Monday, November 12, 2018

Book Sharing - Dark Lake by Clare Revell

I love to book share. What's 'Book Share' you might ask? Good question. It's the means by which I share what I've read lately, and what's caught my eye. Christian suspense author Clare Revell is on my list this month, and I'm eager to let you know all about it!!

And so, without further fanfare, here's the scoop on her latest release, DARK LAKE!


Archaeologist Dr. Lou Fitzgerald is used to unexpected happenings, and they don't usually faze her. After surviving a childhood disability, and dealing with her unfair boss, Lou has learned the art of rolling with the punches.

But when she arrives at Dark Lake, what was supposed to be a simple archaeological dig is beyond even her wildest imaginations.

Landowner Evan Close has his own reasons for keeping the secrets of Dark Lake, and this attractive interloper is a menace. Her precious dig threatens to bring his house of cards tumbling down around him, and he feels helpless to stop it.

It soon becomes apparent there are dark forces at work, and Lou's simple assignment turns into a mystery. Solving that mystery comes with a steep price...


Clare  is a British author. She lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories.

When she's not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting, or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.

Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American, the books contain British language and terminology. The first draft of every novel is hand written.

She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of four registrars. Her social connections are:


In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit to the following: In general I don't go running for suspense novels. I'm a contemporary Christian romance girl -- but when I find an author as talented as Clare Revell who so deftly combines both suspense and romance (with faith connecting it all!) - I'm hooked. In Dark Lake a mysterious archeological dig becomes a matter of life and death as well as a chance for flawed but loving and lovable characters to show their true character and grow - which is a delightful journey to me as a reader. Five out of five, and thanks to the author for yet another great read!


Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Pelican Book Group

Monday, May 22, 2017

Suburban Dangers from Megan Whitson Lee!

Hi, friends! Help me welcome Megan Whitson Lee to the blog!

Kick back with a cuppa and enjoy while I shine the blog-light on her new release, 


Megan Whitson Lee
Megan Whitson Lee is a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes inspirational women's contemporary and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions, crises of faith, and moral dilemmas. Her novels depict real-life problems, address universal spiritual and moral struggles, and offer messages of hope, recovery, and redemption through God’s saving grace.

You can connect with Megan at the following hot-spots:

Twitter: @MeganWhitsonLee



At home that night while Kaki checked her social media sites, she was surprised to see that Sydney had followed her. @HotSydGirl was Sydney’s handle, but Kaki immediately recognized Sydney’s picture—a close-up shot of her posing for the camera with puckered lips. Later, Sydney’s picture and name popped up on another one of Kaki’s accounts. Sydney Diaz has just followed you.
Kaki was excited. She’d figured Sydney would think she was a total loser after their conversation on the track. “Maybe I’m just one of the only people she knows at school,” she said out loud as she clicked to confirm. She scanned Sydney’s page for her statuses, pictures, and people she knew. Sydney had over 2,000 followers on one account and over a thousand on her other accounts. 
Inferiority crept over Kaki. She only had around 160 followers, and most of those were family members, distant cousins, and a few friends. Her other social networking accounts were just as pathetic, and she wondered how it felt to be someone like Sydney Diaz—obviously popular, especially with the guys. Most of the posts to her page were messages from them:
hey syd. where u been girl?
heard you moved schools. Ill still c u this weekend rite?
got some peeps for u to meet.
There were a lot of posted selfies from guys and a few girls dressed up in short-short skirts, high-high heels, and tight-tight tops. Sydney definitely moved in different social circles.
Pictures on Kaki’s page were of friends making faces in the camera, a few family photos, and a lot of shared dorky sayings: Only you can make it happen and Just because someone doesn’t like you doesn’t mean you’re not likeable. Kaki felt too intimated to even send Sydney a private message. And she resolved not to be clingy at school either.

The quickest way to drive a cool girl away from you was to be too needy.


Sixteen-year-old Kaki Jones lives a normal life in suburbia. She makes good grades, runs on the cross-country team, and helps care for her younger brothers and sisters. Her younger brother, Brandon is the troubled child. He parties, fights at school, keeps photos of girls on his cell phone, and runs into trouble with the police.
But Kaki harbors a secret. After meeting cool girl Sydney Diaz, Kaki’s life is forever changed.  Now, she’s a sophomore by day and a commodity sold at the hands of gang members by night. Living a double life and controlled by threats of violence against her family, Kaki sees no chance of escape.

When parents look the other way and strangers offer more affection than a father, God’s deliverance is the only answer.

