Tuesday, June 11, 2024

When the Ocean Roars

 

When the Ocean Roars JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for When the Ocean Roars by Charlsie Estess, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

When the Ocean Roars

Title: When the Ocean Roars
Author:
Charlsie Estess
Publisher:
Iron Stream Media
Release Date:
June 11, 2024
Genre:
Contemporary Christian Romance

He needs to surrender. She needs to fight. Are they ready for their next battle?​ 

Weeks before the Ultimate Fighting World Championship, Keane “The Golden Lion” Temple lands in Japan for the battle of his professional life. The adored prizefighter is primed to take the win. And nothing has ever distracted him from victory in the ring. 

 But when his path collides with an intriguing woman, he gives in to impulse and asks her to spend his day off from training with him. Surely, he can keep his heart safe for one day. 

Ami Ono cannot pass on the invitation but also hides her full identity. As their extraordinary day bleeds into night, both realize one day won’t be enough. Then the excursion ends in disaster when Keane discovers who Ami is. They part ways, but compelling circumstances and an undeniable attraction draw them back together, driving their attraction―and her high-society family drama―to something more intense than Keane has ever faced. As the forbidden romance threatens to take down his principles in the knockout of his life, he struggles to honor his beliefs. Will The Golden Lion surrender his heart? Will Ami defy the domineering men in her life and accept it? Do they stand a chance against nature?

My thoughts: I enjoyed traveling to Japan in this story and getting a small taste of the culture, as well as a glimpse into the world of a professional prizefighter. I enjoyed getting the know the characters, with their strengths and weaknesses. Ami was an especially interesting character, with being caught between two worlds, the world of her family and the name she is making for herself. I also enjoyed that there is a side character that seems to get their happily ever after. I liked the message of this story. I only wish it were a little bit longer! 

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About the Author

Charlsie Estess

Charlsie Estess holds a master of business administration degree and worked in finance and strategic planning before becoming a writer. She is a member of ACFW and Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers and was an ACFW 2023 Genesis Finalist. She currently resides in Mississippi with her husband and two sons.

Connect with Charlsie at charlsieestess.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


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When the Ocean Roars JustRead Tours blog giveaway

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Just Read Rendezvous 2024

 

RDV '24 JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for JustRead Rendezvous 2024, hosted, sponsored, and organized by JustRead Publicity Tours!

You are Invited

JustRead Rendezvous
November 15, 2024

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove

Join fellow readers and authors at the JustRead Rendezvous to celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads. This event, modeled after the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, aims to sweeten reading and storytelling experiences with fellowship and encouragement. Activities will include corporate worship, speaker sessions, author panels, small group discussions, games, giveaways, a pop-up book shop, and author signings. 

Baker Publishing Group fiction imprints (Bethany House and Revell), Enclave Publishing, and Kregel Publications have joined JustRead Publicity Tours as event sponsors.

Learn more about the 2024 JustRead Rendezvous


Participating Authors

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 first 27 participating authors

first row: Amanda Barratt, Amanda Cox, Amanda Dykes, Angela Ruth Strong, Becky Wade, Elizabeth Goddard, Elizabeth Musser, Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Meyer. second row: Janilise Lloyd, Kate Breslin, Katie Powner, Kimberley Woodhouse, Kristi Ann Hunter, Laura Frantz, Linda MacKillop, Lisa Phillips, Lynn Austin. third row: Mesu Andrews, Nancy Mehl, Nicole Deese, Robin W. Pearson, Ronie Kendig, Sara Brunsvold, Sara Davison, Sara Ella, Sara Watterson

Keynote speakers include Amanda Dykes, Becky Wade, and Ronie Kendig. Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips will lead worship. More authors will be added to the event as reader registration increases!  

Check out recent releases by participating authors in the JustRead Amazon Storefront.


Register

The registration fee (including a book tote, lunch, afternoon snack, and more) is $124 for readers. We’re nearing the reader registration mark to add more best-selling, debut, and indie authors to the 2024 event. Tell your friends and register today to pave the way by August 1! 

Subscribe to email updates and learn more about each author on the JustRead Rendezvous website. Connect with other attendees and hopefuls in the Rendezvous Roomies & Logistics ’24 private Facebook group to arrange shared experiences or cost-sharing opportunities

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P.S. Join us on Thursday at the same location for the Art of Writing conference and The Christy Award Winners Gala. The Christy Award honors and promotes excellence in Christian fiction and is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Visit christyawards.com for more information and registration.

