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]

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.