“Sticks and Stone” ~ A JustRead Blog & Review Tour (and giveaway; ends 6/15/21)

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Sticks and Stone JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Sticks and Stone by David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

Sticks and StoneTitle: Sticks and Stone Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #3 Author: David James Warren Publisher: TriStone Media Release Date: June 1, 2021 Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

When Rembrandt goes back to stop the untimely death of his partner, he finds himself wrapped up in the disappearance of two missing children in the middle of an epic Minneapolis blizzard. But, can he save the children in time–and if he does, will he also be able to save his partner?

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.

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BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

CONNECT WITH JAMES: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com. CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.
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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of the first three books of The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone!

Sticks and Stone JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 8, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 15, 2021. 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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About Sticks and Stone

Rembrandt Stone is back. Sort of. At least, some version of himself is, in the newest David James Warren novel, Sticks and Stone. He’s been to the past. Again. And just as it was the first time, apparently he couldn’t force himself to follow the directions and apply himself to the reason he’d been sent back in time; to solve the cold case. No, he just had to mess around with the timeline and try to fix at least one other thing.

But when he returns? Now, he can tell that he’s in real trouble.

In his home, there’s a different roommate. Apparently he has a different partner. There are different books on his shelf. Yet Rem remembers everything. Everything that should have been, but isn’t; everything that he changed because he thought he could do good by not following the exact directions Booker gave him, when he gave him the watch.

The watch itself? Still an antique, gears showing, a minute hand and an hour hand stuck at the same time; that’s all the same.

Then, his roommate Asher returns the watch to him. And as the loud gears of time grind in Rembrandt’s head, he knows that Asher has, without knowing, sent Rem back in time again.

This time, Rem is younger. Single. Fit. And he’s arrived at the scene of a heartbreaking murder. He remembers a lot of things (like the classic rock on the radio), but some things, like his partner, are different.

Can Rembrandt follow Booker’s directions and only fix one thing?

My thoughts

I read Sticks and Stone. I read the last page.

Then, I turned back to page 1, and read it all again.

Poor Rem! He just can’t help himself. Yes, he’s going back to solve the cold case. But then, there’s Eve, his former wife. And Burke, his former partner. Eve’s parents, and Rem’s own parents. But one tiny change, that Rem thinks maybe isn’t a huge deal, changes EVERYTHING.

Even things that weren’t meant to be changed.

I am still completely captivated by “The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone;” this time-travel/detective story that has now spanned three books (with another three to go, to be published over the remainder of 2021). Rem is a fascinating protagonist. He’s all too aware of his weaknesses and his mistakes. But with the enthusiasm of a child, he is sure that, this time, he can make everything right.

If only!

If you like suspense thrillers, definitely investigate “The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone” series. Even if you’re not normally a fantasy reader (as this series has those elements, with its time travel), you are going to love the characters, the storyline, and the hope that Rem has (just as the reader does!) that he can somehow make everything okay. It’s not looking so good for him…but there are three more books, so who knows?

Start with Cast the First Stone. Then, read book 2, No Unturned Stone. That’s followed by Sticks and Stone. Then, like me, you’ll be waiting breathlessly for book #4!

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.

“Crazy for You” Blog & Review Tour & Giveaway (ends 6/1/21)

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Crazy For You JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Crazy for You by Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Crazy for YouTitle: Crazy for You Series: Deep Haven Collection #3 Author: Michelle Sass Aleckson presented by Susan May Warren Publisher: Sunrise Publishing Release Date: May 25, 2021 Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

The problem with being related to everyone in town is that there is no one left to date…until now…but will this outsider survive his family?

Former soldier Veronica “Ronnie” Morales isn’t going to let her kid brother, Tiago, get pulled into the gangs of Minneapolis, so, seeking safety and a fresh start, she heads to sleepy Deep Haven on the north shore of Minnesota. She’s hoping to put down roots as the paramedic for the new Crisis Response Team, but it’s not easy to be the town outsider. Fire Chief Peter Dahlquist is a peacemaker—he has to be. After he’s related to both of the Deep Haven dynasties – the Zimmermans and the Dahlquists, Deep Haven’s version of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Worse, Peter is the holdout vote for a landmark project, which also makes him the loneliest guy in town when both sides demand that he pick sides. The only one who seems to understand his plight is the newcomer in town…his pretty, street-tough paramedic. When Tiago finds himself caught up in small town shenanigans and the town blames Ronnie for tragedy, Peter is forced to pick sides. But will his choice cost him the home—and the woman—he loves? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Christianbook | BookBub

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Susan May Warren Michelle Sass Aleckson

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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After growing upon both the east and west coasts, Michelle Sass Aleckson now lives the country life in central Minnesota with her own hero and their four kids. She loves rocking out to 80’s music on a Saturday night, playing Balderdash with the fam, and getting lost in good stories. Especially stories that shine grace. And if you’re wondering, yes, Sass is her maiden name. Visit her at www.michellealeckson.com.

