My Own Best Enemy

About the Book:

My Own Best Enemy : A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 2) by [Julie  Christianson]

Title: My Own Best Enemy
Series:
Apple Valley Love Stories
Author: 
Julie Christianson
Publisher:
Northern Lights Press
Release Date: 
September 23, 2021
Genre:
Sweet Romantic Comedy

This isn’t a wedding. This is war …

I get it. We were in elementary school. Just a couple of kids on the playground. But after Nash Hendrix called me Enemy instead of Emily, his stupid nickname ruined my life.

Now our best friends are getting married, and they expect me to stand across the aisle from Nash the Ruiner without killing him?

Whatever. I can survive being maid of honor. It’s only for one weekend.

Until it’s not.

When I get roped into wedding planning at the same places Nash is fundraising, I’m ready to blow up our temporary truce.

All I wanted was to start over. New job. New permanently-single status.

But the more time we spend together, the more I feel like … not murdering him.

Is it possible Nash and I don’t hate each other?

No way. He’s still my enemy.

My big, dumb enemy.

My big, dumb, gorgeous, sweet-talking, dog-loving —

Emi, you’re doomed.

Book Review:

The second book in the Apple Valley Romance series, My Own Best Enemy is a sweet enemies-to-lovers rom-com.  I was very excited for this book, after reading the first book. Emi’s life was ruined when Nash Hendrix called her Enemy instead of Emily in elementary school. But with their best friends getting married, she needs to get through the wedding, just through the weekend. Until she is pushed into wedding planning…at all the same places Nash is fundraising. All Emi wanted was to start over, but the more time that she spends with Nash, the more confused she becomes. Are they still enemies?

I thought that this was a cute book! Emi was very relatable and after a few pages I felt like I was able to understand her. It was great to see things from her perspective after reading about her in The Mostly Real McCoy. She seemed very real. Even when I was frustrated with her, and there were a few times where I was, I empathized with her. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and become more self-aware, especially as she planned Brooke’s wedding. It was also super cute to see her with Nash.

Nash was super sweet! I loved how he was basically part of the McCoy family. He was very guarded and had a lot of bad experiences around relationships. However, he couldn’t seem to get away from Emi. He was falling for Emi so fast and I loved hearing his thoughts. I also really enjoyed the addition of pets, the gecko was hilarious! You will understand when you read the book 🙂 I also enjoyed seeing the further development of characters throughout the Apple Valley world. Crossing my fingers for a book for Tess! 

I thought that this was a great addition to the series! It was sweet and funny.  I don’t think that I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one, but it was definitely a fun book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy rom-coms, especially those who enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope. 

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

With Every Breath

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for With Every Breath by Natasha D. Frazier, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

With Every Breath (McCall Family Series Book 1) by [Natasha D. Frazier]

Title: With Every Breath

Series: McCall Family #1

Author: Natasha D. Frazier

Publisher: Encouraging Works

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She has nothing to lose, but loving her could cost him everything. Is he willing to risk it all a second time around when she has less than thirty days to live?

Renowned motivational speaker Nina Marie Robinson has received a grim prognosis. With the little time she has left, she’s giving one last commencement speech at her alma mater Jackson State University and taking a well-deserved vacation to the Bahamas. Nina is also determined to show her college sweetheart she’s still in love with him, but can she convince him to drop everything and board that plane with her?

Andrew McCall is one step away from being promoted to professor at Jackson State University. If anything goes wrong, Andrew will find himself in the last place he wants to be—chief executive officer of McCall Resorts as his father’s successor. When Nina comes to town and requests that he accompany her to the Bahamas, will he have to choose between the woman he’s always loved and everything he’s worked for?

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Guest Post:

I love second chance romances! I had a general idea about writing a second chance romance with college sweethearts that would reunite on a vacation, but hadn’t quite come up with how it would happen. Earlier this year, I experienced sudden onsets of dizziness. At times, it felt like I was dying when the room would spin and I hadn’t moved from my seat or bed. Scary thought! My doctor diagnosed me with vertigo and prescribed medicine and exercises for the dizziness. 

After that, it hit me! 

Boom!

I amped it up a thousand and put my main character, Nina, in a situation where she had to determine what was most important to her and decide what to do about it. Then, With Every Breath, was born.

