Thursday, January 21, 2021

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson

For the Love of Joy JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



For the Love of Joy

Title: For the Love of Joy
Series: Coastal Hearts
Author: Janet W. Ferguson
Release Date: January 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance / Southern rom-com

Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down. 

Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret. When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.

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 The sweet haze of Davis’s lips on hers still consumed her, though now he laced her neck with light kisses. Despite the pleasure coursing down to her toes, Joy tried to string together Davis’s profession of his feelings from moments before.

He loved her? Had always loved her and only her? That couldn’t be right.

A gust of wind kicked up, smelling of rain and rifling through her hair.

“Davis?” Her voice came out raspy.

“Hmmm?” His kisses slowed.

Why would she ruin a perfectly wonderful moment?

Reality smacked her. That little boy inside was why. She’d already let Hank become too attached. The good Lord knew she was attached too. She had to know more about how Davis felt. “We need to talk.”

With a breathy moan, he straightened and nuzzled his nose against hers. “Do we have to? Seems like I haven’t kissed you since Moby Dick was a minnow.”

She couldn’t help a chuckle. “We have to.”

Easing back, he brushed a wayward strand of hair away from her cheek, then cradled her face. “What’cha thinking?”

She captured her lower lip between her teeth. A thrashing ramped up in her chest, her heart thudding at the risk of more pain for both of them. But she needed to know. “You said you still love me? Even after everything I’ve—?”

He pressed a finger over her mouth. “We both made mistakes. I do love you, Joy. Always have.”

She caught his hand and searched his face for some hint of anger. None. Maybe he had forgiven her. “But what about Hank? Can you love Hank?”






Janet W. Ferguson 

Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner, FHL Readers Choice Winner, and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

CONNECT WITH JANET:  Website | FacebookTwitter | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a wetcat Hug Yourself Turkish beach towel, beach bookmark, Meyers lavender soy candle, signed book, note, and shell from the author! Dream beach 2021!

For the Love of Joy JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 19, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 26, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Christmas Promise By Janice Carter

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Christmas Promise
By Janice Carter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 216 Pages
January 1, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas season…

Is perfect for new beginnings

After a tragedy seventeen years ago, author Ella Jacobs never wanted to come back to Lighthouse Cove. Not to the whispered rumors, the judgment or even to Ben Winters, the boy she loved. Now she’s returned in time for Christmas—and some much-needed closure. But old flames burn bright. Can Ella find her way back to Ben…or will the secrets of their past extinguish their love for good?

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As soon as he saw Ella’s tall, slender form standing outside the mall’s main entrance with two shopping bags clutched in her hands, all thoughts of the company and this new problem vanished.

She stowed her bags in the back of the car and climbed into the passenger seat. “That was fast!”

Ben’s heart was full at the pleasure in her face. “Successful expedition?”


Her blue eyes stayed on his, and she beamed a smile Ben remembered from years ago. This is the grown-up Ella Jacobs I’ve been waiting to see. He wanted nothing more in the whole world than to draw her close and kiss those cherry-red lips. They stared at one another, their breathing the only sounds in the car. Ben sensed that if he reached for her, she wouldn’t resist. Then another driver honked from behind.

“Guess we should get going,” Ben muttered as he shifted into Drive. He’d just turned onto the highway when she spoke.

“How was your visit?”

Small talk? Ben guessed it was better than acknowledging what they’d both been feeling seconds ago, and he felt a pang of sadness at the gulf between them. One that he wondered if even a kiss could span. But the day wasn’t over yet, and better still, Ella was staying.

About the Author

Writing has been a passion for Janice Carter since elementary school but her second career after teaching began with the publication of a Harlequin Intrigue, many years ago. Since then, she's been very lucky to be able to do what she enjoys most - writing about the connections between people, their families and the places where they live. And of course, love is always at the heart of those connections.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Healer of Briarwood by MK McClintock

The Healer of Briarwood by MK McClintock

Publication Date: December 15, 2020
Trappers Peak Publishing
Paperback & ebook; 260 pages

Series: Montana Gallagher Series, Book 7
Genre: Historical/Romance/Victorian

A man with a healer’s touch. A woman with a healer’s heart.

Doctor Finnegan Brody tends his patients, keeps to himself, and vividly remembers the heartaches and trials from the Civil War and why he devoted his life to healing. He watches the townspeople live their lives, loving and laboring alongside one another, and wonders if one day he will give a woman as much time and dedication as he gives the people of Briarwood.

Katharine Kiely has a deep-rooted stubbornness to never give up, even if it means leaving behind her comfortable life by the sea to protect her father’s health and help expand his empire. When she finally arrives in Briarwood to convince the Gallaghers a spur line should cross their land, nothing goes as she expected.

Finn, with his knowledge of healing the people, and Katharine, who learns how to heal with her heart, join together as the townsfolk of Briarwood face challenges and choices that could alter their way of life forever.

Welcome to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak, where friendship, love, and hope conquer overwhelming odds.

Available on Amazon

More in the Montana Gallagher Series

Gallagher's Pride
Gallagher's Hope
Gallagher's Choice
An Angel Called Gallagher
Journey to Hawk's Peak
Wild Montana Winds
The Healer of Briarwood

About the Author

Award-winning author MK McClintock is devoted to giving her readers books laced with adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery. Her novels and short stories take you from the rugged mountains of Montana to the Victorian British Isles, all with good helpings of daring exploits and endearing love stories. Her works comprise multiple series, including: Montana Gallaghers, British Agents, Crooked Creek, and Whitcomb Springs. She enjoys a peaceful life in the Rocky Mountains where she is writing her next book.

