Author Interview with Laurie Lucking – Traitor Blog Tour

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Traitor
Series: Tales of the Mystics #2
Author: Laurie Lucking
Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing LLC
Release Date: 
April 27, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy

Princess Penelope has finally found a way to redeem her past mistakes—if only it didn’t require betraying her new fiancé.
Princess Penelope has been the object of gossip and ridicule ever since she returned home in disgrace following her failed engagement to the Crown Prince of Imperia. When her father offers a new start in a country far across the sea, she has no choice but to accept. Even if it means another betrothal, this time to a total stranger.
Penelope arrives in Delunia determined to avoid bringing further shame upon her family.
But her devoted, caring fiancé makes it harder to guard her heart than she anticipated, and
rumors of dark magic haunt her with memories she’d rather keep buried far beneath her
pristine exterior.
When a poverty-stricken village outside the palace gates looks to her as their hope for a
brighter future, Penelope embraces the opportunity to make amends for her
transgressions. But in order to help, she must manipulate her new fiancé, putting her
reputation on the line once more. And her heart. Can Penelope rise above the failures of her past, or will she forever be branded a traitor?

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Riella! I so appreciate the opportunity to share a
bit about myself and Traitor. 🙂

  1. What first made you start writing?

    I’ve loved books ever since my earliest memories. My active imagination devised plots for
    every form of play, from the sandbox to American Girl dolls. I enjoyed writing stories
    (complete with dreadful illustrations!) until about mid-grade school, when sadly I let a few
    class assignments convince me I was a bad writer.
    The stories never left my head, but I didn’t bother to write anything down until much more
    recently. When I left my job as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom back in 2012, I
    desperately needed a project to occupy my mind while I spent precious but long days at
    home with my newborn. Eventually, I summoned the courage to start typing one of my
    favorite daydreamed stories, and I fell in love all over again!
  2. What genre would you categorize your books and what made you choose that?

    I would categorize my books as young adult fantasy, or to be super-specific: young adult
    Christian fairy tale fantasy. Ha, what a mouthful! I write for young adults because that’s still
    my favorite genre to read, and growing up those were the books that had the greatest
    impact on my life. As a pre-teen or teenager, if I found a book that really resonated with me
    I read it again and again, living in that storyworld as much as possible. Now I hope to
    provide that kind of home-away-from-home for my readers!
    To be honest, I didn’t originally intend to write a Christian series. But the main character in
    Common (Tales of the Mystics, Book One) had a faith element to her journey I couldn’t
    ignore, and when my worldbuilding led me to mystics who channel power from God (or the
    Luminate, as He’s called in my fantasy world), I decided to embrace it!
    As for fantasy, I love adding at least a few fantastical elements to every story. It allows me
    to stretch my creativity and makes for plots with higher stakes and less predictability. I use
    fairy tales as my primary inspiration because they’re so timeless and beloved, and it’s so
    fun to see how putting new twists on a familiar tale can add layers of meaning and
    complexity. Plus, fairy tales lend themselves so well to clean romance with happily-ever-
    after endings!
  3. What are some of your steps to creating a fictional world?

    I don’t spend much time worldbuilding before I start writing, so my fictional worlds come
    into being organically as the stories fall into place. Usually I just add new countries,
    traditions, historical events, etc. as they’re needed while I’m writing, then go back and tighten the elements of my storyworld while editing. But I definitely have a strong sense for the feel of my setting before I get started! For Common, I envisioned a medieval-esque fairy tale kingdom with prim manners and tight social constraints that the main characters would have to work around. Traitor starts out there as well, but then I had fun creating a contrasting country for Princess Penelope’s new home filled with vibrancy and commotion that challenged her to grow beyond her comfort zone.
  4. How did you choose the title Traitor?

    I have to give my editor credit for that one! I originally had a different story planned for Book Two (which will now be Book Three instead!), but my editor suggested I write a book centering on Princess Penelope since the epilogue of Common hints at her journey to a faraway country for a new engagement. She proposed the title Traitor, and I loved it! Each title in my series is one word that describes a misconception the main character has about herself. So Traitor not only has an intriguing ring to it, but it also encapsulates Princess Penelope’s inner struggle as she strives to redeem her past mistakes while stumbling along the way.
  5. What was the hardest part about writing this book?

    The hardest part of writing Traitor was finding the creative energy to move forward during some challenging life situations. Writing provides such an exciting outlet when I’m caught up in my fantasy world and the lives of my characters, but I find it very draining. Shortly after Common released, our family experienced a loss that sent me reeling for months. For a while it was hard to imagine ever pouring myself into a story again when my heart felt so broken and my mind so numb. Then I became pregnant with our third child, and I was overjoyed but exhausted in an entirely different way. It took a lot of strength and prayer to rebuild to a point where I could funnel energy and passion back into my writing.
  6. Was it easier or harder to write this book as opposed to the 1st one?

