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.


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. 


St. Morien, Cornwall. Beautiful. Peaceful.


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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Many Christian fiction books (various genres) by Pelican Book Group are available for free right now on Kindle Unlimited (Amazon), including the following:
A Semi-Precious Christmas by Jan Elder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0175P1RDQ

Justice by Emily Conrad https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0792HGXQN

Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta http://amzn.to/1W4fUXB

Breaking Barriers by Gail Pallotta http://amzn.to/28VWW48

Candle for a Corpse: A Berdie Elliott Advent Mystery by Marilyn Leach https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017GH5AUE/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i2

Friday, May 11, 2018

Interview with Kim McMahill

Recently, I interviewed Kim McMahill.

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

Big Horn Storm was probably the most fun to write because it’s set in the state where I grew up, Wyoming. I was able to draw upon my experiences from that time riding horses, greatly exaggerated of course, to create a contemporary western romantic adventure. There are several scenes which still make me hold my breath every time I read them and I couldn’t have written them without my own fearless palomino.

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

I’ll always love Niki from Big Horn Storm. Despite a pretty humble childhood she has made the best of life and is fiercely loyal to those she loves. She’s a survivor and never backs down.

What is your favorite theme to write about?

I’ve written nine very different novels, but the common theme is adventure suspense with a dash of romance woven in. There is no greater motivator to test one’s limit than love.  My goal is to take readers on an action-packed adventure to some amazing places. I want to entertain, first and foremost, but also inspire others to explore.

What are your hobbies (besides writing)?

I’m always anxious for spring because gardening is my passion. I also love to follow the exploits of my nieces and nephews which involves lots of sports, explore in the mountains, and travel about anywhere. When the weather keeps me indoors I enjoy reading and tackling tough jigsaw puzzles.

Blurb from A Dose of Danger (Book 1 in the Risky Research Series):

When researcher Grace Talbot and her team discover a possible solution for weight loss they are targeted by a group dedicated to controlling a diet product industry worth billions. Her unsanctioned testing methods bring tragedy to the family ranch and the attention of the local sheriff’s deputy. With her colleagues either dead, missing, or on the run she soon realizes she must trust the deputy with her life, but can she trust him with her heart?

Other Books by Kim McMahill:

Marked In Mexico
Big Horn Storm
Shrouded in Secrets
Deadly Exodus
A Taste of Tragedy (Book 2 in the Risky Research Series)
A Foundation of Fear (Book 3 in the Risky Research Series coming soon!)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Interview with Jayne Self

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

I think I’m best suited to writing mysteries, and my favourite is always the one in progress. There’s still so much to discover, twists to unravel, and secrets to expose. I love unearthing my characters’ secrets. The anticipation keeps me awake at night. I love it!

That being said, I had a blast writing my two Seaglass Mysteries. Written at the seashore, about the seashore. I even had a reading on the beach. Wonderful.

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

At this point in my career, I think my favourite character remains the hero of a yet-to-be-published series. He’s Dean Constable, a former police detective turned crime-solving pastor. Dean is a man haunted by his past, but through situations he confronts in each book his wounds are healing and his faith is growing. He has a ridiculous dog, an off-beat sense of humour, and he’s falling in love with a woman from his past. For me, a character doesn’t get more fun than that.  

What is your favorite theme to write about?

Whether intentional or not, I find myself returning to the theme of belonging. Perhaps because, as someone adopted, belonging is my own issue. I can explore it safely through my characters and learn about myself. That I keep returning to this theme tells me I have much to learn.

What made you decide to become a writer?

I have always dreamed of writing stories. Ever since childhood I’ve entertained myself imagining ‘what if’ scenarios. For a time, I set that aside. I locked my imagination away because I thought it was somehow sinful. But eventually I returned to it, older, wiser (I hope) and more able to see it as a God-given blessing. Around 1999, I decided to try putting my thoughts onto paper, and my passion for words was unleashed.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Learn the craft. Craft takes time. When I started writing I didn’t even know there was such a thing as writers’ craft. I though you only needed a good story. Over the years, and through lots of hard work, I’ve discovered that good story is not enough. Without good craftsmanship, a story will never reach the people God longs to influence. So, take the time needed to do it right.