Sometimes we live like we have a limitless amount of time, but when faced with the reality of our mortality, we change, and that’s what happens to Nina. That’s also what I’d like readers to know after reading this book. Our time on earth is limited. If you love someone, tell them. Share your love and the beauty that is you with the world while you still can. And remember, above all else, that God loves you and is always with you. You are called for His purpose.

Natasha Frazier

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Natasha D. Frazier

Natasha D. Frazier fell in love with love around the age of twelve because of artists like Babyface, Boys II Men, Whitney Houston, and New Edition. Around sixteen when her mother purchased a romance novel and left it lying around the house untouched, Natasha read it and a spark for the written word had been ignited.

Natasha believes that writing is one of her purposes and contributions to the world. She feels accomplished when she can get a few words written and like blah when life gets in the way. Her hope is that at the end of every novel, readers will feel like they’ve been wrapped in a cozy blanket with a mug of their favorite coffee/tea/warm drink.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she is likely watching movies with her family. Natasha resides in Richmond, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family attend Parkway Fellowship in Richmond, TX, where she volunteers as a small group leader for elementary students. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas

About the Book:

Title: I”m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas
Series: Seeing Voices #2
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction

Ballet and babysitting bring two teens together in this very merry holiday rom-com from the author of the acclaimed Bookish Boyfriends series

Noelle Partridge is known for three things: being the best ballet dancer, babysitter, and person with the most Christmas spirit in her small town. But lately she’s bored by the lessons at her dance school, and her friends and father are more bah humbug than deck the halls. So when her favorite babysitting clients ask her to accompany them on a ski trip over winter break, she packs her bags for the slopes. It helps that they’re offering double her rate–she’ll need the money for Beacon, an elite ballet academy that has granted her an audition.

Noelle is ready to have fa la la la fun, until Wyatt, the older half-brother of her babysitting charges, decides to surprise his family for the holiday. He’s one of the best dancers at Beacon, and makes Noelle’s head spin faster than pirouettes. Unfortunately, she also manages to step on his toes–spoiling his surprise and complicating his secret plans. After a few missteps, Noelle and Wyatt begin to thaw toward each other and bond over the big decisions looming in each of their lives. With enough Christmas magic, Noelle might just start the New Year with lots of babysitting cash in her pocket and a chance with the pas de deux partner of her dreams

Carving for Miss Coventry

About the Book:

Title: Carving for Miss Coventry
Series: Sons of Somerset Book 1
Author: Deborah M Hathaway
Publisher:  Draft Horse Publishing
Release Date: July 17, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

He’s determined to finish the job, even if she distracts him…

With his deceased father’s woodworking business now failing, Edward Steele will do anything to see its return to prosperity, even if that means accepting work from the Coventry family far outside of Bath. His two goals? Finishing this new task swiftly and making as few acquaintances as possible. But such things are easier said than done, especially when the Coventry’s daughter finds it necessary to spy on him at every turn.

Marianne Coventry doesn’t mean to stare, but such a task is difficult when a man as handsome as Mr. Steele works right before her eyes. Besides, at twenty years old and not yet out in Society—due to an unmarried elder sister and a strict, rule-abiding father—she will take any distraction she can get. Perhaps turning to a dashing woodworker for entertainment isn’t a wise decision, but does she really have any other choice?

As Edward becomes aware of Marianne’s sheltered life, an unexpected friendship sprouts between them—a friendship her family cannot discover, especially when Marianne begins to realize she’s been living half a life. Still, Edward’s heart remains cautious, for becoming distracted and losing his family’s business would mean forfeiting his livelihood and everything his father worked so hard to achieve. Despite the forces working against them, only the two of them can decide what they want most in life—and if they’re willing to risk everything for love.

Book Review:

This was such a wonderful book! I have not read a ton of historical fiction, but I really enjoyed Carving for Miss Coventry. The Regency period was definitely interesting even though there were a lot of really messed up ideas. I felt bad for our characters as they navigated Society’s fickle opinions. It was an especially fascinating dynamic because Edward and Marianne weren’t trying to follow Society’s beliefs. Instead everyone around them was striving to obey whatever the upper class wanted.

