“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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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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(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.

“Your Finances God’s Way” book and workbook ~ a JustRead Blog Tour and Giveaway (ends May 16, 22)

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Your Finances God's Way JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Your Finances God’s Way book and workbook by Scott LaPierre, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Your Finances God's WayTitle: Your Finances God’s Way Author: Scott LaPierre Publisher: Harvest House Release Date: May 3, 2022 Genre: Christian living – nonfiction

Experience the Peace that Comes with Wise Stewardship Financial insecurity can be one of the greatest threats to your well-being—but the good news is that even if you’re on a tight income, you can eliminate many of your monetary worries when you create and abide by a biblical plan for your spending. In Your Finance’s God’s Way, you’ll identify the negative money management habits you need to break and the positive habits that should take their place. Implementing the teaching laid out in the Bible, this book gives you advice and practical steps backed by proven principles, helping you • get the most out of your money by paying off debt and building up savings • make wise spending decisions that enable you to avoid anxiety, regret, and conflict • find a healthy balance between being financially frivolous and frugal to a fault Even when you have less to spend, you can use what God has provided to thrive. Whether you’re young or old, married or single, working or staying at home, Your Finances God’s Way will give you everything you need to be a careful steward of the resources you’ve received from the Lord.

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Scott LaPierre

Scott LaPierre is a senior pastor, author, and popular conference speaker. He holds an MA in biblical studies from Liberty University. Scott and his wife, Katie, live in Washington State, and God has blessed them with nine children. Learn more about Pastor Scott at his website, www.scottlapierre.org, and connect with him on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

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(1) winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the Your Finances God’s Way book and workbook!

Your Finances God's Way JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 9, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 16, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Books US only, Amazon gift card where available. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My thoughts

If we don’t know much about wise ways to spend money, to whom do we go for guidance? The federal government (with its loads of debt)? To product commercials, who market their products to us as items we NEED to be beautiful, successful, or amazing? To friends or family, who may or may not have developed good habits?

Author and pastor Scott LaPierre has another source: the Bible. Did you know that Jesus “talked about money more than anything else except the kingdom of God” (Your Finances God’s Way, p. 18). 11 out of 39 parables, and 288 verses in the Gospels (that’s 1 verse out of every 10) are all about money: where it comes from, how people use it, and whether their uses of money are wise or unwise. As we all use money to live, how about we look at God’s Word for wisdom and understanding on how to best use this provision that’s actually come from God in the first place?

To this end, LaPierre spends much of his book teaching about what the Bible says about money, and the examples of humans and how they used money. This foundation (I would say that’s 12ish chapters out of 16) covers the following topics:

  • Viewing money as an opportunity to steward God’s resources
  • …and building faithfulness in that process
  • What’s wrong with loving money? (Well–a lot, really!)
  • The parable of the rich fool and what we can learn from him–and how to avoid being him
  • How we can give: sacrificially, cheerfully, willingly (and why)
  • Our emotions and feelings about money; do we have a spending problem or an income problem?
  • What God indicates about debt
  • and more

Then, in the remaining chapters, LaPierre gets into the HOWs of dealing with money. He gives specific wisdom and insight (and yes, how-tos) of how we can get rid of debt, how to save well, and how to retire well. The final chapter of the book contains Biblical perspectives on the many parts of life that will intersect with money; and really, how we can (as the Bible exhorts) build treasure in heaven. There is an appendix at the end with a website link that includes budget worksheets for financial planning.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed LaPierre’s book. Let me be the first to say that I am not an accountant, a financial planner, or an expert investor. I don’t feel that this area is among those I operate the most confidently or wisely in. (Because numbers, ugh; I am so definitely a words gal.) However! Just because financial advising isn’t in my strengths arena, doesn’t release me from the responsibility to operate wisely with the money the Lord has granted me. So really, I needed this book (and its workbook, which is written in such a way that you read a section, then complete the accompanying section in the workbook. I’ve always found that this is a way that I learn the most from books and Bible studies. It takes the mental knowledge and brings it into the practical for our brains–and helps us retain the info well. So do be sure to purchase the workbook along with the book as a way to get the most out of Your Finances God’s Way) for the life wisdom it provides on dealing with finances.

