Thursday, March 23, 2017

Takeover Thursday with Wendy May Andrews ... and a GIVEAWAY!

I want to extend a warm welcome to Wendy May Andrews. Wendy is giving away an electronic copy of her book, Sweet Surrender. You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends March 30, 2017. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information.) 

Sweet Surrender is a 92,000 word sweet, regency romance novel.


Can a lost love be rekindled?


When Lady Julianna ended her engagement to Lord Ackerley, Viscount Beaumont, during her first Season, she left London vowing never to return.

Seven years later she returns as chaperone to her niece and unfortunately Lord Ackerley is also in Town for the Season. Moving around the small circle of the ton stirs up feelings she has kept hidden. Embarrassed and ashamed that she made a mistake in ending their previous relationship, she tries to avoid further contact. Ackerley, stunned by her second rejection, pursues her to discover the truth. Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Short Excerpt...

Julianna made a graceful curtsy and finally managed to raise her eyelashes and survey the room. It was not playacting that caused her sudden intake of breath as she saw her old beau again. In fact, it took all the force of will she possessed to keep her reaction within bounds. At that first brief encounter, she had been too surprised to take in his splendour. No one had told her the viscount had grown even more handsome in the ensuing years, the strength of his jawline more pronounced, and just the very slightest of grey at the temples in his nearly ebony hair. Forcing her jaw not to drop open in shock, Julianna felt her stomach flutter with nerves as she gripped tightly to her friend’s hand and tried not to cause an ill-bred scene in Catherine’s parlor.

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About Wendy...

Wendy May Andrews has been in love with the written word since she learned to read at the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. This is Wendy’s fifth book with Clean Reads.

Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favorite travel companion. Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, on twitter, or on Facebook.

Where to find Wendy online...

Twitter:  @WendyMayAndrews
Instagram:  WendyMayAndrews

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"A Rocky Mountain Romance" by Misty Beller (A Latte of Literature blog tour) ... and a giveaway!

The Writer’s Support Group

Almost every writer knows this writing journey can be a roller coaster ride of excitement and rejection.

Exhilaration when we exceed our word count for a week, or when we get a request for a full manuscript from an agent or editor, or the first time we hold that precious book in our hands. Nothing can compare to these moments!

And then there are the discouraging times, when we're struggling through the muddy middle of a first draft, or when we receive one more rejection letter to add to the pile, and we second guess whether we should really be doing this writing thing at all.

In each of these moments, God has given us a unique gift—friends. Friends with arms to offer an encouraging hug (sometimes a cyber hug!) and the words we need for a strong pep talk. Writer friends are vitally important to every writer, no matter what stage of the journey we're in. They understand the ins and outs of the writing journey and provide the support, loving direction, or listening ear we need!

God has placed a very special group of women in my life who take on the role of "Friend" through all my writing roller coasters: my critique group! These ladies are much more than just critique partners to me. We share our joys, our trials, our frustrations—even good writing tips we find!

We each came to the group in different ways. For my personal path, I had met two of the women through the ACFW Scribes critique group, and they reached out to me when they were thinking of forming a smaller group. It was with nervous concern that I made the decision to leave the larger group (which I loved) and join the smaller group. But I felt God saying this was the right move, so how could I argue?

It was definitely the right decision! I thank God every day for giving me this special group of ladies.
So what about you? Do you have a small group of writer friends who support each other through the good times and the bad? I'd love to hear your experiences!

About the book...

The Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place for Zeche Reid to find himself. When a blizzard sends him scrambling for cover, Zeche stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin. His protective instincts won't let him desert them to continue his travels, especially when the father's haunting memories from the War of Succession put his daughter's safety at risk.

Fighting her own nightmares after the war, Gretta Michelly is trying to settle into this rugged mountain land, but her bad memories are nothing compared to the demons that haunt her father. The haven they've found in these Rocky Mountains seems to be the solace he needs to find peace — until a mysterious sojourner appears on their cabin doorstep. She can't help but be drawn to the wild aura that surrounds the man, but that strength seems to be the very thing that intensifies her father's struggles. 

