Following the Evidence

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Following the Evidence by Lynn Shannon, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Following the Evidence
Author: Lynn Shannon
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Bringing a tracking dog to town
put her in a killer’s sights

Inheriting a ranch is a fresh start for Emma Pierce, her baby and her search-and-rescue dog—until someone tries to kill her.

But Sheriff Reed Atkinson won’t let anyone hurt his first love…especially when they uncover a connection to his vanished sister.

Can Reed solve both cases before he loses his sister and the woman he’s falling for all over again?

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Excerpts:

The sound of a loud crash turned his blood cold. Emma!
The front door was wooden, old, with a flimsy deadbolt. Thunder boomed, and Reed took advantage. He rammed the door with a well-placed kick. His heel screamed in protest, but the wood splintered.
“Come on, come on…” He focused his energy on the weak spot he’d created. He slammed into the door again. It shuddered and gave way.
He entered the house, his flashlight moving over everything. A banister leading upstairs. A dining room to his right. A living room to his left. His breathing was ragged, but the hand holding his weapon was steady.
Which way? Upstairs or toward the back of the house?
He paused, straining to listen. There. A noise coming from the kitchen. He raced down the hallway. Someone was coughing.
His flashlight caught a dark figure bolting out the back door. Reed swung to his left. Emma sat on the tile floor, one hand holding her neck. Her face was red and her long hair stuck out in all directions. Relief replaced the terror in her expression when she caught sight of him.

About the Author:

Lynn Shannon writes novels that combine intriguing mysteries with heartfelt romance. Raised in Texas, she believes pecans and Blue Bell ice cream are must-haves for every household. Lynn lives with her husband, two children, an extremely spoiled dog, and a turtle who hibernates half the year. You can find her online at www.lynnshannon.com.

CONNECT WITH LYNN: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram|

Tour Giveaway:

(1) winner will receive a copy of Following the Evidence and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 8, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 15, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Author Interview with Mindy Obenhaus

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

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Mindy Obenhaus’s new book, A Father’s Promise! I adored this book, it was so good. I can’t wait for you guys to read the book, and today I am so lucky to be able to share an interview with Mindy.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Father’s Promise
Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

He doesn’t think he deserves a family…
but now he has a daughter.

Stunned to discover he has a child, Wes Bishop isn’t sure he’s father material. But his adorable daughter needs him, and he can’t help feeling drawn to her mother, Laurel Donovan — a woman he’s finally getting to know.

But can this sudden dad overcome a past tragedy that has him convinced he’s not meant to be a husband or a father…and make a promise of forever?

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Now to the Interview:

Riella: Where did you find the idea behind this book?
Mindy: I think it found me. I had a single mother with a baby, and she had no idea where
the father was or even his last name. So that begged the question, what if he
showed up one day?

Riella: What made you want to be a writer?
Mindy: That is something that’s a challenge to figure out. You see, I was never a reader.
Even though my mother devoured romance novels my entire life, I had no
interest in reading. Then she moved in with us and brought hundreds of books
with her. All romance, but newer. As I sorted through them, hoping to get rid of
some, I became intrigued and the next thing I knew, I was reading book after
book.
Over time I realized that even though I hadn’t been reading for all those years, I
was always making up stories in my head. Soon I began to wonder if could
actually write one of those stories. So, I gave it a try. Of course, I knew nothing
about the craft of writing, so I had to learn. But God used that time to impress
upon me that He wanted me to write for Him. So, that’s what I’ve always tried to
do.

Riella: What character are you most like?
Mindy: Hmm… Good question. I would say there’s
a little bit of me in each of my heroines, but I’m probably most like Paisley, one of
Laurel’s friends who happens to be in the process of getting her own story.
Paisley is nurturing and loves to bake and entertain.

Riella: What do you want people to take away from this book?
Mindy: I want them to understand that no matter how big our mistakes, God can turn
them into blessings.

Riella: How did you get the ideas for the characters?
Mindy: That’s a tough question because they just kind of come to me. Then I have to get
to know them and find out what makes them tick.

Riella: Do you take inspiration from your life for plot points, characters, etc?
Mindy: Quite often, yes. 🙂

Riella: Is this book connected to the other series that you have written?
Mindy: It is not. A Father’s Promise is the first book in a new series entitled Bliss, Texas.

Riella: Which character do you relate to the most?
Mindy: I think I can relate to each of them in some way, shape or form. Or, at least, put
myself in their shoes.

About the Author:

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 copious amounts of the Hallmark Channel.

CONNECT WITH MINDY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads |  Bookbub

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of A Father’s Promise, a $20 Amazon gift card, and a James 1:17 mug!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 6, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 13, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

Dust Blog Tour Stop #1

Hi Lost Boys and girls, I am so excited to have you here on my blog. I know you are going to have so much fun with us in Neverland as we go on a mad treasure hunt. This is stop #1 of the Dust Tour, in this tour you will collect 36 clues. Each clue will stitch together to create a passage, and each stop will lead you to the next until you end up where you started again!

Previous stop: Dust Blog Tour Kickoff!

I am so excited to be able to share this interview I had with Kara. Kara is a teen writer and her fairytale retelling of Peter Pan, Dust, comes out on July 21st, 2020. Read on to learn about her novel, Dust and her writing journey, and how she found her own treasure in writing.

