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Spring Reads What’s on Your List?

I had intended to post new releases from ACFW writers this week, but I wasn’t sent the list in time. I thought instead it would be fun to find out what you are reading.

I’ve recently started listening to audio books, and I even had one of my books made into an audio book. That was fun! If you want to take a listen here’s the link.

If you missed the post last month, I announced the release of The Reluctant Groom.

Reluctant Groom ebook coverWhen everything goes wrong, can two friends discover true love? 

When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love.

Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible?

I just started writing the prequel for this book which will be in a Christmas collection with nine other contemporary Christian romance books.

My next new release will come out in June. I’m super excited because it’s a romantic mystery–not to be confused with a cozy murder mystery. I’ll tell you more about it in the months to come.

For now, I’d love to hear about what you are reading.


Spring fever Giveaway Day 10 with Shannon Taylor Vannatter

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Shannon VannatterAuthor bio: Award winning author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.

She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

Social media links you want shared: Shannon’s Blog, Shannon’s Facebook, Shannon’s Goodreads, Shannon’s Pinterest, Shannon’s Twitter, and Shannon’s Amazon Author Page


Ranching is his whole life… until he meets one special city girl

Shannon's book coverTexas Cowboy Brock McBride knows better than to fall for a city girl. She’ll leave and break his heart—just like his ex-fiancée did. But his job at Chasing Eden Dude Ranch requires working alongside Dallas wedding planner Devree Malone. And despite fierce resistance, he’s falling hard. Yet with Devree’s business back in the city, can he convince her she’s found her home…with him?

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Feature Author #8 is Stacy Monson, author of the award-winning Chain of Lakes series. She writes stories that show an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma.

Here’s a bit about each book:

SHATTERED IMAGE (Book 1): Just a mall-town Iowa boy, Peter is living his dream of music, fame, and the celebrity life but secretly wonders why it’s not what he expected. Fired from the only job she knows how to do, smiling pretty for the camera, Kiera struggles to make sense of life outside the spotlight.

DANCE OF GRACE (Book 2): Vanessa has lost everything and is angry at everyone, including God. Especially God. Kurt leaps at the chance to live his dream but finds it may be easier to build a house of cards than a safe haven for troubled kids.

THE COLOR OF TRUTH (Book 3): Sam managed to pull his life together after some rocky teen years, only to have his new life blown to bits. Marti believes the lies she’s lived under her whole life; she’s never known anything different. A better life seems unattainable to both of them.

These true to life characters struggle with issues just like anyone else—identity, forgiveness, redemption, grief. Who am I? What am I supposed to be doing? Is there a way out of the chaos of my life? All of them learn lessons they never expected, truths that seemed impossible to believe, and discover forgiveness, joy, and love along the way.

Stacy’s next book, Open Circle, will release later this spring.

If you’d like to know more about Stacy’s books, be the first to know when books release, get yummy recipes, and discover new authors, sign up for her newsletter at As thanks for joining the fun, you’ll receive a FREE ebook version of Shattered Image.

The Color of Truth is on sale right now for $.99!! Get it here before the sale ends:

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Spring Fever Day Eight with Regina Merrick

Welcome to day eight of the Spring Fever Giveaway

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Regina Merrick is a writer, church musician, wife, mother, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Having lived most of her life in Western Kentucky, she dreams of the sound of crashing waves and sandy beaches. Married to her husband of 30-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY.

27797922_10212826511476594_7172753804822910868_oRegina Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a school librarian and then a public librarian, where she served as a director for thirteen years. She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after.

Her first novel, Carolina Dream, is book one in the “Southern Breeze Series,” and Carolina Mercy, book two in the series, will be released in July 2018 by Mantle Rock Publishing, LLC.


Twitter: @trmerrick64

Instagram: reginamerrick


Carolina Dream

Sarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town. When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream.

But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?



Spring Fever special: Sign up for my newsletter and receive a PDF document, “Special Features From Carolina Dream,” which includes the inspiration for the story as well as pictures of the places that inspired the location.

I’m about to submit to my publisher book 2 of the Southern Breeze Series, which will release in July of 2018. I would love to talk about that!

Word of the day: BEACH. Enter the Spring Fever Giveaway here.

