Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Giveaway for Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters Stuff!

Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters' Stuff: 150+ Recipes, Traditions, and Fun Ideas for Each Month of the Year by [Six Sisters' Stuff]
Enter to win this fabulous new collection of recipes, crafts, and fun ideas from the Six Sisters!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

Who doesn't love Jane Austen? I am a huge fan of Austen and contemporary romance and this new book by Julie Wright manages to cover both of those points. Lies Jane Austen Told Me captured my attention and my heart. This sweet love story was so fun to read!

I love the voice that Wright infuses into her characters. Emma is witty, sometimes sarcastic, and has a love/hate relationship with Jane Austen. I like that she's vulnerable and has a depth to her that is meaningful to the story. Blake Hampton seemed like the perfect boyfriend, but I'm so glad that Emma has a chance to get to know his brother Lucas before she makes her final decision.

If you're looking for the perfect sweet contemporary romance--a clean read--then you'll want to pick up Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright. The book is available in paperback and ebook wherever books are sold.


Here's more about the book:
Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.
Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.
What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Freedom to Read Book Sale!

Celebrating Freedom to Learn, Freedom to Read, Freedom to Be!

November 11th is Veteran's Day and I'm so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy to express ourselves, the multitude of opportunities we have to learn, and the freedom to read great books!

Visit this page: https://rachellechristensen.com/freedomtoreadbooksale/ to discover a wonderful selection of books--all on sale! This special promotion is for clean women's fiction and each book is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. Pick up your copies HERE from November 6-12th, 2017.

 This week as we celebrate Veteran's Day, my family will also celebrate and thank my father. This day holds a special place in my heart because my dad is a veteran. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam war. This was not the path that my dad thought he would take, but he fulfilled his duty during this very controversial time and that has impacted his life. I honor my dad for the wonderful man that he is and for his service to our country. I have a deep respect for him, for my country, my flag, and my freedoms. I honor the millions of men and women like him who have served for their country.

 I am proud to be an American and I'm thankful for the freedom I have to create. At the same time, I am aware of the vast world we live in. There are many, many veterans all over the world and I'd like to take a moment to honor you as well. Some serve by choice, by law, by draft--but all serve. I hope that you can take a moment today, in peace, and remember those who have served.

  Happy Veteran's Day!
 My novel, Carve Me a Melody, is part of this sale and you can get it for only 99 cents through November 12th. This is book #2 in the award-winning Music Box Romance Series. Book #1, The Soldier's Bride, is available HERE. Both books are also available in hardcover and are FREE in the Kindle Unlimited lending library.
       
 Check out all the books in this special sale today and enjoy your freedom to read!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Shower of Heavenly Blessings

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite little videos of hope. The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to my life and I'm so grateful for the blessings that I receive daily. I hope you enjoy these few moments and look up!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Even This by Emily Belle Freeman, An Excellent Book to Read Again


In Even This, Emily Belle Freeman shares her own deeply personal experiences of feeling forgotten by God—from the fear of abandonment in a dark hospital room to the desperation that followed months of unanswered prayers. In a moment of honesty, she found herself asking the question she had been afraid to consider: “Where is God in this?”

Through biblical insight, genuine realness, and beautiful prose, Emily will help you discover how to:
  • Diminish the power of doubt by coming to understand why the place of deepest asking is where the believing begins.
  • Stop letting fear dictate the depth of your belief through simple daily reflections that will restore your confidence in God.
  • Let go of your need to control by discovering what is holding you back from being completely vulnerable in your relationship with God.
Trust that God may have something different in mind than you–something better.


Rachelle's Thoughts: I loved reading this book because it was so inspiring and insightful. Every day, I took a few minutes to read and it seemed that it was exactly what I needed to hear, to feel that day. I loved the deeper understanding Emily provided as she shared personal experiences and specific points from the Bible stories that I have loved since a child. There are so many points that I highlighted and words that I keep in my heart to remind me to trust God and His goodness. The author does an excellent job of sharing insight in a way that is conversational. As I read, I felt like I was talking to one of my best friends--the ones that know me down deep and understand what needs said. This book is a gem and I'm so grateful I was given the opportunity to read it. If you've ever come to a place in your life where you've questioned if you could make it through, if God was there to guide you, to pull you, to hear you...read this book, because He is there in all things, even this.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Into Cash Giveaway for $250!