Edward Steele is hovering on the brink of total poverty. His business is completely destroyed due to rumors about his late father, so when a gentleman offers him work, he accepts. He’s determined to quickly finish his work, and then return home to his mother. But as he begins to spend more and more time with his employer’s daughter, Marianne Coventry, he finds himself wanting to stay. Marianne is almost on the shelf in Society’s eyes, but she hasn’t even come out. Her parents are determined to wait until her sister is married, so when she meets Edward, her curiosity is piqued. A friendship starts to develop between Edward and Marianne, and it quickly turns into love. But what will they do when their love is put to the test and Edward’s whole livelihood is at stake?

This was such a cute book! Edward is simply trying to put food on the table and a roof over his and his mother’s heads. I felt so bad for him because he was terrified of being accused like his father. However even through his fear, he was so kind to Marianne. He listened to her, and I loved watching the two fall in love with each other. It was clear that it wasn’t just attraction, and I thought it was adorable when they would basically gush about each other in their thoughts 😉

While I loved Marianne’s positivity and mischievousness throughout the story, I had a little bit of a harder time getting into her character. I think a part of it is because I haven’t read a lot of Regency books, so I had no knowledge of that time period. I couldn’t really understand why it was so difficult for Marianne to not come out, and I couldn’t fully comprehend the desperation behind some of her actions. But I enjoyed her spirit, and I liked how she grew to realize what she really wanted. It was sweet to watch her fall in love with Edward, and I thought it was really cute how they only addressed each other as Mr. Steele and Miss Coventry! It was like the Regency version of a special nickname 🙂

I would definitely recommend this book! There are some very human and flawed side characters who add extra depth to the story. While I felt like a lot of the characters were immature in their actions, they were also very desperate. The rules and restrictions of this period were quite stifling for a lot of our characters, but thankfully, love does win! This was a sweet, clean, Regency romance perfect for anyone who enjoys this time period!

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.

The Merchant and the Rogue

About the Book:

Title: The Merchant and the Rogue
Series: The Dread Penny Society
Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publisher 
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance

London, 1865 

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she’s come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland, but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn’t entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

Book Review:

A Future to Fight For Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for A Future to Fight For by Mindy Obenhaus, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Title: A Future to Fight For

Series: Bliss, Texas

Author: Mindy Obenhaus

Publisher: Love Inspired

Release Date: August 1, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

All their dreams will come true…

if they can work together.

Widow Paisley Wainwright’s so close to taking her Texas event-planning business to the next level by turning Renwick Castle into a wedding venue. Only one thing stands in the way: her longtime rival, Crockett Devereaux, who wants the building to become a museum. When the building’s owners insist they collaborate to implement both plans, can Paisley and Crockett put their differences aside…and fight for their dreams together?

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Excerpt:

While the kids cast their lines, Crockett took hold of Paisley’s hand. “Come with me.” She looked from the kids to him and back again. “Are you sure they’ll be okay?”
“We’ll still be within earshot.”
Hand in hand, they picked their way into the woods until they came to a sprawling live oak.
Taking in the tree’s wide-reaching limbs, she said, “I can’t get over how peaceful it is out here.”
“It’s even better when you’re here.”
She turned to find Crockett’s gaze fixed on her. Staring into his eyes, her mouth went dry and her heart
couldn’t seem to decide if it should stand still or beat a rhythm like a mighty bass drum. And when his
calloused hand cupped her cheek, she thought she might melt into a puddle.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mindy Obenhaus

Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, and countless cattle. She’s passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen, spending time with her grandchildren or roaming the ranch in search of inspiration. She’d love to connect with you via her website or on Facebook.

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The Mostly Real McCoy

About the Book:

The Mostly Real McCoy: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 1) by [Julie Christianson]

Title: The Mostly Real McCoy
Series: Apple Valley Love Stories #1
Author: Julie Christianson
Release Date: April 30, 2021
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Our arrangement was supposed to be for just one month…

Single-dad Mac needs a temporary nanny for his daughter, Daisy. I need a second job until my promotion kicks in. Since our arrangement is only for one month, I am positive I won’t get attached. Medium positive. Okay, I’m negative.

This is a terrible idea.

Because I can’t give Mac and Daisy what they need, and I won’t risk breaking their hearts. But his green eyes and her crooked pigtails have me dreaming about forever. And who can resist a dad buying pink ballerina tights after a day spent in a hard hat?

