Hide It In Your Heart 2019

Lima, Annie HIDE IT IN YOUR HEART

This 2019 calendar features a Bible verse for each week in creative fonts that can be colored in. A wide variety of holidays are listed, both traditional and unusual. (Do you know when Appreciate a Dragon Day is? How about Lost Sock Memorial Day?) You’ll have plenty of room to record your activities and appointments in the section for each day and week. After every month, you’ll find word puzzles featuring key words from that month’s scriptures and holidays.

Prepare for a year full of coloring and fun that will help you hide God’s Word in your heart in 2019 without even trying!

The Author provided me with a preview copy in exchange for my honest review.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

While I am not a coloring page person, I am a planner junkie, so I offered to give it a look over.

As far as the planner portion goes, this is a week-at-a-glance only with no monthly pages. At 8.5 x 11 inches, there is plenty of room to write your appointments or make a quick note about something that happened that day.

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On the opposite page is a full coloring page featuring a Bible verse, and in between months, there are Word Scramble and Word Search puzzles. Solutions to the puzzles ca be found at the back of the book.

MY REVIEW:

Personally, I use a planner/journal that is a bit more robust as a full planner, with task lists, daily schedules and the like. However, this one could be a fun way to keep track of special memories and give my mind a break with a bit of adult style coloring.

If you are looking for coloring book that is scripture based and does double duty as a simple weekly planner, give this one a try for 2019!

Enjoy!

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Hide in Your Heart in 2019

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SEPTEMBER 2018 New Releases

 

September New Releases
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A short list of newly released, indie published, clean read books.

Unless otherwise noted, I have not read them, and they may or may not be romance.

Anderson, Lacy DROP DEAD SINGLE

DROP DEAD SINGLE, by Lacy Andersen

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Yet another reality dating show – but for the undead.

After reluctantly agreeing to publicize his love life, Prince Viktor Romanov is determined to make it through with his dignity and immortal heart intact. Hard to do with three blood-thirsty vampiresses after you. But when he runs smack dab into the stubborn and beautiful Cate, his resolution falters.

Freshly dumped and slightly tipsy Cate Mahoney arrives in the mysterious country of Monstrana and is mistaken for a contestant on a twisted version of The Bachelor. When she discovers the brooding Prince Viktor is of the undead variety, she must kill her growing feelings for him and keep her humanity a secret, or be forced to become one with the creatures of the night.

They say love is dead. With a little resurrection, it might just become undead.

Drop Dead Single is a paranormal sweet romance with plenty of spice, humor, and undying heart. Get lost in the hidden supernatural kingdom of Monstrana and fall in love with its creatures of the night. 

 

Cwalina, Paul THE WELL OF DEPRAVITY

THE WELL OF DEPRAVITY, by Paul Cwalina

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Evan has a simple desire: to wipe out human suffering. He has a plan to do it, too…one victim at a time.

Emily, too, has a simple desire: Evan. For the entire time they’ve worked together she has made no effort to hide her feelings for him.

As tempting as the thought of being with the beautiful young Emily is, Evan knows that he could never let her or anyone else get too close. There are too many secrets that must remain so.

But a man with a mission is still just a man, and when he discovers in a woman what has been missing his entire life, sticking to the plan becomes increasingly difficult. When the final brick in that wall of resistance falls, the joy can be immeasurable, but so, too, is the risk. Breaking his self-imposed rule for self-preservation comes with consequences.

Love isn’t always the answer.

 

Keels, Nadine EUBETIC DESCENT

EUBELTIC DESCENT, by Nadine C. Keels

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First in the Eubeltic Realm series.

Your soul will remember…

As a woman who wasn’t born to wealth or privilege, Abigaia has mastered the art of thievery. And she’s come to hate it. Not only is she plagued by guilt, but her shadowed upbringing and silent ways cause most of her town to question her sanity.

Yet, Abigaia’s eccentric father always taught her to be proud of her heritage. Her ancestry lies across the sea, in a prominent realm she’s read about but has never seen.

The man who desires Abigaia’s hand in marriage doesn’t share her hope of seeing the Eubeltic Realm. But disaster erupts in their path, and Abigaia’s dream may have a greater purpose—if that famed domain of her ancestors is now in crucial need of her.

This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history that takes place in a completely fictional world. While this novel can stand alone, its background comes further to light in The Movement of Crowns Series, which is great to read before or after this book.

 

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A midwife has a chance to right a seventy-year-old wrong. Tessa delivers babies at night and raises five sons by day. When an angel appears after a birth and asks for help on a quest, her first response is, “Angels don’t even exist,” followed by a swift, “No.”

