Suddenly Forever

About the Book:

Title: Suddenly Forever
Series: A Laurel Cove Romance #2
Author: Teresa Tysinger
Publisher: Good Day Publishing  
Release Date: 
October 6, 2020
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.

For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?

Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter, but breathtakingly beautiful, neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?

Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.

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Book Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, I knew I wanted to read it but I didn’t know how much I would like it. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed it. Suddenly Forever is the second book in Teresa Tysinger’s Laurel Cove Romance series. Suddenly Forever was haunting and heartbreaking and yet it left you feeling hopeful.

Best-selling author Cora Bradford is struggling to live life, grief has taken everything from her. But when a new neighbor moves in down the road, will he help show her how to live again. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett is looking for an escape and finds himself in his mother’s cabin on the lake. There he meets his two neighbors who help change his life. Luke and Cora come together to help their spunky recently widowed neighbor, Ina McLean. And as they spend time together, they find the walls they’ve built start to crumble. But when life takes them though the storm, will they be able to weather it together?

Cora and Luke were both people dealing with grief, they were at points in their life when they wondered how they could learn to live again. This was such a heavy book and yet there were points that made you smile. It was sweet to read about Luke and Cora finding healing and falling in love. I loved the growth of these characters, they had gone through so much and were struggling to learn to trust God. 

I liked the pace of this book, as Cora and Luke came together to help their neighbor Ina. All of these characters were learning to deal with grief and it was sweet to read about them turning to God for hope and peace. Cora and Luke had to learn to trust God through the hard times and what it meant to love each other. 

Suddenly Forever was a beautiful book full of grief, but also full of hope and love. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian contemporary fiction, but be warned it may make you cry. Suddenly Forever is a clean, contemporary, Christian book that deals with grief. 

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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Teresa Tysinger is an author of Southern Contemporary Romance inspired by grace. She writes on the fringes of being a wife, mom, and full-time communications and public relations professional. Teresa is a member of ACFW, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Religion Communicators Council. She loves coffee, traveling, and prides herself in knowing and loving almost every genre of music. Born in Hawaii, raised in Florida, and educated in North Carolina, she now resides in Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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Hi Readers!

As an author, I love each of my stories. There’s no denying, though, that Suddenly Forever holds a special place in my heart. I think it always will. The second in my Laurel Cove Romance Series, Cora and Luke’s story came together differently than any other I’ve written.

Most often, a new story of mine begins with a simple notion or seed of an idea. I brainstorm and fit pieces together until a more complete idea begins to take shape. The process usually takes weeks and sometimes months. Suddenly Forever was completely different! One night I could not fall asleep. I tossed and turned for what seemed like hours. Characters’ faces sprang to mind like snapshots. Their personalities, fears, and desires sort of just clicked into place. Scenes played out from start to finish. The “noise” of this waking dream was so vivid that I eventually reached for my phone on my nightstand and punch out the ideas in my Notes app.

By the time I finally fell asleep that night, the entire story was clear in my mind. The next day, I sat down and began drafting Cora and Luke’s story. It was the fastest first draft I’ve ever written! The story just poured out of me. By the time I finished just over a month later, I felt as though I’d ran a sprint, getting the scenes down as fast as they’d come to me so I could get to the next. It was exhilarating and exhausting and super rewarding.

More than once, I wondered why this story had come to me so quickly and clearly compared to others. After some reflection and prayer, I believe it’s because this story isn’t mine at all. It’s God’s. I’ve always approached my writing with a prayerful heart that God would meet me on the pages and fill it in with His truths so readers might see Him. But this felt different. This felt as though God simply needed someone with fingers to type.

And so, my prayer as you read Suddenly Forever is that God’s messages come through loud and clear. To the reader who, like Cora, grieves a lost loved one, may you see God’s healing hand and feel His peace. To the reader who may one day encounter someone grieving, may you see the lessons of patience and compassion cultivated in Luke. May you all be reminded of God’s ever-present love for you!

I hope you’ll join me this summer as I invite you again to visit Laurel Cove. The third book in the Laurel Cove Romance Series, Someone Found, releases in May! Blessings and happy reading!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her, Teresa is giving away the grand prize package of a Zippered Book Sleeve (8×10), a “Library” Candle (4 oz), a Suddenly Forever Book Quote Card (4×6), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!

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Hope Between the Pages

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Hope Between the Pages
Series: Doors to the Past
Author: Pepper Basham
Publisher: Barbour Fiction
Release Date: 
April 1st , 2021
Genre: Historical Christian

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.

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Book Review:

This was such a complex book and yet I found myself drawn in immediately. I don’t usually read books of this nature with the time splits, but I found it so very interesting. I wasn’t sure how this book would turn out, but it was really good. I had heard great things about Pepper Basham’s writing, so I knew that it would be a good book. Hope Between the Pages is written by Pepper Basham and it is the third book in the multiple author series, Doors to the Past.

