A Dark Beauty


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?

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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.

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The Zodiac Trails

About the Book:

Title: The Zodiac Trails
Author: Michele Khalil
Publisher: Indy Pub
Release Date:
July 24, 2020
Genre: YA

For as long as anyone could remember, there have only been twelve Zodiac Signs. Gifted by the stars with two abilities each, the twelve signs had maintained balance in their world for centuries. Now, a thirteenth sign threatens to upend the balance…

Talah grew up hearing about her ancestral homeland called the Galaxy. Hidden away on Earth from the world her parents had escaped from, she dreamed of becoming a true Zodiac. When her chance finally arrives to compete in the Trials and join her people for good, she is all too eager to prove her place. But beneath the lavish parties and power lies a dark secret their history had forgotten. And with it, a boy she thought she’d never see again.

Firas had spent his whole life training for the Trials to take his true place as the Soulinus heir. But when he is hunted down for the extra abilities he was born with, he has to learn to survive. Now the leader of a people facing genocide, he has to outwit a centuries-old society with powers that rival his own.

Thrust into a forgotten civil war neither truly understand, Talah and Firas must find the balance between tradition and freedom.

Book Review:

Oh my gosh! This was so intense! I loved the world, the unique fantasy, the interesting characters, it was all great. I was immediately interested from the description. I am always intrigued by mythology and fantasy, but I have not had the chance to read many inspired from zodiac. From the start, I entered another world. The world of the Zodiacs is full of elemental abilities and ancient Middle Eastern and Asian influences. It was so cool to see a world pulling from there and to learn a little bit about the ancient culture. Some of the descriptions of architecture and clothing were so pretty! The concept was also really cool, I love the idea of having special abilities based on zodiac sign. 

The story was so interesting! Throughout the whole book, there were new revelations in every chapter! Up to the very last chapter, there were new twists. Disclaimer, this is not a stand-alone. This is not even a mostly conclusive, but with a few strings pulling towards the next book kind of story. This is a full-on cliff-hanger ending, I need the next book immediately kind of story. I think I might have screamed a little when the book ended. The action in the story was exciting, the intrigue was surprising, and I loved the character’s connections. 

Characters are always my favorite part of a book. Firas was so passionate and committed. He felt such a connection to those like him, those different from the molds Zodiacs had, the traditional abilities each sign possessed. He has had to survive and lead a people who have faced and continue to face genocide. It was sad to see how he had to face such cruel stoicism from those who he formerly knew and trusted. It was sweet that he had found new connections with his people. I liked Talah’s strength. She wanted to help people, but she felt the pull of fitting into her new world and pleasing her family. She really cared about the people in her life. Talah was very loyal, which made some of the surprises in the book all the more shocking and impactful. 

I really enjoyed this book and would totally recommend it! It is fantasy, a bit on the older teen spectrum with some violence. It also has a dystopian vibe, which can endear or turn off some. Again, beware that this is the first book in a trilogy and does not have a neat ending. However, it is interesting, compelling, and really cool!

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

Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions

Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions by [V. Joy Palmer]


Title: Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions
V. Joy Palmer
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Release Date:
November 16th, 2020
Genre: Christian Romance

Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have all moved out, married, or are in the process of matrimony. Meanwhile, she’s lost another job, and her daily diet consists of noodles that are better suited as packing material.

Then Kaylee’s ex, Gabe Sanders, enters the equation.

Gabe walked out on Kaylee without warning or explanation nine years earlier, but now he’s been brought back to the area for the unforeseen future. And he’s in need of new lead vocalist for his wedding band.

A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures, and Kaylee reluctantly accepts Gabe’s offer. While the former couple works together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, secrets and the need for forgiveness highlight the strife between them…and the hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story.

Available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and WhiteFire Publishing’s READ Store!

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Guest Post:

I am so excited to have V. Joy Palmer on our blog! Ms. Palmer is here to talk to us about her writing process.

V. Joy Palmer: I’m what they call a pantser.

If you’re not familiar with the writing world, the above statement might have given your
eyebrows a jumpstart to the moon. Don’t be freaked out; it’s nothing weird. It simply means that
I prefer to write by the seat of my pants because the thought of storyboards, outlines, and
extraneous plotting gives me hives. In fact, these things often slow down my writing process.

That’s not to say I don’t plot anything. I have a loose idea of the story, the conflict, and the
themes. From that swirling mass of chaos inside my head, I form a basic summary. Sometimes I
even make a list of potential scenes to help me as I brainstorm getting from one plot point to the

However, I’ve already started writing before I’ve finished any of the above steps. At my core,
writing is how I brainstorm, get to know my characters, and discover the heart of the story.

Of course, the pantser approach can cause some problems…

Have you ever heard half-crazed laughter in the distance? You didn’t imagine it. That was me, an
enraged, overly anxious, and under-caffeinated (though friends and family may argue against
that claim) author who just wants her characters to cooperate for once!

But it’s out of this place of intense frustration that my favorite part of the writing process
emerges – and in my mind, there are twinkle lights, music, and brownies in the background.

