Grace Filled Fiction Christmas Sweeps ~ 2019

 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…[KJV]

 

Five authors are promoting their novels/novellas … and they will give away a copy of their book to five winners from readers who leave comments. This is our authors’ Christmas gift to the winners. Click above, under the blog’s title, to leave a comment. Winners will be selected between December 26th and January 7. We will begin notifying winners after the second week in January.

ANNABELLE’S JOY by Betty Thomason Owens ~ When the rush of the holidays leaves us stressed, it’s nice to retreat to a happy place. Annabelle’s Joy is a respite from the hustle and bustle of present-day holiday prep. Take a ride back to small town 1957, a simpler time when folks spent their evenings sitting out on the porch, sipping sweet tea. Annabelle and her next-door neighbor, Tom Franklin, keep the town gossips busy trying to figure out whether they’re just good friends, or something a lot more interesting.   Website Purchase On Amazon

 

ACTS OF MALICE by Nike N. Chillemi ~ Lavender Raines and Mac ‘Mackey’ Mackenzie hardly know each other. They’re polar opposites. She’s ever the diplomat. He’s got a tough-guy guardian spirit. Each spends their holiday season filled with angst, a bit of humor, and bittersweet moments and memories. It won’t get better and it could get worse if greedy real estate moguls and the Deep State have their say. A classic Christmas murder mystery read with underlying national security themes. Website   Purchase On Amazon

 

 

COWBOYS, BILLIONAIRES, AND OTHER CHRISTMAS FANTASIES: A Christian Romance Collection by Suzanne D. Williams ~ Four exclusive Christmas romances to put you in the spirit of the season. Spend your daydreams with cowboy Mustang Holt, as he tries to find home again. Enjoy a sweet and funny trip to Mama’s with married couple, Karen and Carlton Mead, and their two teenagers. Spin a royal Christmas fantasy with coworkers, Laurie Gray and Skelley Black. But especially, don’t miss reclusive billionaire Cash McShane, and the double crossover story, Christmas Cash – only available in this set! Christmas is better with romance.   Website   Purchase On Amazon

 

CHRISTMAS UNDER WRAPS by Fay Lamb ~ How does an alligator fit into a Christmas romance? Well, Abercrombie is the mayor’s fiercest foe, the heroine’s best friend, and the hero … Abercrombie risks his life to save that man’s hide. It’s just Christmas in Mullet Harbor.   Website   Purchase On Amazon

 

Secret of Cliffs

THE SECRET IN THE CLIFFS by Kristin Tucker ~ The reason we celebrate Christmas is often lost in the commotion of gift buying, meal preparation and spending time with family.  Although these are all wonderful things, the hope is that  people will reflect on the fact that we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday.  The Secret in the Cliffs is an adventure/ mystery story that endeavors to prove that the Bible is not just a made-up story, but indeed based in historical fact.  Anyone who reads it will certainly be encouraged to find the proof for themselves, and for those who already believe, that it will strengthen their faith.

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Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~ on Authors’ Thanksgiving Thoughts

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From all of us at Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~~ We love this time of year and want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy and truly blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

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BETTY THOMASON OWENS

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Betty:  I’m most thankful for God’s grace and forgiveness, something I tend to take for granted, so that’s what I’d remind myself. I’m thankful for the gift of family.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name.

Betty:  In my Kinsman Redeemer series, Annabelle Cross clings to faith, even through great loss. Having a thankful heart and nature sustained her and brought her back to a season of joy in the final book, ANNABELLE’S JOY.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Betty:  It’s the turkey! I love watching as it roasts to a beautiful golden brown, filling the house with its aroma. Is anyone else hungry? My favorite food to bring is pumpkin pie, which is also my favorite to eat.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Betty:  I tend to avoid Black Friday. I’m allergic to crowds. I do occasionally venture out, but only if someone makes me.

Betty’s Website:                                             Betty’s Amazon Author Page

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Nike N. Chillemi

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Nike:  My spiritual relationship with God, my happy relocated life in northeastern Florida, and my writing. I should be more grateful for each of those. Sometimes I carp.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name.

