Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Brought to Book Blog Tour & Giveaway by Barbara Cornthwaite with Celebrate Lit

 

 


About the Book

 


Book:  Brought to Book

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Genre:  Christian cozy mystery

Release Date:  June 24, 2020

There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.

Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.

Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.

Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?

Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author



Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

 

More from Barbara

Meeting of the Minds

A Wilkester Mysteries Introduction

Detective Todd Mason knew Katrina was the one the first time he met her. The woman had witnessed a murder—if not with her eyes, at least with her ears. She’d seen the man dying and called for help, afraid all the while that the killer would return for her. So much he’d been told before he went into the interrogation room.

“How’s she handling it?” he asked the officer who had arrived first at the scene and escorted her to the police station.

“Not too badly,” said Gary. “She’s in shock, of course, but she’s trying to hold it together. Katrina Peters. She’s in Room 2.”

He’d gone in then and gotten his first look at her. Late thirties or early forties. Brown hair that fell to her shoulders in loose waves. Brown eyes that were red-rimmed from crying. Hands clutching a tissue. She managed a faint smile when he walked in.

“Hello, Ms. Peters. I’m Detective Todd Mason. I need to ask you some questions, if that’s all right.”

“Miss,” she said, almost as a reflex.

“I beg your pardon?” Todd wasn’t sure he’d heard her correctly.

“It’s Miss Peters.” She said it firmly, repudiating the term Ms. even at such a stressful moment. Something made her blush then, and he saw her glance at his left hand. “Never mind,” she murmured.

She’s afraid I’ll think she’s trying to advertize her availability. It amused Todd to see the blush—if only she knew how refreshing it was to see a woman who would even be conscious of such a thing. Old fashioned, he thought. In a good way.

She answered his questions as calmly as she could, and even apologized for the tears that insisted on coming out now and then. When she alluded to Daniel in the lion’s den, he knew she really was out of the ordinary, and it took all his self-control not to offer to drive her home himself.

To join the investigation, read your copy of Brought to Book today.


My Review

Being a book lover, a mystery set in a book store was perfect. The character of Katrina, an adjunct teacher at Wilkester College was witty, knowledgeable in literature and I loved the quotes from the many literature books included in the story. Not sure if her heart is ready for a relationship, she tries to play it safe and not get to close to one man in particular..a police officer. She finds herself in the middle of a murder case and thrown together with the man she is trying to avoid.

The mystery in the story was handled well and kept me guessing. The romance within the story was sweet and clean. The ending wrapped everything up nicely. A well wrote and thought out story with great characters. Lots of twists to hold the reader's interest. Highly recommended.

I received a copy from the author and voluntarily choose to review it.

                              Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 10

21st Century Keeper at Home, October 10

The Avid Reader, October 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 11

Remembrancy, October 11

For the Love of Literature, October 12

Worthy2Read, October 12

Genesis 5020, October 12

deb’s Book Review, October 13

Blogging With Carol, October 13

Robin’s Nest, October 13

Texas Book-aholic, October 14

Losing the Busyness, October 14

April Hayman, Author, October 14

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 15

Inklings and notions, October 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 16

Daysong Reflections, October 16

Older & Smarter?, October 17

For Him and My Family, October 17

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 18

Just Your Average reviews, October 18

Lis Loves Reading, October 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 19

As He Leads is Joy, October 19

Emily Yager, October 19

Sodbusterliving, October 20

Artistic Nobody, October 20 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Labor Not in Vain, October 20

She Lives To Read, October 21

Bizwings Blog, October 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 21

Godly Book Reviews, October 22

Mary Hake, October 22

Vicky Sluiter, October 22

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 23

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 23


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback of the book!!

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/10210/brought-to-book-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, October 19, 2020

New Release Oct. 20th- Something Borrowed by Toni Shiloh, Jaycee Weaver, Mikal Dawn,Andrea Boyd & Teresa Tysinger

 


Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.

Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver — Hanady's planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn't the groom. If she can't see she's marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won't be the only thing broken.

All the Moore by Toni Shiloh — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them?

A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancĂ© doesn’t know it…

Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth's holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away?

A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd — Lydia Osborn hasn't heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love?



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MY REVIEW



Every one of these authors has their own unique writing style, but each story fit together seamlessly.  I follow six friends telling their own story about how God led them to their happily ever after mate.  The first to marry passes a tiara down to be worn by the next friend to marry.


