fashion and animals will delight in this tender romance and will be excited to see Evelyn’s friends in future installments.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Unflinching, tender, and moving, the delicately crafted The Siren of Sussex might just be my favourite work from Mimi Matthews; it certainly is one of my favourite historical romance reads this year.”— Evie Dunmore, USA Today bestselling author of Portrait of a Scotsman



Fans of historical romance fiction will love Mimi Matthews’ latest book, The Siren of Sussex. This sizzling novel set in Victorian England features two unlikely main characters. Crossing class and race, Ahmad Malik and Evelyn Maltreavers are two to root for. The unconventional relationship may not raise eyebrows today, but was taboo in the 1800s. To say the two had chemistry from the start is an understatement. 😉 While overall a clean read, the tension between the two will have romance readers swooning. (Please note: that this book is targeted towards a general market reader.) Matthews does a great job of placing the reader into the time and place of mid-19th century England. Historical details are evidence of thorough research. The culture and mores of the time ring true. All aspects of society are covered — from brothel to tradesmen to Mayfair drawing rooms. Adding the world of fashion and the Victorian’s interest in spiritualism ramped up my interest.

If you are already a Mimi Matthews fan, you will enjoy her latest with cameos of characters from previous novels. If you haven’t read anything by Matthews, but are a dedicated historical romance reader, you definitely need to check this one out.

Audience: adults.

(I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. 

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1 winner (selected at random by Rafflecopter) receives the following:

Signed print copy of The Siren of Sussex

Horse scarf

Pewter sidesaddle brooch (made in Sussex, England!)

The Siren of Sussex tote bag

Three candles in scents: Fresh Hay, New Saddle, and Winter Ride

Box of Ahmad Tea (60 count, assorted flavors)

The Siren of Sussex bookmark

The giveaway is open from 12:01 am Pacific time 1/4/22 until 11:59pm Pacific time on 2/7/22.

The winner will be announced on Mimi’s blog – – at 8:00 pm Pacific time on 2/8/22.

Terms And Conditions: Giveaway hosted by Mimi Matthews. No Purchase Necessary. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Open to US residents only. Void where prohibited.

Book Tour + Giveaway! — Picture Imperfect

11 Nov

Picture Imperfect JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Picture Imperfect by Alyssa Roat & Hope Bolinger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Picture Imperfect

Title: Picture Imperfect
Series: Roseville Romances #1
Author: Alyssa Roat & Hope Bolinger
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: November 5, 2021
Genre: Christian, Contemporary Romance

Can a struggling career woman and a procrastinating artist save a beloved nonprofit?

Aspiring novelist Caroline Penn expected a promotion, not a picture book assignment. But when her employer, the non-profit Helping Hope, runs into financial trouble, this book might be the solution. With the company struggling to stay afloat, she and the illustrator will need to collaborate on a strict deadline—no problem for a workaholic like Caroline, right?

Andy Jackson, a “starving” artist, pays the bills by taking on graphic design gigs, but his perfectionism gets in the way. If only he could focus on a project for once, perhaps he could achieve his dream to make art for children for a living.

When the two are thrust together to create a book, Caroline can’t seem to write for children, and Andy can’t meet a deadline to save his life. As time ticks down to release day, the two must face their pasts and insecurities. If they can avoid strangling one another for long enough, they may just bring to the table what the other is missing.

If not, the fate of their careers—and a beloved nonprofit—hangs in the balance.


Maisie appeared to absorb his words for a moment. Then she nodded and her face lit up again. “Feeling daunted?”

“You could say that.” He chuckled.

“I’ll tell you someone else who was hesitant about a big task before him.” She gestured to the Moses mural. “Imagine standing in front of that Red Sea. Or in front of Pharaoh telling him to let the Israelites go. No wonder he came up with a thousand excuses as to why he wasn’t up for the task.”

And yet, all those things still happened. The Red Sea parted, and the Israelites were freed.

Hope lit a beacon in his chest.

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Hope Bolinger Alyssa Roat

Hope Bolinger is the author of 12 books, including the award-winning Blaze trilogy. She has worked in the industry as an agent, done acquisitions and editorial roles for publishers, and has also worked for magazines, newspapers, and online publications such as Her articles and other publications can be seen by millions yearly, and she has 1100 bylines to her name. When she isn’t battling deadlines, she loves to hike in Ohio’s national parks and pet her high-maintenance cat Twix. Find out more about her at

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Alyssa Roat has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and marketer. She is the publicity manager at Mountain Brook Ink and Mountain Brook Fire, a former associate literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, an editor with Sherpa Editing Services, and a freelance writer with 200+ bylines in local, national, and international publications. She is the author of The Wraithwood Trilogy and the co-author with Hope Bolinger of the YA superhero chat fiction romances Dear Hero and Dear Henchman. Her name is a pun, which means you can learn more about her at or on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as @alyssawrote.

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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Perfectly Arranged OR a $20 Amazon gift card (winner’s choice)!

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Blog Tour + Giveaway! — Right Here Waiting

10 Nov

Right Here Waiting JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Right Here Waiting by Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Right Here WaitingTitle: Right Here Waiting
Series: Deep Haven Collection #6
Author: Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She doesn’t belong in his world—but she’s determined to try.