Nike:  In BLOOD SPEAKS, Bertha Dagney is spiritual mom to heroine PI Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels. Bertha walks the walk. Even when framed for murder she praises God.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Nike: My fav food to cook is the Turkey. Years ago, I got a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine to baste the bird with a mixture of apple sauce and maple syrup. I got raves at the table. My fav to eat is slightly warm pecan pie with whipped cream.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Nike: I intensely dislike what is now called Black Friday. For me the entire Thanksgiving Day weekend should be spent with family and friends…or a good book.

Nike’s Blog                                                        Nike’s Amazon Author Page

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Suzanne D. Williams

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Suzanne:  I am thankful every time I walk out the door and don’t fall apart. Not too long ago, fear crippled me, and I never left home. God has set me free. I cannot be thankful enough for life.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name.

Suzanne:  I had to think on this. I have so many characters. The first character to come to mind was Grace in Book 3 of the Florida Irish series, FAITH & FORGIVENESS. Grace suffers from panic attacks like I did and searches in herself for the courage to be normal. Her thankfulness comes in seeing herself through Nick Sawyer’s eyes. It’s a precious story that has always meant a lot to me.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Suzanne:  Definitely my grandmother’s dressing. She taught me how to make it and once told me it was just like hers. I miss her tons. Making it each year connects me to her and tons of good memories.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Suzanne:  It’s not my thing. I don’t like crowds. I’d much rather internet shop.

 Suzanne’s Website                                  Suzanne’s Amazon Author Page

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Tracy Ruckman

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Tracy:  Most thankful for our road trip this year – 25,000 miles, 189 days of tent camping our way around the US. Nothing like I envisioned, ending sooner than expected, and more challenging than I ever imagined it could be, but we did it! At our ages, 56 and 72, that seems almost a miracle.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Tracy:  I love my homemade cornbread dressing and homemade cranberry sauce. My older son usually hosts Thanksgiving, and for the past several years, my tradition is to bring some unique appetizer and/or dessert that we’ve never had before.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Tracy:  Normally we avoid the frenzy, but one year, we joined my grown kids at midnight to shop different stores, then we went to Waffle House for breakfast. A one-time event, but we had a blast.

GFFS: Tracy writes inspirational and devotional books, such as CHRISTMAS MIRACLES.

Tracy’s Blog                                                      Tracy’s Amazon Author Page
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Kristin Tucker

GFFS: What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Kristin:  I am most thankful for God’s unfailing love and my family. I would like to remember more often to be grateful for all of the little blessings God has given me.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name?

Kristin:  In my novel, “The Secret in the Cliffs”, the main character, Kyle has a best friend named Kaitlin that he is very grateful for.  She is the kind of friend that is there for him even in the most difficult situations.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Kristin:  It is difficult for me to pick one favorite Thanksgiving dish. Without fail, every Thanksgiving I load my plate up with green bean casserole and stuffing and am happy as a clam!

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Kristin:  I think that people who brave the crowds on Black Friday are very brave!!  I tried Black Friday shopping once but it wasn’t for me.  I find that I like to spread my shopping out throughout the year.

Kristin’s Webpage                                         Kristin’s Amazon Author Page

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Suzanne D. Williams ~ Grace Filled Fiction Author Spotlight, Fall 2019

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Author-Author: Romance, Westerns, Devotionals

 

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight is thrilled to showcase one of our favorite authors who is a wonderful writer and a wonderful person…Suzanne D. Williams. We’d like to get to know a little more about her.

GFFS:  Grace is an important concept to Grace Filled Christian Fiction as a Christian writers organization and a theme that runs through everything we do. How has grace been important in your life and what does it mean to you?

Suzanne:  When I was at the bottom of life, too afraid to leave home, though I didn’t fully understand God’s grace, looking back, I was the least deserving of it and in no mental shape to earn my freedom. But then, that is the grace of God, that He loved me enough to show me the way out, one step at a time, one day at a time. And to give me the gift of writing to express myself and share what God wants to do for others, whether in fiction or nonfiction format. I write what God gives me, humbled that He uses me at all.

