Win a charming ring in the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! (ends 5/31/22)

Welcome to another fun giveaway hop! I’m joining MamatheFox and 22 other amazing bloggers for the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more info on how to enter.

How to enter the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop

To check out all those bloggers, you’ll want to visit the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop linkup page . On that page, you’ll find links to all the participating blogs and their giveaways. You’ll be able to enter each one on their own blog’s page. So, to get to the linkup page, click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the Moms Rock Giveaway hop page!

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away this fabulous piece of costume jewelry! I fell in love with this darling ring when I saw it and couldn’t wait to share it with one of you!

  • 14k Rose-Gold Plated Eternity Band Ring with Swarovski Crystals in size 5 (this means it’s definitely on the small side).

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter to win the FINCHNWREN giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on May 31, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

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MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

“Facing the Enemy” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 5/17/22)

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Facing the Enemy JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Facing the Enemy by Paige Edwards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Facing the EnemyTitle: Facing the Enemy Series: Roxbury Heirs #1 Author: Paige Edwards Publisher: Covenant Communications Release Date: April 4, 2022 Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian

Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson. Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paige Edwards

Paige Edwards is an award-winning author and a Reader’s Favorite finalist of contemporary romances with a side-order of suspense. She holds a degree in interior design and has worked professionally in that field. Due to her deep British roots, Paige’s books are often set in the UK, and she hops the pond whenever she gets the chance. She is styled the Lady Paige Edwards when in Scotland, but her favorite title is Grandma. When she needs a break from writing, she serves as president of her area’s Interfaith Community Council, is fond of digging in the dirt (what some might call gardening), biking battlefields, and kayaking on the lake. Paige is a member of ACFW, ANWA, and Storymakers Guild.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(5) winners will receive a signed copy of Facing the Enemy!

Facing the Enemy JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 10, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 17, 2022. Winner 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.

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My thoughts

I have to admit, I fell in love with Paige Edwards’ Facing the Enemy when I saw its striking cover for the first time! And, it hasn’t disappointed me at all. Although the cover looks a bit medieval, it’s set in the here and now time frame. With the most captivating of characters!

Elise and Harry loved each other deeply years ago. But when Elise dumped him, Harry married soon after and now has a young elementary-school-aged son. His wife didn’t stick around, but Harry’s parents help care for their grandson when Harry is overseas. Because Harry and Elise both serve MI-6, the organization made famous by “Bond. James Bond.” MI-6 is also known as SIS, the Secret Intelligence Service. So you can guess what its agents do overseas; the high-minded name for their work is espionage. Which we all know can look like millions of different things.

When we meet Harry for the first time, he’s scrambling over rooftops trying to avoid bullets after his cover is blown. If he can make to to the pier at nightfall, he’ll board a boat heading for Tunisia, and after that, for the Home Office in London.

Elise is already there. Following a horrific car crash with a known criminal, she’s still trying to regain her former stamina; and worse, to deal with a health prognosis that she never expected. She’s instructed to spend the next six weeks healing and doing physical therapy.

And so, with Harry’s continued assignment and Elise’s medical leave, they both end up in Scotland; together again for the first time in a decade. She’s heading for her parents’ ancestral estate and he’s being sent to a military base. Because before he left the region where his cover was blown, he discovered that someone was smuggling British armaments to the warlord general who’s attacking his own country in his coup attempt.

But there are complications. Harry still loves Elise, who’s hiding her own complicated feelings under her own tough agent exterior. Obviously she cares for him…but there is that diagnosis she hasn’t shared with anyone. And there’s Sammy, Harry’s son, who’s has supposedly been under the care of Elise’s family’s cadre of servants; but he escapes them every time and has already ended up not only in mischief but in physical danger. Harry is undercover, trying to discover who’s behind the arms smuggling. And unbeknownst to the pair, Elise’s nemesis, a dealer and trafficker who has plans to move into an even more hideous type of crime, has an ultimate plan to carry out revenge. And the target of that revenge is Elise; and the trafficker doesn’t care whom he harms in the process.

Do not miss this book if you’re a lover of the spy genre (as I am)! It’s fascinating to visit the MI6 world and Paige Edwards has crafted a gripping tale. Lost loves, constant suspense, and this actual battle between the forces of human evil and the faithful and good who stand against them is not to be missed. Paige Edwards is a fantastic writer; I loved Harry, Elise, and Sammy–and you will too!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Enter to win “Shadows in the Mind’s Eye” in this Read With Audra Blog Tour review & giveaway (ends 5/17/22)

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I’ve been introduced to a fantastic new author! Read With Audra provided a copy of Janyre Tromp’s exceptional Shadows in the Mind’s Eye for me to read and share about with you. Plus, there’s an amazing giveaway where you can enter to win a copy of the book plus some cool swag. Keep reading for more!

About the book

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on–responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand–but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds–or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.

About the author, Janyre Tromp

Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist whose loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas.

She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.

You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her website, www.JanyreTromp.com (where you can grab a free copy of her novella Wide Open).

My thoughts about Shadows in the Mind’s Eye

I was fascinated as I read Janyre Tromp’s book. I love suspense thrillers and Shadows in the Mind’s Eye is set in an unique geographic area; the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, around Hot Springs. Annie’s husband (and Rosemary’s dad) Sam is returning from his Navy service in the Pacific at the close of WWII. While Sam was overseas, his brother Peter and best friend “Doc” have been helping Annie care for the family’s peach orchard. But Sam has brought something else home with him that he didn’t have when he left. His terrible experiences have left him with what we know today is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can manifest itself in unexpected moments.

Annie is different as well, since their baby daughter (who’s now three) was born after Sam deployed. So she’s been navigating life as a mom as well as working the farm (orchard). They’re overjoyed to see each other, but almost immediately Annie can see that Sam has changed. Will he be physically safe for Annie and Rosie to be around?

And Sam’s not only different physically. Annie’s afraid that he is literally losing his mind. He’s seeing things that no one else can see. Is it paranoia or something worse?