CONNECT WITH MICHELLE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills. CONNECT WITH SUNRISE: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | admin@sunrisepublishing.com

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(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + 3 Crazy for You ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!

Crazy for You 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 May 25, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on June 1, 2021. 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 on Crazy for You

Crazy for You is a fantastic trip back to Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven, this time written by the wonderful Michelle Sass Aleckson, who spins a rich and readable tale.

Ronnie is desperate to get her 10-year-old brother Tiago out of inner-city Minneapolis, where his irresponsible friends have gotten into serious legal trouble; and away from situations that the judge said would result in the courts being forced to take Tiago away from his family. His abuela loves him deeply, but with having had to work two jobs to support them, and with Tiago’s and Ronnie’s mom in her own legal or boyfriend troubles, there just wasn’t anyone providing a stable home for the boy. So Ronnie left the military, picked up Tiago, and headed for Deep Haven (not that she had any idea WHAT or WHERE that little town was) and her new job as one of its (few) paramedics. Surely, things are going to get better.

Peter is the Deep Haven fire chief and Ronnie’s new boss, and a city council member. He’s capable and competent at his job. He only has one big flaw…making up his mind. Oh, not for the little things. He just hates having to disappoint anyone he loves or cares about. Which causes him to drag out or put off those large decisions, like which helicopter to get for the Crisis Response Team, or which family will be allowed to purchase a property from the town for either a hotel (the Zimmermans) or a restaurant (the Dahlbergs). Because he’s closely related to both families, each of them has had no problem whatsoever with applying constant pressure for Peter’s vote, which (naturally) will be the deciding one. Peter is definitely caught between a rock and a hard place, and the pressure is only getting worse.

Ronnie and Peter meet in the midst of a firefight. Used to taking and issuing orders, Ronnie is ready to do anything she needs to, in order to save an old man’s life. Everyone else’s opinion about the new paramedic? She’s rude, disrespectful, and pushy. All of this leaves a bad taste in townspeople’s mouths; which is the opposite of what Ronnie had intended. She is not what anyone expected. And if they think she’ll back down? No way.

The fire chief’s and the new paramedic’s natural personality bents collide like a lightning strike. She’s too pushy, he’s too reticent. But together? They balance each other out in a beautiful way. And are those sparks flying? Yep, pretty much!

Deep Haven, and all its beloved characters, form a wonderful backdrop to Ronnie’s and Tiago’s challenges, and Peter’s difficulties at being the peacemaker for two families who don’t want peace. But the dangers of living in the Minnesota wild are all around them; as well as the issues caused by bored teens without the wisdom to stay out of trouble. Will this couple be able to rise above the troubles of the town residents who are willfully blind to their own kids’ problems, and create a relationship based on a shared faith and love for their professions? You’ll have to read Crazy for You and find out!

I was delighted with Ronnie’s and Peter’s (and Tiago’s!) story of adventure and love. Michelle wrote such an engaging set of protagonists, and their personalities and experiences were both believable and fun (and sometimes nerve-wracking!). I couldn’t put Crazy for You down and I look forward to seeing more from Michelle Sass Aleckson. What a great read–I highly recommend this contemporary romance for anyone who loves Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven novels or its characters…but even if you haven’t read any of those yet, you’ll be able to jump in with this great book, and you’ll love the town, Peter, and Ronnie!

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.

Terri Blackstock’s fabulous newest: “Aftermath” – A JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 5/18/21)

Aftermath JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Aftermath by Terri Blackstock, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

AftermathTitle: Aftermath Author: Terri Blackstock Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: May 11, 2021 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense/Thriller

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat. A devastating explosion. Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive. A trunk full of planted evidence. When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there. An attorney who will risk it all for a friend. Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. She’s the author of If I Run, If I’m Found, and If I Live, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, Moonlighters, and the Restoration series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(3) winners will receive a print copy of Aftermath by Terri Blackstock!

Aftermath JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 11, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 18, 2021. 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 review of Aftermath

Aftermath: (noun) Something that results or follows from an event, especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature; consequence. (from Dictionary.com)

In the aftermath of disaster, emergency personnel descend on the scene. They work rapidly to locate victims, remove survivors from dangerous situations, prevent further tragedies from occurring.

But what if the disaster is a crime scene? Then all those efforts still have to happen, but in addition, suspects must be located and secured so that no further harm is done. What happens, though, when the wrong guy is arrested?

