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Review and Giveaway for Meghan’s Choice

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 About the Book

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Book: Meghan’s Choice

Author: Donna L. H. Smith

Genre: Christian Historical Western Romance

Release Date: November, 2017

Meghan Gallagher complies with her father’s demand that she work on her own for a year by choosing to tutor eight children in a wild Kansas railroad town. But she had no idea just how wild it was until she was rescued by a local dance hall the day she arrived, and soon after hit by a stray bullet. In short order, she meets a dark, handsome cowboy and a wholesome, attractive doctor who both vie for her heart. As things heat up around town, Meghan’s love life catches fire as well. Is she scandalous to allow both men to court her at the same time? And—how close a relationship with God does Meghan want? Will she draw near?

Meghan’s Choice (pre-published) was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Operation First Novel by Jerry B. Jenkins and an honorable mention for the Golden leaf Award in 2015. Since publication, Meghan’s Choice was a Selah Award finalist and also in the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community. Visit us at www.hartlineliterary.com.

Click here to grab your copy.

 

MY THOUGHTS (1)

Meghan’s Choice is one of those books that pulls you into the story. Meghan elects to go west in order to comply with her father’s demands that she work on her own for a year.  He wants her to learn to manage money, which I find a worthy desire for a father.  The story illustrates just how wild the west can be.  Meghan attempts to decide between two men, while also examining what type of relationship she wants to have with God.

Oh, and I think one of the most interesting parts of the story is when Meghan gets shot.  Truly, it shows what happens when someone is in the right place at the wrong time.  This book was easy and quick to read.  I definitely enjoyed this debut novel.

So if you like stories set in the “west” and ones that contain a number of interesting characters, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Donna L.H. Smith is a Kansas prairie girl transplanted to Lancaster County, PA. She is a graduate of Christian Writer’s Guild Craftsman program and holds two college degrees, both B.S. and M.A. in Mass Communication. She’s been married to a wonderful man named Kirby for thirty years. Her debut novel, Meghan’s Choice, made the finals of both the Selah and Will Rogers Medallion Awards. Rose’s Redemption, the sequel, was just released. She blogs, speaks at workshops and retreats and although she is at an age where many begin slowing down, she wouldn’t think of it. Recently, she took on the role of Managing Editor of Almost an Author.com, and serves as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Mid-Atlantic Zone Director. She is also a member of AWSA’s Protégé program (Advanced Writers & Speaker’s Association).

 

More from Donna

Back in 2012, I wrote “Zorro” stories for Fan Fiction. I had an awful lot of fun with them, and people seemed to really like them. So, the thought came, what could I write for ‘real?’ I contemplated, prayed, and after a couple weeks or so, an idea came floating across my brain.

“Gunfight at Hyde Park.” Huh? I thought about it, and realized it was an obscure history lesson from my hometown in Kansas. I had Google it to get the details. I thought, well, I’m not gonna write a Christian romance novel just about a series of gunfights that killed and wounded more people than the OK Corral.

But I did think that the beginning of the gunfights could be the climax of the story.

Now, who should my heroine be? And the hero?

I started with that and took Christian Writer’s Guild’s Craftsman and the novel was completed in 2013—but only published in late 2017.

I’m proud of Meghan’s Choice. Pre-published it made the semi-finals of the last Operation 1st Novel that CWG held and placed in a couple of smaller contests. Last year, it made the finals of the prestigious Selah Awards for published books through the BRMCWC, and the finals of the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

My hope is that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.

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Real World Bible Study, August 25

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize of a copy of her book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review and Giveaway for Identity Theft by Alana Terry

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About the Book

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Book: Identity Theft

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian fiction, mystery/suspense

Release date: March 15, 2019

She imagined Alaska would be the perfect place to hide. She found out it’s the most dangerous place to be found …
Lacy has a secret. A secret nobody knows — not even her fiancé.
A secret that would cost her life … and so much more.
So it’s a good thing she’s tucked away in the very heart of rural Alaska, where for once in her life she is finally safe.
But can she stay that way for long?
Suspenseful, thrilling, and impossible to put downIdentity Theft is an unforgettable novel by bestselling Christian author Alana Terry.
Buy your copy today … but be prepared to stay up late!

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From the moment I started reading Identity Theft, I could not put the book down.  This story about a woman forced into Witness Protection and moved from the East Coast to Alaska captured my imagination.

