Weekly Update #327, getting ready for school to begin...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I share what's been going on and what's coming up!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

We went school supply shopping this week in preparation for my oldest starting back to school Tuesday and the others starting two weeks after that. I'm not ready for it. I want more movie-watching and swimming time with the kids. We did try to get in some fun, all-day activities this last week and will be going to the zoo on Monday, since that's what my oldest asked for before he starts up. I love that he still loves the zoo and that it doesn't bore him even though we've regularly gone since he was little. We're hoping we'll get some monsoon rain soon. It's been really dry and we usually have more storms during the summer than we've had this year, so I'm ready for it. Hopefully it won't get to crazy though. Last year we had quite a few micro-bursts and they did a lot of damage. That's about all going on here. 


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Reunited with the Cowboy by Claire McEwen (Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway) #RWTCTour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Reunited with the Cowboy
By Claire McEwen

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

This story was a joy and a challenge to write. It’s a big emotional mix of wildlife and ranching and what happens when the two intersect. It’s also a story of forgiveness and healing and, of course, love, in all its forms. I hope you enjoy the excerpts and reviews, and the chance to meet the characters, human and otherwise, who live in the Northern California ranching town of Shelter Creek. . .


Except lately the mountain lions in this area had been attacking livestock on local ranches. And people definitely noticed that.

That was why Maya was here, in the coastal hills surrounding her hometown of Shelter Creek, on a two-month assignment for the Department of Wildlife. She was going to try to find pumas. Photograph them. Count and classify them. Assess the population’s overall health and figure out why they were eating so many sheep.


"Reunited with the Cowboy was a really good story. . . . The author did a great job of weaving in the mountain lion and ranching details to create a very interesting setting. . . . I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more books in this series."


"This is a, somewhat predictable drama, but very well-written, with a couple of interesting "twists". The reader is sure to "fall in love" with the characters. The background scenes are also portrayed in a way it is easy to visualize."


Clawing her way out of the confining straps, Maya jumped to her feet, groped for her safety whistle and blew hard. The shrill sound sliced open the night.

Pepper spray. It was in her belt. Wrenching it from the holster, Maya held out the can and slowly backed away from the dark shadow emerging from the bushes.

“Hang on! It’s okay!”

The unexpected voice stopped her in an instant. It wasn’t a mountain lion. It was a man.

Hallie Reads - Review

"Reunited With the Cowboy is definitely a heartwarming story. As I have come to expect from Harlequin Heartwarming books, it balances great humor with all the emotion that must come with tragedy and dealing with the past. Add in a delightful cast of characters (human and animal alike), and it’s a story that fans of contemporary romance should not skip. I really enjoyed it and look forward to McEwan’s next story."


"This is a story of love and forgiveness that left me choked up at times and also was a feel-good kind of story as everyone comes together to make positive changes in their lives and in the community. I especially love the Book Biddies and can only hope to aspire to be like them one day. I really enjoyed watching all of the characters grow. . . . This was my first Claire McEwen book, and it definitely will not be my last. I am looking forward to the next installment in the series."


The man stepped slowly onto the trail from some low bushes, where he must have been hiding. In the dim moonlight he was a dark shadow. Maya could see the outline of his cowboy hat, but not much else about him. Except in one hand, he held…a rifle.

Maya froze—the gun changing everything.

“It’s okay.” The man’s voice was low and steady, like he was trying to be reassuring. “I’m sorry if I scared you.”


"I thought the novel was a nice cozy read. I love the Old Biddies and felt that they were the best part of the book. I like the themes of redemption and how Maya used a bad experience to become a better person. She used all the "bad energy" to do something with her life."

E-Romance News - Excerpt

She couldn’t move the light. Didn’t know if she’d ever move anything again, because now she could see his face, and it was Caleb. Caleb Dunne.

A metallic taste coated her tongue, and she swallowed hard. Both of her knees were shaking now, and the flashlight beam quivered with her trembling hand as if her entire body was rebelling at the sight of him. Rebelling against this homecoming, which was already turning into the disaster she’d always assumed it would be.

