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Spotlight on Romance — Christmas Cakes And Kisses

25 Jan

Is it too late or too early for a Christmas-y romance? I say NO! Today’s spotlight on romance features Christmas Cakes And Kisses by Lara Van Hulzen. If you are still in a holiday mood check it out! If not, make sure to add it to you TBR wishlist. Is July too soon to read it? LOL!

Eva Endicott comes to Silver Bay to prove to her family that she can make it on her own. Working in the local bakery, she’s determined to save enough to open her own cake decorating business. Winning an upcoming Christmas cake competition is the key to her dream, so Eva has no time for distractions, especially not devastatingly handsome ones that maker her heart skip a beat.

Tyler Vance is the personal trainer for professional baseball pitcher, Drew MacIntyre. After following a retired Drew to Silver Bay, Tyler’s own future is uncertain. Things become more unsettled when a beautiful baker enters his world. Eva fascinates Tyler and as he gets to know her better, he considers planting his roots in Silver Bay. But when the location Tyler chooses for his training facility is the same one Eva wants for her bakery, something has to give..

With the contest deadline looming, Eva can barely think about Tyler. Until a blinding moment finally reveals her true feelings.

Is it too late? Or will a Christmas miracle give them both more than they ever dreamed?

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What Readers Are Saying 

“. . . a lovely story about family, friends, and fulfilling your dreams.” PAULA, GOODREADS

“This is a sweet, clean romance. The readers are reminded of the important of family. ” —YVONNE, BOOKBUB

“What a heartwarming story and a wonderful addition to this series.” —SHERRI BABB, GOODREADS

Writing stories since she was a young girl, Lara Van Hulzen‘s dream of being a novelist became a reality with her Men of Honor series. An avid reader, she worked as a book reviewer for 18 years with various organizations. She has a BA in Journalism and a Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy. Lara loves tea, baseball and living in Idaho with her husband and Great Dane.

Happy Release Day — Within These Walls Of Sorrow

17 Jan

It’s release day for Within These Walls of Sorrow by Amanda Barratt. This WWII-era novel is a moving tribute to the love and sacrifice of ordinary people who are placed in horrifying situations. This was a hard book to read because of the subject matter, but well worth it. Masterfully written depicting the time of German occupation of Krakow, it will definitely make my best of the best list this year. I very highly recommend it! And now it is finally available — make sure you get your copy now!


“This tense WWII historical from Barratt (My Dearest Dietrich) follows a woman’s efforts to help her neighbors survive the Kraków ghetto. . . . Moving and effective, this inspirational finds light in the darkest of places.”–Publishers Weekly


Zosia Lewandowska knows the brutal realities of war all too well. Within weeks of Germany’s invasion of her Polish homeland, she lost the man she loves. As ghetto walls rise and the occupiers tighten their grip on the city of Krakow, Zosia joins pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewicz and his staff in the heart of the Krakow ghetto as they risk their lives to aid the Jewish people trapped by Nazi oppression. 

Hania Silverman’s carefree girlhood is shattered as her family is forced into the ghetto. Struggling to survive in a world hemmed in by walls and rife with cruelty and despair, she encounters Zosia, her former neighbor, at the pharmacy. As deportation winnow the ghetto’s population and snatch those she holds dear, Hania’s natural resiliency is exhausted by reality. 
Zodia and Hania’s lives intertwine as they face the griefs and fears thrust upon them by war, until one day, they are forced to make a desperate choice . . . one that will inexorably bind them together, even as they are torn apart. 

Amanda Barratt’s meticulous research and lush, award-winning writing shine once again in this moving look at a group of unsung heroes who fought for hope and humanity in the most harrowing of times. 

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ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She’s the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at amandabarratt.net.

Spotlight On Contemporary Romance — Midnight Blue

16 Jan

Midnight Blue JustRead Blog + Review Tour
Do you like contemporary romance? Then you are in luck!

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Midnight Blue by Suzie Waltner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About The Book

Midnight Bllue

Title: Midnight Blue
Series: Love in Color #1
Author: Suzie Waltner
Publisher: Anaiah Press Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

A series of heartbreaking setbacks behind her, Scarlett Sykes is now focused on creating the best life possible for her daughter. One where innocence and joy is not colored by rejection or loss. While finances are tight and Scarlett’s job isn’t ideal for a single mother, her child will always know she’s loved. Especially since Harmony’s father wanted nothing to do with them.