Even after he proves he exists (and lets her call him Martin) she wants nothing to do with his quest: Martin wants to find a relic stolen at the end of World War II, when the town of Barlassina was torched and its church destroyed. The relic went into the pocket of a long-dead soldier and hasn’t been seen since.

Without the relic, the church won’t be rebuilt; without the church, Barlassina will die. It’s been gone for eight decades, but Martin senses the relic is about to be “birthed back into time.” He wants Tessa there when it happens. There’s only one chance to make it right, and he’s desperate.

Tessa’s family comes from that town, but really? Still no.

When a bill threatens to end midwifery in Massachusetts, Tessa offers Martin a deal: she’ll hunt for the relic if he’ll help kill that legislation. An unlikely team, they start sifting through the past and the present, the lives of soldiers and the deaths of innocents, guilty consciences and a few consciences that aren’t nearly guilty enough.

The further they delve into the mystery, though, the more obvious it becomes that there’s more to Martin’s story. And the key to uncovering the relic may lie in whatever it is he’s trying to keep hidden.

Jane Lebak writes novels about angels, smart women, and smart women dealing with angels. Relic of His Heart has all three in spades, in a rousing triumph of love, persistence, and the many ways the present encounters the past.

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Lima, Annie HIDE IT IN YOUR HEART

HIDE IT IN YOUR HEART, by Annie Douglas Lima

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This 2019 calendar features a Bible verse for each week in creative fonts that can be colored in. A wide variety of holidays are listed, both traditional and unusual. (Do you know when Appreciate a Dragon Day is? How about Lost Sock Memorial Day?) You’ll have plenty of room to record your activities and appointments in the section for each day and week. After every month, you’ll find word puzzles featuring key words from that month’s scriptures and holidays. Prepare for a year full of coloring and fun that will help you hide God’s Word in your heart in 2019 without even trying!

 

Livingston, Bree THE STAR'S FAKE MARRIAGE

THE STAR’S FAKE MARRIAGE, by Bree Livingston

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A reporter desperate to prove herself, a country music singer with a chip on his shoulder, and a second chance at love.

Callie Chapman is tired of hiding behind a pen name and lying to her family. Out of the blue, her editor gives her the ultimate opportunity—marry country superstar Tucker Hawk and get the inside scoop for her magazine.  There’s only one problem. They dated before he made it big, and she’s never gotten over him.

Tucker Hawk’s been America’s favorite country music star until the past year when a nasty breakup sent him spiraling. The CEO of his label has the perfect plan to get him back in the good graces of the public—a fake wife for the self-professed eternal bachelor. When he finds out the woman they’ve chosen is a love that got away, good memories resurface. But he’s been used too many times since then and trust isn’t something he gives away for free anymore.

When fate brings them together again, they wonder if they should take a chance on love or just play their parts.

 

Malone, D E LOVE LIKE WATER

LOVE LIKE WATER, by D. E. Malone

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Two Hearts, One Tour Bus. Is There Room Enough for Love?

After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son.

Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.

Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?

 

Salisbury, Lauren CONVICTION

Conviction, The Legacy Chronicles Book 2, by Lauren H. Salisbury

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Can two people with opposing principles overcome their differences to be together?

Than has spent his life ostensibly having fun while secretly fighting for his people’s freedom. A member of the underground resistance, he is only ever serious around his comrades and his family. When an injury forces him to step down from active duty and his reluctant nurse sparks his interest, Than finds himself in uncharted territory. The fascinating woman will have nothing to do with him.

Menali’s past has taught her to keep her head down and trust that God has a reason for allowing the human race to suffer on U’du. When Than explodes into her life, he refuses to take no for an answer and challenges all of her preconceptions. He soon has her re-evaluating her priorities and wondering what life with someone like him would be like.

NOTE: This book can be read as a standalone novel, but it contains major spoilers for Courage, book 1 in the series. For maximum enjoyment, The Legacy Chronicles are best read in order.

 

Smith, Morgan THE MOURNING ROSE

THE MOURNING ROSE, by Morgan Smith

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Manners meet magic in this tale, where curses mix with curtseys, and Charm takes on a whole new dimension  Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen fans will love this romantic fantasy, set in a Regency that never was.

Eglantine Mayland is this Season’s Reigning Toast, and seems destined to make a good marriage. When the wealthy Lord Valremer, a confirmed bachelor, begins to court her seriously, Eglantine’s cousin Polyantha senses that not all is well. Too many of his actions seem to be part of a web of evil that twines itself around the Mayland family.