Also, I appreciated the way LaPierre writes. There is no judgment for those who might be ignorant in these topics. Instead, he gently but clearly speaks from God’s Word about wise and foolish ways of the use of money, the generous gift of God to us; and how we can give with joy and spend with wisdom. That foundation (plus the guidance on getting out of debt, saving, etc.) will tell you so much about money from God’s point of view; and how we can follow that to become exceptional stewards. It’s a readable, useful, and enjoyable set of books for gaining wisdom on money. I do recommend them both!

Enjoy! –Wren

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

“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

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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!

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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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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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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.

“Battle Prayers” ~ a JustRead Blog Blitz & Giveaway (ends 3/30/22)

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Battle Prayers JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Battle Prayers by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Battle Prayers

Title: Battle Prayers Author: Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: Feb 15, 2022 Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Prayer Do the unending obstacles you face make you feel like you’re in a constant spiritual battle? Arm yourself with 100 prayers that will uplift and encourage you during the difficult moments of life. It can be difficult to find the right words when you’re praying through hard times. In Battle Prayers, find a classic model to lift your prayers to God, not only for yourself, but others. Each prayer is woven together with Scripture, reminding you that the answers to your struggles can be found in God’s Word and by listening to Him. Battle Prayers: 1. Shows how the power of prayer can lead you to find lasting encouragement 2. Provides inspiration and theological accuracy 3. Offers prayers ideal for helping move the mountains that can sometimes stand in between us and God Whether a gift or for yourself, this volume of 100 prayers features: 1. Specific Scriptures and cross-references to other prayers in the book for additional encouragement 2. First-person prayers addressed directly to God, ideal for reading aloud during morning, evening, or devotional prayer time 3. A helpful and encouraging Appendix: “The 10 Essential Qualities of an Effective Battle Prayer” Prayer doesn’t stop with the “Amen,” and is merely the beginning of deeper, daily, more meaningful communication with our Creator. Find peace in stress, healing for broken relationships, and protection for your loved ones in this essential volume of prayers.

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Excerpts from Battle Prayers

I was so intrigued by this title–and couldn’t wait to see what this book and its prayers could include. Here are two excerpts for you, so you can see as well!

EXCERPT 1

YEARNING FOR MORE OF JESUS

My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the LORD; 

my heart and my flesh cry out 

for the living God.

(Ps. 84:2 NIV)

Dearest Jesus, I bring before You what is both a request and a gift.

A request, because it benefits me. A gift, because it pleases You.

My heart’s desire is for more of You. I readily confess that my ceaseless wanderings have proven that, apart from Your presence, I am spiritually bankrupt. Only in You have I found eternal life and truth (John 14:6). Only in You have I found the way to the Father’s heart (John 14:6), and apart from You I have no good thing (Ps. 16:2).

You were the one whom the psalmist longed for:

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my

portion forever.

(Ps. 73:25–26 NIV)

Jesus, I desire only You because you are the strength of my heart and everything I will ever need— forever. My soul cries out for more of You, because only in You do I find true purpose and meaning. You alone fit perfectly the God- shaped hole I so often try to fill with worldly and selfish pursuits.

So, I echo John the Baptist’s words: May You increase, and I decrease (John 3:30). May You grow in me as I become less. And as I become less, live Your life through me. Only in that kind of life am I truly pleasing in Your sight.

Taken from “Battle Prayers” by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. © 2022 Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. Derived from material previously published in Prayers to Move Your Mountains  

(ISBN 9780785286523, © 2000). Used with permission from Thomas Nelson. Thomasnelson.com.

EXCERPT 2

LEARNING OBEDIENCE

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

(1 John 2:4–6 NKJV)

My endless platitudes and continual finger- pointing have worn thin. I have concluded that talking about obedience— especially in regard to other people—i s much easier than living it. Lord, show me how to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (James 1:22).

Readily I admit that living according to my own desires is much more comfortable than living for You. Yet Your Word admonishes me that if I really love You, I’ll keep Your commandments (John 14:21). My heart’s desire is to grow in love and obedience. I don’t want to be a liar by claiming to know You while walking in disregard to Your Word (1 John 2:4).