God has given us His best and we should never be seduced into to giving Him anything less that ours.

Murder In Hum Harbour: A Seaglass Mystery [Jayne E. Self] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There's a sleuth on the loose Part-time medical receptionist, part-time jewelry crafter, Gailynn MacDonald thinks she knows everything about everyone in Hum Harbour

Friday, April 27, 2018

Review of In His Sight

In His Sight is a suspenseful, contemporary romance tale by Pamela Thibodeaux. In this story, Lorelei Conner and her daughter Laurel are constantly on the run from her abusive ex-husband. When they move to Stars Crossing, TN, a teacher with prophetic visions (Carson Alexander) crosses their paths. As Carson tries to help Lorelei, they uncover a secret connection between them. As a novelette, this story is perfect for a suspense reader who enjoys a quick read.

Author bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, "Inspirational with an Edge!" and reviewed as "steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message." 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Interview with Gail Pallotta

Recently, I interviewed author Gail Pallotta.

What is your favorite theme to write about?
Hope and faith. In Breaking Barriers, the book featured today, an anti-Christian group wants to destroy the faith. After a shooting at church, Ann, the main character, and a few other members hang by a thread of hope. They come up with a plan to restore their congregation. Then, other churches who’ve experienced the same loss hear of Ann’s ideas and start a movement.

What made you decide to become a writer?
I’ve enjoyed books and writing as long as I can remember. My first published work appeared in a grammar school newspaper. However, I only thought of writing as an extra-curricular activity until my junior year in college. I joined the school’s first professional writing class. Even though I most wanted to write fiction, I decided then to pursue a career putting out magazines. Now, I’m happy to finally write books.

How/ when did you learn about Christ and become a Christian?
I can’t remember not believing in Christ. My grandfather was a minister, and my father often quoted Scripture, but I formed a relationship with Christ saying prayers with my mother. She first taught me “Now I lay me down to sleep...” and later “The Lord’s Prayer,” but she also showed me how to talk to God, seek His presence, and accept His will, whether His answers were what I hoped for or not.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
A passage from Matthew 22, verses 37 - 40. The Sadducees and Pharisees tested Jesus, asking him the greatest commandment in the law. “He replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

They are my favorites because they explain the Gospel in a few words.

Book blurb for Breaking Barriers: Ann Jones forms True Light Guardians to keep her faith safe from the terrorists threatening it. She’s attacked, but rescued by James Crawford. The love inside him seeps into her heart, cold from her father’s abuse. But she narrowly escapes more attempts on her life. Can they save the church and find true love?

Brief Author Bio: Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. Gail’s a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, a 2013 Grace Awards finalist and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Award winner. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. To learn more about Gail and her books visit her website at https//www.gailpallotta.com and her Amazon author page at amazon.com/author/gailpallotta.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Interview with Theresa Hall

Recently, I interviewed Theresa Hall. 

What made you decide to become a writer?

I think I always enjoyed writing, even as a child. It wasn’t until I quit teaching to be a stay-at-home mom with my oldest son that I decided to write my first book. Of course, it was rejected, but the editor gave me some very encouraging comments. I think her words validated that I was actually a writer.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Never give up. I know that sounds like some cliché advice, but writers are so hard themselves. Another important piece of advice would be to be careful of the advice you take. Learn to have discernment when it comes to criticism.  Surround yourself with people who truly route for you and want to help you succeed. Also, never feel like you know everything you need to know about writing. Always study your craft and keep learning.

What is your favorite Bible verse? Why?

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

This verse is hanging in my office. In every trial I’ve been through, this verse reminds me that Christ is my strength. As an author with an autoimmune disease, this verse keeps me going when I feel like I’m getting overwhelmed.

What do you enjoy most about writing books?

I love getting to know my characters and seeing their journey unfold. I’m mostly a plot-driven author so I get an idea first and then develop the characters around it.