Will a shrinking violet and a prodigal son come together to better their world?
Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart–but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl’s son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Now she’s determined to follow God’s leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.
A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It’s time to turn his life around to please his noble father–and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.
When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can’t trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they’ve both done may be for naught-and neither will ever find true love . . .
Publication Date: July 23, 2019
About Carolyn Miller
Hi, I’m Carolyn Miller, author of ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’.
I live in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.
I’m married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!) as I do (except not in the Regency genre – funny, that!).
My favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but I also enjoy contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.
I try to write stories that are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus ‘true love’, and other challenges we all face at different times.
My Rating: 4 Stars
‘It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.’ So begins Underestimating Miss Cecilia. The second Aynsley daughter suffers from unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl next door’s son. Ned has a bit of a reputation; well, more than a bit, but he is reformed, but still doesn’t know Cecy exists. However, the author has a plan for these two and she quite nicely brings it about.
My Rating; 4 stars
I fell in love with Carolyn Miller’s first book, ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ and knew this was a Regency writer I wanted to follow. She now has eight books under her belt, with a ninth coming in this particular series. She does do a good Regency! Come along on the journey as Cecy and Ned follow the rules of the time and discover that, sometimes, dreams do come true!
*My thanks to Kregel Publications for a copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Duty caused him to return. Guilt kept him there. When his youngest brother, Ben, suffers a horrific injury quickly followed by the death of his father, John Mitchell moves home to assume the role as patriarch of the Triple M Ranch. Four hard years have passed since those tragic events and his family seems more fractured than ever. With one brother permanently disabled, another brother bent on causing even more heartache for the family and one of the largest ranches in Northern Montana to run, John has become an expert at pushing emotions to the side and pushing through the misery. Carrying a burden of guilt over his own role in his family’s situation, John vows to protect his family and his ranch by whatever means necessary.
After experiencing her own heartaches, Jill Morgan has dedicated her professional life to providing therapy to traumatic brain injury patients. When she initially meets the Mitchell family, she can’t shake the feeling that God wants her to help them. She begins to wage a battle to admit Ben to the elite therapy program at the hospital where she works. Expecting his family to be thrilled at the prospects of Ben being awarded one of the coveted spots in the program, she is shocked when she is confronted by a gruff and protective John Mitchell.
Determined to prove to the tall, taciturn, cowboy that he is completely wrong about her and her therapy techniques, Jill throws herself completely into Ben’s rehabilitation. Only when Ben doesn’t respond the way she had thought he would, and she gets to know the cowboy behind the rough exterior, Jill begins to think that maybe she was to help both brothers overcome injuries. John hasn’t allowed himself to feel anything but guilt for four years. He doesn’t think he deserves happiness, but after getting to know Jill, he knows he can no longer deny the feelings he has for her. Convinced that if Jill knew the truth behind his role in his families tragedies, she would hate him, John must decided whether or not to risk his heart for a fleeting moment of happiness. And when heartache threatens to strike the Mitchell family again and John must decide if there is room in his life for both Jill and his responsibilities to his brothers and mother. He must decide if the burden he carries from the last four years is a mountain worth moving.
Publication Date: December 2018
About Amanda Mason
Amanda Mason lives in rural Middle Tennessee with her husband and three children. She loves to write, read, sing when no one is listening and chase after her three active children. Mason is a high school teacher by day and a keyboard warrior by night.
My Rating: 5 Stars:
I saw a review for this book from a blogger I follow and it sounded very good, so I purchased it. I enjoy finding new authors and this one was exceptionally well written, great plot, believable characters, and a strong spiritual element, which I do love.
It features a cowboy and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good cowboy story? Especially a very handsome one? John Mitchell is completely consumed by guilt and has moved home to run the family’s ranch after his youngest brother suffers a traumatic brain injury and his father dies. John believes he is to blame for his brother’s injury and that guilt is never far from his mind. Only a few breaths away, actually. When his mother discovers a new program that could help his brother, John balks and doesn’t think it will work any better than the last four years’ of therapy programs has. But he agrees. Therapist Jill Morgan feels God is telling her to help Ben Mitchell. She has no idea why, because medically speaking, he has gone as far as he can go. But she gets on board, but soon realizes that Ben is not the only Mitchell in desperate need of help.