WHAT a story. Tromp is incredibly gifted at creating characters that readers will love and even feel concern for. And the situation the couple, and those they love (or those they fight with) find themselves in, is one that humans in our century still struggle with. Along with the emotional, psychological, and physical challenges Annie and Sam must endure is a mystery that Tromp drops little clues about throughout the book. It’s a mystery that is rooted in actual history that I was completely unaware of (and I won’t tell you the wheres and whys of that, lest I give you an unintentional spoiler!).

I especially love what the author says about her book:

“Fear is the great consumer. Sam is afraid he’s going crazy and that he can’t protect his family. Annie is afraid she won’t ever be able to cope and that the Sam she married is lost forever. And when they (or we) focus on fear, there are no solutions, no ways to move forward because they cannot solve fear on their own. We aren’t trustworthy enough or strong enough to fix it,” shares Tromp. “I’m a huge proponent of looking for and celebrating the beautiful even when it isn’t pretty. Gratitude isn’t a pretty bandage to slap on a hemorrhaging wound. It is a way to shift your attention while the master healer does his work. As Sam’s mother Dovie May says, ‘Sometimes God uses broken things to save us . . . Ain’t no light that can get through something solid. It sneaks through the broken places.’”

–Janyre Tromp, about Shadows in the Mind’s Eye

Here is what I can say. I was captivated with Shadows in the Mind’s Eye. Tromp is a most exceptional storyteller and there was never a moment that I wasn’t drawn to keep turning pages. Wonderful characters; heartrending struggles; and beauty in the midst of ashes. I wholehearted recommend Shadows in the Mind’s Eye for lovers of history, suspense, and the struggles humans must face to move forward in life. I personally will be keeping an eye out for any and all of Janyre Tromp’s books. You will be, too!

Now. Be sure to enter the book tour giveaway for some stellar prizes!

About the Shadows in the Mind’s Eye giveaway!

I so love this giveaway!! (If only I could swoop in and make off with all the prizes myself!) One winner will receive a prize pack containing:
 
– A copy of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye,
– A custom made silver peach tree necklace inspired by the book,
– A “Light speaks through the broken places” t-shirt also inspired by the book.

Here’s what all that looks like!

To enter to win this lovely giveaway, just click on the link below to go to Audra Jennings’ (who is Audra from the Read With Audra Blog Tour program) blog. You’ll be able to enter there via Rafflecopter. Giveaway closes on May 17, 2022. Best wishes!

Audra Jennings’ blog for Shadow in the Mind’s Eye giveaway

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Read With Audra. All opinions I’ve stated here are honest and my own.

Win a Mother’s Day Gift Set in the Come What May Giveaway Hop! (ends 5/15/22)

Welcome to May, everyone!

May is definitely one of my FAVORITE months. You can almost see summer coming, there are baby animals hopping around (yes, we’ve got our share of bunnies), flower buds are visible on the trees and green stems coming up out of the earth. Let’s celebrate with a new giveaway hop!

I’m joining MamatheFox and other bloggers for the Come What May Giveaway Hop! MamatheFox and some cool bloggers (and I) are joining together. You’ll want to check out the giveaway page, where each participating blog is listed and linked. You’ll be able to get to each blog by clicking on its highlighted page there. You can visit that page, the Come What May Giveaway Hop linkup page, by clicking on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you right over! Giveaways close on 5/15/22, so be sure to visit the linkup page before then for your chance to enter and win.

The FINCHNWREN Come What May Giveaway

I just love this colorful little Lady Jayne stationery set! This 3-pack set comes in a flat fuchsia box with a clear plastic cover. It contains:

  • a vivid yellow spiral note pad with 100 sheets, with an inspiring message: “be bold”
  • 4 binder clips
  • a zippered pencil pouch with a gorgeous blooms and flowers design

One FINCHNWREN winner will receive the set. It’s perfect for a belated Mother’s Day gift (since the giveaway isn’t over til *after* Mother’s Day).

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter to win, simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes May 15, 2022. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

“Turn My Mourning Into Dancing” ~ a JustRead Tours Blog Blitz and Giveaway (ends 5/3/22)

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Turn My Mourning into Dancing JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Turn My Mourning Into Dancing by Henri Nouwen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Title: Turn My Mourning Into Dancing Author: Henri Nouwen Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: March 8, 2022 Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Grief How do you find hope in hard times? Why is it important to have hope during difficult times? Turn My Mourning into Dancing will help you survive the difficult seasons and learn how to live a full life in the midst of them and beyond. With practical advice, Henri Nouwen will gently point you towards a way of life that is grounded in God’s constancy and rooted within eternal hope. In this updated edition, Turn My Mourning into Dancing discusses five movements we experience during hard times: • From Our Little Selves to a Larger World • From Holding Tight to Letting Go • From Fatalism to Hope • From Manipulation to Love • From a Fearful Death to a Joyous Life Healing begins with taking our pain out of its diabolic isolation and seeing our sufferings in communion with all humanity, and all creation. Nouwen teaches us that our little lives participate in something much larger. Turn My Mourning into Dancing is a must read for: • men and women looking for growth and insight on life • anyone going through the grief process and searching for real solutions • anyone who has experienced a loss, betrayal, or hard times Everyone grieves differently. It is a process, not a science experiment. Mourning shouldn’t last forever. Do you want the kind of life that allows you to dance even in the middle of the darkest night? Get the answers and find hope within your hard times with Nouwen’s works on spiritual growth.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henri Nouwen

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) was the author of With Open Hands, Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, and many other bestsellers. He was the senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with mental disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive two print copies of Turn My Mourning into Dancing (one to keep, one to give!)!

Turn My Mourning into Dancing JustRead Blog Blitz Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 3, 2022. Winner 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.

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Excerpts from the book

If you’ve ever gone through a time of mourning or suffering, you know that one of the things you long for is for it to be over. Henri Nouwen speaks words that those facing challenging times can take and, I hope, be encouraged. Here are two excerpts so you can explore the riches in this book.