It was so interesting to read where the two stories in the book were interconnecting. I really liked how the book was set up. It was easy to follow, and I kept on wanting to turn the pages. Clara and Sadie were such interesting characters, their lives were connected and yet they were years apart.
Sadie was a servant girl who never expected to travel or make a difference in the world. But one surprising visitor changes everything and before she knows it her whole life has been changed. It had seemed like she had found her happiness, but life had a way of disrupting things. Clara was struggling to keep the family bookstore afloat, but when she is unable to find the deed to the bookstore, things go from bad to worse. She finds herself searching for answers regarding her great-grandmother Sadie and Sadie’s story that brought about the bookstore. 

I liked how Sadie and Clara were so similar and yet they were their own persons. They had a lot going around them and at times looked like the world was stacked against them. But they overcame, they pushed on. I really liked both Clara and Sadie’s stories, I wanted to see what would happen and I was shocked by the evil of those around them. 

This was such a great book! I would totally recommend it. It was different then I had expected and yet it was really good. I really enjoyed reading about Sadie as she tried to find her place in life and about Clara as she searched for the bookstore’s deed. I wanted them both to find their happy ending. All in all this was a wonderful book! Hope Between the Pages is a clean, Christian, 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.

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About the Author

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

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Books are a uniquely portable magic – Stephen King

Appalachia is known for having a high illiteracy rate. A place of beautiful scenery and rugged landscapes, the people of the mountains developed stories through oral storytelling much more than “book learning”.  As a young girl growing up in this world, I loved hearing my granny share tales from up to five generations ago, filling in the narrative gaps between a birth date and a death date on a tombstone – giving flesh and breath to the stone-etched names.

It’s no surprise then, with a heart cultivated from rich oral stories, I fell in love with reading. Books became that “portable magic” that took me places my little Appalachian community couldn’t provide. I fell in love with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Wept through the end of Bridge to Terabithia and Old Yeller. Traveled to the plains with Sarah Plain and Tall and fell in love with horses with The Black Stallion. But when I was in seventh grade, I read my very first “British” novel, The Secret Garden. In that one introduction, my world expanded into mysterious English manor houses and British classics. Before long, I’d consumed Jane Eyre, Austen’s classics, some Dickens, Dracula, Frankenstein…and the list goes on! And then…I found Tolkien and Lewis – and the ‘real’ world swelled into OTHER worlds.

I’m grateful for true stories of book-loving pioneers traveling into the world of Appalachia to provide books and literacy training to “my people”, because I know some of those books made their way to my tiny elementary school library…and not only brought me the chance to discover stories, but to write them too!

Isn’t it amazing how books can do that?

In Hope Between the Pages, I wanted to bring the same awe and discovery I felt as a child (and continue to feel as an adult reader) to the story of two people whose words had seemed small. Stories stretched their worlds, but the stories also gave them wonderful imaginations and positive perspectives. It’s still amazing to me that ink-and-paper words can make such a lasting impact on hearts and minds. They can lead us to dream, teach us new things, encourage our hearts, help us to think outside the box, swell our imaginations, broaden our horizons, and encourage our hope.

Books are not a replacement for real adventures and relationships, but they certainly provide a beautiful “door” into other lives and worlds that we may never have a chance to experience in real life. Sadie, my historical heroine, and Clara, my contemporary heroine, both have kept close to home but traveled greatly through books…and BOTH are given the opportunity to reach beyond the bindings to discover real-life adventures. I’d like to think that their love for stories helped them have the courage to step away from the page and into their own tales even more prepared than they would have been without stories.

What are some of your favorite books you read as a child? Did any of them influence you to become a more avid reader?

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Godly Book Reviews, April 26

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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(1) winner will receive a “Drink Tea, Read Books, Be Happy” teaspoon, English Breakfast tea, a $15 Amazon gift card, and a signed copy of the book!

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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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(1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card plus an ebook or print (US only) copy of Deadly Amish Reunion!

Deadly Amish Reunion JustRead Giveaway

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A Very Bookish Thanksgiving Blog Tour

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for A Very Bookish Thanksgiving! This looks like such a cute collection of books!

Five stories.
Five book-lovers.
Five Thanksgiving novellas inspired by five classics.
This is a limited-edition novella collection with contributions by five different authors.

The Promise of Acorns ~ Kelsey Bryant

Erin Moore is a nanny whose strained relationship with Thanksgiving becomes even
more complicated when her new employer asks her to teach his grandchildren about the holiday. The results surprise them both.
Inspired by Jane Eyre


As Long as I Belong ~ Sarah Holman

Young Analise Marshall has always felt like she straddles two worlds, like Jane Austen’s
Fanny Price. Yet, near Thanksgiving, she faces the fact she might soon not belong anywhere at all.
Inspired by Mansfield Park

The Windles and the Lost Boy ~ Rebekah Jones

All Lost Boys could find refuge with Patrick Quill. Jeremy might do the same—if he could find him and if Patrick is real.
Inspired by Peter Pan

Grand Intentions ~ J. Grace Pennington

Pippa has always dreamed of being a great novelist, but between her job and helping her
mom raise her three younger brothers, she never seems to be able to write. So when her
grandmother offers her a few months away with all the time she could wish for, she’s
sure to write the story she’s always dreamed of—or does her problem run deeper than she thinks?