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GFFS: What is your latest release and what would you like us to know about  it?

Suzanne:  I have 2 books this fall and Christmas season. A compilation set, COWBOYS, BILLIONAIRES, and OTHER CHRISTMAS FANTASIES  and a book release on October 15th entitled, GRAVEROBBER (The Reserrectionists, Book 1). The first is a set of 4 exclusive Christmas-themed stories, which includes a double crossover to two of my billionaire series. This is a story I have wanted to write for quite sometime.

GFFS:  What will you be doing next, either in writing or in life?

Suzanne:  I am writing Book 2 of a western series and a top-secret novel to be released next year.

GFFS:  Looking back at books you’ve loved by other Christian authors, tell us about one.

Suzanne: LIGHT OF MY HEART (Silver Hills Trilogy Book #1) by Ginny Aiken  ~~  This is a beautiful book. The description and turn of phrase put me in mind of Jane Austin’s novels, although set in the Midwest. I could see Hartville and felt myself pulled back in time with each page. Dr. Morgan was a delightful spunky character with a great heart for others. Eric, the newspaperman, made for a stubborn, handsome contrast. I can’t recall a male character with a mustache that I enjoyed reading about quite so much. There was also a wonderful array of sub-characters, each one unique and perfectly painted, especially the Patterson children. There were a few instances of head-hopping and a couple times that I got lost in the action sequences, but in general, the plot flowed well and kept my interest, introducing enough new elements as it went along that I wanted to turn the page. The story was clean with a nice attraction in the romance. A couple should show some physical desire, or the book grows stale. That said, there’s no sexual content and no cursing. The Christian message was very clear and, in my opinion, needed in the church. Many would turn their noses up instead of helping those less fortunate. But Jesus consorted with sinners far more than saints. I did feel Eric did a bit too much self-impalement. Overall, a really beautiful book that I enjoyed. I recommend it to adults or teens who read Christian fiction. I’d love to read book two.

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Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~ Summer Book Bash 2019

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The Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight Summer Book Bash 2019 is now in full swing offering exciting reads by accomplished authors and lots of summer fun.

Delilah

DELILAH by Fay Lamb (Write Integrity Press) ~ With a setting like Central Florida, what’s not to love about Fay Lamb’s once-hated antagonist Delilah. The character shines in this summer romance that takes you from the streets of Orlando, Florida’s City Beautiful, to the backwater tributaries of the St. Johns River. There’s courtroom intrigue, laughter, tears, and the angst of meeting nature, up close and personal. Oh, and there’s a romance that you won’t soon forget. Perfect summer reading.

A New York YankeeA NEW YORK YANKEE ON STINKING CREEK by Carol McClain (Hummingbird Hill Press ~ What do you get when you mix a New York atheist with a conservative Christian from Tennessee? Chaos, mix-ups and lots of love as two opposite women find themselves neighbors on Stinking Creek, Tennessee. This novel will give you the perfect summer read for the beach or the backyard hammock or the long, well-lit evenings on the front porch. You’ll laugh and cry. You’ll see yourself and that neighbor (you know who I mean) in the pages of this novel. It’s a book you won’t regret buying. Ride the wave of readers of this brand new release who will take this book to the top of the best seller list.Courting Danger

COURTING DANGER by Nike N. Chillemi (Crime Fictionista Press) ~ Exciting summer reading for mystery lovers. This novel has been called an inspirational detective novel and a cozy thriller. Young women are being murdered in a beach town. A female detective feels she knows the murderer, but can’t place him and it’s tearing at her. Meanwhile she’s falling for the man she’s got as her number one suspect, based on the facts of the case. Still, she can’t shake the feeling she’s seen the real killer somewhere before. Take this novel for intriguing beach-side or pool-side reading. 99 cents.

Mist O'er the Voyageur

MIST O’ER THE VOYAGEUR by Naomi Musch (Smitten Historical Romance) ~ With so many great books to read this summer, which one do you pick up next? How about a romantic adventure as exciting as a summer vacation itself? In 1807, on an unseasonably warm spring day in Montreal, Brigitte Marchal has no idea that eluding a cruel suitor, finding a baby abandoned on the steps of a convent, and crossing paths with a rugged Lake Superior voyageur will lead her toward an adventure into the wilderness. Disguised as a boy, but harboring the hopes and longings of a woman, Brigitte searches for hope and truth, and along the way she might discover a love she never expected.

