Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Hope in Every Raindrop

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Hope In Every RaindropHope In Every Raindrop
by Wesley Banks
NA Contemporary
ebook, 202 pages
May 26th 2015

“Small towns have big stories.” That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.

Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.

When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.

wesley-bio-300x460Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.

Wesley’s debut novel, “Hope In Every Raindrop,” is set to be released May of 2015.

"Searching for the Next Great Story"

My sister called the other day to check in and the first thing she asked is, "What are you doing?"

"I'm writing," I said.

"Writing? I thought you were done with your book."

"I am. I'm writing the next one."

She couldn't believe it. I had spent over a year writing Hope In Every Raindrop, and to her it was almost as if I was abandoning the book already. That couldn't be farther from the truth.
Hope In Every Raindrop is very near to my heart. Mainly because it was loosely based on my first dog, Pace, and the world of her very rare breed. But as a writer it's almost a compulsion to keep writing. Even when I'm not writing, I'm thinking about scenes, or plots, or characters.

That's the hardest part about finding my next story. My mind doesn't shut down.

I have 4 major notes I use on Evernote:
·        Characters
·        Phrases
·        Titles
·        Plots

The characters file is pretty self explanatory. I write down names, or personality types of people (or animals) as they come to me. For example, just last year my wife and I went on a safari in South Africa, and our tracker's name was Reckson. That's an awesome name, so that went into the character file.

Phrases may be the file I love and hate the most. I keep a quote book next to my bed that has something like 15,000 quotes in it, and I read a few each night. The problem is I like them all and end up with tons in this file.

Titles is definitely my favorite file. Who doesn't like making up titles for books? It's almost like having the end result without doing all the hard work of writing.

And finally plots. Right now I have 23 plot ideas that mainly consist of 5-7 bullet points containing the beginning, end, and any major themes. My wife is the only person I share these with, and she helps me flesh out which idea has the most potential.

In the end, I'm never really searching for my next story. I'm more or less fighting the battle of having way too many ideas!

Follow the Tour

May 21st - Launch
May 24th - Writing Pearls
June 3rd - Grand Finale

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Tour: Amazing Grace


Amazing Grace
Faith Blum

Caleb hurried to the post office. He had to get in and out before his sister finished at the general store. “Any mail for the Stuarts?” he asked the postmaster.

The postmaster took a lazy look at him over the top of his eyeglasses and gave a heaving sigh as he turned around to check. “Yep. Somethin’ from Ohio and somethin’ from Montana.”

Tapping his foot, Caleb waited until the large man put the letters lazily in his hand. As he left he wondered why Anna had written someone in Montana and who she knew in Montana. It was really none of his business, but he was still curious. He folded the Ohio letter in half and stashed it in his back pocket. It would get wrinkled, but at least Anna wouldn’t know about it.

As Caleb struggles through some inner battles, he secretly starts a correspondence with a widow and her daughter. Their unabashed faith in God convicts him and increases his inner struggles.

Unable to find a steady job, Maggie places an advertisement to become a mail-order bride. Her daughter, Rachel, is her motivation and encouragement, but if Maggie doesn’t find a job or husband soon, Rachel might not survive through the next year.

Can Caleb learn to trust God despite his past? Can Maggie and Rachel hold onto their faith despite all their trials? What will happen when they meet in person?

About the Author

An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, Captaining on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?).

As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.

You can find Faith on her Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


Destitute because of her husband’s death and a lack of a steady job for an honest woman, Maggie puts an ad in the paper to be a mail order bride. When Caleb replies, Maggie believes he might be the perfect man to rescue her and her daughter Rachel. But there is one problem—Maggie is a Christian but Caleb is not. Will Maggie be the influence he needs to bring him to Christ?

Book three in the Hymns of the West Series, Amazing Grace continues the story of the Stuart family and introduces several new characters. Although I have not read the other two books in the series, I picked up the story easily, as the author intended.

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to explore the problem of Maggie and Caleb’s relationship. Since, according to the Bible, Maggie should not marry Caleb because he was not a Christian, the fact that they were growing closer to one another was questionable. However, by the end of the story, I thought the author handled the situation quite well.

As Caleb grows closer to Maggie, Anna, Caleb’s sister, grows closer to the pastor, Miles, and his two sons. Having not read book two, I had little knowledge of Anna and Miles’ relationship previous to Amazing Grace. Seeing their relationship blossom was sweet.

The characters went through various trials throughout the book. They grew as people, learning to get along and become closer to God. The children were as much of characters as the adults were and their relationships with God and other people also grew throughout the story.

Overall, Amazing Grace is a sweet Christian romance. It was encouraging, clean, and had a pleasant undertone. I would recommend it to my friends and those who enjoy sweet romances.