They are inspiring love stories. The characters are playful, down-to-earth, and witty.  I enjoyed getting to know each one of them.  They were written so well that they could have been a friend of mine next door.  The friends stuck together since their college days were supportive of each other, and were there in the good times and bad. 


The storyline is filled with joy, pain, second chances, lots of love and immersed in Christian inspiration.  It's of lasting friendships whose faith in God carries them through.



Friday, October 9, 2020

Grand Finale Blitz Dragonflies at Night by Anne Marie Bennett

 

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Author Interview

What do you hope readers will take with them after they’ve read it?

I really hope that readers will be touched by the fact that there is a greater Love at work in our earthly romances, and that relationships aren’t separated by death, as proven in my novel by the relationship between Savannah and Deirdre Rose.

There’s a lovely quote from St. John of Chrysostom: Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are. I will feel satisfied if even one reader is comforted by this after reading this novel.

(With its own giveaway.)


"The lessons are numerous in this poignant, inspiring, and beautiful story – celebrate the life that is given, long or short; also that no matter what happens, the love remains. . . . Fans of the author or those who enjoy this genre will probably enjoy this. This has some elements of magical realism to it."

Rockin' Book Reviews - Review & Guest Post

"Dragonflies at Night is a novel of relationships past and present. It is story of loyal friends, destinies, fulfilling dreams, appreciating life's beauty and true love. This is a captivating, inspiring and uplifting tale."

Where the Magic Happens

Welcome to my writing space! When we built our home in 1995, this room was my stepson’s bedroom. When he moved out ten years later, we converted it into a guest room. But now we have two other guest rooms in our home, so this year … abracadabra! It is now my very own writing space. . .


A Celebrity Love Story

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of “celebrity,” from my very first crush in the 60’s on Bobby Sherman, to my current favorite—Josh Groban.

One time, in my thirties, I was waiting for someone at Logan Airport in Boston when I caught sight of Michael J. Fox being escorted through the terminal by his entourage. I was a fan, of course (those were the days of Family Ties and Back to the Future.) I was thrilled to see him right there a few feet away from me, but it surprised me that so many people were screaming his name and trying to touch him. That seemed totally bizarre to me, and I felt a good deal of sympathy for him. In my eyes, he was “just a guy” walking through an airport, and it woke me up to a certain awareness of how celebrities are almost revered by the public, to the point of sometimes losing their true identities. . .


"It's a very sweet story. I can definitely relate to Savannah. She is strong and sweet and just so real. Ben seems like someone who would be happy with simple if he could just write and perform his music. The struggles of keeping a relationship despite the distance is real. They both are scared of giving their heart or losing each other.

I really loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was such a sweet and beautifully written romance!"


“They look so happy, don’t they?” Savannah said from the doorway, her best friend Andi at her side.

They were sipping the last of the rainbow drinks, which reflected the bright light from the candles on all of the tables. One more Life Celebration part, this time a bridal shower, nearly over. Tam, the bride-to-be, was still opening presents, squealing with delight at this and that, the piles of torn paper and ribbons growing larger by the second. Her fiancé, Eric, had just come in and was sitting on the floor beside her, oohing and ahhing appropriately every time a new gift appeared. They were both glowing with the love of family and friends that surrounded them, and their love for one another was beautifully apparent.

E-Romance News - Excerpt

Savannah gulped as she read the title. “Dragonfly Lady?” She turned to face him, her right hand over her heart. “You wrote a song about me . . . and the dragonflies?”

He was worried for a moment that he’d gone too far. Avery had not liked it when he’d written personal songs about her. Shoot, she’d never allowed him to write songs like that about her. Well, okay, he’d written intimate songs about their relationship, but he had never actually performed or recorded them. “I did indeed,” he quipped a bit nervously. “Is that all right?”


"The key themes of this book are loss, love and family. . . . This is my first book by Anne Marie Bennett and she did a great job at having the reader understand that celebrating life in the now is what really matters and that above all things love always remains."


When they got back to the house, Ben worked out and took a shower, then spent some time in his music room, playing around with a new song. It was still in the very early stages, but he had a good beginning:

Tell me your heartaches and I’ll tell you mine

going back in time and how it all came to hurt so bad

Wishful Endings - Guest Post

Let's Hear It for the Aunts

Savannah, the romantic heroine of Dragonflies at Night, has a very special relationship with her mother's sister Suzanna (aka Auntie Zan) who took her in when Savannah’s parents died. Later in the novel, there’s a sweet scene where Kline, a good friend of our hero Ben, introduces Savannah to his little girl, Carly. She has always called our hero “Uncle Ben,” and assumes that she should call his new girlfriend “Aunt Savannah.” Thus begins another very special auntie relationship with a very special niece who isn’t a blood relative.