Amanda Mason has written a story that grabs the reader’s heart and hangs on; we feel their pain and guilt along with the hope that just maybe there is a happy to grab somewhere along the line. Very well written and thoroughly enjoyed by this reader. I highly recommend it.
“A rollercoaster ride with a lovable protagonist and a suspenseful, twisty plot.” —Colleen Coble
Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for.
Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers.
Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner—but she arrives only to discover John’s murdered body.
As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they’re desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces.
And the clock is ticking.
“Over the years, Carrie has mastered forensic art, fine art, and her own brand of offbeat humor. As a novelist she combines these skills with another: puzzle writing––scattering puzzle pieces all over her fictional universe and then dropping them into place in twists, surprises, revelations, and side-pocket whimsy until the big picture emerges, never too soon, always on the brink of disaster.” —Frank Peretti
About Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks is an award winning artist, writer, speaker, and law enforcement instructor. A Certified Forensic Artist, she met her husband, Rick, in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Together they formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They are the largest instructors of forensic art in the world. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society.
Carrie’s Gwen Marcey series chronicles a forensic artist from Montana and is loosely based on Carrie’s forensic cases.She began her fiction writing career while battling breast cancer. Mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti, Carrie’s debut novel, along with her subsequent novels, have been met with critical acclaim, including:
2017 Christy Winner: mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near) 2017 Carol Winner: mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near) 2017 RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Awards for 2016 finalist (When Death Draws Near) 2017 Christian Retailing Best Finalist:mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near) 2017 Inspy Award Finalist (When Death Draws Near) 2016 Idaho Author Awards: winner: mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near) 2016 INSPY winner: mystery/suspense (The Bones Will Speak) 2016 Christy Award Finalist: suspense/mystery (The Bones Will Speak) 2016 Christian Retailing Best Finalist: mystery/suspense (The Bones Will Speak) 2016 Family Fiction Readers Choice: 15 Best Books of 2015 (The Bones Will Speak) 2016 Idaho Author Awards Finalist: mystery/suspense (The Bones Will Speak) 2015 Carol Award Winner: mystery/suspense/thriller (A Cry From the Dust) 2015 Christy Award finalist: mystery/suspense/thriller (A Cry From the Dust) 2015 Selah Award finalist: mystery/suspense/thriller (A Cry From the Dust)
”We have three hours to figure this out and disappear for a bit. It’s hard to kill someone you can’t find.’
Evelyn McTavish, or Tavish, as she prefers to be called, is slowly pulling herself together after her fiancé commits suicide. Then she’s called by a vet clinic to pick up her dog; only she doesn’t own a dog. But this dog’s microchip says she does. Hmmm. From this moment forward, things begin happening at a rapid pace: murders happen, art is stolen, and absolutely nothing is as it seems. Tavish’s life is turned completely upside down. Can she even believe anyone anymore? She connects with an FBI agent, Sawyer Price, and maybe, just maybe he is who he says he is. Even is nobody else is.
From the first moment, this book pulled me into the story and I read for hours at a time, finishing it in less than one day. What a mystery! This is taut, full of excitement and flies along at a rapid pace, and it is a complete surprise at the end! A clock is ticking throughout the book and so was my heart! I was gasping in disbelief. I never guessed for one minute. Not once. Absolutely loved it. Recommended.
*My thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
He broke her heart. Now, he’s back, and he’s determined to show her what they had isn’t over. . . and he can prove it with just one kiss.
Single mother Carly Collins likes predictability. However, when her son Jaden’s health is threatened, her neatly controlled world is tossed into a tailspin. Nothing is certain anymore, especially her feelings for Josh Dixon, Jaden’s father, her first love and the man responsible for shattering her heart sixteen years ago.
When Josh Dixon walked out of Harbor Pointe, he left behind his only shot at a real family. Now a successful tech mogul, the town rebel has found a cause—ensure his son’s recovery and prove to Carly and Jaden that he’s not the same guy he was back then.
Carly and Josh are forced to wade through messy emotions and questions that have gone unanswered for years, which would be easier if not for the pesky feelings, every bit as strong and impossible to ignore as they ever were.
