Read an excerpt from this new release... Her Part to Play by Jenny Erlingsson (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #newbooks #bookx #christfic #christianromance #romancebooks @justreadtours @revellbooks


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Her Part to Play
By Jenny Erlingsson
Christian Contemporary Romance
Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback & eBook, 320 Pages
June 18, 2024 by Revell

Summary

Desperate for extra income after her mother's passing, Adanne accepts a last-minute job as a makeup artist for a movie filming in her small Alabama hometown. She's working to save her parents' legacy and help her brother, but the money hardly seems worth having to face the actor who got her fired from her last job in Hollywood.

John Pope has made his share of mistakes over the years. But after turning his life over to God and enduring a messy breakup, he's ready to start rebuilding his career. Imagine his surprise when the woman called in to cover for his usual makeup artist is a quiet but feisty newcomer on the set--and definitely not a fan.

Sparks of tension--and could that be attraction?--fly between them, but Adanne hates the spotlight, and John's scheming manager has bigger plans for him than to end up with the humble makeup girl from the small-town South. Can these star-crossed lovers find their way to happiness? Or will the bright lights of Hollywood blind their eyes to what's right in front of them?

Debut author Jenny Erlingsson's diverse cast comes alive with faith, romance, and a touch of humor to create a story worthy of the big screen.

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Excerpt

Adanne swallowed. How’d she go from a sleepy makeup artist to standing in as an extra? Most of the scenes were blocked before she finished applying the makeup. Surely someone else could do this with the stunt double instead of her standing in the last place she wanted to be . . . at the center of everyone’s attention.

Before she could come up with a better alternative, the stand-in sauntered out of an office building adjacent to the general store. Except, it wasn’t a double.

He approached her, adjusting the suspenders attached to his trousers as he listened to the production assistant who was walking beside him. Adanne blinked, swallowing down the bile rising in her throat. Surely the Lord would allow the Alabama clay to open and swallow her right up. Away from the man she’d been grateful to avoid since she’d stepped foot on set. The careless actor whose antics got her fired three years ago.

About the Author


Jenny Erlingsson is an author and speaker of Nigerian descent. After twelve years working in junior high and women’s ministries, she moved with her family from Alabama to Iceland. When she’s not running after her four kids or ministering alongside her husband, she can be found writing romantic fiction and creative nonfiction to inspire deep faith in diverse settings, as well as encouraging other writers. Her writing has been featured on (in)courage, Live Original, Velvet Ashes, and more. And in the margins, you might find her reading five books at a time with a side of Icelandic chocolate.

Connect with Jenny by visiting JennyErlingsson.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

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A new multicultural romantic comedy... The Five Stages of Courting Dalisay Ramos by Melissa de la Cruz (Review) #newbooks #bookx #yalit #yabooks #romancebooks #romcom @tbrbeyondtours


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The Five Stages of Courting Dalisay Ramos
By Melissa de la Cruz
Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Audiobook, Paperback & eBook, 304 Pages
July 9, 2024 by Union Square & Co. 

Summary

A sweet and spicy multicultural romantic comedy that that blends the rich tapestry of Filipino courtship rituals with the modern complexities of love, family, and cultural expectations, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Evan Saatchi can’t keep his eyes off his new co-worker, Dalisay Ramos.

Newly arrived from Manila to lead their travel app’s Asia division, nothing matters more to Dalisay than tradition and family. When Evan asks her out, she soundly rejects him for his cheek.

Evan learns from his Filipino friends that Dalisay expects more from potential suitors. If he wants a chance with her, he’s going to have to go through the Five Stages: the courtship ritual that lovers in the Philippines have performed for generations.

At first, Evan is skeptical—what, exactly, does “servitude” entail? And he has to sing?! But when Dalisay bets Evan that he doesn’t have the nerve to make it through the stages, the game is on.

As Evan attempts to prove to Dalisay that he can win her heart—and the bet—Dalisay is driven to distraction by Evan’s sexy labors, and soon their “courtship” turns into a sizzling secret.

But when modern love and family expectations collide, Dalisay and Evan must find a way to carry a rich history into a shared future.

