Monday, June 13, 2022

Moon over Montana

My review:

As a girl, I enjoyed riding horses, so Moon over Montana, a contemporary tale about wild equines, resonated with me. 

After a broken engagement with Rex Carson, Megan Donovan feels a strong pull to visit her grandfather’s farm, located in Five Forks, Montana. Despite her mother’s complicated feelings surrounding the inherited estate, Megan decides to travel to the small town. While there, she meets a spunky cowboy, Cam (David Campbell), and their first meet is anything but love at first sight. As the story progresses, Megan tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her grandfather’s business dealings, all the while, examining her growing feelings for Cam. 

Moon over Montana is a sweet romance with a touch of mystery. Published by Pelican Book Group, the story is available from various online retailers.

 
A woman, cowboy, and wild horses are shown on the cover


Author bio:

Mary K. Marelli lives with her husband on a private lake nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania.  Her writing is inspired by a variety of true life experiences, and a cause dear to her heart, the preservation of America’s wild horses.

Blurb: 

What do you do with an inheritance that no one wants?

Megan Donovan’s broken engagement has left her aimless with only one place to go: Montana. Her estranged grandfather has left the broken-down ranch of her mother’s youth. Trouble is, Mom’s memories of that time are so tainted that Megan doesn’t want anything to do with the place.

The wild horses that David “Cam” Campbell protects from rustlers need a sanctuary to roam free. What better location than Old Man Jenkins’ acreage adjacent to his own successful ranch? But Cam’s gotten off on the wrong foot with Megan, and that gal’s not selling—not unless Cam can convince her that it’s best for everyone involved.

But is giving Megan a reason to leave, really the best he can do?

Social media links: 

https://twitter.com/MarelliMary

https://www.facebook.com/mary.marelli.9/

https://www.marymarelli.com/

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All of my opinions are my own.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Interview with Author Anita Klumpers

Please welcome today’s guest, Anita Klumpers. Her new suspense novel, “A Murder of Crows,” came out April 22, 2022. I hope you enjoy my interview with Anita.

Author Anita Klumpers

Which one of your books was your favorite to write? Why?

“Buttonholed” has to be my favorite. As usual, I had no idea where the story would go when I agreed to write on the theme “Whatever is of good repute.” Hey, I didn’t even have a story! But on a short trip to Nashville we visited Andrew Jackson’s home and learned about duals.

My story, setting, and characters were birthed in pretty short order.

So a book set in a fictional eastern Tennessee town, peopled with southern ladies and gentlemen and sensibilities, was created by a Midwestern grandma who’d never lived further south than Denver and still has her mom’s Chicago-girl accent.

It was fun to write and research and invent and to give life to the characters.

Since I usually write suspense-romance and get myself utterly tangled in plot devices of my own making, a straightforward humorous romance was so much less stressful!

Which of your characters is/was your favorite? Why?

Elise, in “Hounded.” She is so different than my other female protagonists! They all have a bit of me in them—anxious to please, a little insecure, sometimes a bit klutzy. And always trying to be kind.

Elise is strong, opinionated, beautiful, abrasive, and a real mess. It was fun to write about someone I personally have noting in common with, except a love of dogs, our parents, and a need for a Savior.

Which authors have most influenced your writing?

Mary Stewart. She had a strong sense of location, a gracefully intelligent writing style and genuinely suspenseful stories with just a thread or two of romance woven through.

Josephine Tey wrote glorious mysteries but her strong and sympathetic portrayal of characters make me admire her books even more.

Dorothy Sayers was a strong, intelligent and articulate Christian who didn’t write “Christian” fiction but her faith and belief system seemed the foundation of her novels.

Cover of A Murder of Crows by Anita Klumpers, a woman's head is shown. A crow is also shown.

“A Murder of Crows” Blurb:

Teacher Paulina Deacon lives in a quiet North Dakota town. Newcomer John Tolen shows interest in her and Pauli senses some delightful changes in her future. But a murder of crows and the murder of John Tolen snatch that future away in an instant. Leaving everything, including her name, behind, Pauli flees to the woods of northern Wisconsin.