Will forgiveness win, giving Carly and Josh a second chance at love . . . or will the past prove too much to overcome?
A small town romance about first love second chances and how our most beautiful life might look nothing like we planned.
“Original, romantic, and emotional. Walsh doesn’t just write the typical romance novel. . . She makes you feel for all the characters, sometimes laughing and sometimes crying along with them.” ~Romantic Times
About Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh is an author, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing arts studio and youth theatre. They have three children.
Connect with Courtney online at her website (courtneywalshwrites.com) or on any of these social media platforms:
‘I promise that in all things you will forever be my always.’
Every once in a while you read a book that just dives so deep into your heart and involves your emotions to such a degree that you can’t even think about picking up another book right away; a book that makes you smile and cry and just wonder in amazement at the depth of love a man has for a woman. This is that book.
Josh Dixon left Carly Collins with an infant and walked out of her life. He left Carly broken. Now their 16 year old son is having serious health issues and Josh is determined to help and also to prove to Carly that he is so sorry for his past and is determined to win her back. Carly wants nothing to do with this plan. Josh had reasons for leaving and he has had to deal with incredibly painful hurts, but he can’t bear to tell Carly.
This is quite possibly the most poignant, tender and moving romance I have ever read. I can’t really describe adequately how this book made me feel. Walsh has given us a story full of a love that has endured through over twenty years, a love that knows no bounds and is incapable of fading. Josh Dixon is a hero that will stay with me, that’s for sure. He has been hurt beyond imagining, and the girl who loved him through the hurt is the girl he has loved deeply and will love forever. I do not think there is a woman alive who would not want to be loved the way Josh Dixon loves Carly Collins. It’s a love that’s nearly tangible on the page! I highly, highly recommend this novel.
*My thanks to the author for a complimentary preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Have you ever been ministered to by a book? Really ministered to, as in God just swooped down and touched you mightily through the pages? I have. Many times. And what’s so amazing about it is this: the very same God who spoke this world into existence, knew before time began that I would need that word at that particular time, AND He created that author and gave her the very words to write that He knew would touch me and minister deeply to my heart. Is that not the most amazing thing? God loves us so very much! My husband and I are going through a bitter trial right now and the enemy of our souls is fighting hard. But this did not come as a surprise to God. He knew it. And He wants the best for us. But, as C.S. Lewis said, ‘We know God wants the best for us, but sometimes we wonder how much the best will hurt.’ No one who serves Christ will get a free pass on suffering. No one. We will hurt. We will be tormented by the enemy at times. We will get sick. But God loves us and He is caring for us in ways that we can’t even imagine. He is an on – time God. He will be there for you, just like He was there at the Red Sea crossing, like He was there when Joseph was in prison, when Paul and Silas were in the dark dungeon, when Daniel faced a hungry den of lions, when the three Hebrew children were thrown in the fiery furnace. He is there! And He will never leave.
God will also fight your battles with you and for you. Read 2 Chronicles sometime. Just see what God did. He told His children, ‘This is not your battle. It is mine. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.’ So the next time you face an impossible situation, look up and say, ‘God, here’s another battle. I’m so excited to see what You’re going to do!’ I dare you! Watch Him work. So , no matter how tough things get, and trust me, they will get tough because no believer is exempt, we serve a God of the impossible!
About the book that ministered to me so much:
“Ma’am, I’m not one of the bad guys.”
So says the handsome man Martha Gabler encounters near her isolated mountain cabin. Tristan Sinclair claims he’s an ATF agent working undercover. And that if she doesn’t play along as his unexpected girlfriend, they’ll both end up dead. Nursing a broken heart, Martha knows a thing or two about love that isn’t real. Still, she calls up all her faith and turns her shaky trust over to Tristan. Soon she’s hoping he’ll take on a new mission: guarding her for the rest of her life.
About the Author:
New York Times best-selling author Shirlee McCoy loves books. She loves reading them. She loves writing them. She loves sharing them with family, friends, and total strangers on airplanes and in doctors’ offices. It’s no surprise that she loves being an author. Her first book was published in 2004. Since then, she’s written more than 55 novels. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestsellers lists. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering as a member of Chesapeake Search Dogs – a non-profit organization dedicated to finding the lost and missing and bringing closure to their families. A former teacher, she takes pleasure in helping others pursue their writing goals and enjoys sharing her knowledge with aspiring authors.
