Friday, May 20, 2022

Blog Tour, Author Interview & Giveaway: The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Dawn Ford

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 The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

Title: The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes
Series: Firebird Series #1
Author: Dawn Ford
Publisher: Expanse Books
Release Date: April 12, 2022
Genre: YA Christian Fantasy

Eighteen-year-old servant girl Tambrynn is haunted by more than her unusual silver hair and the star-shaped pupils in her eyes. Her uncontrollable ability to call objects leads the wolves who savagely murdered her mother right to her door. 

When she’s fired and outcast during a snowstorm, her carriage wrecks and she’s forced to find refuge in an abandoned cottage. There, her life is upended when the magpie who’s stalked her for ten years transforms into a man, Lucas. He’s her Watcher and they’re from a different kingdom. His job is to keep her safe from her father, an evil mage, who wants to steal her abilities, turn her into one of his undead beasts, and become immortal himself. 

Can they make it to the magical passageway and get to their home kingdom in time for Tambrynn to thwart her father’s malicious plans? Or will Tambrynn’s unique magic doom them all?

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a small town girl who didn’t get in trouble for talking too much in class, I got in trouble for daydreaming instead. I always had a rich imagination, which wasn’t always such a great gift to have. Now, however, the imaginary friends that I play with can entertain other people.

What do you do besides writing?

I help my husband with our food service and catering business. And I get to babysit my grandchildren from time to time.

What was your favorite part of researching for this book?

I did research of how C.S. Lewis’s worldbuilding, which is what my world system is loosely built on. Researching the history of The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and all of the characters he had was amazing and inspiring.

Do you have images you can share that come close to how you picture your characters? Do you like to find visual inspiration for your characters before or during your writing process?

See below for the photo inspirations. I do find visuals a great help in characterization. Some are just photos that portray a single thought about the story. I also use character photos and photos of different settings so I can capture the mood I want as I write. 

What are some songs that you listened to or inspired you while writing your book?

I listen to instrumental low-fi music or instrumental movie soundtracks while I write. I find it hard to concentrate with regular music that has singing.

What message would you like readers to ultimately take away from the book?

That those abilities you might not like or appreciate about yourself can be gifts if you just look at them in the right light. Even though you might not have ‘magic’, everyone has something that’s special about them, unique to who they are.

What can we look forward to coming from you in the future?

Book two, The Girl with Fire in Her Veins, which I’m currently writing, comes out next April.



Dawn Ford 

Winner of the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award and finalist in the 2018 Grace Award and the 2020 Great Expectations Contest, Dawn Ford has been recognized for her published and non-published works. Her flash fiction stories have been published in Havok magazine under both her real name and pen name, Jo Wonderly. Her debut novel, Knee-high Lies, was published in 2017.

As a child, Dawn often had her head in the clouds creating scenes and stories for anything and everything she came across. She believed there was magic everywhere, a sentiment she has never outgrown. Nature inspires her, and her love for the underdog and the unlikely hero colors much of what she writes. 

Dawn adores anything Steampunk, is often distracted by shiny, pretty things, and her obsession with purses and shoes borders on hoarding. Dawn lives in Iowa and helps her husband run their foodservice and catering business out of Omaha, Nebraska. When not reading, writing, or catering, Dawn loves babysitting her grandchildren, is parent to Snickers the Wonder Beagle, and can usually be caught daydreaming. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Her Amish Springtime Miracle by Winnie Griggs

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Her Amish Springtime Miracle by Winnie Griggs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Her Amish Springtime Miracle
Title: Her Amish Springtime Miracle 
Series: Hope's Haven #2 
Author: Winnie Griggs 
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever 
Release Date: May 24, 2022 
Genre: Christian Amish Romance 

In this delightful and heartwarming novel, an orphaned baby brings together an unlikely couple who learn the true meaning of family. 

When Hannah Eicher discovered sweet baby Grace in her barn last spring, the adorable infant seemed like the answer to her prayers. The young Amish baker has always wanted a familye of her own and now that she’s fostered Grace for nearly a year, her adoption application is almost certain to be approved. But an unexpected visitor to Hope’s Haven could change everything… 

Englischer paramedic Mike Colder is only returning to his childhood hometown to locate and adopt his late sister’s baby. But when the trail leads to Hannah and Grace, Mike’s determination falters. With Hannah, the simple life he left behind suddenly seems appealing. Despite their wildly different worlds, can Mike and Hannah give each other—and Grace—the greatest gift of all: a life together? 