As lead singer and the face of a successful country band, Jake Turnquist’s closest friends depend on him, but life in the spotlight is quickly losing its appeal. At a party celebrating another accomplishment, he’s stunned to discover Scarlett assisting the caterer. Almost ten years have passed, but he’s never forgotten his first love.

In the hours after a surprise revelation, Jake scrambles to orchestrate a way to spend time with Scarlett and Harmony—the family he’s always wanted but never knew he had. He once gave her up to pursue his music. What will he have to surrender to win her back?

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EXCERPT

Scarlett twisted until her backside came into view in the mirror. The jeans were tighter than the last time she’d worn them, but they would have to do.

With a sigh, she slumped onto the bed piled with the other clothes she’d tried on. Her search for something that said “look what you missed out on” and “I’m not affected by you” was futile. Ha. She flopped onto her back and stared at the popcorn ceiling. No outfit in the world that would meet those criteria.


About The Author

Suzie Waltner

Suzie Waltner is a lover of fiction and is first and foremost a reader. When she’s not at work or reading or writing, you can find her cheering on the Nashville Predators (hockey) or dancing an hour away in Zumba class. Until her second year of college, her life plan was to become a veterinarian. A fainting spell while watching a surgery performed on a sheep changed that plan. Now she works in the corporate world during the day while creating stories in her free time. Suzie resides in a suburb of Nashville, TN and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers. She currently serves as the president of the Middle Tennessee ACFW chapter.

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


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a Everything But the Book Cozy Reading Basket: sherpa throw, I’d Rather Be Reading mug, I Read Past My Bedtime socks, 12 oz orange spice candle, portable power bank, book cozy, and some reading snacks plus a $20 Amazon gift card!

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Spotlight On Mystery — Death on A Winter Stroll

12 Dec

Death on A Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews is a general market contemporary mystery set on picturesque Nantucket Island during the Christmas holidays. This twisting whodunit features now police chief Merry Folger. All the details, including an excerpt, are below.

No-nonsense Nantucket detective Merry Folger grapples with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and two murders as the island is overtaken by Hollywood stars and DC suits.

Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the stress COVID-19 has placed on the community she loves. Although the island has proved a refuge for many during the pandemic, the cost to Nantucket has been high. Merry hopes that the Christmas Stroll, one of Nantucket’s favorite traditions, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island’s spirits. But the arrival of a large-scale TV production, and the Secretary of State and her family, complicates matters significantly.
 
The TV shoot is plagued with problems from within, as a shady, power-hungry producer clashes with strong-willed actors. Across Nantucket, the Secretary’s troubled stepson keeps shaking off his security detail to visit a dilapidated house near conservation land, where an intriguing recluse guards secrets of her own. With all parties overly conscious of spending too much time in the public eye and secrets swirling around both camps, it is difficult to parse what behavior is suspicious or not—until the bodies turn up.
 
Now, it’s up to Merry and Detective Howie Seitz to find a connection between two seemingly unconnected murders and catch the killer. But when everyone has a motive, and half of the suspects are politicians and actors, how can Merry and Howie tell fact from fiction?
 
This latest installment in critically acclaimed author Francine Mathews’ Merry Folger series is an immersive escape to festive Nantucket, a poignant exploration of grief as a result of parental absence, and a delicious new mystery to keep you guessing. 

ADVANCE PRAISE

  • “This fast-moving mystery packs in a lot, but never too much, and will work for fans of coming-of-age stories, police procedurals, and romance.” —First Clue
  • “Fresh, well-wrought prose brings the setting of Nantucket to life. Mathews consistently entertains.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Christmas and death come to Nantucket . . . Plenty of fascinating characters and myriad motives make for an exciting read.” —Kirkus Reviews 
  • “Mathews consistently places relationships at the forefront of her mysteries, and Merry’s unique blend of tenacity and humanity makes her a heroine to root for.”—USA Today bestselling author Karen Odden, author of the Inspector Corravan mysteries

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EXCERPT

One of the perks of being police chief was the ringside seat Merry Folger commanded for certain critical moments. For instance, this Saturday morning—the first weekend in December, with the sun high in the sky and a brisk, cold wind driving whitecaps across the water as a Coast Guard cutter sailed toward Straight Wharf. 