‘What do You want me to learn from this, Lord? There must be something. Some life lesson that wil hurt, but that will help my faith grow.’
I only recently discovered Shirlee McCoy’s books, but I was hooked from the very first one. She does inspirational suspense well. Her books are ‘keep you on the edge of your seat’ seriously suspenseful, full of believable characters and scenarios and the plus is a great spiritual element, which she is not afraid to include. Boldly. This one is a wonderful book, but more importantly, it ministered to me during a time I truly needed to hear the words here. In the above quote. I am on a mission to read all her books. And she has a lot. I highly recommend this author. Very much.
I must admit, this is a fault of mine. When something goes wrong, I rehearse it to DEATH in my mind! And that is wrong! So wrong. God does not want us to dwell on things to the point that they cause us worry, fear and discouragement. Those, in fact, are tools of the enemy of our souls. He loves nothing better than to cause us pain, anxiety and fear. And, I am ashamed to admit, sometimes I allow him to do just that! I just play right into his evil hands. Why do I do this? Saying I’m only human is just too easy of an answer. I do this because I look at the problem and not at the solution. Then I let it build up in my mind till that is all I can think about. And that, my friends, is where sin walks in the door. I am not keeping my mind stayed on Christ. I am not taking those thoughts captive to Christ. I am loitering in the land of discouragement and negativity. Those spirits would love nothing better than to control our minds and cause us extreme pain. How satan must love it when we walk right into his living room and sit down and let him control our minds! Because that’s what we do when we rehearse the problem. I am guilty. So guilty. There are times when problems hit, that all I see IS the problem. It’s hard, folks. It’s very hard sometimes to be positive when the winds and waves are tossing around you. My brother told me recently that it’s hard to see anything but the waves crashing around you when you are in the storm. But, as my pastor recently preached, Jesus is in the boat!
We must take every thought captive to Christ! We must remember that the power of life and death is in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). We must allow God to set a guard over our mouths (Psalm 141:3). We must let the words of our mouths and the ‘meditations of our hearts’ be acceptable in His sight (Psalm 19:14). Because we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). Even when we don’t feel like it, we can remember that God calls those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Even when we can’t see daylight for the storm, we can thank God for the sunshine that He is going to bring again!
Sometimes, some days, it seems, I just have to keep praising. Praise when you don’t feel like it. Praise when you see nothing good happening around you. Praise just cause Jesus saved you from hell! Because you know what? Praise confuses the devil. He sees what’s happening to us, knows what he’s throwing at us and we still praise! Whole battles were won because of praise. Read 2 Chronicles 20 sometime. The army of Israel never had to lift one weapon when several armies came against them just because they praised first!!! Praise wins battles. Praise tells the enemy that you refuse to let him torment you, that you refuse to live in his darkness and choose instead to live in God’s light and provision. After all, He will create a stream in the desert, a roadway where there is none, a way where there seems to be no way. He is GOD! NOTHING will ever defeat Him and we are His children! He does not want us to loiter in the land of negativity. He wants us to walk out in the light of His love and goodness!
Who will join me today in praising our way out of discouragement? Let’s do this thing! After all, the glory of the Lord is our rear guard.
About the Book Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe. When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected. With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?
About the Author
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.
A child she’ll do anything to keep. After Kelsey Moore’s husband dies, she wants only one thing. To adopt her husband’s son who she has come to call her own. But as she begins the process that her husband had dragged his feet on, she learns a secret so shocking she begins to question everything she knows except for the love she feels for her son. The child is not her husband’s biological child, her former husband never had legal custody of the boy, and no one knows where he got the child. Fearing she might lose her son, Kelsey must find his birth mother and convince her to give up her parental rights.
