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

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.

Purchase CALEB’S DESTINY on Amazon

 

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.

Lynn Dean is a Thankful Indie Writer! ~ November 2015 SPOTLIGHT

In 2011 my first historical fiction, MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, was a finalist in the Grace Awards. I was thrilled by the confirmation that people enjoyed my story and considered the writing good…but four years later the sequel remains half finished. Why, then, was I selected to write about writing and thankfulness?

 Life Happens
Life Happens

A funny thing happened on the way to publication. After I wrote my first project–a homeschool history curriculum–my brain was bursting with human interest stories I’d discovered during my research. I had a vision for any number of historical novels, but a job change for my husband meant a move and remodeling projects for me. Somehow I finished my first fiction project and started on the sequel but writing paused as our daughter married her sweetheart. Their happy day was the culmination of months of planning. As the year drew to a close, I had just time to develop a sort of “one off” project before the holidays.

HOME SWEET HOLE was an enjoyable experiment that linked my passions for writing, fantasy, and sustainable architecture. I expected to get back to my historical series after New Year’s, but 2014 turned out to be the year of parental care. We lost both our fathers that year after lingering illnesses, relocated both mothers, and helped them through four surgeries. Again toward the end of the year, I wrote Nabbing Saint Nickolas–a short piece we sent in lieu of Christmas cards. I told myself I was just staying in the game. Next year would be more productive…but the next year it was our son’s turn to launch. With our nest truly empty, I turned to writing once more, but over the years my direction had changed. Stories still fill my heart, but my non-fiction homeschool resources do a better job of filling my bank account.

Moral: Life happens! Instead of feeling disgruntled about “career interruptions”, I am grateful for the privilege of being an independent writer. Here is a partial list of the blessings for which I’m grateful:

  • My writing career is portable. My husband’s relocation meant the sacrifice of my “day job” but challenged me to make a switch and gave me the opportunity to commit to my writing craft.
  • As an indie writer, I control my schedule and my deadlines. Because writers write from their own observations about life, it is good to take time for the milestones that make memories.
  • I am free to experiment. Did I plan to write such diverse genres? No more than I planned anything else that has happened…but I have learned and grown from each experience. Writing Discover Texas developed outlining, research, and organizational skills. Writing historical fiction taught me to listen for my characters’ voices as I wrote dialogue and deep points of view. Home Sweet Hole taught me that not all projects are meant for a wide audience. I learned to enjoy the rave reviews and shrug off the complainers. Nabbing Saint Nickolas challenged me to tell a story and paint a vivid picture using few words. And the Homeschool Parents’ How-To Series is teaching me to press toward a challenging deadline and develop marketing strategies. Writing is, after all, a business as well as a passion.
  • Each experience allows me to explore. New genres! I’ve developed more flexibility in my writing. What readers like is not always what I like, and what I thought I’d like is not always what I end up liking best. New talents! Who knew I could enjoy illustrating so much? New technologies! I am constantly forced to learn faster, cleaner, and more efficient ways of doing things, and that knowledge carries into the next project!

Even though my career has taken unplanned detours, I’m thankful for each challenge along the winding road and for the freedom to explore that path and find contentment.

What about you? Has your career trajectory been a straight line climbing a chart to success, or have you discovered that some “setbacks” are opportunities in disguise?

Lynn Dean