Hal Karlsen’s life work at the clinic in tiny Brier is to change lives of those with various addictions. Few people from the outside find the little town. Until a young woman with a deadly secret arrives. And Hal has no idea what to do with her.

A menace followed Pauli into the woods, and grows stronger each day.

Can Hal protect Pauli? Will Pauli stay alive long enough to convince him she means no harm? And will those deadly crows drive her mad before either can occur?

Anita Klumpers Bio:

Anita Klumpers’ previously published novels are “Winter Watch,” “Hounded” “Christmas Passed,” and “Buttonholed.”  She lives in south central Wisconsin with her husband (of Dutch origin) and her dog Trudy (of questionable origin).

When not fervently wishing she had a more organized approach to writing, Anita spends time with her family, including three sons who should be used to her by now since she homeschooled them forever. She dotes on three lovely daughters-in-law and seven of the cutest grandkids you ever did see. Her church family is absolutely amazing and she thanks God for blessing her so abundantly. Whenever possible, she enjoys time with her husband and friends, all of whom are also pretty cute. Her deepest joy comes from the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Buying Info:

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Crows-Anita-Klumpers-ebook/dp/B09TGNZ5T7

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/Anita-Klumpers-Author-1720236094863202


Friday, May 6, 2022

Review of Willow by Ronie Kendig

With her latest release, Ronie did a great job. Willow was completely action packed from start to finish. It was a quick read.

While Willow was a good read, it was a tough read. It won’t be for everyone. I wouldn’t recommend it for particularly sensitive readers or for teens, unless a parent/guardian has read the book first.

Willow Metcalfe is busy helping survivors of human trafficking in Africa, when the Nigerian mafia attacks her group. Afterward, a mysterious man associated with the Nigerian mafia develops a sudden interest in Willow. Now, not only is Willow in physical danger, but the horrors she witnesses test her spiritual resolve.

I can admit I was sad when Ronie's Discarded Heroes series ended, so I enjoy reading other books about the Metcalfes. I look forward to reading Book 3, which will feature Range. In case you missed Book 1, which features Stone, be sure to check it out.

If you like stories involving faith, action, and romance, and you can handle a gritty story about human trafficking, then you should enjoy this story, or at least the resolution.

What is your favorite Ronie Kendig book?


Collage of Ronie Kendig novel covers


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Review: The Souls of Lost Lake

In case you weren't aware, Jamie Jo Wright is quite the storyteller. With her latest release, she had me hooked from the start. My favorite part was the subtext between Eddie and Wren. Overall, Eddie was my favorite character. The Souls of Lost Lake is now my favorite book by this author. 

The novel opens with a campfire ghost story about Ava Coons, a woman who supposedly killed her family like Lizzie Borden. Oh yeah, and there's a creepy, mysterious body of water—Lost Lake, and for any LOTR fans, there are plenty of Tolkien references. Are you with me so far? 

So, if it's so creepy, why should you read this? Well, most Jamie Jo Wright fans know things aren't always what they seem in her stories. ;) I won't say more because I don't want to give anything away. 

It's a time slip novel with dual timelines that focuses on Wren Blythe in the present and the infamous Ava Coons in the past. 

If you enjoy suspenseful stories that are a tad creepy, you might like this novel. Not only is it suspenseful, but it includes romance and history, as well as the faith struggles of the main characters. 

The Souls of Lost Lake is available on Amazon. Bethany House is the publisher. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B2Q86C8/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_XWWENQBKQ7N5K091M637




Monday, April 18, 2022

Interview with Author Michelle L. Levigne

Please welcome today's guest, Author Michelle L. Levigne. Her new cozy mystery, The Unwelcome Wagon, came out April 1, 2022. I hope you enjoy my interview with Michelle.

 

Photo of Michelle L. Levigne, author of new cozy mystery, The Unwelcome Wagon

 

Which of your characters was/is your favorite? Why?