Hallie Reads - Excerpt

Savannah raised her bottle to his. “And here’s to Avery.” They clinked glasses again. “Because when Avery let you go, it made room for me.”

“Amen,” Ben said, taking another deep swallow of beer. “Here’s to our exes who made us who we are today.”

“To our exes,” Savannah echoed.

Kimber Li - Guest Post

Love on Location

Ben and Savannah, the romantic leads in Dragonflies at Night: More Than a Love Story, fall in love on one side of the United States (Massachusetts), and deepen their love on the other side (California). Sometimes the settings that I create in my fiction are totally imaginary, but in this novel, I have actually been everywhere that our lovers find themselves!


“That’s . . . I mean . . . That’s a special day in my family, that’s all.” Savannah wasn’t sure how much to divulge.

“C’mon guys!” Amy called as they made their way back to the picnic table in the twilight. “Time for dessert! Kline, can you bring Danny-Boy out here?” She looked at Savannah again as they set the dishes on the table. “What special day?” she asked quietly.

Savannah looked into Amy’s kind blue eyes for a moment. They looked like eyes that connected to a soul that could be trusted. “My mom died on September twenty-second.”


This is dedicated…

One of my favorite things to do when I’m getting a book ready for publication is to write the dedication. I think of the dedication as a little stream of love and gratitude heading out into the world towards whoever/whatever inspired me. . .


"I thought the novel had an interesting concept of a mother/aunt looking over their child. . . . If you like cozy romance with elements of magical realism, then this is the book for you."

Heidi Reads... - Guest Post

A Thing About Libraries

I have loved books and reading, and anything to do with books and reading, since I was a little girl. In fact, my mother loved to tell the story of how, when I was 5 years old, she began reading me The Wizard of Oz, a few chapters at a time. Then one night when she was sick and couldn’t read to me, I picked up the book and finished it myself! . .


"This is a super cute quick read. It is a very light hearted read which is surprising because their is so much loss, loneliness, and heartache. I enjoyed this book because the love story wasn’t overwhelming and was mixed with just enough sadness to seem realistic. You get to experience these intense, scary, and heartfelt emotions along side the main characters, which was my favorite part. I loved these characters and was so excited about the ending!"

regallywritten - Review

"Reading this novel was like diving into the water of the romance genre, and being completely and totally immersed in a refreshing wave.

It has so many unique qualities to it that I loved, and that make it stand out in contrast to the typical ideas that most authors of the genre fall back on."


"Her journey is sweet, joyful, and enduring."


Some ancient cultures taught that ordinary physical reality is not the only reality available to us. I used to ruminate on that teaching occasionally when I was alive. I entertained the idea that there had to be something greater than us to gift us with such precious beauty. But now I know. There is so much more than the physical limitations of earthly life. There is so much more love, so much more light, and so many more ways that we are all connected.


". , , love watching them build up their friendship as they are learning how to trust and heal from previous failed relationships, while also just being real with each other. . . . This really was a feel-good romance that warmed my heart after a long and crazy week."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post...

Dragonflies at Night:
More Than a Love Story
By Anne Marie Bennett
Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 365 Pages
September 22, 2020 by KaleidoSoul Media

A dragonfly brings a mother’s love to a grieving daughter.

Meet Savannah, the thirty-something owner of Life Celebrations, a party planning business. Despite losing both parents as a teenager, Savannah is creating a positive life for herself, surrounded by friends and co-workers who are now her family. But she also has a secret—as much as she wants to settle down and have children, she is afraid to, for fear of getting cancer and having to leave them without their mother, as she herself was left behind years ago.

Meet Deirdre Rose, Savannah’s mother. She continues to watch over Savannah, who feels deeply connected to her mother whenever she sees a dragonfly.

Now meet Ben, a thirty-something recording artist who is good-looking, talented, and a household name. Despite his fame, Ben is lonely. He trusts few people because it seems everyone wants something from him instead of getting to know who he really is.

Savannah and Ben cross paths when they meet at a yoga retreat in the Massachusetts Berkshires. They are drawn to each other’s creativity and outlook on life. She sees beyond his celebrity and he admires her strength in what she’s had to overcome.

What happens when the retreat ends and they go their separate ways? Will they be able to make a long distance relationship work? Can Savannah put aside her fears, and will Ben allow himself to be truly vulnerable?