Talk Like A Pirate

TALK LIKE A PIRATE by Suzanne D. Williams (Amazon Digital Services) ~ What’s a 17th century pirate doing in a 20th century world? Captain John Swithin set out to recover a family relic during a violent storm, but lost in the turbulent waves, he washes up on shore, three centuries later. Left in the care of his rescuer, beautiful independent Idelle Prescott, reality sinks in, he may never get home. A truth that matters less and less the more they are together. Time-travel romance with a hint of mystery set in America’s oldest city. Fun summer reading for only 99 cents.

The Revisionary

THE REVISIONARY by Kristen Hogrefe (Write Integrity Press) ~ Summer is 2149 is anything but steamy. In fact, it’s ice cold, and the political climate, even colder. However, nineteen-year-old Portia blazes forward in her plan to rescue her brother from his satellite exile the only way she knows how: by joining the ruling elite. Her plan derails when she’s wrongly accused of helping the Rogues fighting for freedom the rebel way, and she must decide if it’s better to rewrite the rules or join those who break them. Her story presents the perfect summertime blend of sizzling suspense and ice cold tension. 99 cents July 3 thru 7.

One Step BAck

ONE STEP BACK: A TITUS RAY THRILLER by Luana Ehrlich (Potter’s Word Publishing) ~ Can’t get away from a vacation this summer? Zero funds? Enjoy a fun summer read with an exotic location instead. In this espionage thriller, CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray has been recruiting assets willing to feed him intel on the Iranian opposition. When he unexpectedly meets Amir Madani, one of Iran’s premier nuclear scientists, he can’t resist the opportunity to pursue him as a CIA asset. Although a beautiful Iranian socialite warns Titus to stay away from Madani, he ignores her advice. The consequences prove disastrous for Titus, and as the secret police close in on him, he’s forced to find shelter with a group of Iranian Christians, who risk their own lives to save him.

Love's Delicate Blossom

LOVE’S DELICATE BLOSSOM: Peaches and Dreams Book 3 by Ada Brownell (Amazon Digital Services) ~ An historical romantic suspense that’s perfect for summer reading. Hoping to use her talents to bless others, Ritah O’Casey challenges a kidnapper, works in a World War I military clinic, won’t sat “Yes” to a marriage proposal, and fragrant peach blossoms carry a message of life and love. Kindle Countdown Deal, 99 cents July 1-6. Peach blossoms…so summery.

Roadkill

ROADKILL: DOUBLE BARREL MYSTERIES #1 by Barbara Ellen Brink (Barbara Ellen Brink) ~ A nostalgic return to the tiny Lake Superior port town where he grew up, places Detective Blake Gunner and his wife Shelby in the deep end of trouble. Someone doesn’t want them looking into a local woman’s hit-and-run or asking too many questions about her past, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make them stop. Untangling this maze of lies, blackmail, and old family grudges may just be the death of them. Summer is heating up, so take a sip of that ice-cold drink and settle into my fictional town of Port Scuttlebutt. You will fall in love with this mystery-solving duo. The Gunners are romantic Double Barrel fun! 99 cents thru July 6th.

Julianne

JULIANNE by Rebekah Lyn (Real Life Books & Media) ~Julianne is an exasperated woman with one man from her past and one from her present vying for her heart, but is she finally learning she is more than enough on her own? The calming sound of ocean waves or the cheerful song of birds on the lake will both make a wonderful soundtrack for this story of self-discovery….and a wonderful summertime read.