Excerpt 1
“Joining in the Larger Dance

Mourning makes us poor; it powerfully reminds us of our smallness. But it is precisely here, in that pain
or poverty or awkwardness, that the Dancer invites us to rise up and take the first steps. For in our
suffering, not apart from it, Jesus enters our sadness, takes us by the hand, pulls us gently up to stand,
and invites us to dance. We find the way to pray, as the psalmist did, “You have turned my mourning
into dancing” (Ps. 30:11), because at the center of our grief we find the grace of God.
And as we dance, we realize that we don’t have to stay on the little spot of our grief but can step beyond
it. We stop centering our lives on ourselves. We pull others along with us and invite them into the larger
dance. We learn to make room for others— and the Gracious Other in our midst. And when we become
present to God and God’s people, we find our lives richer. We come to know that all the world is our
dance floor. Our step grows lighter because God has called out others to dance as well.
A friend wrote me a letter to recount his discovery. He had decided to spend the week following
Christmas with his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. One morning, when he met his father
at the day program in which he takes part, he found him very anxious and agitated. His father was
worrying that his own mother, who had died long before my friend was born, needed his help. The
worries were clearly an expression of a deep anguish that he could not express directly.
My friend took his father for a drive for more than an hour through the countryside. Very few words
were spoken between them, but my friend noticed how his father’s anxiety diminished, and he became
more relaxed. After not speaking for nearly an hour, the father turned, looked directly at his son, and
said, “Well, we haven’t had such a good visit in a long time.” The son laughed and realized that his father
was right. Anguish had become peace; loss had become gain. Even the silence between them held
healing. So much of our movement through suffering has to do with such unexpected moments.
Moments that come as gifts amid our waiting or struggling. Moments that often have much to do with
the people God puts in our path.
We do not, then, attempt our movement from our little lives into God’s larger grace by simple resolve or
lonely effort. When our needs lead us to grab desperately for a place, when our unhealed wounds
determine the atmosphere around us, we become anxious. But then we let our hurt remind us of our
need for healing. As we dance and walk forward, grace provides the ground on which our steps fall.
Prayer puts us in touch with the God of the Dance. We look beyond our experience of sadness or loss by
learning to receive an all-embracing love, a love that meets us in everyday moments.

Taken from “Turn My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope During Hard Times” by Henri Nouwen.
Copyright 2001 Estate of Henri Nouwen. Preface Copyright 2001 Timothy Jones. Used with permission
from Thomas Nelson Publishing. http://www.thomasnelson.com

Excerpt 2
From Holding Tight to Letting Go

For years I have loved watching trapeze artists. The love began when my then- eighty- nine- year- old
father came for a visit. Let’s go to the circus, we decided one day. That evening we watched five South
African trapeze artists—three fliers and two catchers. They danced in the air! The fliers soared and all
was dangerous until they found themselves caught by the strong hands of their partners. I told my
father that I had always wanted to fly like that, that perhaps I had missed my calling!
I am constantly moved by the courage of my circus friends. At each performance they trust that their
flight will end with their hands sliding into the secure grip of a partner. They also know that only the
release of the secure bar allows them to move on with arcing grace to the next. Before they can be
caught, they must let go. They must brave the emptiness of space.
Living with this kind of willingness to let go is one of the greatest challenges we face. Whether it
concerns a person, possession, or personal reputation, in so many areas we hold on at all costs. We
become heroic defenders of our dearly gained happiness. We treat our sometimes inevitable losses as
failures in the battle of survival.
The great paradox is that it is in letting go, we receive. We find safety in unexpected places of risk. And
those who try to avoid all risk, those who would try to guarantee that their hearts will not be broken,
end up in a self- created hell. C. S. Lewis wrote in The Four Loves,
To love at all is to be vulnerable…If you want to make sure of keeping [your heart] intact, you must give
your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in that casket— safe, dark,
motionless, airless— it will change. It will not be broken—it will become unbreak-able, impenetrable,
irredeemable…The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from the danger of love

is Hell.

In so many ways, the more we insist on control and the more we resist the call to hold our lives lightly,
the more we have to deny the reality of our losses and the more artificial our existence becomes. Our
belief that we should grasp tightly what we need provides one of the great sources of our suffering. But
letting go of possessions and plans and people allows us to enter, for all its risks, a life of new,
unexpected freedom.
How can we live with greater willingness to let go? Another step in turning our mourning into dancing
has to do with not clutching what we have, not trying to reserve a safe place we can rest in, not trying to
choreograph our own or others’ lives, but to surrender to the God whom we love and want to follow.
God invites us to experience our not being in control as an invitation to faith.
Taken from “Turn My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope During Hard Times” by Henri Nouwen.
Copyright 2001 Estate of Henri Nouwen. Preface Copyright 2001 Timothy Jones. Used with permission
from Thomas Nelson Publishing. http://www.thomasnelson.com

Don’t miss the opportunity to win two copies of this book! Just scroll back up to the giveaway image and follow the directions below it. Giveaway closes May 3, 2022. Best wishes!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Inheritance of Secrets” ~ a JustRead Blog & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 4/26/22)

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Inheritance of Secrets Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Inheritance of Secrets by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Inheritance of SecretsTitle: Inheritance of Secrets Series: Coventry Saga #6 Author: Robin Patchen Publisher: JDO Publishing Release Date: April 19, 2022 Genre: Christian romantic suspense From a USA Today bestselling author comes the latest in the edge-of-your-seat Christian romantic suspense series that will keep you reading all night long. “I didn’t do right by your mother. Or by you. Find her and do what I never had the courage to do.” Her father’s deathbed confession changed everything for Aspen Kincaid. The mystery of her mother’s disappearance was unsolvable, or so she’d believed. It seemed her dad had lied to her all her life. After inheriting a house in New Hampshire—a house Aspen hadn’t known her father owned—she travels thousands of miles, desperate to fulfill his dying wish. But some residents of Coventry don’t want Jane Kincaid’s daughter digging into things they think should remain buried forever. Renovating the secluded old house on the mountain should be the next step in Garrett McCarthy’s contracting career, but Aspen’s arrival in town stirs up old animosities in Coventry that he’d known nothing about. All he wants is to complete the job, hoping it’ll open doors to new opportunities. But when he’s asked to keep an eye on Aspen’s activities, he feels he can’t refuse. How can he honor his beautiful, vulnerable client and remain loyal to the people who need his help? Join Aspen and Garrett as they attempt to solve a thirty-year-old mystery—without becoming its latest victims. Page-turning suspense, heartwarming romance, and a plot-twisting mystery that’ll keep you guessing until the very end. Preorder Inheritance of Secrets today. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | BookBub

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Patchen

Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield and Coventry Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. Working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and paperback copies of the first 5 books in the series, Glimmer in the Darkness, Tides of Duplicity, Betrayal of Genius, Traces of Virtue, and Touch of Innocence!