Giveaway

(1) winner will receive one paid registration to JustRead Rendezvous 2024 courtesy of '23 Rendezvous author Tamara Leigh
(1) winner will receive a canvas tote bag, an A6 journal notebook with a ballpoint pen, a 12 oz enamel mug, a scented candle, and a reading blanket
(5) winners will receive a $10 egift card (Baker Book House, Christianbook, or Amazon)

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 Blog Tour Giveaway

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Chain of Mercy

 

Chain of Mercy JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Chain of Mercy by Brenda S. Anderson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Chain of Mercy

Title: Chain of Mercy
Series:
Coming Home
Author:
Brenda Anderson
Publisher:
Independently published through The Mosaic Collection (2nd ed.)
Release Date:
April 22, 2014 (1st ed.)
Genre:
Contemporary Romance (Christian)

A devastating argument
One reckless decision

An unforgivable sin
 

Successful Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks is living the dream, drunk with success and all its trappings, until one reckless decision turns his dream life into a living nightmare. 

Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he's determined to live the solitary life he now deserves. 

Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she's after, but she soon discovers that he's hiding more than the designer clothes in his closet. 

Richard can't deny the allure of a relationship with Sheila. The closer they get, though, the greater the risk that she will discover not only who he used to be but also the unforgivable sin he committed that reckless night. 

My thoughts: It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to be successful and make a name for yourself, but what happens when the pursuit of wealth leads to disastrous consequences? Richard tries to start over with more humble roots, but Sheila may draw his secrets out.   

I enjoyed this story, with its rich characters and beautiful message of forgiveness. We all have things in our life we have needed forgiveness for, so I could relate, somewhat, to Richard. 

This is a wonderful story that I highly recommend! I look forward to reading more by the author!

I received this book from just read. This is my honest review.

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About the Author

Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson writes authentic and gritty life-affirming fiction that shows God at work in people’s messy lives. She enjoys live sports and theater, walking along the shores of Lake Superior, and sharing hot cocoa with friends and family. She lives near Minneapolis with her newly retired husband and their mischievous twin kitties.

Connect with Brenda at brendaandersonbooks.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win a book box which includes a paperback copy of Chain of Mercy and locally crafted, book-related items like a Booktrovert glass tumbler, bath balls, a bookish tote, bookmarks, and much more!

Chain of Mercy JustRead Tours blog giveaway

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Love Overboard

 

Love Overboard JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Love Overboard by Shannon Sue Dunlap, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Love Overboard

Title: Love Overboard
Series:
Love Overboard #1
Author:
Shannon Sue Dunlap
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
May 21, 2024
Genre: Christian Romcom

A snort-laughing, cruise ship romance takes readers into topsy-turvy waters 

When a group of four quirky friends retire on a neverending round of cruises, their attire consists of more than floral shirts and gaudy skirts. Armed with walkie-talkies and battle plans, these relationship experts--who've dubbed themselves the "Shippers"--target hostess Lacey Anderson and director Jonathan King in their romantic schemes. But the young couple refuses to cooperate. They've been on the "love boat" together before, and it went down in flames. 

Boss matchmaker Emily Windsor has orchestrated multiple romantic successes, and these two upstarts certainly won't get the best of her. The chemistry between Lacey and Jonathan is obvious, but the couple rebuffs every outlandish plot and "coincidental" meeting, forcing the matchmakers to chart a new course to true love--all while inadvertently thwarting drug smugglers threatening to ruin their floating home on the ocean. 

This laugh-out-loud rom-com features loveable characters, over-the-top situations reminiscent of 1950s sitcoms, and a dash of mystery. The toe-curling romance will push the reader overboard and all in with Shannon Dunlap's new series.

My thoughts: This is such a fun story! I loved the unique premise of Emily and her 3 friends being retirees and/or widows living on a cruise ship and enjoying setting up couples among the staff. They all appreciate the hard work that Lacey puts into her hostess job and the caring heart she has for those around her. When they set their sights on setting Lacey up with her ex, things get interesting! I loved the humor in this story, but I also appreciated that it was balanced with some seriousness, like why Lacey ran the first time she and Jon were together. I also love the way faith is woven into the story. I look forward to the next book in this series! 

I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.

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About the Author

Shannon Sue Dunlap

Shannon Sue Dunlap writes books with a dose of laughter and a spoonful of love. One of the greatest compliments you can give her is saying her stories made you laugh-out-loud. She loves traveling around the world, singing tunes from classic musicals, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Shannon is a die-hard fan of happy endings and believes God has designed one for each of us.