And why is a well-known rogue and smuggler so interested in their plight?

 

Whitaker, Nix MODEL SERENITY

MODEL SERENTIY, by Nix Whittaker

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes baby … wait that isn’t right. But that is how Aaru has planned it, have a baby even if she can’t find the right guy. On a planet where everyone is in a rigid caste system determined by their genetics, Aaru is part of an outcast model of human called Serenities. They had a tendency to go mad so Aaru wants children before that dreaded day appears. She never expected to meet the donor. Unfortunately, her plans change when the Scribe government comes for her and her baby. She would have been taken if the baby daddy hadn’t arrived on her doorstep.

Kaidan is a Warrior and protecting people is part of his DNA. The stakes are just higher because Aaru is carrying his child. But to face the power of the Scribe government means he has to give up everything to follow his heart.

 

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Cassandra, please contact me within 30 days to claim your prize.

 

AUGUST 2018 New Releases

August New Release (1)

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A short list of newly released, indie published, clean read books.

Unless otherwise noted, I have not read them, and they may or may not be romance.

Ashwood, Sarah AERISIAN REFRAIN

AERISIAN REFRAIN, by Sarah Ashwood

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Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…

Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood home to convalesce, creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie wakens in a parallel world, Aerisia. Here, she discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers—the legacy of a banished race who have been invading her dreams.

Mistrusted by Aerisia’s most powerful factions because of her heritage, Annie finds allies are hard to come by. Supporting her are one immortal warrior who refuses to label her as evil, and one woman willing to stand against anything and anyone to help a friend: the Artan herself. Seizing control of her destiny will mean defying both her ancestors and the Aerisian leaders. Mastering her magic may mean making the greatest sacrifice of all…or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.

SafeCages-ebook

(Obviously, I’ve read this one. =) Full disclosure – I wrote it.)

SAFE CAGES, by Michelle Bolanger

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Best Friends. Dads. Husbands.

Christian.

From the moment they met at the batting cages, Michael Casio and Sam Jones have been best friends.

When his feelings for Sam developed into something that conflicted with his strict Christian upbringing, Michael fled the state hoping the forbidden attraction would go away.

Sam was sure he’d lost his friend for good and did his best to move on. But when Michael came home willing to risk it all, they discovered a love neither of them would have imagined possible.

Their life seems perfect until a series of events leads them to Cornerstone Community Church, where they have an encounter with God and His love changes everything.

**Safe Cages is about two gay men who come to faith in Christ. The story follows their journey to that faith and how their decision ultimately affects them, their relationship, their family, and the church they join.**

Holt, Jessica Marie JOE

JOE- by Jessica Marie Holt

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A poignant story of heartache, friendship, and second chances, this novella brings the Homecoming short story series to its compelling and emotional end.

Outwardly, Joe Piper has a charmed existence. He lives in a small, picturesque coastal town, and spends his days tending his garden, hanging out on his boat, and running his restaurant.

Inwardly, he is falling apart. A long-ago tragedy still casts a shadow over his life, and recent turn of events has brought him from despondency to the brink of despair.

That is, until two wayward strangers show up unexpectedly, bringing chaos, hope, and meaning into his static, lonely existence. Will he finally put the pieces of his life back together? Or will things fall apart on him yet again?

Lind, Isaac THE LIBRARY OF ENGRIOLE

THE LIBRARY OF ENGRIOLE, by Isaac Lind

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General Sarim and his forces has taken control over Engriole. But he needs the Book of Rulers and Queen Amrya to break the old magic that prevents him from taking the throne for himself.
Queen Amrya and Oakentere escaped from prison, and Intilia and Kerim removed the old books from the library. Still, they are caught within the walls of the city. Their only way out is a daring escape that General Sarim will try to stop at any means.

Lingerfelt, Mary THE SINS OF JABAL COOPER

THE SINS OF JABAL COOPER, by Mary Lingerfelt

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This Depression-era story is told through the eyes of Will Henry, an eight-year-old boy living with his sharecropper family in a small town in rural Georgia. Will gets caught committing a petty crime, and his “sentence” is to work off his debt to society at the home of the notorious Judge Jubal Cooper.

Will is wary of the judge, whose dishonesty is the stuff of local legend; and Will soon learns that not only are all the stories true — they don’t begin to do the wily Jubal justice.

Will soon finds himself an unwilling accomplice in the judge’s skulduggery, as well as the target of a vengeful hobo. Will has to walk a tightrope to keep himself in one piece, while also keeping the law, his family, and his conscience happy.