Daring To Live

DARING TO LIVE by Mary Vee (Never Give Up Stories) ~ Summer is the best time to read a patriotic novel — June 1 through July 14 is a busy time of year even for those without work. Survival becomes a 24 hour a day job. Had Staff Sergeant Ethen Hartman not received temporary work in his dad’s shop, he’d have no choice but to roam the streets begging for money and looking for housing like Liz Westcott. As the only survivor of his unit, PTSD stopped his token efforts to help her. It took 34 days to convince her she could dare to live another day. Thirty-four days for both to see their worth. 2019 Selah finalist

A Dangerous Deception

A DANGEROUS DECEPTION by Debra E. Marvin (Forget Me Not Romances) ~ Intrigue and a charming Irishman add to the summer heat in ‘the wickedest town in the west’ when Andromeda Barr trails a murderer to Jerome, AZ. Be warned. The ice will melt in your forgotten glass as you shadow Pinkerton Agent Connell O’Brien. Hiding his identity is part of the job, but when he meets the surprising entertainer, he wonders how many secrets are too many. Performing is Andromeda’s blood, but she has to believe she’s lying for all the right reasons— Will these two solo acts join forces before the danger of discovery becomes a matter of life or death? This one is a perfect read  for summer intrigue lovers.

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~ Best of 2018

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This year the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight, formerly the Grace Awards, is embarking on an exciting new adventure. Our stellar crew of judges from Grace Awards days, and active  Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight Facebook group members will rotate as they choose Christian novels/novellas that they love as their picks for “best of.” This is not so much about competition as it is about LOVE, passionately loving wonderful Christian fiction.

Romance:

Loving Brock by Joan Deneve [Write Integrity Press]

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LOVING BROCK is like no other romance I’ve read. Several months have gone by since I’ve read it, and I still think about these characters. First, this story is, for the most part, set on a mission in Africa. That in itself stirs up a sense of adventure and expectation.

Second, I love that the author was brave enough to make her hero and heroine older, not the 20- or 30-something of so many romances. Not that I’m opposed to the younger set, but a life of mistakes brings about a deeper wisdom. Dr. Brock Whitfield exudes that wisdom, but his internal thoughts relay the regret and humility of his character. His nurse, Joy Stockman, doesn’t have the regret, but she possesses deep compassion and reflects her own name through all sorts of trials. Their work together builds into a deep affection that makes the perfect combination for a love story.

I won’t give spoilers, but unexpected family issues cause them to take a step back at the worst possible time! God said WAIT in obvious terms, but Brock didn’t expect Him to bring the perfect person into his life and then ask Brock to give her up.

This is a heartwarming story that sent me to tears many times over. That’s not always such a hard task when I’m reading, but I will say this story ranks in the top five of my all-time favorite romance books. Right up there with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!

Reviewer: Margi Lane ~ Life-long Texan, Marji, writes what she loves to read – romance, mystery, suspense: Faith Driven Fiction. ~ She is a multi-published author and Grace Awards 2017 Finalist. MarjiLaine.com

Note: Marji Laine is the editor of this novel. We at Grace Filled didn’t realize that at the time this blog article went live, and Marji was so excited about this novel she didn’t stop to think that as the editor, it might be a conflict. So we want to inform you of this. We know Joan’s work and we know she’s a marvelous writer and stand by this review.

Action-Adventure/Romantic Suspense/Military:

Last Chance by V. B. Tenery [Amazon Digital Services LLC ]

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I’m a lover of military, action-adventure, spy novels, or any story with a national security bent. In this vein, author V.B. Tenery is a master of military protocol and lingo. In an opening scene of LAST CHANCE, her description of a military aircraft made me feel as if I were aboard, flying over war torn Afghanistan.

Main Character Chance Crawford who works for the CIA, but is a former special ops, Marine Recon soldier, has been ordered back to the Hindu Kush Mountains to bring in a terrorist who wants to defect. This scenario alone ups the suspense ante. On the first night of the mission, Chance finds a little girl who is trying to stay alive and care for her toddler brother. Their Christian village has been wiped out by terrorist fighters. Chance makes the decision to save the children, jeopardizing the mission. I won’t give any spoilers telling how the mission unfolds. Needless to say, it’s hair raising.

Then the author author brings Chance and the children home and seamlessly slips into the romance part of the novel when Chance meets pregnant Serenity Campbell, a missionary whose husband was recently murdered. He hires her an a nanny for the children and the romance begins very slowly as two very different people from opposite backgrounds discover each other over time.