Inheritance of Secrets JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 19, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 26, 2022. Winner 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.

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My thoughts

Well, there’s nothing like starting with book #6 in a 6-book series, is there?

Really, I’m totally kidding. While this really IS the first book in the Coventry Saga that I’ve read, Patchen’s novel works truly well as a stand-alone. She gives just a bit of “here’s what happened before” in Aspen’s new home. (Spoiler alert: it’s horrifying.) But it’s really only as a reference for why certain things are the way they are in the multi-story home, and in its basement. Garrett, the handsome construction & remodeling pro who’s working on the house gives her the tour and the story. It’s a lot. But Aspen is there just to solve a mystery, get the house redone and sold before she heads off to her next adventure.

But the mystery is a whopper. As her dad was on his deathbed, he asked his daughter to find her mom. Well, Aspen doesn’t even remember her mom. And how does one go about finding someone who doesn’t want to be found? As she moves from Hawaii (where she’s always lived) to New Hampshire (brr!), she finds townspeople who range from those who shoot her suspicious glances, to those who angrily confront her and tell her to get out of town.

Other than Garrett, and a few others, that has been Aspen’s experience. But she has found out some terrible things about her mother, and her mom’s and dad’s (and the town’s) history. But are those sparks flying between her and her remodeler? Yep. And even better, he is a godly man of faith. But as the mystery deepens and Aspen’s very life seems to be at stake, should she stick around or run?

Well, I’m not going to tell you the answer to that question! But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. And the mystery. The story is a well-plotted book and is an enjoyable read (well, except perhaps for those “this happened before THIS book” references. But they really are just references, to help you get your bearings around Coventry.). If you like lots of suspense and mystery with a little love interest thrown in, this is a book you’ll want to read!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.`

Danita Jenae’s “When Mountains Crumble” ~ a review and giveaway (ends 4/30/22)

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How can a person understand how to walk through loss? Life doesn’t necessarily prepare humans for it. But those who have walked that path can offer wisdom and comfort from their own journeys. The BlogAbout Blogger Network provided a copy of Danita Jenae’s exceptional book, When Mountains Crumble, to me–and Danita’s honest account of her own loss and how God accompanied her through her journey after the loss of her husband–was a moving and compassionate read. BlogAbout also gave me a copy to bless one reader with. Let me share more about this meaningful and rich book with you, then I’ll let you know how you can enter to win your own copy.

About When Mountains Crumble

Danita Jenae and her husband, Dan, moved to their last military posting before his expected retirement. They were overjoyed at the life they were looking forward to and were thrilled at the opportunity to live in an area they loved. Yet on a mountain climb/hike (which he took regularly and was quite skilled at), Dan lost his life, to the utter shock of his family. Danita and her two young daughters found themselves alone in a new city, without a home, church, or friend group.

When Mountains Crumble is Danita’s honest and vulnerable account of how she walked out her, and her girls,’ terrible loss. In eight segments, the author shares her experiences in mini-essays, combined with journaling exercises and pertinent Scriptures. These segments include:

  • Fog and Shock (how grief affects you)
  • The Topography of Grief (what to expect)
  • Find Your Footing (soul-care)
  • Companions in sorrow (grief + community)
  • Derailed and Shaken (doubts + questions)
  • The Crossroads (faith + emotions)
  • The Veil Between Heaven and Earth (you and your loved one)
  • Sacred Ground (hope of redemption)

When Mountains Crumble‘s subtitle is “Rebuilding Your Life After Losing Someone You Love.” That beautifully describes what readers will find in Danita’s sensitively-written book.

My thoughts about this book

I have to admit to you that over the course of my life, denial has been my close companion. I wouldn’t actually call Denial a friend; but it was definitely a deeply-embraced coping mechanism. And yet denial really only postpones dealing with suffering. Those boxes that we pack pain into eventually burst open. But how exactly does one deal with the pain of loss, especially when it’s a close companion, relative, or friend?

Danita Jenae didn’t have the luxury of using denial when she lost her husband unexpectedly. She had to deal with that loss, in addition to finding a home, a church, and most importantly, shepherding her daughters through losing their daddy. What she experienced and fought for is detailed with huge vulnerability; but also, could be an incredible guidebook for anyone who has to fight through loss. Her exceptional book shines a light on the pain and confusion we experience with the death of loved ones. What I also discovered was that I could apply her wisdom and process to dealing with other losses humans experience; even those losses that I’d packed into those denial boxes. I’m early in the process, but I’m so moved by how Danita dug deep and embraced God as she walked her loss out. I’ve experienced emotion and tears (which you don’t always get when Denial is in charge), and I’m seeing that Danita’s process is valid and so useful for readers; and that what she learned of God and His care for us are true. He IS good. And He loves us.

I recommend this book for anyone who’s suffered the loss of a loved one, or faced other significant losses in life. The reading, the journaling opportunities, the wise questions, and the Scriptures will help you. Significantly, and with great comfort.

About the author, Danita Jenae

Danita Jenae is a young mom and military widow learning to carry both joy and sorrow in the same breath.

When her husband suddenly passed away she felt lost, isolated, and like she was waiting for permission to grieve. As Danita sought grief books to help her process her thoughts and feelings, she found that most of them were written for older generations and that the stages of grief didn’t line up with what she was experiencing.

Danita wants to help others know they are not alone in what they are thinking and feeling after a loss. She is an author, speaker, poet, and artist sharing from her progress in healing from grief trauma, walking alongside the broken-hearted.

