17 January 2021

A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze

A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze (January 2021, Love Inspired) 


Will these children get their greatest wish?

A battle over a building could lead to a mother for his twins.

Tomás Santos and Faith Latham both want to rent the same building in town, and neither is willing to give up the fight. But Tomás’s young twins want a new mom—and they’re sure Faith’s the perfect fit. Can these little matchmakers inspire Tomás and Faith to put their differences aside and become a family?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.


My take:

I love Susie Dietze's historical romances. This is the first contemporary romance by her that I have read. I think this could make an awesome Hallmark movie. In fact, true confession, I received the book a couple of months back before it released and when I went back to the book to write this blog post, I had actually thought I had watched it as a Hallmark show! The scenes are written so vividly and the characters so well-developed, you'll feel pulled right into story world. 

Available in Kindle format or in mass market paperback (which is how I read it).


Giveaway: A copy of A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze in choice of format.

11 January 2021

Behind Love's Wall Cover & CL Fab New Year Event!


My New Cover!
Behind Love's Wall is Book Five in Barbour Publishing's Doors to the Past series. My dual-timeline novel, set on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in 1895 and 2020, will release November, 2021! You can sign up for email about Doors to the Past from Barbour (Click here.) Stories from Allison Pittman, Pepper Basham, Kimberley Woodhouse, Rachel Fordham, myself, and Jennifer Uhlarik, with more to come!

I am participating in the Celebrate Lit Fab New Year Event! You have a chance to win 40+ of books or a $500 Amazon card to buy a ton of books yourself in Celebrate Lit's Have a Fab New Year Multi-Author Giveaway!

Click here to enter:

The event and giveaway is going on now through January 17th. This runs this week, with lots of my fave authors having giveaways! My giveaway in this event is Dogwood Plantation, pictured above with covers from a bunch of my author friends, which is so fun! I've had the privilege of working with, in some capacity, many of these authors in this edited image! And there are others whose books I'd love to read!

Giveaway: Leave a comment on this blog post to win a copy of any one of my books, including my upcoming release Behind Love's Wall!

23 December 2020

Have a Covid-free Christmas Lyrics by Carrie Fancett Pagels

New Lyrics for Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
By Carrie Fancett Pagels

(Sung to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas)

Have a Covid-free Christmas
In this really lousy year
I don't know if there'll be snow
We never get out of here

Have a Covid-free Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Wear your mask upon your face
Social distance when you meet

Oh, ho the mistletoe
High up in the trees
If somebody shoots it down
Don't call the cops on me

Have a Covid-free Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly have a Covid-free Christmas
This year

Wishing all my readers a safe Christmas this year! I couldn't resist writing this tongue-in-cheek version of one of my favorite Christmas songs! BTW my sweet neighbor, who went to heaven some years back, told me about how when she first lived in my neighborhood, people would shoot the balls of mistletoe down from out of the tall trees in our other neighbor's yard! She pointed them out to me one year, and I was pretty surprised to see them up there (and we have a bunch of very nice policemen in our neighborhood who I'm pretty sure wouldn't want us trying that these days!) We have a really tall American holly tree in our back yard and we also have a massive holly in front that flowers in the autumn, and three more holly bushes, one which gives red berries.

Do you have a special Christmas song that you think should be made into a Pandemic version? Leave a comment below to enter to win one of my twenty published books. Drawing will be held near Epiphany which is, BTW, a day after my birthday (hint! hint!) 

09 December 2020

Jen Turano's "To Steal a Heart" New Release Audiobook


To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano

Publisher's Summary

After a childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she'd put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. In the middle of breaking into a safe that holds the proof to prove her friend's innocence, Gabriella is interrupted by Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend - until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agreed to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he'd be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

I purchased my copy through my membership. The book is also available in other formats. I think I have read/listened to every one of Jen Turano's books. They have always been fresh and original. This one is a little different for me because it reminded me a little of Roseanna M. White's British series with street kids and spies, in particular book one of the Shadows Over England series:  A Name Unknown, which was an excellent audiobook. It was kind of like reading Roseanna crossed with Jen and that was a bit disconcerting at first. Ultimately, To Steal a Heart was, as I expected, its own unique story.

