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Happy Book Birthday! Beneath The Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

6 Mar

A very Happy Book Birthday, Lynn H. Blackburn! Beneath The Surface releases today! This romantic suspense is on tap for By The Book later this year. I can’t wait to introduce my book club to a new romantic suspense author. Please make plans to join us. In the meantime, check out the blurb and author info.

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer–one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

To order, click HERE.

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, Covert Justice, won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery/Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, Hidden Legacy, released June 2017. She begins a new series, Dive Team Investigations with Beneath The Surface in March of 2018.

Happy Book Birthday! A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

6 Feb

It’s release day for A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith, the fourth book in her Daughters of The Promised Land series. Yay! This Biblical novel retells the story of Hannah from the book of 1 Samuel. Check it out!

Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

To purchase, click HERE.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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2018 Inspy Award Long Lists

23 Jan

Congrats to all the wonderful authors who have made the 2018 Inspy Award Long Lists. The Inspy Award is unique in that it is the only inspirational fiction award organized, nominated, and judged by bloggers! Take a look at these great books. But be prepared to add them to your TBR lists! (I know I have! 😉 )


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

Moving Target by Lynette Eason

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

All This Time by Melissa Tagg

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

True to You by Becky Wade

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Begin Again by Crystal Walton

Just Maybe by Crystal Walton

Debut Novel

A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

Grace in Strange Disguise by Christine Dillon

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent

Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


General Fiction

In The Light of The Garden by Heather Burch

Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson

A Song of Home: A Novel of The Swing Era by Susie Finkbeiner

A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of The Great Depression by Susie Finkbeiner

Life After by Katie Ganshert

The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Space between Words by Michele Phoenix

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Memory of You by Catherine West

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Home by Ginny L. Yttrup


Historical Romance

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Wings of The Wind by Connilyn Cosette

Havencross by Julie Daines

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Once An Heiress by Renee Ryan

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White


Literature for Young Adults

The Messengers: Concealed by Lisa M. Clark

The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Unraveling by Sara Ella

Spark by J.M. Hackman

For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber



The Enoch Effect by Rick Acker

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

A Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


Speculative Fiction

Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman

The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Schultz

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

King’s Blood by Jill Williamson


Congrats authors!

First Line Friday — Missing Isaac

12 Jan

This week, First Line Friday is featuring Diversity. Books featuring characters of color, civil rights, or Martin Luther King, Jr. are being shared by other bloggers. Over the years my book club has read books that involve the fragile state of race relations in the United States. Sometimes difficult to read, many times challenging to our mindsets, these books have created thought-provoking discussions. Be sure to check out The Color of Justice by Ace Collins, A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow, and Snapshot by Lis Wiehl.

This week I am featuring By The Book’s February selection, Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse. Set in the American South in the 1960s, I anticipate that this one will be another great read. Please leave a comment with your first line and then head over to Hoarding Books to check out what other bloggers are sharing.



There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse’s stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople’s reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it’s all over, Pete — and the people he loves most — will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

Valerie Fraser Luesse is an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel editor. Her work has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works by C. S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others. As a freelance writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana’s Acadian Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society. Luesse earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and her master’s degree in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham.


Happy Book Birthday — Surgeon’s Choice by Richard L. Mabry, MD

3 Jan

Happy Book Birthday to Richard Mabry! His latest medical drama/suspense novella, Surgeon’s Choice is now available! Check it out!


Dr. Ben Merrick and his fiancé, Rachel Gardner, can’t get her divorced parents to stay in the same room, much less attend their wedding together. He is already looking over his shoulder expecting more trouble from a very senior surgeon who has shown he is still smarting from a previous dust-up, but Ben doesn’t know if a series of mishaps and accidents are caused by a disgruntled patient’s relatives or represent more from the older surgeon. Complicating it all is the question of whether Rachel’s father is back doing drugs. Then, when people start dying, Ben and Rachel wonder if they can escape unscathed . . . and alive.


Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart”. He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.

Top 10 Tuesday — Books of 2018

26 Dec

2018 is just around the corner! And with it comes exciting new book releases. Yay! Although my shelves overflow and the TBR pile teeters towards the sky, I am always on the look out for another great book. This week the folks at The Broke And The Bookish want to know the books that will soon release that we are looking forward to reading. I have more than 10 on the radar, but I will limit this list to those that will release in the first 3 months of the New Year. Let me know which books you are looking forward to.

To discover what books other bloggers are looking forward to in the new year, click HERE.





Cold Water by Samuel Parker

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey


The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse 

A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin


Beneath The Surface by Lynn Blackburn

If I Live by Terri Blackstock

Which 2018 book releases are you looking forward to?

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec


Wishing your family a very Merry Christmas!