“Relational Reset” ~ Dr. Laurel Shaler’s newest book

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Dr. Laurel Shaler’s new Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back, is a unique look at something in our lives that could be serving as roadblocks to our having a better life. It’s easy to think that our problems are someone else’s fault. But what if there’s something inside us–something that can be healed–that is keeping us from moving forward?

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About the Book

Relational Reset

Title: Relational Reset Author: Laurel Shaler Publisher: Moody Release Date: February 2019 Genre: Christian Living (non-fiction)

From the author of “Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events” comes this Selah Award Finalist on a topic everyone can relate to: Relationships. So, are your relationships all that you want them to be?

Despite our best intentions, we all have blind spots–bad relational habits that are keeping us from enjoying our relationships fully. And since relationships stand at the center of all we are and all we do, if we can learn to do relationships better, every aspect of our lives improves. Whether you struggle to overcome past wounds, insecurity, blame, or envy, it’s time to reflect on your relational habits and reset them so that your relationships can be all you want them to be.

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About the Author

Laurel Shaler

Dr. Laurel Shaler is a licensed mental health professional and a Professor at Liberty University . She has contributed to many well-known publications including Lifeway’s Journey, Guideposts, and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Laurel is the author of “Reclaiming Sanity: Hope and Healing for Trauma, Stress, and Overwhelming Life Events” (David C. Cook, 2016) and “Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits that Hold You Back” (Moody, 2018). She regularly speaks on a wide variety of topics, and has been interviewed by Building Relationships, Focus on the Family, and more. Most importantly, Laurel is a follower of Jesus Christ and seeks to share His love with others. She and her family live in the Deep South.

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


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of the book and $25 Amazon gift card!

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Excerpt One:

When we develop empathy for others, act from realistic expectations, and take responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we gain freedom from the negativity that weighs us down and holds us back. When we toss off the weight of unhealthy patterns, we experience renewed strength and confidence . . . and a restored ability to move forward in our relationship with God and our relationships with others. As a counselor and a professor of counselor education and family studies, I wrote Relational Reset: Unlearning the Habits That Hold You Back to help you do just that. My prayer for you is that this book will equip you to reclaim what God intended all along: healthy, whole, nurturing, loving, satisfying relationships. This can happen regardless of your past and within the many types of relationships in your life. Just think of the freedom you will feel and how much better you’ll sleep when you aren’t staying awake worrying about relationships. Even when others won’t participate in improving a messy relationship, you can learn to be your best you and feel better for having done so.

Excerpt Two:

All of us can benefit from having this expectation: people will disappoint us. Friends will disappoint us. Family will disappoint us. Fellow church members, neighbors, employers, colleagues . . . they will all disappoint us. We’ll disappoint others too. If we’re not careful, we’ll expect perfection from others. If so, when disappointment comes, it can crush us and our relationships. The Lord knows we don’t want anyone expecting us to be perfect, so we shouldn’t expect that from others either.

For example, do you have unrealistic expectations of your spouse? (I’m frustrated that my husband is not as romantic as I had hoped he would be. Should I consider a separation?) Do you have un- realistic expectations of your coworkers? (If I can handle this big of a caseload without any problem, why can’t she?) Do you have unrealistic expectations of your pastor? (He knows I’m homebound. Why can’t he come to visit me every week?) Are any of these questions hitting home? Then it’s possible your expectations of others are too high.

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.

“Strike to the Heart” trio by Danielle Grandinetti–all now available! (plus GA, ends 12/6/22)

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Are you familiar with author Danielle Grandinetti’s wonderful series set in early-Depression Wisconsin? (With a taste of Chicago.) It’s a fascinating era. And what a story Grandinetti weaves over the course of the books–involving a female veterinarian, strikes involving dairy farmers, snipers, dog whisperers, granddaughters–and even the Mafia! What a series–with characters that will capture your heart. Oh–and some clean romantic elements as well! Here’s more about the books, plus a giveaway & snippets from the books so you can see for yourself Grandinetti’s talent with a pen.

Strike to the Heart Series JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for the Strike to the Heart series by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

To Stand in the Breach

Title: To Stand in the Breach Series: Strike to the Heart Author: Danielle Grandinetti Publisher: Hearth Spot Press Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian

She came to America to escape a workhouse prison, but will the cost of freedom be too high a price to pay?

1933, Wisconsin – Large animal veterinarian Katy Wells takes her patients’ welfare personally, so it’s no surprise when she stands up to angry farmers planning a milk strike or takes in an injured draft horse to save its life.But after a visitor from the past discovers her location and reveals a threat, she must choose between her work and her freedom, and whether to trust a man to keep her safe. To Stand in the Breach is the prequel novella to A Strike to the Heart, releasing April 2022.

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Strike to the Heart

Title: A Strike to the Heart Series: Strike to the Heart Author: Danielle Grandinetti Publisher: Hearth Spot Press Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian She’s fiercely independent. He’s determined to protect her. Wisconsin, 1933―When a routine mission becomes an ambush that kills his team, Craft Agency sniper Miles Wright determines to find the persons responsible and protect the woman he rescued. But the fierce independence that led Lily Moore to leave her family’s dairy business for the solitary life of a dog trainer and the isolation of her farm don’t make that easy. Neither does his unwanted attraction to her. Meanwhile, escalating incidents confirm that she’s far from safe. Lily fears letting the surprisingly gentle retired marine into her life almost as much as she fears whoever is threatening her. As Wisconsin farmers edge toward another milk strike, one that will surely turn violent, it becomes clear that the plot against Lily may be part of a much larger conspiracy. When the search for her abductor leads close to home, she must decide whether to trust her family or the man who saved her life.