She had to lower the light. It was wrong to keep blinding him. But if she lowered it, he’d realize who she was. And Maya already knew what his reaction would be. Rage. Disgust. Horror. Because she was the last person Caleb would want to meet on this trail, or anywhere else.


"[I] enjoyed the story and characters. It was nice to see both of them come to terms with what happened and try to work together to make the right things happen. A clean romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat."


"Reunited With the Cowboy is both entertaining and emotional with vivid and likable characters (both the 2-legged and 4-legged varieties). The perspective of respect for ranchers protecting their animals as well as for the predators trying to survive is thoughtfully presented and educational (without distracting too much from the plot). Additionally, a host of intriguing secondary characters with potential stories has me eagerly looking forward to the rest of the series!"


""McEwen has put a lot of growth into the novel - from the perspective of her leading characters but also from the supporting cast. . . . I appreciated how McEwen wrote this story - as she's taken a lot of realistic real world situations and beautifully crafted them into the background of the series she's written with such a heart of purpose that you can't wait to read the next installment!"


"I love the redemption in this story. . . . Throughout Reunited with the Cowboy Maya and Caleb learn to get past the demons that haunt them but will they rekindle the love they once had?

Claire McEwen has written an emotional novel but she has also included what appears to be accurate scientific information about pumas/mountain lions. I love it when I can learn something in a novel."


For a split second Caleb wondered if Maya was actually real. Still as prey, with moonlight painting shadows around her eyes, she was almost ghostlike. Fitting, since she’d haunted him for all these years.

His hands had become fists, and he carefully unclenched them, trying to fathom her presence on this trail. “Why are you here?” It came out in a hoarse whisper.


"Sometimes you start reading a series romance – expecting it to be good in the ordinary way – only to discover that you hold a gem in your hands. Reunited with the Cowboy by Claire McEwen is a romance with emotion, complexity, and rich characterization. I was caught up from the very first page and enjoyed this engaging story."

splashesofjoy - Excerpt

He caught the edge of frustration in her voice. He was being a jerk, but maybe that was okay if it would help keep her from coming out to his property. He didn’t want time with her. Didn’t want to face everything he’d lost when he’d told her to leave. “We shouldn’t even be around each other.”

“Trust me—I was hoping to avoid you. But here we are.” She gestured around them, at the trail, at the night, in a sort of helpless way. Like their meeting was a fate she didn’t want but had already accepted.


"Looks like Miss McEwen has earned herself a new fan. I would love to read her other books and I can not wait to find out what happens in the next installment from the Heroes of Shelter Creek series. I recommend this book for readers who love to read clean and heartwarming Cowboy romances."


"A sweet love story that will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next.

This is a great read with forgiveness and a light (hope) at the end of all the hurt and anger that our two favorite characters are going through. . . . This is a wonderful tale about 2nd chances."

Colorimetry - Excerpt

Dex always said that Caleb lived in the past, and maybe that was true. So far the present hadn’t shown him much to get excited about.

Except now Maya was back. Though that wasn’t exciting. It was so many feelings, he didn’t even have words for them all. The combination was irritating, like a horsefly that kept buzzing around his head no matter how many times he slapped it away.

Remembrancy - Review

"In Reunited with the Cowboy, Claire McEwen crafts a story of grief, growth, and forgiveness. . . . McEwen combines a swoon-worthy romance with some humor . . . I’m looking at you Jace and Trisha. Here’s hoping another trip to Shelter Creek is coming soon."

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

A green pickup was parked alongside the barn, and Caleb tried to steady his thoughts. He had to keep his cool with her. He’d show her the permit he’d shoved in his jacket pocket before he left the house just now. She’d lecture. He’d pretend to listen. Then she’d be gone, out of his life again. It was all pretty simple, as long as he kept his mouth shut and nodded a bunch.

A small squeak behind him had him turning to see Hobo trotting up, his green eyes meeting Caleb’s in cat-concern. The cat trailed after Caleb most of the time. He’d even taken to riding on Caleb’s shoulder while Caleb worked around the barn. Which was kind of cute, though it had Caleb worrying that he was turning into the male equivalent of a lonely cat lady. But mostly he was just glad to have the company.

