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Enclave Scavenger Hunt!

22 Sep

Welcome to my stop on the Enclave Scavenger Hunt. (You can find all the participating bloggers HERE!) At this stop, I am featuring The Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams, Book 1 in the Songkeeper’s Chronicles.

About The Book

HER SOLO IS A DEATH SENTENCE

Deep within the world of Leira flows a melody that was sung at the beginning of time by Emhran, the Master Singer. Now it is broken, buried, forgotten. But in each generation, a Songkeeper arises to uphold the memory of the Song against those who want it silenced forever.

When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her own mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. Forced to flee for her life, she must decide whom to trust—a traveling peddler, a streetwise thief, or a mysterious creature who claims to know her past.

With enemies at her heels and war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie soon discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on one orphan’s Song.   

To purchase, click HERE.

About The Author

Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, wander-loving fantasy author, rarely found without a coffee in hand and rumored to pack books before clothes when she hits the road. Working in youth ministry left her with a passion for journeying alongside children and teens. (It also enhanced her love of coffee.) Now, she writes novels that follow outcast characters down broken roads, through epic battles, and onward to adventure. And at the end of a long day of typing, she can be found saddling her wild thing and riding off into the sunset, seeking adventures of her own (and more coffee). She loves to connect with fellow readers and wanderers through her website.

You can also find Gillian at the following sites:

Facebook page 

Instagram

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ABOUT ENCLAVE PUBLISHING

Enclave is the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. Whether it’s Christian science fiction you love, or fantasy, time travel, steampunk, alternate history, spiritual warfare, superhero, or technothriller — if it’s speculative and it comes from the Christian worldview, Enclave is the place to go. Enclave strives to get Christian speculative fiction directly into the hands of the fans who love and devour great stories.

An enclave is a group of like-minded people in a place where they are surrounded by those who are not like-minded. It is not a place to hide, instead Enclave is a place where authors and fans of Christian Fantasy and Christian Science Fiction can come together and then go out and make a difference through worlds of words. Our stories can seem strange but underneath they contain powerful expressions of Redemption, Truth, and Hope.

 

Here’s the word to enter from my site for the Scavenger Hunt:

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For the other spots on the Scavenger Hunt, click HERE.

Blog Stops

 

By the Book, Stop One

Blossoms and Blessings, Stop Two

Lukewarm Tea, Stop Three

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, Stop Four

Tell Tale Book Reviews, Stop Five

A Baker’s Perspective, Stop Six

A Reader’s Brain, Stop Seven

For the Love of Literature, Stop Eight

Through the Fire Blogs, Stop Nine

Wishful Endings, Stop Ten

Vicky Sluiter, Stop Eleven

Texas Book-aholic, Stop Twelve

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, Stop Thirteen

Artistic Nobody, Stop Fourteen

2019 Christy Award Finalists

19 Sep

Here are the finalists for the 2019 Christy Awards. A top honor in Christian fiction, you can be sure of an excellent read when choosing one of these books. Congrats to all the talented authors!

 

Contemporary Romance

Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

 

First Novel

The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings

Engraved on The Heart by Tara Johnson

The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson

 

General Fiction

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

Send Down The Rain by Charles Martin

We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

 

 

Historical

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

Of Fire And Lions by Mesu Andrews

The Seamstress by Allison Pitman

Shelter of The Most High by Connilyn Cossette

 

Historical Romance

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander

 

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

Every Wicked Man by Steven James

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

 

 

Short Form

A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock

Falling for Grace by Janet Ferguson

Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter

 

Visionary

Mark of The Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Shivering World by Kathy Tyers

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin

The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr

 

Young Adult

The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

 

 

Cover Reveal — Carry Me Away

18 Sep

 

About The Book

When the Black Swallow sinks off the Australian coast in 1877, Australian midshipman Tom Darley rescues English passenger Ada Carmichael from the disaster that claims her entire family. News of the only two survivors enchants the world, but Ada needs to hide before secrets and old foes find her. Tom is chasing big dreams of a crumbling house he will convert into a small hotel ~ but the promising start he’s acquired now sits at the bottom of the sea.

Inexplicably entangled, Ada and Tom lean upon each other to make sense of the tragedy that’s displaced them. But when scheming journalists observe their affection they drag Tom into life-altering riches and a news-worthy romance he cannot resist. So he arranges for Ada’s protection where only he might find her ~ the quiet Phillip Island farm of his friends Shadrach and Finella Jones.

And that’s where real trouble finds them. When heroic promises fail to shelter, and love refuses to be silenced, only surrender will pluck Ada and Tom from where life has wrecked them.

To order, click HERE.

What Others Are Saying

Gorgeous and gripping, Carry Me Away is a novel you won’t forget. Ada and Tom’s deep attraction and clashing needs create a poignant love story, and Dorothy Adamek writes about grief and love in a way that is palpable and heartfelt. But the ending — oh, the ending! So sweet and triumphant and affirming that I want to tell everyone — except I want you to discover it for yourself. Let the lovely writing carry you away to picturesque Phillip Island, and be swept away by Tom and Ada’s tale.

Sarah Sundin, Award-winning and bestselling author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us

Richly poetic in the tradition of Lori Benton and Laura Frantz with the sensory prose of Joanne Bischof, Carry Me Away marries impeccable research with a stunning love story. The sea-swept canvas of Phillip Island offers a vibrant backdrop to Tom and Ada’s unexpected adventure and resonant themes of faith and endurance amidst tragedy and loss. A beautiful companion to Adamek’s fresh debut, Carry Me Away is an intelligent treatise on the nature of rebuilding, of forging new family, and of finally finding home.

