Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Blog Tour, Author Interview & Giveaway: Texas Forsaken by Sherry Shindelar

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About the Book

Texas Forsaken

Title: Texas Forsaken
Series:
Lone Star Redemption #1
Author: Sherry Shindelar
Publisher:
Wild Heart Books
Release Date:
May 21, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

The man who destroyed her life may be the only one who can save it. 

Seven years ago, Maggie Logan (Eyes-Like-Sky) lost everything she knew when a raid on a wagon train tore her from her family. As the memories of her past faded to nothing more than vague shadows, Maggie adapted, marrying a Comanche warrior, having a baby, and rebuilding her life. But in one terrible battle, the U.S. Cavalry destroys that life and she is taken captive again, this time by those who call themselves her people. Forced into a world she wants nothing to do with, Eyes-Like-Sky’s only hope at protecting her child may be an engagement to the man who killed her husband. 

Enrolled in West Point to escape his overbearing father, Captain Garret Ramsey finds himself assigned to the Texas frontier, witnessing the brutal Indian War in which both sides commit atrocities. Plagued by guilt for his own role, Garret seeks redemption by taking responsibility for the woman he widowed and her baby. Though he is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them, is he willing to risk everything for a woman whose heart is buried in a grave?  

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Interview with Author Sherry Shindelar


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I have dreamed of being a published fiction writer since I was nine years old. I used to swing for hours on my swing set making up stories. When I was in my mid-twenties, I visited a historical home in the Shenandoah Valley. That house inspired my first novel which I started writing ten years later. When publishers didn’t snap the manuscript up and give me a contract, I put it in a box and stuffed it under a dresser (I had a lot to learn about the writing life). I returned to college and earned a creative writing degree and a PhD in literature, but something was still missing. Five years ago, the Lord worked in my life, and I fell in love with writing all over again. The stories came alive in my head. I have poured my heart into writing ever since. I rewrote that first book twice, and then I moved on to Texas Forsaken. Last summer, the Lord opened the doors to my receiving a three-book contract. My life-long dream came true.


What do you do besides writing?

I’m an English professor at a small Christian college. I enjoy teaching writing and research, and I hold a writing and art contest for the school every year in hopes of encouraging and recognizing young writers and artists. In my spare time (which I have very little of between teaching and writing), I enjoy spending time with my family (I have three grown children and three grandchildren. My husband and I have been married thirty-nine years), traveling across the U.S., and doing Zumba and kickboxing.


What was your favorite part of researching for this book?

This book was inspired by the life of a real person, Cynthia Ann Parker, the most famous captive in nineteenth-century America. I read her story twenty-five years ago, and her story has haunted me ever since. She was captured by the Comanche at age nine and adopted into the tribe. Twenty-four years later, after she’d married and had three children, she was recaptured by the U.S. Cavalry and Texas Rangers. She never reintegrated. Her heart was Comanche.

I enjoyed thoroughly researching her life and the fort/camp where she was taken. I especially love diaries, journals, and letters written during the time period.

At the beginning of my story, my character, Eyes-Like-Sky, has lived with the Comanche seven-years, is married to a warrior, and has a baby. The story starts at a moment of crisis similar to Cynthia Ann’s life, but the trajectory is much different.


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?

I usually look for images after I’m well into the writing process. I like creating the characters in my mind and having a good feel for them before I go looking at any pictures. Later in the process, I sometimes search for images of eye color or hair, especially men’s hairstyles of the time period to help with my descriptions. In the case of Texas Forsaken, I didn’t look at full facial images until my publisher asked for cover ideas.


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

I love the period song “Shenandoah.” (My favorite performance of it is this one by Sissel Kyrkjebo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1EG_4IBzbA.) My thought is to at least mention it in every mid-nineteenth story I write. In Texas Forsaken, the heroine and hero dance to it during a significant moment.

In my stories, I also think of contemporary Christian songs that capture my vision for my characters and/or the message that I want my readers to take away from the book. For Texas Forsaken, I chose “Way Maker” and “Another in the Fire.”


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

That God isn’t as distant as the stars. He is as near as our hearts. Another message would be: Don’t give up. There is hope, and there is healing even when one has endured the worst of circumstances. We don’t have to be lost in our grief, guilt, and/or failures. God is the God of second chances. 


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

I’m currently in the middle of Book Two of the Lone Star Redemption series. The second book, Texas Divided, takes place in 1863 – 1864 in Texas. The third book, Texas Reclaimed, will be my next project. Eventually, I’ll be publishing a historical romance set in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War, but my heart is in Texas at the moment.