Featuring a memorable cast of characters navigating the intersection of cultural traditions, workplace dynamics, and the magic of true love, this heart-warming Asian American romance is perfect for fans of Kevin Kwan books, Red String Theory, and other voicey Asian American authors. Melissa de la Cruz thoughtfully explores the push and pull of contemporary desires and deep-rooted familial expectations, all set against the backdrop of a will-they-won’t-they workplace romance that will leave readers swooning.

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My Review

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About the Author


Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her books have topped USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and been published in more than twenty countries. She is best-known for her Blue Bloods series (with more than three million copies in print), The Descendants books based on the Disney Channel films, and the Witches of East End novels, which were turned into a two-season drama series on Lifetime Television. Melissa de la Cruz lives in West Hollywood with her husband and daughter.


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A fairy tale reimagined... The Lady Glass by Anneka R. Walker (Spotlight) #newbooks #bookx #historicalromance #romancebooks #cleanreads #cleanromance #fairytale #retelling #theladyglass #AnnekaRWalker @covenantcomms @austenprose


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The Lady Glass
(An Enchanted Regency Romance #3)
By Anneka R. Walker
Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 288 Pages
July 9, 2024 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Nothing shapes glass like fire.

Theresia Dvorak has nothing left of her parents—nothing save her dowry, a priceless crystal vase stolen and sold by her own stepmother. Theresia will do anything to secure what is rightfully hers—even assume a false identity and steal her future back. When she gains entrance to a house party and has a memorable run-in with the handsome naval captain Rolland Reese, her mission is compromised. She swore never to trust an Englishman again, but when he makes a daring proposal she cannot refuse, she must work side by side with him if either of them is to achieve their aim.

Rolland is stunned when his homecoming from the war takes a decidedly deadly turn. The quickest solution is to throw a house party and invite all the suspects. With the stakes incredibly high, Rolland must root out the killer before they turn their sights to the next potential victim: his own father. The mysterious Theresia is undoubtedly the most suspicious of his guests, but against all odds, he finds himself risking everything to protect her. As Rolland unravels a tangle of clues, he faces the greatest threats of all: a heart of fire and a future as fragile as glass.

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About the Author


Anneka R. Walker is a best-selling author of historical and contemporary romance. With humor and an abundance of heart, she crafts uplifting stories you won't soon forget. She is the winner of the Swoony Award, the LDSPMA Praiseworthy Award, and various chapter contests. Her books have received praise from Publishers Weekly, Historical Novel Society, Midwest Book Review, and Readers Favorite. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in English and history and hopes to never stop learning. She is a blessed wife, proud mother of five, lover of Jesus, connoisseur of chocolate, and believer in happy endings.



Do you enjoy stories based on classic fairytales? Do you have a favorite?

A marriage-of-convenience historical... Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy (Review) #newbooks #bookx #christfic #christianfiction #christianromance #romance #suspense #bhpfiction @justreadtours @Bethany_House


Toward the Dawn
(A Western Light #2)
By Mary Connealy
Christian Historical Western Romance
Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback & eBook, 304 Pages
June 18, 2024 by Bethany House Publishers 

Summary

Despite trials that threaten their path forward, hope dawns for a future filled with love.

Kat Wadsworth and Sebastian Jones never imagined their lives would entwine so closely. Forced to flee on a wagon train from a vengeful uncle and an unknown gunman, they live in a hidden canyon with the family that rescued them. But as the days turn into months, they each have separate reasons for wanting to move back to society, and the best way to the independence they desperately crave might be through a marriage of convenience. 

However, settling into their homestead in Cheyenne, Wyoming, reveals a different reality for Kat. Her new husband becomes consumed by his inventions, leaving her feeling lonely and isolated. And just when they think they've left the danger behind, a mysterious attacker lurks in the shadows, threatening the new life they've built. Together, they must confront the perils from their pasts to forge a future with hope and the prospect of love.

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My Review

TOWARD THE DAWN is a story about two people who marry for convenience. They find that love develops as they learn to appreciate and rely on each other as they build a new life, and as that life is threatened. Readers will appreciate the likable characters, threads of faith, and some light romance as the danger intensifies to a climatic conclusion.