    They were each challenging in their own ways! Common practically wrote itself at times because I was so engaged in the story and characters and had more downtime to write. But because I was still so new to the craft, it needed tons of rewrites and edits at every step along the way. Traitor’s first draft was much harder to complete since I didn’t feel as close to the story at the beginning and didn’t have as many aspects of the plot fleshed out in my mind. But although I still have a lot to learn, thankfully the editing for Traitor was much more straightforward and my later drafts didn’t need nearly as many revisions!
  7. Did you always plan to write Penelope’s story?

    I didn’t! As I mentioned above, I originally planned to write a different story, tentatively titled Scarred, as the second book in my Tales of the Mystics series. The idea for Traitor was inspired by my editor, and I’ll admit my first inclination was to dismiss it. Scarred was already halfway written, and I wasn’t sure I could connect enough with Penelope to write an entire book about her. But the idea stuck with me, and soon I had the outline of a plot. I’m grateful for my editor’s brilliant idea and that I took the time to pursue it for so many reasons. Princess Penelope’s story had so much for me to learn, as both a writer and as a flawed person longing for forgiveness and redemption. And this addition to the series balances the rest of the books out really well, adding a layer of depth I couldn’t have achieved if I’d jumped straight into the next story. Now I’m working on completing Scarred as Tales of the Mystics, Book Three!
  8. Which was your favorite character? Is it the one you most related to?

    Interestingly, my favorite character in Traitor is probably the one who’s the least like me! Princess Dionne, the younger sister of Penelope’s new fiancé, took me by surprise as I was writing because I expected her to be a very minor character. But her bluntness and sense of humor made me curious to explore her personality more, and I enjoyed giving her opportunities to interact with Penelope both as a friend and as someone who wasn’t afraid to voice harsh truths. I think the fact that I’m her opposite—a shy peacemaker—is what made her my favorite character, because I got to explore what it would be like to react to situations so differently than what I’m used to with only fictional consequences. 🙂

    I hope you enjoy Princess Dionne and the rest of the cast of Traitor! I’m so grateful to my readers for sticking with me during this long writing process—I did my best to make the story worth the wait! Thanks again for inviting me to visit today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laurie Lucking loves hoarding books, singing at the top of her lungs, playing games that
don’t involve too much strategy, and spending time with her husband and three energetic
kids. A recovering attorney, she now spends her days as a stay-at-home mom and has
discovered writing young adult romantic fantasy is way more fun than drafting contracts.
Her fairy tale–inspired stories combine the excitement of discovering new worlds with the
timeless enchantment of falling in love. Find out more about Laurie and her writing
adventures at http://www.LaurieLucking.com.

Promises at Pyramid Rock

About the Book:

Promises at Pyramid Rock: A Sweet, Best Friends, Military Romance (Kailua Marines Book 2) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: Promises at Pyramid Rock
Series: Kailua Marines #2
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date:  
April 28, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary

Will this Marine risk everything for a chance to leave the friend zone? 

John “Mac” McCarthy is secretly in love with his best friend, Ana. It all started on the playground when she kicked him down the slide because he was too scared to take the plunge. But they haven’t lived in the same town since they were kids, so it’s been easy to keep their relationship platonic. 

The only person Ana Vincent can count on is her long-distance best friend, Mac. He knows her better than anyone. When he suggests she finally get her own place instead of hunting for yet another roommate, that’s exactly what she does. And boy is he in for a surprise when he finds out where she’s bought a house. 

Mac has always told himself their physical distance was the only thing keeping him from admitting his true feelings. He doesn’t think she feels the same way.  How will he keep his secret with her right under his nose again?

Book Review:

Matchmaker’s Best Friend

About the Book:

Matchmaker's Best Friend: Elnora Island (Independence Islands Book 9) by [Kari Trumbo]

Title: Matchmaker’s Best Friend
Series: Independence Islands Book #9
Author: Kari Trumbo
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing 
Release Date: 
March 30, 2021
Genre: Clean Contemporary Christian Romance

“You’re just like a brother to me. I don’t like you in that way.”

When they dated ten years ago as teens, it almost destroyed their friendship. So Pen Reese did the only logical thing.  She lied about how she felt—and still feels—about him.

She’s still paying for that lie.

A brilliant plan to set Mike and a friend up and get over him has one problem.

It’s breaking her heart.

When Pen pushed him away, Mike Gaines assumed she just didn’t understand his faith. People like her persnickety aunt even claim he’s part of a cult—ridiculous, but it’s true. Still, if she wants him to play the part of a big brother, fine. At least he can stay close this way.

At first, Pen’s attempt to set him up with one of her close friends hurts. But what if it’s the perfect opportunity to show her what she’s missing if she sees him with someone else?