Right now, my favorite character is M'kar. She's based on my Star Trek "persona," when I was in a Star Trek club in California. We had such fun making up adventures, writing "ships logs" and sometimes utterly silly adventures, where our characters roamed the galaxy. M'kar is a Talent, focused on animals, assigned to the AFV Defender, in a galactic civilization known as the Alliance. (Yes, a lot of similarities to the Federation …) The Defender has a reputation of being a misfit kind of ship, with misfit luck, but they always come out on top despite truly bizarre adventures. The series is called (surprise!) The AFV Defender, and has a Middle-Grade series spin-off called Young Defenders, which is about the children growing up below decks, with all their adopted aunts and uncles teaching them how to be heroes, despite their youth.

I have a lot of fun with M'kar because she comes from a barbarian culture. Her father is a mountain of a man, and when he left his homeworld to protect his half-breed daughter and her scientist mother, he chose to become a writer of children's books and poetry, just to defy the stereotyped barbarian image. He's loud and outrageous and children adore him. M'kar is snarky and can't quite understand why the children on the ship adore her. She teaches them self-defense and survival skills and growls a lot. I am currently working on the 3rd AFV Defender book, titled "All the Boys I've Loathed Before," which follows M'kar's growing up years and all the problems she has being a half-breed, and all the power-seekers and politicians who try to use her questionable status for their own profit. Until she gets the better of them. Somewhat by accident.

Do you write in more than one genre? If so, which genres?

Oh, yeah. Science fiction, fantasy, romance -- and then variations in Young Adult and Middle Grade, romantic suspense, inspirational romance, and now my newest foray, cozy mystery, with The Unwelcome Wagon, Book 1 of the Book & Mug Mysteries.

What made you decide to become a writer?

Short answer: Semester exams.

Long answer: I went to a college prep high school, and we had semester exams, 2 a day for a week, very important part of our grades. I had a bad habit of finding a movie or TV show or book that snagged my imagination and just daydreaming variations of the story, rewriting it, or coming up with new adventures or episodes. Well, semester exams were coming up and I needed to study. So, I had always managed to kill stories before when I wrote them down, so I wrote this book idea down …. And that was more than 40 years and 100-plus novels and novellas ago.

I LOVE story. I love adventures, and putting characters into situations and seeing how they react and survive. Or not survive. It's an obsession, sometimes. The rest of the time, writing is my mental health exercise.

Which authors have most influenced your writing?

Homer -- although maybe I should really blame the Kirk Douglas movie, "Ulysses," because it snagged my interest when I was in junior high, I did some research and learned about The Odyssey, and found  a really good translation and read it and one of my first published novels was Penelope's side of The Odyssey.

CS Lewis -- of course -- reading about Narnia and the Space Trilogy "baptized" my imagination, much as he said George MacDonald baptized his. I wanted to go to other worlds and explore and have magical adventures. Some of my favorite books that I've written have some aspect of a portal fantasy in them.

Terry Pratchett -- silly, snarky British humor

Neil Gaiman -- have only read a few of his books, but they're awesome. I especially love listening to him read the audiobook versions of his own books. Gave me the courage to do my own narrating, turning my own books into audio.

David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Janet Evanovich, Meg Cabot, Lois McMaster Bujold, Ann Crispin, Mary Stewart, Patricia Wrede, Diane Duane -- each have contributed something to my imagination, and given me imaginary worlds to explore or characters to want to be like when/if I ever grow up ….

How many books have you written?

Last time I stopped to count, over 100. A good number of them are out of print, and I'm hoping to "redeem" and revise most of them and get them back into print.


 

A storefront is shown in the background. The sign on the store window is Book and Mug. A woman wearing a hat, blouse, and a polka dot skirt is shown in the foreground. She is pulling a wagon behind her.