In Atlanta, three people are going about their lives, unaware that those lives are about to be turned upside down. College student Taylor is at a concert/political appearance with her two best friends. Jamie, an attorney, plans to pick up her young daughter from her mother’s home, after a case is closed and her client is acquitted. Former U.S. military and current security consultant Dustin is driving alone, but is suddenly pulled over by a group of armed police and ATF agents. They demand to search his trunk. And what the officers find there shocks Dustin and impels them into action. Once he is booked, he contacts the only person he knows who might be able to help him: Jamie.

What follows is a fascinating tale that touches myriad aspects of the human experience: a suffering and perhaps dying spouse; guilt determined by the media rather than in a court of law; the joys of family and children; struggles with mental illness; revenge; and beneath all of those, the character of each individual that determines the actions taken and choices made. Will another innocent person be made to suffer in the aftermath of others’ decisions?

I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite authors of inspirational suspense thrillers, Terri Blackstock, was releasing her next book. Aftermath is excellent! I loved reading this book about a good man arrested for a horrendous crime he didn’t commit, the childhood friend turned lawyer who fights to get him set free, and Taylor, a random young woman who got, so to speak, caught in the crossfire. Never predictable, and including challenges faced by real people today, this novel grabbed me from the first chapter. (In fact, I read it all in one day; it would have been in one sitting except I had to eat lunch!) I love Blackstock’s thrillers, and the faith that her characters either encounter or lean on to get through their difficulties. If you’re looking for an exciting novel that you won’t be able to put down, Aftermath is the book for you!

Sound amazing?

Well, the publisher has provided a sample chapter for you to read! Just click on this LINK if you’d like to check it out! Once you’re on the Aftermath page, scroll down a bit and you’ll see a spot where you can click on the book cover to read a chapter. I’m certain you’ll find it compelling!

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.

“Begotten” – A JustRead Blog + Review Tour (CLOSED)

Begotten JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Begotten Title: Begotten Series: The Gifted Trilogy #1 Author: Lisa T. Bergren Publisher: BCG Press Release Date: April 26, 2021 Genre: Christian, Supernatural Suspense Begotten is an edited, new edition of a novel previously released in 2006, The Begotten. At the height of the Inquisition, a secret half a millennium old is about to be exposed—a lost letter believed to have been written by Saint Paul but never part of the Christian canon. The letter speaks of men and women—the Gifted—with profound spiritual gifts that will strike fear in the heart of a Church dedicated to maintaining power. Now the letter has surfaced and the Gifted are gathering. But so are their enemies… PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Christianbook

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa T. Bergren

Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books in a variety of genres, from children’s picture books to contemporary romance to supernatural suspense novels. She lives in Colorado Springs in a brand-new home she and her husband just finished building and intend to never leave, because she’s discovered she loathes moving. You can find out more about her at LisaTBergren.com

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed print copy of Begotten, a custom Gifted candle, and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Begotten 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 27, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on May 4, 2021. 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 review of Begotten

Gianni de Capezzana: knight of the Church, strong and courageous in his faith as he and his men seek to track down the Sorcerer, who is a murderer, destroyer, and ensnarer of the unwary.

Father Piero: transient priest, preacher of the Gospel of Christ, holder of a prophetic illuminated document, that foretells three who will bring life, healing, and faith to those in need.

Lady Daria d’Angelo: member of a noble Siena family famous for their weaving, who’s abiding in a convent after a broken engagement. She hopes to heal her own heart, not knowing that God has given her an unusual gift for healing others.

These three, although they don’t know it yet, are part of the Gifted, a group of Christians who’ve been brought together to share the gifts of the Spirit in a time when the Church was generally the only possessor of the Bible and the only groups and individuals authorized to speak of God and His directions. Yet a battle has begun between two sides that will engage them all, heart and soul, and draw others into a spiritual and physical fight between good and evil. Will they be able to stand against such a powerful enemy, with weapons that are spiritual, as they seek to save the lost and the broken?

Lisa Bergren’s exceptional gift for storytelling brings the struggle between the God and His children and the forces of darkness to life with appealing and varied characters. Life in Italy, in the 1300s, is captured vividly; readers can picture cathedrals, cobblestoned plazas, and walled castles as well as the challenges of existence in the Middle Ages. Just as powerfully, Bergren describes the lives of individuals called to follow God and gifted for His amazing purposes in this novel about Daria, Piero, Gianni, the Sorcerer, and others, and the forces aligned on both sides. This exciting book is the first in The Gifted series, with two more to come.

If you love a fantastic story, engaging characters, and inspirational fiction, you’ll love Begotten. Just be prepared for a wonderful, if sometimes frightening, tale of good and its fight against evil!

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.