Above all . . . what message do Deirdre Rose and Dragonfly have for both of them?

(Affiliate link included.)

About the Author


Anne Marie Bennett was touched by a dragonfly once and has never forgotten its message. She has published books about her cancer journeys and the process of SoulCollage®. This is her first women’s novel.


Tour Giveaway


One winner will receive an ebook of All You Need is Love and Lilacs, a dragonfly suncatcher, and a $25 Amazon eGift Card (dragonfly suncatcher to US winner only, international winner will receive ebook and gift card only)

Ends October 14, 2020

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Takeover Tour for A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham, hosted by Just Read Publicity Tours!

 

A Life Once Dreamed Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Life Once Dreamed
Title: A Life Once Dreamed 
Author: Rachel Fordham 
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: August 4, 2020 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance 

Where you come from matters far less than where you're going 

Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory. In the shadow of the Black Hills, she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid--despite being only twenty-four. But the past has a way of catching up with people. 

When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie's pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves--but he is precisely the one person who can never know. 

Can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can't seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness? 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Fordham
photo credit: Kylee Ann Maughan

Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs and Yours Truly, Thomas. She started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She'd pull a book from the shelf, but they'd insist she make one up. Finally, she paired her love of good stories with her love of writing and hasn't stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

CONNECT WITH RACHEL: Website | Facebook | Instagram


MY REVIEW

Agnes & James grew up in Buffalo, New York as childhood friends and then fell in love. Prior to getting married, Agnes leaves for Penance to start a new life, carrying a secret with her. Six years later, James now a doctor, decides to move to Penance. Can they survive in the same town?

The characters, plot, and setting was wonderful. Parts of the story made me smile, cry, and laugh. I was hooked from the very beginning. This story had everything for a captivating read. Inspirational & Uplifting.

The story had mystery, a second chance at love, suspense, and lessons in what God's love can do. James learns that the family life he lived in Buffalo was flawed. He was prejudice and narrow-minded then but learns to set those traits aside in Penance. Highly recommended read.

I received a copy from the author and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinions are my own.



TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive 3 books (The Hope of Azure Springs, Yours Truly, Thomas, and A Life Once Dreamed) by Rachel Fordham, book swag, and a set of corner bookmarks!

A Life Once Dreamed JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 5, 2020 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 12, 2020. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only, void where prohibited by law or logistics.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

New Release Oct. 6th- Colors of Truth by Tamera Alexander Q & A



Tamera Alexander is the USA Today bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed and Remembered, the critically acclaimed Fountain Creek Chronicles historical series. Her second historical series, Timber Ridge Reflections (From a Distance, Beyond This Moment, and Within My Heart) continue her signature style of deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose which has earned her devoted readers worldwide—and multiple industry awards. 

Her critically-acclaimed Southern Mansion novels—the Belmont Mansion series, the Belle Meade Plantation series, and The Carnton Novels—are continuing that beloved tradition.

Her books have been honored with four Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction (she's an eleven-time finalist) and have twice earned the distinction of the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Tamera is a six-time finalist).

Her novels have won two Carol Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Golden Quill Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Bookseller’s Best Award, the National Reader's Choice Award, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction, among others. Tamera's books have been translated into Dutch, German, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian, and Portuguese.

Tamera lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for many of her critically-acclaimed novels.

Website

For more about Tamera's books, visit www.TameraAlexander.com

https://www.facebook.com/tamera.alexander

https://www.amazon.com/Tamera-Alexander/e/B001H6NKXK


Author Q & A

Tell me about yourself. What got you started writing?

I first considered writing a novel in 1999. But I need to go back a bit farther to really get to the seedof where all this started for me. In 1995, my mother-in-law, Claudette Harris Alexander, shared a book with me, one she thought I would really enjoy. I was busy and let time go by without reading it. She asked me again if Id read it. Several times. I said no, but that I would. The best-laid plans, as they say.

Very unexpectedly, Claudette died that same year from a brain aneurysm. Weeks passed, and as I was cleaning bookshelves downstairs, I happened across that little volume and immediately sat down and read it. Claudette was right!

I felt an immediate connection with the thread of hope woven through that gentle love story—Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke, originally published by Bethany House Publishers in 1979. That sent me searching for more inspirational fiction published not only by Bethany House but elsewhere in the Christian Booksellers Association market (CBA). I devoured it and developed a strong interest in historical fiction.