Rachel McMillan, Author of Rose in Three Quarter Time

About The Author

Australian author, Dorothy Adamek, writes Displacement Fiction ~ the stories of people upended by tragedy and trauma, and their struggle to belong in their new worlds.

Couched in romance, her fiction is set in the late Victorian era.

Author of the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy, she lives at Crabapple House in Melbourne with her Beloved and their three children, twenty fruit trees and Gilbert the Library Cat.

A graduate of La Trobe University, Dorothy studied Literature, History and Education. She taught secondary school English and English As A Second Language. She loves black and white floors, collects blue and white china, and makes apricot jam every summer.

Her favourite holiday destination is Phillip Island, the real life setting of Carry Me Home, book one in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy.

 

Happy Release Day — One More Tomorrow

17 Sep

Happy release day for One More Tomorrow, Melanie Stevenson‘s debut novel! Please check out this exciting new book and its author below!

 

Sometimes a second chance is just an opportunity to get hurt all over again.

It’s been two years. That should be enough time to forget a first love. But Katie Banks is still waiting. Not even Justin Burke, her university classmate, has been able to erase the hurt Aiden Ford inflicted. When Katie accepts a scholarship to study abroad, it places much-needed distance between her and Justin. During her time away, Katie becomes an accomplished artist. But love still alludes her, until a stormy night, a tragic accident, and a hospital stay change everything.

One More Tomorrow explores how carrying hurt, regret, and holding on to our perfect ideas of love, can blind us to the true love that is right before our eyes.

To purchase, click HERE.

 

EXCERPT

Without knowing it, she had built a wall, a fortress even, using the hardened bricks of past hurts. Somehow Justin had scaled that wall, and now he stood brazenly before her, inviting her to love him, and all she wanted to do was run for reinforcements. She could never explain it to him, and even if she could, he wouldn’t understand. It was a dreadfully familiar place to be. Hadn’t she tried to explain before, with Aiden? That had been agonizing enough. If Justin was supposed to be her soul mate, God would have to figure it out.

 

Born in England, Melanie Stevenson has never lost her love of British tea and gardens. Her family immigrated to Canada when she was five years old and settled in southern Ontario. Years later, she entered the University of Waterloo as an English major and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Growing up, Melanie was passionate about reading, writing, and drawing. She wrote her first novel at age twelve. Since becoming a Christian at age eighteen, she has filled countless journal pages with prayers which became the inspiration behind her devotionals.

One More Tomorrow (Summer 2019) is Melanie’s debut novel, the first line of which was conceived in an airport terminal. Her second book, Soul Focus (coming Fall 2019), is a selection of devotionals written over a span of ten years.

Passionate about the arts, Melanie is also an abstract painter who specializes in acrylic and oil. For over twenty-five years, she has been involved in theatre and has written and directed numerous stage plays. She continues to teach acting classes to young people and adults.

She and her husband, Ralph, are parents of four amazing humans: Kurtis, Konnor, Elanna, and Keira. For eighteen years, Melanie homeschooled and passed on her love of the arts to her children.

Melanie is passionate about telling others of the healing love of Jesus, and championing others in their faith journey through both the written and spoken word.

 

Happy Book Birthday! — As The Light Fades

10 Sep

Happy release day to Catherine West! Her newest novel, As The Light Fades, is available today! This book has unique voice — there are various character points of view presented in fresh and interesting ways. I am currently reading this book and loving it. My review will come later this week. In the meantime, you can get your own copy HERE.  🙂

 

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.

After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

Faith And Fiction Bible Study/Book Club — Philemon and The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

4 Sep

For a few years I have been leading a unique group called The Faith And Fiction Bible Study/Book Club . This group meets to study scripture and discuss Biblically-inspired novels. We have a great group, and I have enjoyed all we’ve learned from God’s word and the creative take of fiction authors.

A few people online have shown an interest in the group, but how to participate? That’s where FB comes in. 😉 If you would like to join in on the fun, I invite you to visit our Faith And Fiction Bible Study FB page. I will be posting questions, information, and thoughts of our group members.

From September 4 — October 3, we will be studying the book of Philemon and then discussing The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton. We would love for you to join us!

When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy–exile to the Colony of North Carolina–he’s indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves–and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. A mistress with a servant’s heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.

Book Spotlight — Fatal Memories by Tanya Stowe

4 Sep

 

Series: Love Inspires Suspense
Genre: Christian, Inspirational, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: September 1, 2019

She was framed! Or was she?

If only she could remember…

Border patrol agent Jocelyn Walker has no memory of how she turned up unconscious with a cache of drugs — or why a gang is dead set on killing her. With evidence stacking up against her, Joss takes refuge with driven DEA agent Dylan Murphy, who guards — and suspects — her. But will finally trusting each other lead them into a trap they’ll never escape?

GOODREADS | B&N AMAZON

 

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual . . . mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you . . . on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger . . . be prepared for the extraordinary.

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Giveaway

 

Enter the giveaway HERE.

Giveaway ends September  7 at 11:59pm MT.

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Tour Schedule

September 2
Heidi Reads… (Spotlight)
Pause for Tales (Review)

September 3
Remembrancy (Review)
Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Blooming with Books (Review + Extras: Guest Post)
Kat’s Corner Books  (Spotlight + Extras: Author Interview)

September 4
Tell Tale Book Reviews (Review + Extras: Guest Post)
By The Book (Spotlight)
Edits and Reviews by Leslie (Spotlight)

September 5
Mindy Houng (Review)
Hallie Reads (Review + Extras: Guest Post)
Red Headed Book Lady (Review)

September 6
Life Is What It’s Called (Review + Extras: Author Interview)
Reading Is My SuperPower (Review)
Singing Librarian Books (Review + Extras: Author Interview)