This story had all the parts of a good tale, but I felt like they were a bit disconnected. It was kind of like the author was going from one plot point to the next without too much emotional investment. Something happened and then something else happened and this was how the characters felt or what they thought without any humor (which this author is usually known for) and without much depth. Everyone felt somewhat one dimensional, the main characters and the villains. I also wasn't completely on board with the secondary story. I think I just didn't buy into it and it came off feeling pretty forced. It also was a story that you could easily skim and not miss a whole lot except in a few places. For me, I wanted a lot more depth and emotional connection. It was still a nice story and that was pretty much it.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall likable, very light story. I would have liked to relate better to the characters or felt more emotionally connected, but I do plan on reading the next book to find out how things settle for this group of characters.

Content: Some violence, references to abuse, murder (nothing overly descriptive).
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than 1.5 million books and is the author of the popular series Wyoming Sunrise and The Lumber Baron's Daughters and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

Connect with Mary by visiting MaryConnealy.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

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Read an excerpt from this new small-town romance... To Have and Let Go by Julieann Dove (Excerpt) #newbooks #bookx #romancebooks #cleanromance #cleanreads @CaffeinatedPR


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To Have and Let Go
(The Women of Boone County #2)
By Julieann Dove
Contemporary Romance, Clean & Wholesome
eBook, 312 Pages
July 9, 2024

Summary

Chelsea Hayes is no stranger to running away from her problems. That could explain why she moved six states away from Boone County. And the reason she works a second job to go talk in circles to a therapist bi-weekly, to avoid hitting the dead end and facing her demons.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, a call from back home forces her to hang up her running shoes and return to face some ghosts that never left, even if she did.

Patrick Jergan is new in town. Someone to take away some of the tension from all the things spinning out of control in Chelsea’s life. But like Chelsea, he’s fighting his own set of problems. The two might make a good match, except for one thing…or one person. He’s the topic her therapist knows nothing about. In fact, no one in town knows of their past. If they did, there would be no end to the tongues wagging.

"If you haven't discovered Julieann Dove's books, start right now with Coming Home, the first book in her latest series. It's filled with the complex characters and smalltown charm I love." Sherryl Woods, New York Times #1 bestsellling author of The Sweet Magnolias and Chesapeake Shores series.

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Excerpt

I was out of town a mile or so, and the same distance from home. The water cascaded down the windshield in sheets. A shiver ripped down my naked, wet arms. I turned off the car’s air conditioner and ignition. How long would it take for someone to pass by and help? Throw out a cable, and it magically hooked where it needed and pulled me out?

Oh, cars came. And passed. Nothing that resembled a large truck with a winch or push bars to give me the slightest nudge I needed. I sighed. More rain poured. Never the patient one, I got out, locked the car, and began to walk home. How long could it possibly rain, anyway? This was Texas, not Seattle, Washington.

It actually took only minutes for water to collect in the soles of my shoes as I pondered the probability and forecast of a monsoon. And less time for the weight of the rain to form clumps in what used to be my wispy bangs. Even my eyelashes were unable to withstand the pelting of the rain, and my eyes strained to stay open. I was cold, wet, and looked down to find that my shirt now clung to my skin like a cheesecloth.

A bright-orange car passed. The water from the tires sprayed mist that covered my entire body. It was useless to try to do anything about it. I took another step, my feet sloshing with every motion forward. Bright, appalling brake lights that glowed from the rear bumper lit the now monochromatic scene before me. My eyes fluttered against the elements and squinted to figure out what it was doing. Reverse lights blinked, and slowly it backed up to where I dripped on the side of the road.

The window lowered to halfway, and I peered inside to see a man hunched forward, speaking in elevated sound. “Need a ride?”

The question was absurd. Of course I needed a ride. The thing was, I didn’t need to be killed by agreeing to a ride. Crime television taught me lots of things. Not getting in a car with a stranger was one of them. Albeit, a nice-looking stranger. His smile, when he asked, was the kind I’d get if he’d just taken my order at Starbucks. Not a leering one like the weirdo who wants to shove you in his trunk once he’s given you a sniff of chloroform. Still, I couldn’t be sure, so I declined.

“No thanks. My house is just up the road.”

He persisted. Like a gentleman or a serial killer. It was hard to tell when buckets of water were being poured upon you. “Really, I’m not a creep or anything. It’s pouring. I can give you ride.”

I got close enough to smell the coconut air freshener.

Again, my lifelong training of female survivor kicked it. For all the na├»ve girls who just wanted to get out of the storm. Forge ahead, stay alive. “Nah, I’m good. But thanks for the
offer.”

