Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Daily Life of Hailey Grace - Spotlight Book Tour

For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. 

Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.

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Beloved is a ministry leader and Christian Romance Author born and raised in Miami, FL. She spends much of her time studying the scriptures and has a gift for sharing the Gospel. Through her debut novel, Beloved hopes to inspire youth to seek God whole-heartily, knowing there is nothing impossible with Him on their side!

Find Beloved on her social media links: 

Facebook: belovedchrist
Instagram: @belovedforever2018
Twitter: @beloved4jesus

1.  When did you decide you wanted to write a novel, and what was the inspiration behind The Daily Life of Hailey Grace?  I love the plot by the way!  

Hmm….that’s a great question! I don’t think I officially decided to write a novel until about a year or so before I completed The Daily Life of Hailey Grace. The inspiration behind my novel is Jesus Christ. I absolutely adore Him and cherish Him like no other. I wondered what would it be like for Jesus Christ to take on the form of a teenager in the present times we’re living in. I questioned whether I would be able to recognize Him and if I would let Him into my world. I’m sure you get my point, and so here comes Hailey Grace living out the possibilities that paraded my mind. By the way, I’m glad to hear that you love the plot!

2.  What do you enjoy most about writing?   

What I love about writing is living liberally without the reproach of others. I can live and dream the impossible all the while holding Jesus’ heart and encourage others to do the same. I think that pretty much says it all!

3.  Can you give any advice for those wanting to write a novel of their very own? 

My advice for those of you who would like to write and/or publish a novel, is simply to PRAY.

Win an autographed copy of The Daily Life of Hailey Grace, as well as a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card! There will be 3 book winners, and one Grand Prize Winner will receive the Gift Card in addition to their copy.  

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Friday, January 11, 2019

First Line Fridays

Happy January everyone!  I pray you have had a great start to 2019.  How is the weather where you are right now?  It seemed to be getting warmer one day--almost like spring--but then Jack Frost came right back!  Of course, this cold weather makes me feel like it is still Christmas.  Does anyone else feel that way?  And am I the only one still catching up on Christmas movies?  :)  Have a lovely day and happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  A Tender Hope 
by Amanda Cabot 

And the fist line is...

August 8, 1881

"She was free."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Enchanting Nicholette - My Review

I was so excited to read another book in The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall.  This is book five in the series.  The entire storyline follows a group of men and women who meet in one way or another, and each unique story fits together so beautifully.  You can read each book alone, but I highly recommend reading them in order, because they connect so well.  This particular story picks up from the last book, and explains the tragic events occurring in the life of Nicholette Everstone.

Nicholette is a widow, and she continually imagines what her future might look like.  Will she ever find love again?  Could her heart even consider it?  So much has happened since the death of her husband, and she wonders at the possibility of regarding someone else in the same manner as her William.  Those around Nicholette try to comfort her, but not much can be said regarding the most difficult day of her life. 

There is so much to be said about these books, because this series contains so many wonderful stories and characters.  Each individual holds so much and gives so much to the context of each scene—conflict is everywhere, because love and jealousy abound with each turn of the page.  It is so interesting to see how the lives of these characters meld together to create such incredible plots.  I recommend checking out this series—perhaps it can be you New Year’s set of books to read!  Happy reading! 

Check out my reviews of the first four books in this series:  

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again--this time for love...and to someone safe

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can't help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of "what if" at bay?

Dawn Crandall is an ACFW Carol Award-nominated author of the award winning series The Everstone Chronicles from Whitaker House. The series consists of three books: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter. 

Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

First Line Fridays

Happy New Year!  I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and New Year celebration.  It is so wonderful to start again--each and every day is a blessing.  Let me leave you with this Bible verse:  "He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!'  Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'"  Revelation 21:5  Happy reading!

 Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Bramble House Christmas 
by CJ Carmichael 

And the first line is...