But Will is soon forced to decide which is more important: his own sense of what’s right, or his ever-deepening involvement in Jubal’s crimes.

Join Will as he embarks on a funny, suspenseful, poignant and at times dangerous coming of age adventure in Depression-era Georgia.

NOTE TO PARENTS: The Sins of Jubal Cooper is free of profanity and sexual content, though there are some mild descriptions of violence and occasional mention of mature topics.

Monson, Kameo WHEN LOVE IS LOST

WHEN LOVE IS LOST, by Kameo Monson

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Cleaning, cooking, volunteering, attending church . . . Deb lives a monotonous life. Stuck in a loveless marriage, she doesn’t know where to turn or what to do. One day, out of the blue, a mysterious man enters her life, and her once boring existence is born anew. As he fills her heart with love, joy, and hope, she must decide whether her marriage is worth saving.

Betty’s life is nothing but fun, glamour, and shopping, especially where Deb is concerned. But can she continue hiding her torturous past from her best friend? When her past comes back to haunt her, Betty struggles to survive in a world where no-one knows the truth of her reality.

A young, pregnant mother of two, Mariah, makes new friendships with Deb as she continues her blissful journey through motherhood. But while her husband is recovering from an accident, new terrors threaten to destroy the happiness she’s worked so hard to build.

Can all three women come together to fight the battles of life? Find out in WHEN LOVE IS LOST. A novel that shines a new light on love and friendship, and keeps readers yearning for more as they cheer for three incredible women journeying through the ups and downs of life.

A clean read.

This book contains some ‘PG-13’ domestic abuse with other related themes. It has no graphic sex scenes (implied between married couples), nudity, or swearing. Though appropriate for most teenagers, When Love Is Lost has been written with adults in mind.

Peltier, Heidi LOVES EMBRACE

LOVE’S EMBRACE, by Heidi Peltier

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Trouble comes to Love’s Embrace, Texas in 1883, in the form of barbed wire…and a feisty girl named Hattie.

Hattie Sommerville’s father sent her off to Boston nine years ago to learn how to be a lady. Now, she wants to go back home where she belongs, and maybe, after all this time, her old childhood playmate, Simon, might finally see her as more than a friend. She only hopes nobody discovers the secret that sent her running home.

Simon Caldwell lost both parents at a young age and has poured every ounce of his heart and energy into making his Texas ranch a success. Now, an unexpected nemesis in the shape of barbed wire threatens his home and his livelihood. He can’t afford to be distracted if he wants any hope of hanging on to everything he’s worked so hard for, but his old friend Hattie is back in town, turning his head and addling his mind. If he thinks the barbed wire is bad, he has no idea just how much trouble she brought along with her from Boston.

Perreault, Anne WHAT IF

WHAT IF – by Anne Perreault

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A rash decision. A trip with consequences.

Emily Martins has a comfortable life back in the States. The one thing she doesn’t have is someone to share it with. A trip to help Pakistani orphans seems just what she needs. Thrust into a different world, nothing goes as planned. Emily finds herself surrounded by unusual sights, and people with different customs. She begins to realize that her trip may have been a mistake, when together with her unexpected traveling companion – an American computer engineer – they find themselves in a life and death situation. She must allow herself to trust someone she has only just met, someone who is more than meets the eye.

Will she give up her dreams and embrace God’s plan for her life?

What if… two unlikely companions had their walls broken to bring them together – despite their many differences?

Provo, Dana Louise BLEEDING HEARTS

BLEEDING HEARTS, by Dana Louise Provo

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Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

Richey, Sheri WILLOW WOOD

WILLOW WOOD, by Sheri Richey

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Nolan Ramsey thinks he wants to be alone. He leaves his life in the city, leaves his job as a news reporter, and buys a house in the middle of nowhere. He plans a life of complete isolation with just his dog, Scuba, for company.

Calinda Willow returns home to help her aging father at the end of his life. She copes with the loss by throwing herself into her work, rejects social invitations from her friend, Jackie, and thinks she is content with her solitary life.

They are both wrong.

Walker, Sterling R VESTA EXILED

VESTA EXILED, by Sterling R. Walker

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Sixteen years since the last supply ship.

Fifteen years since the last communication from Earth.

The deadly Plague that condemned Vesta colony to exile claimed the lives of half the adults. It also changed the DNA of the exposed children, gifting each with a unique mental ability called a Talent. Now grown to adulthood, those with Talents are feared by the rest of the colony.

Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are orphans of the Plague, Strays raised by their abusive Uncle Leighton who has risen to power. With the aid of their Talents, the brothers discover Leighton’s cruel plan to take control of the Strays.