He hesitated. “Okay, well, I hope where it is you’re going isn’t far.”

I smiled. Water dripped from my chin. “It isn’t. Thanks for stopping.”

He shook his head and waved before moving forward.

I watched as the lights trailed out of sight. I just saved my own life. Or denied myself a chance not to get a stupid cold. I’d never know.

I walked the rest of what felt like two miles hunched over, covering my chest with my wet hand, in the pouring rain. Each step thinking the storm would slack off. It didn’t. I passed houses with their inside lights on, and watched through their windows as people were going about their time eating, watching television, or one window where a cat was watching me. He probably was being reminded that’s why he was an inside cat.

A left turn on Miller and two more houses to go. A blister was beginning to form on my big toe as it took the brunt of the travel, shoved forward in what used to be my favorite brown flats. I looked down at the stained dark color and wondered whether they’d ever look the same.

When I looked up again, I noticed that bright-orange car. A spoiler on back, shiny hubcaps, and a black line down the body of it. I looked at the house where it found itself parked in the driveway. It was my house! What in the world was it doing parked in my driveway? Well, my mother’s driveway. This killer was persistent and clairvoyant, it seemed.

I went around to the side door and fished for the key from underneath the mat. Mom was a genius to leave it in the most inconspicuous place. I looked in the window before turning the lock. Trying to see the man. At this point of being soaked to the bone, I couldn’t imagine I’d be too tempting to murder. The bigger mystery was what he was doing here.

I shoved open the door and crossed my chest when I felt the air conditioning bite at the water standing on my arms. Mom never ran the air conditioning. Oh my gosh. The thought plowed me over. Maybe he was one of those types who found out someone died and he stalked the place for a few days, saw no one else lived there, and he moved in. I looked around for something to defend myself. Nothing. Why was my mom such a minimalist? No iron skillet. No rolling pin. Had I been able to get my hand in my wet pocket, I may have checked and found nothing there too. Before I raided the fridge for a jar of pickles to club him with, he appeared in
the doorway.

“You? What…who…”

“I think I should be asking the same thing,” I said, mopping the water that still leaked from my stringy hair. “Who are you and what are you doing in my house?”

Still with that Forest Gump look, he exclaimed, “Chelsea! Of course it’s you. I didn’t recognize you—” His eyes moved down my body.

I covered my front, realizing I was a peep show in my white tee shirt.

“You look different not in pigtails and braces.”

Lord, my full-on anxiety stage of life. And Mom kept it prominently displayed on our mantle. She had my 8x10 third-grade picture next to my cap and gown wallet-sized one.

I fidgeted with my hair. Not much better than ponytails at the present moment. “Okay. But who are you?”

He ran and pulled a kitchen towel from a drawer. Funny he knew which one. How long had he been squatting here? He handed it to me. “I’m Patrick.” He held out his hand for me to possibly shake. I looked, still stuck in the moment, and continued to sop water from my skin. “Okay, well, I’m Patrick.” He shoved his hand back in his jean pocket. “I’m the chef at your mom’s restaurant.”

“The chef?” Mom had a chef—er, rather the main line cook, Mr. Newton. He’d
sometimes accidentally leave his teeth soaking in a cup by the employee restroom. I guess it made sense now that he might’ve not lived long after I moved away. Mom did get him a stool to sit on to help ease his back when he had to stand long hours.

“Yeah, I…well, she hired me about six months ago.” He went and grabbed some paper towels and began sopping up the water that puddled around me.

“Okay, but why are you in our house?”

He looked up from where he was kneeling. “It’s a long story, actually.”

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About the Author


Julieann Dove takes great pleasure in writing about love and all the mess that goes along with it. How else does happily ever after become realized, if not for some type of hardship and journey? When she’s not writing, she loves playing with fabric at her sewing machine, baking new recipes, and playing in the dirt, trying to get things to grow. Julieann loves old movies, and never tires of listening to music—it’s where she finds most of her inspiration for her books.


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I Can't Wait for... The Cloverton Charade by Sarah E. Ladd (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #bookx #newbooks #christfic #chrisitanhistorical #romancebooks @tnzfiction


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I've loved this author and her historical romances for a long time now. Her newest is my pick this week...