I received a free copy of Amazing Grace from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tour Schedule

April 27………Faith Blum……………….Introducing the Tour
April 30………Jess Strong……………….Book Spotlight
May 4………...Annie Douglass…………..Character Interview
May 7…………LeAnne Douglas………...Book Review
May 11……….Shanna Hatfield………….Character Interview
May 14 ……….Dee Strawbridge…………Book Spotlight
May 18 ……….Dawnita Fogleman………Book Review/Author Interview
May 21 ……….Elizabeth Kaiser…………Author Interview
May 25 ……….Emily Kopf………………Book Review
May 28 ……….Kathryn Fogleman……….Author Interview
June 1…………Raechel…………………..Author Interview
June 4…………Faith Blum……………….Novella Cover Reveal
June 8…………Carlene Havel……………Book Spotlight
June 11 ……….Amanda Tero……………Book Review/Author Interview
June 15……….Jaye L. Knight……………Character Spotlight
June 18 ……….Claire Banschbach………Author Interview
June 22 ……….Tricia Mingerink…………Book Spotlight
June 25 ……….Karilyn Putt………………Book Spotlight
June 29 ……….Morgan Huenke…………..Book Review/Author Interview
July 2…………Faith Blum………………..The Wrap Up

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: Half Blood

The Ilyon Chronicles are a favorite series I discovered this year. So far, Jaye L. Knight has published two novels in the series, with plans for many more. But today, she has revealed the cover of her new novella, Half Blood. I am excited for Half Blood, and think it has the best cover in the series so far. Doesn't it make you curios about Jace's experiences in the arena before the series began?


The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.
For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.
Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
Coming This Summer


About the Author

JayeAuthorPhotoJaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Amazing Grace

After reading the first two books on this list, Amazing Grace and How Sweet the Sound, I couldn't help but look to see if there were other books with names that complete the first verse of the song, "Amazing Grace." To my surprise, I actually found books with all of those names! Maybe I should have guessed, considering the popularity of the song. I have posted them here for you to satisfy your curiosity.

Note: The first two books are ones I will be posting about soon. The three following books were only used for their names; I know little about their content.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: A Wish Made of Glass

Ashlee Willis is releasing a new book called A Wish Made of Glass sometime this summer. Today, however, she is revealing the cover. Isn't it stunning! And the blurb makes me equally intrigued at this fairy tale.


A Wish Made of Glass
Ashlee Willis

Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with Isidore, a young human child. Their kinship is the very fabric of her childhood. When her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering. 

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isidore as she watches this beautiful new sister steal away all she holds dear.

Driven to desperation, Isidore turns to the fey folk once more. She has only one wish to claim from them, one chance to make things right. But she must tread carefully. For wishes, like hearts, are easily broken. And obtaining the one thing she desires could mean destroying the one thing she truly needs.

About the Author

Ashlee Willis is the author of fantasy for young adults. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and being a stay-at-home mom, she also finds time to enjoy forest rambles, photography, and playing the piano.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest


The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
Melanie Dickerson

A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor. A handsome forester on a mission to catch her. Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgeninherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.

When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.

The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the author of Medieval fairy tale retellings, including The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award for 2010's Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. 

Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.


Few people know that the pretty noblewoman Odette harbors a dangerous secret—she poaches in the margrave’s forest. But how can it be wrong when she does it for a good reason, feeding the poor children of the town? Or so Odette believes. Unfortunately, however, she finds herself attracted to the forester, a man whose job it is to capture poachers and whose father was killed by a poacher, making him more determined than ever to capture her.

Melanie Dickerson has done it again—created a captivating tale of romance, danger, and faith. She twisted the stories of “The Swan Princess” and “Robin Hood” with a bit of her own imagination to create a fantastic novel very difficult to put down. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest captures the depth of the characters’ love for each other and struggle to do the right thing and follow God in difficult situations.

The romance was filled with misunderstandings. Other characters play into the story and trick Odette and Jorgen into making more misunderstandings. Odette is also torn between her attraction to Jorgen and her apparent duty to marry a different suitor. It definitely made for an interesting story. Sometimes, I wished Odette would simply tell Jorgen the truth since I could tell by his character and past experiences that he would forgive her, but I understand her fear and reasons not to tell him. 

The setting of this book was well done. The historical facts appear accurate and detailed, making the story come alive. In addition, the use of the German titles and words added to the authenticity of the setting. 

The spiritual aspect added depth to the novel. Odette’s inward struggles over whether she was doing the right thing helped her grow. And Odette’s and Jorgen’s faith and upright character provided good role models for the reader to copy. 

The ending was slightly unbelievable. It was a good ending, including everything that one wanted to happen. But the way in which it occurred did not seem very plausible. 

In addition to telling a lovely romance, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest touches on the issue of human trafficking. Human trafficking is not a new problem, and this historical novel definitely portrays that fact. A couple of the characters venture into the local brothel for various, upright reasons and try to help one of the young ladies working there. They discover it is much harder to do so than simply sneaking her out the door. The teenager is plagued with guilt for leaving. I cannot help but think that this situation is true to life—that those in power over the sex trade use whatever means necessary to make their subjects willing, even wrongfully using guilt. We need to rise up as a people to put a stop to it once and for all.