Her white SUV with the distinctive navy and gray police markings was parked where no cars were allowed, within the Christmas Market barricades that blocked the wharf’s access to town. She and Peter were lounging against the bumper in their most festive winter gear. Merry’s father, John, was inside the car staying warm. They were waiting for Santa Claus to dock. 

Nearby was the Town Crier and some of the town’s Select- persons who would escort the Man in Red to his island sleigh, a vintage firetruck owned by the Nantucket Hotel. Santa would stand in the back, waving, while the Town Crier walked ahead, ringing his bell, announcing the glad tidings of great joy. 

“Look at that guy,” Peter muttered in her ear as a man roughly their age walked by, natty in sunglasses, a suit, and a knotted Stroll scarf. Nothing abnormal about that, except that the suit had red and green stripes with white death’s-heads and fists stamped all over it. 

“Kind of like North-Pole-meets-Venice-Beach-tattoo-parlor,” Merry suggested. “You prefer the blonde, I take it?” 

The blonde wore a minidress covered in hot pink sequins and thigh-high boots made of fake mink. She had a jingle bell on each boob. 

Every third person in the crowd—and there were about ten thousand people in town, jockeying for the best viewing spots— was dressed in ways bizarre or wonderful. The color and noise and exuberance were thrilling after the cheerless quarantine holidays, and Merry was grinning helplessly. She glanced over her shoulder and gave her dad a thumbs-up. John was drinking coffee laced with peppermint schnapps in his passenger seat. He saluted her with his mug. 

The sight of him sitting alone jolted her suddenly, as it did whenever she looked for her grandfather, Ralph Waldo Folger, and remembered he’s gone now. The freshness of loss stunned her each time like a blow to the face. 

Merry had known her eighty-nine-year-old grandfather was vulnerable in the pandemic. She and John had talked by phone daily about ways to keep Ralph safe. As a frontline worker exposed for the duration to a germ-laden public, Merry had stayed scrupulously away from her childhood home on Tattle Court throughout the first waves of sickness. Peter arranged for grocery deliveries twice a week and dropped supplies from Marine Home at John’s front door. And Ralph was healthy for nearly a year: social distancing on his daily walks, wearing a mask when he ventured into town. He contracted Covid nine days before he was scheduled for his first vaccine. 

Nantucket Cottage Hospital had five ventilators; Ralph never made it to one of them. Sickening on a Friday, he was delirious by Sunday and medevacked to Boston in the wee hours of Monday. Intubated, he lingered in a medically induced coma for four days. 

What dropped Merry to the floor when they got the news, sobbing and hugging her knees as though she’d been sucker punched, was the fact that her careful distance hadn’t mattered a darn. Ralph was alone when he died. And she hadn’t seen or touched him for a year before that. Of all the pandemic’s cruelties, this was the coldest. 

Her father thrust open the car door and stepped out to the paving beside her. “Boat’s in,” he said. 

She linked her arm through his as the cutter drew along- side. A couple of ensigns jumped off with sheets in their hands and moored the steel-gray vessel to the wharf’s stanchions. The Town Crier hailed the boat, Santa waved, horns blared, the drum corps drummed. Merry and Peter and John whooped along with everyone else. Despite the logistics and the responsibilities, she was nominally handling, despite her underlying grief, joy shot through Merry as she fell into step behind the Selectpersons and jauntered after Santa’s firetruck. For the length of Main Street at least, she was uncomplicatedly happy. 

It felt like the whole island celebrated with her. 

Chapter 10, pg. 69-71

From Death on a Winter Stroll © 2022, Francine Mathews, published by Soho Crime

Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written thirty books, including six previous novels in the Merry Folger series (Death in the Off-SeasonDeath in Rough WaterDeath in a Mood IndigoDeath in a Cold Hard Light, Death on Nantucket, and Death on Tuckernuck) as well as the nationally bestselling Being a Jane Austen mystery series, which she writes under the pen name Stephanie Barron. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

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Spotlight On Regency Romance Fiction — The Best Intentions

1 Dec

The Best Intentions JustRead Blog + Review Tour
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Best Intentions by Sarah M. Eden, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Best Intentions

Title: The Best Intentions
Series: The Huntresses #1
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: November 21, 2022
Genre: Clean & Wholesome Romance/Historical/Regency

In the eyes of London Society, Gillian Phelps is suitable enough. Though the ton whispers about her change of residence, any speculation remains just that: ballroom gossip. No one—not even the other Huntresses, the group of ladies she calls her dearest friends—knows that she is harboring a devastating family secret. Gillian has become adept at hiding the reality of her circumstances, but the close quarters of a house party will test her ability to conceal the crushing truth. And with so many people to deceive, the late arrival of another guest is a most unwelcome surprise.