The Cloverton Charade
(The Houses of Yorkshire #3)
By Sarah E. Ladd
Christian Historical Romance
Audiobook, Paperback & eBook, 352 Pages
September 3, 2024 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

A long-held family feud reignites when two rival antiquities brokers arrive at the same house party in Regency England.

Olivia Brannon knows her goals are unconventional. As a young woman in Regency England, her best bet—according to society—is to marry well and secure a steady future for herself. But Olivia has never been interested in convention. She’d prefer to follow in her deceased father’s footsteps and journey to foreign lands in search of rare and valuable antiquities.

Eager to make a name for herself in the antiquities world, Olivia jumps at an invitation to join a wealthy widow at the famed Cloverton Hall to evaluate her private antiquities collection. Secrecy of the task is vital, and in order to conceal her efforts Olivia must pretend to be a house party guest to avoid suspicion and to explain her presence.

Lucas Avery, whose father was a rival of Olivia’s father, has also arrived at the Cloverton Hall house party, hired by the new master of Cloverton Hall—the widow’s nephew—to appraise the renowned Cloverton Hall collection. When Lucas discovers Olivia masquerading as a party guest while covertly conducting her own assessment, he’s keen to renew the family rivalry. But as their paths frequently cross, he’s unprepared for the effect the refreshingly honest—and beautiful—Olivia has on him.

Yet all is not as it seems. Both Olivia and Lucas are shocked by the astonishing discovery of counterfeit pieces, and when the unexpected occurs, everyone is a suspect . . . and Olivia and Lucas both must choose whom they will trust. Only the hidden treasure will allow Louisa and her sister to gain their freedom.

- Sweet Regency romance set in the same time period as Bridgerton
- Part of the Houses of Yorkshire series but can be read as a stand-alone novel
- Book length: 83,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs

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Dive into this new mystery... It's Elementary by Elise Bryant (Spotlight) #newbooks #bookx #mystery #romcom @BerkleyPub

It's Elementary
By Elise Bryant
Contemporary Mystery, Romantic Comedy
Audiobook, Paperback & eBook, 368 Pages
July 9, 2024 by Berkley

Summary

A fast-paced, completely delightful new mystery about what happens when parents get a little too involved in their kids' schools, from NAACP Image Award nominee Elise Bryant.

Mavis Miller is not a PTA mom. She has enough on her plate with her feisty seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, an exhausting job at a nonprofit, and the complexities of a multigenerational household. So no one is more surprised than Mavis when she caves to Trisha Holbrook, the long-reigning, slightly terrifying PTA president, and finds herself in charge of the school’s brand-new DEI committee.

As one of the few Black parents at this California elementary school, Mavis tries to convince herself this is an opportunity for real change. But things go off the rails at the very first meeting, when the new principal's plans leave Trisha absolutely furious. Later that night, when Mavis spies Trisha in yellow rubber gloves and booties, lugging cleaning supplies and giant black trash bags to her waiting minivan, it’s only natural that her mind jumps to somewhere it surely wouldn’t in the light of day.

Except Principal Smith fails to show up for work the next morning, and has been MIA since the meeting. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Mavis, along with the school psychologist with the great forearms (look, it’s worth noting), launches an investigation that will challenge her views on parenting, friendship, and elementary school politics.

Brilliantly written, It's Elementary is a quick-witted, escapist romp that perfectly captures just how far parents will go to give their kids the very best, all wrapped in a mystery that will leave you guessing to the very end.

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About the Author


Elise Bryant was born and raised in Southern California, and for many years she had the joy of working as a special education teacher. Now she spends her days writing and eating dessert. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Long Beach. You can find her online at EliseBryant.com, or on her delightful Instagram feed @EliseMBryant.

Photo credit: Joseph Sebastia Photograph.


I'm looking forward to reviewing this one! It looks and sounds like it's such a fun read! What do you think? Does this sound like a book you'd enjoy?

The perfect beach read... Until Next Summer by Ali Brady (Spotlight) #newbooks #bookx #womensfiction #romancebooks @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub

Until Next Summer
By Ali Brady
Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Audiobook, Paperback & eBook, 448 Pages
July 9, 2024 by Berkley

Summary

Two former best friends each find love at an adults-only summer camp in this romantic and nostalgic novel that proves “once a camp person, always a camp person.”