In my hard- hearted condition I so often wait until I’m dangling by the rope of my own selfishness before I cry out to You and change my ways. You died to free me from the clutches of sin; why should I return to a life of selfishness that only brings bondage? But I know that to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22). Obedience means more to You than repentance.

Teach me how to walk in obedience. Do what it takes to make me clay in the hands of the Master Potter. Nothing in my life is sacred except my devotion to You; I place Your purposes above my preferences. Embed Your law in my mind and write it on my heart, so I will be led by my relationship with You rather than a list of dos and don’ts (Jer. 31:33).

Taken from “Battle Prayers” by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. © 2022 Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. Derived from material previously published in Prayers to Move Your Mountains  (ISBN 9780785286523, © 2000). Used with permission from Thomas Nelson. Thomasnelson.com.

Enjoy! –Wren

“Love’s Fortress” ~ a JustRead Takeover Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/16/22)

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Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Love’s Fortress by Jennifer Uhlarik, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Love's Fortress Title: Love’s Fortress Series: Doors to the Past Author: Jennifer Uhlarik Publisher: Barbour Fiction Release Date: March 1, 2022 Genre: Fiction / Christian / Romance An Epic Love Story From the Past Brings Closure to Dani’s Fractured Family Roots Upon receiving word that her long-estranged father has passed away, Dani Sango inherits the former art forger’s entire estate. Among his many pieces of artwork are a series of obviously Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875. White Elk is transported to Florida to join other Cheyenne braves already being held in Fort Marion. Sally Jo Harris is at the fort teaching the Indians. When a friendship develops between them and false accusations fly, it could cost them their lives. Can Dani discover how their story ends and how it shaped her own father’s life? ​Walk through Doors to the Past via a series of historical stories of romance and adventure. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound | Christianbook | BookBub

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Uhlarik

Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a preteen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a BA in writing, she has won five writing competitions and was a finalist in two others. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and is a lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenage son, and four fur children.

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Enjoy! –Wren

“What Happened at the Cross” ~ a JustRead Blog Blitz & Giveaway (ends 3/15/22)

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What Happened at the Cross JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for What Happened at the Cross by Billy Graham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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What Happened at the Cross

Title: What Happened at the Cross Author: Billy Graham Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: November 23, 2021 Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Easter The cross of Christ towers over 2,000 years of history. What happened on that hill called Calvary? In this compilation of his life’s work, Billy Graham explains what Jesus accomplished on the day of his death, the meaning of his sacrifice, where he is now, the price of victory, and how to live with hope. It’s almost impossible to find one of Billy Graham’s sermons that didn’t focus on the incredible events that happened over 2,000 years ago on Mount Calvary, and that’s because he centered his life and ministry around its message. In this special collection of the beloved evangelist’s inspiring messages on the cross, discover simple yet profound truths that will change your life. This one-of-a-kind message includes: • An exclusive foreword from Franklin Graham and afterword by Will Graham • More than 40 bonus pages of Scripture references pointing readers to what God’s Word says about the cross and salvation • The Steps of Peace salvation plan from the Billy Graham Evangelical Association • Seven chapters of rich content explaining what happened at the cross; the price of victory; the meaning of the cross; the king’s eternity, and how to live life with hope Perfect for Christians seeking spiritual encouragement and a better understanding of the Gospel’s message, What Happened at the Cross will help you better understand the meaning of the cross and equip you to proclaim the gospel in your Church, your community, and beyond.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Billy Graham, world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, The Journey, Nearing Home, and The Reason for My Hope.

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Some excerpts from What Happened at the Cross

EXCERPT 1

The award-winning coach at the University of Alabama, Paul “Bear” Bryant, once said, “The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”  Another Paul, the great apostle, declared that he would not boast in anything except the cross of Jesus and said, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). Victory is something we all want to experience. In fact, I have never met anyone who would choose defeat over victory.  But through life we all experience both, whether a competition, or battle between our will and God’s will. What is the greatest and most costly battle ever to take place? Who was the victor, and what was the reward? The greatest battle ever fought was between good and evil, and it took place at Golgotha, a rugged hill outside the walled city of Jerusalem.  Jesus Christ was Victory, paying the cost with His blood. The reward was the salvation of human souls.