 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mustaches for Maddie Book Review & Compassion into Action

"A moving novel about a truly brave girl. Maddie is a wonderfully thoughtful, creative, and funny protagonist, with whom readers will identify as she grapples with her social and physical challenges. This poignant and uplifting novel is a good read-alike for fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder."-School Library Journal

I'm lucky to be part of a fabulous blog tour for a new middle-grade book, Mustaches for Maddie. This book is special for many reasons and I devoured it and then passed it on to my kids. I can't wait to see what they think, but I'll tell you what I think now.

Based on a true story.

Maddie is a normal twelve-year-old girl. Well, except for the fake mustaches she carries in her pocket. She likes to make people laugh and slapping on a mustache, especially a fuzzy pink or neon green one, always gets a smile. Maddie hopes that the class queen, Cassie, will find her mustaches as funny as she does and want to play with her at recess. She's been self-conscious lately because her right arm only feels normal when it's curled against her chest and she's constantly tripping over her feet. But that's probably just part of growing up and not something weird, right?

When Maddie's arm continues to bother her, her parents take her to a doctor who gives them a shocking diagnosis: the cause of the abnormal behavior of her limbs is a brain tumor and she must have surgery to remove it. She's understandably afraid as he describes the procedure, but knows she must find a way to be brave and must face her fears--all of them--at the hospital, at home and at school.

She will need all of her courage not only to face her illness, but also to face Cassie at school. Both Cassie and Maddie are auditioning for the same role in the school play, but when Cassie accuses Maddie of lying about her tumor in order to get attention, Cassie's bossiness turns into bullying.

And as Maddie's surgery approaches, she begins to worry more and more about the outcome. What if something goes wrong? What if the doctors don't get all the tumor out of her brain? What will happen to her family? What will happen to her?

It will take all of Maddie's vibrant imagination, a lot of kindness-both given and received-and of course, the perfect mustache to overcome the tough stuff ahead of her.


Mustaches for Maddie by [Morris, Chad, Brown, Shelly]Rachelle's Thoughts: Chad and Shelly have written a compelling story accented with humor, delight, and heart-wrenching experiences. I especially felt the emotion in this story because it's based on a true story and I clearly remember when Maddie was in the hospital and it was too scary to want to think about, yet alone try to explain. That's why I love this book--Chad and Shelly have created a priceless masterpiece from their own experiences with their daughter, Maddie.
I laughed out loud several times, smiled plenty, and yes, even had to wipe some tears in a few places. I think this book is perfect for young readers because the pacing of the story is exactly in sync with how their wild imaginations and attention spans work. There is definitely a grounding truth in this story about how to deal with the desire to be "popular" and do what everyone else is doing and how to be who you are.
Kudos to Chad Morris and Shelly Brown for writing a book that entertains and inspires. If you have kids, grandkids, or friends, share this book with them today...and definitely a mustache!

There's another really neat thing with this book: Compassion into action. There are stickers and postcard available to help teach children compassion and an incredible resource has been created.
Take a look at the readers guide: http://shdwmtn.co/MustachesforMaddieReadersGuide


Available wherever great books are sold in print and ebook.

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    New Romantic Suspense Novel & a $50 Gift Card Giveaway

    Introducing the long-awaited addition to my line of mystery/suspense novels: River Whispers. This book has held onto my heart for nearly ten years as the story waited for its turn to be told--never giving up hope that I would finally put the words down to finish the novel. The story quite literally haunted me as I worked on other books that were under deadline, and you'll find as you read the story why it haunted me...perhaps it will haunt you until you turn the last page. I'm thrilled to celebrate the release of River Whispers and I invite you to celebrate with me!
     Jack Bentley’s life fractured into jagged shards of pain and loneliness four months ago when his wife’s car plunged into the Snake River. Still reeling from the loss of his wife and infant son, Jack finds his world shaken again when he sees the ghost of his wife, Gina. But the truth she tells him changes everything: their son didn't drown with her. Now, Jack must find his son before he slips away forever. Haunted by loss and his wife's plea, Jack finds himself diving into a mystery deeper than the river's swift current. No power on Earth can reunite him with his little boy—and even help from beyond the grave may not be enough to bring Jack's son back.
     
     I'm hosting a special $50 Gift Card Giveaway to celebrate the release of River Whispers. Click HERE to enter.
     Thank you for celebrating this special day with me! I hope you enjoy reading River Whispers, available on Amazon and Free in the KU Lending library HERE. Also available in print HERE.

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    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    All That Makes Life Bright by Josi Kilpack, Book Review



    I just finished reading this beautiful book, All That Makes Life Bright by Josi Kilpack and I'm happy to review it today.
    Booklist calls it a “Marvelously engaging historical novel. Kilpack writes with great insight and superb sensitivity.”