Did she know she had a smudge of flour on her cheek? Even though he thought she looked absolutely adorable, he couldn’t resist reaching up to brush it away.

As soon as his hand touched her face, sensations jolted through him with the force of a flashover—sudden, overwhelming, undeniable.

She felt it too. He could see it in the way her eyes widened and darkened, in the sound of her breath catching in her throat. For that moment in time everything shifted.

They weren’t Amish and English.

They weren’t Ohioan and Missourian.

They were just a man and a woman.

And standing right here in his mother’s kitchen, he wanted nothing more than to take her in his arms.



Winnie Griggs 

Winnie Griggs is the multi-published, award-winning author of romances that focus on small towns, big hearts, and amazing grace. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Winnie grew up in southeast Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond. Eventually, she found her own Prince Charming, and together they built a storybook happily-ever-after, one that includes four now-grown children who are all happily pursuing adventures of their own. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, browsing estate sales, and solving puzzles. She is also a list maker, a lover of exotic teas, and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Review: A Healer's Promise by Misty M. Beller

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


Levi Masters's time as a British spy hasn't ended, though his country's war with America has. Overhearing a scout reveal a discovery that could give America an upper hand in future conflicts, Levi is sent to investigate. While trekking through the Canadian Rockies, he is convicted about his life of lies and half-truths. But just as he decides to embrace truth at any cost, warriors from a hidden mountain village take him captive.

Village healer Audrey Moreau is more curious than afraid of the outsider. And she's drawn to his commitment to honesty even at his own expense. But despite her arguments, the council decides he's too great a risk. Compelled to help him escape, she sneaks him out of the village. But when Levi faces a life-threatening injury and the fierce mountain winter closes in, Levi and Audrey are forced to discover just how far they'll go to ensure the safety of the other and the love growing between them.

My Review

I’m always up for an epic wilderness with this author’s stories! The first book in the series introduces us to the remote village Laurent that has been isolated from the rest of society. It’s fascinating to imagine what that could have been like, and how a community would progress separately for over a century with limited resources. In this book an outsider makes his way to the village, and the villagers’ fear over his potential threat makes Audrey’s natural compassion help him escape from the captivity they placed him in. The spiritual journey of Levi and Audrey adds depth to the crisis they find themselves in, and their attraction makes their situation even more complex. I was glued to the pages to find out how they would find a solution to their growing closeness.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Rising Star by Jennifer Faye

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Rising Star
(The Bell Family of Bluestar Island #4)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 308 Pages
April 16, 2022 by Lazy Dazy Press

When Bluestar’s hometown celebrity unexpectedly returns to the island, there’s a heartbreaking scandal following her…

Country singer Emma Bell is finally making headlines—just not the right ones. Before she has time to heal her broken heart, her assistance is desperately needed. Bluestar’s Concert on the Beach Summer Spectacular is in trouble, and her soon-to-be sister-in-law’s job is on the line.

Financial investor turned carpenter, Noah Sullivan, has retired from his high-stress job due to health issues. He’s moved to Bluestar Island for a quiet, healthy life, but when Emma blows into town, his days are anything but serene.

Everyone in the small town counting on them, Noah and Emma must work past their conflicts to keep a promise to someone special to both of them. Will the summer’s sun soothe their tension and the sea breeze lull them into a peaceful surrender of their hearts?

Includes a recipe for Emma’s Heavenly Angel Food Cake!

The Bell Family of Bluestar Island series:
Book 1 – Love Blooms (Hannah & Ethan)
Book 2 – Harvest Dance (Aster & Sam)
Book 3 – A Lighthouse Café Christmas (Darla & Will)
Book 4 – Rising Star (Emma & Noah)
Book 5 – Summer by the Beach (Summer & Greg)

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He stepped inside the café, which was busy with tourists, and made his way to the counter at the back of the café. A young woman wearing a uniform and nametag that read Molly headed toward him. Her long red curls were pulled back into a ponytail. He’d frequented The Lighthouse Café many times while he’d been on the island, and he didn’t recall seeing this particular server.