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As Silent as the Night

Title: As Silent as the Night Series: Strike to the Heart Author: Danielle Grandinetti Publisher: Hearth Spot Press Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense, Christian

He can procure anything, except his heart’s deepest wish. She might hold the key, if she’s not discovered first.

Chicago, 1933―Lucia Critelli will do anything for her ailing grandfather, including stand in a breadline to have enough food to make him a St. Nicholas Day meal. When she catches the eye of a goon who threatens her grandfather, she discovers the end of Prohibition doesn’t mean the end of the mafia’s criminal activity. Retired Marine Scout Giosue “Gio” Vella can find anything, especially if it helps a fellow Italian immigrant, so he has no doubt he can locate his neighbor’s granddaughter, who has gone missing from a local church. Keeping her safe is another matter. Especially when he chooses to hide out with his Marine buddy in Eagle, Wisconsin, the site of a barely-held truce among striking dairy farmers. Will Christmas bring the miracle they all need or will Gio discover there are some things even he can’t find, particularly when he stumbles upon the most elusive gift of all: love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is author of the Strike to the Heart series and a book blogger at DaniellesWritingSpot.com. Her short stories have appeared in several publications and her writing has won the University of Northwestern Distinguished Faith in Writing Award. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Danielle especially loves quiet mornings served with the perfect cup of tea.

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


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(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of the Strike to the Heart series and a tote bag featuring a dairy cow.

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Here are a few excerpts from the Strike to the Heart series

From To Stand in the Breach

He found her.
Desperately clutching the paper, Dr. Katy Wells slipped into the sheltered area between two of the buildings at the center of the small town of Eagle, Wisconsin. She placed a gloved hand on the worn plank wall of Town Hall and squeezed her eyes shut to block out the words on the letter. Fear’s insidious claws sank into her chest. Fourteen years of running, of staying one step
ahead of her uncle and other men who wished her harm … and she’d finally found security here, in this town, hidden as it was in the middle of the United States.

Until today.

From A Strike to the Heart

Miles Wright pressed his eye to the A5 telescopic sight attached to his Springfield long-range rifle. Instead of being hunkered down in the trenches of Europe or in the humidity of Central America, as he would be if he’d stayed in the army, he flattened himself against the rough branch of a monstrous pine one hundred yards from the ruins of a stone house lost amid the
forests of northern Wisconsin.

He breathed deeply, the smell of decaying leaves filling his nose even as the action calmed his
heart. Dusk had come, but he could still spot the shadows of his four fellow retired soldiers darting from tree to tree toward the stone structure where Lily Moore’s kidnappers likely stashed her. His team was tasked with a simple rescue and had yet to meet any resistance. Miles’ job was to keep it that way.

From As Silent as the Night (just in time for Christmas!)

The highlight of the evening, however, were the last few songs, which the entire congregation was invited to sing. Lucia’s heart swelled full-to-bursting as she sang, but at the initial stanzas of “Silent Night,” she fell silent. Beside her, almost in a whisper, Gio sang for the first time that night.

Notte silenziosa, notte Santa

Tears pricked Lucia’s eyes. Not just at the incredible voice she didn’t realize Gio had, but at how holy the moment felt. Around her, people she didn’t know raised their voices together. Young and old. Rich and poor. Farmers and city dwellers. American and Irish and Italian. It mattered not. All of them had one wish for this Christmas season …

Dormi nella pace divina … to sleep in heavenly peace.

Would her peace return? Would her world right itself? Would she be able to spend Christmas with Nonno? Lucia glanced at the man beside her. Would there be a future for them?

I love Danielle Grandinetti’s characters, and the unique way she tells the stories of Americans in 1933. It’s a series well worth your reading time.

Enjoy! –Wren

New epic fantasy book: “Quest of Fire: Desperation”

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Desperation JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Quest of Fire: Desperation by Brett Armstrong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Quest of Fire: Desperation

Title: Quest of Fire: Desperation Series: Quest of Fire #4 Author: Brett Armstrong Publisher: Expanse Books Release Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Christian, Epic Fantasy

Guarding his nation’s last hope, a teen must escape enemy lands.

While Anargen, Caeserus, and Bertinand are held captive in Stormridge, the war to restore Ecthelowall’s Commonwealth has been waged for months. Their friend Terrillian is on its frontline and hopes are high.

For Barons Fenwrest and Sornfold the fight is too close to their children, whose union represents the only viable challenge to the Monarchists claim to Ecthelowall’s ancient throne. Enter Thomas Fenwrest, an orphan and page to Sir Hurstwell, who is captain of Baron Fenwrest’s guard. The pair must escort the teens to Castle Yerst expecting boredom to be their only danger. Everything quickly spirals out of control when the Monarchists somehow deliver a devastating blow to the Restoration army and Thomas and Sir Hurstwell face the increasingly difficult task of keeping their charges alive. Ancient sorcery and bitter grudges combine to ensnare them. As desperation sets in for the Restoration and Thomas, to where will they turn for hope?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong, author of the prize-winning novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio, started writing stories at age nine, penning a tale of revenge and ambition set in the last days of the Aztec Empire. Twenty years later, he still tells stories enriched by his Christian faith and a master’s degree in creative writing. His goal with every work is to be like a brush in the Master artist’s hand and his hope is the finished composition always reflects the design God had in mind. He writes to engage, immerse, and entertain with deep, thoughtful stories. Continually busy at work with one or more new novels to come, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and playing with his beautiful wife and son. Brett’s book The Gathering Dark is a 2020 Selah Awards Finalist in the Speculative Fiction category.

