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Release Day: Project Scrooge by A.M. Heath

It’s release day!! Nothing thrills me more than to celebrate the release of another book. It’s an exciting time when I can finally, officially put away my work on a single story. That means my time will be spent on another precious story. And it also means that others will get the chance to enjoy it just as I have. 
With any release, comes a myriad of celebrations. You’ll find the full rundown right here! Be sure to read all the way through. There’s a sale, giveaway, tour, and book reveal in progress. 

Blog Tour

I invite you to the week-long blog tour. Each stop will feature a review of Project Scrooge, a chance to enter the giveaway, AND a new clue for the book reveal. 

Tour Stops: 

Mon. 12/9:
Jana @ Reviews from the Stacks
Becky @ Blossoms and Blessings

Tues. 12/10: 
Karen @ KarenSueHadley
Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Wed. 12/11: 
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny
Virginia @ Bigreadersite

Thur. 12/12: 
Deana @ Texas Book-aholic
Debbie @ Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations 

Fri. 12/13:
Loretta @ Just Writing 
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise

Wrap up: Mon. 12/16
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Visit me on my blog for the full novella
reveal and the winner of the giveaway.

Grand Prize copy

There’s a giveaway in progress during the blog tour. You can enter here

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Sanford Stone cut ties with his best friend, Natalie, in favor of the love of his life … a woman who ended up walking out on him just before Christmas. Six years later, Sanford can’t bring himself to celebrate Christ’s birth with any joy. Little does he know, his grandmother and her companions have dubbed him the Scrooge and intend to help him overcome his bitterness and find happiness again.

The only thing that has hurt Natalie Dunivan more than Sanford cutting her out of his life has been watching his long-held grudges slowly destroy the man she has always loved. Together with Ms. Carol, Natalie devises a plan to reach out to Sanford.

Sanford accepts his grandmother’s challenge to celebrate Christmas for 31 straight days, but he didn’t count on her plan involving Natalie. Can his family and friends help their Scrooge see the error of his ways, or will Natalie’s presence only make things worse?

You can visit Project Scrooge on Goodreads and BookBub or order your copy today. 

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Garland Collection surprise

The Christmas in Garland Collection is a series of standalone novellas. My goal is to add a new book to the collection every year. I’m already hard at work writing the next novella. Be sure to stop each day of the tour to learn a little more about the 2020 release.

Christmas in July

What’s a celebration without a bonus gift. For this week only, both of my
A Season Passed novels are on sale. 

 

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Book Review: Echoes Among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

411z1gBLdYL._SY346_After Aggie Dunkirk’s career is unceremoniously ended by her own mistakes, she finds herself traveling to Wisconsin, where her grandmother, Mumsie, lives alone in her rambling old home. She didn’t plan for how eccentric Mumsie has become, obsessing over an old, unsolved crime scene–even going so far as to re-create it in the dollhouse.

Mystery seems to follow her when she finds work as a secretary helping to restore the flooded historical part of the cemetery. Forced to work with the cemetery’s puzzling, yet attractive archeologist, she exhumes the past’s secrets and unwittingly uncovers a crime that some will go to any length to keep quiet–even if it means silencing Aggie.

In 1946, Imogene Flannigan works in a local factory and has eyes on owning her own beauty salon. But coming home to discover her younger sister’s body in the attic changes everything. Unfamiliar with the newly burgeoning world of criminal forensics and not particularly welcomed as a woman, Imogene is nonetheless determined to stay involved. As her sister’s case grows cold, Imogene vows to find justice . . . even if it costs her everything.

What I Loved: Wow. Just wow. Wright has not disappointed me yet. Echoes Among the Stones was the sort of mystery that left me guessing all the way until the end. The unique mystery kept me coming back to the book while I was reading, and the characters kept me enthralled in it long after I finished.
The treat with dual timelines is that you get two stories for the price of one. And both were highly engaging. I loved the characters and interwoven plots.
I honestly can’t say enough good things about this one. The spiritual message was centered on healing after the death of a loved one. I felt that it was realistically done. It wasn’t cheesy or shallow. I could feel the pain of the character and also the hope they come to find in the end.

Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries with light suspense and dual timeline novels.

~ I received a copy from Bethany House through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. 

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Book Review: Wedding Score by Amanda Tero

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About the Release

Are you a single who has been in this singleness journey a little longer than you anticipated? This week is the release of Amanda Tero’s contemporary fiction novella, “Wedding Score.” Main character Stephanie is there with you as she’s suddenly thrown into a season of discontentment and impatience. Told in a whimsical, honest style, “Wedding Score” is a 1-2 hour short read that leaves readers feeling understood and hopeful.

My Thoughts: You’ll have to excuse me for being the gushing big writing sister here, but if I’ve said it once, I’ve said twenty times already: Amanda has not made me prouder than when she wrote this book. I’ve known her for a handful of years now and believe me when I say that her heart and soul was poured out onto these pages.
So many women struggle with being long-term single. And that’s what it is to most of them: A struggle. But Amanda brought a light, fun, yet honest approach to the subject and she laid bare the ups and downs of the life of a single. She also brought the focus back to Christ in a way that I know will touch the hearts of many.

You don’t have to go far to know what I’m talking about. Hear from her own words what her thoughts are on being single: 

 

Wedding Score - front smMost girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own. 

I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself? 

Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?

A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ

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About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Blog | Goodreads | Amazon 

amandaterobooks@gmail.com

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Giveaway AND Freebie

Amanda is giving away paperbacks, yes… 

But she really wants to share this story with as many readers as possible. So, for release week, she’ll be sending eBooks to anyone who wants one! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!

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Visit Amanda’s blog for a complete list of bloggers and special tour information.

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FREE E-book: The Accident by A.M. Heath

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Hockey season starts THIS week! 🏒
That may not mean anything to you, but it means a great deal to Chris and Ashlyn, so to celebrate I’m offering The Accident for FREE until Friday. 📚
Enjoy and share with a friend!

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“A sweet, thoughtful take on a different kind of romantic beginning.”
~ Laura; reviewer

Writing an epistolary had been on my bucket list, so this was such a treat for me to write. Not only did I try my hand at epistolaries, but I also weaved in some Predator Hockey love throughout the novella. Here’s my favorite hockey-inspired quote: 

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So whether you’ll be cheering on your favorite hockey team or not, I invite you to pick up this story full of heart, romance, honest trials, Godly wisdom, family love, and, yes, even a touch of hockey.
And if you’re a hockey fan, respond back and let me know which team you cheer for!

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Book Review: A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

410hV02ZerLAnne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.

Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man.

Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that’s turning up nothing will take all their dedication–and every secret they’ve tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world–love.

What I Loved: Liz Johnson is one of those authors who always surprises me when I pick up a new book. I forget how perfectly smooth and comfortable her writing style is. It’s not overdone or underdone, it’s JUST right.
A Glitter of Gold has been a highlight of my reading month. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why that is, and I think it’s because there’s so much working together so flawlessly.
Anne and Carter are delightfully, broken characters. Anne, in particular, is someone who I don’t relate to well, but she still comes across so real and relatable despite our differences. The setting comes across as authentic. I’m not a beach-going gal but it’s been refreshing to visit this coastal setting and to hear about these pirate legends, both real and fictional.
If you follow me for any time at all, you’d know that I’m a historian at heart. The only thing that equals a historical novel in my eyes is a time-slip novel. Although the setting is contemporary, we’re reading a journal written in the 1700s. And both storylines are very well done!
And she brings it all together with a solid message for the soul. I found myself highlighting sections toward the end dealing with grace.

Rating and Recommendation: I gladly give A Glitter of Gold 5 stars and I recommend it to those who enjoy Christian Fiction, coastal settings, pirate legends, and time-slip novels.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. 

