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COVER REVEAL – Royal, / by Multiple Authors

ROYAL: Bite Size Sweet Royal Romances

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ROYAL: Bite-sized sweet royal romance reads

A glittering collection of 24 brand new romance novellas, all written with royal flair! This anthology includes stories by USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors, as well as the writer of the smash Netflix hit A Christmas Prince!

Forward by Katharine McGee, author of the New York Times bestselling American Royals series

  • Undercover Princess by Teri Wilson
  • Resisting the Royal Bodyguard by Donna Alward
  • His Cinderella Princess by Kali Anthony
  • A Royal Love Song by Christi Barth
  • The Dude Ranch Duke by Caro Carson
  • Heir B and B by Cassidy Carter
  • One Summer in London by Kristin Contino
  • A Right Royal Rivalry by Alice Dolman
  • Man of the (Royal) Match by Aven Ellis
  • What Makes You Beautiful by Lindsay Emory
  • By Order of the Crown by Marianne Evans
  • A Rose So Royal by Jennifer Faye
  • The Royal Takeover by Nicole Flockton
  • The Runaway Princess Bride by Shirley Jump
  • Wrapped Up Royally by Janice Lynn
  • No Strings Attached by Jacquelyn Middleton
  • Conflict at the Castle by Carol Moncado
  • Royally in Love by Robyn Neeley
  • A Royal Getaway by Annie Rains
  • Royal in a Small Town by Susan Sands
  • Royal Extra After by Karen Schaler
  • A Royal Holiday Wish by Lizzie Shane
  • A Deal with a Prince by Toni Shiloh
  • Love Takes Flight by Roe Valentine

COMING APRIL 2023

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To Win A Prince, by Toni Shiloh


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To Win A Prince, / by Toni Shiloh
Bethany House     ISBN     97800764238963
Adult     Rating:     4

Author Toni Shiloh pens another well-written contemporary inspirational romance featuring a Black American woman and an African prince.

In To Win A Prince, fashion entrepreneur Iris Blakely establishes her fashion business in the African nation where her best friend Brielle is queen (see To Search For a Prince). Bri assigns Ekon Diallo to guide her through local business requirements. Stripped of his princely title and forced to do community service, disgraced Ekon serves as her business consultant to make amends for his actions.

Can an entitled Ekon learn from his experiences to become a better man? Can Iris benefit from his business acumen without losing her heart? Can they learn from one another?

Shiloh, author of numerous contemporary romances, creates another royal romance that builds on her earlier work (To Search For a Prince), also set in the fictional Oloro Ilé, a tropical African island. Iris is a compassionate visionary, while Ekon is an unlikeable nobleman whose actions strip him of his privileges. As he navigates his new life, Ekon is faced with abandonment by his family and friends, but Iris recognizes his potential and befriends him. 

Forgiveness, a nod to the prodigal story in the Bible, family secrets, second chances, and redemption permeate the novel. Readers will welcome a return to Oloro Ilé, rejoice to see Bri’s story updated as well as meet new characters. As with her other works, To Win A Prince is a clean romance, with faith elements and a good storyline.

Recommended for all fans of royal romance fiction, especially fans of Rachel Hauck and Carol Moncado

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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YOU’LL BE MINE, / by Rachel Hauck and Mandy Boerma (JustRead Tour)

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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You’ll Be Mine, by Rachel Hauck and Mandy Boerma (Hearts Bend Collection, 2)
Sunrise Publishing     ISBN     9781953783264 (August 16, 2022)

Christian Romantic Women’s Fiction

He just wants to leave the past behind him…

International hotel manager Ben Carter is not sticking around Hearts Bend. He’s just home to sell the inn he inherited from his grandparents. The place holds all his best memories—especially the ones that include regular summer guest Cami Jackson. But she’s been out of his life for years, and she’s not coming back.

She is headed for a glorious future…

Real estate developer Cami Jackson is ready to take over as VP of her father’s company, Akron Development. When the Hearts Bend Inn comes on the market, she wants to swoop it up, if only because of the sweet memories of her favorite summers. The last thing she expects to find is her first love back to sign on the dotted line.

But a first love won’t let them go…

The more time Cami and Ben spend together, the more they realize they have unfinished business. Suddenly, an impulsive decision could turn into a lost-but-found dream. But for Cami’s father, the inn holds memories of a terrible tragedy, and he wants to kill the deal.

Will their lost dreams survive another betrayal?

A heart-healing story second chances set in the charming town of Hearts Bend!

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3Cj9ArJ


GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of the book and You’ll Be Mine mug
To Enter
⇒ LIKE, SAVE, and SHARE this post
⇒ FOLLOW me @mandyboerma @rachelhauck @sunrisemediagroup @justreadtours
⇒ TAG a friend (up to 3x per post).
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MY REVIEW

Bestselling author Rachel Hauck and debut author Mandy Boerma return readers to the small town of Hearts Bend, TN in this contemporary inspirational romance.

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Hauck and Boerma recreate the small town of Hearts Bend first introduced in Hauck’s Wedding Collection. It is not necessary to read those earlier books to enjoy this one – it is a standalone novel. Hauck provides the framework (and there are cameos of her Heart Bend characters), but Boerma does an excellent job of making it her own. Readers will look forward with eagerness to Boerma’s next book!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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CROSSFIRE, / by Lynette Eason (Revell Reads)

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Crossfire, / by Lynette Eason (Extreme Measures, 2)
Revell     ISBN     97800800737351
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Lynette Eason returns with the second book in her new romantic suspense series.

In Crossfire, school resource officer Clay Fox witnesses FBI Agent Julianna Jameson in action as a hostage negotiator when his sister is in a courtroom hostage situation. Clay later invites Julianna to speak at his school, the same school where Julianna’s younger sister attends. 

But someone wants to use an incident from Julianna’s past (a school shooting) to bring out their own brand of justice. This puts her sister and others in the crossfire while Julianna and Clay try to figure out who is behind the attacks. Can they stop the mastermind behind the attacks before it is too late?

Eason is known for creating an action-packed story filled with imperfect characters, light-handed faith elements, clean romance, tightly-written suspense, an appropriate level of violence, and a few plot twists. Both Clay and Julianna have things in their past to forgive and seek forgiveness before they can move forward together. 

Readers will eagerly look forward to the next Extreme Measures book, Critical Threat (January 2023), as well as the Elite Guardians Collection (a collection of full-length books co-authored by Eason and debut authors) and Targeted (a collection of 3 romantic suspense novellas by Eason and others).