In this friends-to-more-meets-second-chance romance, The Matchmaker’s Best Friend continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

Book Review:

This was a sweet and cute book! I read it in one day. Matchmaker’s Best Friend is the 9th book in the multiple author series, Independence Islands. Pen Reese and Mike Gaines were best friends who were both on the verge on wanting more. However their relationship hits a bump when Pen tries to set up Mike with one of her friends. Will their relationship survive? Will it be able to grow to something more?

I really liked Pen and Mike. They were such sweet friends, there were times where I wanted to shake them though because they were tiptoeing around each other and their feelings. I enjoyed reading about them realizing their feelings for each other, it was also fun to read about their relationship. They were such good friends, and it was a miracle that they hadn’t realized how much they meant to each other before. 

I liked the progression of the story, it felt a little fast but I think it worked well because they had been friends for so long. Pen and Mike were already in love with each other, they just needed the push to finally take the leap. I did feel bad for Jen though because Pen had been trying to push her and Mike together. I am really excited to read Jen’s books!

I think that this is a great book! It was a cute and fast read, I would recommend it to those 13 and up. Matchmaker’s Best Friend is a clean, contemporary Christian romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

Where western meets happily ever after.

Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Especially in sparkly, stacked espadrilles and pink power suit. Don’t let Pen Reese’s pink façade fool you, she’s a businesswoman to the core, with a heart of gold. She has built a party planning business from the ground up, and she’s about to create another.

Pen is one of those characters that I could just see CLEARLY as I was writing. She is about ninety percent Elle Woods from Legally Blonde and ten percent a close personal friend. I heard her voice in my head. I could hear her talking as I wrote the book. Her personality was perfect for the energetic party planner.

I’m sure if I put a character description up without context or clarity many people wouldn’t want to read the book, they would write Pen off as shallow. But she’s not. She’s heartbroken.

Do you still remember your first love? Maybe you still care for them? Pen fell hard for her first love and no matter how professional she is or how many lavish weddings she plans, she can’t forget the one wedding she’ll never get to create. Her own.

Pen things that if Mike falls for someone else, goes off and gets married, she’ll finally be able to move on. So, she sets a plan in motion. That’s when her world completely falls apart and you see the tender parts of Pen that she doesn’t show to just anybody.

She is a very complex character and I hope she touches you like she touched me.

I hope you enjoy Pen’s tale of matchmaking gone wrong.

Blog Stops

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 14

Books and Everyday Life, April 14

Labor Not in Vain, April 14

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 15

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 15

lakesidelivingsite, April 16

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 16

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 17

Rebekah Reads, April 17

Artistic Nobody, April 17 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 18

A Novel Pursuit, April 18

She Lives To Read, April 19

deb’s Book Review, April 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 20

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, April 20

Splashes of Joy, April 20

Aryn the Libraryan, April 21

For Him and My Family, April 21

Texas Book-aholic, April 22

Blogging With Carol, April 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 23

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 23

CarpeDiem, April 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 24

Connect in Fiction, April 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 25

Simple Harvest Reads, April 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Inklings and notions, April 26

Godly Book Reviews, April 26

Batya’s Bits , April 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 27

Blossoms and Blessings, April 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10acd/matchmaker-s-best-friend-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Dark Beauty

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Dark Beauty
Series: Victorian Retellings #1
Author: Clarissa Kae
Publisher: Carpe Vitam Press
Release Date: 
March 7, 2021
Genre: Fairytale

A Victorian Twist on Beauty And The Beast

Bold and brilliant, Georgiana has a gift for fixing machines—from clocks to carriages—while her father has a penchant for finding trouble. In an accidental fire, Georgiana and her father scar the once handsome face of Lord Pichon, cousin to the queen.
Rumors of Georgiana’s gift raise her family’s status. Her incomparable beauty captures the eye of many gentlemen and the wrath of Lord Pichon. Abandoned by his peers and alone in his cold castle, Lord Pichon is determined to enact revenge.
When Georgiana’s father makes a terrible mistake, she sacrifices herself to pay his debt—as a lowly maid in Lord Pichon’s castle.
Her wit and warmth begin to thaw Lord Pichon’s estate, making him question his version of the past. Will her kindness break the beastly lord or will he hold her family hostage forever?

Click here to get your copy!

Book Review:

Ahh! This was such a good book! I knew that I would like it but it was even better than I expected. A Dark Beauty is the first book that I have read written by Clarissa Kae and I am now hooked. It’s the first book in Clarissa Kae’s new series, Victorian Retellings. It was a wonderful twist on Beauty and the Beast.

Georgiana was a strong woman but she was also hurting. She grew on me as I read more about her. Although life had not been kind to her, she was still loving and cared for those around her. Dom confused her but it was sweet to read about her falling in love with him. 