Connect with Brett by visiting brettarmstrong.net to follow him on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(2) winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of Quest of Fire: Desperation, a digital map of the western Lowlands, a digital copy of a limited-release short story about a character in Desperation, and Quest of Fire‘s theme music.

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Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 8, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 15, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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And a bit from the book:

If you’re a fan of books like Tolkien’s LOTR books, I think that Quest of Fire: Desperation might be right up your alley! Here’s a bit from the book to whet your appetite:

“Mia?” he tried again and reached out and gently put his hand on her shoulder.

“No, I’m fine.” She evaded his touch. “I can’t believe he was right. We were still celebrating the victory that turned back the Monarch and guaranteed Cromwell’s safety for good. But somehow, we’ve lost everything. Our safety. The Viceroy. Father. They’re just gone.”

“We don’t know that for sure. Both the Viceroy and your father could have been in the back of the lines; maybe they escaped during a strategic withdrawal.”

She shot him a glance, eyes reddened with suppressed tears. “Father doesn’t retreat, and he would never let his men fight dangers he would not face himself.”

Thomas looked at the ground. He did know that, and could respect the Baron for it. “Whatever our differences, your father is an honorable man.”

“Was,” she corrected. “Was honorable. No one else escaped this. This is the worst slaughter in Ecthelowall’s history. I can see the bodies of pages and nursemaids. What kind of monster kills them?” A tear slid down her cheek, and she wiped it away, but she was breaking; a faint moan escaped her lips.

Running his hand through his hair, Thomas scanned the area. They had to hurry, but he knew he couldn’t force her on. Heartbreak has a way of numbing the body to the survival instincts outward injuries excite. He wrapped his arms around her and felt her grip him fiercely. She sobbed into his chest. Thomas rubbed her back gently, murmuring soothing sounds.

After a few moments, Mia pushed away and regarded him warily. Her voice choked as she asked, “What are you doing?”

He raised his brows. That was a delicate question. She might fall apart if he revealed his belief that her father was gone. But as he looked into her pain-stricken eyes, he recalled how he’d longed for honesty in his time of hurt. “Um, I guess I’m consoling you.”

She shook her head. “We can’t even stand being in the same room together. Why would you want to console me?”

Suspicion was heavy in her voice and her tone much louder now. Whatever she thought he was up to, it was clearly blinding her to the precarious position they were in. He held up his hands placatingly. “Easy. I meant you no ill. I just understand, is all.”

“Understand? Understand what?”

He sighed. “What it’s like to lose a father. To lose everything.”

Don’t miss your chance to enter to win Quest of Fire: Desperation, an Amazon GC, and other book-lovers’ goodies! Scroll back up to find the giveaway form. And best wishes!

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.

“Deadly Conclusion” ~ a review of Kathy Harris’s latest (and chance to win!)

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Are you a suspense fan? Love dogs (especially German shepherds) and trained working dogs? How about lost loves that are suddenly back in town? If your answer is yes, welcome to Keely Lambert’s life. I was offered the chance to read Deadly Conclusion–and it’s a story that will keep you flying from page to page! Keep reading for more plus a giveaway–ending November 8, 2022–to win this book and more.

Deadly Conclusion JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Deadly Conclusion by Kathy Harris, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Deadly Conclusion

Title: Deadly Conclusion Series: Deadly Secrets #3 Author: Kathy Harris Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction Release Date: November 2, 2022 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

A Fast-Paced Suspense Book You Can’t Put Down

In the thrilling conclusion of the “Deadly Secrets” series, search and rescue dog trainer Keely Lambert breaks in Titan, a new shepherd, during a rescue mission to find little Conner Wells. Aided by childhood friend, Beau Gardner of the TBI, who is also Conner’s uncle, Keely finds the boy deep inside Metropolitan Nashville’s Beaman Park. But Conner is not all that Keely finds. On the way back to the welcome center, she notices something sticking out of the dirt—the military dog tags of her father who disappeared more than two decades before. The discovery sets Keely on a hunt to unearth her father’s killer, only to be thwarted by multiple setbacks—the murder of Beau’s father, the kidnapping of her mother, and her kennel being set on fire in the middle of the night. After Keely is kidnapped, Beau leads a manhunt to find her before the outcome reaches a “deadly conclusion.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business where she works as a marketing director. For several years she freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote news stories and columns for various music publications.

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


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(1) winner will receive a $35 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Deadly Conclusion.

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Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 1, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 8, 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 about Deadly Conclusion

Secrets. They often cover pain; or tragic events; or just something that their owner wants to put out of their mind.

Deadly Conclusion opens with working dog trainer Keely Lambert answering a call with her newly-trained German shepherd, Titan. A little boy is missing from a large, wooded park. When she and Titan are out searching for 6-year-old Conner, she’s reunited with the man she loved–whom she hasn’t seen in ten years.

Beau Gardner is an agent for the Tennessee Board of Investigation; and yes. He walked out on the young woman he loved ten years ago, without a trace or a call. And now here he is with her again, face-to-face. He has some forgiveness to ask for, and time to make up for. But frightening events are happening. And they don’t add up to an obvious suspect, or connections with the people involved: an elderly woman, suffering from disease; a little boy; Keely, and her coworker Adam. What is the connection between these people, the past, and a concealed secret?