“No Unturned Stone” – A JustRead Blog & Review Tour (closed)

No Stone Unturned JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for No Unturned Stone by David James Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

No Unturned StoneTitle: No Unturned Stone Series: The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #2 Author: David James Warren Publisher: TriStone Media Release Date: April 6, 2021 Genre: Time Travel Detective Series

The One Rule Is, Don’t Mess With The Past But he did, and now ex-detective Rembrandt Stone is reaping the devastation of ignoring those words when he traveled back in time to solve the one case that had haunted his dreams. Yes, he solved the crime. Yes, he saved lives. But Rembrandt returns to find the unthinkable has happened and his life has shattered. There’s only one answer: break the rule again. Go back in time once more, fix what went wrong, save what went right, and yeah, in his spare time solve another brutal crime. But it’s not so easy to change time, especially when time turns you into a target. And of course there’s the strong possibility if he goes again, he’ll never get back. Get ready for your mind to be blown in Book 2 of the time-travel suspense series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren, David Curtis Warren

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/

CONNECT WITH JAMES: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com. CONNECT WITH SUSAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.
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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Cast the First Stone & No Unturned Stone!

No Unturned Stone JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 6, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 13, 2021. 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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About No Unturned Stone

What if you were able to visit the past, to right a wrong or solve a crime?

And…what if you did that but when you returned to your own timeline, you’d lost all that you valued in your life?

That is Rembrandt Stone’s story. In Cast the First Stone, the first book in THE TRUE LIES OF REMBRANDT STONE series, Rembrandt is given a special watch that enables him to return to the past, where he solves a cold case. When No Unturned Stone begins, he has returned to his own time. And he’s lost everything. His wife. His daughter. In addition, apparently he’s begun a love affair with alcohol.

There are new tragedies everywhere. But, Rem thinks, he can fix this! He’s got the watch, he’ll just go back in time and undo the things that he messed up before.

Before he can head back, Rembrandt and his boss (and sparring partner) Burke have a series of cases to solve. In fact, Rembrandt is the head of the police task force to find a serial killer. But Rem is a wreck. He has bounced back into a present that bears little resemblance to the one he’d been in before the watch took him back and he’s having a lot of trouble recognizing what is apparently his life. He is a mess. He can see the evidence, but has no idea what events transpired to get him here.

But, there is a crime victim who survived the serial killer’s attack. There’s a press conference to announce the latest on the crimes to the media. There is also a watchmaker, Art, that Rem believes can help him to get his life back in order; but when he visits the old man, he finds another life that has been dramatically altered.

Art has some time travel wisdom to impart. Could it be possible to create a rewrite? The alternative is an empty life Rembrandt can’t imagine. So returning to the past is clearly the only hope for the detective. Still, it’s hope where he had no hope before.

If he can only rewrite a past that brings his marriage and his child back.

My thoughts

No Unturned Stone is a fantastic, nail-biter of a story. I could not put it down. If I hadn’t known that it was written by three authors working together, I’d never have imagined that it wasn’t written by only one person! The style is spare yet vivid; it’s definitely a detective story/police procedural (one of my favorite genres). Yet the fantasy elements of time travel are woven in quite naturally. The two styles combine beautifully to provide a suspenseful and eventful novel with appealing characters.

Rembrandt is a fascinating narrator. And he really does desire to do what is right. The trouble is, while he knows how to be a detective and a friend, he is woefully ignorant about how to be a successful time-traveler. He really believes he can make the wrongs right. But he’s missing the owner’s manual on the watch that tells him everything to do…and not do.

Most of us have probably thought that, if we only had a time machine, we could fix this or that problem or event from our pasts. But anyone who has watched a time travel or science fiction film knows that the space-time continuum is delicate and fragile; one tiny difference can alter history or civilization, as well as individual lives. Rembrandt has all the right hopes and dreams, but what will his actions accomplish…or destroy? Read No Unturned Stone and find out!

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.

“A Tapestry of Light” JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/29/21)

A Tapestry of Light JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Tapestry of LightTitle: A Tapestry of Light Author: Kimberly Duffy Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release date: March 16, 2021 Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Calcutta, 1886. Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women. When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. Despite her growing friendship with Everett Scott, friend to Ottilie’s English grandmother and aunt, she refuses to give up her brother. Then tragedy strikes, and she is forced to make a decision that will take Thaddeus far from death and herself far from home. But betrayal and loss lurk in England, too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure Thaddeus doesn’t forget who he is, as well as find a way to stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.

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Kimberly Duffy

Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn’t mind.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Tapestry of Light, A Mosaic of Wings, and Recipes from an Indian Kitchen!

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My review of A Tapestry of Light

We’re very aware of the issues of race and discrimination in our culture today. Imagine these same questions being addressed (or not addressed) in 1860s India and England. These are two of the huge obstacles faced by Ottilie Russell. Having been born and raised by her loving family in India, Ottilie is a child of several races. Her father is a British scientist. Her mother is what is labeled in this era as Eurasian; she is the daughter of a British army officer and an Indian woman. The Russells’ marriage wasn’t accepted well by either people group in India. Yet the family, who lives with Ottilie’s grandmother, faithful family servant Dilip, and Ottilie’s numerous siblings, has a rich and delightful life together.