Growing up, Jessie and Hillary lived for summer, when they’d be reunited at Camp Chickawah. The best friends vowed to become counselors together someday, but they drifted apart after Hillary broke her promise and only Jessie stuck to their plan, working her way up to become the camp director.

When Jessie learns that the camp will be sold, she decides to plan one last hurrah, inviting past campers—including Hillary—to a nostalgic “adult summer camp” before closing for good. Jessie and Hillary rebuild their friendship as they relive the best time of their lives—only now there are adult beverages, skinny dipping, and romantic entanglements. Straitlaced Hillary agrees to a “no strings attached” summer fling with the camp chef, while outgoing Jessie is drawn to a moody, reclusive writer who’s rented a cabin to work on his novel.

The friends soon realize this doesn’t have to be the last summer. They’ll team up and work together, just like the old days. But if they can’t save their beloved camp, will they be able to take the happiness of this summer away with them?

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About the Authors


Ali Brady is the pen name of writing BFFs Alison Hammer and Bradeigh Godfrey. The Beach Trap is their first book together. Alison lives in Chicago and works as a VP creative director at an advertising agency. She’s the author of You and Me and Us and Little Pieces of Me. Bradeigh lives with her family in Utah, where she works as a physician. She’s the author of the psychological thriller, Impostor.

Photo: © Robin Facer

Find them here.


Does this sound like a book you'd enjoy? Are you currently reading a good summer or beach read?

Happy July 4th!


Happy Independence Day to you all! We're with family today, which is how I prefer to spend holidays like this. If you're in the US, I hope you're catching some fireworks and enjoying good food and company as well. I'm very grateful for my freedom, for those who have died fighting for it and those who continue to fight for it.

I Can't Wait for... The Winged Tiara by J'Nell Ciesielski (Can't-Wait Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #booktwitter #newbooks #histfic #historicalfiction #romancebooks @tnzfiction


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here 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. Find out more here.

I loved two of this author's previous books, The Songbird and the Spy and Beauty Among Ruins, so I'm looking forward to her upcoming release this year. It's my pick this week...

The Winged Tiara
By J'Nell Ciesielski
Historical Fiction, Romance
Audiobook, Paperback & eBook, 352 Pages
August 13, 2024 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

Diamonds and danger dazzle in Ciesielski's latest enchanting romp through post-war Europe as estranged spouses and jewel thieves hunt an elusive Valkyrie tiara.

November 12, 1918. It was a match made in champagne-soaked heaven, but all too soon the bubbles dried up, and Esme Fox awakens the morning after celebrating the end of the Great War to find herself shockingly and accidentally married. She gathers her belongings and slips out before her new husband can stop her. After all, she knows it's best to leave before he does.

Four years later, Jasper Truitt, after having made a name for himself in the underground world of jewel thieves, is on the hunt for a valuable heirloom: a one-of-a-kind winged tiara--the last Valkyrie tiara ever created. So it's with great surprise that he discovers it at a charity event atop the head of a woman he's never forgotten. His long-lost wife . . . who happens to be pursuing the tiara for a vengeful opera diva desperate to obtain the jewel for herself.

The reunion is cut short when Esme vanishes--again--but their separation is temporary. With a hitman on their heels and a deadline looming, the pair find themselves in an epic game of cat and mouse across Europe following leads from the French Riviera to a shop of wonders in Venice, a fairy-tale castle in Bavaria, and a veritable circus thrown by a champagne heiress, all before a dramatic horseback flight through the French countryside.

In the end only one can win, and with both of their hearts on the line, the winner may well turn out to be the loser.

In her latest glamorous historical romance, J'nell Ciesielski spins a sparkling story filled with her signature snappy dialogue and vivid atmosphere that will keep you reading late into the night to see what happens next.

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Read an excerpt from this new release... When Secrets Come Calling by Felicia Ferguson (Excerpt & #Giveaway) #newbooks #bookx #christfic #christianfiction #romancebooks #christianromance #suspense @justreadtours

When Secrets Come Calling JustRead Blog + Review Tour

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When Secrets Come Calling
When Secrets Come Calling
By Felicia Ferguson
Christian Romance, Police Procedural Mystery
eBook, 282 Pages
July 1, 2024 by Salt & Light Publishing

Summary

Past secrets. A second chance. But can the truth really set them free? 