EXCERPT 2

James Hastings, a Scottish minister and biblical scholar in the early twentieth century, told an intriguing story about a German artist named Sternberg. As a little gypsy girl was sitting for a portrait in his studio, she noticed on the wall a half-finished portrait of Christ on the cross. The girl asked who it was. When told it was Jesus, she responded that He must have been a very wicked Man to have been nailed to a cross. The painter told her that, on the contrary, “Christ was the best man who ever lived, and He died on the cross that others might live.” Then the little girl looked at him with such innocence and asked, “Did He die for you?” The question haunted Sternberg’s conscience day and night, for though he knew the truth about Christ, he had not accepted Him as his Savior. He found he was no longer satisfied with life until he answered the question that you must also answer: Did He die for you? If so, then you must die to self and find life anew in the resurrected Savior.

This is a meaningful book to choose now as we are heading for Easter.

–Wren

“With Every Step” ~ A JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/14/22)

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for With Every Step by Natasha D. Frazier, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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With Every Step Title: With Every Step Series: McCall Family series #2 Author: Natasha D. Frazier Publisher: Encouraging Works Release Date: December 20, 2021 Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance Born and groomed to be CEO, Darius is ready to run the family business, except Jeffrey McCall has reserved that position for the oldest son. Darius McCall’s CEO ambitions have driven his choices since junior high school. He’s worked alongside his father, preparing for the position most of his life. When Jeffrey McCall names Andrew, Darius’ older brother, as McCall Resorts’ new CEO instead of him, Darius becomes furious. He’s determined to prove that CEO is his rightful place – and spearheading the construction of their new Houston resort is just the way to do that – except Kennedy Slaughter may be a bigger distraction than he expected. Kennedy Slaughter becomes Slaughter Construction Inc.’s President after the sudden death of her twin brother. She now bears the weight of the company’s success on her shoulders. When McCall Resorts hires her company to build their Houston facility, she works to make her brother proud and fights against anything that will hinder the project’s success – including the undeniable attraction between her and Darius McCall. What will it take for Darius and Kennedy to secure the success they desire and balance the growing emotional bond between them? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound | BookBub

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Natasha Frazier

Natasha D. Frazier fell in love with love around the age of twelve because of artists like Babyface, Boys II Men, Whitney Houston, and New Edition. Around sixteen when her mother purchased a romance novel and left it lying around the house untouched, Natasha read it and a spark for the written word had been ignited.

Natasha believes that writing is one of her purposes and contributions to the world. She feels accomplished when she can get a few words written and like blah when life gets in the way. Her hope is that at the end of every novel, readers will feel like they’ve been wrapped in a cozy blanket with a mug of their favorite coffee/tea/warm drink. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is likely watching movies with her family. Natasha resides in Richmond, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family attend Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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My thoughts about With Every Step

Although With Every Step can be read as a standalone book, it’s an incredible companion book to its predecessor in The McCall Family Series, With Every Breath. In that book, we meet the McCall family for the first time: father Jeffrey, mother Rose, eldest son Andrew (plus his beloved, Nina), and Darius, the younger brother. The McCall’s family business is an elegant resort in Georgia, featuring beautiful lodgings, farm-to-table crafted meals, family activities, and a wellness spa. While Andrew has been away, earning his professor stripes and teaching at Jackson State University, Darius has been working for Jeffrey in the McCall resort, earning (as he’d put it) his own stripes; proving to his father that he is worthy and capable of taking over the family business as CEO. Until Andrew comes home and their dad appoints him CEO instead of Darius.

You can imagine Darius’s feelings; betrayal, anger, irritation. So now, with McCall Resorts preparing to break ground on a second resort in the Houston area, Darius is prepared to do anything to make the new resort a success; and again, to prove himself to his father. When he discovers that the CEO of the construction firm they’ve employed to build the Texas resort is a woman, his (apparently) mid-20th-century values spring to the forefront. He probably doesn’t *really* think that a woman can’t run a construction company; but anything that could get in the way of Darius’s proving himself must be addressed, and that done quickly.