E-book available May 12. In print June 1.

Purchase Links (e-book available now, print edition available June 1st):


This generous lady has offered a giveaway in conjunction with her visit to the blog! Comment below and you'll be entered to win an e-copy of Suburban Dangers! Winner announced here at the blog on Friday, May 26th! Good luck, and get busy with that comment love, friends!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Join Author Mary Manners at Honeysuckle Cove & A Giveaway!

I'm on a kick to share info/reviews on some of my latest reads and couldn't let this space go by without shining a spotlight on Mary Manner's latest series of novella-length romances: Honeysuckle Cove! First, here's a bit about Mary so you can get to know her better.


Mary Manners
Mary Manners is a country girl at heart who has spent a lifetime sharing her joy of writing. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim. 

A former teacher as well an intermediate school principal, Mary spent three decades teaching math and English to students from kindergarten through middle grades. While growing up in Chicago and as a student at the University of Illinois, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, figure skating instructor, pizza chef, and nanny. Many of these experiences led to adventures that may be found between the pages of her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs—she’s completed three marathons—ocean sunsets and flavored coffee.

Find out more about Mary on her website: “Like” her author page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


Now, let's take journey to Honeysuckle Cove and savor a peek at this romance-packed series!



Honeysuckle Cove Inn has been in the Brennan family for three generations. When Maggie Brennan’s parents retire, they call her home to Honeysuckle Cove and hand over the reins of the historical inn. If Maggie successfully maintains the business over the course of a year, the inn is hers forever. Maggie considers the timing perfect, with one exception—she finds her path entangled once again with that of Dylan O’Connor.

Dylan has made a name for himself as the go-to guy when it comes to renovations and repairs in Honeysuckle Cove, and he’s waited nearly a decade for high school sweetheart Maggie Brennan to return home. But his handyman skills will be put to the test when it comes to rebuilding the bridge between Maggie’s heart and his, and designing a future…together.

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Recreational Therapist Ava Kennedy is in charge of Valentine’s Day festivities for shut-in patients at Honeysuckle Cove Children’s Hospital. When a winter storm threatens to derail planned events and steal the children’s joy, Ava calls on longtime friend and firefighter Nick Jones for rescue. The two have been close, platonic friends since kindergarten, but Ava soon finds her heart whirling like the drifting snowflakes outside her office window.

Nick Jones is skilled at extinguishing fires, so he doesn’t count on kindling a flame with lifelong friend Ava Kennedy. But he’s got a sweet spot for kids and women…especially when one particular woman—Ava—possesses a soft heart and laughter that draws like an electron magnet. Despite Nick’s valiant efforts to resist, he finds himself caught up in the attraction.

Will these friends’ new feelings weather the shifting tempest…or is this simply a passing storm?

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Peyton Foster harbors a secret…from the day he first stepped into her life she’s loved Luke Maddox. Though she thought they’d developed a lasting friendship, events surrounding her mother’s death chased him away. It’s all for the best, since Peyton’s passion as proprietor of A Whisper in Time proves the perfect complement to her shyness—a much better fit than her former misguided schoolgirl attraction to Luke.

Luke Maddox feels a connection with Peyton Foster from the first moment their paths cross. But when he settles in Honeysuckle Cove, a past riddled by years traversing the foster care system leaves him longing to fit in, leading him to take part in a foolish school dare that costs him Peyton’s friendship. Haunted by the mistake, he searches for a way to mend the past and find a way back to Peyton’s heart. When a break-in at A Whisper in Time causes their paths to once again cross, Luke must make a choice—bare his heart and face the consequences, or allow the only woman he’s ever loved to slip away.

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Jessica Marlin comes to Honeysuckle Cove carrying a secret–she’s pregnant. Shamed by her indiscretion and the circumstances of a former way of life, she’s determined to make a home for her child in the quaint community—even if it means going it alone forever. But when her secret becomes too big to keep, she fears she’ll be forced to abandon her new role as kitchen manager at Honeysuckle Cove Inn. Will friendship—and God’s grace—prevail, or will Jessica be forced to uproot and move on once again?

Rogan Brooks has convinced both himself and his hometown of Honeysuckle Cove that he’ll never settle down long enough to embrace marriage, let alone fatherhood…until he sees the glow of pregnancy, along with the promise of a future, radiate from Jessica Marlin’s eyes. Can Rogan assure Jessica that his heart is true and he’s committed to being a daddy—complete with a happily ever after—for keeps?