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Title: Dust
Author: Kara Swanson
Publisher: Enclave Escape
Release Date: July 21st, 2020
Genre: Teen and Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real–since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan–and herself.

LINK: https://www.karaswanson.com/mybooks

Now here is the interview with Kara!

1. Tell us about yourself?

I write whimsical, raw, adventure-filled YA novels. I grew up overseas in the jungles of Papua New Guinea as the daughter of missionaries, spending my childhood running barefoot through tropical jungles. That sense of unique adventure eventually let me to spin stories of my own and I love the creative aspects of writing fantasy. I now work full time in the publishing industry as an author, marketing consultant, and author coach. I’m passionate about telling powerful stories, helping others find their voices, and living out a beautiful story in my own life.

2. How old are you?

Twenty-Three!

3. How did you start writing?

I’ve been storytelling since I can remember, but I started writing novels at about sixteen.

4. What made you want to be a writer?

I love being able to craft worlds and characters and pouring my heart into pages that might just resonate with someone else. It wasn’t until I was a teen a co-authored a fantasy novel with a dear friend that I realized I really wanted to pursue this as a full time career.

5. How did you get ideas for the characters?

I’ve always thought that there was a lack of Peter Pan retelling that stayed really true to the original Peter that we all know and love, so I set out to craft a retelling of my own that built off J. M. Barrie’s foundational Peter, while letting him grow and expand a bit. I also created a character named Claire Kenton, who has grown up too fast and has pixie dust dripping from her fingertips—but refuses to believe in magic. Claire kind of represents the rest of us who never had a chance to escape to Neverland and had to see more of the world’s shadows than we might have chosen. And as Peter helps Claire begin to believe in magic again, she pushes him to step outside his selfish existence and truly become a leader who fights for his Neverland.

6. Which character are you most like?

Claire, probably. In the sense that I wove a lot of my own insecurities into her, and as Claire comes to realize where her identity is truly found, I was preaching a lot of that truth to myself.

7. Do you take inspiration from your life for plot points, characters, etc?

Absolutely! My characters all have a bit of me sprinkled in, while still being developed people all their own. Growing up in the remote jungle village where I did, I’ve also woven in some of those experiences into my representation of Neverland, etc.

8.What do you want people to take away from this book?

Hmmm…. a bit of hope and a sense of magic, maybe? To be reminded that we are never alone and that with a bit of faith and trust, anything is possible. ❤

9. What advice do you have for people who want to start writing?

Practice, practice, practice. The more you write, the faster you will grow and the more skills you will internalize!

10. What is your favorite fairy tale?

Not sure I have an absolute favorite, but I have always loved The Little Mermaid. ❤

Thank you so much Angeline for having me! And if you want to connect with me, I’m on Instagram (@karaswansonathor), Facebook (Kara Swanson, Author) and Twitter (@kswansonauthor) Thank you so much! Have a great day! Kara

I hope you Lost Boys and Girls had fun learning about Kara and her new book, Dust. You first clue in our exciting treasure hunt is “You

Your second stop is at Allie’s blog and opens up on June 2nd https://allieandersen.com/blog-tour-stop-dust-by-kara-swanson-interview/, good luck and enjoy flying around Neverland!

Traces

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Traces by Denise Weimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 Title: Traces
Author: Denise Weimer
Publisher: BLING! Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

When a failed romance and a $500,000 prize lure Kate Carson into participating in the reality TV show, Traces, the least she expects is to pick her partner. After all, she’s the PR spokeswoman of the company that derived a thirteen-lens, rotating camera from military use and installed it atop Atlanta’s tallest skyscraper. But she never would have chosen to evade techno hunters for twenty days with “G.I. Joe.”

Stoic, ex-military Alex Mitchell is the sort of man she always vowed to avoid, while the shadows of Alex’s past cause him to spurn emotional involvement. When Kate’s insider knowledge makes her a target of someone more threatening than game show hunters, Alex offers her only hope to reveal the dark plans of proponents of The Eye.

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Book Review:

I really enjoyed this book, though it was not my usual genre. I was so happy to find it really entertaining! It definitely kept me reading, and I was, at different points, so nervous for the characters.

I really felt for Kate, she was really relatable in the circumstances. If anything like that happened to me, I probably would react like her, super out of my depth. She definitely grew throughout the book, even though it really only spanned a few days. Kate and Alex have to learn to trust each other, although they really do not know the other.Though they were both trying, it was quite an crazy adventure they were on.

Alex was really focused, but he was such a sweet guy! He was a protector, looking out for so many. Though he was very intense and could be gruff, he and Kate began to open up to one another.

The story felt really possible, which made it even more suspenseful. It is a concept that is very relevant and a little frightening. The book was a little on the shorter side, though it did feel completed. I appreciate how she incorporated their faith, though I would wish it was a little more prominent. They were still growing in their faith. It was cool how they learned to trust more and more in God and His strength. I do hope that we get to see more of Kate and Alex, I would love to see their future.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author:

Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored eleven published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

CONNECT WITH DENISE: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Traces and Fall Flip by Denise Weimer plus a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 9, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on March 16, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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