The narrator was good and her voice fit the characters. As is expected with a Jen Turano book, the novel was full of lovable quirky characters as well as with some villains that you will love to hate. This story has a little bit more of the dark underbelly of the time period, at the turn of the century, than most of Jen Turano's other books.

Jen Turano is one of the few Christian Fiction authors of humorous and light-hearted historical romances and I always look forward to each of her new releases. This story is a great self-gift for Christmas!

01 December 2020

Embattled Hearts by Pegg Thomas

New release by Pegg Thomas. This novella was originally part of The Pony Express collection from Barbour. This is a fantastic story. I really loved it.  

Book blurb:
Alannah Fagan escaped from a battle she wouldn’t survive. Stewart McCann left behind a battle he couldn’t face. Thrown together at Horseshoe Station, can they find something worth fighting for?

Here's my endorsement/review:

5 Stars *****

I loved this story. The imagery of the setting. The way Pegg Thomas conveys her story, the words she uses, i.e., her "voice" really resonate with me and are perfect for the story she tells. The characters are well-developed and feel crisp and clear. I found myself rooting for all the "good guys" and praying for the villains to get their comeuppance. This is a richly layered plot in a standard length novella of about 20,000 words.

Available in ebook on Amazon. Click here.

Giveaway: A copy of Embattled Hearts. Comment below to enter. Five extra entry points to new subscribers for Pegg's newsletter (click here).

07 November 2020

Finding Her Christmas Family by Ruth Logan Herne -- Giveaway


Named to "Top 40 Contemporary Christian Authors" & with over one million books in print, you can rely on Ruth Logan Herne for an excellent read! The cover on this book is beautiful, but it is what is inside the covers that will engage Christian Fiction readers!

Her Christmas list has three new names…

She’s the last living relative these girls have…

But he’s the only family they’ve ever known.

Just in time for Christmas, Sarah Brown has located her long-lost family: her late sister and orphaned triplet nieces. Now she intends to claim custody of the little girls. But one person stands in the way—their guardian, Detective Renzo Calloway. As the triplets draw them closer, building a family together might just bring Renzo and Sarah everything they ever wanted.  

Finding Her Christmas Family on Barnes & Noble
Ruthy's Blog       

Giveaway: A mass market paperback copy (or an ebook if outside of the USA) to someone who leaves this amazing author an encouraging comment on this blog post!

28 October 2020

Setting Two Hearts Free by Janet Grunst -- New Release Giveaway

Setting Two Hearts Free (Smitten Historical Romance, October 2020)
By Janet Grunst

Tagline: Would their love survive the invisible wounds of war?


Donald Duncan joined the Patriot cause for noble reasons, battling the British while enduring deprivation and hardship on every side. The war has changed him, and now the battle is internal. Returning home to Virginia is in sight where a new life and his Mary wait for him.

Mary Stewart spends the war years with her family at Stewarts’ Green, helping them operate their ordinary. Daily, she prays for Donald’s safe return, eagerly waiting for him … until that day the evil side of war touches her.

Two hearts changed by a war that dragged on for six years. Two hearts left hurting and struggling to find the love and trust they once knew. Is there a path for them to rekindle what was lost, Setting Two Hearts Free?

CFP: This new novel by award-winning author Janet Grunst has all solid five star reviews! I'm privileged to know Janet as a friend and local co-leader with me of our local Christian fiction authors' group. Janet is also a long-time blogger on the Colonial Quills blog with me. Setting Two Hearts Free has wonderful endorsements from some of Christian Fictions top authors such as Laura Frantz and Kate Breslin! I am adding this to my TBR pile on goodreads and I recommend you grab it, too!

Author Bio:

Janet Grunst is a wife, mother of two sons, and grandmother of eight. She lives in the historic triangle of Virginia (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) with her husband. Brought up in a Navy family, she’s lived throughout the United States as well as Spain. A lifelong student of history, her love of writing fiction grew out of a desire to share stories that communicate the truths of the Christian faith, as well as entertain, inspire, and encourage readers.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment of encouragement for this talented author and lovely lady for a chance to win choice of paperback (international only if available through Book Depository to your country) or ebook. Get an extra entry if you add this book on goodreads (just put GR in with your comment!).

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