The characters were multi-dimensional and realistic.  The plotline was believable.  Lacey/Jo only wants her life back, and I could not blame her.   Lacey’s current fiance and her past significant other collide in a heart-wrenching manner.  The twists, turns, and danger keeps the reader wondering how things will turn out.  I have to say the ending of this book made the entire book worth reading.

Lacey’s contact for the Witness Protection program adds such a meaningful part to this story.  Sandy, Lacey’s foster mom from the East Coast appearing to care for Lacey adds a lot to the story as well.

So if you like Christian suspense novels, check out this book for yourself.  It is definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

 

More from Alana

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about Alaska? Are you a city soul or do you prefer the country? I’m pretty happy in small-town Alaska, but I’m afraid that wasn’t always the case.

Have you ever lived in a town with 400 residents? Even with all the wide-open spaces, it’s enough to make some personalities feel claustrophobic.

I thought of our move to rural living as our big adventure. (Because what’s more adventurous than feeding chickens and milking goats at negative 40 degrees?) Then I read my first draft of Identity Theft and realized the adjustment wasn’t going as smoothly as I hoped. It was more autobiographical than I had realized!

However, I learned to love rural Alaska, and that’s the main reason I wanted to write my Alaskan Refuge Christian Suspense Novel series – so I could share some of my favorite parts with you.

Identity Theft is the first of three stand-alone novels, all filled with adventure, suspense and thrills, and all set against the backdrop of Alaska. I hope as you settle in to readyou will begin to experience a little of what I’ve grown to love living in this spectacular state.

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To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a $30 Amazon gift card!!

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Review and Giveaway for Midnight on the River Grey

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About the Book

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Book: Midnight on the River Grey

Author: Abigail Wilson

Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery

Release date: July 2, 2019

Abigail Wilson returns to Regency England with another tale of murder, mystery, and romance.

After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man she believes responsible-Mr. Lewis Browning-known by the locals as the Midnight Devil and by Rebecca as her new guardian. He alone was on the bridge that fateful night and openly admits striking her brother with his horse, but he claims he remembers little else.

Summoned to his reclusive country estate to await her London season, Rebecca plans her own secret investigation. Yet, Lewis Browning is not as she once imagined, and his motivation is horribly unclear. Recurrent nightmares and Rebecca’s restless feelings are further complicated by the shadow of her mother’s prior descent into madness and whether she too will follow the same heartbreaking path.

Even as midnight rides, strange injuries, and further murders lead back to Lewis, Rebecca can’t ignore the subtle turn of her heart. Has she developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged? And moreover, can she trust him with her uncertain future?

 

Click here to grab your copy.

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Midnight on the River Grey is a historical mystery with a dash of romance thrown in as well.  This book did an excellent job of pulling me into the story.  Of course, the fact that the main female character has the same name as my daughter may have helped.

I found the characters and plot were well-developed.  I enjoyed the storyline.  Being a person who enjoys reading historical fiction as well as mysteries definitely helped pull me into this story.  The details and mystery in the book kept things interesting for me.  So if you like historical mysteries, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Abigail-Wilson-1-200x300Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children. Connect with Abigail at www.acwilsonbooks.com; Instagram: acwilsonbooks; Facebook: ACWilsonbooks; Twitter: @acwilsonbooks.

 

An excerpt from Midnight on the River Grey

My heartbeat turned sluggish as an ache swelled in the back of my throat. This man—the

person responsible for my brother’s death—expected me to live with him? In his house? Madness.

“And if we refuse?”

“I’m afraid there is little choice in the matter at this point. The arrangements are already complete.”

Mr. Browning narrowed his blue eyes, scrutinizing me, no doubt, as the numbing shock of his declaration faded to resignation across my face. He sighed. “I do realize Greybourne Hall might hold unfortunate associations for you—”

 “Unfortunate?” My voice came out a bit louder than I’d expected. “Is that what you choose to call it?”

He gave a sideways glance at Aunt Jo then returned to me, a pained look hovering about his eyes. His voice, however, remained firm. “Forgive me if I startled you. I hadn’t expected such a violent reaction to what I assumed was the logical next step. Perhaps I should make myself a bit clearer.” He gave a curt sigh. “I only intend for you to stay at Greybourne Hall till some place more suitable can be arranged. Unfortunately, there are few options at present.”