Overall, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was a fantastic romance filled with action, misunderstanding, and issues relevant to the modern reader. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes young adult romances.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cover Reveal: Summer Hearts

Thank you so much for coming to join us as we reveal a fantastic new cover!!! 
Every summer has it's love story, and this compilation has 6 fantastic stories that range from historical fiction, contemporary, paranormal, to fantasy!

First, please let me introduce you to the stories included in the compilation: 
Summer Hearts: 6 Summer Tales of Sweet Romance

Book Synopses:

Dreaming in California:
In the summer of 1967, Hollywood actress, Lucinda Baker, appears to have it all-- fame, money, and an all too doting fiancé. Dark traits begin to emerge from the man she's pledged to marry, and he threatens her. Lucinda must now lean on her best friend, celebrity photographer, George Creston to escape the clutches of the dangerous relationship. Together they are forced to summon courage, and trust each other in desperate circumstances. Will they find love in the process or lose everything they hold dear, including their lives.

A Summer of Stars: 
McKinley Graham has escaped to her summer getaway to regain her perspective and her health.  Zane Davidson has taken refuge in the lovely seaside community, welcoming the healing balm of the salty sea air and his childhood home to mend his wounds.  They aren’t looking for love, but their attraction is too explosive to ignore.  Against the backdrop of starry nights and sultry kisses, they come to realize that even love may not be enough to save them from the angry storm of his past that threatens to destroy their dreams!

Drowning Sandy: 
The water is calling...
and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.   

Summer Holiday: 
In the summer of 1905, Lizzy Gordon’s father dismisses her desires to be a doctor, demanding she become a teacher—a profession which does not allow women to marry.
Teacher Brent Pierce is dedicated to expanding young minds, but circumstances are forcing him to take over the family farm.
Before the summer is over Lizzy and Brent will be forced to make hard decisions. Can they find the courage to each stand up for themselves and still be together?

Shark Boss:
When Tara takes up a job at the local aquarium, her colleagues warn her about their harsh boss, Mr. Carter Jones. She soon discovers how impatient he can be, but she also can’t deny her fascination and attraction to him. Carter can’t stop watching Tara as she works but holds back from her because of his secrets. If she knew what he was, she would never want him. Could the reason for Carter’s moods be related to something more troubling than what’s on the surface? Tara soon discovers Carter’s secret, and it only bonds them closer. But the curse starts to take over Carter’s life, and he won’t give his heart to a beautiful woman when he can only cause her pain.

The Best Place to Meet a Man:
Jeff goes to the beach to run and clear his head. Meredith goes to the beach intent on burying her nose in her book. In this contemporary romantic comedy, these two collide when Meredith’s two young nephews come up with other plans.

Next, here is a little about the fabulous authors who contributed:
(In the same order as their books appear in the compilation)

Debbie Lee
Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.
The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.
As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can't help but feel like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.
During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day.

Website                     Blog                     Facebook

Lisa Watson
A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural novels with engaging storylines, strong, fun characters with universal appeal. Lisa's Match Broker series, introduced readers to Love Contract, and matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, was a #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller list, and was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Book three, Love by Design was #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.
Her latest story is a Sweet Romance. A Summer of Stars, is one of the novellas in the Summer Hearts Compilation. This exciting new collection featuring five additional authors, and their sweet, beach-themed romances, will be released May 2015.
Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine's annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.
Married for nineteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on a Sweet Romance, and her next series.  

Website                       Facebook                      Twitter                      Pintrest  

Sarah Daley
Sarah lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.
At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.
Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!

Links to find out what is coming next:

Facebook page         Twitter         Blog             Pintrest           Goodreads             Email

Carol Malone
Award-winning author Carol Malone has successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her two highly-rated books, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, and Ladies Night Christmas sequel. She was the first woman to write a romance for the all-male dominated genre. Carol invites her readers to scramble into a front row seat for a thrill-ride of suspense, sports, and romance. If not hammering out new tales, Carol’s loves reading, sports, and hanging with her author husband on the coast of California.

Kathy Bosman

Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

Robyn Echols

Robyn Echols has been writing since she was in junior high school. By choice, she spent most of her evening hours in her "dungeon", as her mother called her downstairs bedroom, writing stories, only joining her family in front of the television upstairs when her favorite programs were playing. She has spent hours learning and teaching family history topics, and focuses on history from a genealogist's perspective of seeking out the details of everyday life in the past. Several of her family history articles have been published in genealogy magazines.
Now Robyn resides with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite” and has fun researching and writing the books that she hopes will interest and entertain her readers. She writes Young Adult/New Adult and contemporary fiction under Robyn Echols and adult historical romance under her pen name, Zina Abbott.
When Robyn isn’t busy piecing together novel plots, she stays busy piecing together quilt blocks.

Compiled by R M Alexander
RM Alexander is an author of clean romances that are sometimes contemporary, sometimes paranormal or suspense, but are always ruled by the heart of true romance.
With characters who look for love in the wrong places and are victims or the worse kinds of betrayal while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM's novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.
When she's not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and readers.

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"You know, I could sneak you out of here." His face close to her face as he whispered even softer.

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