About the Author

Sherry Shindelar

Originally from Tennessee, Sherry Shindelar loves to take her readers into the past. She is an avid student of the Civil War and the Old West, and she is a romantic at heart. When she is not busy writing, she is an English professor working to pass on her love of writing to her students. Sherry is an award-winning writer: 2023 Genesis finalist, Maggie finalist, and Crown finalist. She currently resides in Minnesota with her husband of thirty-eight years. She has three grown children and three grandchildren.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Healing of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill

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Healing of the Heart

Title: Healing of the Heart
Series:
Discerning God's Best #4
Author:
Heidi Gray McGill
Publisher:
Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC
Release Date:
May 10, 2024
Genre:
Christian Historical Romance, Post-Civil War, Inspirational Fiction

He’s sworn to heal others, but at what cost to himself? 

Step into the bustling streets of post-Civil War Philadelphia, where cultural injustice and class disparity run rampant. Amidst this chaos, Thomas, an aspiring doctor from the wilds of Missouri, struggles to find his place in a society to which he is unaccustomed. But when he meets debutante Emmaline Whitaker, she teaches him more than the social graces - she holds the key to his future. Only it is the independent, fun-loving Theodora Morse who holds his attention. 

As Thomas navigates the complexities of high society, he must also confront his inner turmoil. When devastating news comes from home, Thomas is forced to use his waning faith to determine the desire of his heart. Will Thomas stand by his convictions and fight against the malaise of those around him, or will he choose the safety and comfort of his new life? 

In this powerful Christian historical fiction, award-winning author Heidi Gray McGill weaves a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption in the City of Brotherly Love. 

 For Misty M. Beller, Lacy Williams, and Linda Ford fans, this standalone novel in the Discerning God’s Best series will capture your heart and leave you breathless. You’ll love this book if you enjoy gripping historical drama and compelling characters. Binge-read the entire series on Kindle Unlimited.

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Guest Post from Author Heidi Gray McGill


In the bustling streets of 1871 to 1873 Philadelphia, amidst the clangor of horse-drawn carriages and the aroma of freshly baked bread, lies a treasure trove of historical gems waiting to be discovered. For a Christian romance novelist, delving into the rich tapestry of this era not only offers a glimpse into the past but also provides a fertile ground for weaving captivating tales of love, faith, and redemption.

Researching historical facts from this period opens a window to a world where societal norms were vastly different, yet ripe with potential for storytelling. Against the backdrop of burgeoning industrialization, where progress clashes with tradition, characters navigate a delicate dance between duty and desire.

Thomas, with aspirations to become a doctor and return to his beloved home in Shumard Oak Bend, Missouri, confronts a challenging path. To achieve his dreams, he must delve beyond the confines of medical textbooks, immersing himself in the intricate workings of Philadelphia's high society. In his pursuit, he finds an unexpected mentor in the form of Emma Whitaker, daughter of his esteemed mentor, Dr. Whitaker. Emma, with her grace and sophistication, offers Thomas guidance in navigating the complexities of elite society.

However, amidst the polished fa├žade of high society, it is the unassuming Teddy Morse who steals Thomas's heart. Teddy, with her down-to-earth charm and genuine sincerity, offers a stark contrast to the opulence and formality of Philadelphia's elite circles. Despite the allure of social advancement, Thomas finds himself drawn to Teddy's authenticity and the simplicity of their connection.

Exploring Philadelphia's historical archives yields a plethora of details that breathe life into the narrative. From the opulent ballrooms of Society Hill to the humble abodes of the working class, to the medical advances of the Post-Civil War East, each setting provides a canvas upon which characters can unfold their journeys. Meticulous attention to detail is key, from the fashion trends of the time to the socio-economic dynamics that shape relationships and aspirations.

The Yellow Fever epidemic serves as a poignant backdrop, casting a shadow of uncertainty and upheaval that reverberates through the lives of our protagonists. Against this backdrop of adversity, faith emerges as a guiding light, offering solace and hope in the face of adversity.

But amidst the chaos and challenges of the era, love blooms like a rose amid thorns. Through the lens of Christian faith, themes of forgiveness, redemption, and divine providence take center stage, reminding readers that love is not merely a fleeting emotion but a reflection of God's unending grace.