As Zeche is torn between his craving to protect Gretta and the awful realization that he is the one putting her in more danger, he's forced to make a difficult choice. But when a run-in with an elk changes his plans and Gretta is faced with a danger Zeche is powerless to control, Zeche has to find a way to protect her at any cost. Even at the cost of his heart.

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Enter to win Misty Beller’s readers-only gift basket! This book end chest is filled with sweet treats and coffee, perfect for reading time. The chest is filled with …

  • Cashew Roca Toffee chocolates
  • Chamberry Raspberry Truffles
  • Chocolate Covered Almonds
  • Java Bon Coffee Caramels
  • 3 assorted gourmet coffees
  • 2 fudge brownies
  • $15 Barnes and Noble gift card
Enter here: 

About Misty...

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family — both immediate and extended — is the foundation that holds are secure in that dream.

Where you can find Misty online...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Tip: The first page

I'm sure you've read many books, but there have probably been some books that you have put down before finishing the first chapter. Have you ever stopped to wonder why?

While some highly successful novels start with dialogue, mundane scene descriptions, or prologues, those openings are not the best options for having an agent, or reader, drawn to your tale.

Agents receive numerous manuscripts daily, and readers have an abundance of choices, as well. They are looking for something that will grab their attention. They want to be drawn in immediately. If they have to wait around for a few chapters, or even a few pages, the story is likely to be left unfinished. So be sure you grab them from the beginning.

What are some of the best opening lines you've encountered in a book? Feel free to share them in the comments. You can share the opening line from your work in progress, too.

Friday, March 17, 2017

"The Illusionist's Apprentice" by Kristy Cambron ... and a GIVEAWAY!

In celebration of her latest release, Kristy has graciously offered to give away a copy of the book (US Only). To enter, see the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post. (Contest ends March 24, 2017.) If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information. Good luck!

My review...

Wren Lockhart is a rarity. Not only is she a female illusionist, but she trained under Harry Houdini. She is approached by Agent Elliott Matthews, who wants her help in debunking Horace Stapleton’s claims of bringing a dead man back to life. As they work together on the case, secrets are revealed as suspicious events increase. Will they be able to uncover the truth?

Cambron’s latest takes the reader back to the roaring 20s/vaudeville era in this well-researched historical novel full of complex characters. While Wren is a bit difficult to like at times, as the story unfolds, the reader gains a greater appreciation for this independent character. An intriguing mystery adds to the enjoyment of this tale which looks at light/truth versus the dark side of society.

One of my favorite quotes from the story is “Truth is the illusion we seek.”

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I was not required to leave a positive review. 

Amazon purchase link...

About Kristy...

Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the author of The Ringmaster's Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10 and set for release on June 7, 2016 from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson). Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews' Best Books and RT Reviewers' Choice Awards Best lists and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel.

Kristy is a Speaker and Design Manager at and holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Writing Prompt Wednesday

If you're feeling stuck in your WIP (work in progress) or just want to shake things up a bit, here's something different to try today:

Time was running out. The clock was ticking...

Happy writing!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Motivation

Some motivation to begin your week:

"Nothing will work unless you do."
— Maya Angelou

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"I AM" by Michele Cushatt

My review...

Cushatt’s latest is “a 60-day journey to knowing who you are because of who He is.” The book is divided into six parts: Creation, Exodus, Covenant, Presence, Rescue, and Revelation. Each reading contains a verse, a message with a personal touch/experience, a quote, and a “Who Am I?” reflection section.

The purpose of the book is to help the reader learn how pointless it is to compare oneself to others. Instead, Cushatt wants to show that we are valuable because God chose us, and He loves us unconditionally.

I originally intended to read this daily for sixty days, but I was pulled in and found myself reading far more each day. Michele writes with authenticity. She’s not afraid to show the reader that she’s not perfect, and that’s okay, because God loves imperfect people.

Each section contains readings that really “hit home” with me, and I think many readers will find this to be the case. The topics pertain to relatable struggles and resonate with reminders that we ARE enough, we ARE seen, and we ARE accepted (contrary to what society may be telling us). These truths will help the reader grow and gain confidence in their identity in Christ.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the BookLook Bloggers program. I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

Amazon link for purchase...