Remember the old saying, ‘Never trust someone your dog doesn’t like?’

Keely Lambert, Deadly Conclusion

I have to tell you, there isn’t a Kathy Harris book that I’ve read that I didn’t love. The characters in Deadly Conclusion won my heart from the get-go. Keely: efficient, smart, disciplined, faithful to her family, the Lord, and the dogs she is training. Beau: a good man with family brokenness behind him, that impacted his choices; but who loves God and his people; and, a fantastic law enforcement agent. And the two of them together with quite a history.

The past really doesn’t ever go away, does it? Beau and Keely are discovering that in spades. The past of broken, unhealed relationships. Unforgiveness and pain. Flashbacks of a traumatic event. The loss of a beloved parent…and maybe more. Kathy Harris has crafted an incredible thriller (with a teeny tiny bit of clean romance tucked in) that will capture your heart and keep you holding (and later on, gripping) the book in your hands until you’ve turned the very last page.

It will give you chills, just as it did me. And you’ll be rooting for Beau and Keely–and for the very bad bad guy to get what he deserves. Don’t miss Deadly Conclusion!

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.

Sarah Young’s new devo for kids: “Jesus Listens”

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Many of you might be familiar with Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” series of books and devotionals. They’re filled with words that God speaks over us (and we know that He would say those things, because they’re all from Scripture), in a daily format. What a comfort to hear those loving words, instructions, and wisdom! Now, Sarah has written a similar devotional book for children, except the idea is flipped around. It’s called Jesus Listens, and 365 daily prayers are composed for kids to read to Jesus. And because He is Jesus, readers can know that He does listen! I was thrilled to receive a copy of this, and I’m going to share my thoughts with you below. First, though, more about the book, AND an Instagram giveaway! (ends 11/8/22)

Here’s more from the publisher:

Book Name Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids

Author Sarah Young

Publisher Tommy Nelson

In this inspiring 365-day book of prayers, Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, helps children talk to God every day.

More about Jesus Listens

Jesus Listens, the bestselling 365-day prayer devotional from Sarah Young, is now available for children. This book invites your children (and you) into an ongoing conversation with God, growing a meaningful prayer life and closer relationship with Him.
In this inspiring 365-day book of prayers, Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, helps children talk to God every day. Kids will learn how to pray honest prayers and know that Jesus is always listening to them. This book will equip parents who want to

  • teach their kids how to pray and talk to God
  • reassure their children that God is always with them
  • help their kids to read Bible verses every day

Children will learn the daily practice of reading God’s Word and talking to Him. They will

  • know that they can talk to Jesus about anything and come to Him when they are afraid, anxious, or worried
  • learn how to thank and praise God and take Him their requests
  • develop the habit of prayer

This inspirational book for kids ages 8 to 12 makes a perfect gift for

  • Christmas
  • birthdays
  • graduation celebrations and back-to-school
  • baptisms, Sunday school awards, or first communions

Jesus Listens: 365 Prayers for Kids is a wonderful tool to help your children read Scripture and pray every day of the year.

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How to enter the giveaway

Giveaway – (5) winners will receive a print copy of the book. This is an Instagram giveaway, so please follow the directions below for your chance to be one of those winners!

TO ENTER

First: ⇒ LIKE, SAVE, and SHARE this Jesus Listens Instagram post

Second: ⇒ FOLLOW me @jesuscalling @tommynelsonbooks @justreadtours

Third: ⇒ TAG a friend (up to 3x per post).

And then, ⇒ VISIT each hosted post of this tour for more entries. Schedule at @justreadtours. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 8, 2022.)

What you’ll find in Jesus Listens

What an incredibly wonderful kids’ devotional!

First, let me tell you about the Jesus Listens format. The devotional contains 365 readings, dated for every day of the year (even February 29). Each devotional has a title and a corresponding verse, followed by a prayer that begins, “Dear Jesus.” Several paragraphs talk about the issues of life a child may experience (like the darkness of the world, personal struggles, realizing that Jesus is indeed with them at every moment). Sarah Young details these issues in the form of prayer but alongside them, proclaims what Scripture says about them, specifically–and ends with thanksgiving and gratefulness. The “Read On Your Own” segment includes four Bible verse addresses that children can look at that were touched upon in each devotional.

So how could a child use this? Since it’s written for ages 8-12, a child could read it alone, praying the words of the devotional aloud or silently. Then, the child can look up the Bible verses and read them. Of course at any time during this quiet time activity, more prayers or Bible verses could be included, since prayer is a back-and-forth activity between God and us! Jesus Listens could be used as a morning devotional or a nighttime one. And, it could also be used as a parent-child activity, with either one taking turns reading paragraphs or Bible verses. It would also be fantastic for homeschooling Bible time. And parents could also use it as a read-aloud devotional time as a family.

It is a wonderful way for children to:

  • learn how to pray
  • understand that prayer is a conversation
  • see that we can pray Scriptures to God
  • most of all, see that the Lord loves His children and wants a close & loving relationship with us all

Some of my favorite moments

I love Sarah’s writing style, where she combines the truths of Scripture in an intimate conversation with the God who made all of us and created us in all the humanness we are: our bodies, minds, emotions, and our will. Sometimes I think we forget that He made us and totally understands us! He delights in us, rejoices over us with gladness, quiets us with His love (Zephaniah 3:17). How amazing it is for children to really know that. Jesus Listens can make that happen for your children (and even for parents!).