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Book Blast Schedule

Monday, January 18
Novels Alive

Tuesday, January 19
Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, January 20
Heidi Reads

Thursday, January 21
Passages to the Past

Friday, January 22
Gwendalyn's Books
Library of Clean Reads

Monday, January 25
The Lit Bitch
Donna's Book Blog

Tuesday, January 26
Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, January 27
What Is That Book About

Thursday, January 28
A Darn Good Read

Friday, January 29
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals


One lucky winner will receive a Cozy Reading Bundle! Includes a wool throw from England, two mugs, a candle, an autographed book, and treats, all in a shopping tote!

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on January 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Healer of Briarwood

Monday, January 18, 2021

Review: Georgana's Secret by Arlem Hawks

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


A Regency romance on the high seas.

1811, HMS Deborah

Georgana Woodall dreams of freedom—freedom from her past and freedom from her secret. She has been living on her father’s ship for years, disguised as a cabin boy named “George.” But hiding her true self is becoming more difficult, and she yearns to break free of her life on the sea.

Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty’s Royal Navy claiming his full attention. Determined to prove himself to his new captain, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain’s cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the boy under his wing.

Georgana quickly loses her heart to Dominic’s compassion and care, but needing to maintain her disguise as a cabin boy, she is convinced nothing can come of her affection.

Georgana’s Secret is about two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

My Review

This book kept me enthralled from start to late-night finish. Georgana is used to rough men and even rougher women, so Dominic was like a ray of sunlight in her life. I loved his enthusiasm for the sea and his work, and his kind encouragement to George. Life on a wartime frigate was well-described without being overwhelmed by details. The author skillfully brought the setting to life and I felt like I was on the ship with the crew. It was easy to connect with the emotions of Georgana and Dominic, and the friendship they form is natural for a boy and his mentor, easily developing into more as they learn more of each other's secrets and deepest feelings. The relationships they have with their family and other members of the crew rounded out the story well and brought additional layers and growth. While the pace is steady in the first part of the book, by the end I found myself quickly turning pages as the intensity of the action and plot increased. Highly recommend to fans of Carla Kelly, historical fiction, and Regency romance. Definitely one of my favorites of 2021!

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.


About the Author

Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the Western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they have to tell. With her travels came an interest in history, especially the history of her English heritage. When she isn't writing, Arlem is baking her characters' favorite foods, sewing Regency dresses, learning how to play the tin whistle, and water coloring. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. Having previously published four historical romance novellas, Georgana’s Secret is her debut novel.



Advanced Praise:

“Fans of sweet love stories as well as readers who fondly remember those marvelous old traditional Signet Regencies will quickly succumb to the siren song of Hawk’s expertly crafted novel, which delivers the perfect blend of Jane Austen-smart romance and Patrick O’Brian flavored seafaring adventure. Teen romance readers will cheer on the plucky heroine as she finds the courage to forge her own path in life and love.”

-Booklist, starred review

“Hawks crafts a spellbinding tale featuring rich characters and raw emotions set against the atmospheric backdrop of sea life in all its danger and beauty. Georgana is a tough protagonist holding her own in a world dominated by men, while Peyton’s charm and sensitivity marks him as a true gentleman. A hidden identity, flirtation, and treachery make for a rousing tale to captivate lovers of historical romances.”

-Publishers Weekly



Join the virtual blog tour of GEORGANA’S SECRET (Proper Romance Regency), Arlem Hawks’ highly acclaimed debut historical romance novel January 11 – February 14, 2021. Over forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard a Royal Naval ship.


Jan 11            My Jane Austen Book Club                             

Jan 11            Austenprose — A Jane Austen Blog               

Jan 12            Wishful Endings                                                  

Jan 12            Lu Reviews Books                                            

Jan 13            Lady with a Quill                                                     

Jan 13            Timeless Novels                                                  

Jan 14            Reading is My Superpower                              

Jan 14            The Bibliophile Files                                            

Jan 15            Randi Loves 2 Read                                            

Jan 16            The Christian Fiction Girl                                  

Jan 17            Nurse Bookie                                                       

Jan 18            The Silver Petticoat Review                               

Jan 18            Heidi Reads...                                                          

Jan 19            Bookfoolery                                                           

Jan 20            Captivated Reading                                               

Jan 21            Greenish Bookshelf                                        

Jan 21            Bookworm Lisa                                                   

Jan 22            Among the Reads                                             

Jan 23            Gwedalyn's Books                                              

Jan 24            My Bookish Bliss                                                 

Jan 25            Wishful Endings                                                  

Jan 25            Christian Chick's Thoughts                              

Jan 26            Relz Reviewz                                                      

Jan 27            The Lit B****                                                        

Jan 28            Reading with Emily                                            

Jan 29            Books, Teacups & Reviews                             

Jan 30            A Darn Good Read                                                 

Jan 31            From Pemberley to Milton                                  

Jan 31            Impressions in Ink                                                 

Feb 01            Austenesque Reviews                                        

Feb 02            Laura's Reviews                                                   

Feb 03            Literary Time Out                                                  

Feb 04            Chicks, Rogues & Scandals                             

Feb 05            The Bluestocking                                              

Feb 05            Library of Clean Reads                                   

Feb 06            The Caffeinated Bibliophile                                 

Feb 07            So Little Time…                                                    

Feb 08            The Readathon                                                    

Feb 09            The Book Diva Reads                                        

Feb 09            Books and Socks Rock                                  

Feb 10            Our Book Confessions                                    

Feb 10            Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen      

Feb 11            Rosanne E. Lortz                                              

Feb 11            Jorie Loves a Story                                          

Feb 12            Fire & Ice                                                          

Feb 13            Cup of Tea with that Book, Please                

Feb 14            Book Confessions of an Ex-ballerina