BLURB:

Saundra Bailey has a rough few first days after moving to Camden Township to be the new children's librarian. First a strange man who smells of cheap cigars tries to get into her apartment, then she’s caught between two Welcome Wagon teams, which results in her feeling rather unwelcome. When Cigar Man later tries to steal her purse, she meets Kai, owner of Book & Mug, a coffee shop and bookstore. Cigar Man tried to break into the building Kai owns with his cousins, Eden and Troy, after trying to hire Eden, an investigator, to find lost family documents.

As Saundra settles into her new job and home, she learns about the political and social feuds and alliances in town. Then Cigar Man breaks into the Book & Mug building in the middle of the night, falls from a fire escape, and dies. The hunt is on to figure out what he was looking for, who was the other man with him when he fell, and whose side the mysterious accomplice is on.

Head Trustee Roger Camden, descendant of a founding father, has a growing list of grudges against the cousins and gets in the way of their investigation. Their building used to belong to his family. He accuses them of being in league with Cigar Man, who apparently was seeking Camden family documents. The foursome scramble to put together clues and identify Cigar Man’s accomplice before he hurts more people and makes more evidence and clues vanish.


Available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Unwelcome-Wagon-Book-Mug-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B09T3VJT2D/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1649350600&sr=8-1

BIO:

On the road to publication, Michelle fell into fandom in college and has 40+ stories in various SF and fantasy universes. She has a bunch of useless degrees in theater, English, film/communication, and writing. Even worse, she has over 100 books and novellas with multiple small presses, in science fiction and fantasy, YA, suspense, women's fiction, and sub-genres of romance.

Her official launch into publishing came with winning first place in the Writers of the Future contest in 1990. She was a finalist in the EPIC Awards competition multiple times, winning with Lorien in 2006 and The Meruk Episodes, I-V, in 2010, and was a finalist in the Realm Awards competition, in conjunction with the Realm Makers convention.

Her training includes the Institute for Children’s Literature; proofreading at an advertising agency; and working at a community newspaper. She is a tea snob and freelance edits for a living (MichelleLevigne@gmail.com for info/rates), but only enough to give her time to write. Her newest crime against the literary world is to be co-managing editor at Mt. Zion Ridge Press and launching the publishing co-op, Ye Olde Dragon Books. Be afraid … be very afraid. 


SOCIAL MEDIA:

www.Mlevigne.com
www.MichelleLevigne.blogspot.com
www.YeOldeDragonBooks.com
www.MtZionRidgePress.com
@MichelleLevigne
 
Look for Michelle's Goodreads groups:
Guardians of Neighborlee
Voyages of the AFV Defender
Neighborlee Streets

NEWSLETTER:

Want to learn about upcoming books, book launch parties, inside information, and cover reveals?
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ALSO BY MICHELLE L. LEVIGNE:

Guardians of the Time Stream: 4-book Steampunk series
The Match Girls: Humorous inspirational romance series starting with A Match (Not) Made in Heaven
Sarai's Journey: A 2-book biblical fiction series
Tabor Heights: 20-book inspirational small town romance series.
Quarry Hall: 11-book women’s fiction/suspense series
For Sale: Wedding Dress. Never Used: inspirational romance
Crooked Creek: Fun Fables About Critters and Kids: Children’s short stories.
Do Yourself a Favor: Tips and Quips on the Writing Life. A book of writing advice.
To Eternity (and beyond): Writing Spec Fic Good for Your Soul. A book defending speculative fiction.
Killing His Alter-Ego: contemporary romance/suspense, taking place in fandom.
The Commonwealth Universe: SF series, 25 books and growing
The Hunt: 5-book YA fantasy series
Faxinor: Fantasy series, 4 books and growing
Wildvine: Fantasy series, 14 books when all released
Neighborlee: Humorous fantasy series
Zygradon: 5-book Arthurian fantasy series
AFV Defender: SF adventure series
Young Defenders: Middle Grade SF series, spin-off of AFV Defender
Magic to Spare: Fantasy series
Book & Mug Mysteries: cozy mystery series starting in 2022
Quest for the Crescent Moon: fantasy series starting in 2022

 

Monday, March 7, 2022

Who killed the rat that lives in the House that Jack built?