Recommended for adult collections and fans of romantic suspense, especially fans of Lynn Blackburn, and Dani Pettrey

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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The Epic Story of RJ and York (JustRead Tour)

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Epic Story of RJ and York by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


ABOUT THE SERIES

It’s an epic adventure across Europe, from France to Italy, to Germany and even Russia in this riveting, fun, romantic, enthralling trilogy about true love, honor, and the cost of, well, saving the world.

Title: Out of the Night
Series: The Epic Story of York & RJ #1
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 9, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Clean)

The romantic trilogy ignites in book one of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

He’s not looking for trouble…

All former spy and current national security agent York Newgate wants is to propose to the woman he loves, RJ Marshall. Then they can move to Shelly, Washington, and start the calm, safe life he’s been dreaming of for over a year.

Too bad trouble doesn’t agree…

Or maybe RJ simply attracts trouble because she’s just going out for coffee when she spots a wanted, known terrorist standing in the middle of a street in Paris. At least she thinks it’s international criminal Alan Martin, the mastermind behind a plot to kill the president.

But he’s in jail, right?

Wrong. Martin has escaped, and it’s up to RJ—and York—to keep him in their sights until he can be apprehended. But chasing down Martin means following him into the darkness of whatever plot he’s cooked up now.

Will he ever outrun trouble to find his happy ending?

So much for York’s epic proposal. Now, he just wants to escape Europe with their lives.

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Title: I Will Find You
Series: The Epic Story of York & RJ #2
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 16, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Clean)

The gripping romantic adventure continues across Europe in this second installment of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

The woman he loves has vanished…

When RJ Marshall said she’d be right back, York should have objected. No, he wasn’t going to let her run off to Berlin, even if it was to save a little girl.

Only problem—she’d told him this while he was unconscious. So really, it doesn’t count, and it’s not his fault that she’s gone missing. And, he didn’t know why he expected RJ not to chase danger into trouble. But now he has to find her before criminal mastermind Alan Martin tracks her down.

She’s in over her head…

RJ didn’t mean to leave York behind, but she’s on a mission to save a little girl caught in the crossfire of Martin’s terrorist plot. Now, she’ll have to find the girl and keep her safe while leaving clues for York to follow her.

But who will catch up to her first—York, or the man with a vendetta?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Title: No Matter the Cost
Series: The Epic Story of York & RJ #3
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2022
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Clean)

The riveting conclusion to the Epic Story of RJ and York!

Her worst nightmare has happened….

RJ refuses to believe it, and until she has proof, she’s going to keep searching for answers. And most of all, for the man she loves, even if it means diving into the past he always wanted to keep secret.

The kind of secrets that could have set York free. It’ll take a trip back to Russia, to the sketchy and dark history of York’s life to find the clues to the sinister plans of a global terrorist. And the answers that might lead her to a happy ending.

Or has it? What if her happy ending is more than a dream?

If RJ hopes to save her country—and find out the truth about York—she’ll have to become the high-action, Sydney Bristow spy that she always dreamed of being. But really, does RJ really have what it takes—with, or without the man she loves—to save the world?

And if she does…what will be the cost?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan May Warren

With over 1.5 million books sold, critically acclaimed USA Today best-selling novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over ninety novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

Connect with Susan by visiting susanmaywarren.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a paperback set of The Epic Story of RJ and York trilogy.

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight August 2, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on August 9, 2022. US only. Items may vary from image. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Award-winning author Susan May Warren picks up the story of Ruby Jane (RJ) and York, started in her earlier The Montana Marshals series.

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Known for her inspirational action-filled novels, Warren writes flawed characters and a captivating storyline. Like her other books, The Epic Story of RJ and York has faith journeys, suspense, edge-of-your-seat adventure, and of course, a clean romance. Think of it as a roller coaster ride that never ends. Romantic suspense fans, especially fans of Warren’s Montana Marshals series, will want to grab all 3 books! 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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IMPENDING STRIKE, / by Lynette Eason and Sami A. Abrams (JustRead Tour)

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Welcome to the Bookstagram + Review Tour for Impending Strike,
by Lynette Eason & Sami A. Abrams
hosted by JustRead Tours.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Impending Strike, / by Lynette Eason and Sami A. Abrams (Elite Guardians Collection, 2)
Sunrise Publishing     ISBN     9781953783219   
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Adult     Rating:     4
⇒ Purchase Linkhttps://amzn.to/3NBupQY

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Protecting him just might cost her everything…

Elite Guardian Charlie Lee knows that there is no future with the woman he loves—fellow Guardian Lizzie Tremaine. And, he gets it—as a single mom, Lizzie has to protect her daughter. But more than anything, he wants the chance to prove himself.

Then, the unthinkable happens—while working undercover, Charlie is seriously injured…and his memory of the past four years is lost. Could it be the fresh start that he didn’t realize he longed for?

Despite a friendship that’s turned flirtatious at times, Lizzie Tremaine has held Charlie at arms’ length. She’s lost all the men she’s ever loved, and is unwilling to risk her heart again. Still, she’s glad to keep an eye on him—as his bodyguard—and while she’s at it, help him put the pieces of his past together, including discovering who attacked him, and why.

But Charlie seems to have forgotten their agreed-upon professional distance—and suddenly, all the rules are off the table. She’s seeing a side of Charlie she could possibly let into her heart. Problem is, the closer he gets to uncovering his memories, the closer he gets to trouble.

It’s her heart…or his life. What will protecting Charlie cost her?

Another edge-of-your-seat Elite Guardians thriller!


GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of the book and a $10 Amazon gift card.
⇒ To Enter
⇒ LIKE, SAVE, and SHARE this post
⇒ FOLLOW me @samiaabrams @lynetteason @sunrisemediagroup @justreadtours
⇒ TAG a friend (up to 3x per post).
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MY REVIEW

Teaming up with Eason to present the second book in the Elite Guardians Collection, Abrams recreates the action-packed world, filled with relatable characters, faith elements, and twisting plot twists galore!

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The clean romance develops at a realistic pace. The banter between Charlie and Lizzie is delightful as they navigate from friends to more than that, all the while trying to stay safe and uncover the bad guys. Impending Strike captures the reader’s attention from the first sentence, holding it fast until the thrilling conclusion.