Reviewer: Nike N. Chillemi ~ Writing cozy thrillers and suspense with sass. ~ She is a multi-published author, Chair and Founder of Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight. https://nikechillemi.blog/

Historical Romance/Small Town and Rural:

Sons of Blackbird Mountain (A Blackbird Mountain Novel) by Joanne Bischof [Thomas Nelson]

 

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There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Joanne Bischof’s SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN, a story of a young Irish woman finding a new home with three Norwegian brothers in the wilds of Appalachia. It’s a perfectly plotted and beautifully written story. The hero may be the best ever, the love story the most tender, and the realism rich. The characters have back-story that unfolds so intricately, we are left feeling that we want to live there on the top of a mountain with these people. By the way, the new sequel, DAUGHTER OF NORTHERN SHORES, is just as satisfying. I keep wishing both books combined would be made into a movie.

Somehow, if you missed this wonderful read last year, or if it got buried in your TBR pile, get it out and read it now to salvage a long, cold winter.

Reviewer: Naomi Musch ~ Naomi’s newest novel, MIST O’er THE VOYAGEUR, an historical romance, is a current Selah Awards Finalist. ~ She is a multi-published author and is a Co-Chair of the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight.  NaomiMusch.com 

Western/Historical Romance

Stronger Than Mountains (Sangre de Cristo Book 2) by Lynn Dean [Wordsworth Publishing]

Stronger Than Mountains

Lynn Dean’s STRONGER THAN MOUNTAINS is a Will Rogers Silver Medallion Award winner for inspirational western fiction and a Touched by Love winner for historical romance. It’s a raw and honest story of a couple whose years of marriage and struggle to raise a passel of children in a hard but beautiful land has run them dry. Zeke and Millie are trying to make sense of their lives and the love that once bound them against an increasing mountain of hardships—from floods and food shortage to a desperate cattle drive, a daughter who is growing fast, and three restless boys who are each trying to make the sometimes-risky leap across the chasm to manhood. This story is full of depth and authenticity, and you won’t soon forget it.

If you missed this fabulous reads last year, or if it somehow got buried in your TBR pile, get it out and read it now to salvage a long, cold winter.

Reviewer: Naomi Musch ~ Naomi’s newest novel, Mist O’er the Voageur, an historical romance, is a current Selah Awards Finalist. ~ She is a multi-published author and is a Co-Chair of the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight.  NaomiMusch.com 

Romance/Contemporary Literature

LOVE AND ROSES by Sally Bayless [Kimberlin Belle Publishing]

Love and Roses

In 2018 I read a number of very good books but in the romance category, LOVE AND ROSES by Sally Bayless shines. Sally has a wonderful writing voice, drawing the reader into each character’s life and making you care about them. And not just the main characters – even the secondary ones.

In LOVE AND ROSES there are two romance threads. First is Abby Kincaid, a young widow raising her little girl alone yet with lots of loving family and friends to lean on. They all think it’s time she moves on, fall in love again.

Along comes Nate Redmond, formerly from  Manhattan. He’s escaping the past, hoping to make a better future. Right away he seems to fit into Abundance, his new hometown. Meeting Abby and her adorable daughter cements his desire to stay. Until the past rears its ugly head.

Meanwhile, Nate’s cousin Frankie has moved back to Abundance in an effort to get her life together. She’s also a single mom with a little girl. But things aren’t easy for Frankie, especially when her ex-husband’s old friend Cooper gets involved.

Abby, Nate, Frankie and Cooper are all entwined in the conflict over historic Rose Park. The town wants to sell the land and make a new park. Abby wants the park to stay because it’s part of her late-husband’s family legacy. Frankie likes the amenities the new park can offer her physically challenged daughter. Cooper needs the sale of the old park to prove his business savvy to his father. And Nate is caught in the middle, trying to help the town and make Abby happy.

So much conflict and seemingly insurmountable obstacles face all the characters. If they’ll each trust in the Lord rather than themselves it just might work out.