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Cover Reveal: Project Scrooge by A.M. Heath

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A Christmas Carol has always been a favorite of mine. It’s been on my author’s bucket list to write a retelling, so I’m beyond excited to present my take on this beloved classic.

 

Garland Collection Concept Release

Not only is Project Scrooge something I’m excited to publish, but it’s also the debut novella in a new Christmas collection. The goal is to release a new standalone Christmas novella each year. Each story will be set in Garland, Tennessee.  

 

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Can Scrooge find love from a friendship gone cold?
 
Sanford Stone cut ties with his best friend, Natalie, in favor of the love of his life … a woman who ended up walking out on him just before Christmas. Six years later, Sanford can’t bring himself to celebrate Christ’s birth with any joy. Little does he know, his grandmother and her companions have dubbed him the Scrooge and intend to help him overcome his bitterness and find happiness again.
 
The only thing that has hurt Natalie Dunivan more than Sanford cutting her out of his life has been watching his long-held grudges slowly destroy the man she has always loved. When Ms. Carol devises a plan to reach out to Sanford, Natalie eagerly agrees.
 
Sanford accepts his grandmother’s challenge to celebrate Christmas for 31 straight days, but he didn’t count on her plan involving Natalie. Can his family and friends help their Scrooge see the error of his ways, or will Natalie’s presence only make things worse?

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Stay tuned to hear the latest. Release date still to be announced. 

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Book Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

455Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop—provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

My Thoughts: There’s really a lot to love and adore in this book. Unfortunately, it took me a while to find it. I hate even saying that. But Katherine Reay is a solid storyteller, and I was well rewarded in the end. Reay’s gift is in telling stories that feature broken people and broken families. The Printed Letter Bookshop has 3 main characters, each with their own struggle … and with their own style of storytelling.
Madeline shares her story in the first person, past tense. While Claire shares hers in the third person, past tense. And Janet in the first person, present tense. I’ll be honest, this was a gutsy move for Reay and one that took some getting used to. But the creator in me can applaud her for thinking outside of the box.
I think what I enjoyed the most was the relationships. While there was a lot of true to life heartache for each of these characters, there was also true to life friendship and joy. This is definitely one that leaves you feeling warm with a satisfying ending.

Rating and Recommendation: I give it 4 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy Contemporary Fiction.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

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Book Review: Not the Billionaire by Krista Noorman

451Will a case of mistaken identity lead to happily ever after or will a well-intentioned charade keep them apart?

All women ever want from Sebastian Schultz is his family’s money, which is why he’s avoided dating like the plague. Then Genevieve Willis walks into the Schultz building, ranting about her meeting with the cold fish head of the company, unaware that’s exactly who she’s speaking to. Immediately drawn to her beauty and sense of humor, Sebastian can’t resist this opportunity to finally get to know a woman without the stigma of the Schultz name. So he introduces himself as Kurtis from the Public Relations department, then implores his playboy younger brother to act as president in his place.

Genevieve can’t believe her luck landing her dream job, though she’s not looking forward to working with Sebastian, whose reputation as being distant and unapproachable precedes him. But she’s pleasantly surprised by the warm, welcoming man behind the desk. Yet as they develop an easy rapport and he turns on the charm, she can’t stop thinking about Kurtis, the sweet PR guy, who captured her attention just by being himself.

As “Kurtis” and Genevieve begin working together on the biggest charity event of the year, will it become impossible for him to conceal his real identity? And will she forgive him when she learns the truth?

This is a clean, sweet billionaire romance.

What I Loved: I loved the concept of this story and enjoyed waiting for the truth to come out and for the shoe to hit the fan. Noorman is a gifted writer. She has a way of making her characters feel like everyday people. And her families! She always brings out an endearing family, and the Shultz family was one of them. I’m looking forward to more from this series. And then there’s the romance. Sigh. Genevieve and Sebastian is another sweet couple with great chemistry.

Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and recommend you grab a box of chocolates while you read this one! It’s great for clean or Christian contemporary romance fans.