Until, that is, tragedy strikes. Suddenly only Ottilie, her small brother Thaddeus, Dilip, and their grandmother are the only ones left of the once-large family. They’re on the verge of poverty as well, being sustained only by Ottilie’s expert and unusual embroidery on women’s attire. She embroiders fantastical designs using colorful thread and beetle wings. And the family squeaks by. Although her grandmother is certain that God loves them and will faithfully provide, Ottilie mistrusts Him. To her mind, He has taken from her her father, her mother, and all her siblings; not to mention an income that isn’t so meager. She is just not sure that He is truly trustworthy.

One day, they are surprised by estate manager Everett Scott. He has traveled from England to find the new baron, Lord Sutherland. Ottilie tells him plainly that he’s looking in the wrong place…only to discover that her beloved Thaddeus is indeed the new baron, through her British father’s family line. She refuses to let Everett take Thaddeus away from her and India. But then, to the girl who has already lost so much, tragedy strikes again. And so, the siblings head for England.

Thaddeus looks ethnically Caucasian. He is welcomed warmly by his grandmother and aunt. But Ottilie looks very definitely to be from India, except for her father’s eyes. The Sutherlands, wary of losing their status in society with a granddaughter/niece who most definitely doesn’t look as society thinks an English person should, relegate Ottilie to the position of “governess.” But not for long; all English boys of the upper class go off to boarding school.

Separation, poverty, and discrimination are looking Ottilie squarely in the face yet again. Facing the loss of her brother and the one man that she hoped could love her in this cold land so unlike her home, Ottilie devises a plan that she hopes will save her life and make a way for her to, if only briefly, see Thaddeus again. Will she learn that God is indeed worthy of her trust and love? Can she believe Him to make a way forward?

A Tapestry of Light is the first book I’ve read by Kimberly Duffy. But I can guarantee you that it won’t be my last! Would you believe that I read it in one day? I was captivated by Ottilie’s journey. Duffy captures the world of 19th-century India, with its heat, spices, religious observances, and all the races and languages that existed there, so richly and tangibly. Ottilie’s story of a life of challenge, juxtaposed against a rich family love and gift for embroidery, was enthralling. And her encounters with the God who really does love her will be recognized by women today. I recommend this book so highly to you. It’s truly one of the best fiction books I’ve read in recent years. You’ll love this remarkable woman (and the rest of the cast of characters) and you’ll cheer her on.

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 In-Between Place” a JustRead Blog Tour (review & giveaway! Ends 3/1/21)

The In-Between Place JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for The In-Between Place by Kat Armstrong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The In-Between PlaceTitle: The In-Between Place Author: Kat Armstrong Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: January 5, 2021 Genre: Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Jesus’ journey to the woman at the well in Samaria offers insights and hope for women today to make peace with the past, find hope in the present, and step into the future. God wants us to move toward the goodness He has planned for us. But what do we do when challenges stop our forward momentum? What’s the next step when we fall into a pit of despair with the determination knocked right out of us? On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus traveled through Samaria, a broken place everyone knew to avoid. In Samaria he stopped in Shechem, where evil had gained such a foothold of power that it eventually reigned. Yet the place once condemned as somewhere no one wanted to visit—let alone hang out in for a while—was the location of one Samaritan woman’s most hope-filled encounter with the Savior. The In-Between Place offers deeply important insights to anyone who feels stuck and can’t see a way forward. It is for the person who feels that if she looks left, her face will be scraped by an immovable boulder, and if she looks right, she’ll see nothing but hard to handle. It’s for the person who feels lost and is not sure she is worth the effort to be found, for the person who feels overlooked and unfulfilled. Because sometimes Jesus saves our greatest spiritual breakthroughs for our in-between places.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kat Armstrong

Kat Armstrong has been emboldening women to be all-in for Jesus for twenty years as a speaker, Bible teacher, author, and podcast host. As cofounder of The Polished Network, a nonprofit connecting and gathering professional women to navigate career and explore faith, her mission is to create holy curiosity.

Kat holds a master of Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for eighteen years, and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb. They attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor. CONNECT WITH KAT: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of The In-Between Place and No More Holding Back!

The In-Between Place JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 22, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2021. 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 review of The In-Between Place

Have you ever found yourself at the end of one season, job, or relationship in your life, waiting for the next ones to begin? Have you ever felt stuck, like you couldn’t move forward and didn’t know how to, even if you could? Has your hope been stolen as you wait or search for the next big thing in your life? Have you wondered how your time of suffering could ever be redeemed?