When Corban sees a mysterious young woman in one of his premonitions, ready to strike him down with a sword, he is forced to make an impossible decision: find a way to change events to save his own life or join forces with his future killer to save the Strays.

Wiseman, MK THE KITHSEEKER

THE KITHSEEKER, by M. K. Wiseman

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France, 1680 A.D.

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate—bereft of all
magick—but even this has failed to guarantee Liara’s safety. The death of the war mage would seal Liara’s own fate, and so the wizard and his bookminder must keep him in their sites and yet as far away from themselves as possible.

With nothing but a storybook and a hunch, Anisthe has set off on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant, in search of a legendary mirror that contains the most powerful magick ever known. Although the stuff of fairytales, the merest possibility of its truth embarks Nagarath and Liara on a race to discover the mirror before it falls into the hands of Nagarath’s lifelong foe. Both know should he lay claim to that power, Liara would be at the mercy of her father-in-magick and his lust for power, and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at the court of the Sun King, a world hostile to magick users, hopelessly surrounded by agents whose sole purpose is destroy them. Uncertain whom is friend or foe, with Anisthe nipping at their heels, they must unearth the mirror before its evil is released, or worse, lays claim to Liara’s magick as well and brings doom upon them all.

Mercy’s Fight, by Tammy L. Gray

Mercy's Fight

 

Title: Mercy’s Fight

Author: T. L. Gray

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Release Date: August 19, 2014

Genre: Religious and Inspirational

Format: ebook, paperback, audio

Rating: 5 lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb:

Recovering from a past shaped by violence, Matt Holloway has sworn to live a different life than his parents did. Matt has found a purpose that keeps his lingering pain and fear at bay: helping others to heal. Yet the nightmares continue to haunt him.

Grace has lived a life of luxury, sheltered by her family’s money and connections. When a betrayal forces her to question everything, she leaves her family and accepts an ambitious position in a career for which she may not be ready.

When the two first meet, they cannot deny their instant, intense attraction. While Grace is willing to take another risk with her heart, Matt remains chained by his past and struggles to trust their future together. Fighting to save the children they’ve pledged to help, Matt and Grace must learn to overcome the pain in their past and find their true courage.

First impression:

The eagerly awaited 4th book by T.L. Gray was everything I expected it to be.

We’d already met Matt Holloway in Splintered Oak, and in Mercy’s Fight we get to know him deeply. Matt has worked hard to become a confident, stable, hard working man who wants nothing more than to take his tortured past and allow God to use it. He runs the office of the anger management counselor that helped him get his life back on track and volunteers as a big brother at a local youth center. His life is ordered, controlled, and for reasons he’s not willing to admit to anyone, he’s a confirmed bachelor, and determined to stay that way….Until Grace comes along.

Grace Covington is his exact opposite. Though born and raised in the high society of the New York elite, she’s determined to break free and stand on her own feet, Trusting God to help her make her way on her own merit, she moves states away, refusing to rely on her parents money or influence. Her determination is sorely needed when she takes over as the new director of a youth center in the heart of a tough, inner city neighborhood. Dangers she’s never even imagined suddenly become very, very real.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Sparks fly when Matt’s stubbornness and grit collide with Grace’s strength and apparent naivete. Matt’s casual confidence is completely swoon worthy when he catches her checking him out, but seconds later his bitter disdain for her heritage makes you want to slap him! Grace takes everything he dishes out and gives back as good as she gets, and it’s her refusal to be intimidated or backed down by him or the uncomfortable and often dangerous situations she’s thrown into that makes you fall in love with her.

After taste.

In what is becoming classic T.L. Gray style, Mercy’s Fight manages to be squeaky clean, yet tells a story that is gritty and rough. The banter and the obvious attraction between the characters is masterfully written and keeps the pages turning, while the story and circumstances engage you in the lives of each character.

Overall impression.

I would recommend this book to all readers 15+. Though the story deals with some tough subject matter like gang and domestic violence, and drug distribution, there is no language, sexual situations, or descriptive violence.

About the Author

 Gray, Tammy L

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. She writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. She believes hope and healing can be found through high quality fiction that inspires and provokes change.

Her characters are real, relatable and deep, earning her a 2017 RITA award in the Romance with Religious and Spiritual Elements category.

When not chasing after her three amazing kids, Tammy can be spotted with her head in a book. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website at http://tammylgray.com

I’d love to hear from all of you! Come join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tlgraybooks or twitter @tlgraybooks

Purchase links:

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PRE-ORDER Safe Cages, by Michelle Bolanger

**Safe Cages is about two gay men who come to faith in Christ. The story follows their journey to that faith and how their decision ultimately affects them, their relationship, their family, and the church they join.**

SafeCages-ebook

Best Friends. Dads. Husbands.