A handful of years later my husband and I were driving back to Colorado from Texas late one night. I finished a novel, turned to him, and said (only joking at the time), I think I could write one of those.Without blinking, he said, Well, do it.Competitive at heart, I nodded and said, Okay!

My first novel made it to the review board at Bethany House Publishers in 2000, after which I received a very nice rejection letter. Writing that first story was a learning experience for me that I took to heart. I then determined to set about seriously studying the craft of writing. And all these years later, I’ve just published my 17th novel.

How did you come up with your book idea? What inspired you?

Ideas for my novels typically stem from a question I’m wrestling with, a spiritual struggle perhaps—and real history. Real history is always involved. All of that is true for Colors of Truth.

The theme of truth runs throughout this story. And also lies. Lies told to us. Lies we tell ourselves. Lies we tell others. We live in a time when integrity and truth seem hard to come by. God met me on the pages of Colors of Truth and drew me closer to him through the charactersstruggles. I hope readers experience the same.

What was the most difficult part of writing this book? How did you overcome this difficulty?

I wrote this book during the last year of my father’s life here on earth. Dad had a ten-year journey with dementia and passed in August 2019. So much of what we experienced together, of what dad (and also my Heavenly Father) taught me during those last days, weeks, and months made it onto the pages of Colors of Truth.

The never-failing love of both my earthly father and Heavenly Father got me through.

Who is your favorite character from the novel? What about them makes them your favorite?

I love them all yet feel a special closeness to Wade and Catriona because I wrote the story in their POV. But I have to say that Tempy’s character first captured my heart when I wrote Christmas at Carnton (a Carnton novella) and With This Pledge (Carnton book 1). Tempy’s character is based on the real African American woman who served as the cook at Carnton for the McGavock family for the majority of her life.

I also love Nora’s character. I’ve always wanted to write a story with sisters, and that Catriona and Nora are Irish made writing it especially enjoyable. I’m currently writing the third and final Carnton novel which will release Summer 2021, and the heroine? Nora, all grown up!

 

Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or agenda?

Oh gracious yes. I’m often surprised when something happens in the story I’m writing. My husband always shakes his head (when I tell him this) and counters, "But you’re the author. You know what’s coming!" But as I tell him, these characters are "living, breathing people" who just happen to live inside me. They have minds of their own.

As far as the message of the novel, I rarely know that until I’m well into writing the book. Sometimes not until the first draft is completely written. Then in the rewrite, I go back and strengthen the story and character motivations in that regard.

 

How has writing this book impacted you personally?

God met me at so many turns in this story. But the ultimate truth that he engraved on my heart as I wrote Colors of Truth is to tell the truth. No matter the cost. Always. That means telling the truth to myself, to others, and to him. Because he IS truth.

 

How many books do you currently have published? What genres?

Seventeen. All historical fiction/romance. Seven written against the backdrop of Colorado history, ten written about real Southern history. The ten Southern novels are set against the authentic history of three antebellum mansions in Nashville—Carnton, Belle Meade, and Belmont—and the people who lived and worked there.

What is your favorite thing about writing? Your least favorite?

Favorite thing? Readers. Hands down.

Second favorite thing? Having written.

Least favorite thing? Writing the first draft. I’m a writer who lives for rewrites!

What authors in your genre inspire you most?

There are so many authors I read who inspire me, who I learn from, that I hesitate to name a handful and leave others out. But I’m grateful for each one! I will say that I’m especially excited about a favorite novel Redeeming Love (by Francine Rivers) coming to the big screen in 2021. Wish we could do a massive "girls night out" and all go see that together!

What would you tell a beginning author who wants to publish but doesnt believe he/she has enough talent?

Every "no" along the way is really part of God’s final "Yes!" when his perfect timing is reached. Never. Give. Up. Keep honing your skills and seeking his will.




In a town battered and bruised by war, one woman embarks upon an impossible search--and one man must face the past in the very place that almost destroyed him.

Tennessee, 1866. According to the last letter Irish immigrant Catriona O'Toole received from her twin brother, Ryan, he was being dispatched to Franklin, Tennessee, whereas a conscripted Confederate soldier--he likely endured the bloody Battle of Franklin that claimed the lives of thousands. Catriona leaves behind the lush green of their Irish homeland in search of him, with nothing to her name except the sum of cash Ryan, sent to their family. Now the sole provider for her seven-year-old spitfire sister, Nora, Catriona hopes to reunite the siblings--the only surviving members of their devastated family.