EmpowerMoms - Spotlight

Pause for Tales - Review

"This was another page turner in the Heartwarming line dealing with heavier topics and there was a little more language. Overall I liked this story and watching the growth of Caleb and Maya and their reconciliation was sweet to witness. I look forward to more of author McEwen stories."


"I loved her grandmother. She and some other ladies have a book club. They called it the Book Biddies. Those ladies bought so much to the story."


"Overall, I loved Reunited with the Cowboy, the story moves a perfect pace, the characters are compelling and Ms. McEwen is a skillful storyteller. I look forward to reading more of her work."

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

“Why don’t you just tell me what to do? Don’t you have some literature or something you can give me?” He didn’t want to spend more time with her. Didn’t want to see the way the growing sunlight lit up strands of gold in her hair. Didn’t want to think about how no other woman had caught his attention for long, since her.

Except part of him, that boy he’d been when he’d loved her, did want her here. It was ridiculous. Some ancient fantasy of happily-ever-after that his brain was revisiting.

"This book is about redemption and forgiveness. Maya is looking for redemption and forgiveness for something that she really didn’t do and Caleb is looking for redemption in his treatment of Maya all those years ago. And maybe some forgiveness, too. These two had a lot to do go through before they could even see eye to eye about their relationship. I loved that Ms. McEwen didn’t make it easy for either one of them.

I really enjoyed Maya and Caleb and I hope to see them again. I really go into Maya’s research on them and I would like an update on the center in later books. Again, give this line a chance. You won’t be disappointed."


"Reunited with the Cowboy by Claire McEwen is an excellent book, and I loved the characters, the quirky sides, the setting, and all the information packed into it about the mountain lions. I’m giving it a five-star review. I’m also recommending it to all the Romance readers out there."


She backed a few steps away from him and swiped at her wet cheeks with her sleeve. “I’m not shying away from the blame. Believe me, I carry more guilt and regret than you can ever imagine, every single day of my life. But maybe it’s time you were honest about your part in it. And about Julie’s part. Her actions helped cause that car accident.”

“Go.” It came out like a growl from somewhere deep and raw in Caleb’s chest. She was hacking at bone with her words, excavating pain he’d buried deep for a reason. “This isn’t going to work, you and me. It could never work. You want to leave me something to read about managing wildlife? Fine. But don’t come back here, trying to tell me how to run my ranch. Or how to remember my sister.”


“Hello, Mrs. Burton.”

“You always called me Lillian, so please don’t get all formal on me now.”

One side of Caleb’s mouth curled in a half smile that took Maya by surprise. She’d only seen him looking stern, hungover and miserable. That piece of a smile was a shimmering reminder of all the times he’d smiled at her. Except he’d been smiling at Grandma, and it was gone now, as he turned to his aunt. “You told me you wanted to meet for dinner. Then you talked me into this meeting instead. How about you and I go get that food now?”


"Reading Reunited with the Cowboy by Clause McEwen felt like watching a romance TV series. I loved seeing all of the different stories pulling together, especially the romance. It was filled with life’s hard times, community love, and sweet romance."

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post, if you haven't already...

Reunited with the Cowboy
(Heroes of Shelter Creek #1)
By Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She can save his ranch…

But can he forgive her?

Maya Burton knows she’s the last person rancher Caleb Dunne wants to see. After all, she survived the crash that killed his sister, and then left town. Now she has to convince the stubborn cowboy that she can help him save his ranch. But once she earns his trust—and his heart—will she be able to walk away?

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About the Author


Claire McEwen writes stories about strong heroes and heroines who take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-after. She lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When she’s not writing, Claire enjoys gardening, reading and discovering flea-market treasures. She loves to hear from readers! You can find her on most social media and at www.clairemcewen.com.