Author Clare Revell has written over sixty-five stories, with four more on the way. Today, I am featuring The House That Jack Built, Clare's sixth book involving DS Zander Ellery and DC Isabel York.

Receptionist Kate Dahlbeck accepts the final slot on reality TV show Jack’s House, and takes a leave of absence from her job, to live in front of cameras, wired up to a microphone twenty-four hours a day. Despite the silly activities they have to do, it’s all fun and games…that is until a contestant dies. Tired of desk duty while he recovers from injuries sustained in the line of duty, DS Zander Ellery is chomping at the bit to investigate the suspicious death—from the inside. His partner DC Isabel York agrees to watch his back…from the safety of the director’s gallery in the studio. Zander packs the one bag he’s allowed, and enters the house. It doesn’t take him long to work out the sinister link between housemates. Time is short. Can Zander catch the killer before they strike again?

Book Excerpt:

DCI Britton lifted one eyebrow. “And you picked that up from one episode. Are you sure you don’t watch it?”

“I’m a cop. I’m paid to notice things. And I only saw ten minutes of it, before the channel was changed. That was plenty.”

The door opened and DS Philips strode in. “This better be important, sir. I have to charge or release someone by ten and I’m in the middle of re-interviewing him.”

“This won’t take long, Dane. Take a seat.”

DS Philips dropped into the chair next to Zander. “What’s going on?”

“Everyone’s favourite TV show apparently,” Zander rolled his eyes. “Jack’s House. It’s waaayyy more important than any proper work we have this morning.”

“I know it well. The wife’s addicted to it.”

“Then maybe she’d like to come in and discuss it with the DCI. I have a mountain of paperwork to do.” Zander stood. “So, if you don’t mind…”

“Actually, sergeant, I do.” DCI Britton tapped his fingers on the desk. “Sit down. What did you make of Silas, Zander?”

Zander slumped into the chair againsat and sucked in a deep breath, still miffed he was sitting here discussing a programme he’d seen briefly, once. “Bit of a bully to be honest. Rough, rude, not the sort of person you’d want to meet in a dark alley at night. Why?”

“He’s dead.”

Zander straightened. Now he was interested. “Dead how exactly?”




Author Bio:

Clare is a British author. She lives in a small town just outside Reading, England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, two of their three grown children, unfriendly mini-panther, aka Tilly the cat and newest member Ty the dog. Clare is half English and half Welsh, which makes watching rugby interesting at times as it doesn’t matter who wins.

Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.

Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American in some of them, the books contain British language and terminology and the more recent ones are written in UK English. 

The first draft of every novel is hand written.

Btw, working from home is a myth and invented by someone who doesn't have a dog!

She can be found at:
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Friday, March 4, 2022

Free e-books from Pelican Book Group (read more for details)

Pelican Book Group is giving away one free e-book a day all though Lent 2022. 

Head over to Pelican Book Group and click the ON SALE tab to find out which book is free for a particular day. 


Ereader is shown. One free ebook per day through Lent 2022.



Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Ghosts of Trumball Mansion: Interview with Author Linda Rondeau

Please welcome today's guest, Author Linda Rondeau. Her latest title releases on March 15, 2022. I hope you enjoy my interview with Linda.

 

Photo of Author Linda Rondeau

The title of your upcoming release is Ghosts of Trumball Mansion. What's the story behind the story? Are there ghosts in the book?

I was mowing the lawn one day, and I noticed how the yard was overcome by weeds. I thought about how marriages are often soured, not by infidelity but by lack of proper attention to one another. Henry and Sylvia began to take shape in my mind, a romance writer and her publisher husband. I wanted to write a story about a marriage on the rocks and how Satan will use anything at his disposal, including rumors of hauntings, to keep an injured marriage from healing. I chose New Haven, Connecticut, and Manhattan for the settings because of some familiarity with these cities ... my son lived in each location for several years. With the exception of the Battle of New Haven, the city was kept from most of the fighting during the revolutionary war. Governor Trumball was allowed to retain his political position, one of the few who did during this time thus providing opportunities in New Haven for the patriots to gather to make war plans. the mansion on the cover is actually a photograph of the governor's mansion in Colonial Williamsburg.