Despite his standing as a gentleman of the ton, in truth, Scott Sarvol possesses little more than two debt-riddled estates. When an opportunity arises to survey one of his properties, he travels north, only to find himself an unwitting guest at Artemis Jonquil’s house party. He is warmly welcomed by all—except the aloof Miss Gillian Phelps. But when Scott proves himself unexpectedly helpful in a crisis, his acquaintance with Gillian shifts from wariness to something warmer.

As both her charade and her feelings for Scott deepen, Gillian realizes that the truth could spell not only a devastating fall from Society but also a shattered heart.

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EXCERPT

She didn’t dislike the social whirl. She simply needed the balance of time in the country surrounded by nature after months in Town among the ton. This year, however, she was leaving Durham—after not nearly enough time there— to attend a house party. She had never been a guest at a house party before, though she’d heard many tales of them, both from those she knew in Society and from Mrs. Brownlow, her benefactress and the mistress of Houghton Manor. Gillian fluctuated between being disappointed at leaving the peace and quiet of Houghton Manor and worried that she would make an utter cake of herself at her very first house party. 

She considered herself intelligent and clever. Society hadn’t declared her a complete disaster, though that was owed more to the tutelage and support of her friends than to any social ability on her part. She belonged to a group of friends known throughout Society as the Huntresses, their fearless leader being Artemis Jonquil, whose ancient namesake was the goddess of the hunt and leader of her own band of huntresses. The seven members of Artemis’s band were the very closest of friends.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award’s “2014 Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

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


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of book, $25 Amazon gift card, bookmark, stickers, and button.

The Best Intentions JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 28, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 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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Spotlight On Historical Romance — Matters of The Heart

16 Nov

Matters of the Heart JustRead Blog + Review Blitz
I am excited to be featuring Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Check out all the details below.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Matters of the Heart

Title: Matters of the Heart
Series: Discerning God’s Best #3
Author: Heidi Gray McGill
Publisher: Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC
Release Date: July 26, 2022
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

She determines to champion the needs of others, no matter the fallout.

He’s determined to be his own man and make his own way.

Will stubbornness keep them from discovering God’s best?

Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War who are searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. Katie’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter whom she has to outwit to get the job done.

Hans vows to stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him.

Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek.

True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

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EXCERPT

Katie’s heart thudded in her chest, and she was sure her aunt could see the tatted collar move up and down. Why was she nervous? She’d done no wrong. She crossed one leg over the other, her knee hitting the underside of the table. Ignoring the pain, she used her napkin to wipe up the tea that had breached the rim of her cup.

“Care to explain the plate?”

Katie lifted her chin. She did not want to burden Aideen, nor would she be dissuaded from her mission. She carefully uncrossed her legs and willed herself not to choke, stalling as the small sip of her tea went down wrong.

“I see. If you’ll not tell me, perhaps I’ll simply guess. We’ve no animals but a stray cat. Are you to tell me, or not as it seems, that you have someone holed up out there?” Aideen’s Irish accent increased along with her volume.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heidi Gray McGill

Whether historical or contemporary, you will find Heidi Gray McGill‘s works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love. Everything Heidi writes is purposeful. She believes in bringing a reader into the awareness of who God is to them and how He interacts with them on a personal level. She does this by crafting characters so relatable you feel part of who they are. Heidi reaches deep into the reader’s heart through masterfully written words and offers ways toward healing by seamlessly applying God’s Word throughout her stories.

Connect with Heidi by visiting her website to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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(1) winner will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.

Matters of the Heart JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 16, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 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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Spotlight On Romantic Suspense — Deadly Conclusion

3 Nov

Deadly Conclusion JustRead Blog + Review Tour
I’m happy to be sharing the Blog + Review Tour for Deadly Conclusion by Kathy Harris, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Deadly Conclusion

Title: Deadly Conclusion
Series: Deadly Secrets #3
Author: Kathy Harris
Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction
Release Date: November 2, 2022
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

A Fast-Paced Suspense Book You Can’t Put Down

In the thrilling conclusion of the “Deadly Secrets” series, search and rescue dog trainer Keely Lambert breaks in Titan, a new shepherd, during a rescue mission to find little Conner Wells. Aided by childhood friend, Beau Gardner of the TBI, who is also Conner’s uncle, Keely finds the boy deep inside Metropolitan Nashville’s Beaman Park.