Here are some of my favorite parts of the Jesus Listens devotional:

  • “You know about every single one of my troubles. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. So please help me not to be afraid of tears–or the troubles that cause them. I know you can use even my problems for good. You’re teaching me to be comforted by the fact that You’re in control. And I’m learning to trust that You know exactly what You’re doing!” (from October 10)
  • “I’m so thankful that You are the God who sees me. You’re training me to look for you too. Help me remember that You are here with me and You’re working in every moment of my life.” (from April 10)
  • “I know You’ll be working on me and making me more like You. You are going to do new things in my life, and I can’t wait to see what they are! I don’t have to think about the past. I don’t have to worry about mistakes I have made or things I wish I had done or said. Today is a fresh start!” (from January 1)
  • And maybe my top fave:
    • “Please teach me to keep looking to You for help–not to myself or the world around me. You have this amazing ability to be with me both right now and in the future, showing me which way to go. When I close my eyes and listen, I can almost hear you whispering, “Follow Me.” (from January 2)

What a precious devotional Jesus Listens is! This book will bless your children and help them know that God is ALWAYS there, listening to and tenderly caring for them. And isn’t that what we all need to know?

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.

For your TBR booklist: The Christy Award 2022 Finalists

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I have to ask you. Is this not the most gorgeous set of books?

If you’re not familiar with The Christy Award, here is what Wikipedia says: “The Christy Awards, established in 1999, are awarded each year to recognize fiction of excellence written from a Christian perspective with matters of faith at its core. Awards are given in several genres, including contemporary, historical, romance, suspense, and visionary.” The Christy Award website takes those ideas a bit further and says that the award “is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.”

Isn’t that wonderful? In a world which can often recognize the opposite, this award recognizes beauty, creativity, and quality. I have read several of these books and can speak to their beauty and wonder. Others, I haven’t read yet; but they are definitely on my “to be read,” or TBR list!

And one entrant is going to win a fabulous prize of books from this list…so keep reading and be sure to enter the giveaway!

The Christy Award Finalists 2022 JustRead Blog Blitz

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The Christy Award Finalists 2022

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

All That Really Matters Bookshop by the Sea Husband Auditions

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson Publishers) Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong (Kregel Publications)

FIRST NOVEL

All That Is Secret Recorder Sugar Birds

All That Is Secret by Patricia Raybon (Tyndale House Publishers) Recorder by Cathy McCrumb (Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media) Sugar Birds by Cheryl Grey Bostrom (She Writes Press)

GENERAL FICTION

The Letter Keeper The Secret Keepers Old Depot Grocery Under the Magnolias

The Letter Keeper by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson Publishers) The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group) Under the Magnolias by T. I. Lowe (Tyndale House Publishers)

HISTORICAL

Between The Wild Branches Drawn By The Current The Widows Of Champagne Yours Is The Night

Between the Wild Branches by Connilyn Cossette (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) Drawn by The Current by Jocelyn Green (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) The Widows of Champagne by Renee Ryan (Love Inspired) Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

As Dawn Breaks Hope Between The Pages Shadows Of Swanford Abbey Until Leaves Fall in Paris

As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham (Barbour Publishing) Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin (Revell/ Baker Publishing Group)

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Aftermath On The Cliffs Of Foxglove Manor The Barrister And Letter Marque

Aftermath by Terri Blackstock (Thomas Nelson Publishers) The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd M. Johnson (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group)

SHORT FORM

A Texas Christmas Carol False Pretense Mr Nicholas

A Texas Christmas Carol (in Under the Texas Mistletoe) by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group) Mr. Nicholas: A Magical Christmas Tale by Christopher de Vinck (Paraclete Press) False Pretense by Heather Day Gilbert (WoodHaven Press)

SPECULATIVE

A Time To Seek Dark Intercept Recorder Windward Shore

A Time to Seek by Tracy Higley (Stonewater Books LLC) Dark Intercept by Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson (Tyndale House Publishers) Recorder by Cathy McCrumb (Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media) Windward Shore by Sharon Hinck (Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media)

YOUNG ADULT

A Gentle Tyranny Realms of Light Shadow

A Gentle Tyranny by Jess Corban (Wander, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers) Realms of Light by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads (Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media) Shadow by Kara Swanson (Enclave Publishing, a division of Oasis Family Media)


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive print copies of The Christy Award finalist titles from one category of their choice!

The Christy Award 2021 Finalists 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 November 3, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on November 10, 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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Enjoy! –Wren

“Brushstrokes from the Past” ~ a review plus a giveaway (ends 10/31/22)

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Rembrandt. Swords. Nazis. A Resistance.

What more do you need to captivate your book-loving imagination? Fortunately, I was provided a copy of a book which contains all of these: Heidi Eljarbo’s Brushstrokes from the Past. And Heidi and JustRead Publicity Tours are sharing about this–plus providing a fantastic Instagram giveaway that you can enter!

About Brushstrokes from the Past, from the publisher

⇒ Book Name Brushstrokes from the Past

⇒ Author Heidi Eljarbø

⇒ Publisher Independently Published

⇒ Tagline from the author and publisher:

WWII and the mid-seventeenth century are entwined in this fourth dual timeline novel about Nazi art theft, bravery, friendship, and romance.

Series: Soli Hansen Mysteries #4
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: September 20, 2022
Genre: Christian Dual Timeline Historical Fiction/Mystery

WWII and the mid-seventeenth century are entwined in this fourth dual timeline novel about Nazi art theft, bravery, friendship, and romance.