Well, we all have, in one way or another. And Kat Armstrong has coined a phrase for this moment: “the in-between place.” Her wonderful new book of the same name (yes, The In-Between Place) takes the Bible account of Jesus meeting the woman at the well, in Shechem (or Sychar), Samaria, and compares and contrasts that meeting, and the moments following it, with the experiences of other Bible characters.The result is a book that will teach, encourage, and bless readers who are going through their own in-between times.

And, that in-between time is tough. It can challenge our faith, our hope, our emotions, our security, and everything that we think about God and ourselves. But God has so much to show us with the account of the Samarian woman at the well! She has got it rough. In a time where women had few rights (including financial, legal, and social ones) she has had a hard road. Plus, she is a Samarian woman; a race of people who are considered to be idol-worshippers and really beneath the consideration of God’s chosen people. And yet, Jesus, who is clearly a proper Jewish man, interacts with her. Truthfully. Kindly. And with a message of hope that not only changes her life, but the life of the entire village.

Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well brings life and salvation to her entire Shechem village. Just a few minutes with Jesus is enough radically alter their lives. And the woman, powerless, perhaps ignored and looked down upon, is the one who runs to tell everyone: “I just met a man who told me everything about my life. Could this be the Messiah?” I have always loved this story! Jesus values her, changes her life, and entrusts her with His own identity! How amazing. And what an illustration of how God really does care for and esteem women.

I found Kat’s comparisons (Shechem, over the timeline of the Bible; how water wells provided crucial meeting points in Scripture; the difference between how Jesus connects with us and how man does) to be useful tools to help me really think about what God might be saying and doing in different moments in the Word. Most of all, I valued Kat’s coverage of various women in the Bible and how important, and seen, they were by God and by Jesus. This is a book that will come alongside you and lift you up as it helps you to understand how very cherished you are.

I really enjoyed Kat Armstrong’s voice. She is vibrant, open, honest, and deeply desires to teach the Bible. In this (2nd) year of coronavirus, I’m finding that books that dig into God’s character and the Bible, and how we can apply both to our lives are so enriching and hope-inspiring. In a moment in time and history when we are all needing hope and encouragement, Kat has written just the book to bring life to women who are struggling in our own in-between places.

In addition, Kat includes website addresses at the end of each chapter for the reader to access further materials. There are discussion questions to help the reader examine her own struggles; a free study guide and video teaching; maps; charts; prayer guides; and more. The author has made so much available to make your experiences of an already-meaningful book even richer.

The in-between places aren’t times to ruin us and our faith. Rather, Jesus is there, in them, with us, ready to help us walk through them. Be encouraged by some of my favorite quotes in the book:

  • “I was going to show up and power through, as futile and exhausting as I know that pattern to be…I’ll know better for the next in-between place in my life because my Savior will come to all my Samarias and sit with me through the hard conversations.”
  • “…but Jesus is not done with me either. God’s grace had enabled me to make peace with my past and with my dad’s too.”
  • “What was once an in-between place has become a hope-filled space.”

May The In-Between Place encourage you!

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.

“They Turned the World Upside Down” -A JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (closed)

They Turned the World Upside Down JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for They Turned the World Upside Down by Charles Martin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

They Turned the World Upside DownTitle: They Turned the World Upside Down Author: Charles Martin Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: January 5, 2021 Genre: Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

In the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection, the testimonies of those who had followed him were so bold and so powerful that they turned the world upside down. What would happen if we lived with that same kind of faith today? Walk in the shoes of the disciples, as New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin brings their stories to life with his storyteller’s perspective. In the first century, believer didn’t just mean someone who heard and agreed with Jesus; it meant someone who acted on that belief. And when the outside world saw the faith of these new believers, they declared “they turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). That’s the kind of believer Charles Martin wants us to be. The kind who understands that the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is so powerful, it reshaped history. The kind of believer who lives with that same world-changing faith today. In his second non-fiction work, he uses his talents as a novelist to walk you through the lives of the disciples in the aftermath of the Resurrection and as they spread the message of the Gospel and “turn the world upside down”, leading up to Paul’s ministry in Thessonalica. In his beloved lyrical style, Martin illuminates key moments from Scripture and shares stories from his own life as a disciple. With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that have made his novels beloved to millions, Martin will helps you engage with your faith in a new and inspiring way.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Martin

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels and two nonfiction books. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of They Turned the World Upside Down and What If It’s True?!

They Turned the World Upside Down JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 16, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 23, 2021. 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 review of They Turned the World Upside Down

I’ve been a fan of Charles Martin’s fiction for years, ever since I read his marvelous book Unwritten years ago. He is a master storyteller, and until I heard about They Turned the World Upside Down I had no idea that he’d written nonfiction. He has, though, and the result is a book I wouldn’t have missed for the world. Martin’s latest book combines Scripture, prayer, and the lives of not only Jesus but the earliest followers of Christ to create a book that is highly readable, but more importantly, made an enormous impact on me. It is healing, encouraging, exhorting, and a book that you must not miss.