See my review of Driving Force (book 1). Book 3, Defending Honor, will be available in October 2022.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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COVER REVEAL: Bring Her Home, by Hannah Currie

BHH cover reveal_story 1I’m thrilled today to join in the Cover Reveal for Hannah Currie’s new book, Bring Her Home, releasing September 2022 from WhiteCrown Publishing.

This medieval retelling of the Prodigal Son parable is full of knights, royals, intrigue, and romance, and asks the age-old question of whether it’s ever too late—or too far—to come home.


EXCERPT: 

Since the morning he woke to find his precious daughter gone with only the remains of their latest argument left behind, King Lior has been praying she’d come home. For four years now, he’s prayed and searched, sending his best knights to find Evangeline, only to hear nothing. Until the day their missive arrives with three words: we’ve found her. He sends one right back with orders to bring her home.

But that order isn’t easily achieved. Evangeline, now a lowly servant, has no plans to return. Though the knights claim her father still loves her, she knows the truth: he’d cast her aside as quickly as everyone else if he knew how far she’d truly fallen. She can’t go home. Not with her scars. Or her failures. Or her son.

Only the knights won’t leave without her. And just as she starts to wonder if maybe they might be right, the choice is taken from her altogether.

Sir Darrek thought the hardest part of his quest would be finding Evangeline. He had no idea how difficult it would be to get her home.

AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2022

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SHADOW OF HONOR, / by Ronie Kendig (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

Shadow of Honor, / by Ronie Kendig (The Droseran Saga, 3)
Enclave      ISBN      9781621842347 (release date June 14, 2022)
Genre:      Christian Science Fiction
Adult             Rating: 4

ShadowHonor4-535x800 (1)    The war he fears may be the very one he’s been called to start.

Held captive, tortured by monsters of a nightmarish alien race, Marco Dusan clings to a final goal: keep these beasts from the Quadrants, even if it means orchestrating his own death. But his dreams betray that singular design. In them his bonded calls to him across lightyears. Does he leave her to fight Symmachia alone, or risk bringing an unwinnable war to every planet in the Quadrants?

On board the alien dreadnought, Eija Zacdari flounders, torn amidst military machinations, prophecies, and an inexplicable bond with one of the fearsome creatures who have imprisoned her friends. Only by uncovering the truth about an ancient conflict now shrouded in deception will she find her place.

Faced with her true identity, Eija sees her purpose snap into focus, and she realizes the war Marco fears may be the very one he has been called to start.

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About the Author

Ronie-Kendig-683x1024Ronie Kendig is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic & Starbucks runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share–sometimes–with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.


Excerpt – Shadow of Honor

Shaken, Eija touched her temple, head still pounding from the oxygen deprivation she’d suffered beneath the beast’s attempt to crush the life from her—that and the minutes stuck in an oxygen-deprived pod. Until she figured out what had prompted the creature to release her and crouch before her, she didn’t dare move.

Insane! The docuvids of the Lavabeasts had not exaggerated. These monsters were fast, lethal, vicious. Yet . . . twice she’d been in its grip, and it’d held back from actually turning her into a dusty pile. Why?

Yeah, maybe don’t ask. Just . . .

What? What could she do against beasts that reduced people to ash with their arms?
Keening filled the ship. With bewildering speed, the other three Draegis bolted out of the bay, their thudding steps fading down the passage as they headed to the aft port, where their ship clung to the Prevenire like a remora on a shark.

Nerves thrumming, Eija glanced at Marco, whose chin was tucked to his chest again. Unconscious? Twitches of his head and hands alleviated that fear. Probably super focused on piloting the ship to the Sentinel.

So we can all die.

Right. So much for the relief she’d felt. Her gaze slid down to the immobilized Lavabeast at her feet. What was wrong with it—him? Was he more AI than biological? Had he powered down or something? Fried his neural net? What was she supposed to do?

She discarded each question as it arose. Assessed her precarious situation. The crackling and swelling of his strange skin said he was still breathing. So alive, not dead.

I can help with that.

He was also awake—glowing eye slits proved that.

Reef shifted on the deck where he’d landed after being tossed by one of the monsters, his arm hanging at an odd angle. Gray eyes came to hers, asking what neither of them could actually voice—

What just happened? Why had the other Lavabeasts fled? Why had this one not killed her or left?

“Why isn’t it moving?” Reef hissed as he slowly climbed to his feet.

She shook her head, still terrified of arousing the beast’s anger.

Locked on the Draegis, Reef inched closer and angled toward her.

“You okay?”

“Yeah. Sure.” Again, she again checked on Marco, who still had his head down. Maybe the other Draegis had done something to him. “Marco?” she called quietly at the same time she heard Reef suck in a breath.

In front of her, the mountain of lava erupted with a piercing howl, terrorizing her as it lunged. Like a lightning strike—a very large, fat, black bolt—it shot forward.


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, June 30
Beauty in the Binding, July 1 (Author Interview)
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 1
Inklings and notions, July 2
deb’s Book Review, July 3
Worthy2Read, July 4
Locks, Hooks and Books, July 5
For Him and My Family, July 6
Wishful Endings, July 7
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 8
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 9
Blogging With Carol, July 10
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 11
The Book Club Network, July 11
Christina’s Corner, July 12
Through the Fire blogs, July 13


Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of an Exclusive Signed, Sprayed-edge Edition of SHADOW OF HONOR, a candle with a custom fragrance connected to Shadow of Honor, a gaming mat with a custom Laura Hollingsworth Illustration of Kardia, and a three-pack character card set for SHADOW OF HONOR!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My Review

Award-winning author Ronie Kendig continues her action-filled  science fiction / space opera series with this third installment, filled with intrigue, and adventure.

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Ronie Kendig excels at creating a world filled with alien and human characters, each with their own languages and customs. On top of that, she writes a story that includes dramatic relationships, interplanetary battles, and non-stop adventure, all elements of a good space opera, making this more than just a science fiction/fantasy series. Her characters – both alien and human – are complex, adding to the drama and adventure. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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SHADOW OF HONOR, / by Ronie Koenig (JustRead Tour)

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Welcome to the Bookstagram + Review Tour for  Shadow of Honor,
by Ronie Kendig,
hosted by JustRead Tours.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Shadow of Honor, / by Ronie Kendig (The Droseran Saga, 3)
Enclave      ISBN      9781621842347
Genre: Christian Science Fiction / Space Opera
Adult             Rating: 4

ShadowHonor4-535x800 (1)The war he fears may be the very one he’s been called to start.