Reviewer: Tammy Doherty ~ Tammy Doherty writes Inspirational/Christian fiction with an Celtic/Western twist. She lives in central New England with her husband and two kids. ~ She is a multi-published author and is a Co-Chair of the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight. http://tammydoherty.com

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All winners of the “Best of” Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight will receive the above badge which they are entitled to use in publicizing their novels or in an editorial manner.

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Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight will host another ‘Best of Spotlight’ in the Fall of 2019. This one will feature “best fiction from your Back List.” ~ That novel you finally got to read from your TBR (to be read) list, or a novel you read in the last three years that knocked your socks off.

If you are an author, or are engaged in the world of Christian fiction in some other capacity and would like to write a review of a book that goes back no more than three (3) years, we’d love to have you. However, you must be a current active member of the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight Facebook group, a Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight winner, or a former judge, winner, and/or finalist in the former Grace Awards. We will announce the need for reviewers for the fall Back List Spotlight in the Facebook group.

 

Grace Filled Fiction Christmas Sweeps ~ 2018

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…[KJV]

The authors who support and participate in Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight activities rejoice at the above Scripture. We are coming into a wonderful, exciting and happy time of year. So, in the spirit of the season, we announce the Grace Filled Fiction Christmas Sweeps ~ 2018.

Eight authors are promoting their novels/novellas … and they will give away a copy of their book to 8 winners (picked at random) from readers who leave comments. Please give a first and second choice, so (as much as possible) we can give you a book you’d like to read. This is our authors’ Christmas gift to winners. Click above, under the blog’s title, to leave a comment. Winners will be selected between December 26th and January 1. We will begin notifying winners after the new year.

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Mist O'er the Voyageur

MIST O’er THE VOYAGEUR by Naomi Musch ~ She escaped one fate—but now whose truth can she trust? On a cold December’s eve, in a wilderness trading post on Lake Superior, Brigitte Marchal, faces her biggest dilemma yet:  The door opened, sweeping the room with a violent breeze. Cinders sparked in the fireplace, falling on the hearth and shooting up the chimney. The wisping smoke of the tobacco dissipated. (He) released Brigitte’s hands as heads turned, and murmurs and motion swept over the gathering…Hunters and porters spilled through the door. Men in layers of fur and tall, blackened moccasins, their bodies smelling of travel. Red cheeks surrounded by thick beards. One man pushed through. René.  You’ll want to grab a cup of hot chocolate and curl up with this 1807 romantic adventure of the Fur Trade.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

Rebecca's Legacy

REBECCA’S LEGACY by Betty Thomason Owens ~ Looking for a beautiful stocking-stuffer for that book lover on your list? One reviewer calls Rebecca’s Legacy “Well-written, engaging and nicely-paced.” Amy Emerson is a diva with an attitude that catches Matt Wordsworth’s attention from the start. He’s a man with a plan. Just returned from the war, he’s determined to finish law school and pass the bar before he even thinks about settling down. When Amy’s Dad hires him to help keep her out of trouble, he quickly realizes he’s in over his head. “Interesting, developed and clever characters come together in a satisfying and steady storyline. Enough tension to keep the reader hanging on and captivated until the very satisfying ending.” Give a gift that will inspire your loved ones—entertainment at its best—a story that reminds the reader of the free gift of God’s grace, available to all. Website  Purchase on Amazon

Sabotaged Christmas

SABOTAGED CHRISTMAS (An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery, Book 1) by Carole Brown ~ A contemporary romantic mystery to warm your heart at Christmas. Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business all converge to play a part in ruining Christmas for Toni. Will the mysterious person behind it all succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen and destroy Toni’s last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?  Amazon Author Page  Purchase on Amazon

Blood Speaks, Cover

BLOOD SPEAKS (A Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes Novel) by Nike N. Chillemi ~  “Ronnie”, Brooklyn gal PI, waited a long time for the solitaire on her finger. When her sometimes boss, a shadowy figure and director of a secret government organization, offers a pre-Christmas, one-week bridal shopping vacay, she jumps at it. Joined by her  bridesmaids, Ronnie sets off for Heritage Cove, Maryland, ready to enjoy the town’s winter festival. Their joyous stay at the Heritage Cove Inn is shattered by a murder. It doesn’t take long for Ronnie and her gal-pals to become targets of the killer. Taylor County Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Dawson Hughes leaves Texas to protect his bride-to-be.  Blog  Purchase on Amazon