To help you find your footing in sorrow, Danita invites you to grab your free copy of her grief guide here. Danita is also offering practical and creative ways to lead a Spirit-led life at danitajenae.com

We hope that as you begin to embark on this difficult journey…you’ll no longer feel so alone.

Enter to win your own copy of When Mountains Crumble

The FINCHNWREN blog and The BlogAbout Blogger Network will be giving away a copy of When Mountains Crumble to one reader. To enter the giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 4/30/22. One winner will be selected to win.

Enter here!

Thank you for reading, friends. –Wren

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from The BlogAbout Blogger Network. All opinions are my own.

“Claiming Her Legacy” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 4/12/22)

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Claiming Her Legacy JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Claiming Her Legacy by Linda Goodnight, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Claiming Her Legacy Title: Claiming Her Legacy Author: Linda Goodnight Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Trade Release Date: April 26, 2022 Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance With her family’s legacy on the line, a woman with everything to lose must rely on a man hiding from his past… Oklahoma, 1890 Frontier women don’t ride off alone to track an outlaw—not even women as capable as tomboy spinster Willa Malone. But Willa desperately needs the bounty money offered for her father’s killer if she’s to keep their homestead and take care of her sisters. That means she needs an expert tracker’s help. Gideon Hartley has the skill, but the handsome trail guide also has a troubling secret… Gideon has spent years trying to numb his pain with whiskey. Little by little, their quest—and Willa’s belief in him—is restoring the sense of purpose he thought he’d lost. Journeying into the heart of danger, they’ll have to face down the past together if they hope to protect their future… PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Walmart | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Goodnight

New York Times bestseller Linda Goodnight fell in love with words as a young child when her mother took her to a tiny library and let her fill a cardboard box with books. The next week she was back again, forever hooked on the beauty and power of the written word. Her other passions are her faith and her blended family. A former nurse and teacher, she lives in Oklahoma with her husband where she enjoys baking and travel. Connect with Linda at www.lindagoodnight.com

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Claiming Her Legacy JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 5, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 12, 2022. Winner 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.

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Here are some excerpts of Claiming Her Legacy for you to read!

I absolutely LOVE Linda Goodnight’s writing! The Malone sisters–and their plight–will capture your heart. Willa is a brave, amazing woman. You won’t be able to put Claiming Her Legacy down until you reach the very last page, and these excerpts prove that!

Excerpt 1, CLAIMING HER LEGACY by Linda Goodnight.

Mercy rifled through the posters until she found the face she sought. “Here he is. The scoundrel who murdered Papa.”

All three sisters stared down at the drawing of the outlaw.

Charlie Bangs, the cowardly snake who’d murdered her father. Cold beady eyes, dark unkempt hair and a droopy handlebar mustache.

Hatred curled in the pit of Willa’s stomach. She’d never forget that face as long as she lived. Charlie Bangs deserved to die.

According to the prospector who’d brought him home, Papa had befriended the man who’d taken his life. He had even shared his camp and grub. Unlike his cynical daughter, Finn Malone believed the best of people.

His friendly nature had gotten him killed.

Oblivious to the dried blood staining her fingers, Mercy smoothed the poster flat. “Would you look at this? A thousand-dollar reward. No wonder men take to the bounty trails.”

“Papa’s life was worth more than that!” Savannah exclaimed hotly.

“Indeed,” Mercy said, “but a thousand dollars is still a great deal of money, Savannah. Enough to pay off Papa’s bank loan with plenty left over to order that sewing machine you’ve been mooning over in the mail order catalog.”

“I wasn’t mooning. The machine is a thing of great use. I could sew for the ladies of the community as well as for us.”

Willa didn’t think many in their fledgling settlement had an extra penny to spend on tailored yard goods, but Savannah needed her dreams. She was a good hand with a needle and took in mending here and there. The pay wasn’t much. Certainly not enough to repay the bank loan.

Finn Malone in his great rush toward the gold fields had borrowed against their land claim for a grubstake. Now that he was gone and the dab of gold with him, she and her sisters must either repay the loan or find themselves on the streets.

A step on the stairs drew her attention to a bleary-eyed woman with the dregs of last night’s rouge smearing her cheeks. At Willa’s glance, the saloon girl quickly receded into the dark confines of the stairwell.

With a shudder, Willa said, “Bounty hunting beats working upstairs for Madam Frenchy.”

“Willa Malone!” Mercy’s eyes widened. “We could never do such a thing.”

“Maybe that’s what the girls upstairs thought, too, at one time. We need money, and there’s hardly any way for a woman to survive out here unless she has a man to support her.”

The admission galled her.

“I could marry Mr. Baggley,” Savannah said, but the dread in her eyes cut Willa to the bone.

“Don’t be ridiculous. You’re not marrying that old goat to put food on the table.” Homer was sixty if he was a day and only washed once a year if the creek was high and warm.

Worse still, he had the manners of a billy goat, blatantly making his attentions clear one afternoon in the mercantile for the whole town to hear. As long as Savannah could cook and bear him a passel of young ’uns, as he put it, he didn’t care one whit if she was gimpy.

“He is rather repulsive,” Savannah admitted. “But I’ll marry him if I must.”

Willa’s jaw hardened. “You won’t.”

Doubt gnawed around the edges of her mind. What if they had no choice? What if her baby sister was forced to marry a rich old man who had only one thing on his mind?

Marriages of convenience were not that unusual for women alone, but how different were they from Madam Frenchy’s girls?

Willa shuddered, fingering the wanted poster. She’d do about anything to keep her sister from being sold off like a brood mare. Savannah was a beautiful educated Christian woman. Any man worth marrying would love her for those wonderful qualities and ignore her damaged leg.

But no such man was pounding on the door.

Mercy, too, was beautiful and smart. Willa’s thoughts skittered to a halt. Something untoward had happened to Mercy, something that had changed her view of marriage and family.

They were three women in a territory brimming with males and not a one of them could attract a suitable husband.

Unlike other ladies, the Malone sisters could not depend upon a man for help. Their future would be up to them and the Good Lord.