Held captive, tortured by monsters of a nightmarish alien race, Marco Dusan clings to a final goal: keep these beasts from the Quadrants, even if it means orchestrating his own death. But his dreams betray that singular design. In them his bonded calls to him across lightyears. Does he leave her to fight Symmachia alone, or risk bringing an unwinnable war to every planet in the Quadrants?

On board the alien dreadnought, Eija Zacdari flounders, torn amidst military machinations, prophecies, and an inexplicable bond with one of the fearsome creatures who have imprisoned her friends. Only by uncovering the truth about an ancient conflict now shrouded in deception will she find her place.

Faced with her true identity, Eija sees her purpose snap into focus, and she realizes the war Marco fears may be the very one he has been called to start.


GIVEAWAY

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 (1) winner will receive an exclusive handpainted edges hardcover edition of Shadow of Honor, the complete character portrait set from Shadow of Honor, and exclusive Standees of Kersei and Marco.

⇒  To Enter, LIKE and SAVE this post, FOLLOW me @kendigronie @enclavepublishing @justreadtours, and let us know you did in a COMMENT. Add up to 3 friend TAGS in that comment for BONUS entries.

 VISIT each hosted post of this tour for more entries. Schedule at @justreadtours. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on June 28, 2022.)


MY REVIEW

Award-winning author Ronie Kendig continues her action-filled  science fiction / space opera series with this third installment, filled with intrigue, and adventure.

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Ronie Kendig excels at creating a world filled with alien and human characters, each with their own languages and customs. On top of that, she writes a story that includes dramatic relationships, interplanetary battles, and non-stop adventure, all elements of a good space opera, making this more than just a science fiction/fantasy series. Her characters – both alien and human – are complex, adding to the drama and adventure. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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SUNBURST, / by Susan May Warren (Revell Reads)

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Sunburst, / by Susan May Warren (Sky King Ranch, 2)
Revell     ISBN     9780800739836
Adult     Rating:     4

sunburst coverAward-winning author Susan May Warren pens her second novel featuring the Kingston triplet brothers, who joined military different branches.

In Sunburst, former Navy SEAL Ranger Kingston answers the call to rescue his brother Colt in Nigeria, not expecting to find his first love – aid worker Noemi Sutton – also being held hostage. Noemi and Ranger need to work together if they want to leave Africa alive. Can they discover why Noemi was kidnapped by Nigerian terrorists?

 Ranger is a problem solver, but even he doesn’t know how to solve his biggest problems – a medical condition and guilt from an earlier mission weighing him down. Noemi, the only daughter of another SEAL, has been on her own since her father’s death, feels that she is not worthy to be loved by God or anyone else. What will it take for them to overcome their self-imposed emotional isolation from others and recognize the strength in working together? 

Known for her inspirational action-filled novels, Warren writes flawed characters and a captivating storyline. Like her other books, Sunburst has faith journeys, suspense, edge-of-your-seat adventure, and of course, a clean romance (even a Nigerian wedding!). Colt’s story has been slowly unfolding in the second book, setting the stage for the final book, Sundown, coming in late 2022.

Recommended for adult collections and high school readers. Kudos to Warren for having a heroine who is of African descent, and for seamlessly adding Nigerian wedding traditions to the storyline.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Midnight’s Budding Morrow, / by Carolyn Miller (I Read With Audra Tour)

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Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?

Click here to read an excerpt.

Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second book in the Regency Wallflowers series. The first book in the series is Dusk’s Darkest Shores.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn MillerCarolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.
Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)


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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?

Click here to read an excerpt.

Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second book in the Regency Wallflowers series. The first book in the series is Dusk’s Darkest Shores.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn MillerCarolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.
Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)


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MY REVIEW

Miller writes a story of forgiveness, love, and redemption with realistic but imperfect characters who struggle to see God’s hand and draw on His strength in their troubling circumstances. They learn to forgive themselves as well as others, and in doing so, embrace the future God has for them.

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Adding a touch of Gothic elements, like James’ brooding father, a hidden treasure, mysterious circumstances surrounding his mother’s death, a castle in disrepair overlooking the sea, and a divided staff, contributes to the novel’s darker moments.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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ONE FINE DAY, / by Rachel Hauck and Carrie Padgett (JustRead Tour)

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One Fine Day, / by Rachel Hauck and Carrie Padgett (Hearts Bend Collection, 1)
Sunrise     ISBN     9781953783226

All she wants is a fresh start…

Chloe Beason LaRue left Hearts Bend after high school, determined to never look back. She shed her unrequited crush on Sam Hardy, moved to Paris, went to pastry school, found a good job, fell in love, and got married. She was happy in France.

Then her husband tragically died. Now, Chloe just wants to move forward…but when her mom’s health is in jeopardy, Chloe heads right back to Hearts Bend where she’s hired as head baker for Haven’s, the premier bakery in town. She has no idea that moving home will push her right into the arms of the man who broke her heart.

He’s not looking to fall in love…

Tennessee Titans quarterback Sam Hardy has too many broken memories in Hearts Bend to Return. But when he’s sidelined by an injury, he desperately needs to invest in something to safeguard his future. Haven’s Bakery is up for sale—and his business partner believes the deal is too good to pass up. He has no idea that the owners have hired the one girl he can’t seem to forget…and the last thing he expects is to be her boss.

But it’s a recipe for romance…

Back in Hearts Bend for the first time in ten years and thrown together at Haven’s Bakery, Chloe and Sam have a second chance at first love. Indeed, the more time Sam spends selling pastries, the more he sees a new future. But when Paris beckons Chloe back, where does her heart belong? Can they find the recipe for leaving regrets behind and start something new?

Escape to Hearts Bend for a sweet story of romance, faith, and an unexpected happy ending.


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MY REVIEW

Bestselling author Rachel Hauck and debut author Carrie Padgett return to Hearts Bend, TN in this contemporary inspirational romance.

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Hauck and Padgett recreate the small town of Hearts Bend first introduced in Hauck’s Wedding Collection (Wedding Dress Shop, etc.). But one does not need to read those earlier books to enjoy this one. It is a standalone novel that sets up the new series co-written by Hauck and debut authors. Hauck provides the framework (and there are cameos of her Heart Bend characters), but Padgett does an excellent job of taking the recipe and making it her own. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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THE SWEET LIFE, / by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Reads)

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The Sweet Life, / by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Cape Cod Creamery, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800739478
Adult     Rating:    4

The-Sweet-Life-CoverBestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher presents a new inspirational contemporary romance featuring an ice cream shop on Cape Cod!

