THE REVISIONARY (The Rogues Book 1) by Kristen Hogrefe ~ Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight, Spring 2020

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Dystopian Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Teen and Young Adult, Thrillers and Suspense

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 or a holiday that’s coming up, mention that.  

KH:  TEH REVISIONARY presents the theme of finding hope for tomorrow, a timely message given the uncertainty so many are facing today. My heroine Portia sets out to save her brother from a satellite prison camp, but ultimately realizes she needs rescuing herself. Her search for the true Source of hope leads her on an adventure of rediscovering America’s godly heritage that her government has suppressed.

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?

KH:  My writing journey has been an adventure of its own! I’ve been writing seriously since college and have learned so much in the process: from self-publishing to working with a traditional publisher. A teacher at heart, I’ve adopted a “teach-as-you-go” style that has involved sharing my experiences at writer’s conferences and online courses. My greatest joy has come through meeting readers and building friendships with other writers.

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?

KH:  I look for books that engage me and answer the question: Why should I care? I also appreciate when the author’s message comes through as a natural part of the story. My latest read and recommendation is Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn. What a page-turner! Blackburn also confronted her characters with hard questions, like: Why doesn’t God answer prayers? Why does He let bad things happen? She shared her faith well through story.

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?

KH:  My husband and I recently bought our first home together, and it’s a “project” house. Bathrooms, kitchen, flooring … they all have to be redone. It’s an awesome adventure to share together but also a challenge for this recovering perfectionist! God is helping me to have grace and be grateful for what is done, not what isn’t. The other day, I thanked Him for our currently pink bathroom instead of dwelling on what we need to change.

 

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

KH:  Aside from home renovations, I have several writing projects in the works, including a contemporary YA suspense, a romantic suspense (women’s fiction), and a young adult spiritual growth nonfiction. I am prayerfully seeking God’s guidance and open doors for these projects. Like so many of you, I’ve also had to postpone trips, so I’ll be glad to travel again when it’s safe to do so!

Purchase THE REVISIONARY on Amazon

 

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

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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.

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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!

 

Purchase Spiritual Insights from Classic Literature: The Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Happy New Year

Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2016 ~ Day 3

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Authors who have won or finaled in the Grace Awards, who have been judges, who are active members of the Grace Awards Face Book Group, or who have in other ways supported the Grace Awards are happy to show their Christmas spirit with this showcase of their novels at this joyous time of year.

 

neighbors NEIGHBORS by Tracy Krauss

NEIGHBOURS is back! This collection contains all nine volumes of the first series with a fresh new look for this holiday season. Likened to popular TV show ‘Friends’, it’s contemporary Christian romance ‘cowboy’ style. Lester Tibbett, a former rodeo rider from Southern Alberta, moves to the city for work – and to look out for his wilful teenage sister. In the process, he meets a cast of quirky characters, most living right in his own apartment building. With romance, intrigue, humour and a touch of the unexpected, the twists and turns just keep coming as the first ‘season’ of NEIGHBOURS unfolds, culminating in a Christmas party that brings the entire cast together for the first time. PLUS… there are bonus recipes in the back! It’s a Christmas ‘package deal’ from award winning author Tracy Krauss – fiction on the edge without crossing the line –

NEIGHBORS on Amazon

Tracy Krauss’ Website

shes-mine SHE’S MINE by Tammy Doherty

Perfect for the Romantic Suspense lover on your shopping list. Or perhaps you! Gift shopping, holiday decorating and baking, traffic, more traffic – it’s all so stressful. Sit back and relax. You can give SHE’S MINE to those on your gift list. Better yet, grab a warm cup of your favorite beverage, curl up on the sofa (by the fireplace if you can!) and read a novel that author B.J. Robinson describes as “A wonderful Christian romance with mystery and suspense to make it more interesting.” Author Dora Heirs calls it “A Palm Slicker!” Caitlin Harrington dreams of a quiet life teaching math at her hometown middle school. Except someone is leaving ominous notes on her door.  It could be her ex-boyfriend or someone else who doesn’t want her back in town. Sean Taggart thinks Caitlin is beautiful…and possibly crazy. When he finds out the truth, Sean wants to help. Can he save Caitlin before the stalker turns to murder? 5★ Amazon Review: “ Wow. Talk about a twist! I was thoroughly enthralled by the story and never saw the twist coming! This is a romance/mystery that will have you biting your nails! Wonderful writing, fully-developed character and plot!