Sled dog musher and outdoor adventurer Nick Dahlquist doesn’t mean to be a loner—he just feels at home in the woods, with his dogs, and online in his vlogging world, where he’s amassed nearly a million viewers. But he’s just a simple guy, with simple goals—care for his dogs, teach people how to survive the cold, and run the Iditarod. Unfortunately, life turns cold when his lead dog is injured, and he’s low on funds. Good thing he has LadyJHawk to chat with. She’s become an online friend he can turn to, and he’s starting to need her more than he’d like to admit. But the last thing he wants is for some random woman to show up on his doorstep…

Chopper pilot and Texas gal Jae Lynn Washington has been following Nick’s DogQuest videos and Get Lost in the Woods vlogs since she inherited her deceased boyfriend’s military working dog. Three years later, his online friendship has made her wonder if he could be more than a friend. What if she moved to Deep Haven? Would that be considered stalking, even if she got a bonafide job on the Crisis Response Team?

When Jae shows up in Deep Haven—and on Nick’s doorstep—he’s not at all the man she met online. And when Nick is tapped to train the team, he’s pretty sure petite, summer-loving Jae won’t last a moment in the brutal cold—a fear he pours out to LadyJHawk. As their training takes a personal turn, their chilly start begins to thaw. But what will happen if he discovers that Jae and LadyJHawk are one and the same?

When a blizzard strikes, and the CRT is called out into the storm, more than just their relationship is at risk…

Cozy up to this delightful twist on You’ve Got Mail set in the snowy escape of Deep Haven.

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Deep Haven in November was like a sad old man fighting for his life and losing.

Nick Dahlquist might not be an old man at the ripe old age of thirty, but it was hard not to feel like one with his throbbing leg. He looked up at the bleak sky. Sunlight was hemorrhaging fast. What was left spilled over the ridge onto his hometown and the bay below. Soon darkness would swallow it too. The wind off Lake Superior bit at Nick’s exposed ears. His thermal shirt and down vest did little to fight it off.

If November was going to be this cold, it could at least have the decency to throw a little snow down.

Because without snow, his sled team was stuck.

Kinda like his life.

And if he wanted to get out of this rut, he’d need a good foot or two of the white stuff soon. Then he could start training in earnest for the Mush Puppies dogsled race. Thanksgiving weekend would be here in just under four weeks and he and his dogs needed to be ready. Sponsors would be watching the first race of the season, and if he had any hope of going back to the Iditarod come March, Nick and his team had some convincing to do.

He released a long breath before yanking open the VFW door. The cheers and the smell of onion rings that used to beckon good times hit him in the face as he walked in.

These days he’d be okay if he never ate another VFW burger again. The flavor carried too many memories.

So why had he agreed to meet Darek Christiansen here?

He walked farther in, and aside from the people seated at the bar, he counted five long tables arranged in two rows, each with a bell in the middle all set for Trivia Night. The seats were filled with familiar faces, familiar teams with names like The Facts & The Curious, Nerd Herd, the Smartinis, Les Quizerables, and his old team, which had split off the Fellowship of the Quiz group when they grew too big to fit around one table. They were now the Huskaloosas, named after their high school mascot.

Chatter and laughter he’d once joined in on now grated against his nerves. The Huskaloosas were missing a few players, but his cousin Peter was still there with his girlfriend, Ronnie Morales, and her little brother, Tiago. Beth Strauss and Lena Larson were at the table, Ree Zimmerman and Seth Turnquist had their heads together, but no one was scribbling names down.

And of course, they were there. Also, together.

Nick watched Vivien Calhoun. Tall, willowy, brunette, blue eyes that dazzled on stage and a smile that turned him inside out. She looped her arm around Boone and tossed her hair back over her shoulder. Nick could practically smell her perfume. She turned her head toward him. He looked away before she caught him staring.

Nick should’ve insisted on meeting somewhere else. Or he could’ve ignored the resort owner entirely.

Well, not really. He could only evade so many messages from a guy like Darek Christiansen, especially with the news yesterday from Licks and Stuff saying they were pulling their sponsorship due to budget cuts. Nick couldn’t afford to lose any more support. Not with the foreclosure notice he’d received today.

His eyes adjusted to the dim lighting and made out Darek’s tall form and dark hair at a table in the back. The man, who was wearing an Evergreen Resort hoodie, dwarfed the blue plastic chair he sat in as he nursed a bottle of root beer. At least he sat as far as he could from the Trivia Night event. Nick tucked his head and scooched past his old team without anyone noticing.

Now it was show time. Nick plastered on a big grin. “Hey, Darek. You folks staying warm enough out there at the Evergreen?”

Darek set down his bottle. “Yeah, but can you believe this cold snap? Sure could use some snow cover before our septic systems freeze.”

Nick nodded. “No kidding.”

As soon as he sat down, their usual server, Melissa Ogden, approached in her typical tight jeans, short dark hair, and a lot of makeup. He had played basketball with her older brother Anthony. But she must’ve been five or six years behind him in school.

“Hey, Nick. It’s been a while. What can I get ya?”

“Just coffee.”

Darek balked. “Coffee? Aren’t you gonna eat?”

“Nah, not hungry.”

“Suit yourself.” Darek turned to Melissa. “I’ll take a double cheeseburger and fries. And another root beer.” After she left, his attention swung back to Nick. “I suppose growing up in the restaurant biz, a simple burger doesn’t cut it anymore, huh?”

That wasn’t the case, but no need to get into it. Unlike Darek, Nick had no desire or skill to take over the family business. The thought of being stuck inside the hot kitchen of his parents’ restaurant all day long almost suffocated him. “I’m not too picky most of the time. Just full tonight.”

Darek stared for a beat. “You okay, Nick?”

Nick’s smile must’ve slipped. He shored it back up. “I’m great.”



Susan May Warren Michelle Sass Aleckson

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at

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After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name. Visit her at

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Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.

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(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Right Here Waiting ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Right Here Waiting JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 9, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on November 16, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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