She stopped in front of him and gave him a friendly smile. “May I help you?”

“I’d like an iced coffee with cream and sweetener.”

She rang it up on the register. “Will there be anything else? Perhaps a slice of peach pie?”

He shook his head. Though the pie was tempting, he wanted to get moving. “No thanks.”

He paid for his coffee and moved to the side to wait. The place was hopping for it being almost four o’clock. But he’d quickly learned that summer on the island was a lot different than the other seasons. During the summer months, tourists flocked to the island. If it was this hectic year-round, he wouldn’t have moved there. But he knew how peaceful it was during the other three-quarters of the year.

“Emma! Noah! Coffee is up.”

He moved to grab his cup at the same time as the woman. Their shoulders lightly bumped. He pulled back slightly. “Sorry.”

She apologized as well.

He waited for the woman to get her coffee first. After the woman took her cup, he grabbed the only remaining one. Before he took a sip, he noticed the name Emma written in black marker.

His gaze moved to the woman, who was already heading for the exit with his cup in hand. “Hey! Wait.” She didn’t seem to hear him over the noise of the café. He once more glanced at the cup in his hand. “Emma, wait.”

That did it. She stopped and turned. As she did, he was struck by her dark ball cap and big dark sunglasses. It was the woman from the airport. He was certain of it.

He strode toward her. “It’s you.”

Color bloomed in her cheeks. “I… I don’t know what you mean.”

“We saw each other at the airport.”

She shook her head. “I don’t think so.” And then she turned back toward the door.

He couldn’t let her get away. “Hey, you have my coffee.”

She paused. She removed her sunglasses to read the name on the cup. And then she turned around. The rosy hue in her cheeks deepened.

“Oh.” She held the cup out to him. Her blue gaze met his, causing his heart to thump against his ribs. When he didn’t move, she said, “Go ahead. Take it. I didn’t drink from it.”

He swallowed hard as he averted his gaze. As they exchanged to-go cups, their fingers touched. A jolt rushed up his arm and settled in his chest. He struggled to ignore the strange sensation. He swallowed hard.

Excerpted from Rising Star by Jennifer Faye, Copyright © 2022 by Jennifer Faye. Published by Lazy Dazy Press.

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About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Blog Tour, Author Interview & Giveaway: Facing the Enemy by Paige Edwards

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Facing the EnemyTitle: Facing the Enemy  
Series: Roxbury Heirs #1  
Author: Paige Edwards  
Publisher: Covenant Communications  
Release Date: April 4, 2022  
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Christian 
Lady Elise Henderson lives two separate lives. At home in Scotland, she’s the titled daughter of the Marquess of Roxbury, an heiress in her own right. In London, however, she’s Elise Taylor, a top MI6 operative for the “home office.” But when a devastating accident threatens to end her career, Elise is left with far too much time for self-reflection and the regret of a decision made long ago that features one man: fellow MI6 agent Harry Benson. 

Harry Benson, the son of servants, has loved Elise for the better part of a decade. But life took them on separate journeys until their worlds converged once more. An immediate assignment to the Scottish Borders leaves Harry little time to make provisions for his small, rambunctious son, Sammy. Harry knows only one person he can rely on for the boy’s care—Elise. When Elise brings Sammy to her ancestral estate, she never imagines that a nemesis from her past looms in the shadows, hungry for revenge. Stalked at every turn, Elise and Harry discover that fighting their feelings for one another is futile, but can they survive long enough to get another shot at true love?

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
I'm originally from Southern California but have spent the last twenty-plus years in the mid-Atlantic. I have an interior design degree and have worked professionally in that field. I married my high school sweetheart, and we have three grown children and seventeen grandchildren.

What do you do besides writing? 
I'm heavily involved in our region's Interfaith Community Council, and I sit on the VCCI board. VCCI settles incoming refugees (helps them find jobs, translators, lodging, furnishings, etc.).

What was your favorite part of researching for this book? 
Besides visiting Scotland and eavesdropping on the locals to get the dialect right, it was probably researching the jet suit, digging through patents to locate an electronic jet engine, and finding an ultralight flying machine that didn't crash in Scotland's gale-force wind.

