Category Archives: Novel Spotlight

Author Gayla K. Hiss and Dangerous Ground

Welcome to Kimberly’s Musings. This week’s feature is from my publisher Mountain Brook Ink. It’s a romantic suspense. I have yet to read Dangerous Ground, but I enjoyed the first book in this series and look forward to reading this one as well.

Hiss-2DangerousGroundSmallHere’s a little about Dangerous Ground.

Book Blurb: Uncle Owen had died mysteriously, and Deputy Marshal Kate Phillips wants to know why. After arriving at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in search of answers, Kate finds herself at the center of an ancient family feud and a land dispute. It turns out a surprising number of people have an interest in her uncle’s estate. Even David Jennings, Kate’s handsome Good Samaritan who rescued her when she arrived, thinks he has a claim on Owen’s property—which some say is cursed.
Amid the mounting secrets and rumors circulating in the seemingly peaceful community, Kate has a secret of her own—one that could threaten her life and any future she might have with David. It soon becomes clear someone is targeting her. Could Kate’s troubled past have come back to haunt her, or have the clues she’s uncovered about her uncle’s suspicious death put her life in danger? To solve the mystery, Kate needs David’s help. But can they pull together before time runs out? Or will they become the next victims when it all explodes?
I’m not sure Gayla will remember, but I first met her at a writer’s conference in Bellevue, Washington. My publisher had asked me to accompany her to the conference so I tagged along. 🙂 Gayla sat the same table as me for lunch or dinner table–I don’t recall exactly. We began to talk, and I asked her about what she was writing. The more I talked to her the more I knew I had to connect her with my publisher. So I got my publishers attention and whispered in her ear that she needed to talk to this woman about her book. A few months later Gayla had a contract and the rest is history.
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Author Bio: Gayla’s writing journey began with her hobby of painting landscapes. In her imagination, characters and scenes came to life as she painted beautiful natural settings. Her inspiring novels combine her love for the great outdoors with romance, suspense and adventure.
Gayla and her husband often tour the country in their RV, visiting many state and national parks. She enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling, and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Framed for Murder #NewRelease with Mary Alford

 

Framed for MurderAbout Framed For Murder

Framed for helping her partner smuggle guns—and then murdering him—CIA agent Liz Ramirez must find the evidence that will prove her innocence…before she’s caught or killed. So when her squad’s leader attempts to bring her in for questioning, she knows her future depends on convincing Aaron Foster to go rogue and help her. On the run from the rest of her team and the gun dealers who are convinced she knows the location of their missing weapons, Liz risks losing the proof that would clear her name. But will eluding her pursuers—and trying not to fall for the handsome commander—prove to be fatal?

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About the Author

Mary AlfordMary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading romantic suspense greats Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Soon creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith came naturally for Mary. In 2012 Mary entered the Speed Dating contest hosted by Love Inspired Suspense and later received “the call”. In addition to writing for Love Inspired Suspense, Mary also writes Christian romance and sweet romance. Being a published author has been a dream come true for Mary.

12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

9781683222583A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.

unnamedABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride,The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or Pinterest.

Lamp onto Her Feet with Paula Mowery

Lamp Unto Her Feet has not yet released, but will soon.

LampUntoHerFeet_prc5374_300Kenzie Murrah has lost the guiding voice of her Nana Nita just when she needs it most. She’s graduating mid-year with her early childhood degree, but her parents expect her to join the family chiropractic business. In her Bible, Nana explains how God’s Word can guide Kenzie, but there’s doubt on Kenzie’s part, until the highlighted verses begin to follow her life much too closely.

Trevor Wallen escaped an embarrassing and reputation smearing incident to become a police officer in the small Tennessee town. He strives to do his best to follow Christian principles but longs for God to bring someone into his life with those same morals and values.

Kenzie and Trevor share an attraction for one another that grows into more until a tragedy threatens to end everything. Kenzie begins to shy away from reading the next scripture passage, for fear of what may happen.