In The Sweet Life, Dawn Dixon’s life changes drastically when her groom calls off the upcoming wedding, and her widowed mother announces she had breast cancer surgery recently. Marnie Dixon didn’t want her treatment to interfere with the wedding. Since the Cape Cod honeymoon was already paid for, her former groom Kevin insists she use it. 

Dawn, a planner by nature, takes her mother, Marnie, spontaneous by nature, thinking it will be a good place to rest for both of them. While they bump heads, they love each other, making this trip a memorable one, especially when impulsive Marnie buys a rundown ice cream shop – something that had been a dream of Dawn and her father, but not Marnie’s dream. Can they work together – without killing one another – to re-launch the ice cream shop, and find renewed hope in Cape Cod?

Fisher creates a heart-filled story with irresistible characters, ice cream inspired quotes, and faith & grief journeys in a quaint Cape Cod village. Dawn’s former fiance Kevin shows up, feeling guilty and concerned about Dawn as she does very un-Dawnlike things (like taking leave from work to support her mother’s renovation of the ice cream shop, as well as actually making the ice cream from scratch based on a recipe she and her father created). Dealing with the Historical Commission provides some humor as they renovate, and preserve the old building. Themes of love, family, and faith permeate the story like a good fudge ripple!

Recommended for adult readers of contemporary fiction, especially fans of Fisher, Denise Hunter, Irene Hannon, and Courtney Walsh.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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WHEN THE MEADOWS BLOOM, / by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell Reads)

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When the Meadows Blooms, / by Ann H. Gabhart
Revell     ISBN     9780800737221
Adult     Rating:     4

meadows bloomBestselling author Ann H. Gabhart pens a historical novel set in Kentucky when families face challenges during the 1918 influenza epidemic.

In When the Meadows Blooms, recently widowed Rose Meadows is at a sanatorium, recovering from tuberculosis. Meanwhile, her young daughters – Calla and Sienna – live in an orphanage until Rose is finally well enough to reclaim them. 

Having nowhere else to go, they move to the Kentucky farm where her reclusive brother-in-law lives. Dirk Meadows struggles with his own pain, after being scarred by a fire and abandoned by his fiancee. Rose doesn’t know that the girls suffered under terrible conditions at the orphanage. Can all of them find physical, spiritual, and emotional healing together on the Meadowland farm?

Gabhart pens a character-driven story where true healing and trust in God takes place within their hearts. Both Rose and Dirk closed off their hearts in grief, but they learn that healing starts when they stop bottling up everything. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the fire are solved and closure is found by Dirk. Calla and Sienna are endearing characters

Although it seems a little slow in the beginning as Gabhart lays the groundwork for the story, it grabs the reader’s attention until the story’s end. Uncovering the layers of truth behind the past pulls at one’s heartstrings and hope is slowly built. Faith elements that aren’t preachy, descriptive narratives, and well-developed characters show how God can bring new life to even wounded hearts. 

Recommended for Gabhart fans and readers of historical fiction. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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SHADOWED LOYALTY, / by Roseanna M. White (JustRead Tour)

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Chrism Press     ISBN     9781941720790

Sabina Mancari never questioned her life as the daughter of Chicago’s leading mob boss until bullets tear apart her world and the man she thought she loved turned out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Now she sees how ugly the underworld can be. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—she thought her beloved Papa was above all that, but clearly he isn’t. What does that mean, though, for her and their family? Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who has barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world.

All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would join the Church, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. But despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his father and brothers, which has always terrified him. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina from his flaws, in fact harmed her? It sure seems that way when he realizes he all but forced her into the arms of the Prohibition Agent now bent on tearing her family apart at all costs. But how can they rebuild what has so long been neglected…and do it in the shadow of the dark empire of the Mafia?

Shadowed Loyalty, set amid the glitz and scandal of the Roaring Twenties, examines what love really means and how we draw lines between family and our own convictions, especially when following the one could mean losing the other.



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MY REVIEW

Historical fiction author Roseanna M. White pens a stand-alone historical novel set during the Roaring Twenties (1922).

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Known for her excellent characterization, realistic faith elements, and eye for historical detail, White deftly applies those to this novel. This is not the usual time period for White, but she does an excellent job in integrating her research into her writing. The reader enters into Chicago’s  shadowy underworld where love, loyalty, and faith are tested – and where brothels, prostitution, murder, and other criminal activities abound.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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A CRUMBY WAY TO DIE, / by Georgiana Daniels

A Crumby Way to Die, / by Georgiana Daniels (A KC Crumb Mystery, 3)
Bowker     ISBN     9781736725030
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Author Georgiana Daniels returns with another entertaining cozy mystery, set in the small town of Beaver Bluff, OR.

In A Crumby Way to Die, KC Crumb enjoys her life in Beaver Bluff, far from her old life in LA until her ex-boyfriend James Carlisle shows up and complicates things. Shortly after his unwelcome arrival, one of the B&B owners is murdered and James is a suspect. KC and her friends are on the case. The sooner James is cleared, the sooner she can send him back to LA and concentrate on her budding relationship with the handsome police officer Antonio Hamsom.

While this book can be read as a standalone, the reader will enjoy being introduced to KS’s quirky friends in the earlier books (Crumbs of Passion, and Crumbs and Punishment). A Crumby Way to Die is a cozy mystery with humor, red herrings, plot twists, and entertaining cast of characters. Polly, KC’s friend, is a delightful sidekick, as are the non-human characters of Cujo and Pooh Bear.  

Also reviewed: Crumb and Punishment (#2).

Carol R. Gehringer

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DRIVING FORCE, by Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo (JustRead Tour)

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Driving Force, / by Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo (Elite Guardians Collection, 1)
Sunrise Publishing     ISBN     9781953783196

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He’s the last client she wants to protect…

Elite Guardians bodyguard/former sniper CHRISTINA SHERMAN has protected uncooperative clients before—but this time, well her client is bossy, headstrong and occasionally eats off the floor. Yes, he’s a highly trained military working dog, but certainly her skills could be put to better use, right?

Not according to former Special Forces Air Commando GREY PARKER. He needs her help to protect his dog while he undergoes an experimental surgery that could restore his ability to walk. He just needs someone to keep his canine partner safe. Most of all, Grey wants back on his feet so he can track down a deranged scientist known as The Scavenger who unleashed a nerve agent that left Grey sidelined in a wheelchair.