April 1945. Art historian Soli Hansen and her friend Heddy arrive at an excavation site only to find Soli’s old archeology professor deeply engrossed in an extraordinary find in a marsh. The remains of a man have lain undisturbed for three centuries, but there’s more to this discovery…

As Soli tries to understand who the baroque man was and discovers what he carried in a sealed wooden tube, problems arise. A leak reveals the finds to the notorious Lieutenant Colonel Heinz Walter, and soon, both Nazi elite and the Gestapo are after the treasure.
When Heddy and the professor disappear along with the artwork, Soli and her resistance group must find them before it’s too late.

1641. In Amsterdam, French musketeer Claude Beaulieu has had his portrait done by his close friend and artist Rembrandt van Rijn. When a band of thieves steal the precious painting, Claude and his wife Annarosa Ruber pick up their swords and a few belongings and go after the culprits.

Set in Norway during the tumultuous last days of the second world war, as well as the peak of the glorious baroque art period, these two stories are a must for readers who love historical fiction with adventure, suspense, and true love that conquers all.

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Kathleen McGurl, Rhys Bowen, and Katherine Neville.

Giveaway! Enter to win from Heidi Eljarbo!

One winner will receive print copies of two Heidi Eljarbo books: Brushstrokes from the Past and Secrets of Rosenli Manor in this Instagram giveaway. Keep reading for more on how to enter.

TO ENTER

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⇒ FOLLOW these two Instagram accounts: @authorheidieljarbo @justreadtours

⇒ TAG a friend (up to 3x per post).

⇒ VISIT each hosted post of this tour for more entries. Schedule at @justreadtours. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on October 31, 2022.)

My thoughts about Brushstrokes from the Past

First, did you happen to see the film, Woman in Gold; or The Monuments Men? Both deal, from quite different perspectives, with the subject of art looted by Nazis during the Second World War. According to the Smithsonian magazine, “some 600,000 artworks (were looted) from Jews during World War II.” Others estimate a higher number of 650,000 sculptures, paintings, and cultural treasures that were taken from individuals, synagogues, churches, and museums. Although some have been recovered (or lawsuits to regain them are pending), others still hang in museums or seem to be missing entirely.

So. With that preface, let me tell you about Heidi Eljarbo’s wonderful dual-timeline Brushstrokes from the Past, which uses the art theft by WWII Nazis as part of its storyline. When Soli Hansen’s former professor shows her an unexpected find of an art treasure–a Rembrandt, no less–she is thrilled and they make plans to hide the art. But when Soli arrives the next morning to retrieve the art, it is gone; along with the professor. And she can’t find her Resistance friend Heddy anywhere. Soli’s nemesis (although he wouldn’t call himself that), Nazi Lt. Colonel Heinz Walter, has just arrived in Oslo again, and Soli suspects him. And her involvement with the Resistance must stay hidden. But Soli MUST find Heddy, her old professor, and the Rembrandt before something nefarious happens to them all.

Back in the past, Claude Beaulieu and his wife discover, after an evening out, art thieves whom they surprise in the act. The two skilled swordsmen (yes, Claude is actually a musketeer, and his wife Annarosa is also quite gifted in the art) disarm and take captive the thieves, and wound one of them. Unfortunately, he’s the one who gets away with Beaulieu’s portrait, painted by the couple’s friend Rembrandt. But Claude and Annarosa are not willing to let the painting go without a fight.

Heidi Eljarbo has created an unusual and highly readable novel set in two fascinating eras; Rembrandt’s, of the 1640s, and the other set in the 1940s just before the ending of World War II. These time periods are beautifully recreated by Eljarbo, and peopled with the actual, in Rembrandt’s era, and the fictional, in WWII Oslo, Norway. I loved reading Brushstrokes of the Past. What a fascinating combination of historical events split by hundreds of years; yet Eljarbo makes both of them seem very alive with her characters and their lives. Do pick up a copy of this book; it’s a warm and inviting (despite the wartime circumstances) read. Especially if you love history or art.

Where to purchase this book

Brushstrokes from the Past is available at Amazon. Click the previous highlighted link to go to its purchase page.

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.

Mary Connealy’s “Inventions of the Heart” ~ a JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 8/8/22)

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I’ve just had the chance to read the awesome Mary Connealy’s newest novel, Inventions of the Heart, courtesy of JustRead Tours; and you can enter to win a copy for yourself! Keep reading for info on how to enter the giveaway and my review of the book.

About Inventions of the Heart

⇒ Book Name Inventions of the Heart

⇒ Author Mary Connealy

⇒ Publisher Bethany House

⇒ Book Blurb

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⇒ Series: The Lumber Baron’s Daughters #2

⇒ Release Date: July 5, 2022

⇒ Genre: Christian, Historical/Western Romance

Her heart seeks safety. But will trouble find her even here?

After her sister’s marriage, Michelle Stiles is left hiding at Two Harts Ranch with the handsome but stubborn Zane Hart. She’s managed to stay one step ahead of her stepfather and his devious plans, but if he finds her, she will no longer be safe.

Zane has problems of his own. Having discovered a gold mine on his property, he must figure out how to harvest it without kicking off a gold rush. Michelle, educated and trained to run her father’s business, wants to manage all aspects of the mine, but Zane thinks for a person so smart she can have some misguided ideas. Running the mining operation will be a dangerous job, and he can’t risk putting her in harm’s way.

But danger finds Michelle anyway when she’s suddenly attacked. If they go to the sheriff, they’ll reveal her location, but if they do nothing . . . their troubles have only just begun.