But Conner is not all that Keely finds. On the way back to the welcome center, she notices something sticking out of the dirt—the military dog tags of her father who disappeared more than two decades before.

The discovery sets Keely on a hunt to unearth her father’s killer, only to be thwarted by multiple setbacks—the murder of Beau’s father, the kidnapping of her mother, and her kennel being set on fire in the middle of the night. After Keely is kidnapped, Beau leads a manhunt to find her before the outcome reaches a “deadly conclusion.”

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EXCERPT

Titan paced back and forth in the rear compartment of Keely Lambert’s white SUV. The black German Shepherd seemed to know instinctively this was no training session. Keely’s lead S&R dog, Ruby, had strained a ligament and couldn’t work for at least another week. And Pearl, her second in line, was a week or two within delivering a litter. That left Titan, Keely’s two-year-old prodigy, to do his best. A six-year-old boy’s life depended on it. 

Connor Wells had wandered away from his family while visiting A. G. Beaman Park near Ashland City, just north of Nashville, and the timing couldn’t have been worse. Not only because this was Titan’s first run, but because today’s seventy-degree weather, unusual for Nashville in late December, would be dropping below freezing tonight and several inches of snow were expected tomorrow morning. 

Keely glanced at the clock on the dashboard of her Forester Wilderness. It was already after three o’clock. She would soon be running out of daylight. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business where she works as a marketing director. For several years she freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote news stories and columns for various music publications.

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Deadly Conclusion JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 1, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 8, 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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Spotlight On Contemporary Romance — Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff

2 Nov

Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff JustRead Blog + Review Tour
Snuggle in for this Blog + Review Blitz for Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff by Cari Lynn Webb, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff

Title: Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff
Series: The Blackwells of Eagle Springs
Author: Cari Lynn Webb
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: October 25, 2022
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

She keeps finding trouble…
He keeps finding her

Adele Blackwell Kane can’t seem to not get arrested. In fact, the pretty widowed mom of twin girls might be Sheriff Grady McMillan’s favorite not-quite-a-criminal. But keeping Adele out of trouble is hard work—especially when Grady wants out of Wyoming for good. When Adele decides to rescue the town from developers, Grady wonders if his quirky felon might be stealing his heart, too…

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

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EXCERPT

WOULD THAT BE a problem, Sheriff? Grady shared the last of his ham-and-cheese sandwich with Knox inside his patrol vehicle that afternoon and crinkled the empty paper bag in his hands. His sigh filled the entire truck cab.

He only had a problem if he let Adele get too close. If he kept his guard up, she couldn’t become a distraction. He dropped his hand on Knox’s neck and petted the dog. “It would never work, anyway. We’re too different. She’s soft and kind. I’m hard and stubborn. Totally incompatible.”

Yet there had been nothing awkward about their brief kiss in his kitchen earlier. If anything, kissing Adele good-morning had felt too right. Too natural.

Knox’s ears twitched as he looked out the windshield.

“You’re right,” Grady added. “Nothing to do but keep my distance.” If he wasn’t close to Adele, he wouldn’t have to worry about letting her in. Or about wanting to kiss her again.

The door to Tucker’s Ice Cream Shop swung open. A familiar trio tumbled out onto the sidewalk, all snow boots, colorful winter gear and big smiles. Knox’s ears perked up again, and he whined beside Grady. Grabbing his empty lunch bag, Grady opened the door and called Knox. He tossed his garbage in the trash can and glanced at Knox standing beside him on the sidewalk. “Don’t judge me. I’m just doing my job, and that requires checking on all Eagle Springs residents.”

Adele’s bright gaze landed on Grady. Her hand lifted in an excited wave, and her smile made his heart skip a beat. Before he knew it, he was smiling back. And that problem he didn’t have just got bigger.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cari Lynn Webb

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers.

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


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(1) winner will receive a $40 Amazon gift card and The Blackwells of Eagle Springs ebooks.