ISBN-13: 978-1-335-41876-0

Claiming Her Legacy

Copyright © 2022 by Linda Goodnight

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events or locales is entirely coincidental. 

This edition published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

For questions and comments about the quality of this book, please contact us at CustomerService@Harlequin.com.

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Excerpt 2, CLAIMING HER LEGACY by Linda Goodnight.

The three sisters still argued come bedtime. 

Willa divested herself of dusty boots and set them by the cabin door with a resolute thunk. “I’m going to hunt him down and collect that bounty and neither of you will convince me otherwise.” 

“This is crazy talk.” Mercy, already in a long nightdress, loosened her hair and let it fall over one shoulder. “A woman can’t go bounty hunting.” 

“Why not? I can ride and shoot better than most men.” 

“It is simply not done. Women don’t ride off alone after outlaws. Lawmen do.” 

“I staked this claim alone, didn’t I?” 

Mercy had stayed behind at the rail depot with Savannah, who could no more run for land than she could leap over the moon. Papa had run with Willa, hoping for a double portion, but he’d come up short. Willa hadn’t. 

“There were plenty who tried to take it away because I was a woman.”

She’d faced the claim-jumpers with a loaded rifle in hand, dead set on keeping what she’d staked until Papa and the sisters arrived to set up camp.

“Yes, and now we have to find a way to keep it.” Worry weighed Mercy’s soft words. “But bounty hunting is not the way, Willa. Riding after an outlaw alone, a known killer, is too dangerous. Even for a man.”

Mercy reached for a brush, and with more than the usual vigor, began the first of one hundred strokes of her glorious hair.

Willa had given up such feminine niceties long ago. A braid down the back was sufficient. Practical.

No one would notice if she primped anyway.

Willa’s chin jutted. “I’ll hire someone to go along. A tracker.”

Mercy’s brush paused. “Who?”

Willa’s heart rattled at the truth in Mercy’s statement, though she didn’t dare let either sister see her concern.

Finding a knowledgeable guide with the grit for bounty hunting would be difficult enough. Finding one who’d agree to a share of the bounty in return for his services might be next to impossible. And riding the trail with a woman? Even she saw the futility in that.

Yet, what other choices did she have?

“I’ll find one,” she said with false bravado. “With the many settlers coming and going in this territory, someone will know a guide.”

“Even if you find one, how will you know where to go?” Mercy resumed her brush strokes, the red hair gleaming in the lamplight. “This is a big country. A man on the run can hide many places.”

Willa shivered, her heart jittery in her chest as she slipped into her nightgown and turned back the quilt Mercy’s mother had pieced from scraps.

She didn’t remember her own mother but she fondly recalled Papa’s second wife, Maeve, a gentle soul who’d nurtured a needy, motherless six-year-old. Maeve, as Irish as Papa, had been the balm that soothed Papa’s wanderlust for a while. Those were the good days when Papa had worked the railroad and Maeve had turned a sod house into a loving home.

Emotion knotted in Willa’s chest. At times like this, when life was hard and decisions were harder, she missed having a mother to lean on. She missed Maeve.

She recalled Papa playing his fiddle by the firelight as Maeve’s work-roughened hands put together the tiniest pieces of scrap cloth until a pattern emerged, amazing Willa.

She also remembered Maeve’s swollen belly and the promise of a brother or sister. She’d gotten Mercy and lost Maeve in the same pain-filled day.

Months later, while Papa awaited wife number three, a mail-order bride from Georgia, he had given the quilt to Willa.

Now, with the enormity of what she planned tight in her chest, she pulled the precious cover closer, imagining the comfort of Maeve’s biscuit-and-rosewater scent.

“The bounty hunter had a good notion Papa’s killer was headed to Indian Territory to hide out for a spell,” she murmured. “I’ll start there.”

“Willa, stop! Put this out of your mind.” By the light of a coal oil lamp, Savannah’s slender fingers jabbed a needle in and out of a ripped chemise. “A woman traveling out there, even with a man’s protection, would be in terrible danger.”

ISBN-13: 978-1-335-41876-0

Claiming Her Legacy

Copyright © 2022 by Linda Goodnight

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events or locales is entirely coincidental. 

This edition published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

For questions and comments about the quality of this book, please contact us at CustomerService@Harlequin.com.

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Excerpt 3, CLAIMING HER LEGACY by Linda Goodnight.

The man was a drunk. 

In shocked dismay and with hope dwindling, Willa twisted her hands in her lap beneath the round parlor table. The guide and tracker she wanted to hire sat across from her, nursing a cup of coffee and a hangover. 

Now she understood the sly warnings she’d received about Gideon Hartley. 

Having taken only the time for that one drink of whiskey before stumbling down the stairs behind her, his longish black hair was mussed and his clothes badly rumpled. He had, however, tucked in his shirt, though Willa feared the courtesy had only added to his roguish appearance. 

Her heart had ricocheted like a bullet on a boulder when she’d tromped into the hotel room and recognized Hartley as the man from the saloon. He was, she feared, every bit as handsome as she remembered. 

A handsome rogue who drank too much. 

While she fidgeted, afraid he’d refuse her request and even more afraid he wouldn’t, he took his slow, sweet time doctoring his coffee. First, a spoon of sugar, followed by a taste and a grimace. Then a dollop of cream followed by yet another sip.

Tapping her foot in impatience, Willa glanced around at the lovely rose-papered parlor furnished with a settee and a small table to accommodate the hotel’s guests. A man and woman occupied the settee, thankfully far enough away not to overhear her conversation with Gideon Hartley. If she ever got to have one.

He reached for more sugar.

“Mr. Hartley, while I appreciate the flavor of well-prepared coffee as much as anyone, I have an important matter to discuss with you.”

The spoon clinked against the saucer, leaving a dot of brown liquid on the white china.

“All right, then,” he said with a heavy sigh. “To what do I owe this disgustingly early morning visit?”

“It’s afternoon.”

He flinched and turned slowly to squint out the broad window. Afternoon shadows pointed toward the east.