Ice enveloped my heart. I had no wish to travel to, let alone live at that dreadful house, not even for a single night. In his letters, Jacob had described the rambling structure as a gray pile of stones fit for vampires, or worse. I could only image Mr. Browning, this dark-headed devil before me, at home in such a place.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Abigail is giving away a grand prize of a copy of her book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review and Giveaway for Danger on the Ranch

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About the Book

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Book: Danger on the Ranch

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense

Release date: June 1, 2019
After putting his serial killer brother in prison, former US marshal Mitch Whitehorse chooses a solitary country life—until his brother escapes. Now Mitch’s former sister-in-law, Jane Reyes, needs protection…for herself and the toddler she’s kept a secret. Mitch still isn’t sure of Jane’s innocence in his brother’s crimes, but to keep his nephew out of a killer’s grasp, trusting her is his only option.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

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Danger on the Ranch captured my attention from the moment I started reading.  The book is full of danger, twists, turns, second chances, and more.  Mitch Whitehorse solidly represents the loner ex-lawman.  His brother represents the epitome of evil as a convicted murderer.  Mitch believes Jane Reyes (his brother’s wife) knew about what her husband was doing.

When Jane comes to Mitch to ask for help, my heart broke for her when he refused initially.  Through turns and twists, Mitch comes to realize Jane was innocent.  His turnabout and willingness to protect Jane made me happy.  Mitch’s father, his uncle, aunt, and the ranch hands that are like sons to Mitch’s uncle add dimension and depth to the story.  Their willingness to do what it takes to keep Mitch, Jane and her son safe demonstrate true Christian charity.

When Mitch realizes someone must be helping his brother with his escape and murder attempts of Mitch and Jane, they are both surprised to find out who is helping him.

The characters are believable.  The storyline is intense.  I found myself unable to put the book down.  Truly this is a book worth reading. So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

Dana-MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, Harvest House and Woman’s World Magazine. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

More from Dana

We’re kicking off a new cowboy series, but this one is going to take you for a wild ride! Set on a ranch that’s sandwiched between the sea and the hills required me to do some on-site research of course! I spent quite a while in this gorgeous area of California, looking for cattle. (You can see the zany results in my video.) I found the cattle, and also the perfect setting for this first book. It’s a creepy one, I’ll warn you, as hero Mitch Whitehorse comes face to face with the serial killer brother he sent to prison….and his desperate ex sister in law. Saddle up and enjoy the story! God bless!

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package that includes a gorgeous insulated lunch bag, a copy of Danger on the Ranch (winner’s choice of format), and a $15 Amazon gift card!!
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/e31a/danger-on-the-ranch-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for “The Cabin”

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About the Book

Book: The Cabin

Author: Erin Unger

Genre: Romantic suspense

Release date: June 14, 2019

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Leah Kettridge’s writing career is over before the first book lands on the shelf, when a famous author has claimed she’s stolen his work. If it wasn’t for a story brainstorming luncheon with her sister, he’d have never overheard her conversation about the novel she was writing. Who will she ever trust again if not her most favorite writer? And what about the one fabulous date they had before she knew what a traitor he was?

Keenan Brinner has it all. He’s a best-selling author who’s only headed toward more greatness. And he must be the most gorgeous guy Leah’s ever seen. But he’s also a liar and a cheat.

When they end up at the same cabin to write, emotions explode. But an unexpected snowstorm traps them deep in the mountains. Is he bent on destroying her in more ways than one? How will love find them amidst all their anger and distrust?

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

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Imagine writing your first novel and getting a book deal only to have it snatched away because a famous author writes the same story.  Then imagine the results of such actions, people in the publishing world treat you as though you have the plague.  Leah Kettridge experiences this exact thing.  So she decides to flee to a mountain cabin where she can get away and write, even if it is wintertime.

Only she then has the horrible experience of finding the famous author, who she believes stole her story that God gave to her, at the cabin.  Sparks of anger and distrust fly from the start.  But a blizzard, downed trees and more force them to get along and help one another.

In the course of events, the author does a remarkable job of developing the storyline and characters.  Because I initially found myself rooting for Leah, I hated when I began to like Keenan Brinner.  The two make an incredible team when they are working together instead of fighting each other.