Do you have images you can share that come close to how you picture your characters? 
I almost always put together an inspiration board because they help me get into the writing zone. 

These pictures are really fun because my readers did a celebrity casting, and I think they did a fantastic job. Compare them to my inspiration pictures.

What are some songs that you listened to or inspired you while writing your book? 
You're going to laugh, but I listened to bagpipes, Scottish reels, and ballads off and on while I wrote Facing the Enemy. Essentially, the main character reconnects with her family and Scottish roots after almost a decade of separation.

What message would you like readers to ultimately take away from the book? 
That God has a divine plan for each of us if we are willing to let Him guide us.

What can we look forward to coming from you in the future? 
Lots of fun things are in the works. I have an anthology coming out this September (2022) called Sinister Secrets with Traci Abramson and Clair Poulson. In addition, I just submitted the 4th manuscript in my Pressley-Coombes series to my publisher, and I started the second novel in the Roxbury Heirs series—which I think readers will really love.



Paige Edwards 

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

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Facing the Enemy JustRead Giveaway 

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 10, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 17, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Book Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: #TheViscountsLadyNovelist #AlissaBaxter #HFVBT

The Viscount's Lady Novelist by Alissa Baxter

Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Linfield Ladies, Book 2

Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.

Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.

When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?

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Guest Post from author Alissa Baxter

The Minerva Press

The Minerva Press was a publishing house that created a lucrative market in sentimental and Gothic fiction in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was established by William Lane (1745–1814) at No 33 Leadenhall Street, London.

Among his regular writers were many female authors, including Regina Maria Roche (The Maid of Hamlet, 1793; Clermont, 1798); Mrs Eliza Parsons (The Castle of Wolfenbach, 1793; The Mysterious Warning, 1796); and Eleanor Sleath (The Orphan of the Rhine, 1798) whose Gothic fiction is included in the list of the seven Northanger Horrid Novels, recommended by the character Isabella Thorpe in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey.

Literary critics at the time perceived the Minerva Press novels as lowbrow literature. However, the books were extremely popular, and when Lane formed circulating libraries, where he could lend out his books on subscription to those who couldn’t afford to buy them, he reached a large number of readers. His target market was women, and women, many of them writing under a pseudonym to avoid scandal or notoriety, predominantly wrote the books.

Between 1790 and 1820, Minerva Press was the largest fiction publisher, mainly publishing Gothic fiction. It was taken over by Lane’s business partner, Anthony King Newman, who dropped the “Minerva” brand name in the 1820s.

William Lane’s circulating libraries contributed to widespread literacy across the social classes. However, the market for Minerva Press’s books became negligible after the death of its charismatic founder and authors such as Emma Parker (“Emma de Lisle”) and Amelia de Beauclerc, who wrote for Minerva Press in the 1800s, are unknown today.

In recent years, Valancourt Books, an independent American publishing house, has revived and reprinted some of the lost Gothics of Minerva Press which faded into obscurity.

In my latest Regency romance, The Viscount’s Lady Novelist, my heroine, Harriet Linfield, shies away from the sentimental and Gothic fiction she devoured as a young girl after a romantic mishap and focuses instead on reading and writing more realistic stories. However, as Harriet examines the effect of novel-reading on her sensibilities, she discovers that life can turn an accepted idea entirely on its head.

It was interesting as I researched this book to learn about the perception of romance novels written by women over two hundred years ago. However, it was also sad to discover that sometimes the more things change within the romantic fiction genre, the more they actually stay the same.




"A charming love story set in the English countryside that's grounded in impeccable research." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Alissa Baxter's writing is period perfect." ~ Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement

"This book is gorgeous!" ~ Rachel Burton, author of The Tearoom on the Bay

"A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter's writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era." ~ Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances

"While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that's what you get in Ms Baxter's books." ~ Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author

About the Author


Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes!

After university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.

Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.