Okay, so I think I liked Georgiana from the beginning, however, Lord Pichon had me from the beginning. I really liked Dom. He had gone through some hard times, and he was really scared. But he was a really nice guy underneath it all. It was so fun to read about Dom coming out of his shell. I loved how he respected his staff, and they cared for him. 

I really liked the characters from this book, and I enjoyed the story line. It was such a unique twist on Beauty and the Beast! Oh my goodness, this book had my attention and I couldn’t put it down.The suspense and action grew as Dom and Georgiana tried to figure out what was true. The storyline was amazing. I had no idea what was going to happen. It was so cool to see the parallels to Beauty and the Beast, and yet still be its own book. Georgiana and Dom were forced to confront the secrets of their past that haunted them both. They were on a race to figure out the secrets of Georgiana’s father that could very well be to their detriment. 

A Dark Beauty was such a thrilling book and I would definitely recommend it! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, it is a great start! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

Clarissa Kae is a preeminent voice whose professional career began as a freelance editor in 2007. She’s the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director.Since her first novel, she’s explored different writing genres and created a loyal group of fans who eagerly await her upcoming release. With numerous awards to her name, Clarissa continues to honor the role of storyteller.Aside from the writing community, she and her daughters founded Kind Girls Make Strong Women to help undervalued nonprofit organizations—from reuniting children with families to giving Junior Olympic athletes their shot at success.She lives in the agricultural belly of California with her family and farm of horses, chickens, dogs and kittens aplenty.

More from Clarissa

As a young girl most of the fairy tales talked about beauty as the only attribute but when Disney came out with Beauty and the Beast, my world was rocked. For the first time the heroine was a woman with a brain and a plan. I began researching the fairy tale and read every version. When my youngest daughter was born (with dark hair and big beautiful brown eyes) I named her Isla Belle. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And finally, that dream as come true.

Blog Stops

For Him and My Family, March 25

Labor Not in Vain, March 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 26

The Write Escape, March 26

Books and Everyday Life, March 26

Texas Book-aholic, March 27

Breny and Books, March 27

The Christian Fiction Girl, March 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 28

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, March 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 29

Through the Fire Blog, March 30

Inklings and notions, March 30

deb’s Book Review, March 31

Connect in Fiction, March 31

Inside the Wong Mind, March 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 1

Inspiration Clothesline, April 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 2

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 3

To Everything There Is A Season, April 3

Beauty in the Binding, April 3

Connie’s History Classroom, April 4

Blogging With Carol, April 4

A Baker’s Perspective, April 5

Genesis 5020, April 5

Pause for Tales, April 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 6

Godly Book Reviews, April 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 7

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 7

Mary Hake, April 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Clarissa is giving away to two winners one $25 Amazon gift card each!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/109d3/a-dark-beauty-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Indebted Earl

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour by Audra Jennings. There are so many fun things in this post. You will learn about The Indebted Earl, read my review about the book, read a mini interview from the author, and get to enter a giveaway!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Indebted Earl (Serendipity & Secrets Book 3) by [Erica Vetsch]

Title: The Indebted Earl
Series: Serendipity & Secrets Book #3
Author: Erica Vetsch
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: 
March 23, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiancée and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Book Review:

I can’t believe that this is the last book in Erica Vetsch’s Secrets and Serendipity series. This has been such a great series and I have loved all of the books. The Indebted Earl is the third book and last book in the series. 

Okay, so Sophie was such an awesome character! She tried her best to help out those around her, but she was slowly losing herself. Losing her finance hit her harder then she would have thought especially because she never expected for him to die. Sophie was so kind and it was super sweet to read about her caring for mother of her fiance and the three girls under Charles’ care

Charles Wyvern was just trying to get his life back on track, all he wanted to do was captain a ship again. But God had other plans, he found himself married, the guardian of three girls, and an earl. I really liked Charles, he was just trying his best. He was struggling to keep himself afloat and to trust God. But although he came off as harsh, he had a soft spot for those under his care and he truly was a good man. 

Charles and Sophie had to learn to work out their marriage and provide a good home for the girls under their guardianship. Their marriage was not a love match, but it was super sweet to read about them falling for each other. However, there are sinister plans at work and Charles and Sohpie find themselves in the midst of a smuggling ring. Will Charles and Sophie be able to work out not only their marriage but the smuggling that could very well be the end of them?

I loved the romance and the suspense. I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, and stayed up way too late to finish. The characters were super fun, especially the girls, Penny, Thea, and Betsy. I liked them from the beginning. I also adored Mrs. Chapman, she was awesome. Additionally, I really enjoyed the faith aspects that this book had, reading the characters learning to trust God through hard times.

I would totally recommend The Indebted Earl. However, I would recommend reading the first two books first. I can’t wait to see what else Vetsch writes. The Indebted Earl is a clean, regency, romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Author Interview:

Q: The Indebted Earl is the final release in your Serendipity & Secrets series. Can you give us a recap of the series up to this point and introduce us to your new book?