Christian.

From the moment they met at the batting cages, Michael Casio and Sam Jones have been best friends.

When his feelings for Sam developed into something that conflicted with his strict Christian upbringing, Michael fled the state hoping the forbidden attraction would go away.

Sam was sure he’d lost his friend for good and did his best to move on. But when Michael came home willing to risk it all, they discovered a love neither of them would have imagined possible.

Their life seems perfect until a series of events leads them to Cornerstone Community Church, where they have an encounter with God and His love changes everything.

Yep, that’s my newest book, and it is available for pre-order now at the following online retailers:

AMAZON
BARNES and NOBLE
iBOOKS

You can also request a signed paperback by emailing me directly at:

michelle.bolanger@gmail.com

Cover Reveal – SAFE CAGES

Sorry for the radio silence lately, but I’ve been working hard to finish my next book, and that means not much time for reading anything else!

On Monday, I released the cover and blurb for the second Challenged Faith Novel.

Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?! It was designed by Lorelei Follett Przybranowski of Hell Yes Design Studio.

SafeCages-ebook

Safe Cages

A Challenged Faith Novel

From the moment they met at the batting cages, Michael Casio and Sam Jones have been best friends.

When his feelings for Sam developed into something that conflicted with his strict Christian upbringing, Michael fled the state hoping the forbidden attraction would go away.

Sam was sure he’d lost his friend for good and did his best to move on. But when Michael came home willing to risk it all, they discovered a love neither of them would have imagined possible.

Their life seems perfect until a series of events leads them to Cornerstone Community Church. While there, they have an encounter with God and His love changes everything.

Safe Cages is a Contemporary M/M Christian Romance, and will be available August 7, 2018.
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The Awakening, by Tamara Leigh

The Awakening, TAMARA LEIGH

Title: The Awakening

Author: Tamara Leigh

Publisher: Tamara Leigh

Release Date: January 19, 2018

Genre: Religious and Inspirational Fiction, Medieval Romance

Format: eBook, paperback, audio

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Rating: Light Roast to Medium Roast

Blurb

The seventh book in the AGE OF FAITH series—featuring Lady Laura Middleton of THE YIELDING and Sir Lothaire Soames of THE VEXING.

FAR BETTER TO LOVE WITHOUT PROFIT…

Even if she must sell herself in marriage to the highest bidder, Lady Laura Middleton is determined to provide her daughter a home and protector. But when Queen Eleanor presents her cousin with four suitors, among them is one who believes Laura betrayed him ten years past. Despite her attempts to discourage his pursuit, he is determined to have her for the dowry needed to save his lands. Should he prevail, how is she to shield her daughter from the enemy who lurks within his walls? And what of her heart? If she reveals the truth of her betrayal, might he love her again?

…THAN LOVE NOT AND REAP BITTERNESS

Beware the Delilah, my son. Beware the Jezebel—advice Baron Lothaire Soames should have heeded as a young man. Now in need of funds, he faces marriage to the woman he lost to scandal. Though he vows to find another way to return prosperity to his lands, his former betrothed proves his only hope and he grudgingly vies to become her worthiest suitor—only to be struck by how little it takes his heart to pick up where it left off. Can he forgive what cannot be forgotten? More, will she forever yearn for the man who fathered her child?

My Review:

First impression.

So. Many. Secrets! It drove me crazy that they won’t just talk to each other! The author does a wonderful job setting up WHY they keep things to themselves, but that doesn’t make it any easier to read when you want them to….well….kiss and make up?

Before I get into the main characters of this book, I have loved seeing the evolution of Queen Eleanor’s presence in this series. She is ultra-manipulative, but in this book her intelligence and care for her subjects has never been clearer. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

I was not at all impressed with Baron Soames in The Vexing, but as with all of this author’s leading men it didn’t take me long to fall in love with him.

Lady Laura irked me more than once for her refusal to tell Lothaire the truth, but that frustration also kept me reading.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

While I absolutely adored Lothaire Soames (I especially like saying his name.), it was Lady Laura, Clarice, and Sebille that drew me into the story.

The way the author handled the topic of rape was sensitive yet left me, the reader, feeling the traumatic after effects. When the truth came out, all my frustration with Lady Laura was removed, because it was clear she might not have been believed if she’d spoken up sooner. I won’t spoil the story by revealing how, but Lothaire needed to SEE the emotional and mental impact her past had on her.