His first meeting with Kennedy Slaughter, CEO, doesn’t leave her impressed with the man she’ll be working with. Jeffrey and Andrew are kind yet businesslike; but Darius quizzes her and challenges her without a lot of respect. She does feel that she proved herself well, though. Just one thing troubles her: the spark she felt when they shook hands!

You do just know that those sparks are going to turn into a fire. But author Natasha Frazier, who knows how to build a good romance, treats not only her characters but her readers with respect. This is a clean romance. And when problems do crop up, you’ll be surprised at the direction from which they come. But you will hope that Kennedy and Darius will succeed in their budding relationship. And you’ll also hope that the wounds within them will have a chance to heal.

I loved seeing the family McCall again, and to see a bit more of Nina’s and Andrew’s unfolding story. The grounds and buildings of the planned resort (in Texas) and the current one (in Georgia) are so beautifully described that they made me actually want to visit this fictional vacation spot! I also adore Frazier’s understanding of and use of Scripture. There aren’t a lot of Bible verses mentioned in this contemporary romance; but one particular parable of Jesus’s came to mind for me again and again. Human nature hasn’t changed that much since Biblical times (if at all); yet a beautiful path waits for those who choose to trust God. The question for both Kennedy and Darius is if they will trust Him over their own plans and judgments. You’ll have to read With Every Step to see which way they’ll go. As for me–I was just glad to read at the end of the book that there is another McCall Family book on its way!

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.

“The Baker’s Legacy” ~ A JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/8/22)

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Baker’s Legacy by D. P. Cornelius, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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The Baker's Legacy Title: The Baker’s Legacy Author: D. P. Cornelius Publisher: independently published Release Date: March 1, 2022 Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult Historical Fiction Teen-aged Resistance fighter Liddy has persevered, going toe-to-toe with Nazi officer Keppler. Living out her faith has helped save the Mittendorf family bakery in Berlin. But now, as WW II is winding down, the city is under siege by the Russians, and the family’s very survival lies in the balance. The final invasion brings with it an unthinkable atrocity forced upon Liddy. With mounting misfortunes, she questions not only the viability of an unwanted pregnancy, but also her once strong faith. Meanwhile, Liddy’s sweetheart and fellow Resistance warrior, Marek, who was snatched away from her by the Nazis, has been longing to reunite. Escaping from a gruesome work camp, he strives mightily to find Liddy, but time and again is re-buffed. The end of the war brings hardship to all. But out of nowhere, the redeemed Keppler, imprisoned in a POW camp, comes back in a most startling way. Sequel to The Baker’s Daughter, Illumination Award Winner. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon

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Douglas Cornelius

Illumination and Moonbeam award-winning author Doug Cornelius hails from the Twin Cities, MN. He began writing after careers at Target, Ameriprise, and 3M. A Cornell University graduate, his hope is to reveal the lives of impactful Christian figures through story, rather than biography. Doug has been married for 45 years and has two children, three grandchildren, cat Selah, and new puppy Scout.

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More about The Baker’s Legacy

The author has provided some excerpts from The Baker’s Legacy. Here they are, so that you can get a sense of the book!

Excerpt 1

“Herr Keppler, I’m ashamed to say it, but I’m so mad at God right now.”

Keppler jolted and stared into her eyes, extending the tips of his fingers again through the barbed wire. His fingertips were so warm. She lingered to maintain contact.

“That’s not all,” she whispered.

“Don’t tell me—can there be something else?”

“I might as well come right out and say it. I’m pregnant.” Her gaze darted to Willy, whose eyes bulged. “It all happened the night the Russians took over Berlin.”

“That despicable Red Army.” Keppler’s grip tightened on the fence, his head wagging in slow motion back and forth.”

Excerpt 2

Seemingly hours later [in the bakery], Marek regained consciousness and surveyed the pitch-black room. As he struggled to get up from under some timbers, the appearance of two small arms startled him by helping to lift the beams off him.

“Who are you?” Marek asked.

“I’m Rolf. I just had to come back to see if you were all right.”

“You were the one I saw run out? What were you doing here?” He remained sitting on the floor, brushing the debris and dust off himself with his hands.

“Well, like a lot of other people”—in the darkness, Rolf swept a shock of light brown hair away from his eyes and tilted up a proud chin—“I was looking for things that might be worth something.”