The Serendipity & Secrets series is three books about three men who come into titles unexpectedly and the women who capture their hearts. In The Lost Lieutenant, a soldier is granted an earldom as a reward for bravery on the field of battle . . . but he is suffering from partial amnesia and cannot remember what he did to earn the title. In The Gentleman Spy, the new Duke of Haverly is wrestling with keeping separate his public life as a duke of the realm and his secret life as a spy for the Crown. And in The Indebted Earl, a naval captain inherits a title and an estate, three young wards, and the care of his late best friend’s fiancé and mother, all while trying to get back to his life at sea. 

Three unexpected titles, three unexpected marriages, and three stories of secrets, love, and testing whether God is truly sovereign. 

Q: Both Lady Sophia Haverly and Captain Charles Wyvern feel a responsibility to care for someone that is left behind. From where does that sense of duty come? 

Lady Sophia’s care of her fiancé’s mother is born out of her love for him. She was also instilled from birth with the social customs of noblesse oblige. As a woman of noble birth, she has an obligation to live up to that nobility by behaving nobly. While her fiancé is at war, he has entrusted her with the care and companionship of his mother, Lady Richardson. Sophie is delighted with the responsibility, because it allows her to demonstrate her love, and it gives her a bit of freedom that living in her older brother’s household would not afford.

Captain Wyvern naturally shoulders responsibility for his ship and his crew. As the leader, everyone under his command is also under his care. This responsibility extends to the dependents of his crew, including the fiancée of his late best friend. Charles feels he bears the blame for his friend’s death, and he must attempt to make some sort of amends. His natural leadership abilities cause him to throw his mantel of responsibility over Lady Sophia, Lady Richardson, the three waifs who wash up on his shore, and the estate and community he’s inherited.

Q: What is Sophie struggling with spiritually in The Indebted Earl? Is Charles facing something similar?

Sophie struggles with the idea that God is both good and sovereign. It’s easy to accept one or the other, but both? How can God be good when He’s taken her beloved fiancé away? How can He be sovereign when bad things happen? How can she trust in His plan when it seems everything is spinning out of control?

Charles’s struggle is similar in that he is all about control, about ordering his life according to his plan, but with the cessation of war, he is on the beach without a command. And he’s carrying a tremendous weight of guilt over the death of Major Richardson. Did God make a mistake, having Rich die in his place? What Charles wants—to continue his naval career—is both noble and reasonable. Why won’t God make it happen? 

Both Sophie and Charles are learning to trust in the sovereignty and goodness of God’s plans, and realizing that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours.

Q: Will you be sad to let this trilogy—your first Regency series—go? What can readers look forward to next?

There’s such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in seeing this series completed, but to answer your question . . . YES! I am so reluctant to let these stories and characters go that I’m bringing some of them back in my new series, the Thorndike & Swann Regency Mysteries! 

The first book, The Debutante’s Code, should arrive in the fall of 2021 and features Lady Juliette Thorndike and Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann in a fast-paced tale of intrigue, espionage, and art thievery! 

Q: Where can Regency fans go to interact and talk about books on Facebook?
I am thrilled that we have a place on Facebook to discuss all things inspirational Regency romance. There is a lively and growing community of readers that can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2568745689914759. We have contests, giveaways, polls, notices of sales, reviews, and much more, and we’re always welcoming new members.

About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. 

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England. 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Giveaway:

https://promosimple.com/ps/10ba3/the-indebted-earl

The Earl’s Lady Geologist

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Earl’s Lady Geologist
Series: The Linfield Ladies Series
Author: Alissa Baxter
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: 
February 28, 2021
Genre: Clean Regency Romance

Cassandra Linfield is a lady fossil collector who declares she will never marry as no man will ever take her studies seriously. When circumstances force her to travel to Town for the Season, Cassy infiltrates the hallowed portals of the Geological Society from which she has been banned. She is horrified when she comes face to face with her nemesis, the infuriating Earl of Rothbury.

Lord Rothbury is a gentleman-geologist with a turbulent romantic past. After a youthful disappointment, he vows never to fall in love again and makes the decision, instead, to seek out a convenient wife when he returns to England from his geological travels abroad.

Brought together by their close family ties, Cassy and Rothbury collaborate on a geological paper and discover a powerful attraction. Marriage, however, is the one subject they cannot agree upon. But when Cassy’s life is threatened, the two realize that love matters more than their objections.