~I received a copy from the author and even helped to beta read this novel. All thoughts are my own. I wasn’t compensated or required to review this novel. I just wanted to pass along something I thought you’d enjoy. 🙂 

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Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Met Her Match by Susan L. Tuttle

450Get ready for ten weeks of romance in the Bahamas with a new series brought to you by some of the best authors in the inspirational and sweet romance genres…

Ten delightful—and standalone—novellas linked by one matchmaking week. You’ll want to devour each one!

MET HER MATCH:
Two old friends. One unexpected reunion.

Parasailing captain Pemberley Truitt has almost grasped a sense of home after two years in the Bahamas. While she misses her family, she’s never felt like she fits in; especially when it comes to TruLove, their family’s matchmaking business. When her brother calls and begs her help with the now struggling company, she’s happy to oblige and obtain the chance to find her place with them. But then she discovers she’ll have to work with Tobias Bradshaw. The last time she saw him, he broke her heart.

Tobias Bradshaw is ready for his love life to be as successful as his winning record in the courtroom. Which is why he agrees to his friend’s two-fold plea: professionally research Joy Island’s matchmaking service and personally be matched himself. No objections there. Until Pemberley Truitt crosses his path again, and she looks about as happy to see him as someone chosen for jury duty. It’s fine. He’s faced hostile witnesses before. Except he soon realizes he wants more than a temporary working relationship. He’s taken on difficult opposition in court before, but this time he’ll need more than a persuasive argument if he hopes to win Pem’s heart.

What I Loved: Met Her Match is a great vacation read. And it’s even better if you’re stuck indoors during the winter because the setting feels authentic as if you’re there with the characters. I love this sort of second-chance story where the characters don’t exactly get along. I always find the friction to be a load of fun. This one surprised me when the spiritual message really came into focus toward the end. Tuttles wraps up this romantic tale with a solid message on letting go of past hurts and putting God first in your life.

Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and recommend it to those looking for a clean/Christian romance novella or a fun vacation read.

~ I received a copy from the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. 

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There’s a mega giveaway in progress. To learn more about it and enter right here. 

RESORT TO ROMANCE SERIES:

It’s Matchmaking Week at an all-inclusive resort on a private island in the Bahamas. Each guest has been expertly paired and is here to enjoy one full week with their match. While there’s no money-back guarantee on the paid trip, the participants are guaranteed to find love!

BUY ALL TEN BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Available through Amazon or visit the author’s websites!

A Meddled Match by Jill Kemerer
A Messed-Up Match by Jessica R. Patch
Met Her Match by Susan L. Tuttle
Moonlight Match by Kristina Knight
Unexpected Match by Constance Phillips
Match Me If You Can by Krista Phillips
Mismatched Melody by Jodie Bailey
A Match for Mr. Write by Jennifer Shirk
Rematched by Julie Jarnagin
Match You Like Crazy by Johnnie Alexander

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Book Review: The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel

46Brought together by a charming bookstore in England, three women fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives. 

As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature. 

Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance. 

Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch. 

Eager to know more of Emily’s story, Sophia goes on a quest—dragging Ginny and William with her—to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny’s need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

What I Loved: Harrel has a gift for plucking the reader out of their home and transporting them to a foreign country. She writes as an export. Beyond the fun travel details, there’s a beautiful soul-deep journey for the character and the reader. There’s a dual-timeline here, so the reader is treated to two contemporary storylines and one historical story. The history lover in me rejoices at Harrel’s decision to incorporate pages from a journal.
I will admit that this one took me a few pages longer to get fully wrapped up in, but the dramas of the heart tends to be a slower journey compared to war fiction, which I had been reading a great deal of lately. But I found the characters easy to relate to and the spiritual message comes in clearly near the end and left my heart warm and satisfied.

Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving The Secrets of Paper and Ink 5 stars and highly recommend it to those who enjoy Christian Fiction, dual timelines, women’s fiction, or those wanting to travel in the pages of a novel.

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. All thoughts are my own.