Tour Giveaway


1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon eGift Card
Open internationally
Ends July 24, 2019

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for July 15th - July 21st #freebook #booksale #booklinkup #booklinky


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by
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Take a listen... The Hashtag Hunt by Kristina Seek, narrated by Andrea Emmes & Tim Paige (Review, Soundbite & #Giveaway)


I'm sharing about this new audio release, Kristina Seek's debut, narrated by 
Award Winning, Best Selling Audiobook Narrator Andrea Emmes and Tim 
Paige.  Read my review, listen to a sound bite and enter the giveaway below...

The Hashtag Hunt
By Kristina Seek
Narrated by Andrea Emmes & Tim Paige
Adult Contemporary Romance
Audiobook & ebook, 5 hrs 18 mins
June 12, 2019 by The Audio Flow, LLC

Summary

The only reason Lauren entered the Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her startup, and it sounded easy enough: twelve hours to text twelve photos to someone called the Wizard. For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a #HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the perfect subject. The only reason Brenner entered Barkley’s Pub was to have beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. Lauren explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner’s offer to help with hashtag number six. While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash.

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My Review

THE HASHTAG HUNT is a story full of friendship and romance that is just plain fun! Contemporary romance fans will find many laugh-out-loud and swoon-worthy moments as they follow the heroine and her group on a unique scavenger hunt. Definitely worth the listen!

The story starts when Lauren is in the middle of The Hashtag Hunt, a scavenger hunt where competitors have to submit pictures via text that matches a specific hashtag. The winner wins $10,000, which Lauren wants in order to open her own store. The whole premise of the hunt was definitely a unique part of this story that I thought was really fun. I also really liked these characters. Lauren and Ivy are best friends and you can feel how close they are. When Brenner and Scott join the story it's quite hilarious. I really loved Brenner, who was still dealing with some PTSD issues. I liked that he was just an all around good guy. Then there was Scott with his unique physique and really bad puns. There were some other twists thrown in here and there as well as some unique settings. The romance was a little corny in places, but it also was sweet and mostly slow-building, which is my favorite kind.

There were a few things that could have been developed more. I also wasn't too sure about switching to the wizard's point of view at one point and how things turned out. There was also some additional characters who join in later on and I don't know that they were particularly needed. I think it's okay to not end a story all perfectly wrapped up with everyone paired off.

Notes on the audio version: I really enjoyed these narrators and thought they did an excellent job. The only thing that was slightly off was when Paige would talk in his Lauren voice and it was sometimes so high that it made me laugh - obviously you could tell it was a guy trying to sound like a girl. Honestly, it just added to the fun though.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed listening to this story. Full of great characters, plenty of humor, an exciting scavenger hunt, and sweet romance. If you're looking for a fun read with some twists, then definitely check this one out!

Content: Some swearing, innuendo, drinking.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from from Caffeinated PR, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

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About the Author


Kristina Seek's debut novel, The Hashtag Hunt, was published in 2018. She is a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and a member of Romance Writers of America. In March of 2019, she quit her day job to focus on a career in writing. Kristina lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. She cherishes time with her friends and family, loves traveling to new destinations, and wants to cross off the other items on her bucket list.


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Check out the cover for Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Cover Reveal)


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Coming November 5th 2019 from Freeform Books, and there's a NEW cover
for Little White Lies as well! Check them out and enter the giveaway below...


(Debutantes #2)
YA Suspense
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages

Summary

"Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?"

Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group's ranks may have the answers she's looking for. Things are looking up... until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family's summer home--and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.

No one is quite who they seem to be in this twisty, soapy, gasp-inducing sequel to Jennifer Lynn Barnes' unputdownable Little White Lies

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(Debutantes #1)
YA Suspense
Hardcover, Paperbook, Audiobook & ebook, 390 Pages

Summary

"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

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About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writing.


Reveal Giveaway

1 winner will receive a paperback of LITTLE WHITE LIES, US Only.

Giveaway ends July 31st, midnight EST.