And the amount of respect and honor Lothaire showed her when he finally understood made me love him all the more!

By the time all of this was worked out, I wasn’t anywhere near done with the book, and I had NO idea where the story would go. Which leads me to the reason this book earned 5 Lattes and not 4.

The undercurrent of manipulation upon manipulation between Lothaire’s mother, sister, Clarice, and Lady Laura was expertly written. I truly had no idea who did what until the very end, and I LOVE it when a story surprises me like that.

I don’t think I’ve noted this before, but I listen to these books on audio, and the narrator, Mary Sarah Agliotta is fantastic. I listen to a LOT of audio books, and these are some of the best out there.

After taste.
While not my favorite of the Age of Faith Books (The Unveiling and The Vexing hold top spots!), it is one I will read again.

Overall impression.

I adore the ‘world’ the author has created. I feel like I know the families, and with each book, I can’t wait to see what our dear Queen Eleanor gets up to next!

About the Author *

 Tamara Leigh

Tamara Leigh holds a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994 and nominated for a RITA award. Continuing to write for the general market, she was published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, Tamara’s first inspirational contemporary romance, Stealing Adda, was released. In 2008, Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie and Splitting Harriet won an ACFW Book of the Year award. The following year, Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award. In 2011, Tamara wrapped up her Southern Discomfort series with the release of Restless in Carolina.

When not in the middle of being a wife and mother, Tamara dips her writer’s pen in ink and nose in a good book. In 2012, she returned to the historical romance genre with Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance, followed by the Age of Faith series, which now includes the seventh book, The Awakening. Tamara’s #1 Bestsellers—Lady at Arms, Lady Of Eve, Lady Of Conquest, and Lady Betrayed—are among her general market romances to be rewritten as clean reads. Baron Of Blackwood, the third book in the #1 bestselling series, The Feud, is now available.

Tamara lives near Nashville with her husband, a German Shepherd who has never met a squeaky toy she can’t destroy, and a feisty Morkie who keeps her company during long writing stints. And then there’s Boog, her grandpuppy…

Connect with Tamara at her website http://www.tamaraleigh.com, her blog The Kitchen Novelist, her email tamaraleightenn@gmail.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For new releases and special promotions, subscribe to Tamara Leigh’s mailing list: www.tamaraleigh.com

*For an added bonus – be sure to check out the link on her website to her Cover Evolutions!

Purchase links:

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The Vexing, by Tamara Leigh

 

The Vexing

Title: The Vexing (Age of Faith #6)

Author: Tamara Leigh

Publisher: Tamara Leigh

Release Date: May 12, 2017

Genre: Christian Medieval Romance

Format: Paperback, Audio, Kindle

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Purchase links

Amazon, AudibleiTunes

 

Blurb

A VEXING LADY
Answering her father’s summons to return home, Lady Beata Fauvel must evade capture by noblemen who seek to wed a great heiress. But when she falls into the hands of Queen Eleanor of England, she discovers her sovereign has plans of her own for the lady known France over as The Vestal Widow. Now Beata must not only escape the knight entrusted with ensuring she does not wed without permission, but survive a storm-tossed sea and revelation of a long-buried secret that could destroy her family. And what of a heart that wants what it cannot have? Will it only ever beat for the queen’s man?

A REPENTANT KNIGHT
For years, Sir Durand Marshal has faithfully served his queen as penance for betrayal of the Wulfrith family. When he rescues a woman pursued by vassals of the French king, he is charged with delivering to England the nearly scandalous lady who has only a name in common with the one he once loved. Though he never expects to feel anything beyond annoyance for the outspoken Lady Beata, he finds himself drawn to yet another woman denied him. Can he fulfill his duty to his liege? Or will he forsake his redemption and forever ruin his reputation—more, the lady’s?

 

Review

I absolutely ADORE this series and have listened to the audio version multiple times.

In the previous Age of Faith books, Durand Marshal is the man you love to hate, yet despite everything, you end up rooting for him to gain his redemption after so many bad decisions.

First impression.

LOOK AT THE COVER! It is absolutely gorgeous.

I don’t know why, but in the previous books, I didn’t visualize him to be as young as he is, so at first I had a difficult time matching his character with the story. It took getting past the LOOOOONG shipwreck scene before I really felt like I had a good connection with him.
I loved Beata from the beginning and knew immediately she was the perfect match for wayward Durand. She, like the other ladies in the Age of Faith series, was incredibly strong in spite of all that had happened to her, yet her vulnerability made her extremely relateable.