Her Favorite Wyoming Sheriff JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 2, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 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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Spotlight On Historical Romance: The Call Of The Sea

1 Nov

Call Of The Sea JustRead Blog + Review Tour
I am so glad to be a stop on the Blog + Review Tour for The Call of the Sea by Sian Ann Bessey, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I love a Viking story!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Call of the Sea

Title: The Call of the Sea
Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: November 1, 2022
Genre: Inspirational Historical/Viking Romance

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter—Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs.

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EXCERPT

“There is much I have to learn.” He reached out to touch the circled cross again. “This symbol, for example. I have seen it elsewhere. What is the meaning behind it?” A look of veneration fell upon the priest’s face. “It would take more than a few minutes in the graveyard t’ explain the significance of the holy cross.” “How long?” Leif asked. The priest cocked his head to one side and studied him silently for a moment. “Come with me into the church,” he said. “And we shall see.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sian Bessy

Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English.

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today best selling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.

Although Sian doesn’t have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she’s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

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


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of The Call of the Sea, $25 Amazon Gift Card, swag bundle (including stickers, bookmark, button, cross necklace), virtual book club kit, and ebook of The Heart of the Rebellion.

The Call of the Sea JustRead Giveaway

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Series Spotlight — Faith Valley by Betsy Ramsey

10 Oct

I love an indie bookstore! Book Bound Bookstore in Blairsville, Georgia has it going on! With adult and kids book clubs, fun events for readers, and book signings, it is the perfect place for all your bookish dreams to come true! About a month ago I had the pleasure of attending a book signing for Shadowy Past, book 2 in the Faith Valley series by Betsy Ramsey. Not only did I get a signed copy of a book, I came home with lunch! Featured in the book are recipes that were re-created by The Bean Pod Shoppe, another fabulous small town gem.

Two books are available in this small town mystery series — Shadowy Love and Shadowy Past. Find out all the details below. And if you are ever in Blairsville, Georgia, make sure to put Book Bound Bookstore and The Bean Pod Shoppe on you itinerary!

Living in a small town can be sad, funny, educational and inspiring. Faith Valley is a peaceful community in the North Georgia mountains. Identical twins and their husbands appear to have taken early retirement from federal jobs. They are actually agents who work undercover when called out on assignments. Their code name is MC4. Trying to keep a secret in a small town is a challenge, but so far their true identities are safe. The first crime involves a break in and a cast iron skillet. Then, a woman and her children relocate to escape an obsessed stalker. Other crimes occur and a 40 year old cold case is solved using a different technique. Before it is over, all will be tested. Love may also be in the air as the local church has hired a young, handsome and single Music Minister. The casserole brigade is in full swing. Between waiting to see if the stalker will appear, the MC4 team going on assignments, possible romances, and other crimes, the locals are trying to understand what is happening to their town. When it is all over, will peace reign once more?

Welcome back to Faith Valley. The small, North Georgia town recovered from all that happened last fall and now spring is on the way. Amelia and Celia, identical twins, and their husbands Ryan and Mac, are secret federal agents known as the MC4 team. The retirees continue to go on ‘vacations’ to work undercover and catch criminals. Who is the Mystery Angel who is providing needed funds to the community and individuals? Live is in the air but an abusive ex-husband returns to the area with a dangerous plan to get his ex-wife back. Other criminals plan to disturb the peaceful town. Will they succeed?

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Betsy Ramsey did not realize that she had been blessed with a criminal mind until she began assisting victims of crime. Through divine intervention she has an amazing career that includes becoming a founder of a domestic violence program, traveling across America and to Canada to train law enforcement and other professionals on stalking, responding to provide crisis intervention at the Olympic Bomb in Atlanta in 1996, to Washington, DC after 9/11 and to other acts of violence. She is part of a team that meets with representatives of other countries as they prepare for an International event and/or the possibility of terrorist attacks. She is also an expert with The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI), a non-profit that is based at Argosy University in Atlanta, GA and is comprised of colleges across the United States. She co-authored a college textbook entitled Cold Case – Pathways to Justice with Sheryl McCollum. 

Betsy has developed a danger radar and talks about signs of danger in her stalking training. An attendee at a conference said that if she dropped her napkin at lunch and reached down to pick it up, half the room would dive under the table because they would think she was taking cover. She developed a stalking protocol for the State of Georgia and is the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards and recognition.