The thing is Mac is a fixer, and I need to repair my own life. Better yet, I don’t want to feel broken. So it’s a good thing the worst has already happened to me. Nothing will hurt more now.

Water can’t get wetter, Brooke.

That’s what I keep telling myself.

Too bad I’m all wrong…

Book Review:

The Mostly Real McCoy by Julie Christianson is so fun and cute! It is a clean rom-com, and the first in her Apple Valley Love Stories series. Brooke is settling for independence and security. Not everyone is meant for happily ever after, less attachment means less getting hurt. When Mac, a single dad in need of a nanny, and his daughter Daisy come into her life, she is initially hesitant. But she does need  a second job while she waits for her promotion, and it is only a month. Surely, she won’t get attached in only a month. Although Brooke is falling for his green eyes and her crooked pigtails, she knows that she can’t give them what they need. Mac wants to fix things and Brooke wants to be responsible for herself. She has already gone through the worst, what else could hurt her now?

This was super cute! First of all, Daisy was adorable! I loved her and seeing her blossom again with Brooke was the cutest thing! I have seen little girls like her, full of light and life and it was so fun to read about her. Watching the little family interact was one of my favorite parts of the book, I am such a sucker for kids in a story. It was so obvious how good Brooke was with her, and she had such a connection with her. Although Brooke tried to hold herself apart, she was falling for them. Brooke was trying to protect herself and pull her life back together. She was trying desperately to be strong, but she was such a softy. She was also quite quirky. Her and Mac’s interactions made for some funny moments! They were so awkward and so cute. Mac was doing his best to take care of his daughter. Daisy was his top priority. But with all of his responsibilities and the new development of Brooke, he isn’t sure what is best for them. He was totally falling for Brooke too. It was really cute, especially when his sister came and teased him about it.

The story was full of surprises, while still being an entertaining romcom that is perfect for springtime. It was really engaging, I finished it in one sitting! The characters were so funny! I really liked all of them and I can’t wait to read more in the series! It was a great start to the series. I would recommend it to anyone who likes romcoms!

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.

XOXO

About the Book:

XOXO by [Axie Oh]

Title: XOXO
Author: Axie Oh
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Genre: YA

Jenny didn’t get to be an award-winning, classically trained cellist without choosing practice over fun. That is, until the night she meets Jaewoo. Mysterious, handsome, and just a little bit tormented, Jaewoo is exactly the kind of distraction Jenny would normally avoid. And yet, she finds herself pulled into spending an unforgettable evening wandering Los Angeles with him on the night before his flight home to South Korea.

With Jaewoo an ocean away, there’s no use in dreaming of what could have been. But when Jenny and her mother move to Seoul to take care of her ailing grandmother, who does she meet at the elite arts academy she’s just been accepted to? Jaewoo.

Finding the dreamy stranger who swept you off your feet in your homeroom is one thing, but Jaewoo isn’t just any student. Turns out, Jaewoo is a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world. And like most K-pop idols, Jaewoo is strictly forbidden from dating anyone.

When a relationship means not only jeopardizing her place at her dream music school but also endangering everything Jaewoo’s worked for, Jenny has to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love. XOXO is a new romance that proves chasing your dreams doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your heart, from acclaimed author Axie Oh. 

Book Review:

Oh my goodness, this book was amazing! I loved it, the story and the cover! XOXO by Axie Oh is a book about an Korean-American girl who goes to Seoul. Jenny Go is the perfect daughter, a cello prodigy, who has spent years planning for the future. Jaewoo is a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world, and he is forbidden from dating. Will they risk their perfectly laid plans for love or were they never meant to be?

Jenny was such a fun character, I liked how she was both American and Korean. I thought that it was really cool how she could play the cello. She was such a nice girl and she was really genuine. I connected with her from the beginning. It was so amazing to read about her experiencing Seoul and reading about her Korean heritage. She was strong, but she was also lonely and she really wanted to prove herself to her mom. Jenny was the type of person who stuck to a plan, but meeting Jaewoo kind of threw everything off kilter. 