Inspired by Great Expectations

A Fine Day Tomorrow ~ Amanda Tero

Essie March never planned to do much with her life, being the sickly one of the family.
And just as she starts to pursue her dream of nursing, it seems that everything stands in her way to prevent it.
Inspired by Little Women

Releases on October 26!

Available for pre-order now at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Very-Bookish…/dp/B08KGQZGMC/k

(The price will go up from $2.99 to $4.99 on October 26, so get it now!)

About the Authors:
Kelsey Bryant is an author, editor, and martial arts instructor from Central Texas. She
loves God, her family, classic literature, and anything that transports her to the past.

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Sarah Holman lives in Central Texas with her amazing family. When not working on
her next novel, she can usually be found hanging out with her siblings, reading, or taking
long walks. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a
God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

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Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as
a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories. Rebekah is an old soul
in a young body (she’s not 12—honest!). While her exact age is classified, her interests
are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing and composing
music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters,
and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide
range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

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J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down
since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as
adult life permits. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading good books, having
adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

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Amanda Tero grew up attending a one room school with her eleven siblings—and loved
it! She also fell in love with reading to the point her mom withheld her books to get her to
do her chores. That love of reading turned into a love of writing YA fiction. Amanda is a
music teacher by day and a literary guide by night, creating stories that whisk readers off to new eras and introduce them to heroic but flawed characters that live out their faith in
astonishing ways.

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Giveaway package includes Hello Autumn sign, Thankful jar, Fall cozy, and Autumn-
themed charm necklace

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A Ranger for the Twins – Guest Post

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Ranger for the Twins
Author: Tanya Agler
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

She fell from grace…

Before falling for him

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love…

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Guest post:

I am so excited to welcome Tanya Agler to to our blog to talk about how she chooses her settings and makes it realistic.

Hello, and thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today. The setting for my first
two books is Hollydale, North Carolina. It’s a fictional small town set in the foothills of the
Great Smoky Mountains. I’m going to go off-subject for a second and explain what led me to
write a book set in North Carolina. About three years after my husband and I had our first child,
my parents offered to babysit for us while we went on a long, three-day weekend, which was our
first time away from our daughter. We wanted to go somewhere close to home yet in another
state, and we ended up in Maggie Valley, NC, a delightful town that charmed both of us.
When I sat down to write The Sheriff’s Second Chance, I wanted to create a town in the
South as I’ve lived in the same area for a long time after moving around often as a child and
teenager. My mind immediately was drawn to those three days that we spent hiking in North
Carolina in the mountain region, visiting Thomas Wolfe’s house, and eating in a delicious,
downhome diner. From there, I started researching that area of the Great Smoky Mountains.
I started with blog posts about the top ten mountain getaways in North Carolina. From
there, I visited each of those town’s websites and made notes on their small businesses and what
made them different from other similar towns. I also researched diner menus in small towns and
clicked on other common businesses found in that area. Then, I also researched the history
behind towns in the Smokies and found out some interesting facts about the timber industry.
Then I went and looked at pictures from that trip with my husband as well as other hiking
trips and vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains, which are one of my favorite destinations.
From hiking to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, to white water rafting along
the Nantahala, I looked at the topography in the pictures and the different attributes of the

outdoors in relation to the book. Since I love hiking and long walks to waterfall, I made sure that
there was an outfitter’s business in the downtown district. Every time we visit a small town, I
take note of the shops and ambience. Google Maps is another fun resource as you can take
walking tours of towns or watch videos people post of a town.
Outdoor areas play into the setting of A Ranger for the Twins. I tried to figure out what
would be the most unlikely setting for a town debutante, and I thought of an outdoor retreat
center featuring rope courses. One inspiration for this was an adventure I had in my college
youth group. One afternoon we all went to a ropes course and performed exercises in trust
building. There was one particular course with a rope rather high off the ground, which people
then walked across similar to a tightrope. The leaders positioned most of the group on the side
where most people fall when they perform this exercise. Nine people would be on one side
waiting and two would be on the other. Of course, I fell on the side with two people and have a
very faint scar on my right wrist. Little did I know that would end up being part of a book
someday!
For research on retreat centers, I looked up at least twenty similar destination lodges and
retreats online and researched their staffs, their design layouts, and their amenities. I read
reviews and searched through their photo albums, combining my favorite attributes of each.
And then I started reviewing pictures of the state and national parks I’ve visited with my
family and continued from there.
Between my family vacations, day trips, and the internet along with Google Maps, those
are the ways I start to research the setting and then I add in the best of every town I’ve come
across with a little bit of pure imagination.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An award-winning author, Tanya Agler moved often during her childhood and settled in Georgia where she writes sweet contemporary romance novels, which feature small towns, family and pets, and themes of second chances and hope. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, is a January of 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming release with the sequel, A Ranger for the Twins, coming in October 2020. A graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, she lives with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. Represented by Dawn Dowdle and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, she’s currently at work on the sequels to her debut. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies, walking, and a good cup of tea.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a reader tote bag, a signed print copy of A Ranger for the Twins, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

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