When an attempt is made on Grey’s life, and dead bodies begin piling up—with evidence the same toxin is responsible—suddenly Christina is tasked with keeping both dog and soldier alive…and with them, the secrets that could stop a terrorist attack. But this time, even Christina might be in over her head.

Dive into the exciting ignition to the Elite Guardians Collection.

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MY REVIEW

Best-selling author Lynette Eason and debut author Kate Angelo continue the romantic suspense series featuring female bodyguards, originally written by Eason.

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Teaming up with Eason to present the first book in the Elite Guardians Collection, Angelo picks up the Elite Guardians storyline seamlessly, recreating the action-packed world, relatable characters, and twisting plot originally created by Eason. Violence in the story is appropriate but not too graphic. The clean romance develops at a realistic pace, and faith elements are present but not overpowering.

Carol R. Gehringer

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COUNTERFEIT LOVE, / by Crystal Caudill (I Read With Audra Tour)

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COUNTERFEIT LOVE, by Crystal Caudill
Revell     ISBN  9780825447402

Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves–or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he’s been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name–and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors’ threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn’t all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home–and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiance is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career–but that’s better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there’s no question they’re both still keeping secrets–and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

To read an excerpt of Counterfeit Love click here.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crystal CaudillCrystal Caudill is the author of “dangerously good historical romance,” with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW.

She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

“More than just an exciting plot, I wanted a romance story where real love and relationships are portrayed as messy and complicated. The ones we love most can and usually do hurt us the worst. How we respond to those hurts profoundly impacts ourselves and those around us,” Caudill shares. “When I wove all those elements together, I ended up with Counterfeit Love—a story of dangerous betrayals, malicious counterfeiters, and the second chance romance between an undercover Secret Service operative and his former fiancé.”

Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Counterfeit Love launches Caudill’s Hidden Hearts of the Gilded Age series with a bang. Readers will find a strong faith thread as well.

After readers finish Counterfeit Love, they can head to www.crystalcaudill.com where they can access bonus features including a virtual tour of 1884 Cincinnati, all the Secret Service research facts that didn’t make the story, and a book club kit that includes discussion questions — as well as information about Bearing Precious Seeds (a Bible printing ministry where a portion of proceeds from the sales of Counterfeit Love will be donated). 

Learn more at crystalcaudill.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.


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Debut author Crystal Caudill pens a suspenseful historical romance set in the Gilded Age in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Caudill creates well-developed characters, descriptive narratives, and historical details in this Gilded Age novel. Filled with suspense and intrigue, the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. The story is set during the time of the great floods in Cincinnati (1880s). The faith elements address how to keep one’s trust in God when everything is going wrong. Themes of faith, trust, and redemption weave throughout the book.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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MALICIOUS INTENT, / by Lynn H. Blackburn (Revell Reads)

Malicious Intent, / by Lynn H. Blackburn (Defend and Protect , 2)
Revell    ISBN     9780800737962
Adult     Rating:     4

Award-winning author Lynn Blackburn continues her action-packed romantic suspense series featuring Secret Service agents in Raleigh, NC.

In Malicious Intent, as Dr. Ivy Collins begins the clinical trials of her company’s innovative prosthetic, someone tries to sabotage her life’s work. When counterfeit cash brings him into contact with his childhood friend Ivy, Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon uses his skills to save her company’s product launch, and protect her from personal and professional attacks. 

Blackburn turns up the intensity as this story of revenge and greed unfolds. From the first chapter – where Ivy shoots her gun to save Gil’s life – to its final chapter, this book will keep the reader up late at night, trying to unravel the plot twists. Gil and Ivy had a relationship when they were teens, but after moving away, Ivy lost touch with him. Reunited after 15 years apart, they are able to rekindle that love, overcome their pasts, and rescue each other from tight situations. 

As always, faith elements and suspenseful moments are present. Ivy and Gil are strong individuals who care deeply about one another, and theirs is a clean romance. Characters from her earlier series make a cameo appearance. Blackburn’s characters are diverse in their backgrounds and ethnicity.

Recommended for adult collections and fans of romantic suspense, especially fans of Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, and Dani Pettrey. Watch for book 3 coming in March 2023 and a novella in December 2022.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I received this complimentary copy as part of the Revell Reads blogger program. I am not required to write positive reviews.

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COVER REVEAL: To Win a Prince, by Toni Shiloh

COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2022!

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  As a fashion aficionado and best friend of the queen of the African island country Ọlọrọ Ilé, Iris Blakely dreams of using her talent to start a business to help citizens in impoverished areas. But when she discovers that Ekon Diallo will be her business consultant, the battle between her desires and reality begins.

Ekon Diallo has lost everything: his princely title, his material possessions, his friends, and the respect of his countrymen. To pay for his actions against Ọlọrọ Ilé, he’s forced to assist the charismatic Iris Blakely—but he can’t allow his heart to distract him from regaining his status.

As Iris strives to get her business off the ground while keeping her heart intact, will her dreams of happily ever after survive the challenges she faces?

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IN SEARCH OF A PRINCE, by Toni Shiloh

To Search For a Prince, / by Toni Shiloh
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764238956
Adult     Rating:     4

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Author Toni Shiloh pens a well-written contemporary Christian romance with a nod to The Princess DIaries, featuring a Black American woman who discovers she is a modern-day princess.

In To Search For a Prince, teacher Brielle Bayo discovers that her mom has kept a secret from her: her father is a recently deceased African prince  – and her grandfather, the king, is in failing health. Accompanied by her best friend Iris, she discovers upon arrival at the island kingdom that not only is she the heir to the throne, but she must marry to secure it. Will she leave her old life behind to accept her new role, accepting a marriage of convenience before the king passes?

Shiloh brings the experience of having written a number of contemporary novels to this new work. The author weaves in the themes of self-identity, forgiveness, and trust, adding a dash of humor and mystery. Shiloh has carved out a niche for herself in this modern-day fairy tale by using Black main characters as well as incorporating African culture and heritage.

The island descriptions make the reader feel as though they are actually visiting this tropical paradise. But no paradise is without a snake, and although there are some hints, the reader will be surprised when the truth is revealed. So To Search For a Prince is more than a clean romance, there are faith elements without being preachy, as well as a mystery and political intrigue involved. 