"Willa Fairchild hadn't counted on driving through a blizzard on her first night in Montana, but given the way her life had gone the past two-and-a-half years, maybe she should have."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Murder by Any Name - Spotlight Book Tour

A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe

Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover & eBook; 326 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery

When a brutal murder threatens the sanctity of the Elizabethan court, it’s up to a hot-tempered spy to save the day. The court of Elizabeth I is no stranger to plotting and intrigue, but the royal retinue is thrown into chaos when the Queen’s youngest and sweetest lady-in-waiting is murdered, her body left on the high altar of the Chapel Royal in Whitehall Palace.

Solving the murder will require the cunning and savvy possessed by only one man. Enter Nicholas Holt, younger brother of the Earl of Blackwell—spy, rake, and owner of the infamous Black Sheep tavern in the seedy district of Bankside. Nick quickly learns that working for the Queen is a mixed blessing. Elizabeth—salty-tongued, vain, and fiercely intelligent—can, with a glance, either reward Nick with a purse of gold or have his head forcibly removed.

When a second lady-in-waiting is slain at Whitehall, the court once again reels with shock and dismay. On the trail of a diabolical killer, Nick and his faithful sidekick—an enormous Irish Wolfhound named Hector—are treading on treacherous ground, and only the killer’s head on a platter can keep them in the Queen’s good graces.

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Praise for A Murder By Any Name

“Captivating… Fans of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard and Kathy Lynn Emerson’s Rosamond Jaffrey will be delighted to add Wolfe to their reading lists.” ―Booklist
“[A] promising series launch… Fans of Elizabethan historicals will be satisfied.” ―Publishers Weekly
“An excellent series kickoff by Wolfe that cleverly highlights both the mystery and the many ills of Elizabethan times.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“In vivid passages, Suzanne Wolfe’s novel brings to the reader the light and dark of Elizabethan England, its squalor and splendor, filth and riches, intrigues and delights.” ―NY Journal of Books
“A deeply atmospheric and richly textured Elizabethan mystery... I was captivated by Nicholas and Hector as they navigated court treachery and the dark recesses of the lower classes in this compelling Elizabethan mystery.” ―Shelley Freydont, New York Times bestselling author
"Wolfe’s descriptions are unparalleled, immersing the reader in the time period as they join her wily protagonist on his quest to catch a cold-hearted killer.” ―Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
"I stayed up reading much too late to finish this book! Wonderful Elizabethan atmosphere, well-drawn and unusual characters, action and intrigue and excitement―I felt like I was in the 1570s" ―Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of the Elizabethan mysteries
“Bewitching! Suzanne Wolfe opens the door to Elizabethan life through her masterful creation of the sympathetic spy, Nicholas Holt. An exciting start to a promising new historical mystery series.” ―Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai series
“A classically plotted whodunit set against the background of Elizabethan London and the court of Queen Elizabeth the First, both of them well researched and vividly realized, with a wealth of detail. One can almost smell the reek of the 16th century streets and waterways.” ―Fiona Buckley, author of the Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan mysteries

Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in Manchester, England and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. She served as Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and taught literature and creative writing there for nearly two decades. Wolfe is the author of three novels: A Murder by Any Name, The Confessions of X, and Unveiling.

Thirty years ago, she and her husband, Gregory Wolfe, co-founded Image, a journal of the arts and faith. They have also co-authored many books on literature and prayer including Books That Build Character: How to Teach Your Child Moral Values Through Stories, and Bless This House: Prayers For Children and Families. Her essays and blog posts have appeared in Image and other publications.

She and her husband are the parents of four grown children. They live in Richmond Beach, Washington.

For more information, please visit Suzanne M. Wolfe's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

The Black Sheep Tavern, Bankside

The Honorable Nicholas Holt, younger brother of Robert, Earl of Blackwell, lately returned from spying for the queen on the Continent, was dreaming of white, willing female flesh, his lips grazing over smooth pearlescent thighs, lute-flaring hips and upwards to what he confidently anticipated to be pillowy and perfectly rounded breasts, murmuring endearments, if not of love, then those guaranteed to induce enthusiastic cooperation—“sweetheart,” “my Venus,” even the low and surprising moan, “Mouse.” The only fly in the ointment was an inhumanly pitched shrieking that kept putting him off his amatory stride.


“I’m risen,” he growled.

“Evidently,” a voice said.