 

Cover of Ghosts of Trumball Mansion by Author Linda Rondeau, mansion shown with ominous clouds in the sky.

ABOUT THE GHOSTS OF TRUMBALL MANSION: Romance writer, Sylvia Fitzgibbons, aka Lana Longstreet, impetuously purchased the Donner Estate, the former Trumball Mansion built by a relative of Governor Trumball and rumored to be haunted. Lana Longstreet thought the estate and the rumors would be a great backdrop for publicity. Though Henry is claustrophobic and the commute to the Manhattan office would be grueling, he does try to stay at the mansion. For the love of his wife and children, he would endure the emotional struggle to commute ... but there are ghosts in the ballroom. They taunt him as they dance the minuet. This proves to be more than he can handle. He returns to their Manhattan apartment. They decide to keep the marriage in name only because they have a business to manage. Henry does come to Connecticut on occasion for the children and launch parties, but the ghosts continue to haunt him with every visit. The only draw to the mansion is the rose gardens. They're symbolic ... how they fight to survive against all odds gives him hope that by some miracle he and Sylvia can salvage their love, even given the challenges that face them.

 After fifteen years of masquerading as husband and wife, however, both Henry and Sylvia, independently consider if the time has come to end the marriage. Like the rose gardens,  now threatened by encroaching vines, their love for one another has been neglected, perhaps beyond hope.  Sylvia realizes how important the roses are to Henry. But since she has a deadline on a new detective series, she knows Henry must help her save the gardens. He agrees to move in for the summer ... he owes the roses to do whatever he can, though his knowledge of roses could fill the tip of the proverbial pin. When the housekeeper is injured and unable to return to work, Sylvia is more dependent on Henry than ever. As the summer progresses, the couple begins to rediscover one another and reconciliation seems almost possible until the evil in the home becomes more aggressive and a lawsuit threatens to destroy their business. Only faith can rid the home of the evil presence and save their marriage.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09SH2LRSH

View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/9zSXM-K9m8I

ARE THERE GHOSTS?

Although, once they become Christians and they realize the presence in the home is most likely Satanic, I do leave the reader the option for deciding for themselves. Henry asks, "I wonder, Sylvia, do we bring the evil upon ourselves?" The title is also symbolic for the ghosts in Sylvia and Henry's past, their emotional baggage, hurt, and misunderstandings, that intrude on their marriage and keep them from committing their lives to the Lord.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

My husband and I enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. We also enjoy museums and are appreciative of living near our nation's capital to have access to the Smithsonian. We are both avid golfers and are active in our church. On occasion, I have the privilege of leading a workshop on writing. I am a managing editor for Elk Lake Publishing, so my spare time is limited. I'm fortunate that my husband enjoys cooking and has taken over much of the household duties.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

With fourteen traditionally published books, trying to choose a favorite is like trying to choose a favorite child. They are all my babies. Perhaps my futuristic political thriller, The Fifteenth Article, was the most fun to write because it was so far afield of my typical contemporary general fiction. I am now working on the prequel as well as a Biblical Fiction ... Babel's Children ... again not what I normally write. I do like a challenge.

 Author Bio:

Award-winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau writes stories that grip the heart, inspired by her nearly thirty years of social work. When not writing or speaking, she enjoys the occasional round of golf, visiting museums, and taking walks with her best friend in life, her husband of forty-five years. The couple resides in Hagerstown, Maryland where both are active in their local church. Readers may learn more about the author, read her blog, or sign up for her newsletter by visiting www.lindarondeau.com.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lwrondeau

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/linda-wood-rondeau

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Wood-Rondeau/e/B006FNG1BI

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/lindawoodrondeau

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorlindawoodrondeau/  

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Undercover Dog Dad: Interview with Author Erin Stevenson

Please welcome today's guest, Author Erin Stevenson. She released her latest title, Undercover Dog Dad, in December 2021. I hope you enjoy my interview with Erin. 