In the heart of 1871 to 1873 Philadelphia, where history intertwines with romance, the past comes alive in vivid detail. Through meticulous research and a touch of imagination, Christian romance novelist, Heidi Gray McGill, embarks on a journey to illuminate the timeless truths that resonate across generations. And in the pages of her novel, Heidi transports readers to a world where love knows no bounds and faith conquers all.


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About the Author

Heidi Gray McGill

Heidi Gray McGill is a distinguished author acclaimed for her impactful Christian fiction works. Her Discerning God’s Best series has earned numerous awards. Despite facing challenges, such as blindness, Heidi has authored eight compelling books, showcasing her versatility as both a traditionally and independently published author of both historical and contemporary fiction. Heidi’s writing is purposeful, skillfully interweaving God’s love and wisdom into relatable characters and captivating narratives. Based in a charming town near Charlotte, NC, Heidi shares her life with her devoted husband of over three decades. Beyond her literary pursuits, she finds joy in cherished moments with family and immersive adventures through the pages of books.

Connect with Heidi at heidigraymcgill.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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Monday, May 13, 2024

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Darkness Calls the Tiger by Janyre Tromp

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Darkness Calls the Tiger

Title: Darkness Calls the Tiger: A Novel of World War II Burma
Author:
Janyre Tromp
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
May 14, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Imperial Japan devours the southern portion of Burma, intent on taking over mainland Asia. Unaware of the coming darkness, Kailyn Moran drifts in her role as the only daughter of a widowed missionary. 

As whispers of war snake through the Kachin mountains, Kai's father is convinced God will protect the mission. He entrusts the village to her and the kind yet inexperienced new missionary, Ryan McDonough, while he makes routine visits to neighboring villages. 

War descends like a tempest upon the mountain peaks, and an unbreakable bond forms between Kailyn and Ryan as they unite to provide solace to both villagers and the flood of refugees. Despite their tireless efforts, a brutal enemy shatters almost everything they love, pushing Kailyn to embark on a path of unrestrained vengeance. 

Afraid he's losing the woman he loves, Ryan fights to protect Kai from the deadly consequences of her choices. But in the face of destruction, can he convince her of the power and freedom of forgiveness? 

"Evocative and transportive, filled with nuance and spiked with the violence of war, Darkness Calls the Tiger is a story of redemption in the midst of hopelessness." --Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author

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Excerpt

 
Somehow the villagers smothered the fire licking the dry grasses, and Papa eased my hands, legs, body off the branch, tucking me in his arms. His heart beat slow and steady against my cheek, not quite drowning out the whispers of the villagers.

Over Papa’s shoulder, I watched a group dragging the dead tiger down the mountain. They would skin it and give me the pelt—a reminder of conquering the beast. Of defeating the king of the jungle—a tiger.

Papa sat me in front of our home’s chief fire pit, a blanket over my shoulders. Mama set a bowl of water in front of me and wiped away the tiny streams of blood covering my body. I stared at my reflection in the bowl, my teardrops battering the water’s surface. Everyone knew the only animal who could face a tiger and survive was another tiger.

I touched the surface of the water, shattering my image.

Mama had promised there was no truth in the legend of the sharaw. But I’d stood against the tiger and won.

Perhaps the jaiwa had been right. I shivered under the heavy blanket.

“You are safe, little tiger,” Mama whispered into my hair. “There is no great darkness in you or this world.”

I laid my ear against Mama’s giant belly, her dark hair tangling in my own. Her stomach tightened, and Mama groaned, bending against the obvious pain.

It had been the first and last time Mama was wrong.

 


About the Author

Janyre Tromp

Janyre Tromp is a developmental book editor who has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. She's the author of Shadows in the Mind's Eye and contributor to It's a Wonderful Christmas, a Christmas novella collection with other award-winning authors, including Julie Cantrell and Lynne Gentry. When she isn’t writing, she’s a Bible study leader, writers conference speaker, ACFW member, wife, and mom of two kids and their menagerie of slightly eccentric pets.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Desert Manna series by Karen Baney

Desert Manna Series Blog Tour

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About the Books

 

Beauty for Ashes

Title: Beauty for Ashes
Series:
Desert Manna #1
Author:
Karen Baney
Publisher:
Desert Life Media
Release Date:
March 7,2022
Genre:
Christian Historical Romance

Uplifting Historical Christian Romance Fiction set in Prescott, Arizona in 1871. 

As a widow who lost her husband in Sherman’s fiery march to the sea, Rebecca Elliot struggled to provide for her son. When she hears from her brother in Prescott, Arizona, she makes the journey west to start over. An unexpected tragedy on the last leg of her travels changes the trajectory of her heart and life as she never could have imagined. 