She's been told there's a curse on her family... The Emerald Heart of Courtenay by Anita Stansfield (Review & #Giveaway)


Welcome! Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Emerald Heart of Courtenay
By Anita Stansfield
Adult Historical Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications

Summary

The moment her father takes his final breath, Sarah Courtenay becomes the sole heir of her family's sprawling castle—and something far more unexpected. For on his deathbed, Lord Courtenay left his daughter a cryptic message: a dark curse will fall upon the house should Sarah fail to obtain and protect a priceless treasure. Sarah's astonishment upon discovering the carefully hidden sword sparkling with jewels is nothing compared to the shock she feels when she learns the true nature of her father's death: he was poisoned. And now Sarah herself might possess something worth killing for. Desperate to avoid her father's fate, Sarah flees the only home she's ever known, taking with her a loyal maid and a hired bodyguard who will stop at nothing to protect the beautiful woman in his care. From the safety of a remote farm, Sarah finds a renewed measure of peace and hope for the future. But the sinister weapon that glitters amid her belongings in that small farmhouse beckons a shadowy enemy, one who will not be deterred from taking everything from Sarah—including her life.

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My Review

THE EMERALD HEART OF COURTENAY is a story of loss, danger, friendship, and romance while a young woman flees to safety after her father's death when she finds her life is in danger. Those who are fans of Stansfield's other books will enjoy this one.

The beginning of this story starts right in to when Sarah is losing her father and is trying to come to terms with a secret he shared with her that she finds quite unbelievable. Then she finds that what he shared may actually be true and that someone killed him. She is sent away with a bodyguard for safety. The story moves at a steady pace with some pivotal moments to this point, but then slows down quite a bit as Sarah and her companions wait to see what will happen and if the murderer will be found. The story picks up again towards a somewhat climatic ending.

For the most part, I liked these characters. They were fairly straight-forward, not as complex as I would have liked, but overall they were easy to cheer on. I did have issues with the story being told to me instead of experiencing it with the characters. It easily lost my interest in places and I didn't find a lot of the dialogue or actions of the characters to be terribly realistic (such as hardly any dialogue between two of the characters as well as them not spending much time together and then all of a sudden they're in love; also calling the "police" when it would have been the magistrate or the highest ranking lord in the vicinity during that time period). The ending was very sweet.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a quick and light read with some suspense and romance. I wanted more development to the characters, story, and historical period, but I think some of that is the author's style, which may not be for me. Fans of the author will be sure to enjoy it.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Anita Stansfield has been the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for nearly two decades, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget.

Anita is now also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels. You can find her work on amazon.com.


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I Can't Wait for... The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

This book looks and sounds fabulous! It's not a plot I've read before with the whole stealing memories things and them being valuable, but it would definitely have a huge affect on a society and I'm very much curious how it will turn out. It's my pick this week...

The Memory Thief
By Lauren Mansy
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 368 Pages
October 1st 2019 by Blink

Summary

In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city's asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a "criminal's" memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.

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Will you be reading this one?

Read an excerpt from this sweet romance... Reunited with the Cowboy by Claire McEwen (Excerpt & #Giveaway)


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Welcome! Check out the excerpt and giveaway below...

Reunited with the Cowboy
(Heroes of Shelter Creek #1)
By Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

She can save his ranch…

But can he forgive her?

Maya Burton knows she’s the last person rancher Caleb Dunne wants to see. After all, she survived the crash that killed his sister, and then left town. Now she has to convince the stubborn cowboy that she can help him save his ranch. But once she earns his trust—and his heart—will she be able to walk away?