Wade Cunningham is a former Federal soldier who now works for the newly formed United States Secret Service and is trying to uncover counterfeiting rings in the postwar South. In order to infiltrate their sophisticated enterprise, he must pose as a former Confederate in Franklin--a town where counterfeit greenbacks run rampant. When Wade meets Catriona, he is immediately intrigued by her and the little redheaded scamp in her care--but what he doesn't anticipate is that the cash in Catriona's possession is some of the most convincing counterfeit money he's ever seen. Soon the object of Wade's affection is also the suspect in a major crime--one he's expected to prosecute.

With rich historical detail and multifaceted prose, USA TODAY bestselling author Tamera Alexander tells a riveting tale of truth, betrayal, and unlikely romance that unveils the many shades of God's perfect redemption.

 Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Colors-Truth-Carnton-Tamera-Alexander-ebook/dp/B08HM93TLD

Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/colors-of-truth-tamera-alexander/1134978519?ean=2940162933908

The Carnton novels are standalone novels, meaning they are part of a series but can be enjoyed individually.


Christmas at Carnton, a novella

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072J2KRZR



With This Pledge, Book 1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BB4MSG2




 



Thursday, October 1, 2020

Book Tour- A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler & Giveaway #RFTPrism.

 

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A Ranger for the Twins
By Tanya Agler
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 6, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She fell from grace…

Before falling for him

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love…

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The Sheriff's Second Chance
By Tanya Agler
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
January 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Broken things can’t be fixed…

Or can they?

Officer and single dad Mike Harrison doesn’t believe in second chances. Ever. That is, until he learns that his former best friend—gorgeous green-eyed car mechanic Georgie Bennett—is back in town. Unfortunately, she’s also a suspect in a recent break-in! But it’ll take an old classic car to show Mike and Georgie that almost anything can be restored with a little patience…and a whole lot of love.

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About the Author


An award-winning author, Tanya Agler moved often during her childhood and settled in Georgia where she writes sweet contemporary romance novels, which feature small towns, family and pets, and themes of second chances and hope. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, is a January of 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming release. The sequel, A Ranger for the Twins, will be released in Oct. 2020. A graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, she lives with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. Represented by Dawn Dowdle and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, she’s currently at work on the sequels to her debut. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies, walking, and a good cup of tea.


MY REVIEW

A Ranger for the Twins is one filled with frustration and then hope even in the direst of circumstances. Lucie, her heart broke and her reputation ruined, returns to her home town to find most of the 
townspeople are against her and blame her for what her ex-husband did.

Trying to rebuild her life and give her children stability, she starts the Hollydale Wellness and Training Center. Then she gets reunited with Caleb Spindler and her life gets more complicated.


Learning trust, forgiveness, and how to love again are all lessons learned in the storyline. The characters are real to life. Lucie is a down-to-earth loving mother of twins and is determined. Caleb is loving, caring, and steadfast, standing behind Luice giving her support just when she needs it. The twins Ethan and Mattie are sweet and entertaining children.

The ending wrapped up everything nicely. A very sweet and uplifting story. Highly recommended.

I received a copy from Prism Book Tours and voluntarily choose to review it.




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Orange Snow
By Dale S. Rogers
Illustrated by Valentina Esposito
Children's Picture Book
Hardcover, 32 Pages
October 1, 2020 by Summers Island Press

Lucy likes to imagine things.

That's what she was doing, one windy autumn day, waiting for Mom to pick her up from school. She was thinking how wonderful it would be if snow was... orange! And how fun it would be to play in. Just for pretend.

But do you ever wish pretend could be real?

Advanced Reviews

Perhaps inspired by the catchy tune, "The Best Things in Life are Free," Southern writer Dale Rogers has demonstrated that finding joy in what may, at first appear to be the most mundane gifts of nature--often taken for granted, have the power to make us realize and truly treasure their priceless impact on our well being. - Dottie Ashley, former play critic and freelance writer

A delightful, whimsical tale of how a child's imagination can become a reality. - James Sitton

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Excerpt


About the Author


A South Carolina native, Dale currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and three cats. With several family members involved in writing, Dale soon found herself drifting in that direction, eventually joining her high school newspaper staff. Continuing her interest in writing after graduating from Anderson College and the University of South Carolina, she penned articles and stories, as well as poetry, eventually starting a novel. Since then, she has written several novels, both for teens and adults. She also loves music and dance, and has participated in several musicals and even one movie.


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