A Little Christmas Magic

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS MAGIC (The Cowboy and the Librarian) by Suzanne D. Williams ~ Reading a book picked up at discount table was supposed to be entertainment for librarian, Paige Ridgeway, until the discovery of a vintage book and an encounter with one of Santa’s elves brings its pages to life. It’s as if she and fictional cowboy, Sterling Newcombe, are searching for one another. Which is ridiculous. Yet magical things can happen at Christmas, the mending of hearts and the discovery of true love, if she’ll only believe. A fantasy romance where books come to life, perfect reading during this miraculous time of the year.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

Christmas Port Scuttlebutt

CHRISTMAS IN PORT SCUTTLEBUTT by Barbara Ellen Brink ~ Snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, and a young woman and her newborn have gone missing. A suicidal man, found unconscious near Lake Superior, may be the last person to have seem them. Ironically, he can’t help… because he made a wish that he had never been born.Set two nights before Christmas, this novella will put you in the holiday spirit from the opening scene. With a Shakespearian twist of The Winter’s Tale and a nod toward It’s a Wonderful Life, CHRISTMAS IN PORT SCUTTLEBUTT has all the charm, mystery, romance, and humor that’s needed to curl up in your favorite chair with this holiday season. And don’t forget to pick up extra copies for all the book lovers on your list.  Website Pre-Order

Christmas with the Enemy

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ENEMY by Mary Vee ~ Mountain folk have long repeated the legend of a great and powerful blizzard that can curtain the Rockies with no notice, trapping unsuspecting guests, ruining plans, and putting lives at risk. CHRISTMAS WITH THE ENEMY takes a sprinkle of Romeo & Juliet, adds a chilly wind of City Slicker then tops with a glacier helping of Scrooge in this Montana meets Chicago Christmas Blizzard Tale in desperate need of Peace on Earth. A reviewer says: “A Hallmark Contender.”  Website  Purchase on Amazon

Chasing Christmas

CHASING CHRISTMAS by Lynn Dean ~Dreaming of a White Christmas…and maybe something more? Kick your feet up and get cozy with a new book that’s sure to help you find your Christmas spirit! When Angela Bell’s dream of writing children’s literature outgrows her small Texas town, she makes an impulsive move to New York City hoping to find a new career opportunity before the holidays…but what she finds isn’t at all what she expected. As her funds and her chances dwindle, will she find her “Christmas miracle”? Or is happiness waiting at the end of her own country road? This short, sweet contemporary holiday romance is perfect for an afternoon read or to give as a stocking-stuffer  Facebook Author Page  Purchase on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Awards is Transitioning to ~ Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight

GRACE AWARDS is changing with the times. It’s evolving into the GRACE FILLED FICTION SPOTLIGHT. As we go into our ninth year, our board has decided to shift our focus from the concept of “winners” to the idea of “novels we love.” We are choosing to shine a spotlight on novels that move us.

During our eight years we attracted a stellar group of judges. We also have a group of 20 or more authors who were active in our Grace Awards Face Book group. That group has now changed its name to Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight FB group. This group is open to all Christian fiction authors, publishing professionals, reviewers, and readers. This year, we will be relying on these two groups of individuals to select novels and authors to be spotlighted.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN SELECTING NOVELS TO SPOTLIGHT:

All past Grace Awards judges as well as authors, editors, publishing professionals, and readers who participate in the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight Facebook group.

An author cannot nominate their own novel/novella. Anyone working in publishing cannot nominate a novel they worked on.

Board members and judges can nominate, but not for their own novel(s) or any novel they worked on.

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight will be awarding badges and shining a spotlight on traditionally published fiction, as well as small press, indie-published, and self-published works…in hard cover, paperback, and ebook format(s).

Most of all, the novel must reach the highest of literary standards and add something of value to Christian, inspirational, faith-based fiction and to the world at large.