Author Erin Stevenson shown in the foreground with nature setting in the background. Erin is wearing a blue blouse.

--The title of your book is Undercover Dog Dad. Do you have any animals?


Yes, I have a dog, Macy. She is a border collie mix, and also has some Mini Aussie. Technically she is a "pandemic dog" since I got her in October of 2020, but I had been looking for a dog for well over a year prior.


The dog on the book cover, Watson, belongs to my oldest son and his family. I've known him for about ten years! He is a total sweetie.

A man is shown in the foreground. He is wearing a red and black plaid flannel shirt and blue jeans and is about to toss a stick for a dog.

Our family is pretty dog crazy. Together, we have nine dogs and several others that have crossed the rainbow bridge. Most of the "minor character" dogs in the book are based on some of these family dogs.

Photo of a brown dog.

--How many books have you written?


I just released my 9th book, and the 10th will be out on May 13, 2022.


--What made you want to become a writer?


I've been writing my whole life! I was editor of my high school newspaper, have an academic background and did a lot of writing in that phase of my career, I still do a little writing for a magazine, and take on editing gigs whenever I can find the time. I made the shift to writing fiction in 2014.

Black and white dog with red fabric fancy bandana accessory.
Author Bio:

Since 2014, Erin Stevenson has been writing faith-based romance novels for Pelican Book Group and Winged Publications. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), where she has served as a judge and was a 2021 Carol Award finalist.

Grounding her novels in reality, Erin crafts characters who encounter events and hardships familiar to all of us. Her inspirational writing will take the reader down paths of both joy and pain, but always highlighting God’s faithfulness.

Book Blurb:

Mallory Morris loves Autumn Springs, Tennessee, and fall is her favorite season of all. It’s filled with crisp, cool evenings, bonfires, football, and lots of visits to the dog park with her canine posse. But a rash of home burglaries is casting a pall over her hometown, and her cousin the sheriff isn’t making any headway in solving them. But all that changes when she meets a scruffy stranger at the dog park, who clearly doesn’t like dogs!

Garrett Alexander agreed to come to Autumn Springs from Arizona to help his old friend solve a puzzling case. What he didn’t bargain for was becoming a temporary dog dad, gaining a beautiful partner with the cutest Southern twang, and having sweet tea constantly pushed on him (the abominable stuff!).

Their resolve to keep things professional changes quickly when they put their heads together—figuratively and then literally. But his life is in Arizona, and hers in Tennessee. They both yearn for love, but a series of misunderstandings puts an end to their dreams. How can they reach their happily-ever-after with 1,600 miles between them?

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Christmas Hideaway by Wendy Davy

Christmas Hideaway by Wendy Davy


A person wears a blue hoodie and holds a knife behind their back while standing in front of a house.


If you are looking for a quick, fun, romantic, and suspenseful read, try Christmas Hideaway. If you enjoy witty banter between male and female protagonists (think Castle or Moonlighting), you should enjoy this story. (Hint: I'm a huge fan of witty banter myself). 

Mandi struggles between her own fear and doing what is right, something with which I think all readers can relate. While suspenseful, Christmas Hideaway had a fun, playful mood at times as well. As with all the Christmas Extravaganza titles I've read thus far this year, the story contained a short devotional moment at the end.

Blurb:

Material witness Mandi Foster is running. And for good reason—if she testifies her family will pay the ultimate price. With no choice but to hide until the trial is over, she finds an isolated cabin to ride out Christmas alone—except she isn't alone.

A mysterious stranger follows her through a treacherous winter storm into the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then saves her from a potentially fatal accident. But as coincidences pile up, Mandi suspects her handsome rescuer is harboring dangerous secrets.