“So you’re a scavenger, huh?” Marek cocked his head to the side. “Maybe I should call you ‘Rat’ instead of Rolf. How old are you, anyway?”

“I’m twelve. I’m just doing what everybody else does.”

Excerpt 3

Her chin dipped down, her eyes closed, and her cheeks flushed as she snuck a quick peek at the baby. Her tears of joy upon seeing Marek abounded. But now the pendulum of emotions seemed to swing the other way. She began sobbing as she buried her head against his chest.

“What happened, Liddy? What does this all mean?” He took a slow breath and felt the warmth of his cheeks flushing as a mounting uneasiness bubbled up, coming from deep within.

“Oh, Marek! It was a nightmare,” Liddy started out slowly. “When they came barging into the bakery in the middle of the night, then…” She stopped short. “I just can’t talk about it.”

“It’s okay, Liddy. It’s okay.” He pressed the words into her ear, breathing in a faint scent of cinnamon reminiscent of the bakery.

–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.

“Defending David” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/7/22)

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Defending David Title: Defending David Series: Tribes of Israel Author: Barbara M. Britton Publisher: Pelican Book Group (Harbourlight Books) Release Date: February 25, 2022 Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Fiction When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors. Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman’s niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land. Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir’s betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub

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Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures from Ancient Israel to Modern Day USA and especially enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. You can visit Barb online at www. barbarambritton.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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My thoughts

Oh, how I loved this book!

Barbara M. Britton is an INCREDIBLY gifted storyteller! In Defending David, she takes the Biblical mentions of Gittite (or Philistine, from the Gath area) warrior Ittai, adds other characters from the Bible records (Absalom, Joab, Hushai, Ahithophel, and, of course, King David), and creates exceptional historical fiction.

Now, honestly, the account of the betrayal of the king by his son, Absalom, who created a rebellion against his father and sought to set himself on David’s throne, has always been a difficult one for me. As are the events that precede it: David’s son Amnon’s rape of his half-sister Tamar (Absalom’s full sister)…and David’s absolute failure to rectify or bring justice on Tamar’s behalf. All these events no doubt led to Absalom’s defection and treason and attempts to usurp David’s throne.

Yet Britton has used that painful story to craft a fantastic book and to add a highly readable “what might have been” to the Biblical record. Ittai is a warrior, leader, and a believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As a destitute child, he met David, who fed him, gave him a job to do, and won his undying affection and loyalty. Ittai and his army of 600 warriors (plus their wives and children) have come to Jerusalem, where they hope King David will allow them land to settle in.

Rimona is a newly-orphaned young woman whose distant relative is taking her to Jerusalem, to her uncle who’s a musician in David’s court. The distant relative has horrible plans for her, and she escapes and is found by one of Ittai’s soldiers, who bring her to their commander. The two begin to spar verbally; and as all move toward Jerusalem, they begin to form a connection. But on the way they encounter Absalom, beautiful and resplendent in a chariot and with a huge crowd of his own followers.

The story is a familiar one; rebellion, the fleeing of David and his advisors from Jerusalem, and the coming battle between David’s forces and Absalom’s. But this time, we have an intimate, inside view of what it might have been like, from the eyes of Ittai, the faithful warrior, and Rimona of Beersheba, who was faithful to the rule of King David.

What a story! The love story of Rimona and Ittai is gentle, sweet, and respectful (although the dangers against a young woman in that era are also illuminated). Rimona is at first astonished that, as she first identifies Ittai, a “pagan” is worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yet he faithfully is, and is even more faithful than some of the ethnic Israelites. And, Britton’s use of Scripture (remember the era; here, we just see the use of David’s Psalms, the Law, and some words from what would become 2 Samuel) adds such beauty to the text. She even provided some deeper understanding to me of David’s actions with her insight that guided the story.

If you’re a fan of the Bible and of historical fiction, Defending David is for you! Britton’s hero and heroine are so appealing and you’ll be rooting for them throughout the entire book. Don’t miss this fantastic reimagining of the battle between Absalom and David’s forces; and actual warrior and God-follower Ittai, and what God might have done in and for him.

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.”