    Rachelle's Thoughts: I love historical fiction and each Proper Romance novel that Josi Kilpack has written about a person who actually existed in history has been such a joy to read. I love Kilpack's attention to detail, author's notes regarding actual vs. fictional accounts, and the incredible way that she is able to bring historical figures to life. The story of Harriet Beecher Stowe was new to me. I had heard of her and knew she was connected somewhat to issues of anti-slavery during the Civil War because of her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, but that was all I knew. After reading this novel, I feel a great respect and admiration for the difficulty any woman in the early 1800s went through to live life and have some semblance of creativity, individuality, and a voice.
    I think one of the reasons I loved this story so much is that I completely empathize with Hattie. As a mother of five children who also loves creative pursuits like writing, music, and art, I have found it to be a constant struggle to balance the needs of my family with my desire to continue developing other God-given talents. It was a balm to my soul to realize that I am not alone, nor ever have been, in my struggles. In this story, Hattie has a compelling need to write while at the same time absolutely loving the privilege of being a wife and a mother. Although not all details are exactly as occurred, I think it is fascinating that so much of the sentiments expressed were actually found in letters of correspondence to Hattie and her husband and other family members.
    I am certain that when you read this novel, you will find something that also connects you to this influential and impressive woman who lived at such a tumultuous and pivotal time in history. All That Makes Life Bright will make you laugh, grit your teeth, cry, and feel the emotions of a time in history that continues to affect us now.

    More about the book:
    When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.

    Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed-being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman's life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband's heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned.

    Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations.

    Can their love endure, especially after "I do"? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage?

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Celebrate Christmas with The Forgotten Carols on Tour!


    It's hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner! There are so many things about this holiday that I love, and one of the things that make it most special to me is the music. I'm sentimental and music brings so many good memories to the forefront of my attention.
    The Forgotten Carols is part of a Christmas tradition in my family that has been going on for over twenty years. I own the original CD and the songbook, but it's been over ten years since I've been able to see the musical with Michael McLean. I have sung along with these beautiful songs every year and have performed, "I Cry the Day I Take the Tree Down," several times. So, you can imagine how excited I was to find out that the tour will be coming to my area!!


    The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

    Find out more about the shore and where to get your tickets here: http://www.forgottencarols.com/shows/

    Special announcement from Michael McLean: THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS has been a gift I first received back in 1991 when the book and accompanying music was written and released to the public.  As with all good gifts, particularly one like The Forgotten Carols, comes a desire to share it with others…with the hope that they will “receive” the gift as I did;  Feeling the message and the love of the season in the context of the story and songs.  When I first started “performing” the story I thought it was my gift to the audience, but then I discovered that the more I tried to give it away the more it came back to me…a hundred fold.  Being able to bring the story to life with a team of talented people that truly have become “family” is another part of the gift that has profoundly blessed my life.  But WHAT MOST SURPRISES ME is how the presentation of this story with songs has grown, evolved and taught me things in the language that resonates so deeply with me.  Story & Song.   A couple of days ago, quite out of the blue, A NEW SONG, maybe we could call it a New Carol, just arrived.  I sat at the piano and it just poured out of me.  It really touched me because it captures what I think Uncle John would want most for Connie Lou (and the entire world, for that matter).  Just this morning I envisioned how this new carol could be presented during this year’s TOUR and I got goosebumps.  I can’t wait to share this gift I just received.  So, if you ask what The Forgotten Carols means to me, it means RECEIVING then SHARING then DISCOVERING the meaning of the gift, and then RECEIVING MORE, then SHARING MORE and then DISCOVERING more.  

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    If you'd like to see something special this Christmas season, then don't miss your chance to attend The Forgotten Carols. There are quite a few stops across the nation, see the full list here: http://www.forgottencarols.com/shows/

    Here's a special video invite to The Forgotten Carols by the talented artist himself, Michael McLean.

    I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to attend this magnificent production and feel the spirit of Christmas this year. How about you? Will you have take the chance to see and hear The Forgotten Carols?

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    The Secret of the India Orchid, Fantastic new Proper Romance


    New from Nancy Campbell Allen and the Proper Romance Line, it’s The Secret of the India Orchid. Read the book that Publishers Weekly says, “Simmers with sweet romance, historical detail, and a dose of mystery.”