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I count on Mary Manners to deliver romances that have it all: love, chemistry, joy, tears, and humor. Her stories are tender but always pack a punch. Honeysuckle Cove is a series that hits all of those high notes with  her trademark finesse. Mary is a gifted author and in this quartet of books, her talent shines beautifully. My recommendation? Go forth and enjoy!


Now that you've got the deets, I'm dying to know: Which book sounds best to you so far (and keep in mind, there's more to come from Honeysuckle Cove!!)? Sorry, the answer can't be "all of them!" because even though that's probably a very true statement, I've got one kindle copy to gift to a lucky commenter who let's me know which one they'd like! 

Fire away, friends, and Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Welsh Wildfire and Clare Revell

Clare Revell
It's always such a treat to welcome Clare Revell to the blog! She's a wonderful author and friend and her latest release, Welsh Wildfire is part of Pelican Book Group's popular Passport to Romance series. I couldn't wait to tell you more about it, and share my review!


To start things off, let's meet Clare Revell:

Clare is a British author. She lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from a early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, crocheting or doing the many piles of laundry the occupants of her house manage to make.

Her books are based in the UK, with a couple of exceptions, thus, although the spelling may be American, the books contain British language and terminology. The first draft of every novel is hand written. She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of four registrars.

Clare can be found at:


Welsh Wildfire Blurb:

Pastor Josh Wilson is running from his past and from God. He takes a construction job and volunteers as a retained firefighter in hopes that the small Welsh town of Betws-y-Coed will be a refuge and hiding place...but God has other plans. GP Jess Thomas fights the instant attraction when an injured construction worker comes into her surgery. A native Scot with a U.S. passport is a mystery, but there is something else about the man that keeps drawing her to him. As summer heats up, and the wildfires draw closer, can Josh overcome the past and move on? Or will he lose everything before his new life has begun?


Welsh Wildfire Teaser:

Quaint wasn’t the word to describe the small Welsh villages Josh passed as he drove in the heat of the day. Tiny was a better word, and if this were the main road that—combined with the lack of air conditioning in his rental car—was almost enough to make him turn around, head back to the airport, and catch the first plane he could find to Oklahoma City.
Almost—but not quite. Because anywhere in the United States was the last place he wanted to be right now. He didn’t need comfort. He didn’t need caring family. He needed to be alone. And Wales, with its odd and unpronounceable towns, seemed a good place to find solitude.
Josh drove around yet another bend in the road, desperately hoping he wasn’t going to meet an oncoming tractor. The last encounter had been scary enough, and he’d been fortunate to find a passing zone just in time to avoid embedding his rental car in the hedgerow.
He glared at the GPS app on his phone. Did the thing even know where Betws-y-Coed was? All the sign posts were in Welsh, with what he sincerely hoped was the correct English translation underneath, and according to the map on the front seat, the town was somewhere along the A5, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. He intended to climb Mount Snowdon whilst he was here. It was the highest mountain in Wales and the third highest in the UK. His self-imposed exile had to have some perks.
The countryside was a far cry from the huge city he left twenty hours ago. He’d somehow managed to find a job in Wales before he left the US—assuming he ever made the meeting on time. He’d done a telephone interview, but his prospective boss, the governor of the local firehouse, wanted to meet him face to face before he signed the contract.
He would be a retained or volunteer firefighter, not a full-time one, but that didn’t matter. The job was the same whether he was stuck in a firehouse for the duration of his shift, or on the other end of a pager— and he’d only ever been a retained firefighter, doing it along with his day job. That had been enough of a battle with his employers and his father, but one that he’d won. His father had since said how proud he was of him serving in that capacity. And this was just a temporary position to cover a leave of absence—only six weeks. But that suited him fine. While he needed solitude, he also wanted to keep busy and this job would help him do that. Too much time on his hands would lead to him thinking, and that wouldn’t be a good thing. Maybe after six weeks here, he’d know what direction he wanted to take the rest of his life.
Finally, Josh drove past the town boundary and followed the signs that read canol y drefor or town center. He pulled into the first parking lot he found and assumed by the lack of meters that he didn’t have to pay. Just as well as he didn’t have change. The ATM at the airport had only given him bills. And no meter reader or parking attendant was ever going to believe the line he had to go and buy a paper to get change.
Josh eased his long frame from the car and rolled his shoulders in the sunshine. Birds sang in the trees, a cool breeze ruffled his hair, and he closed his eyes, taking in the fresh air. No city smog here. Just clean, fresh mountain air.
He pulled the backpack containing all his paperwork from the car and locked it. Sliding the keys into his pocket, he consulted the map in his other hand. The firehouse should be just off the High Street, wherever that was. He began walking. Maybe there’d be a coffee shop somewhere. Thirsty didn’t even begin to describe how he felt. Josh turned a corner. Ahead a building was covered in scaffolding. The signs read Morgan Construction. It could almost be a total rebuild they were undertaking.
Josh allowed himself a small smile. He hadn’t done construction in years. He paused, admiring the stone work along the top of the bricks. He nodded to a guy in a hard hat. “Nice work.”
The man studied him. “Thank you. You know about this stuff?”
“Aye.” As usual, Josh managed to speak in a combination of Scottish and American, a throwback to his mixed heritage—although his Scots accent only came out when he was tired, stressed, or having trouble keeping his emotions in check.