By the end of the story, the two have forged a truce and Keenan even suggests the two of them write a book together.  Truly the characters and storyline in this book make it one that is worth reading.

So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her next novel, Fateful Fall, releases August 9, 2019.

 

More from Erin

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Glittery snow. The perfect cabin in the mountains. And sworn enemies trapped together. How could anything go wrong?

Welcome to the cabin where writers like to go to get away from the noise and bother of life to write. I hope you don’t mind the two guests already here. They’re stuck together after one stole the other’s novel. But the famous one has firsts rights to the work. Who’d dare believe he’d be the perpetrator of the crime? Or is it the newbie writer who longed to be known for more than her graphic designs who plagiarized?

Stay and enjoy a mug of instant coffee and some potted meat. And make sure to bring in your warmest blanket, since this eclectic home has lost power in the storm.

You’ll also find a complementary cordless phone with no connection for your accommodations.

Enjoy your stay! And take a moment to check out our amenities folder laden with an expert below.

 

Read an excerpt from The Cabin

Betrayal is such a benign looking word on paper. In real life it could kill a person. Like me. I was dying on the inside as I flipped from one page to the next of the bestselling novel in my hands. And all because of Keenan Brennan—the hottest bestselling author I knew and dated some time ago. Yet some part of me kept praying it wasn’t true as I pressed into the sofa cushion and continued to read.

It just couldn’t be.

But the book with the startlingly dark cover said it all.

“No, no, no.”

Hot tears stung my cheeks as I ripped the well-designed cover off the book and then launched it across the living room. It smashed against the refurbished brick wall and landed with its pages bent. Good. It deserved a worse fate than just bent pages.

How? When had he stolen my book idea?

I face-planted my palm against my forehead. “At the restaurant.”

Why didn’t I keep my big fat mouth shut and tell my sister Aeris the storyline in the privacy of my home? Tears stung my eyes. Who’d have guessed my lowdown almost boyfriend would stoop so low. He didn’t need my work.

I stared across the room, not focusing on the heap of a good—terrible—book. Well it was on the NYT bestselling list. Not bad for a nobody writer like myself. And since it was my story—not his—then I allowed myself a moment of self-satisfaction.

My gaze dropped to the torn book. I had to take another look. Couldn’t it be a coincidence? Maybe the rest of it was different. In a scramble, I grabbed it up and found the page I last read.

By chapter forty there was no doubt.

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Erin is giving away a themed basket that includes a copy of The Cabin!!

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/e50d/the-cabin-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for “Risking Love”

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About the Book

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Book: Risking Love

Author: Toni Shiloh

Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary fiction, diverse fiction

Release date: June 25, 2019

Nikki Gordon lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way.

The past holds her bound with ropes made of fear-infused steel, and she’s determined that no one will ever cut through them. If only her heart would cooperate whenever Shorty comes around. Things go from complicated to confusing when he appears at The Maple Pit in the company of another woman—a drop-dead gorgeous one at that.

With everything to lose and to gain, Nikki steps out in faith and prays for the courage to let him in… before it’s too late.

Gregory “Shorty” Smalls finally has the chance to take his burgeoning business to the next level. Then maybe, Nikki will quit seeing him as a goof-off and give him a real chance.

Finding out he isn’t the problem? The best and worst news possible.

Just how much healing has to take place before he has a chance to move from friend zone to love of her life?

And does he even have a chance?

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

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Toni Shiloh has done a remarkable job with writing Risking Love, the story of Shorty and Nikki.  Nikki’s walls and boundaries are a way of trying to keep herself safe.  After being raped when she was younger by her brother’s best friend, she attempts to start over in a new location.  She keeps Shorty and all other men at a distance.  However, Shorty refuses to give up.  He is willing to do whatever it takes to prove he loves her and is worth risking it all.

The family bonds and friendship captured in this story pulled me in from the beginning.  I felt it was well-written and the characters were well-developed.  It is the fourth book in this saga and while I think it would be best to read all the books in the series, I think someone could read it alone and be able to keep up.

So if you want to read a book about overcoming a painful past and finding love while also restoring family bonds, check out this book for yourself.  It is definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys in northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Virginia Chapter. You can find more information at http://tonishiloh.com.

More from Toni

Risking Love has been a long time in coming. You see when I wrote Buying Love, book one in the Maple Run series, I had only intended for it to be a standalone book. But soon the other characters clamored for attention and you, the readers, sent me messages asking for Shorty and Nikki’s story.