Recommended for all fans of royal romance fiction, especially fans of Rachel Hauck and Carol Moncado. Readers can look forward to the next book, To Win A Prince, coming in September 2022.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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THE SWORD AND THE SONG (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

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Book: The Sword and the Song (The Song of Seare, 3)
Author: Carla Laureano
Genre: Fantasy (Celtic Fantasy – adult)
Release date: January 11, 2022

THE SHADOW OF WAR

Seare is at war. The Red Druid has continued to gain strength and power, and the people of Seare suffer beneath the ravages of the isle’s unbound spirits. The Fíréin are all that stand between the land and certain disaster. But there is strife within the Brotherhood as well: Eoghan still refuses to claim his rightful throne, leaving the responsibilities of rule to Conor and creating an uncomfortable distance between the sworn brothers.

When Conor leaves Ard Dhaimin to find the key to defeating the Red Druid, he delves into a world of shadows and danger which will bring him to the brink of madness and back. All the while Eoghan and Aine are left to pursue their own mission to defeat their adversary through her magical gifts.

But as the final battle looms ever closer, they realize that the cost of defeating the Red Druid may be greater than they’re willing to pay… and that nothing—and no one—is as it seems.

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About the Author

ND5_9354_p-683x1024Carla Laureano is the two-time RITA® award-winning author of over a dozen books, spanning the genres of contemporary romance and Celtic fantasy. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked in sales and marketing for more than a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write full-time. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two sons, and an opinionated tortoiseshell cat named Willow.

More from Carla

Why We Should Read About Difficult Things

I’m not going to lie—a lot of my past reading has fallen into the feel-good category. Don’t get me wrong—I like my stories to have some depth, but there’s generally enough turmoil in everyday life that I often feel the need stories with predictably happy endings and not a lot of angst.

But I don’t necessarily think that’s the best approach in times of trouble. Which is why ever since the pandemic hit, I find myself gravitating toward messy, intense reads. Stories where everything goes wrong and it seems like nothing is going to ever work out in the end… until it does. I think it’s a way to work through my own feelings about the state of the world while still being assured that justice will be done, that hope is within reach, that the dawn will still come.

The Sword and the Song is that kind of book. As the third and final volume in the Song of Seare trilogy, things have come to a dangerous tipping point: the rightful High King has been revealed, tensions within the Brotherhood have reached their boiling point, and the Red Druid is slowly but surely moving toward his deadly endgame. Meanwhile, Conor finds his good heart and gentle nature becoming strained by the demands of leadership and the memory of the things that he’s seen and done to survive. It seems that even if victory is still possible—however distantly—it may come at a high personal cost for everyone involved.

There is no doubt that this is the darkest, most dangerous, and most exciting book of the Song of Seare trilogy: on every page, alliances are tested, friendships are shattered, and resolve is stretched to the breaking point. But I would argue that this is the kind of book we need right now. We may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but there’s no arguing that we’ve emerged from it changed in unexpected ways. Some of us may not yet see the light through the darkness. That’s why we find catharsis in reading about difficult things and take hope in their final resolution.

In both this book and in real life, we can be assured that hard times are all part of a bigger plan in the hands of our Creator…and while we may still need to walk through them, there is always One who stays by our side to the very end.


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 28

Worthy2Read, January 29

By the Book, January 29

A Reader’s Brain, January 30

Inklings and notions, January 31

Texas Book-aholic, February 1

deb’s Book Review, February 2

Blossoms and Blessings, February 2

For Him and My Family, February 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 6

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 7 (Spotlight)

Blogging With Carol, February 7

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 8

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 9

Simple Harvest Reads, February 10 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)


Giveaway

The Sword and the Song Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away the grand prize package of a hardcover set of the series (Oath of the Brotherhood, Beneath the Forsaken City, The Sword and the Song) and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/193c8/the-sword-and-the-song-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Award-winning author Carla Laureano’s final novel in her medieval Celtic-inspired epic fantasy series is filled with adventure, romance, magic, faith, and superstition.

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Weaving elements from Celtic history and culture, Laureano has rewritten her 2015 series with some additional material, making her epic fantasy even more engaging. She builds a believable world with strong characters and a clear battle between good and evil. Despite overwhelming odds, good triumphs, but at the cost of personal sacrifice. Her characters face betrayal, faithfulness, death, and love as they continue on their journey. The books should be read in order, as they build on one another. 

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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SUNRISE, / by Susan May Warren (Revell Reads)

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Sunrise, / by Susan May Warren (Sky King Ranch, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800739829
Adult     Rating:     4
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Award-winning author Susan May Warren kicks off a new contemporary series featuring the Kingston triplet brothers.

In Sunrise, Air Force pilot Dodge Kingston returns home after ten years, and finds his childhood friend (and former love interest) dogsledder and DNR researcher Echo Yazzie homesteading on the Alaskan range. When Echo’s fellow researcher goes missing, she sets off to find her friend, despite a blizzard, a rogue grizzly, and some dangerous men in the area. Concerned for her safety, Dodge goes searching for her, but will he find her in time?

The Kingston brothers (Dodge, Colt, and Ranger) are triplets who joined different branches of the military. They are also the younger brothers of Larke Kingston – Larke and her husband Riley were main characters in Warren’s earlier book, Some Like it Hot (Summer of the Burning Skies series) and readers will be delighted to catch up with their storyline.

Dodge had a falling out with his dad and his brother Colt ten years earlier and left Echo behind. When he returns, they have to deal with past hurts with each other, as well as their families, before they can move forward with a relationship. Forgiveness and redemption, heartbreak and love, and healing from the past and dealing with family issues are all part of the storyline. 

Warren is known for her inspirational novels, filled with realistic & flawed characters and a storyline that captures the reader’s attention from the first page. Like her other books, Sunrise has faith journeys, adventure, danger, clean romance, suspense, and a teaser for the next book, Sunburst, coming in June 2022 (and Ranger will be the main focus of this book).

Recommended for adult collections and high school readers, as well as Susan May Warren fans.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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LIFE FLIGHT, / by Lynette Eason (Revell Reads)

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Award-winning author Lynette Eason returns with the first installment in her new action-filled romantic suspense series.

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Life Flight, / by Lynette Eason (Extreme Measures, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780800737337
Adult     Rating:     5

In Life Flight, rescue helicopter pilot Penny Carlton never expected to crash-land her helicopter on a mountainside during a storm with a dangerous criminal hiding in the area. FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield’s task is to prevent that escaped prisoner from using the helicopter to escape the mountains. Will Holt capture him before he kills others? Will the other rescue helicopter reach them in time? 