Clare’s books are always spine-tingling, always romantic, and always satisfying. I’m in awe of her imagination and her talent for bringing those imaginings to life in the pages of her books. Welsh Wildfire does not disappoint. There’s the intriguing ‘man on the run,’ and the compelling (and worthy) heroine who steals his heart amidst danger, developing emotion, and a setting that I now cannot wait to see and experience for myself made this a late-into-the-night type of read. Kudos, Clare!

Check it out - here's where you can find it:

Amazon      Barnes & Noble     Christian Book.Com     Pelican Book Group

Happy reading, friends!!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Enter the Forgiveness Giveaway at Goodreads!

Would you like the chance to win an autographed, print copy of Forgiveness? Check out my giveaway at Goodreads and enter, enter, enter! The giveaway just kicked off today, and entering is as easy as a mouse-click. Best of all, the winner just might be you!

I'm offering three copies, and winners will be announced right here on 11/25/16, so take a chance and GOOD LUCK!!

Happy reading, my friends, and blessings to you always ~


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Forgiveness by Marianne Evans


by Marianne Evans

Giveaway ends November 24, 2016.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Celebrating A Great Publisher

As you all know, I feel honored and blessed to write for Pelican Book Group - a publisher of Christian fiction, romance and young adult titles. I'm passionate about PBG, its staff, and the opportunities Pelican has given me to grow and bloom as an author.

Well, there's great news to share. This week, Pelican embraced the avenue of book distribution in a huge way. Read all about it, and I hope and pray it's God's will that the stories He gives me to tell will find favor, and shelf space/reader hearts in the exciting times to come:


Press Contact
Gina Adams

Pelican Book Group announces a distribution partnership with the second-largest distributor in the U.S.

Aztec, NM—Pelican Book Group has announced a distribution partnership with Independent Publishers Group (IPG), the second largest book distributor in the U.S. The partnership will expand Pelican’s distribution of e-books and paperbacks, offering longer print runs on select Pelican titles. Nicola Martinez, Editor-in-chief for Pelican says IPG’s 40-year track record made an impression.

“I decided to sign with IPG because of the conversations I had with Mary Rowles, Publisher Development Manager at IPG,” says Martinez. “I was not only impressed with what I felt IPG could do for our catalog, but also with the questions that were asked of me and the entire IPG side of the vetting process. As a publisher, I needed to know that a distributor would do more than just warehouse our inventory and fulfill orders. I was looking for a company that was also an advocate and a good steward of their own business. The fact that IPG is selective and wanted to make sure not only about the quality of our product but also that IPG had confidence in their ability to sell our books, impressed me greatly. That level of caution and commitment is why they have been successful and fiscally sound all these years. That’s the type of company I want to do business with! I’m excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to see where God takes it as we move into full-swing.”

“IPG is very pleased to partner with such a well-established and respected publisher of Christian fiction,” said Mary Rowles, Publisher Development Manager for IPG.  “We were immediately impressed with the professionalism of the organization and the quality of the Pelican Book Group list. We look forward to introducing these books to the wider general audience they deserve.”

Joe Matthews, CEO of IPG, stated, “Pelican combines the new world of social media savvy and niche marketing with traditional, long-term author development.  Their books are well-edited with terrific production values.”
Among the first of Pelican’s 2016 full-length titles to be distributed by IPG are two novels from debut authors, and the next installment in the “Blithe Settlement” series from veteran reader-favorite, Deborah Pierson Dill.

About Independent Publishers Group:
Established in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. as a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, computer and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. Clients include publishers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Spain and other countries. In the fall of 2006, the senior management of Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and distributes for clients such as Aurum Press, Canongate UK, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Orion Publishing, Random House UK and Simon and Schuster UK. Visit for more information.