Like any good writer, I sat in front of my laptop prepared to whip out their story in the speed in which I wrote Buying Love. Yeah, it did NOT go as I anticipated. You see, Shorty and Nikki refused to talk to me. They wouldn’t answer my questions about their past, about how it affected them. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

So I wrote book two, Finding Love, featuring Luke and Delaney. They were more than willing to share their heartI fully intended to then make Shorty and Nikki’s storybook three. I figured they’d had enough appearances through book two that they were fully ready to reveal all to me and let me write their story.

Wrong.

As you know, if you’ve been reading chronologically through the series, book three is about Belle and Micah. They spoke with me freely. I just couldn’t understand why Shorty and Nikki wouldn’t be so candid. Fortunately, while writing Belle and Micah’s story, Nikki began to speak. Then Shorty spoke, and I knew I’d finally be able to write their story.

Y’all, writing Risking Love was tough! They fought me at every turn. I can’t recall how many times I complained about them. Thank goodness my critique partners had patience with me as I fought for every word in this story. And now that their story is out in the world, I’m wracked with nerves. Will they live up to your anticipation? Will the story truly show how tenuous the relationship between these two is?

As you began to read Risking Love, I pray it blesses you. Whether you’re reading strictly for entertainment or seeking God’s greater truth, I pray you to experience those things. And more than that, I thank you for picking up their book and joining me once more in Maple Run. It’s been a blessing as I return to tell the stories in this fictional Virginia town.

Blessings,

Toni Shiloh

Blog Stops

Melissa Henderson, July 1

Inklings and notions, July 1

Among the Reads, July 2

Through the Fire Blogs, July 2

Blossoms and Blessings, July 3

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, July 4

Remembrancy, July 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 5

janicesbookreviews, July 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 6

Mary Hake, July 6

Back Porch Reads, July 7

Emily Yager, July 7

Simple Harvest Reads, July 8 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Creating Romance, July 9

Texas Book-aholic, July 9

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, July 10

A Diva’s Heart, July 10

Britt Reads Fiction, July 11

Cultivating us, July 11

Reading Is My SuperPower, July 12

KarenSueHadley, July 12

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, July 13

Just Your Average reviews, July 13

A Reader’s Brain, July 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Toni is giving a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a finished copy of Risking Love!!

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/e544/risking-love-celebration-tour-giveaway

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review & Giveaway for Lulu’s Cafe

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About the Book

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Book: LuLu’s Cafe

Author: T.I. Lowe

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 4, 2019

When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves.

On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small café, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay and a new lease on life. Through Lulu’s tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she’s accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming.

Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu’s, Crowley is wary of Leah’s sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can’t be denied. But after all she’s been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run?

Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu’s Café gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep they seem.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

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LuLu’s Cafe is a book that will make you laugh and cry and sometimes almost at the same time.  However, I will caution you from reading this book if domestic violence triggers you.  There is domestic violence in this book, and it is fairly detailed in the descriptions.  However, I have to say it is handled in a manner to make it relatable.

Gabriela is on the run from a violent past and believes she is responsible for her violent husband’s death.  She also suffers a devastating loss when she miscarries the baby girl she is carrying.  She takes on a new identity using her first name and her maiden name.  She flees to a small community on the coast of South Carolina.

LuLu, who runs the local diner. takes one look at Leah and provides refuge to Leah by providing her with an apartment to live in and a job.  She demonstrates the love of Christ completely.  She looks beyond the surface and recognizes Leah needs help.

Crowley Mason, LuLu’s “almost” son, wants nothing more than to protect LuLu.  He is positive Leah is hiding something and like a good son who is also a lawyer, he sets out to discover Leah’s secrets.

During the course of the story and against their personal wishes, Leah and Crowley fall in love.  The description of the scenery in South Carolina provides breath-taking pictures in my mind.  I found myself longing to live in this small South Carolina community.  Having people who look out for each other and genuinely care for each other strengthens the plot of this story.

Though parts of the story made me cry, other parts made me laugh and shake my head – such as when Leah and Crowley have a mud fight.  I also loved the part where Crowley takes Leah fishing for the first time, and she catches the biggest fish.  When my husband and I were beginning our courtship, he took me fishing, and I was the one who caught the biggest fish.