Spring Fever Day Seven with Kimberly Rose Johnson

Welcome to day seven! I hope you’ve been enjoying this event that I’m taking part in. Please remember to click over to the contest landing page to enter. The giveaway does not take place here.


The Reluctant Groom is a modern day marriage of convenience story that takes place in Seattle, Washington. Because I went to college in the Seattle area I felt like I had a pretty good feel for the area. I discovered I was wrong last spring when my husband and I went to visit our son who attends college in the same area.


It didn’t take long for me to realize the Seattle I remembered had changed in the past twenty-five years. For starters, it was louder and dirtier than I remembered. I noticed the smells, sounds, and energy of the city on this trip, and guess what? I needed to do some re-writing. I’m glad I held off on publishing this book since I needed to change a few things to make believable.

The biggest change I had to make regarded an ally that’s in the story. I had it written like alleyways in my hometown. Big mistake! The other thing I did was add the scent of garbage and the sound of seagulls.

All that being said, the story remained the same. Then the unthinkable happened. I discovered another book that was very similar to mine, so I was afraid to publish mine. To be honest, I was devastated. I tucked the story away and pretty much forgot about it. Then one day I remembered and brought it up in my Facebook readers group. They encouraged me to publish it anyway.

I truly love this story and I hope you will as well. Here the back cover blurb.

When everything goes wrong, can two friends discover true love?

When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love.

Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible?

This book is currently listed for $1.99 but the price will rise to the regular price $3.49 sometime in the next thirty days.

Purchase link: The Reluctant Groom

IMG_4314-2 PublicityFaith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

You can sign up for Kimberly’s newsletter via her website by clicking to the homepage above. Or by clicking Kimberly’s Newsletter sign up

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Spring Fever Day Six with Dawn Ford

Welcome to day six of the Spring Fever Giveaway!


27710242_10213911121625994_5358039601512490454_oDawn Ford is a small town girl, Steampunk enthusiast, and has a weakness for pretty, shiny things. She lives nestled in the Loess Hills with her husband and youngest son.

Dawn’s YA fantasy novel, Kingdom Come, won the 2016 ACFW Genesis award. Her flash fiction stories have been featured in Splickety Publishing Group’s Havok magazine.

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Knee-high Lies What happens when the lies you tell grow so high you can’t see the truth?

To the outside world Avery Denton’s life looks happy, normal even. But it isn’t. Not even close. She believes nothing can make it worse. When her mother skips town with their banker, the small-town gossips focus on her.

Jaxson Stewart, Avery’s neighbor and friend, has had a crush on her for years. She makes his heart race, which is dangerous for a boy with a heart condition. Unlike their community, he refuses to hold her mother’s actions against her.

Avery’s summer heats up when Jaxson kisses her under a star lit sky. The rest of her life boils over, though, when Avery becomes the target of revenge, her alcoholic father’s anger escalates, and long-hidden family secrets come to light.

Can Avery find strength in the truth? Or will she continue to struggle through knee-high lies?

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Spring Fever Day five with Joy Dekok

Welcome to day five of the Spring Fever Giveaway!



Whether Joy is writing fiction or non, she writes from the heart. She lives with her husband Jon just outside of Pine Island MN on thirty-five acres of field and forest with their dogs Sophie and Tucker. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s roaming their land taking nature photos.

Here’s a little bit about Joy’s books:

Rain Dance: What happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman seeking an abortion are waiting to see the same doctor? And what if after that “chance” encounter they are unable to forget each other?

Between the Lies: Everything was going just fine for Olivia Morgan. Until the dead guy in the elevator, her lover’s dismissal of her, the loss of her dream job, and an FBI agent who is looking into the past she’s worked so hard to hide. What’s a woman to do when she’s suddenly un-kept, a murder suspect, and has her own personal stalker?

Olivia uses her artistic talent to remember and reveal what she knows. Will it save or convict her?

De’ ‘Ja Brewed: Things are getting nasty in Nice, MN. Who really killed Judge Justice twenty-five years ago? Was the right person convicted? When things don’t add up and Vanessa starts to get weird messages, The Mississippi Queens, five life-long friends, set out to figure out who is behind the ominous messages and why. Can The Queens celebrate the fourth of July, help their princess plan a wedding, and protect one of their own from possible danger?

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