It’s that moment when that mysterious key clicks into place and everything I’ve been fighting
about with my characters (as I fantasize about dosing my manuscript with kerosene) finally
makes sense. Everything comes together, and my characters can rest easy as I’m no longer
plotting a murderous ending to their story. Their actions, their motivations, and their heartache is
fully revealed, making their personal victories and swoony ending even more worthy of a
brownie in my eyes! There’s nothing quite like getting to experience the unfolding story in the
same way as my future readers while also being the one to write that story. In that glorious
moment, I am both writer and reader, and that moment is my favorite.

Thank you so much for hosting me!

Book Review:

I have been waiting to read this book and it was so good! Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions is the third book in V. Joy Palmer’s series. Although I hadn’t read the first two books, I loved Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions! It is the first book that I have read written by Joy V. Palmer and I now want to read all of her books.

Kaylee McGrurd feels like life has left her behind. Her best friends have married or in the process of getting married, and to make matters worse she’s lost another job. However, things get worse when her ex, Gabe Sanders, walks back into her life. Gabe left Kaylee without warning of explanation, but now he is back in the area for the unforeseen future. He’s now in the need of a new vocalist for his wedding band. A dwindling account balance calls for desperate measures and Kaylee finds herself part of Gabe’s band. As Gabe and Kaylee work together in the midst of happy marriages and heartfelt melodies, they will need to work through secrets hidden in the past and hope that maybe God’s rewriting the conclusion to their story. 

Kaylee was such a fun character! I loved her dialogue, I think that it made her so unique. She was introverted so it was hard for her to make friends, but she tried her best. I thought it was so cool how she loved Lord of the Rings, she mentioned it a lot. It was her little thing. She was an amazing singer and I loved her development as a character. She learned to forgive and to trust God. 

I liked Gabe from the beginning. He was a nice guy and he truly cared for Kaylee. However, it was so frustrating to see him pushing Kaylee away. I thought that he was sweet, I especially liked how much he cared for his mom. He wanted to be better than his dad, but he felt like he was a failure. I felt bad for him, he was so caught up in his sin that he didn’t know how to trust God. Gabe had to learn how to forgive himself and put aside his chains, learning to give it all to God. 

I liked reading about Kaylee and Gabe together. They were cute because they knew each other so well. I wanted them to get back together so badly, but I also knew that they had to work through their past secrets first. Kaylee’s friends were so sweet and I loved their relationship. Gabe’s band mates were hilarious but Natalya was so frustrating. 

This was a great book! I loved the characters and I was intrigued by the plot. I couldn’t put it down, I read it in one day. I would definitely recommend Marriage, Melodies, and Rewritten Conclusions! This is a relatively clean Christian book, Gabe had some past sins that left a mark on him but it was only mentioned. 

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:

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V. Joy Palmer loves to write romantic and comedic stories that proclaim God’s deep love for us. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and an avid blogger. In her spare time, Joy loves to sing (especially Disney songs), drink large quantities of coffee, and take flowery photos for Bookstagram. When Joy isn’t fighting with fictional people, she’s hanging out with her husband and their adorable little girl. Connect with Joy via http://www.vjoypalmer.com!

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Dreaming of Tomorrow Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Dreaming of Tomorrow
Series: Tomorrow #3
Michelle De Bruin
Publisher: Scrivenings Press LLC
Release Date:
November 10, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.

Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support.

Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.

Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.

Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.

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Book Review:

There are some books that show such amazing and fantastic worlds that are truly beautiful to behold. But, there are other books that show everyday people doing normal things in a way that is also beautiful to behold. It gives us a glimpse of how people in that time used to act, and it shows how much humanity has stayed the same. Michelle de Bruin has done this in Dreaming of Tomorrow which is a slice of life, historical fiction novel.

Dreaming of Tomorrow is the third book in the Tomorrow series where Karen Millerson and Logan De Witt are finally ready to get married. The book goes through them working through the challenges of ministering a community, interfering family, and the trials and joys of life. It shows a realistic view of how while there is great joy in life there is also great sorrow, but God is faithful through it all.

Karen and Logan were both wonderful characters, and while they were mature, they always balanced it with some faults that made sense. It was sweet though to watch their faults and their strengths balance each other out. They were truly in love with each other, and I liked seeing such a strong relationship go through without any of the normal petty jealousies. Another thing that I liked was that we were able to see their relationship after the wedding too. It was all extremely appropriate even for a younger reader, but it simply showed how marriage requires work after you say your vows. Logan and Karen did not stop trying to love each other because they were married, but they instead worked even harder to love one another.

The community that rallied around them was also beautiful to see. Logan was the pastor of his town, and it was so sweet as they worked their hardest to show how much they appreciated him. I think that while this book was so cute I would have liked to see a bit more conflict. There were not a lot of realistic struggles that come from being in a community of sinners, but it was still an adorable read that showed how much God can use two people who are willing to work for Him. It was very clean, and there was no violence, language, or sex. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes slice of life books!

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 Michelle De Bruin writes Christian historical fiction about people who live in rural communities. Michelle lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She provides spiritual services during the week and leads worship on the weekends. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.


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(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Dreaming of Tomorrow and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 17, 2020 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 24, 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.