“So it is.” His dark eyebrows drew together in a frown. “You seem familiar. Have we met?”

“You helped my sister a few days ago.”

“That doesn’t sound like me.”

With studied nonchalance, he poured more cream into his coffee. And stirred. Again.

Willa found his self-deprecation less than amusing.

“You weren’t drunk at the time,” she snapped. “Perhaps that’s why you don’t remember.”

He arched an eyebrow. “Such a viperous tongue from such an enchanting source.”

Willa struggled not to roll her eyes. The man was not only half-drunk, he was a slick liar. She knew her shortcomings as well as her strengths. Savannah was enchanting. Willa was merely determined.

“The man my sister tried to save was a bounty hunter. He was tracking the murderer who killed my father.”

“Ah. Now, I remember. The ladies in the saloon. One fighting with death while the other fought not to lose her breakfast.”

She’d had no breakfast to lose. “How chivalrous of you to mention it.”

He showed his teeth. “How else may I be of assistance?”

Though his tone indicated less than cooperation, Willa leaned forward, determined to forge on. He was her only hope.

“I’m told you’re a tracker and a guide. I want you to help me find my father’s murderer.”

ISBN-13: 978-1-335-41876-0

Claiming Her Legacy

Copyright © 2022 by Linda Goodnight

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events or locales is entirely coincidental. 

This edition published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

For questions and comments about the quality of this book, please contact us at CustomerService@Harlequin.com.

Love Inspired22 Adelaide St. West, 41st FloorToronto, Ontario M5H 4E3, Canadawww.LoveInspired.com

Printed in U.S.A.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Eight at the Lake” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour and giveaway (ends 4/11/22) PLUS an Author Interview!

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Eight at the Lake JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Eight at the Lake by Lin Stepp, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Eight at the Lake Title: Eight at the Lake Series: Mountain Home Author: Lin Stepp Publisher: Mountain Hill Press Release Date: April 1, 2022 Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance Set in the charming historic town of Dandridge, Tennessee, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s sweet and touching story follows the unlikely romantic attraction between two characters with nothing in common but an undeniable zing. Samantha King, a nationally known storm chaser with Weather First, is covering a hurricane hitting the Florida Panhandle when a sign slams into her, tossing her over a wall and into the pounding surf. Accidents demand recovery and Samantha reluctantly heads to her Aunt Dixie’s in Dandridge, Tennessee, for a needed rest. The only plus, besides time with Dixie, is sharing time with her sister Andrea’s children, taken in years ago by Ford and Laura McDaniel when Andrea and her husband were killed. Samantha has spent little time with the children over the years, due to her demanding work schedule, but she is purposed to get to know the children better while in Dandridge. Ford McDaniel, with a busy veterinary practice and part ownership in his family’s lakeside resort, often wonders how in the world he ended up with eight children on his own. Yes, he and Laura agreed, as godparents to their best friends, Andrea and Adam Bradley, that if anything ever happened to them they’d raise their kids, but who imagined that scenario would ever occur? Still, he and Laura seemed to manage okay until Laura died, shattering his world and leaving him with eight small children to raise on his own. Now Andrea’s celebrated sister Samantha is in town for a while and it’s hard for Ford not to resent her carefree life—or to ignore his attraction to her, a relationship he clearly knows can only go nowhere. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lin Stepp

Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has over twenty published novels set around the Smoky Mountains near her home and the South Carolina coast. She and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks and have three published guides to Smokies hiking trails and TN and SC state parks. Lin enjoys hiking and exploring out of doors, speaking for events, and sharing about her work and interests through her monthly blog and newsletter, both on her website at: www.linstepp.com

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Eight at the Lake and Light the Way plus bookmarks for each book!

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 4, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 11, 2022. Winner 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.

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And…an author interview with the fabulous Lin Stepp!

I was just thrilled when I had the opportunity to interview Lin. She’s a thoughtful and highly readable author, whose characters are easy to love and sympathize with. I found myself cheering them on and hoping for a wonderful ending for them. Here are my questions, along with the author’s answers. Get to know Lin a bit by reading them!

  • Lin, I’ve known Tennessee gals and always been struck by their voices and pronunciations. Do you say “Knocks–vul” when you say “Knoxville” with a charming Southern accent when you speak of your alma mater, University of Tennessee at Knoxville?

Although most folks might think we’uns here in Knocks-vul and around the Great Smoky Mountains are all backwoods hillbillies with moonshine jugs, bare feet, a few teeth out, and  married to our cousins … I’m sure-enuf sorry to tell you fer a straight-out fact it just ain’t so! …

I may have a distinctive Southern accent and sometimes use old Appalachian terms when I write, but no, I don’t say “Knocks-vul.” I think all the years of education becoming Dr. Stepp, teaching college for twenty years, giving presentations and speeches for educational organizations, and working in the business world knocked any colloquial speech right out of me—except when sprinkled into one of my talks for humor! Most colloquial speech is picked up through cultural and family upbringing, and my parents were well-educated and seldom used what many think of as Appalachian or Hillbilly speech. We were also called to task for using incorrect grammar like “ain’t” or “she don’t.” I later learned in my educational and business career fields that careless speech habits tend to sink your chances to make a positive impression and can give you negative labels you might not want. People often assume those of us who live near the Smoky Mountains talk and act in a sort of Hillbilly way, but these concepts are only cultural stereotypes and not true of most of the people who live here in my part of the world.

  • As an avid hiker, what are a couple of trails you haven’t hiked yet that are on your to-hike list?

Most of our hikes have been taken in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Western North Carolina. My husband J.L. and I wrote about 110 of these shorter trails in our guidebook The Afternoon Hiker. There may be a few trails we missed in the Smokies and might yet like to explore … but next on our “to-hike” and “to-explore” list are more state park trails. J.L. and I discovered wonderful hiking trails working on our two state park guidebooks Discovering Tennessee State Parks and Exploring South Carolina State Parks … and we’re eagerly planning two more state park guidebooks to come in North Carolina and Georgia. There are already piles of tourist brochures, maps, and books on our dining room table about North Carolina and its parks, and we hope to get started traveling to see those parks and to hike the trails in them after we finish the Book Tour for our latest titles.