From the gripping first page to its thrilling conclusion, the reader is engaged as Holt and Penny have narrow escapes, trying to evade the serial killer and his plans, while dealing with their own issues of the past. Penny and Holt dated briefly but haven’t seen one another for some time. Will they pick up where they left off? The addition of another plot line that affects their blossoming relationship adds to the twists and turns.

As expected, Eason creates an intense, edge-of-your-seat story filled with believable characters, faith elements, clean romance, tightly-written suspense, with plenty of plot twists to keep the reader guessing. Violence is present as one would expect in this storyline. 

Themes of family, forgiveness, and the importance of relying on one’s faith in God to weather the storms permeate the novel. Readers will eagerly look forward to Crossfire, the second book in this series, coming in summer 2022.

Recommended for adult collections and fans of romantic suspense, especially fans of Lynn Blackburn, Elizabeth Goddard, and Dani Pettrey

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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OF FIRE AND ASH, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (Celebrate Lit Tour)

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About the Book

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Book: Of Fire and Ash (The Firstborn Epic)

Author: Gillian Bronte Adams

Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Release date: December 7, 2021

She rides a fireborn, a steed of fire and ash, trained for destruction. Ceridwen tal Desmond dreams of ruling like her father over the nation of Soldonia, where warriors ride to battle on magical steeds—soaring on storm winds, vanishing in shadow, quaking the earth, and summoning the sea. After a tragic accident claims her twin brother, she is exiled and sworn to atonement by spending her life—or death—for her people. But when invaders spill onto Soldonia’s shores and traitors seize upon the chaos to murder her father, Ceridwen claims the crown to keep the nation from splintering. Combatting overwhelming odds and looming civil war, she begins to wonder if the greatest threat to the kingdom may, in fact, be her. With fire before her and ash in her wake, how can she hope to unite instead of destroy?

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About the Author

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Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, wander- loving fantasy author, rarely found without a coffee in hand and rumored to pack books before clothes when she hits the road. Working in youth ministry left her with a passion for journeying alongside children and teens. (It also enhanced her love of coffee.) Now, she writes novels that follow outcast characters down broken roads, through epic battles, and onward to adventure. And at the end of a long day of typing, she can be found saddling her wild thing and riding off into the sunset, seeking adventures of her own. She loves to connect with readers online at http://www.gillianbronteadams.com.

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I still vividly remember the moment, years ago, that the idea for this book came to me. It was the end of July, sometime between ten and eleven at night, and the insects outside were buzzing so loudly you could hear them through the window of the back room of the camp office where I sat. Slumped exhaustedly in a chair, shivering in the air conditioning in my sweat-soaked jeans and a t-shirt, I was waiting for the other summer staff to arrive so we could start and finish our planning meeting and stumble off to our cabins to sleep.

Even then, writing felt like breathing to me, so to pass the time and keep myself awake, I drew a ragged notebook out of my backpack and started scribbling sparks and specks of story ideas, barely noticing how my arm left smears of dirt on the page. It was my third or fourth summer as Head Wrangler, which meant I spent my days either on horseback or jogging alongside kids who were learning to ride. Dirt was just a part of life.

So many details of that night remain fresh in my mind, it’s odd that I can’t remember exactly what sparked the idea itself—the wide-eyed grin of a boy on his very first ride, the budding confidence in a girl as she raced around the barrels, or the cumulation of all the hours I’d spent atop my own wild thing, clearing wooded trails with a machete, leaping across creeks because he refused to simply wade, and performing amateur stunts for the occasional skit.

Whatever lit the fuse, as soon as I scribbled the first set of words on that crumpled notebook page, I knew I had struck gold. I felt it in my bated breath and leaping heartbeat. “Super-powered horses.” Or better yet, “Magical steeds.” Some that could breathe fire, some with hides like stone that could quake the earth with their hooves, some that rode upon the waves of the sea, and still others that could step into shadow and disappear without a trace.

Seven in all, they quickly cluttered the page, and I couldn’t wait for the chance to write the epic tale that could contain creatures like these. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a story yet. Just a page full of fanciful beasts and a head full of wild dreams. No characters. No plot. No premise. Or so I thought.

The meeting started then and I had to tuck my notebook away, but I couldn’t banish the magical horses now roaming in my head. Over the weeks and months that followed, I took them out and let them dance across the page every now and then, gradually fleshing out details, uncovering their secrets, and imagining their world. Yet the story itself remained elusive, until I finally, reluctantly, set them aside and turned my attention to other things. Months before that summer night, I had, in a fit of wild inspiration, outlined a new three book series starring a female warrior who longed to rule like her father before her. It was a bit daring and a lot daunting, but while I liked the characters and the concept, the world itself was lacking that flare of uniqueness, that touch of magic, that allows a fantasy realm to sprawl beyond the confines of the page and take root in the imagination of a reader.

Reading the outline afresh, I lamented that it was the sort of lusterless story doomed to die on a novelist’s hard drive, and perhaps my incredible magical horses with it, for though they were lustrous enough, without a story, they could never truly live. Without a story …

What if my aspiring queen lived in their world? What if she rode a fire-breathing steed? How might those beautiful magical creatures enhance and ultimately, shape her and her story?

Combining any two concepts can be dangerous, as you never know how they will interact until you try it. The resulting explosion shattered my outline and blasted apart my carefully formed plans, but when the dust settled and the heart of the new story emerged, I knew that this finally was an epic tale worthy of my magical steeds, and a world deep and dangerous enough to have forged my aspiring queen. It was, at last, Of Fire and Ash, the first book of The Fireborn Epic.


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 11

Rebecca Tews, December 11

Worthy2Read, December 12

Texas Book-aholic, December 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 14

For Him and My Family, December 15

Inklings and notions, December 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 17

deb’s Book Review, December 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 19

Where Faith and Books Meet, December 20

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 21

April Hayman, Author, December 22

Blogging With Carol, December 22

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 23 (Spotlight)

Through the fire blogs, December 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 24


Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Gillian is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/14831/of-fire-and-ash-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

Award-winning author Gillian Bronte Adams pens a new YA epic fantasy with a thrilling  action-adventure storyline filled with hope and sacrifice, battles and bloodshed, courage and magical horses.

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The three main characters – a young priest (Jakim), disinherited heir (Ceridwen), and reluctant fighter (Raki) – struggle with their self-worth as they face their enemies and their pasts.

Epic battles, courage, bravery, sacrifice, horses with amazing powers, and more await the reader.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are written for books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, or authors. I voluntarily reviewed this book, and my review represents my honest opinion.

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