Enter to win a copy of Inventions of the Heart plus a themed candle

This giveaway is being hosted on Instagram. Just follow the directions below to enter to win this fun prize package!

⇒ Giveaway – (1) winner will receive a copy of the book + The Old Forest candle

⇒ To Enter

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 VISIT each hosted post of this tour for more entries. Schedule at @justreadtours. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on August 8, 2022.)

My review of Inventions of the Heart

I adore Mary Connealy’s books. Her wit, ability to create wonderful adventures and appealing characters have charmed me since I read her first trilogies (Montana Marriages and Sophie’s Daughters) years ago.

In Inventions of the Heart, the second of Mary’s The Lumber Baron’s Daughters trilogy, we get to know Michelle Stiles (sister of Laura and Jilly). The three sisters are in hiding from their stepfather, who’d played a role to get the girls’ mother to fall in love with him and marry him. After that, his true abusive and greedy nature revealed itself. When the women discovered that he had, in effect, sold them off to unscrupulous men in marriage, they fled.

Now, Michelle is hidden at Zane Hart’s ranch in central California, where gold has just been discovered. The only problem (well, one of several problems, actually) is that Zane is a rancher. The last thing he wants, especially in a drought, is people who are crazy for gold trampling his pastures, ruining his water supply, and digging up his property. Uninvited. But you know how word spreads.

So Michelle and Zane are keeping the gold find a secret, and trying to figure out a way to get the gold out of the ground and put in the bank without anyone else discovering said secret. Fortunately, Michelle is an engineering genius; and if he’ll just let her, she can get that problem taken care of simply and quietly. At least the first part. But there’s still the issue of getting the gold safely into the bank; and more importantly, keeping Michelle safe from her stepfather.

I thoroughly enjoyed Inventions of the Heart! I love the Stiles sisters, who are all highly educated in an era when most women weren’t. Zane is a wonderful hero, as well. It was a delight to watch Zane get puzzled repeatedly as Michelle (an engineering genius) keeps making plan after plan to build improvements on his land. I loved the way that matters of faith and life get worked out in the characters’ lives, quite naturally and sweetly. Faith, love, family…and humor, the Mary Connealy way. Inventions of the Heart is a wonderful read. Don’t miss it!

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.

“Hope Beyond the Waves” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 8/1/22)

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Hope Beyond the Waves JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour for Hope Beyond the Waves by Heidi Chiavaroli, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hope Beyond the Waves

Title: Hope Beyond the Waves Author: Heidi Chiavaroli Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers, LLC Release Date: June 28, 2022 Genre: Christian, Dual Timeline Fiction

From award-winning author Heidi Chiavaroli comes a sweeping dual timeline story that explores hope and enduring love in the midst of the impossible. Massachusetts, 1993 After making a grievous mistake that will change her life forever, Emily Robertson is sent away to live with her grandmother on Cape Cod. When Emily finds a timeworn photograph buried in a drawer, she realizes her grandmother has concealed a secret even bigger than her own. Will convincing Gram to reveal their family history help Emily make the most important decision of her life or will it prove her parents right—that family scandal is better off buried and forgotten? Massachusetts, 1916 Atta Schaeffer plans to marry the man of her dreams and whisk her little sister away from their abusive father. But when she is diagnosed with a dreaded malady, Atta is forced into a life of exile, leaving her sister in harm’s way. On Penikese Island, Atta’s best hope lies with Harry Mayhew, a doctor who seeks a cure for his patients at any cost. But when experiments fail, Atta runs from Harry—and from God. Can she return to her sister before it’s too late? Or will her illness consume both her body and soul? A testament to faith and love, Hope Beyond the Waves is the raw account of the journey of two generations of women running from desperate situations toward irresistible hope.

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ALSO AVAILABLE

Where Grace Appears Where Hope Begins Where Love Grows Where Memories Await


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

heidi chiavaroli

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Handmade French Market Seagrass Bag, hardcover copy of Hope Beyond the Waves, and Ocean-Lover Bookmark!

Hope Beyond the Waves JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 25, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 1, 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

Separated by more than 75 years in this dual-timeline novel, Atta and Emily still have some similarities. Sent away from their families. Becoming a shameful secret to be hidden away. Bereft, abandoned, and hopeless. And yet…

At least twice in the Bible, a person laments, “Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless” (Psalms 108:12 and 60:11). And yet don’t we long for the help of man? We run to our family or our friends when we are in the dark places. We cry out to God; we want that immediate assistance. We want someone to fix what pains us so immensely. But what we don’t always realize in the moment is that help is coming; but sometimes it’s not immediate. And it’s not always from a human.

Both Atta and Emily long for rescue. Both times, they are let down by human help. And yet…that is not the end of their stories. Sometime it’s the act of walking forward with faith, and through the valley, that is transformational.

I loved Heidi Chiavaroli’s Hope Beyond the Waves for so many reasons. First, because she creates characters that readers absolutely fall in love with: Atta, Gertie, Emily, her grandmother, their friends Harry and Sam. My delight in and concern for them kept me turning the pages rapidly so I could discover their futures. Wonderful!

Second: Heidi has placed these young women in dire (yet completely believable) situations. What can we do when faced with the impossible? And what will Emily and Atta do?

And third: (last but definitely not least) redemption is coming. Rescue appears. Faith and maturity will grow. And we’ll be reminded that God is never silent; that He is never ignoring our pleas; that He really IS at work to rescue and save us. For as Hope Beyond the Waves reminds us, there is more to come. Both Psalm 108 and Psalm 60, that I included verses from earlier, end with this:

With God we will gain the victory,

    and he will trample down our enemies.