Alissa's Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways... at least eventually. The Viscount's Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl's Lady Geologist.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 26
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Wednesday, April 27
Review at MTM Reads
Excerpt at Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Romance
Thursday, April 28
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read
Friday, April 29
Review at Anna’s Book Blog
Saturday, April 30
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy
Sunday, May 1
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog
Monday, May 2
Review at Bookish Rantings
Tuesday, May 3
Review at Bookworlder
Wednesday, May 4
Review & Excerpt at Elodie’s Reading Corner
Thursday, May 5
Review at Novels Alive
Friday, May 6
Review at Gwendalyn's Books
Review at View from the Birdhouse
Saturday, May 7
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads
Monday, May 9
Guest Post at Heidi Reads...
Wednesday, May 11
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads
Thursday, May 12
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower
Friday, May 13
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Monday, May 16
Review at One Book More
Tuesday, May 17
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Wednesday, May 18
Guest Post at The Tea Queen


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Friday, May 6, 2022

Book Tour & Excerpt: The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray #MurderWickham #AustenprosePR



A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang.


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Three times now, Fitzwilliam Darcy had believed himself permanently rid of the odious presence of George Wickham. Three times, he’d been wrong. The division eight months ago had seemed as though it had to be final, but no. Fate could be pernicious.

“Ah,” Wickham said, strolling forward. “I see my timing is inopportune. In the city, you see, the fashion is for later dinners.”

Knightley stood, pale and drawn. He looked as though he loathed Wickham as much as Darcy did. “You would not have been invited at any hour.”

Wickham’s smile widened. Somehow, in the heart of a confrontation, the man managed to seem even more at ease. “If I waited for an invitation to receive that which is mine in right of law—yes, Mr. Knightley, I imagine my wait would be very long.”

Knightley’s lips pressed together. Emma’s face had flushed with ill-repressed anger. Nor were they the only persons agitated at the table: Wentworth’s expression was dark, and his wife had tensed, as though she expected to have to fly from her chair to hold him back. Worst of all was dear Elizabeth, frozen like ice in her seat; her fingers were wrapped tightly around the hilt of her dinner knife. Jonathan’s distrust of his uncle clearly warred with his concern for his mother.

As for the Brandons, the Bertrams, and the young Miss Tilney: they each appeared deeply confused by the sudden, severe deviation from common civility. Therefore, none of them had ever met George Wickham before. Darcy envied them the privilege.

A loud clap of thunder rumbled through the air, the house, the ground itself. In the next instant, raindrops began to pelt the windows and ground, striking the windowpanes until they rattled.

Darcy could’ve cursed aloud. To judge by the hoofbeats he’d heard outside earlier, Wickham had arrived on horseback rather than by carriage, and not even the most odious company would be thrown out in such weather. Particularly in such hilly country as this corner of Surrey—to attempt to ride in a severe thunderstorm risked the health and nerves of one’s horse, and even one’s life.

Wickham raised an eyebrow, as aware as anyone of the etiquette that imprisoned his hosts. “It seems I shall be staying for a while.”


“I fear we cannot accommodate you at the table, Mr. Wickham.” Mrs. Knightley pushed her chair back as abruptly as an ill-mannered child. Jonathan would’ve been scolded for less, as a boy. She said, “Allow me to get you settled, and the servants will bring something up to you for dinner.” With that she strode out of the room. After a moment, Wickham inclined his head to the table—an ironical half bow—then followed her.

Had she done the right thing? The normal rules could not apply to such a situation as this. Jonathan would’ve resolved to ask his parents later had they not appeared so stricken. No, he would be left to interpret this for himself.

A silence followed, empty of words and yet suffocatingly heavy. Finally, Knightley cleared his throat. “My dear guests, I must beg your pardon. The gentleman who has arrived is . . . no friend to this household. Yet there are matters between us that must be resolved.”

“He seemed insolent in the extreme,” said Mrs. Brandon, astonishingly forthright. “What a disagreeable person.”

In any other circumstances, Jonathan might’ve found such a pronouncement rude; tonight, people seemed freed to speak their thoughts—and to the whole table, at that. Understandable, perhaps, but in his opinion it set a dangerous precedent.

“George Wickham is indeed disagreeable,” Knightley agreed, “however skilled he is at pretending otherwise.”

Brandon spoke for the first time at dinner. “Did you say—Mr. George Wickham?”

Knightley nodded. “A former army officer, who now fancies himself an arranger of investments. Bah! Investments that work to his own gain and everyone else’s loss.”