SHE’S MINE on Amazon

Tammy Doherty’s Blog

much-ado-about-murder MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Barbara E. Brink

Leaves and snow are falling in Port Scuttlebutt and Blake and Shelby Gunner are close to opening the doors of Double Barrel Investigations. But before construction is complete on their new offices, a local woman’s body is discovered buried on her ex-husband’s property, and the Gunners are pulled into yet another murder mystery. MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER is the perfect book to enjoy on a crisp, winter night, tucked up into your easy chair with a cup of hot cocoa. Or get into the Christmas spirit and share the joy by gifting a copy to a friend or family member who also loves to read. What more could anyone ask for over the holidays than murder, romance, and small town drama entwined in a tale of suspense that will keep you guessing till the end? You might want to keep a nightlight on and your sense of humor close at hand.

MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER on Amazon

Barbara E. Brink’s Website

 

Product DetailsCOME EAT AT MY TABLE by Ruth O’Neil

COME EAT AT MY TABLE begins and ends with Christmas. One year. 365 days. In that length of time a life can change. And Karin’s life, and the lives of her family members, change more than any of them ever thought possible. Twenty years have passed since Karin ran away from home. In that time she met and married Rob and had two beautiful daughters. She can either keep the demons of her past suppressed or she can face them and forgive. But forgiving is hard. Everyone will see a little bit of themselves while reading COME EAT AT MY TABLE. the true-to-life story makes it a great gift for all the readers on your list this Christmas.

COME EAT AT MY TABLE on Amazon

Ruth O’Neil’s Website

 

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Grace Awards Christmas Book Bash ~ day three

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RevengeREVENGE by Paula Rose

Do have shopping fatigue and/or a to-do list that just doesn’t end before your white Christmas arrives? Didn’t you wrap and tape gifts until your fingers hurt but start the shortage of bows this year? Stop. Breathe. Take some time for you, and treat yourself to a romantic suspense tale titled REVENGE! As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and it remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Olivia’s employer ends her position. Added to the suspect list, she makes plans to bring the missing young man home. Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon second-guesses his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws in this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, and remove the job coach from someone’s target list? Amazon Barnes and Noble.
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WATERS OF SEPARATION by Carol McClain

Another child will haunt you this Christmas. In Waters of Separation, Africa’s secrets resurrect the despair physician assistant Anna Haas though she buried in America. She uncovers child slavery, and her own pregnancy threatens her mission and her life in the Ivory Coast. Waters of Separation is an evocative tale that will haunt you and then lift you up with God’s beautiful gift of redemption. It transpires between New York and Africa—a tale of faith and courage and salvation, both physical and spiritual. Its themes are redolent of Christ’s Christmas gift, and will make a treasured gift to those you care about.  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Desert Breeze

DWFDWF: DIVORCED WHITE FEMALE by Carol McClain

DWF will have you ho-ho-hoing this Christmas season with its humor and eternal themes displaying those elements of life that most matter to humans. If you think you’ve experienced a mid-life crisis, Cheryl Chandler will prove you wrong. Ditched by a philandering husband, rearing three weird teens (and a toddler—her failed attempt to save her marriage), she knows only one thing will redeem her life: a man—any man so long as he’s hot. But how does a forty-something divorcé do that? The kids have the answer. Go online. When she knows online dating is doomed, she meets the man of her dreams. Smart, witty and enchanting, Carleton Seymour sweeps her off her feet, but he’s got to meet the kids. Cheryl refuses to hide them—although the thought is tempting. First there’s New Age Andi who changes college majors more frequently than a yogi changes poses. Bobbie’s OCD could drive Mother Teresa nuts. Taylor, once an adolescent drug mule and now a born again teen, fears all will forget they’re sinners. And of course, Marina, the toddler, will make her presence known. In DW, an inspiration woman’s fiction, you will laugh and love with the characters and come away transformed and transported by Cheryl’s antics. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Desert Breeze

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DESERT DUET Desert Duetby Debra E. Marvin, a Christmas novella

Merry Christmas from Humbug. AZ. Wish You Were Here! It’s 1933 in the good old US of A. In the midst of drought, the Depression, and gangsters on the lam, America finds solace in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Ex-pilot Eugene Tanner, determined to pen the lyrics for the movie industry’s first “Best Song” award, books a rushed December stay at the remote Humbug Creek Guest Ranch. (A Gold Mine of a Getaway!) Where better to find inspiration for an epic Western, than amid all that trail dust and burnt coffee? Thea Knight gives up her short holiday break from the studio’s costume department to play cowgirl hostess at her family’s struggling guest ranch. But instead of helping their witty and handsome guest, she becomes his biggest distraction. Old flames and past regrets take a backseat when the pair become embroiled in a ghost town mystery marring Humbug, Arizona’s rustic Christmas. Thankfully, the cowgirl is as fast with her Winchester as she is with her comebacks. Now 99 cents.  Amazon, website