Perry Quinn finally said goodbye to his late wife when his life is turned upside down. When he loses everything that he worked hard to accomplish, he must humble himself and start over while trying to find the answers to why he lost everything. Along the way, a kind woman steals his heart and reminds him that there is beauty in the middle of the ashes of his life. 

Will he let go of his grief to find true love?  

If you like these authors, you'll enjoy this book too: Tracie Peterson, Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer, Lacy Williams, Jodi Hedlund, Misty M. Beller

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Joy for Mourning

Title: Joy for Mourning
Series:
Desert Manna Series #2
Author:
Karen Baney
Publisher:
Desert Life Media
Release Date:
April 25, 2022
Genre:
Christian Historical Romance

Historical Christian Romance Fiction set in Prescott, Arizona in 1872. 

Grace Talbert spurns every suitor her father finds. She longs for the spark of romance and is unwilling to settle for something less. Her passion is running the Women’s Aid Society, which organizes many charitable events to help the poor and the Indians. When a trip to deliver goods to the reservation leaves her stranded with a handsome stranger, she discovers the love she longed for. 

After many years of wandering and building up his freight business, Joshua Harrison decides to return to Prescott. As bachelor, he is ill-equipped to raise the orphaned daughter of a friend. He hopes the stable life of a small town will bring what he needs to become a good father. Having failed at love twice, he is afraid to try again, until he is stranded with the unconventional and beautiful Grace Talbert. 

Can he move past his heartache to open himself to love again?  

If you like these authors, you'll enjoy this book too: Tracie Peterson, Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer, Lacy Williams, Jodi Hedlund, Misty M. Beller

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Oaks of Justice

Title: Oaks of Justice
Series:
Desert Manna Series #3
Author:
Karen Baney
Publisher:
Desert Life Media
Release Date:
June 24, 2022
Genre:
Christian Historical Romance

Gripping Historical Christian Romance Fiction set in Prescott, Arizona in 1873. 

Mel Larson is used to being underestimated as a female attorney. When her life is threatened, her mentor takes her home to Prescott. As the defense attorney for her innocent client who is on trial for murder, she goes head-to-head with the new District Attorney. When she apologizes to him for using some unconventional tactics, sparks fly, and she finds a love she had not been looking for. 

Alex Glassman was ready to settle down but after a failed courtship, he doubted if he would ever find the right match. When a major court case falls into his lap, he is unprepared to argue the case against a fiery red headed woman. When the case is over and he humbles himself to admit his mistakes, his heart is captured, and he dares to hope that she could be the one. 


When Mel's life is threatened, can Alex save her in time?  

If you like these authors, you'll enjoy this book too: Tracie Peterson, Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer, Lacy Williams, Jodi Hedlund, Misty M. Beller

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Real Historical Inspiration by Karen Baney

I love including real historical facts in my novels. I am often inspired by great sources used for the research behind my stories. The same is true for the Desert Manna Series. Here are a few highlights of how my research helped shape the series.

Freighting

The history behind freighting and each of Perry and Dixon’s trips (Beauty for Ashes) was inspired by the recollections from Thomas Sanders, a real-life Prescott pioneer, who documented his time in Arizona from the 1860s to 1880s in a book called My Arizona Adventures. I borrowed some trips and anecdotes from his colorful stories, including:
  • A 24-member military band joining the freight wagons.
  • The flooding of the Salt River stranded their party on two different shores of the river.
  • Contracting with the military to deliver supplies (and the leader’s ineptitude).
  • And so much more!

Indian Wars

Part of my research involves general reading about the era (1871 – 1873). When I learned there were two major “Indian Wars” involving General Crook in Arizona, I read General Crook and the Western Frontier by Charles M. Robinson III. This book provided the inspiration for all the scenes that mention Crook or his wife in Beauty for Ashes and Joy for Mourning. It led me to deeper research about Camp Date Creek, where I learned about the extreme poverty forced upon the Indians by corrupt Indian Agents.

Women’s Aid Society

My husband and I love to travel throughout Arizona, visiting many museums. On one trip, I bought a picture guide of historical Prescott. One picture in the book depicted the members of a women’s “aid society,” which described their purpose as leaders in charitable works for the community. This sparked the idea of Grace Talbert leading the organization in Joy for Mourning.