Security Specialist Rylan Copeland is hunting. And for good reason—he has witnessed murderers walk away unpunished. He isn't about to let that happen again—not when he can do something to stop it. But as he catches up to Mandi, danger comes in ways he hadn't anticipated.

Will he convince her to testify in time? Or will another killer get away with murder?

Author Bio:

Wendy Davy is an award-winning inspirational romance writer who enjoys outdoor activities and small-town charm. As you read her books, you will visit special places close to her heart. No matter where her characters come from or where they take you, it will always be an exciting journey, page after page. Ms. Davy enjoys traveling and searching for new places to include in her stories.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Blue Christmas by Clare Revell

Blue Christmas by Clare Revell 

A man and woman are shown at the top in the foreground. Boats containing lights are shown in a marina in the background. Cornwall at the Holidays. Beautiful. Festive. Deadly. When four are found dead, all tidings of comfort and joy seem far away.



        If you enjoy mystery, suspense, and romance, try Blue Christmas by Clare Revell. Most of the stories I read are set in America, so it was refreshing to read a story set in a different locale. As a writer and reader, I enjoy learning about different cultures. 

        Clare's settings are very descriptive. As I read, I felt as if transported to the UK. Also, I appreciate the character of the protagonist--the way he treated his female coworkers. The mystery of the missing girls will keep readers guessing until the end. Also, readers will enjoy the romance between Jenica and Aidan. 


           Blurb:

St. Morien, Cornwall. Beautiful. Peaceful.

Deadly.

Detective Inspector Aidan Urquhart has a mystery on his hands. Three young women  reported missing back in the summer have been found dead; all still wearing the clothes in which they vanished; all frozen solid on the cold shore.

When Jenica Zimmerman realises her sister is missing, she heads to the Cornish coast where the police have few clues. The DI leading the case warns her not to take chances, to go home and leave the case to his team. Determined to stay, Jenica takes a room at a local inn and attempts to find her sister herself.

With Christmas fast approaching, all she wants is a happy ending. But when a fourth body is discovered, all tidings of comfort and joy seem far away.

Author Bio:

Clare is a British author. She lives in a small town just outside Reading, England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, two of their three grown children, unfriendly mini-panther, aka Tilly the cat and newest member Ty the dog. Clare is half English and half Welsh, which makes watching rugby interesting at times as it doesn’t matter who wins.

        Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fan fiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.

        Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American in some of them, the books contain British language and terminology and the more recent ones are written in UK English. 

        The first draft of every novel is hand written.

        She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of four registrars. 

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Contemporary Tales Giveaway: Heroism, Adventure, and Romance

I’m giving away a CD that contains thirteen Pelican Book Group stories, including my suspense novel, Dog Tags. The CD contains three electronic formats of each story so you can enjoy the books on almost any device. *The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.


Three people shown on the cover, shown from the torso down (from right to left): a woman wearing a blue sweater over a gray dress and holding a purple book; a man wearing a denim shirt and olive green pants and holding a yellow book; and a man wearing a plaid shirt and jeans.  Text is as follows: Contemporary Tales: Modern Stories of Heroism, Adventure, and Love


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post by December 16, 2021 and include your email address. You may spell it out: yournameatgmaildotcom. On December 17, 2021, I will choose a winner randomly and then announce the winner.

·         A Texas Christmas Mystery—Anne Greene

·         After the Fire—Clare Revell

·         Christmas Ivy—Judy Ducharme

·         Clear as Ice—Penelope Marzec

·         Dog Tags—Heidi Glick

·         From Scratch—C.E. Hilbert

·         Girls of Summer—C.E. Hilbert

·         Island Charm—Audrey Wick

·         Just One Kiss—Wendy Davy

·         Rose in the Desert—K.M. Daughters

·         Rose of the Adriatic—K.M. Daughters

·         Someone to Trust—Lesa Henderson

·         The Inheritance—Pamela S. Thibodeaux