Something I’ve always enjoyed about Martin’s books is his ability to create characters that are appealing even as they are experiencing brokenness or struggle; who get up again after falling; who reach out for faith in situations where faith seems absent. In They Turned the World Upside Down, he looks at Jesus and the early church. He utilizes his abilities to bring characters to life to give us a peek inside the lives of the disciples, of those healed by Jesus, of those whom He impacted during his time on earth and especially His ministry. What would it have been like to be Peter, after denying Christ, and then, experiencing His resurrection? What about the woman with the issue of blood…or Jairus, watching Jesus interact with the now-healed woman as his daughter is dying at home? (Of course, we know the other side of that story but Jairus didn’t, at that moment!) Or, to be the disciples watching Jesus’ miracles, or His crucifixion? Martin breathes life into these men and women and enables the reader to gain a closer look of what it might have been like to live those moments with Jesus.

The author doesn’t stop there, however. Because They Turned the World Upside Down isn’t just a historical retelling of the events of the Gospels. Rather, Martin weaves Scripture, exhortation, and encouragement as he uses the Bible to show us:

  • What two words Jesus speaks more than any other in His teaching and communication
  • What true salvation will always include
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, even in the 21st century
  • What the kingdom of heaven is
  • Why the wounds of our lives can keep us from understanding the huge, enormous love God the Father has for us
  • Why Jesus was willing to lay aside His privileges and standing to become Man, and our Savior
  • And so much more!

Charles Martin discusses: shame; the enemy’s warfare against humanity; how the disciples were able to turn their failures into utter faithfulness and love that impacted the nations; and he does so with both a passion to tell the truth of Scripture and compassion for his readers. He is a pastor and clearly a Bible teacher, but he never speaks with judgment or while looking down on others. In fact, his great motivation for writing They Turned the World Upside Down seems to be to inform, to help, to assist, to speak truth; and, to heal. He includes prayers and key Scriptures in every section of the book, and they’re not just short, pithy prayers; they are prayers that will take you to the heart of your own life, issues, discipleship, and unhealed pain.

I knew that, in reading They Turned the World Upside Down, I would be in for a treat. What I did not expect is that God would do a mighty work in my own life. As I read, and took notes, and prayed through the prayers, God touched areas of pain in me that I had struggled over; and He healed them! I was challenged and encouraged to really take hold of God’s love for me and to be willing…to be willing. God used this book to help me to move forward, to realize truth, and to embrace what I hadn’t quite apprehended. What a gift!

I deeply appreciated that Charles Martin wrote this incredible book, and I’m so grateful that I was able to review it. I recommend it to you so very highly. It is a book that will help you to see your life, and the God who loves you, in ways that are healing, blessing, remarkable, and life-changing.

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.

Robert Whitlow’s newest legal thriller, TRIAL AND ERROR: A JustRead Tours Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway (ends 2/15/21)

Trial and Error JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Trial and Error by Robert Whitlow, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Trial and ErrorTitle: Trial and Error Author: Robert Whitlow Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: February 2, 2021 Genre: Christian Suspense/Legal Thriller

A small-town lawyer has been searching for his daughter for eighteen years. Now another young woman is missing, and he’s determined to find them both—no matter the cost. Buddy Smith built his law practice around tracking down missing children. After all, he knows the agony of being separated from a child. Not long after his daughter’s birth, her mother ran away and Buddy never saw either one again. Gracie Blaylock has known Buddy her entire life, and now that she is clerk of court for the county, their paths cross frequently. When Gracie hears that a teenager in town, Reagan, has gone missing, she knows Buddy is the one for the case. Reagan’s parents are desperate for answers. Together with Gracie and Mayleah—the new detective in town—Buddy chases all leads, hoping to reach Reagan before it’s too late. And as he pursues one teen girl, he uncovers clues that could bring him closer to the girl he thought he lost forever: his own daughter. Master legal writer Robert Whitlow will keep you guessing in this gripping legal drama while reminding you of the power of God’s restoration.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Whitlow
Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review.
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(3) winners will receive a print copy of Trial and Error!

Trial and Error JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 8, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2021. 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 review of Trial and Error

I must admit to you, I have been a Robert Whitlow fan ever since I discovered an early legal thriller trilogy he’d written. Over the years, his fiction has never disappointed me as he’s examined current issues viewed through the lenses of faith and the legal system.

Years ago, high school senior Buddy Smith’s girlfriend Amber got pregnant. She was able to finish school early, and delivered a healthy daughter. But without a word to Buddy, Amber and the baby disappeared. Now a lawyer in a small town, Buddy has been trying, unsuccessfully, to find his daughter for the past 18 years. He has focused some of his practice on finding missing children, especially those taken by noncustodial parents. He does other legal business, but the pain of having lost his own child helps him tackle finding others’ missing kids. He’s just taken on a case of a missing four-year-old, Jack, who was taken by his father when he walked out on the boy’s mom and his wife.