WITH GOD. He walks with us through our difficult valleys; he brings victory over our enemies (whatever they are); and he brings us what we need so desperately: hope.

Don’t miss Chiavaroli’s wondrous book. You will fall in love with the characters, you’ll be engrossed by their stories; and you yourself will be encouraged in your own faith.

Don’t forget to enter this giveaway. I believe you will be so blessed by this book!

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.

“Impending Strike” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 6/27/22)

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Impending Strike JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Impending Strike by Sami A. Abrams and Lynette Eason, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Impending Strike Title: Impending Strike Series: Elite Guardians Collection #2 Author: Sami A. Abrams and Lynette Eason Publisher: Sunrise Publishing Release Date: June 28, 2022 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Protecting him just might cost her everything… Elite Guardian Charlie Lee knows that there is no future with the woman he loves—fellow Guardian Lizzie Tremaine. And, he gets it—as a single mom, Lizzie has to protect her daughter. But more than anything, he wants the chance to prove himself. Then, the unthinkable happens—while working undercover, Charlie is seriously injured…and his memory of the past four years is lost. Could it be the fresh start that he didn’t realize he longed for? Despite a friendship that’s turned flirtatious at times, Lizzie Tremaine has held Charlie at arms’ length. She’s lost all the men she’s ever loved, and is unwilling to risk her heart again. Still, she’s glad to keep an eye on him—as his bodyguard—and while she’s at it, help him put the pieces of his past together, including discovering who attacked him, and why. But Charlie seems to have forgotten their agreed-upon professional distance—and suddenly, all the rules are off the table. She’s seeing a side of Charlie she could possibly let into her heart. Problem is, the closer he gets to uncovering his memories, the closer he gets to trouble. It’s her heart…or his life. What will protecting Charlie cost her? Another edge-of-your-seat Elite Guardians thriller!

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Driving Force Defending Honor


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sami A Abrams

Sami A. Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30s that she found authors who captured her attention. Now, most evenings you can find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. In her opinion, a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story. Sami lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list. Visit her at http://www.samiaabrams.com.

CONNECT WITH SAMI: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Life Flight and the Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com. CONNECT WITH LYNETTE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Impending Strike and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Impending Strike JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 20, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 27, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Excerpts from Impending Strike

I think you’ll definitely want to read Impending Strike after getting a taste of the book, courtesy of these excerpts!

Excerpt #1
Lizzie struggled to maintain control against the long grass and uneven ground. She swerved to
miss a fence and struck a rut, sending the car airborne, and they flipped upside down. She
screamed just before the hood crashed into the ground and glass shattered around her. The jolt
forced her body forward, the seat belt stopping her forward motion and whipping her back against
the seat. The vehicle teetered and creaked and came to rest at an odd upside-down angle.
The seat belt cut into her shoulder, and her arms dangled from her inverted position. Blood
whooshed in her ears. She blinked and then blinked again while her mind scrambled to put the
pieces together.
The hiss of the engine pulled her from the depths of confusion. An accident. The tail she’d
picked up at the warehouse. Oh, no—Charlie.
A groan escaped her lips as she twisted to look at him.
Blood trickled from a gash on his forehead. Or was it the same cut from before that had
reopened? The man had more bruises than Lizzie dared to count and added more every day. She
stretched over and searched for a pulse. The strong thump against her fingers sent a wave of relief
coursing through her.
What if the person decided to make sure he’d succeeded in killing her and Charlie?
She had to get him out of here.

Excerpt #2
Each planned drug buy raked on Charlie’s nerves. The lifestyle wore on him. After a year of
setting up his presence in the drug scene and five weeks of full work undercover, he wondered how
much more he had in him to continue.
He shoved his hands in his pockets and fiddled with his burner phone. His touchstone. His
lifeline to the safe world. No names, only speed dial numbers of his Elite Guardians Agency
teammates and Quinn. The women had insisted that he include their numbers. He’d resisted, not
wanting to put the members of the agency in danger. But they’d reminded him that’s what a team did. They had each other’s backs. He was honored to be included among the top bodyguards in the
nation, even if he was the only male. Not that he had a problem with that. He trusted them more than
he trusted the police officers he’d served with on the Atlanta PD. And that said something.
Knowing that God was watching over him and that the team was a phone call away allowed
him to maintain his calm demeanor and play the part of the cocky, confident dealer of his alter ego,
Rod. He left the phone in his pocket and strolled down the sidewalk like he owned the neighborhood.
“I can do the hit.” A gruff voice drifted on the night air.
Charlie froze and scanned the area, searching for the source of the words.
“Not so fast,” a second man argued. “You can’t mess this up. We have one shot at killing her,
and if we miss, they’ll close ranks.”
The hair on the back of Charlie’s neck rose. He ducked behind a row of trash cans next to an
apartment building, grimacing at the strong garbage odor, a mixture between fish and rotten eggs.
Forcing himself to focus, he strained to hear the conversation, but the men moved out of earshot.
Charlie slipped from his hiding spot and clung to the shadows on the edge of the street,
following his targets. His ratty shirt and stained jeans, not to mention his unkempt hair, gave him the
ability to blend into the neighborhood, but a hinky feeling of being watched crept in and stayed.

Now! Don’t miss a chance to win this thriller, plus an Amazon gift card! Just scroll back up to the giveaway link and follow the directions. Best wishes!

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.