Jenny had to figure out what she really wanted and find that spark within herself. Meeting her grandmother and going on an adventure in Seoul will really help her find herself, but life and relationships take work and Jenny will have to decide if she is going to chase after what she wants. She will have to make the choice if loving someone is worth the hurt they can bring. 

Jaewoo was sweet but he was also reserved. I liked him, but I also wanted to shake him at times because of the trouble he put Jenny through. He tried his best, but he was stuck in the expectations of others and himself. He wanted so badly to do the right thing, that he didn’t really know what to do with Jenny. However, Jaewoo will have to realize that being with Jenny is better than trying to follow the plans he made for his life. 

I liked seeing Jaewoo grow more confident in himself and reading about him fall in love with Jenny. He learned how to be young again and how to just enjoy life. But he can’t get away from being an idol. Will he be able to stand firm when things start to get crazy? Or worse, their relationship doomed from the start?

I wanted Jaewoo and Jenny to find their happy ending so badly. I didn’t know how they could be together and I ended up staying up way too late to read it! Jenny and Jaewoo had to overcome many obstacles in order to make their relationship work. It was not easy especially when combating fans and paparazzi. But they had friends to help them along the way. Nathaniel, Angela, Gi Taek, and Sori were so funny and I loved them. The friendship between them was not all smooth waters, but they made it work. They made this book so much better!

I actually usually do not like teen books even though I am a teen myself, because of all the unnecessary drama. However, XOXO was the exception, I couldn’t have picked a better book to read! I was especially excited for XOXO because it was written by an Asian American about an Asian American girl. I love finding books that represent Asian Americans. I couldn’t recommend this book more than enough! XOXO is a clean contemporary YA novel, but there are a couple of innuendos and cursing. 

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.

Once Upon a Summer

About the Book:

Once Upon a Summer: Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales by [Toni Shiloh, Andrea Boyd, Teresa Tysinger, Jaycee Weaver]

Title: Once Upon a Summer
Author: Andrea Boyd, Toni Shiloh, Teresa Tysinger, Jayee Weaver
Release Date: 
May 25, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales


A New Beginning by Andrea Boyd — Who is she? Acacia Martin raised by an impostor mom serving a
prison sentence for her sins, or Jasmine Callahan abducted at birth from a family she’s yet to meet?
Luckily, she has Drake to help her untangle the mess that is her life. Will he ensnare her heart in the
process?
An Ever After Summer by Toni Shiloh — The employees of In a Bind are terrified of Jean-Luc Thibodeaux,
so Bellamy Larson hops on a plane to France to deal with the beastly client. Yet once she arrives, she’s
convinced he merely needs a friend. Then her heart begins to want ever after, not just one summer.
Gwen and the Three Dates by Teresa Tysinger — Life isn’t a romantic movie, but Gwen Lochs is
determined to find her leading man. When she joins a cheesy dating site, Gwen agrees to just three
dates. Can Ben Smith watch his best friend and soulmate find someone else? A romantic comedy about
searching for that just-right love.
Unkissable by Jayee Weaver — Reality diva Charlotte Lavigne’s on-camera meltdown reminds former
teen-TV prince Jaime Reyes exactly why he left Hollywood ten years ago. A chance encounter leads to a
bargain that transforms them both. When it’s time to face her past, will their rediscovered love be
strong enough to build a future together?

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Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57381231-once-upon-a-summer

Book Review:

This was such a cute collection of contemporary fairy tales. Once Upon a Summer is a collection of novelas written by Andrea Boyd, Toni Shiloh, Teresa Tysinger, and Jaycee Weaver. 

A New Beginning was such a sweet novella, I liked the characters and I found the storyline very interesting. A New Beginning is a retelling of Rapunzel and I really liked the way the author wrote it. Acacia Martin was trying to figure out who she was and I liked reading about her growth and how she learned to trust God. Drake was a sweetheart and I loved him. 

An Ever After Summer was cute! Beauty and the Beast is such a good fairytale and I really like the way Shiloh wrote her retelling. Jean-Luc Thibodeaux and Bellamy Larson were the perfect match for each other. And I liked reading about their adventures, also the side characters helped make this novella. Shiloh is one of my favorite authors and her novella does not disappoint!