Gracie Blaylock is the county clerk for the area. Although she and Buddy went to school together, they’ve never been more than acquaintances. She coaches high school girls’ softball (having been an exceptional teen player herself) and mentors her players at the same time. One day after practice, one of her players mentions her teammate that had missed several practices. Reagan Landry hasn’t been seen or in contact with her family or her friends for two weeks. Later, Gracie hears more about Reagan from her mom, who’s a family friend of Reagan’s family. She encourages Gracie to ask Buddy Smith if he could take on the case of the missing teen.

What seems at first to be a case of a runaway begins to take on a more worrisome aspect as Reagan’s social media use comes to light. Jack’s father is tracked to another state. Shocking secrets that Buddy could never have foreseen come to light as he investigates the cases. The lawyer’s searches for the missing child and teen intensify, but the concern that they will disappear completely is valid. Will Buddy, Gracie, and new detective Mayleah find them before it’s too late?

My thoughts

Trial and Error was a fantastic read. It’s a fascinating legal thriller that combines a frightening topic — missing children– with one man’s unexpected walk towards faith. I love the way that Whitlow intertwines the two. Gracie’s relationship with God is so beautiful, and she is a woman of prayer as well as faith. Buddy’s legal and relational challenges are surprising and cause his days to play out in ways he never could have imagined. Check out this suspenseful legal read; you’ll love walking through Buddy’s searches for his daughter, others’ children, and his unanticipated collision with the God who’s deeply concerned about them all.

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.

“Burying Daisy Doe” Blog Tour–JustRead Tours (plus giveaway, ending 12/15/20)

Burying Daisy Doe Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Burying Daisy Doe by Ramona Richards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Burying Daisy DoeTitle: Burying Daisy Doe
Series: Star Cavanaugh Cold Case #1
Author: Ramona Richards
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date:
November 17, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense

No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family

Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity’s darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.

Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star’s father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she’ll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear–and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in the town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn’t sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J.T. Ellison.

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Ramona Richards

Ramona Richards is the award-winning author of 12 books, including 9 novels. She has also worked as an editor in Christian publishing for forty years, and is now the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media. She lives in the Birmingham, Alabama, area.

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(1) winner will receive a $20 Visa card and a signed copy of Burying Daisy Doe and Murder in the Family!

Burying Daisy Doe JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 8, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on December 15, 2020. 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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Burying Daisy Doe–A Review

Star Cavanaugh has been through the wringer. Thanks to the events of recent years, Star can claim many of life’s most stress-inducing events (move, career change, loss of a relationship, and more). But, the most difficult moments of Star’s life occurred before she was born, and are cloaked in mystery. With her mother’s death, Star is officially an orphan–and is determined to solve the mystery that left her grandmother and father dead in the same small Southern town, nearly thirty years apart.

And so, Star moves to Pineville, Alabama and accepts a job at the local diner, located in the town’s drugstore. The kindly pharmacist rents her a room (until she can get her maternal grandmother’s vintage Airstream trailer to town and move into it), and chats with her occasionally, filling her in on some of the town’s history. She serves the townspeople at breakfast each day, and gets to know the area farmers, Miss Doris’s Bible study ladies, and the extremely handsome and charming police chief, Mike Luinetti.

Star hasn’t counted on Roscoe Carver though; the elderly Black man who comes in one morning for breakfast, fixes his eyes on Star and is certain he knows her family. She has hidden her real purpose (solving her family’s murders) and profession (former cop and current private investigator) in favor of finding out all she can before the townspeople learn her real identity. But Roscoe knows the genetic lines of Star’s face; as a 14-year-old boy he had admired her grandmother as she walked into the pharmacy. Later, he makes the horrifying discovery of her body. They called her Daisy Doe, since no one apparently knew who she was. Roscoe will never forget the woman he found, and he knows Star is connected to Daisy immediately.

Star’s truth comes out before she’s discovered much of anything about either her grandmother or her father, whose life was taken in Pineville as well. Suddenly, she (and everyone she talks with) faces the same danger that killed her family. Will Star survive long enough to discover who the killers are–and bring them to justice?

Ramona Richards’ fantastic dual-timeline suspense novel will captivate readers. She has an excellent ability to create a sense of place (small Southern town with LOTS of secrets) and fascinating characters while telling a story that will keep you glued to the pages. You’ll root for Star and be inspired by her strength, perseverance, and desire to set right the wrongs of history, inflicted on her family. I will be watching closely for the next Ramona Richards book, and I dearly hope that Star will be its main character!

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.