About Pelican Book Group:
Pelican Book Group is a producer of Christ-centered fiction and is the first publisher to dedicate an entire new-adult romance imprint to promoting sexual purity. Headquartered in the Four Corners area of the United States, Pelican Book Group serves a global audience under its White Rose Publishing, Harbourlight, Watershed, and Pure Amore imprints. Founded in 2009, Pelican Book Group publishes numerous critically-acclaimed titles by award-winning authors from around the globe. Pelican Book Group was among the first to provide subscription-based e-books to the Christian marketplace. For more information, visit

About the first three 2016 Pelican novels to be released via IPG:
“From Scratch” by C.E. Hilbert (Romantic Suspense)
Synopsis: Maggie McKitrick loves everything about her new life in Gibson’s Run, Ohio—her charming bakery, her quirky customers, her distance from the past. Yes, she loves everything…except her new landlord. Police Chief Sean Taylor is like a piece of sand in an oyster—irritating, but with the promise of something beautiful. Despite Maggie’s self-imposed man-fast, she wonders what kind of treasure she and the lawman could create together. Sean Taylor likes to keep the peace, but his new tenant is making it nearly impossible to keep anything on an even keel—including his heart. Despite her sassy attitude, Sean is drawn to the beautiful pastry chef and has an overwhelming need to serve and protect her. As Maggie and Sean draw closer together, her long buried dreams about her life are reawakened into a hopeful prayer…until a threat from her past promises to destroy their future. Will Maggie be forced to run—again—starting fresh? Or will God answer her prayer and give her the happily-ever-after she’s started from scratch?
“Northern Light” by Annette O’Hare (Historical Romance)
Synopsis: Civil War has robbed Margaret Logan of all she holds dear, including her beloved New Orleans home and her fiancĂ©. When her family moves to the desolate Bolivar Peninsula to manage a lighthouse that is no longer there, all her hopes for a normal future are dashed. Her world is rocked once again when a wounded Yankee soldier washes ashore needing her help. Despite her contempt for the North, Margaret falls in love with Thomas Murphy. As their love blooms, Margaret’s sister is overcome with neurosis, and her mind slowly slips away. Bitterness, psychosis and depression yield a decision fueled by contempt. Will one fatal choice cause Margaret to lose the man she loves and condemn Thomas to death?
“Not so Far Away” by Deborah Pierson Dill (Contemporary Romance)
Synopsis: Laurel Kerr lives each day fearing it could be her last. Years of pleading with God for deliverance from her husband’s deadly temper have convinced her that she’s beneath the Lord’s notice. Still, she perseveres, hoping that a redeemed husband and a Christ-centered marriage might one day be possible. Dr. Boyd Wendall has a soft spot for Laurel. Although she’s not his to take care of, she stirs his protective instincts. Time and again he finds himself in the midst of her trouble, and he can’t help but believe there’s a reason for it.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Welcome Back, Clare Revell! A Review of 'A Mummy For Christmas!'

I'm in love with the Christmas season! Snuggled up by a fireplace with flames snapping, a sparkling Christmas tree standing sentinel nearby, and of course, a good book in my hands is a top-fav for me. We need those times of decompression, don't we? I don't know about you, but for me, the week between Christmas and New Years is the best time to take advantage of those delicious 'lulls' in the holidays and relax. Pelican Book Group has brought to life its annual Christmas Extravaganza, and I'm delighted to spotlight Clare Revell's latest title, A Mummy For Christmas!

Here are the details:

Stan Fuller juggles a full time job as an airline pilot, along with being a single father to eight year old Haley Jo. When he becomes a reluctant Father Christmas at his daughter’s school Christmas party, she stuns him and the whole school, never mind the attending press, by announcing she wants a mummy for Christmas.

Carly Jefferson is covering the party for the local paper. New to the village, she is running from a bitter adoption argument with her mother which resulted in a rift lasting several years. Haley Jo’s simple request rocks her to the core, especially when her editor wants her to run several follow up pieces on a single father at Christmas. 

Not even Father Christmas can grant this request.

Purchase Links:

Amazon ~ Pelican Book Group ~ Barnes & Noble

Author Clare Revell, Getting Her Christmas On!

Marianne's Review

Once again, Clare Revell has managed to tie up a Christmas romance with tinsel, silver and gold glitter, and a big, red bow! I love her writing, and A Mummy for Christmas does not disappoint. This charming novella perfectly demonstrates that God uses every circumstance, every joy, every laugh--and every heartache--to work for His good. I'm delighted to give this read an enthusiastic two thumbs up!!