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Falling for the Innkeeper

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Falling for the Innkeeper
Author: Meghann Whistler
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn…
But what happens when romance checks in?

Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s beachfront inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And although he came to Cape Cod to close an important business deal—not fall in love—he can’t get her out of his mind.

Laura and Jonathan each try to fight their attraction and focus on business, but it’s not long before Jonathan finds himself confiding in her his other reason for coming to The Sea Glass Inn—he’s trying to find his mentally ill father, who’s recently been spotted at a nearby homeless shelter.

Working together to find Jonathan’s father only brings Laura and Jonathan closer. But with his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?

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Book Review:

This was a really cute read and I really enjoyed it. Falling for the Innkeeper is a short, cute read that leaves you wanting more. Falling for the Innkeeper is Meghan Whistler’s debut novel and I would definitely recommend it!

Falling for the Innkeeper has a hero who is disguised as a workaholic, a damsel in distress, who does not need help from anyone, and a lovely little girl to bind them together. Jonathan Masters has buried himself in his work and he is so close to getting his partnership in his firm, all he has to do is convince a woman to sell him a charming Cape Cod inn. Laura Lessoway is trying to pick up the pieces of her life and what better way than to run the inn she loved her whole life. She will do anything to  give her daughter a happy and settled life. But things never go according to plan. 

This was such a fun book, I loved reading about Jonathan as he came to the inn with a plan and everything falling apart when he met Laura. She immediately captures his heart and he finds himself wanting to spend time with her. I thought it was especially cute who he played and cared for Emma, Laura’s daughter. Jonathan is one of my favorite types of heroes, because he seems kind of gruff on the outside and then you actually spend time with him and find that he is a sweetheart. 

Laura was a strong woman but she had some scars from her childhood and previous marriage. She wanted badly to give her daughter a good life and to protect her daughter from the things she had to go through. She didn’t trust herself to choose a good guy and she didn’t trust that people can be different. But then she and Jonathan started to spend time together and she began to see that Jonathan was different. I loved how she gave him the nickname, Harvard. Nicknames help make everything better. 

Falling for the Innkeeper was a really good book and I absolutely adored how it was set in a small town. It really adds to the book, when everyone knows each other. I would definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait to see what else Meghan writes!

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

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Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

Falling for the Innkeeper is her first inspirational romance, but definitely not her last! She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at www.meghannwhistler.com.

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(1) winner will receive a beach locket and a $15 Barnes & Noble 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 20, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 27, 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.

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The Lost Lieutenant

“One does not say no to the Prince Regent.”

When I first saw this book I knew that I had to read it. The Lost Lieutenant is a novel written by Erica Vetsch and I loved it. The cover immediately drew me in and once I read the blurb, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It is one of my new favorite Regency Christian novels!

The Lost Lieutenant is about Evan, a soldier turned Earl. He was given the honor of becoming an Earl of Whitelock because he saved the life of someone the Prince Regent cares about. He saved the life of the Prince’s godson, if only he could remember saving the Prince’s godson or even what he was doing. The next thing Evan knows, he finds himself an earl, the master of an estate, and a husband to a woman he knows nothing about.

First of all, the cover features Evan, which I loved. It is not often that you see a male on the cover of a book like this, but it was perfect. Evan drew me in from the beginning, I felt for him as he tried to gain back his memories, learn how to be an earl and be a good husband. But things are always more complicated than they look. 

Diana was a perfect match for Evan. She had been so used to evil men that she didn’t know what to think about Evan. But as she got to know him, she saw that he was a kinder man then she could have thought. Once they truly got to know each other, they began to care for each other. Evan trusted Diana, he helped build her up. While Diana helped him stay positive and helped in as he tried to get his home together. 

I can’t say enough about how much I liked this book. It was so hard to watch Diana and Evan struggle through their marriage and getting their home together. But I wanted to cheer when everything started to work out. This book had a knight in shining armor, an evil to defeat, and a love story. 

I would definitely recommend The Lost Lieutenant. It was a clean regency christian book, that left you wanting more. I am so excited for the next book and I can’t wait to read about Marcus!

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

Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge

This is the first book that I have read of Ms. Herne, but I really enjoyed it. This was a really cute and sweet read. It had just enough action to keep me interested but not enough to scare me. 

I really liked meeting Jazz, she was such an interesting character. It was so cool for me to see how she learned to overcome her fears. She was strong, when she had to be but she also knew when it was time to let others help. She was also such a nice person, she did not let her fears stop her from loving and helping others. 

I really loved Garret, he was a sweetheart. He loved Jazz and he wanted to protect her as much as he could. He wanted to be the kind of man that she could trust. It was also really sweet how he cared for Andrew and tried to help him without hurting Andrew’s pride.

I loved the other characters, Max, Jill, and the girls (Kelsey and Thea). They really helped make this a better book. Jill and Max were awesome characters. They helped Jazz grow and were there for her, but they didn’t try to coddle her. 

I am so glad that I took the chance on this book. I really want to read the first two books now. I would totally recommend this book. If you want a clean Christian book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but is still a quick read, this is the book.

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