CALEB’S DESTINY (Troubles in the West, Book 1) by Carole Brown ~ Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight, late spring 2020

A Calegs Destiny

Historical Western Romantic Suspense, Christian Historical Fiction

 

Q:  What is your latest release/release you chose to spotlight, and what would you like us to know about it? What take away? If its theme is pertinent to the time of year, a holiday that’s coming up, something that’s topical to life today mention that.

CB:  CALEB’S DESTINY (Troubles in the West, Book 1):  Why were three fathers murdered under suspicious circumstances while on their quest to find gold?  Three children, connected through tragedy and separated by time, are fated to reunite and re-right some powerful wrongs. If you love tough, but gentle cowboys who have difficult decisions to make and feisty, yet frilly-loving women who are not afraid to tackle scary tasks, then this novel is one you’ll enjoy. Take away: In spite of tragedy and wrong decisions, God is always there.

Q:  Please tell both fiction readers and writers what your writing journey has been like. How long have you been seriously writing? What have you learned? Did you experience anything unexpected? What has been your greatest joy and/or angst?

CB:  One thing I’ve learned is that sometimes we need a break. My most serious one was last year. As hard as I tried, as hard as I wanted to write, I’d gone through too much, too many things were pulling my focus away from writing. Though I was held up for that year, it was a good lesson to me. Take that break I needed…but never, never give up on writing.

Q:  Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight encourages excellence in Christian fiction. What are things you look for in terms of excellence in novels you read? What is the latest novel you’ve read that you could heartily recommend and why?

CB:  My favorite genre to read is mystery, suspense with romance thrown into the mix. The book that stands out to me is one that stirs me emotionally. I might: sigh/cry with happiness, hate a certain character, want to go there to live, work with/meet with the characters to work out that suspense/mystery. It’s always a book that is placed in a very special pile: the Keeper’s/to-be-read-again Pile.

Q:  How has grace functioned in your life, been important to you? Do you have a joyous, unique, or even humorous story to tell about how grace manifested in your daily life, perhaps unexpectedly?

CB:  While hurting, for some time, from a certain person’s actions, a person I loved very much, God seemed to remind me: You want them to know God, then pray for them. God had shown me grace many times. Why should I not do the same to a person who was very hard to deal with? I still doubted, but I changed my prayer, and I’ve seen some improvement and gentleness come from my simple act of showing grace.

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

CB:  The third novel in my The Spies of WWII series: Sing Until You Die. Claire claims to despise Wills Mason, but does she really? When Claire is used as means of spying without her knowledge and pulled into serious trouble, the only person she can trust is Wills. She experiences a true faith in God, while helping Wills catch the spies, learns love was waiting all along in the wings of her life.

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V. B. Tenery ~ Grace Filled Fiction Author Spotlight, late winter

Missing

Mystery-Suspense, Thriller. International Crime

Q: What release do you chose to spotlight, and what would you like us to know about it?

V.B.: MISSING is the fourth novel in the award-winning Matt Foley/Sara Bradford mystery/suspense series. Each novel is complete in itself. You don’t have to read the whole series to find out what happens. The eBook format of the first book in this series, Works of Darkness is free on Amazon. Here’s the back-cover synopsis:

Police Chief Matt Foley’s secure world is collapsing on multiple levels. A shadowy figure from his past seeks vengeance in its simplest form. A life for a perceived injustice. The ex-convict-father of Matt’s children has re-emerged into their lives. While Matt’s life hangs in the balance, Sara Foley is missing on the wrong side of the Mexican border in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Their restoration lies in the hands of an old nemesis.

Q:  Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight encourages excellence in Christian fiction. What are things you look for in terms of excellence in novels you read? What is the latest novel you’ve read that you could heartily recommend and why?

V.B.:  I look for heroic, compassionate characters, a great plot, and realistic settings in novels. I don’t have a lot of time to read so I have to choose carefully.  I’ve always been fascinated with the WWII era and I just finished reading Jeffery Deaver’s, GARDEN OF BEASTS. It’s an older novel and it isn’t Christian fiction but it is an extraordinary look into pre-war Germany, reminiscent of WINDS OF WAR by Herman Wouk.  

Q: How has grace functioned in your life, been important to you? Do you have a joyous, unique, or even humorous story to tell about how grace manifested in your daily life, perhaps unexpectedly?

V.B.:  The joyous stories in my life these days have to do with my twin grandchildren. But on a more somber note, I suppose we all have family issues from time to time and often they fail to see the wisdom in advice they receive. That’s where grace comes into my life. It isn’t always easy to do, but I’ve learned to not worry or stress about it. If I’ve done my best, I simply love them, pray for them, and turn it over to God. And he never fails to give me peace.

VB Tenery

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

V.B.:  I’m currently about two-thirds finished with the fifth Matt Foley novel, A TIME TO SPEAK which I hope to release in April 2020. After that, I’m heading for a vacation at Disney World with the twins. I absolutely can’t wait.

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Ruth Donner O’Neil ~ Grace Filled Fiction Author Spotlight, Winter 2020

Spiritual Insights Classics

Devotional

GFFS:  How has grace been important in your life and what does it mean to you?

Ruth:   Where would I be without God’s grace? I hope all of my books point to God and show how merciful and loving He is. We have all been shown grace. We all need to give grace.

 

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

Ruth:  My latest release, Spiritual Insights from Classic Literature: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Spiritual Insights from the Classics Book 6), is part of my devotional companion series based on classic literature. The idea is to read a chapter of a classic novel and then read the corresponding chapter in my devotional. The devotion doesn’t really have much to do with the book, instead it takes one line from each chapter and pulls a spiritual truth from it. My most recent addition to this collection is the companion to The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Other titles in my Spiritual Insights from the Classics include Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Little Women, and Wizard of Oz.

Ruth O'Neil

 

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

Ruth:  I am putting my next novel in the hands of beta readers right now. It is the third stand alone novel in my What a Difference a Year Makes series. This story follows a group of friends who are together through thick and thin. They pray for each other, support each other, and are there for each other at any hour of the day and night. The tentative title is Lunch Ladies.

 

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

Ruth:  Oh, goodness! There are so many books by other author that I love. I enjoyed Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews. Any book that makes me question things and look to the Scriptures is a great book in my mind. I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover many times and never noticed one little line that mentions Pharaoh’s daughter married an Israelite. I looked up the verse Andrews quoted and sure enough!

 

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Happy New Year

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.

Red Bow

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~ Summer Book Bash 2019

GFFS Sum Bk Bash 2019

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.