A danger she’s never known. But when Kelsey starts asking questions, she runs into a brick wall named DEA Agent Devon Dunbar. Devon has been investigating an adoption/human trafficking ring with drug connections for the last six months, and he’s not about to let Kelsey interfere in his investigation. But even if Devon brings out feelings she never thought she’d experience again, and he asks her to trust him, Kelsey can’t even give him the benefit of the doubt. Not with the way her husband had lied to her and not even when her own life is on the line. If she doesn’t succeed, she could lose the one thing that means everything to her – her five-year-old son.
Publisher: Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc.
Publication Date: July 11, 2019
About Susan Sleeman
SUSAN SLEEMAN is the bestselling author of over thirty-five novels with more than one million books sold. She writes romantic suspense novels that are clean with inspiring messages of faith. Readers love her series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts TheSuspenseZone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan’s books sign up for her monthly email that includes exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and other goodies. http://www.susansleeman.com/susans-newsletter/
Susan Sleeman is riveting in her second book in the Truth Seekers series. Focusing on the members of the Veritas Group, a collection of ultra specialists in crime solving, this book zeroes in on Kelsey Moore, recent widow and stepmother to a five year old boy, who someone snatches from her one night on her way home from work. A bystander sees what happens and rescues the child. This bystander is a undercover DEA agent, Devon Dunbar, but he thinks the snatcher is a member of a drug cartel he has been working for six months to take down. In his investigation, he discovers that Kelsey’s son Jace is not only not related to her dead husband, but he was most likely purchased in a child snatching ring.
As they begin to work together, both Kelsey and Devon begin to develop feelings for one another, but both have been hurt in the past and do not want to go down that road again. But her son is still in danger. Can Devon manage to keep the boy safe without falling for the mother? Will they uncover and even deeper crime than they first thought?
Sleeman is a huge favorite of mine. She completely slays a suspense novel, and includes a wonderful spiritual theme in the bargain. She is a definite go-to author for me. I look forward to each of her books eagerly. Now I have to wait for the next.
*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
“He was sent here to kill you, wasn’t he?” Glo’s voice emerged in a whisper of horror.
Tate drew in a breath, and even Knox looked away as Tate nodded.
Oh, she knew it. Apparently, she had a type.
The kind of men who didn’t care what trouble—or death—might be waiting for them. Who turned their face to it and charged ahead.
The kind of men who died for what they believed in.
The kind of men who would break her heart.
What will it cost this bodyguard to save the woman he loves?
*Susie writes a delightful story! –NYT bestselling author Dee Henderson.*
Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over 65 novels, including the best-selling Montana Rescue and Montana Fire series.
Bodyguard Tate Marshall, has always been the family troublemaker…
Maybe it’s his propensity to get entangled in other people’s problems. Now, he’s in over his head because he’s desperately in love with the woman he’s tasked to protect, the beautiful Gloria, “Glo” Jackson, daughter of US Senator and presidential hopeful Reba Jackson. A member of the country band, the Yankee Belles, Glo was targeted in a recent terrorist attack designed to deter her mother from running, and Tate will do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means letting her go.
Country music artist Glo Jackson isn’t afraid of trouble…
Stubborn and brave, Glo isn’t about to hide from threats, at least the kind that won’t cost her heart. She’s already paid a terrible price for the war on terror, and she refuses to fall for a man who might die, especially because of her. Better to keep him away, even if it means sacrificing her heart.
But when danger threatens them both, what will they sacrifice to keep each other safe?
As the presidential campaign heats up and the threats deepen, so does the attraction between Tate and Glo. But what will it cost Tate to keep her alive? And what will Glo do to keep from losing another man she loves?
The gripping second installment of the Montana Marshalls series.
Action, drama, adventure, flawed individuals and emotional and spiritual challenges are hallmarks of Warren’s books. – Christian Library Journal
Warren has a knack for creating captivating and relatable characters that pull the reader deep into the story. – Radiant Lit
THE MONTANA MARSHALLS (family series) Book 1: Knox Book 2: Tate (July 2019) Book 3: Ford (September 2019) Book 4: Wyatt (October 2019) Book 5: Ruby Jane (November 2019)
About Susan May Warren
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories.
Here’s my “Official” Bio.
With over 1 million books sold, critically acclaimed novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over forty-five novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.
With books translated into eight languages, many of her novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. She’s a three time RITA finalist and an eight time Christy Finalist.