Connect with Shannon at shannonsuedunlap.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Tour Giveaway

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Love Overboard JustRead Tours blog giveaway

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Loyally Luke

 

Loyally, Luke JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Loyally Luke Title: Loyally, Luke 
Series: Skymar #3 
Author: Pepper Basham 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Release Date: May 14, 2024 
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Sometimes love means embracing the good, the bad. . . and even the impossible.

Dear Reader -- My name is Luke Edgewood, and there are few things in life that I require. Mainly black coffee. And flannel. And lots of solitude. And my dogs, Chewy and Indie. What I don't need is romance, so I have no plans to change my thirty-year-old bachelor status anytime soon. 

But my youngest sister thinks that by accepting a short-term construction job in the small European country of Skymar, that I'm going to follow along in her footsteps and discover my own romantic adventure. Nope. Bah humbug. The End. This time, her rom-com-movie senses are totally wrong. 

Or maybe not. Because I've met a Grace Kelly lookalike who is annoying. . . until she isn't. But she is impossible. As in, nothing can happen between us because she is a literal princess. Even though that's easy to forget when we're working together to restore a castle-like orphanage in a secluded mountain town and "forced proximity" includes a small closet, a secret one-hundred-year-old journal, and the tactile memory of an off-limits royal in my arms. 

Basically, the whole situation has turned into an ooey gooey magical snow globe of romantic tropes complete with cute kids and an actual ball. Now, even my sentences are starting to sound like mush. Ugh. Send high levels of testosterone my way--I'm going to need it. 

Loyally, Luke

My thoughts: This story is so much fun! I love how Luke is a somewhat grumpy, gruff hero with a heart of gold and Ellie comes across as uptight and hard to work with, due to wanting to right some past wrongs. I love that Izzy and Penelope are still part of the story, with their texts and email conversations with Luke. While I would recommend reading the first two books in this series, the book can still be enjoyed as a stand alone. 
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.
 

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More Books in this Series

Authentically, Izzy Positively, Penelope


About the Author

Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance “peppered” with grace and humor. Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

Connect with Pepper by visiting pepperdbasham.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a signed copy of the book, tool pens, and $25 Amazon gift card!

(1) additional winner will receive a signed copy of the book!

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Her Son's Faithful Companion



 Her son needs love and friendship


Now she’s found the answer to their prayers…

Former barrel racer Caitlyn Calloway wants her son with epilepsy to have everything—even if it means selling her family home. Problem is, the place is in disrepair. Her former crush, service dog trainer Logan Beckett, offers to help. But letting Logan and his dogs into their lives makes the past almost impossible to leave behind…especially when it opens the door to love.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this heartwarming story of a young mother trying to figure out how to best help her son, when he is diagnosed with epilepsy, and figuring out how to get him a service dog. I enjoyed learning more about the world of training service dogs, as well as a little bit more about barrel riding and the rodeo circuit. The author does a wonderful job of tying the unique ends of the story together into a delightful tale of a young family finding some pleasant blessings in the wake of an unexpected diagnosis. I enjoyed this sweet story! 
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

A Beautiful Disguise

 

In Edwardian London, not all that glitters is gold as a lady and an intelligence officer's secret mission take them from the city's dazzling ballrooms to its covert intelligence offices.

Sir Merritt Livingstone has spent a decade serving the monarch in the field, but when pneumonia lands him behind a desk in the War Office Intelligence Division just as they're creating a new secret intelligence branch, he's intent on showing his worth. He suspects an aristocrat of leaking information to Germany as tensions mount between the two countries, but he needs someone to help him prove it, so he turns to The Imposters, Ltd. No one knows who they are, but their results are beyond compare.

Left with an estate on the brink of bankruptcy after their father's death, Lady Marigold Fairfax and her brother open a private investigation firm for the elite to spy on the elite. Dubbed The Imposters, Ltd., their anonymous group soon becomes the go-to for the crème of society who want answers delivered surreptitiously. But the many secrets Marigold learns about her peers pale in comparison to her shock when she and her brother are hired to investigate her best friend's father as a potential traitor.

Lady Marigold is determined to discover the truth for her friend's sake, and she's more determined still to keep her heart from getting involved with this enigmatic new client . . . who can't possibly be as noble as he seems.

My thoughts: I have enjoyed everything I have read by Roseanna M. White. She has really outdone herself with this series! What would happen if there were a family/misfit group of gentry who had to hide their dier straights from their peers, all while trying to dig themself out of debt? In come the Imposters, a motley group of titled, circus, and associates who are using their unique skills to secretly work out some of the behind the scenes happenings in their class. I love the characters in this one! I also enjoyed the history of how the Germans and English were having a hard time  getting along before WWI. This is a wonderful story to pick up and read! 
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.