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Book Review:

A unique and sweet Regency romance, The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first book I have read of Ms. Baxter. It was so cute! I went in intrigued, because I had little knowledge about the geology and archeology of that time. It was fascinating to see that setting for this book. Cassandra, Casssy is a lady fossil collector. She is adamant that she will never marry, yet her aunts are just as determined to get her to Town for a Season.There she at least can attempt to infiltrate the Geological Society. However, while in Town she is dismayed to encounter the Earl of Rothbury, who she finds infuriating and confining. Rothbury, a fellow geologist, has had troubles with love in the past and now is ready for a sensible marriage of convenience. Through family ties, Cassy and Rothbury are brought together and begin working together on a geological paper. As feelings emerge and the two clash, will they find that love is greater than their objections?

This was super cute! I really like Cassy. She had a backbone and opinions, but she was not stubbornly obstinate or thoughtless. She cared about her family, even though she had her own views.I appreciated her intelligence and her love of geology. Her passion was so cool to see! It was also cool to see some of the work done by females at that time.Rothbury was also a sweet character. He was also quite sure of his beliefs and cared for his family. I liked seeing the family interactions and setting that it brought to the story. He cared for them and tried to listen to them. I thought that their love story was also adorable!  They grew to appreciate one another and like each other as people. I loved seeing how they cared for each other, especially how Rothbury tried to court her.At the end of the book, I actually said aloud, “That was so cute!”.

The elements of mystery and danger that come through are also very exciting. I think it was a nice addition that fleshed out the story. I am also interested in Harriet, she had a secondary plot with her featured and I would love to see her story continued! Overall, this was a clean, sweet Regency read! I liked the addition of geology, though I am by no means an expert myself, I was able to understand and I thought it added to the story. I would recommend this to those who enjoy a sweet romance and like historical fiction!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alissa Baxter

Alissa Baxter wrote her first Regency romance, The Dashing Debutante, during her long university holidays. After traveling the world, she settled down to write her second Regency romance, Lord Fenmore’s Wager, which was inspired by her time living on a country estate in England.

Alissa then published two chick-lit novels, The Truth About Clicking Send and Receive (previously published as Send and Receive) and The Truth About Cats and Bees (previously published as The Blog Affair).

Many years later, Alissa returned to her favorite time period and signed a three-book contract with Vinspire Publishing for her Linfield Ladies Series, a trio of Regency romances that feature women in trend-setting roles who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually.

Alissa currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and two sons. She is a member of The Beau Monde – Regency Fiction Writers.

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The Earl's Lady Geologist

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A Brother’s Promise

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Brother’s Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Release Date: 
February 23, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A little girl will change his world…

He didn’t realize he wanted a family…

until he suddenly became a single dad.

After his sister’s death, rancher Mick Ashford’s determined to ensure his orphaned niece, Sadie, feels at home. And accepting guidance from Christa Slocum is his first step. But just as Christa and Sadie start to settle into Mick’s heart, Sadie’s paternal grandparents sue for custody. Now Mick must fight to keep them together…or risk losing the makeshift family he’s come to love.

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We were so excited to be able to interview Mindy Obehaus, here is our interview.

Author Interview

  • Is it easier or harder to write a continuation of a series? Why or why not?


I think it’s a little easier because there are things that have already been
established, like many of the characters and the setting.

  • How did you decide to write about who to write about next?


You know, I’m not really sure. One book in the series is a Christmas story, so
I had to work around that. Of course, I also had to look at what time of the
year each story was set, so that was likely the biggest factor when choosing.

  • Is it more difficult to write children than adults? Why or why not?


Kids are definitely easier to write, at least for me. I love writing children
and old people because you never know what they might say, so they can
really put the hero/heroine on the spot.

  • How did you come up with the idea for this story? 


I knew Christa had been a savvy tech industry exec who’d walked away from
it, looking for a simpler life. So in coming up with a partner for her I took
the opposites-attract approach. Throw in a little fish-out-of-water by having
a single cowboy suddenly become a father and it seemed like the way to go.

  • Are you a pantser or plotter? How did this tendency show up with this book?


I’m a pantser at heart, but I’m forced to plot. However, if I’m writing along
and something deviates from the plot, I usually take it as a nudge from God
and go with.

  • As you were writing, did you always know how the story was going to go? Were there any surprises for you?

The ending was actually a surprise for me. I had envisioned it much
differently. It turned out much better than I’d anticipated.

  • Do you have a favorite character in this book? Who is it and why?


Definitely Sadie because I never knew what she was going to say. And she
made a pretty good voice of reason, too.

  • Do you have ranch/cowgirl roots? Is there any inspiration for Mick and his ranch from your own life?