    Rachelle's Thoughts: I enjoyed this book so much that I finished reading and already lent it out to my aunt! This book is part of the Proper Romance line but it has a wonderful mystery full of suspicions, clues, hints, and everything I love to keep me reading late into the night.
    I loved the setting of this novel. Reading about India in a time where it was treated as almost a summer-home for the British was so interesting. The setup with Anthony Blake was well-done and I was rooting for him from the start. Sophia's character is fresh, determined, and smart as she faces the mystery surrounding her heart, Anthony, and the deeper mystery involving murder and intrigue.
    This is a satisfying read and I look forward to more from Nancy Allen.

    About the book: The Secret of the India Orchid
    Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.
    Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.
    She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    The World's Greatest Adventure Machine Book Release & Giveaway!


    My friend, Frank Cole, is a talented writer and I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for his new book, The World's Greatest Adventure Machine. I love reading books to my kids. Each night, my husband and I split up to read different books to the kids according to their age levels. Now that my girls are older, they have been helping out so that the 3 boys are read to every single night.
    Check out this cool eye-catching cover! It grabbed my kids' attention. Now read on for more deets and how to enter a cool $25 Amazon gift card giveaway.


    An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!


    CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.
    There's Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There's Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika's wealthy grandfather isn't too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he'll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.
    The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.
    Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!

    Rachelle and 8 year old son's thoughts: This book is a hit! I read this aloud to my son and he loved staring at the cover while I was reading. From the very first pages, he was hooked, especially because he said that Trevor sounded a lot like Dan Cahill from the 39 Clues series. We loved the mystery in this book, the way each character was introduced with something mysterious, the way that the Castleton's seemed to have a lot of secrets, and the incredible twists and turns of the Adventure Machine! There's an excellent mix of everything we love in this book--surprise, suspense, humor, wit, action, adventure...it's just awesome on every level. Frank Cole is a master at building suspense and action and sprinkling humor in with the story. We thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and now my son is looking up more to read--can't wait!

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    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Havencross Book Review

    Today I'm happy to share my review of a new book by Julie Daines, Havencross. If that cover doesn't catch your eye and pull you in, then read on, because this is a book you don't want to miss!


    Havencross by [Daines, Julie]

    Rachelle's Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book! The writing was incredible with the setting so real, I felt like I'd been pulled back in time to Cornwall, England. The main character, Elaine has essentially been banished from London society because of a scandal with her father. I found it interesting how each person dealt with their new place in Cornwall after being gone for so long. I loved how Elaine connected with her surroundings, while at the same time wishing herself back in London. The developing romance with Gareth was well-done surrounded by several different mystery aspects. I love a great mystery and even though this novel is a regency romance, the mystery intertwined in the story is strong enough to delight mystery readers as well.
    And of course, who wouldn't love the references to King Arthur of old as Elaine walked through the ruins of what might have been his castle. The little hint of magic around King Arthur and Gwenevere added another layer to the story that kept me reading. I look forward to reading more by Julie Daines.

    More about the book:
    When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago. It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    New Book & Giveaway, Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman


    I'm happy to take part in a blog tour for a new mystery novel, Searching for Irene by Marlene Bateman. I love a good mystery and this one is sure to please, especially since the publisher is giving away 2 copies to you--my readers! *One autographed paperback and one ebook! Keep reading for details on how to enter the giveaway!

    Rachelle's Thoughts: I enjoyed this good, clean mystery set in the 1920s. It was interesting to see a different time period. I loved the setting of the modern-day castle! Bateman did an excellent job of dropping numerous bread crumbs, continually leading the reader off the trail of the killer. The main character, Anna, has quite the secret and stumbles upon several clues in her search for Irene. At times, Anna was a bit frustrating with her indecision and flip-flopping back and forth on who she could trust or fall for romantically. Bateman created a page-turner where I wanted to reach in and tell Anna what to do! I enjoyed the many facets of the mystery and would recommend to anyone needing to get their mystery fix.

    About the book:
    What happened to Irene?

    When Anna Coughlin, a modern 1920’s woman, travels to the secluded hills of Virginia to work for wealthy Lawrence Richardson, she discovers that the previous secretary, Irene, mysteriously disappeared a few weeks before. Upon arriving at the castle-like mansion to begin working, Anna finds that Lawrence’s handsome, but antagonistic son, Tyler, wants nothing more than to have her gone. And he isn’t the only one—

    After Anna sets out to find the truth behind Irene’s disappearance, a series of frightening incidents ensnare her in a maze of intrigue. Anna is helped—and often hindered—by the temperamental Tyler Richardson, who—despite her best intentions—begins to steal her heart.