Will Kenzie learn she can trust God’s Word? Will Kenzie and Trevor get the chance for a happily ever after despite the dangers of his occupation?

DSC_0275 (2)Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Paula enjoys reading and reviewing Christian fiction, writing Christian romance and devotionals, and helping other authors realize their dream of publication.

 

Learn more about Paula and find other places to link with her on her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com

A Christmas Surprise #Free Kimberly Rose Johnson

Special Saturday Post

I had planned to post this on Monday like normal, then I realized you would miss out on one of the deals I am doing if I waited. Below you will see all about the free book I’m giving away until Tuesday, but I wanted to let you know about the second book in this series. It’s on sale today for only .99 cents. The price goes up tomorrow.

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A Romance Rekindled on Amazon

When an estranged couple reunites, can they rediscover what they once shared, or will unforgiveness destroy them?

CPA Susan Hill can’t believe her eyes. Her former fiancé is back in town, and he has a child in tow–his daughter perhaps? Could she be the reason he called off their wedding so suddenly all those years ago and left town without explanation?

Writer Blake Mitchell is finally ready to face his past and pick up the shattered pieces his sudden departure caused. He’s been raising his little sister on his own and wants the only woman he’s ever loved back in his life. Is it too much to hope that Susan will forgive him and give him one more chance?

Previously published as A Romance Rekindled.

Now for my other surprise–no pun intended. My book A Christmas Surprise is free on Amazon today through Tuesday.

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Veterinarian Pete Harding doesn’t date single moms. 

After showing up to a blind date to find he left before she arrived, Keira is reminded why she doesn’t date. She had true love once but a tragic accident ripped him from her and their son, who’s now four and only wants a puppy for Christmas this year.

Although off limits since she’s a single mom, Pete determines to help Keira find the perfect puppy for her son.

Keira wonders about Pete. He says he doesn’t date women with children, yet she can’t help but notice he behaves like a man who has more on mind than finding a puppy.

Will love break down Pete’s walls and bring more than a puppy for Christmas?

A Christmas Surprise was originally published in 2013 as The Christmas Promise.

 

 

Book Spotlight Engaged with Julie Arduini

FREE PHOTOS, FREE IMAGES,Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her mom’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

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eBook: https://www.amazon.com/Engaged-Surrendering-Future-Time-Book-ebook/dp/B072K91W25

March2017 (1)Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming in June. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and also is a blogger for Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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Book Spotlight Healing Love with Jennifer Slattery

Healing Love is women’s fiction novel with a strong romantic thread. It has a dual setting—Southern California, and El Salvador

HealingLoveInternetCoverimageA news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

Excerpt: Ubaldo suppressed a heavy sigh. How could he feel such intense emotions for a woman he’d known for such a short time? And a North American at that?

He couldn’t let her go. Say goodbye, and yet, he was powerless to keep her.

Guiding Brooke by the elbow, he led her through the inner courtyard to the sliding medal door, now bolted. Carmela joined them and pulled a set of keys from her bathrobe pocket. While she freed the padlock, he looked back toward the living quarters. In the pale moonlight, faces peered from each second-story window.

Brooke stared at the girls, a lone tear trickling down cheek. He thumbed it away, traced the soft contours of her face. His gaze dropped to her mouth, and he groaned inwardly. Oh, to kiss her! To taste her tears and pull her against him.

Never to let go.

He leaned toward her, his breath shallow, lifted her chin. Ran the pad of his thumb along her bottom lip.

The door clanked open, and she startled. Took half a step back and tucked a lock of hair behind her ear.

Carmela. He’d been so mesmerized by Brooke, he’d forgotten she was there.

He closed his eyes, trying to gain some emotional distance. Motioned with his head toward the street.

Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Love-Jennifer-Slattery-ebook/dp/B073R1MY1C/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499347825&sr=1-2

BioPhotoCroppededited2016Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.

Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com