When former University of Alabama and Titans wide receiver Dax Carpenter learns his father is accused of a forty-year-old robbery and murder, he turns to the only person he trusts to discover the truth: his ex-girlfriend, Caitlin Fitzhugh. 

Caitlin, a cold-case specialist with the Alabama State Division of Investigations, wants nothing to do with the case nor Dax. Not only is the evidence against Dax’s father already condemning, she can’t risk having her heart broken—again. 

Caitlin’s boss, however, ignores her arguments, and she begrudgingly takes the consult, convincing herself she can keep the case and her past with Dax separate. But unlike her, longings and memories don’t follow orders. While she lends her skills to the Gulf Shores Police Department in the search for the truth, Dax fends off a possibly career-ending social media hit—leading him to question everything he knows about his father and himself. 

As the secrets of both their pasts unfold, they discover whether Dax’s father truly robbed and murdered a man forty years ago but also why Caitlin ended their relationship. Secrets that could drive a wedge between them, forever.

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My Review

A flurry of movement tugged her gaze from her inbox and through the glass wall dividing her office from the bullpen. Caitlin’s jaw dropped. At six feet, six inches, Dax Carpenter would be hard to miss, however, the years of weight training drew every eye within a hundred yards.

But it wasn’t his height or even his muscled physique that made Caitlin’s heart quicken and her breath stutter. No, that was thanks to the memories flickering across her mind. Their shared moments—of laughter, delight, and yes, of love. Biting her lip, she closed her eyes in a long blink, willing those images back into the deepest recesses of her heart.

By the time he reached her door, she’d nearly succeeded. “Dax.”

His mouth flinched into some semblance of a smile. She studied his face, the pained brackets around his eyes, his tense cheeks, the dark green of his usually hazel eyes. Worry skirted through her. This was not a social call.

“What happened?” Despite her resolve to keep her distance, she rose and stepped around her desk. Her fingers itched to touch him, to soothe his desperation. It had been five years. How could he still have such an effect on her? She pushed the question aside. This wasn’t personal. And she couldn’t let it be.

About the Author

Felicia Ferguson

Felicia Ferguson achieved master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Speech-Language Pathology, but has written since childhood and dreamed of authoring books that teach and inspire others. An award-winning fiction and non-fiction freelance writer, she has previously published devotions with Christian Devotions and Inkspirations, written articles for national luxury lifestyle magazine, VIE, and guest blogged on multiple websites. But her greatest writing love is contemporary Southern women’s fiction and romantic suspense. Her heroines are strong women who work through their spiritual and emotional issues using biblical principles and counseling techniques, finding real hope in their happily-ever-after endings.

As a child, Felicia lived in Kansas, Texas, and Louisiana before her family settled on a horse and cattle farm in Kentucky. As an adult, she’s lived in Tennessee, the Florida panhandle, and now Colorado. When she’s not glued to her laptop, Felicia enjoys hiking, Bible studies with friends, and looking forward to the next story.

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The Love of My Afterlife
By Kirsty Greenwood
Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Audiobook, Paperback & eBook, 384 Pages
July 2, 2024 by Berkley

Summary

"This book has it all. Humor, heart, and a heroine I was desperately rooting for. Kirsty Greenwood has a new fan!”
—Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author

A recently deceased woman meets “the one” in the afterlife waiting room, scoring a second chance at life (and love!) if she can find him on earth before ten days are up…


If she wasn’t dead already, Delphie would be dying of embarrassment. Not only did she just die by choking on a microwaveable burger, but now she’s standing in her ‘shine like a star’ nightie in front of the hottest man she’s ever seen. And he’s smiling at her.

As they start to chat, everything else becomes background noise. That is until someone comes running out of a door, yelling something about a huge mistake, and sends the dreamy stranger back down to earth. And here Delphie was thinking her luck might be different in the afterlife.

When Delphie is offered a deal in which she can return to earth and reconnect with the mysterious man, she jumps at the opportunity to find her possible soulmate and a fresh start. But in a city of millions, Delphie is going to have to listen to her heart, learn to ask for help, and perhaps even see the magic in the life she’s leaving behind…

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About the Author

Kirsty Greenwood is an internationally bestselling author of funny, fearless romantic comedies about extraordinary love. When she’s not writing books she composes musicals and explores London where she lives with her husband.

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