Nick blearily became aware that the voice was male and could not possibly have emanated from the lips of his dream-goddess. At the same time her flesh began to melt, oozing unpleasantly through his fingers like marchpane on a hot summer’s day at the fair until she was gone. In its place a horde of blacksmiths set up shop inside his skull and started clanging away. 

          “John,” Nick said without opening his eyes. “Be a pal and sod off.” And, as an afterthought: “And shut that bloody parrot up before I stuff it up your arse.”

         The shrieking subsided to low avian grumblings as John Stockton, Nick’s friend and companion in arms, threw a cloak over the stand where Bess, said parrot, was chained. Next he shook Nick who was sprawled on a bench in a corner of the taproom of The Black Sheep, the tavern Nick owned and John ran. A raspy, wet tongue began to slaver Nick’s face.

          “Cut it out, Hector,” he muttered, pushing the big canine muzzle away.

          “Nick,” John said. “There’s an urgent message from your brother.”

          “He can sod off, too.” But something in John’s voice made Nick open his eyes. “What’s wrong?”  

          “It’s Sir Edward Carew’s daughter.”

“Which one?”


Nick sat up quickly, then regretted it, as the room tilted and his stomach lurched. Hector, his enormous Irish Wolfhound, so massive the shaggy head was on a level with his own, was regarding him with reproachful eyes. Nick had fought beside Sir Edward, visiting his manor in Herefordshire many times. He recalled Cecily as a shy, dreamy girl with long fair hair and guileless cornflower blue eyes. As he grew accustomed to the shuttered gloom of the taproom, he recognized an adolescent boy in the livery of his brother standing near the door, face taut, eyes black holes in a white face.

“What’s amiss, Alan?” he asked, pulling on his boots and buckling on his sword belt. Black wings began to beat inside his chest. 

“It’s Lady Cecily,” the lad replied. “She’s been murdered.” Then he burst into tears.

The corridor outside the chapel was in an uproar, a seething mass of plush taffeta brocade, and the humbler fustian as nobles, pages, and servants jostled one another and craned their necks to see through the crossed pikes of the two stony-faced Royal Guards positioned at the door. Nick pushed his way through the crowd, the page boy Alan at his heels, Hector padding silently behind, a path magically opening up around him like Moses parting the Red Sea as people shied away from this canine monster.   

Nick had questioned Alan closely as they were being rowed across the river in the wherry Robert had sent to fetch him, a river-crossing being quicker than attempting London Bridge on foot or even on horseback with its throngs of pedestrians and lumbering carts. All the boy could tell him was that at first light, when the Queen and her ladies had gone to the chapel for morning prayers, they had discovered Lady Cecily’s body.

“Let me pass,” Nick said.

The guards’ expressions did not change, the wickedly sharp pikes remaining resolutely crossed. Nick sighed.

“Robert,” he shouted. “Tell these trained monkeys to stand aside.”

“Let him pass,” a voice ordered. Wood clashed on stone as the guards came to attention, pikes smartly brought into the upright position.

“Majesty,” Nick said, belatedly catching sight of a froth of red curls just inside the door. He gave a small bow, all he could manage in the cramped space, then entered the chapel.

“Thank you, Alan,” Nick said, touching the boy gently on the shoulder. “Tell the earl I will speak with him later.” Nick saw his brother Robert with an arm awkwardly about the shoulders of Sir Edward Carew, who was sitting on the altar steps, face buried in his hands, shoulders heaving although not a sound escaped. Alan nodded and went to stand beside them.

The queen was striding up and down the center aisle, her inner circle watching from the pews with pale, strained faces. Off to one side, the white-haired Baron Burghley, the queen’s chief advisor and Lord Treasurer, was whispering urgently in the ear of Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State. One young boy in a white surplice, one of the choristers, was throwing up in the corner. Even the queen’s fool was silent, standing forlornly off to one side like a forgotten child. As Nick approached, the queen abruptly stopped and whirled around. Two bright spots of color burned on her cheeks, and her brown eyes bore into him like gimlets. He recognized the signs: the queen was afraid and because she was afraid, enraged.

“Disperse those ghouls,” she bellowed. “It’s not a God-damned cock-fight.” 

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