I had never read a Goldilocks and the Three Bears retelling so I was really interested to see how it would turn out. Gwen and the Three Dates was a fun story of friends to lovers.  Gwen Lochs was looking for love, but she didn’t realize that the perfect guy was right in front of her. I thought that Ben was such a nice guy and I loved how much he cared for Gwen. 

Unkissable was a retelling of the Frog Prince and it had so many interesting twists. Charlotte Lavigne kind of got on my nerves, but I liked reading about her redemption. Jaime Reyes was such an awesome hero and I really liked him and his family. 

Once Upon a Summer had four lovely retellings! I liked the romance, the characters and the faith aspects. I don’t feel like anything was forced. My favorite would have to be either An Ever After Summer or A New Beginning, but I would definitely recommend the whole collection! 

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.

Character Inspiration for A New Beginning by Andrea Boyd

A New Beginning is a retelling of Rapunzel and is part of the Once Upon A Summer collection. As you would imagine, I started my research by reading the original fairytale and then watched Disney’s version, Tangled. I took notes and tried to put myself in her place.

The first thing you think of when you consider Rapunzel is hair. Lots and lots of hair. My character starts out with twelve feet, three inches of it. Then you get into the meat of the story. A princess abducted at birth, finds out who she really is. She runs into the arms of her parents, and everything is fixed in an instant. But after believing someone else was your mother for all of your life, would it really be that simple?

As I was brainstorming ideas for this story, I remembered an article I read years ago about a girl who, when she found out she’d been abducted from birth, clung to the woman who’d raised her and rejected her real parents. Kamiyah Mobley’s story was the inspiration behind Acacia Martin, the heroine of A New Beginning.

But what about the hero? Well, if you’ve watched Tangled, you know he was an orphan and the haircut he gave Rapunzel set her free. Hmm, a male hairdresser? That’s different. Then in true God-like fashion, the video for Some People Do by Old Dominion showed up in my newsfeed and brought Drake Derian to life.

I hope readers will love the characters and enjoy the story as much as I did writing it.

Giveaway:

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About the Authors:

Andrea Boyd

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Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.
Visit her at http://www.andreaboyd11.com.

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Toni Shiloh

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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. Visit her at http://www.tonishiloh.com.

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Teresa Tysinger

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Teresa Tysinger is a wife, mother, and communications director for a national non-profit. She writes charming Christian romance, inspired by grace. Teresa now resides in Texas, though part of her heart remains in North Carolina. She loves Jesus, coffee, and happy endings. Visit Teresa at http://www.teresatysinger.com.

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Jaycee Weaver

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Lover of Jesus, family, books, coffee, music, and crafting (in that order), Jaycee Weaver is perpetually pursuing at least one of her passions. She writes contemporary Christian romance with realistic characters in everyday situations where they always find a happy ending. Visit her at http://www.jayceeweaver.com.

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Magic Forged

ABOUT THE BOOK

Magic Forged (Hall of Blood and Mercy Book 1) by [K. M. Shea]

Title: Magic Forged
Series: Hall of Blood and Mercy #1
Author: K. M. Shea
Release Date: 
February 28, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Vampire Romance

I’m one scrappy wizard.
As someone with barely a flicker of magic, I’ve spent my life being mocked and surviving fights with bullies. But when my parents die in an accident, and I find myself responsible for our whole wizard house and family, I know my usual tactics aren’t going to cut it.

The situation veers from bad to catastrophic when my backstabbing cousin stages a coup and takes my family hostage.

I barely manage to flee, but the only supernatural willing to help me is Killian Drake–the most feared vampire in the region, and a far more deadly villain than the jerk threatening my family.

Is Killian sexy and charismatic? Heck yeah.

He’s also so powerful that my flight or fight instincts kick in every time our eyes meet. And he’s definitely using me as his personal magic detector in his feud against the local fae.

But Killian is also the first person to believe I might have more than just a scrap of magic. And if I can convince him to train me, I might get strong enough to free my family and get my house back.

I’m not sure what happens when a scrappy wizard is taught how to fight by a hall of deadly vampires, but I’m about to find out.

Magic Forged is the first book in the Hall of Blood and Mercy trilogy, which features vampires, wizards, fae, and werewolves. It’s packed with humor, adventure, and a sweet, slow burn romance between a vertically challenged wizard and the most lethal vampire in town. 

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