Of her books, Publisher’s Weekly has written, “Warren lays bare her characters’ human frailties, including fear, grief, and resentment, as openly as she details their virtues of love, devotion, and resiliency. She has crafted an engaging tale of romance, rivalry, and the power of forgiveness.”
And Library Journal adds, “Warren’s characters are well-developed and she knows how to create a first rate contemporary romance…”
Susan is also a nationally acclaimed writing coach, teaching at conferences around the nation and winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. She loves to help people launch their writing careers and is the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com and http://www.LearnHowtoWriteaNovel.com, a writing website that helps authors get published and stay published. She’s also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘Surrender is not a Ranger word. Fine. Let the battle begin.’
Susan May Warren continues her Montana Marshalls series with the second brother, Tate. Tate has always found trouble easily, but he has also always tried his best to solve problems. The woman he’s tasked with protecting, Gloria Jackson, also the woman he’s in love with, and daughter of a senator is targeted. Glo is a member of a country band, the Yankee Belles, and in the public eye, which makes her a bigger target.
Glo doesn’t want to hide from these threats and Tate is determined to keep her safe. She’s also trying to run from Tate because she’s already lost someone she loves to danger, so no way is someone else going to die because of her.
We also meet another Marshall brother in this book, Ford, and I am on pins and needles waiting for his story, which is next.
Will Tate stop a minute and listen or will he plunge right in and do what he thinks is best, even if may not be? He needs to learn that he is loved just because he’s Tate and not because of what he does. And Glo needs to learn that she’s also worth loving just because of who she is also.
I am a forever fan of Warren’s books and can’t wait to get my hands on them. She dives into the story with no holds barred and takes her readers along for the ride and we can’t release our breaths till the end. She knows how to make the reader one with the character and we feel everything. I love it when an author engages me this way. I purely love it. And the spiritual depth to her novels is amazing. Highly recommended.
*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Police Chief Tess O’Rourke’s small town is still reeling from a devastating fire when the FBI asks for help: Could she shelter a witness in a high-profile human trafficking case? Initially reluctant to put the townspeople of Rogue’s Hollow at risk, Tess is swayed after she sees Pastor Oliver Macpherson’s genuine conviction to rescue those in need, a trait in him she’s coming to love more each day.
Tess’s fledgling faith is tested when crews of workmen from out of town come in to assist with the fire cleanup and she worries that one of these strangers might shine a light on things best kept hidden. Neither she nor Oliver knows that Rogue’s Hollow is already home to a suspect from a twenty-five-year-old murder case . . . and someone is taking cold aim at those Tess is sworn to protect.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘There is no matter of degree to sin. All of us have our own
Janice Cantore brings us book 3 in her Line of Duty series and it’s wonderful.
Cantore is a retired police officer and it shows in her books. I love that she
brings her expertise to her writing. I was drawn in from the very first and
could not tear myself away.
Police Chief Tess O’Rourke is over a small town in Oregon that is suffering in
the aftermath of a devastating fire and then the FBI shows up on her doorstep
asking for help in hiding the witness to a brutal crime lord’s human
trafficking case. Tess doesn’t want to put the people of her tiny hamlet in
harm’s way, but agrees after seeing the pastor’s conviction to help those in
need. Tess and Pastor Oliver Macpherson have been seeing each other and he is
helping her with her newfound faith.
Things soon heat up with crews of workmen come from out of town to help with
the fire clean up and a vicious killer is one of the crew, unbeknownst to Tess
or anyone else. He will stop at nothing to find this witness and kill her. Then
there is that 25 year old murder case that already home to Rogue Hollow and
Tess fears for her town nearly every moment.
Cantore manages to keep the reader completely engrossed in this story, which
plays out like an episode of Law and Order, only better. I loved this book and
look forward to more from Cantore.
*My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. The
opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. She now lives in a small town in southern Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the forests, rivers, and lakes with her Labrador retrievers, Abbie and Tilly.
Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Crisis Shot is the first title in her latest series. Janice also authored the Cold Case Justice series–Drawing Fire, Burning Proof, and Catching Heat–the Pacific Coast Justice series–Accused, Abducted, and Avenged–and the Brinna Caruso novels, Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat.