Grace Filled Fiction Summer Book Bash 2020 ~ 9 Novels/9 Authors/99 cents

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9 Christian Authors~9 Reads~99 Cents

THE GREEN VEIL by Naomi Musch:  Set your summer reading for a gripping family saga! In book one of the Empire in the Pines series, lumberman’s Colette Palmer has always loved timber cruiser Manason Kade, but during the summer of 1841, she leaves him behind to travel across Lake Michigan and settle with her family in the heart of the Wisconsin wilderness. Growing into womanhood, she eventually makes her vow to another. The day finally comes, however, when Manason plants roots of his own in Wisconsin Territory, and Colette’s husband will stop at nothing to ruin him. Logging enterprises collide as the territory nears statehood. In the midst of turmoil, Manason and Colette meet again. Now, she will have to choose between her first love and her commitment to her marriage vows, while her dreams, her faith, and an empire in pine hang in the balance. The Red Fury (book two) and The Black Rose (book three) continue this three-generation, historical romance series. Naomi Musch Amazon Author Page

A Yesterday's Poison

YESTERDAY’S POISON by Carol McClain ~ What could be a greater summertime indulgence than hours on the beach? The answer: Hours lolling in the sun with an unforgettable book that immerses you in the world of forgiveness and friendship. One that will rivet your attention from the first word until the last. Heartbreak catapults Torie Sullivan into the care of paramedic Adam Benedict when she crashes her car in a drunken frenzy. In middle school she and her cronies had bullied him mercilessly. Now he’s tasked with saving her life. Each character drinks yesterday’s poison. Their friendships intertwine their lives and expose their toxic pasts. They must learn to forgive the unpardonable. Carol McClain Amazon Author Page

Courting Danger

COURTING DANGER (A Katerina “Kat” Andruko/Dimitri Garmonin Novel, Book 1) by Nike N. Chillemi ~ The temperatures are steamy. Florida hurricane season is coming! A murderer is terrorizing young women in Pelican Beach and so is the first storm of the season. A newly installed detective, Kat feels she knows the murderer but can’t place him, and it’s tearing at her. Her first suspect is debonair profiler Dimitri Garmonin who finds her intriguing. An excellent summer read. But also check out all the other contemporary detective novels/mysteries for any season on Nike N. Chillemi’s author page. Fast paced, taut suspense, action packed, sweet romance, quirky secondary characters, wry humor. Nike N. Chillemi Amazon Author Page

A Lunch Ladies

LUNCH LADIES (What a Difference a Year Makes, Book 3) by Ruth O’Neil ~ “Everyone rattled off their offerings for the Fourth of July feast and the fun that would follow. Besides an enormous amount of food, there would be water balloons, water guns, yard games, pool fun, crafts, and of course fireworks. It really was the event of the summer that everyone looked forward to.” Cookouts, parades, picnics, swimming, camping. Whatever your summer activities, you’ll want to take this novel with you. These seven women will make your summer one to remember as you follow them through thick and thin. They’re best friends who stick together through storms and sunny days, sharing each sorrow and blessing. You’ll wish you were a part of their circle. Or maybe you’ll be encouraged to create a close-knit circle of friends with whom you can enjoy the highs and lows of this journey called life. Look for other books in Ruth O’Neil’s series What a Difference a Year Make. Ruth O’Neil Amazon Author Page

A Nate's Healing

NATE’S HEALING (The Florida Irish Series, Book 6) by Suzanne D. Williams ~ Nate Sawyer has suffered a devastating illness when he meets his parent’s new neighbor, Georgianna Smith. Their attraction for each other sparks immediately. She’s funny and caring and a great cook. Yet a secret she carries grows larger and larger in her mind, and it could be he isn’t strong enough to accept it. Curl up by the pool or in your favorite chair and travel back to a simpler time this summer. Often lighthearted, the budding feelings of Nate and Georgianna are also frustrating and incredibly heartwarming. Take a glimpse at a cast of characters from The Florida Irish series in this short, 99 cent, historical romance novella, then check out more of this author’s book catalog. Suzanne D. Williams Amazon Author Page

A She's Mine

SHE’S MINE by Tammy Doherty ~ This summer is going to be explosive for Caitlin Harrington and Sean Taggart. Caitlin 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?  If you take this book to the beach, be sure to slather on the sunscreen because you’ll be captivated and unable to stop reading until the end. As one reviewer says, “Fantastic read. Poured through this book because I couldn’t put it down! The storyline kept me guessing. There is a masterful plot twist, that I didn’t see coming – and I loved it!! Tammy Doherty Amazon Author Page

 

A A Knight in Shining Apron

KNIGHT IN SHINING APRON (Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery Series, Book 2) by Carole Brown ~ Come spend your summer in Appleton, WV where everyone knows everyone and there’s always another mystery going on. Friends are loyal, and the foes are determined to win. Romance is swoony-worthy and the mystery is intriguing. Meet friends like a professor-turned-author, a knighted chef from England, a restaurant owner who can’t cook, an Italian carpenter, a brother and sister who co-own an antique/junk/collectible shop and more. Help discover who the villains are. Whether you’re at the beach, the mountains, or at home, these books will transport you to a world that will make you year to visit or live in Appleton. Don’t just settle for one book. Check all the books in this Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery series, with more coming. Carole Brown Amazon Author Page

A Justice for Eliz

JUSTICE FOR ELIZABETH (Detective Carhill Mystery Book 2) by Mary Vee ~ Sipping sweet iced tea on the veranda of a Manhattan mansion seems divine, unless you are Elizabeth Alexander, wife of the man on trial for embezzlement. A speedy trial, the best lawyer money can buy backs away, and circumstantial evidence feeds the gossipers and threatens the Alexander family name. Elizabeth hires Detective Carhill, PI, to find the one who set up her husband. Murder, romance, kidnapping, shopping. Sweet ingredients to a summer read you’re sure to love. Mary Vee Amazon Author Page

A Within Golden BandsWITHIN GOLDEN BANDS (A Home for My Heart Book 2) by Norma Gail ~ Take a summer vacation in Scotland without leaving home! Within Golden Bands: A Home for My Heart Book Two offers a tender love story and edgy romantic suspense all rolled into one. Newly married Bonny MacDonell finds the transition from American college professor to Scottish sheep farmer’s wife more difficult than she expected. When her miracle pregnancy ends in a devastating miscarriage, she fears her husband’s reaction will hurt more than the loss of their child. But Kieran never shows up at the hospital. When found, he is beaten and unconscious. The only memory of his attacker is the words, “Get off my land.” Reeling from the threats and the loss of their child, they struggle to hold her marriage together. Will faith and love be enough? And don’t miss Book One, Land of My Dreams, a sweet, Christian romance set in Scotland and New Mexico.Norma Gail Amazon Author Page

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

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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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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!

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RIVEN by H.L. Wegley ~ Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight, early spring

Riven

 

Suspense, Political Thriller, Dystopian

 

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.

H.L:  My newest story, RIVEN (Riven Republic 1), was released this week, on March 8. At first glance, it may seem like a political thriller that predicts Civil War 2, but the main point is that the division in America today arises from two incompatible worldviews. What one calls good, the other calls evil. There is no significant common ground to be found and no peaceful resolution to the conflict, unless hearts and minds are changed through something like another Great Awakening. Another take away is the hero and heroine learn that our spiritual growth can be stunted, and our lives made miserable, if we don’t learn both to give and receive forgiveness.

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?

H.L.:  Reading first person, present tense is not my favorite way to take in a story. And I prefer fast-paced stories with thriller-level plots. Terri Blackstock’s IF I RUN series passed neither test, but I’ve enjoyed that series twice in the past three years. The main reason is that the heroine is a person we can love, root for and, unlike many Hollywood movie heroes, we can feel good about doing so. Also, the Christian elements unfold in a way that allows us to discover spiritual truths along with the character, rather than feeling like we’re being force-fed. I guess sometimes story trumps style.

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?

H.L.:  In the winter of 1974, at the 7-year mark, we decided not to go career in the military, so we selected a discharge date. This was during the Oil Embargo. The U.S. economy was in the tank. There were no jobs, certainly not for meteorologists. The USAF unexpectedly released me long before our agreed upon discharge date. I think they needed our base housing for an incoming officer. With no home, no job prospects, and hardly any gas to be found, my wife and I and our two small kids drove from North Dakota to Washington in zero-degree weather. At one point, we coasted down into Bozeman, MT, and into a gas station. The engine died at the pump, but they had gas.  We drove on to Washington and spent the night with my sister-in-law. I found a Meteorologist’s position at Pacific Northwest Laboratories the next day. That Sunday, I misunderstood my wife about the church we wanted to visit and drove to the wrong one. In the lobby, we ran into a classmate from high school who became our best friend. There we were introduced to a woman in the church who needed to lease her home (there were no rentals available in the entire area at that time). The list goes on and on. But in about 72 hours our lives went from unsettling uncertainty to blessed assurance. God confirmed that He had placed us where He wanted us at a time when we hadn’t a clue about our future.

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

H.L.:  My writing will move on to RESISTING, book 2 in the RIVEN REPUBLIC series. But I’m not actually writing yet, because I’ve been ordered not to. Someone thought I needed a break. So, I’m re-reading RIVEN and noting all the actions and intentions mentioned that must be spliced into the plot of the next book. After the tortuous nine months we just came through—I was sick for 3 months and we had a death in the family which resulted in heavy, unexpected travel—it would be hazardous to my health to say I’ve started writing book 2. By that I mean my wife’s Irish eyes would not be smiling. Anyone married to the stereotypical Irish girl understands. There’s a lot of truth packed into those lyrics of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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

Suzanne D. Williams

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.

Cowboys, Billionaires, Xmas

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 ~ 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]

Loving Brock

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 ]

Last Chance

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.