Women Attorneys

In Oaks of Justice, I mention that Mel (Melissa) Larson could not practice law. This is historically accurate. I did a deep dive into the definitions of attorneys and those who were allowed to take the bar. In the 1870s in territorial Arizona, women could take part in court proceedings under the guidance of a licensed attorney (male). It wasn’t until 1892 that women were admitted to the bar and allowed to become licensed. I enjoyed incorporating this into the novel.

Life of Indians in Territorial Arizona

When I first wrote the Desert Manna Series, I intended to include a Native American character named Kowara. I wrote several scenes with him as an antagonist in Beauty for Ashes, which I later removed in favor of focusing more on Perry and Rebecca’s characters.

Much of my research happened before that decision. I had the privilege of learning more about the Yavapai’s sub-tribes through two amazing sources.

I’m currently working on Spirit of Despair: A Desert Manna Novella, which tells Kowara’s story and explains why he targeted Perry Quinn.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this peek into how I incorporated real history into the books in the Desert Manna Series.


About the Author

Karen Baney

Karen Baney is passionate about writing stories full of flawed characters. She enjoys weaving together stories of second chances, redemption, and overcoming personal trials. As a transplant to Arizona, she loves researching the state’s history and finding ways to seamlessly incorporate real history and real settings into her novels. In addition to writing and speaking, Karen works as a Software Development Manager for a Christian ministry.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband, Jim, make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs, Bella and Daisy. Both Jim and Karen are active at Rock Point Church in Queen Creek, Arizona. 

Connect with Karen by visiting karenbaney.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Case of the Bayfront Murder by S.K. Derban

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Case of the Bayfront Murder

Title: Case of the Bayfront Murder
Series:
A Macaroni on Wheels Mystery #1
Author:
SK Derban
Publisher:
Independently Published
Release Date: March 27, 2024
Genre:
Cozy Mystery

Little Italy in San Diego, once a thriving fishing community, has blossomed into a prominent tourist destination. Nestled in the heart of this vibrant neighborhood, both travelers and residents find the Tiepolo Mercato a favorite spot to stop and shop. Ezio and Benedette Tiepolo are the proprietors of the Mercato, while their daughter owns Macaroni on Wheels, the catering company located directly next door. 

There’s more than pasta cooking in the Macaroni on Wheels kitchen. Meet Terza Tiepolo, a feisty Italian caterer who fills her free time solving crime. She belongs to a local murder mystery book club, and leads the other participants in their monthly whodunnit contest. 

Terza also works diligently to grow her catering business. But when a prominent doctor hires Terza’s company to cater a dinner party, she never expects murder to be on the menu. The prestigious bayfront event should enhance the Macaroni on Wheels portfolio, and Terza anticipates meeting many potential new clients. On the day of the party, Terza arrives early to prepare, only to discover her grand expectations are as dead as the body on the kitchen floor. 

Fans of cozy mysteries will revel in solving the murder along with Terza, and will appreciate her zest for life. Readers will also treasure the introduction to her vibrant Italian relatives. They will enjoy getting to know the Tiepolo family, and will smile at the special relationship Terza has with her mother and father. The fun never stops when the animated relatives join together each Sunday for dinner. Consider this your personal invitation!

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About the Author

S.K. Derban

S.K. Derban resides with her husband in Southern California. Although born in the United States she moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the Second World War. Her British mother was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. After returning to the United States, Derban’s life remained filled with a love of the theatre, and a passion for British murder mysteries.

S.K. Derban’s personal travel and missionary escapades are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters. Readers are often transported virtually across the globe. She has traveled to Hong Kong on five separate occasions to smuggle Bibles into China, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips. Derban’s other adventures include visits to Bangkok, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and the Caribbean.  
 
Beginning with her faith in the Lord, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life when writing.  
 
She hopes her books will allow readers to go on holiday without having to pack!

Connect with S.K. at childofthecarpenter.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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Monday, April 29, 2024

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Lethal Danger by Jerusha Agen

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About the Book

Lethal Danger

Title: Lethal Danger
Series:
Guardians Unleashed #4
Author:
Jerusha Agen
Publisher:
SDG Words
Release Date:
April 25, 2024
Genre:
Christian Romantic Suspense

This K-9 team is trained to eliminate threats. This threat could eliminate them. 

Being a loner is getting old. Jazz Lamont still can’t fit in at the Phoenix K-9 Agency, and she’s losing her best friend. At least providing security with her K-9 partner at the Tri-City Fair will mean revisiting the only place where she once belonged. But a series of accidents threatens her beloved fair and puts lives at risk. 