I actually live on a working cattle ranch, though my husband is not a rancher.
We lease the land. That said, I know lots of ranchers and have watched
them work cattle, aid with birthing calves when a cow is in distress and all
sorts of other things. It was inevitable I put that knowledge to use one day.
Though I’m glad it was only through storytelling. Those ranchers are some
tough people.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com

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A Captain for Caroline Gray

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Captain for Caroline Gray
Author: Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: 
March 2, 2021
Genre: Regency Romance

Regency London

Caroline Gray’s third season in London society ends as badly as her first two—no marriage proposal, no suitor, not even a glimmer of an interested prospect. She suspects it’s because she is far too quick to speak her mind to men who are put off by her forthright opinions, her eager intellect backed by a formal education, and her unconventional ideas about the future. She is far more daring than demure to suit the taste of her class. Besides, Caroline thinks there will always be next season to find a husband.

However, her family’s dwindling income leaves Caroline with only one choice to secure her future: a one-way ticket to sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend waits. If the match doesn’t work, Caroline cannot return home.

Captain Thomas Scott loves the thrill of the open sea, and as commander of one of the ships of the Fishing Fleet, he ferries scores of young English girls to the shores of India to find husbands. The voyages pay well, but he struggles to understand why families would allow young women to be matched with total strangers so far away.

The trips have always been routine and uneventful—until this trip’s first night’s dinner with one Miss Caroline Gray. She engages in a lively political conversation, presenting opposing viewpoints to the conventionally opinionated gentlemen at her table. Captain Scott is secretly amused and delighted at her boldness, not to mention quite drawn to her beauty.

The rest of the passengers are shocked by her behavior and Caroline finds herself an outcast, suffering harsh judgments from the other passengers. However, she finds an unlikely ally in Captain Scott which quickly draws them closer.

Both know an arranged marriage awaits Caroline at the end of their voyage, yet the attraction between them is undeniable. Caroline will have to decide if she will honor her mother’s wishes and marry a man in India whom she has never met, thus securing a future for her and her mother, or be brave enough to throw convention to the wind and commit to love a sea captain. He may be enchanted by her bold and unconventional ways, but will his love and admiration last?

Book Review:

A Captain for Caroline Gray is the first book that I have read written by Julie Wright and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This book had such an interesting concept and I had never heard of girls going to India to find husbands before. 

Caroline Gray has run out of options, there is no man to marry and she must now travel to India. Caroline has no choice, there is no place left for her to go and she must now sail with the Fishing Fleet to India, where the son of a family friend is willing to consider an engagement to her. Captain Thomas Scoot loved the open sea, but he disliked ferring young English girls across the ocean; he can’t imagine why families would send their daughters to marry questionable English men in India. However Caroline Gray is different from the others he has ferried, and before he knows it they have created an undeniable attraction. But their relationship is impossible, after all Caroline has obligations to fulfill in India. 

Caroline was such an interesting character. She was different from the rest of the ladies around her, she was smart and she said what was on her mind. However she was kind, she didn’t look down on people. I felt so bad for her thought, she was trying to figure out how to be herself. She wanted to be true to herself, but she also didn’t want to cause trouble. I felt connected to her and by the end of the book, I was totally rooting for her. I wanted her to find her happy ending and not change herself to fit someone else’s mold. However learning to be oneself is hard, especially when it seems like you could never be enough. 

I had mixed feelings about Captain Thomas Scott. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he got on my nerves sometimes. He judged Caroline without knowing her and I wanted to shake him at times. However I liked reading at him growing, seeing the error of his ways and falling for Caroline. He was a kind man, but he was quick to judge and he had to learn to see past first impressions.

Caroline and Captain Scott had to learn how to love each other. They judged each other harshly at first, but as they saw past their first impressions they fell in love. However there are secrets and dangers that could drag them apart, will their love survive India? 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed A Captain for Caroline Gray. The characters grew on me and I was soon engrossed in the story. My only problem is that there was no epilogue, but I have heard from others that the author has added an epilogue. There were so many fun characters and I really enjoyed reading about Tom and Peterson, they really added to the story. 

I would totally recommend A Captain for Caroline Gray! It was a clean regency romance and super enjoyable. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

An Unlikely Proposal Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Toni Shiloh

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Their friendship can survive almost anything…

For two best friends, marriage could be their greatest test yet…

Trinity Davis must not have heard firefighter Omar Young correctly. Did her handsome widowed best friend just suggest they get married? Omar needs a mom for his adorable little girls, and it’ll fix Trinity’s financial woes. But saying “I do” isn’t just business. Especially when the only vow they’re in danger of breaking is their promise to not fall in love…

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Author Interview:

  1. What made you want to be a writer?
    I’ve always enjoyed reading and dabbled in writing throughout my school days. However, after I
    took a creative writing degree in college, that love of writing was really nurtured and developed.
  2. What was the hardest part of writing An Unlikely Proposal?
    The revisions!! They were painful at times but certainly stretched me as a writer. Now that
    they’re done with, I can appreciate the process. But during that time, I probably ate more
    chocolate than necessary.
  3. Where did you get the idea for An Unlikely Proposal?
    I love marriage of convenience tropes. They’re my favorite to read and you don’t see them as
    often in contemporary setting. I knew I wanted to write one so I brainstormed until the idea
    formed.
  4. Did you base your characters off of anyone?
    No. I don’t think I’ve ever done that in my stories.
  5. What do you want people to take away from An Unlikely Proposal?
    That you can trust God with your pain. He’s willing to take you through the healing process,
    whatever that looks like for you.
  6. What character do you relate to most?
    Oh good question! Probably Trinity. I’ve never suffered the depth of lost that Omar has so
    Trinity was easier to relate to.
  7. How do you deal with writer’s block?
    If I’m stuck, I’ll listen to music, talk to one of my critique partners for possible ideas on how to
    move forward, and pray!
  8. How do you create characters that people can connect to?
    I really get to know my characters and what triggers and things elicit strong emotions. Once I
    know those details, I’m able to pants my way through the story.

Book Review:

I was super excited to read this book because I always find marriage of convenience stories super sweet and enjoyable. And I have to say, An Unlikely Proposal was an amazing book! Trinity Davis never expected to find herself in a marriage of convenience to her best friend, Omar Young, but that is where she found herself. Omar Young wasn’t looking for love, however his girls need someone to care for them and he needs help. Will Omar and Trinity be able to make their relationship work or will they stay in a marriage of convenience?

Trinity had suffered through a horrible break up, she didn’t want to risk her again. But then her best friend suggests marriage, she finds herself in a totally different situation. I liked Trinity, I thought that she was so sweet. I loved how much she cared for Omar and for his girls. She had diabetes, and it was really affecting their life. She had learned how to care for herself, but she needed the insurance to pay for her insulin. 

Omar was a great guy, I loved reading about his care for his daughters. He was a strong firefighter but he was also grieving. He had lost his wife a couple of years ago, and now he finds his mother-in-law gone. He needed the help to care for his girls, Faith and Joy. However Omar really cared for Trinity, and it was sweet to see it grow into love. 

Omar and Trinity were a lovely couple and I really liked how they were friends first. Their love grew from friendship to something more. They had to work through their past hurts, in order to actually make their marriage work. I loved Omar’s daughters, they were so sweet and cute. I also liked Rock, he was so steady and a stronghold for Omar. 

I found An Unlikely Proposal awesome! I loved the characters. They had to work on their relationship, and go to God for guidance. I would definitely recommend this book! I can’t wait to see what else she writes. An Unlikely Proposal was a sweet, Christian, clean read!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at tonishiloh.com.

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Deadly Amish Reunion Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Deadly Amish Reunion by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Deadly Amish Reunion
Series: Amish Country Justice #9
Author:
Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:
December 1, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romantic Suspense

Separated by amnesia…

reunited by a lethal holiday threat.

Jennie Beiler’s husband was supposed to be dead, so she’s shocked when he rescues her from an attacker. Although Luke has no memories of his Englisch wife, it’s up to him to protect her from someone who won’t stop until she’s dead.

Can the peaceful Amish community he returned to after losing his memory shelter them and their son this Christmas when danger strikes again?

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Book Review:

I have read quite a few romantic, suspense books, but I’ve never read an Amish, suspense one. I have to admit that I was a little bit thrown off because while there is crime everywhere, most of the Amish books I’ve read have been quite fluffy. Even though this was a new genre for me, I really enjoyed this book. It’s the first book I’ve read by Ms. Dana R. Lynn, and I will definitely be reading more by her.

Deadly Amish Reunion is the ninth book in the Amish Country Justice series. I’m not sure if this is a standalone series, but I have only read this book. And other than a really strong desire to read Aidan’s (Jennie’s brother’s) book, I was not at all confused. Jennie believed that her husband was dead, so she’s shocked when he saves her and their son. Luke has no memories of his Englischer wife, but he’s determined to protect her and his newfound son.

It was really sweet and hard to watch Jennie and Luke work things out. They did love each other, but they had no idea how to make it work. I loved how Ms. Lynn showed Luke falling in love with Jennie all over again, and Jennie falling for this older, more mature version of Luke. It was especially adorable because they had their son, L.J, to think about. I loved all of L.J.’s parts in the book. He was such a cute character, and it was sweet to see Luke step up to the plate. And while Luke’s family were understandably shocked, they were immediately open to helping Jennie and L.J.

The suspense also kept me guessing until the last minute. There were a lot of different players that I did not at all expect, and there were so many twists and turns in the book. The action never let up until the very end. There are some more mature themes though. Jennie was raped by her stepfather before, but it is not described at all. Also, Jennie sees someone kill another person, and there is quite a bit of shooting at and violence including someone getting beat up. However, the romance side is very clean, and Jennie and Luke really only kiss like twice. All in all just a wonderful, quick read that I would definitely recommend!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dana R. Lynn

Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. Dana is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website www.danarlynn.com.

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