  • Your book characters have definitely encountered some fascinating experiences. What gives you your ideas for these; is it your psychology and counseling background?

I love bringing my readers to the places I love around the Smoky Mountains and now at the South Carolina coast. Creating the characters for my books is always a joy. As I begin to plan the concept of a book, my book characters seem to walk into my mind, and I develop each one in more and more depth as I plan the book’s story.  I actually go hunting for pictures on the internet or in magazines to visually represent my book characters and I plot out in depth what each character is like, what they love and hate, the experiences they’ve had in their lives, their problems, their hopes and dreams. I think an author brings all their life experiences into the creation of every story, along with their knowledge gained from all the books they’ve read over their lives. But I also simply have a rich, vivid imagination!!! In addition, I am consummate planner in writing any book so before I begin writing even the first words of a story, I’ve fully developed the characters, setting, and plot for my books, and roughed out a story outline to follow as I write. I admittedly love developing rich personalities and life experiences for my characters. To me as an author, the worst possible thing would be if my books began to feel  predictable to my readers or that the characters, settings, and adventures in each story wouldn’t feel fresh and exciting every time.

  • Was there an experience that first drew your heart to writing?

As a girl, I always loved to create stories and I dreamed of someday writing or illustrating books. I scribbled out poems, wrote articles for the school newspaper and for other academic publications later, but then life led me off in other directions. I married, raised children, worked in business capacities and as a publication artist, and taught college. Not until my children were grown and gone did the idea to write books surface again into my life. My husband and I had begun hiking, and working on a hiking guide, and along the way the idea for contemporary novels set in the Smokies slipped into my heart and mind. I decided to map out time to write around my other jobs and I soon had several novels finished. With some pushing from my daughter, home for a holiday, I began to seek for a publisher, connected with an imprint of John F. Blair out of North Carolina, and my first Smoky Mountain novel published in 2009. You never know if readers will love the books you write, but I’ve been blessed that they have, and I now have 24 published titles. If you carry an old dream in your heart, keep in mind Shad Helmstetter’s words that “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

  • Do you have a “favorite” character in your new book, “Eight at the Lake,” and if so, what do you love about them?

I loved every minute of writing my book Eight at the Lake and especially in bringing my two main characters Samantha King and Ford McDaniel to life, along with the eight children in the book. My heart went out to Ford, who as a busy veterinarian and part owner in his family’s lake resort, was also trying to raise eight children on his own. How Ford ended up with these kids, and ended up alone to raise them is a part of the story, but you can’t help but love him for how he loves the kids and for simply what a good man he is…. Samantha King captured my heart, too, a plucky, gifted woman working as a weather chaser for a major television network. What a fascinating life! She never would have come back to Dandridge if she hadn’t been forced to rest from an injury occurring on the job during a Florida hurricane. Creating the attraction and interaction between these two very different characters was so much fun. Both are passionate, smart, and dedicated people and it was easy to imagine the conflicts they faced, with their lives and goals so different. And creating the children, with their unique personalities, was wonderful fun, too. … A quote I love by Stephen King says: “A story should entertain the writer, too” and that is always true for me. I hope everyone will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thanks so much!

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Lin Stepp as much as I have. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway above for a chance to win two of her books plus other goodies.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Counterfeit Love” ~ a Read With Audra Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 4/12/22)

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I was so pleased to be able to participate in the Read With Audra blog tour (and giveaway!) for author Crystal Caudill’s new book, Counterfeit Love. It was a fascinating historical read. Keep reading for more on the book, its author, my impressions, and the giveaway!

About the book

About the book:

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 fiancé 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.

Combining rich history, danger, suspense, and romance, Crystal Caudill’s debut novel launches this new historical series with a bang. Fans of Elizabeth Camden, Michelle Griep, and Joanna Davidson Politano will be thrilled to find another author to follow!
To read an excerpt of Counterfeit Love click here.

My impressions

Crystal Caudill’s Counterfeit Love invited me into a time and a place I’ve rarely visited in historical fiction; post-Civil War Cincinnati, Ohio. And with some fascinating subject matter: an old Union general grandfather; an orphaned granddaughter; “genteel” poverty, as the old-fashioned phrase went; undercover Secret Service work; and both a new and an old love interest. Caudill does a fantastic job of creating characters/personalities; I had pretty strong “like” and “dislike” reactions to many of them. (Which was one of the things that kept me reading!) I also appreciated that I was not able to predict where the story would take me.

And, Caudill also introduced faith into her novel, in a way that was absolutely true-to-life. I don’t want to detract from your enjoyment of this part of the book, so that’s all I’m going to say on that matter. (I want to say more! But you’ll be glad that I didn’t!)

As I’ve noticed in a number of books that I’ve read recently, women were particularly vulnerable in the post-Civil War decades. Lack of ability to earn wages; no right to vote; at the mercy of the men in their lives for shelter, money, protection. Caudill’s protagonist Theresa is everything she’d need to be to succeed in spite of those obstacles. She’s stubborn, imaginative, inventive, and willing to sacrifice to provide for those she loves (whether they’re humans or animals). Yet that willingness, which blesses others, might just end up costing her everything. Including her life.

Unless.

Unless what, you’re asking? Well…you’ll have to read Counterfeit Love to find out! I will say that Caudill’s first novel reads as one would expect from an author of many books. Faith, love, suspense, peril–if you’re looking for a historical novel with all these and more, then Counterfeit Love is your book!

About the author

Crystal 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. Find out more at crystalcaudill.com.

Find out more at crystalcaudill.com or find her on Facebook (@crystalcaudillauthor) and Instagram (@crystalcaudillauthor). You can also join fellow readers in Crystal Caudill’s Reading Friends group on Facebook.

How you can enter the giveaway

To enter the giveaway to win a copy of Counterfeit Love, just click on the link below that says “a rafflecopter giveaway.” That will take you to a Rafflecopter form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 4/12/22. Best wishes!

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Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Read With Audra. All opinions on it are my own.