Thriller author Hawthorne Emerson suspects foul play after the first “accident.” Moonlighting as fair security to investigate the death of his sister’s boyfriend, he’s eager to find the truth. He doesn’t expect the task to lead him to the cult he escaped. 

Finding the culprit behind the sabotage is personal for Jazz and Hawthorne. But someone else has a personal stake, too. Someone who wants Jazz dead. When everything she thought was true is dismantled, can Jazz risk trusting others—including God—to survive?  

Lethal Danger continues the thrilling story of the elite Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency that began with Hidden Danger (Guardians Unleashed, #1). (Each book can stand alone or be read as series installments.)

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Excerpt


He kept his arm behind her back and lifted her to her feet. Then without another thought, he pulled her into an embrace, cradling her against his chest.

He couldn’t help it. She could’ve died.

So that’s what he said as he caressed her silky hair with his thumb. “I thought you might be dead.”

She leaned her head back and brought her gaze up to his. Something shimmered in her emerald eyes. Tears? Was she hurt?

“I’m sorry.” He loosened his hold around her, lowering his hands to gently brush down her arms. “Are you injured?”

She shook her head, watching him with what looked like wonder. Maybe her head injury had left her a little confused.

His hand went to her face, cupping her cheek as his thumb neared one of the red marks. “Your face is scratched. Are you sure you aren’t hurt anywhere else?”

“Pretty sure.” Her gaze didn’t leave his.

She was breathtaking. Twigs in her mussed ponytail and scratches and dirt smudges on her face couldn’t do a thing to diminish her stunning beauty. Or the effect she seemed to be having on him.


More Books in This Series

Hidden Danger  Covert Danger   


About the Author

Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats, often while reading or watching movies.

Find more of Jerusha’s thrilling, fear-fighting stories at JerushaAgen.com. Connect with her there to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: A Secret Between Them by Donna Gartshore

A Secret Between Them JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Secret Between Them by Donna Gartshore, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

A Secret Between Them

Title: A Secret Between Them 
Author:
Donna Gartshore
Publisher:
Love Inspired
Release Date:
April 23, 2024
Genre:
Inspirational Contemporary Romance

She’ll help him heal… 

But is love enough to make him stay? 

Unexpectedly injured, photojournalist John Bishop finds himself stuck in a town full of painful memories—with physical therapist Grace Severight his only way out. Following her treatment should be simple. But soon John’s falling again—this time for the single foster mom and her four-year-old charge. Now love might heal his past…but will a secret Grace is keeping destroy their chance at a future?  

From Love Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.  

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Guest Post from Author Donna Gartshore

 

RUN YOUR OWN RACE

By Donna Gartshore

Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I love sharing with fellow writers and readers.

A favourite scripture of mine is the one from Hebrews 12:1-3. I want to put a particular focus on verse 1 that says Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (emphasis mine) KJV version.

I know that this verse refers to all Christians staying the course in the Christian life but the words I highlighted also remind me that we all have our own God-given journey to travel, and we have all been given gifts that are ours alone and not to be compared with what others have been given.

I love Social Media, I really do. It’s a place where readers and authors can connect with each other, with other authors and with other readers. What I don’t like about it is that it is so easy to fall into the comparison game and falsely believe that we are falling short. So your child made the swim team but, oh someone else’s child has been made captain. I’m happy I signed a three book contract but wait, this person just signed one for six. It never stops if that’s what we choose to focus on.

I am someone who can honestly cry happy tears when I experience someone fully using the creative gifts they’ve been given. Whether it’s reading a profound passage of poetry, listening to a classical symphony or watching a documentary on how someone creates their songs. I am filled with gratitude to be part of the creative world that our Creator has blessed us with.

I also believe that being creative isn’t just about writing, art and music. It can be about tending your garden, cooking a special meal and raising and caring for a family is an art performed with the deepest love.

God has a purpose for us all and has given us gifts to carry them out. If we all remember to run our own races, we’ll get to the places we’re meant to be.

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Finding Her Voice 


About the Author

Donna Gartshore

Publishers Weekly best selling author Donna Gartshore lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. Donna is so grateful to be able to tell stories of faith, hope and second chances for Love Inspired. She also writes devotionals and the occasional poem or short story. Donna loves time with her family, personal and group Bible study, long chats with friends over dinner or coffee and engaging in discussions about books and writing with her local and online writing communities.

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(3) winners will each win a print copy of Finding Her Voice, Finding Their Christmas Home and A Secret Between Them, plus an inspirational bookmark!

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