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Excerpt

A green pickup was parked alongside the barn, and Caleb tried to steady his thoughts. He had to keep his cool with her. He’d show her the permit he’d shoved in his jacket pocket before he left the house just now. She’d lecture. He’d pretend to listen. Then she’d be gone, out of his life again. It was all pretty simple, as long as he kept his mouth shut and nodded a bunch.
A small squeak behind him had him turning to see Hobo trotting up, his green eyes meeting Caleb’s in cat-concern. The cat trailed after Caleb most of the time. He’d even taken to riding on Caleb’s shoulder while Caleb worked around the barn. Which was kind of cute, though it had Caleb worrying that he was turning into the male equivalent of a lonely cat lady. But mostly he was just glad to have the company.
Not too many people visited their ranch these days. The little guy probably thought he needed to protect Caleb from this intruder.
And maybe the darn cat was right. Though, for his dignity’s sake, Caleb wasn’t sure he wanted his little buddy along with him right now. “Shoo,” he told the cat, flicking his hand back toward the house.
Hobo stopped, one paw in the air, uncertain. Caleb kept walking, feeling oddly guilty. Hobo had sat with him and his bottle last night. He always stayed by Caleb when nightmares hit, when things got bad. But, sheesh, he was a cat. He should be able to handle a little time on his own.
The driver’s side door of the truck opened and Maya hopped lightly down. Caleb was glad to have a moment to take her in from a distance, now that his head was clearing a little. Her fitted jeans ended in hiking boots. She wore a dark green jacket, and when she spotted him and waved, he could see the lines of her waist, the curve of her hip. Not something he should notice or care about. He’d lost that right when he drove her out of his life. Still, he was surprised he could notice anything through his hangover haze.
Maybe the aspirin was helping a little.
Maya stopped a few paces from him and waited, the keys she twisted in her fingers betraying her emotion. “You’re looking a little better,” she said.
“Thanks. Feeling a little better too.”
She nodded. “Look, it’s not my business, but are you okay? You were pretty out of it.”
“I’m fine. Just spent a little too much time with a bottle of rye, that’s all.” No way was he going to have some heavy discussion with her just because she happened to find him passed out on his porch. Getting drunk was his prerogative. He’d fought for his country—had the nightmares to prove it—and if a little alcohol helped keep them at bay, she didn’t have the right to judge. Plus he didn’t need her judgment. He was pretty sure he had enough self-loathing for both of them.

About the Author


Claire McEwen writes stories about strong heroes and heroines who take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-after. She lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When she’s not writing, Claire enjoys gardening, reading and discovering flea-market treasures. She loves to hear from readers! You can find her on most social media and at www.clairemcewen.com.


Tour Schedule


Tour-Wide Giveaway


1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon eGift Card
Open internationally
Ends July 24, 2019

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Author Angela D. Meyer for The Mosaic Collection (Spotlight & #Giveaway)

 Welcome to the Blog Blitz for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! The author being spotlighted today is Angela D. Meyer. Find out more and enter the giveaway below...

The Mosaic Collection
Christian Fiction
His Image Publications

Summary

For His glory...

The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ's finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

...and our good

We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God's grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

Visit the Mosaic Collection Website to stay posted on each new release & follow the collection blog for meaningful posts from the authors!

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About the Author

Angela D. Meyer lives in Nebraska with her husband of over 27 years. They have two children, both of whom they homeschooled and graduated. She is the author of the Applewood Hill series and is a contributor to The Benefit Package, a devotional compilation.

Angela graduated from college with a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, but instead of working overseas, she spent several years in New England as a nanny. She co-teaches a women’s Bible study at her church and serves on the advisory board of her local Christian writers’ group, Wordsowers.

She enjoys the ocean, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and hopes to someday ride in a hot air balloon. Her aim in life is to love God and love others.


Cornerstone message from the collection:

There is brokenness all around us and people turning to the wrong things for answers. Only God can make whole. I want my stories to be powerful in their showing of God’s truth, love and grace, lighting the path that leads directly to God. 

I have experienced firsthand the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in my marriage and I want to share with others that.God is able to heal, restore and redeem any brokenness.

Ten Favorite Things

Prompt: In no particular order, ten of your favorite things (i.e. hot cocoa, a warm breeze, the sound of my kids’ laughter, etc.):

Author:
  1. Sunrises/sunsets
  2. birds singing in the early morning before the rest of the world is awake
  3. the sound of ocean waves
  4. dark chocolate
  5. thunderstorms
  6. fresh ripe fruit
  7. a great book (suspense is my favorite)
  8. peppermint ice cream
  9. family

Schedule

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Blitz Giveaway

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:
  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls
Full tour schedule linked above. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only *(may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

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