What kept me reading. (Or didn’t.)
It was wonderful to get glimpses of the Wulfrith’s and their families as the story progressed and I will confess, I cried when it appeared we may have lost one of them. Big, fat, ugly tears. Life in the middle ages was very hard, and while I trust this author as one who doesn’t often kill off major characters, it would have been very believable.

I will note that the emphasis on faith and the church was significantly less in this book than it was in the others, and I kind of missed it. It was there, but their faith did not play a huge role in either of their character arcs.

I will also shamelessly admit I have listened to the final chapter at LEAST four times. The ending is so wonderfully written it loses none of the impact even though I know word for word what will happen.

After Taste
Baron Marshal has a great ring to it.

Overall Impression

While I felt like the shipwreck scene dragged on for me, over all this book ranks second on my list of the 6 so far in the series. Garr and Annyn from “The Unveiling” will always be my favorite because…Garr.
I would recommend this book to all ages, and if you love historical romance, you do not want to miss this series. And I absolutely can NOT recommend the audio version enough. I could honestly listen to the narrator read a phone book.

About the Author

Tamara Leigh

Tamara Leigh holds a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In 1993, she signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books. Her first medieval romance, Warrior Bride, was released in 1994 and nominated for a RITA award. Continuing to write for the general market, she was published with HarperCollins and Dorchester and earned awards and spots on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, Tamara’s first inspirational contemporary romance, Stealing Adda, was released. In 2008, Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie and Splitting Harriet won an ACFW Book of the Year award. The following year, Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award. In 2011, Tamara wrapped up her Southern Discomfort series with the release of Restless in Carolina.

When not in the middle of being a wife and mother, Tamara dips her writer’s pen in ink and nose in a good book. In 2012, she returned to the historical romance genre with Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance, followed by the Age of Faith series, which now includes the seventh book, The Awakening. Tamara’s #1 Bestsellers—Lady at Arms, Lady Of Eve, Lady Of Conquest, and Lady Betrayed—are among her general market romances to be rewritten as clean reads. Baron Of Blackwood, the third book in the #1 bestselling series, The Feud, is now available.

Tamara lives near Nashville with her husband, a German Shepherd who has never met a squeaky toy she can’t destroy, and a feisty Morkie who keeps her company during long writing stints. And then there’s Boog, her grandpuppy…

Connect with Tamara at her website http://www.tamaraleigh.com, her blog The Kitchen Novelist, her email tamaraleightenn@gmail.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For new releases and special promotions, subscribe to Tamara Leigh’s mailing list: http://www.tamaraleigh.com

 

The Masterpiece, By Francine Rivers

The Masterpiece COVER

 

Title: The Masterpiece

Author: Rivers, Francine

Publisher: Tyndale House

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Genre: Religious and Inspirational Romance

Format: Hardback, EBook, and Audio

Rating: 4 Lattes*

Heat Level: Light Roast*

Buy Links: AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, BOOKSAMILLION, or LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN STORES

Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship—and both their lives—forever.

Review:

It is no secret that Francine Rivers tops the list of my favorite authors, so when it was announced she was releasing a new romance, I immediately pre-ordered it.

First impression.
The book opens with Roman Velasco in the midst of his dangerous graffiti habit. He climbs a building, completes his art, and runs from the cops. It feels gritty and exciting. A super rich, high profile artist hiding a shady habit.

Then we meet Grace Moore, a single Christian mom in a tough situation who is looking for a job that will enable her and her young son to finally make it on their own.

When the temp agency sends her to Roman’s estate to work as his personal assistant, the stakes of the story are set almost immediately.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Honestly, the main thread of the story fell very flat for me. The danger introduced in the first chapter never really materialized, though it was (weaky) hinted at several times.

What kept me reading were the back stories. Mrs. Rivers did an amazing job of painting the layers of trials from Roman and Grace’s early lives and showing how those experiences shaped both of them. The flashbacks were woven into the present time story at moments when I probably would have stopped reading otherwise. I just never really connected emotionally with either of their adult selves.

After taste.

The book has an exciting beginning, a dramatic mid-point turn for both Roman and Grace, and the ending was satisfying, but, for me at least, it lacked the emotional punch I was hoping for.

Overall impression.

The Masterpiece is a great read, and definitely showcases Ms. Rivers’ ability to wind the redemptive story of the gospel into a contemporary romance. It was a satisfying read with a storybook romance. My only wish is that I had closed the book feeling more of a connection to at least one of the characters.

About the Author:

 Rivers, Francine 

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America’s coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Visit Francine online at www.francinerivers.com and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FrancineRivers) and Twitter (@FrancineRivers)

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