So if you want to read a book full of drama, excitement, adventure, second chances, and Christian love, check out this book for yoruself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

TI LoweT. I. Lowe is a native of coastal South Carolina. She attended Coastal Carolina University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she majored in psychology but excelled in creative writing. Go figure. Writing was always a dream, and she finally took a leap of faith in 2014 and independently published her first novel, Lulu’s Café, which quickly became a bestseller. Now the author of ten published novels with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, she knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother who’s active in her church community, she resides near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with her family.

 

Read an excerpt of LuLu’s Cafe

The building was a two-story red brick structure with expansive windows along the first floor’s front and sides. Each set of massive windows was shaded with sprawling royal-blue awnings, which were decorated with vibrantly painted sunflowers and whimsical white letters spelling out Lulu’s Café across the remaining space. It looked inviting from the outside. Peering into the window, Leah could see that the café was bustling with customers. Outside the café, the sidewalk was lined with wrought-iron tables and chairs. Every table was occupied with customers chatting as they sipped steaming mugs of coffee.

The sign for the store hours indicated that Monday through Saturday, the café opened at six each morning and closed at two each afternoon, and it was closed on Sundays. Leah found the hours a bit odd. Most restaurants served dinner and were open on Sundays too, or so she thought. She reminded herself that she was in a new environment and that the customs from the West Coast probably wouldn’t apply here.

The café had its fall decorations on display as well. Large planter boxes overflowed with giant yellow and orange mums. One had a wooden sign sticking out from the middle declaring, Happy Fall, Y’all.

Leah was beginning to think the place was too happy and, more importantly, too busy for her liking when she spotted a vacant four-person table right inside the door. She made her way in and slipped into the chair closest to the window. She deliberately faced away from the entrance, hoping not to draw much attention. Once she was situated, she noticed that the back of the café was made up of a large butcher-block counter that housed a bakery case full of treats on the right. The remainder of the counter was lined with half a dozen stools, with customers perched on each one. Leah noted approvingly that the tables and chairs were a variety of mismatched shapes and sizes stained in the same mahogany tint. She liked the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere.

Leah watched a petite lady behind the counter serving up coffee and laughs. Her stomach began to rumble at the fragrant smells whirling around her, so she turned her attention to the menu resting on the table. Turkey sausage, turkey bacon, egg-white omelets, whole grain bread and cereal, fresh fruit . . .

Leah blinked at the odd menu. She gazed around at the customers enjoying their healthy meals. Her heart had been set on a stack of pancakes and greasy bacon. She studied the bakery case but found no donuts hiding.

“Humph.” She went back to studying the menu.

“I didn’t keep you waiting too long, did I?” A Southern drawl interrupted Leah’s thoughts.

Leah looked up to find the petite lady with a perfectly coiffed silver bob smiling at her. She was so short that she was nearly eye level with a seated Leah. Her clear gray eyes seemed to bubble with hospitality. Leah instantly liked the woman and gave her a slight smile, being careful not to stretch her bottom lip.

“Well, you gonna keep giving me that sweet smile or are you gonna order something?” the lady asked in a teasing voice.

Leah pointed at the bright-orange cursive L embroidered thickly on one of the lady’s apron pockets. “Please tell me you’re Lulu.”

“Of course I’m Lulu. Why do you ask?” Lulu smoothed her ruffled apron, which swam in a variety of rich blue swirls.

“You match the happiness of the place perfectly,” Leah said.

“Well, that’s the nicest thing someone has said to me today. What can I get you?”

“Coffee and whatever you recommend.”

Lulu gave her a wink and strolled back to the kitchen.

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, June 29

Godly Book Reviews, June 30

Daysong Reflections, July 1

Inklings and notions, July 1

Retrospective Spines, July 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 2

Quiet Quilter, July 3

For Him and My Family, July 4

Maureen’s Musings, July 5

Through the Fire Blogs, July 5

The Becca Files, July 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, July 7

janicesbookreviews, July 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 8

Remembrancy, July 9

Reader’s Cozy Corner, July 10

A Reader’s Brain, July 10

Pause for Tales, July 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 11

Living Life Free in christ, July 12

Texas Book-aholic, July 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, T.I. Lowe is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of LuLu’s Cafe!!

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/e4f3/lulu-s-cafe-celebration-tour-giveaway