“Certainly to ours,” Wentworth said, his voice hollow.

Jonathan saw Mrs. Wentworth wince.

But she rallied swiftly, turning to Darcy and asking very civilly, “How are you acquainted with Mr. Wickham, sir?”

“We grew up together in Derbyshire,” Darcy said. Brandon’s fork clattered against the dinner plate. Jonathan wondered—How could anyone continue eating at such a time? “He was the son of my late father’s steward. As adults, our ways parted for many years.”

To his surprise, it was Mother who spoke next. “Then Mr. Wickham married my sister Lydia.”

And Lydia and George Wickham had had a daughter.

For a moment, Jonathan remembered Susannah so vividly that she might’ve been sitting at his side, giggling as she so often did, dark curls framing her round, smiling face. To him, she had been more sister than cousin. To his parents, Susannah had been more daughter than niece. He knew himself and his brothers to be dearly loved, but he knew also that for many years his mother and father had longed for a little girl that never came.

Then, eight years ago, Susannah had been born—the belated first and only child of his aunt and uncle. Neither Aunt Lydia nor Uncle George had possessed much interest in the daily tedium of child-rearing; as soon as Susannah had left her wet nurse, she had been packed off to Pemberley for lengthy visits. Indeed, Susannah had spent far more of her short life in his home than she ever had with her parents. This suited everyone: Mother and Father, who doted on the child; Jonathan and his brothers, who were old enough to find her odd little ways amusing rather than irritating; Aunt Lydia and Uncle George, who showed no evidence of ever missing their daughter; and Susannah herself, who wept piteously before each of her journeys home and always ran back into Pemberley as fast as her small legs would bear her.

She would never run through the doors again.

Excerpt courtesy of Vintage Books, A Division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York. Copyright © 2022 by Claudia Gray. All rights reserved.




“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith

“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review)

“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” —Publishers Weekly

“Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose


Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Secrets of Rosenli Manor by Heidi Eljarbo

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Secrets of Rosenli Manor
Title: Secrets of Rosenli Manor 
Series: Mysteries of the Modern Ladies' Society #1 
Author: Heidi Eljarbo 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: March 29, 2022 
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Mystery 

Betrayal and trust go hand in hand in the first book of Heidi Eljarbo’s new turn-of-the-century series. 

It’s 1898, and Lilly has spent most of her life motherless and living with a father who never looks for a silver lining. When her great-aunt Agatha passes, Lilly’s existence takes a drastic turn. She packs her few belongings and moves into the old lady’s magnificent estate, Rosenli Manor. 

In the days that follow, Lilly tries to understand who Agatha really was, and hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface. Her great-aunt’s glamorous legacy is not quite what Lilly had imagined. She must trust in newly forged friendships, and to her surprise, she discovers what it means to truly fall in love. But not everyone is happy about the new mistress of Rosenli. 

Intrigue, mystery, and a touch of romance in the Norwegian countryside fill the pages of Secrets of Rosenli Manor. Fans of Rhys Bowen, Julie Klassen, Kathleen McGurl, Kate Morton, and Lucinda Riley will be delighted with this new novel. 

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ROSENLI MANOR SAT bathed in a pleasant glow when Lilly arrived early the following day. Rays of sunshine sprayed the few snowy spots left on the ground, and two sparrows flittered between the bare branches of birches and hazelnut trees.

She’d only attended two funerals. The first one was for her beloved mother, then Uncle Alfred had passed a few years later.

A whiff of freshly baked goods met her as she opened the main door and stepped across the threshold. Maids were buzzing around an immensely long table set up in the middle of the grand entry hall, smoothing the linen tablecloth, and hurrying to and from the kitchen carrying trays and baskets of cakes and sweet rolls.

Gertrude came toward her. “Oh, there you are, love. The reception is being prepared according to Agatha’s wishes. I hope you are pleased.”

“It looks wonderful. Are you expecting a large crowd?”

“The townsfolk. Your great-aunt was much loved.”


Heidi Eljarbo 

Heidi Eljarbo is the bestselling author of historical fiction and mysteries filled with courageous and good characters that are easy to love and others you don't want to go near.

Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and she never truly imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as an author, magazine journalist, and painter.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, thirteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi’s favorites are family, God's beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

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