    But even as Anna begins to uncover dark secrets in a troubled household, she must continue to hide a significant one of her own. When her life is threatened, Anna is left to wonder if she’ll be able to unravel the mystery before she disappears as mysteriously as the unfortunate Irene—

    Bio:
    Marlene Bateman Sullivan grew up in Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other cozy mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House, as well as the romance, For Sale by Owner.

    Marlene has also written a number of non-fiction, LDS books: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early
    Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits; Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die.

    Don't forget to enter the giveaway for either an autographed paperback book or ebook of Searching for Irene

    Excerpt; Searching for Irene

    The tallest parts of the mansion—fanciful turrets and a circular tower—were visible only in glimpses Anna caught between lofty oaks and towering pines as her cab wound through the knolls and hills of eastern Virginia.

    When the cab turned up the long driveway lined with dogwood trees in full bloom, Anna Coughlin reached for her handbag, gripping it with a tension that had knotted her muscles ever since getting on the train.

    The vast estate stood on a hilltop, like a castle—and she craned her neck to better view the starkly impressive gray-stone mansion of Ashton Hall—where she hoped to be hired. With its arched, leaded windows and slate roof with numerous chimneys, the house rivaled pictures she’d seen of castles in Europe.

    Instructing the driver to wait, she climbed out, patted her hat in case it was askew, then smoothed her gray suit with gloved hands in hopes of presenting a professional appearance. Anna had no confidence she was clever enough or bold enough to pull this off, but she had to try.

    Her eye was drawn by a tall man—more than six feet—who came from the side of the house. Since the man was striding toward her so purposefully, Anna stopped and waited. As he drew near, Anna noted his deep-set eyes were as black as his hair. His skin was tanned, his thin, long-fingered hands brown and strong.

    “Miss Coughlin?” He stretched out a hand and shook hers, but there was no warmth for her in his eyes. “I’m Tyler Richardson. Unfortunately, your services are not needed after all.” A touch of arrogance marked his manner, as though he was long accustomed to command those around him.

    “Your father called only last week to have someone come out,” Anna blurted in dismay. “May I ask what caused him to change his mind?”

    A fleeting glimpse of discomfiture crossed Mr. Richardson’s face. “I wasn’t consulted about his hiring another secretary to replace the one who left so suddenly. My father isn’t in good health, and the last thing we need is someone coming in and upsetting him by making a muddle of things.”

    His words kindled a fire that glinted in Anna’s eyes. How dare he make such an assumption? It was difficult to hang on to her temper, but there was too much at stake to let his boorishness sidetrack her. “Since I’m here, I’m sure you won’t mind if I keep my appointment. After all, your father is the one who requested my services. I’m sure he’s expecting me.”

    Her words hit home.It took a few bitter seconds, but he finally acquiesced. “Come in, then,” he muttered ungraciously before leading the way up the steps and opening the door.

    Following his rigid back down the narrow hall, Anna’s brows furrowed as doubts crept in. How wise had she been to come to this remote place? Especially when the previous secretary had disappeared so mysteriously? Even her employer thought it odd that no one in this mansion seemed to know where Irene had gone or where she was now. It was as if Irene had vanished into thin air.

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    Monday, July 10, 2017

    99 Cent Christmas in July Sale!

    Have yourself a merry little summer with these wonderful Christmas Romance novels!



    You might be roasting marshmallows instead of chestnuts. You're probably sporting flip-flops over snow-boots. And instead of a one-horse open sleigh, you're more likely to be sailing in a boat on an open lake. But just for a while, you can take a different kind of vacation. The destination? Christmas, of course!

    This top-selling group of clean romance authors has come together to give romance readers like you an early Christmas gift: Love stories centered around the magical holiday we all enjoy! So make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, sink into these inspiring love stories, and have yourself a merry little Christmas in July!


    Getting Kole for Christmas
    Kylie’s been crushing on Kole for two years now, but can she get him to see her as more than a friend? For years Kylie has watched her older sisters get asked to every school dance there is. Yet once she’s old enough to go, the invites are in short supply. While getting overlooked has never felt good, it hasn’t really hurt the way it does this year. Because now there’s someone she really wants to go with: Kole Kingston. Kole is charming and funny. Gorgeous and kind. And everything she wants in a guy. Trouble is, he’s also her very best friend. Can Kylie tear herself free from the friend-zone in time to get asked to the Christmas dance? Or will she – like so many others – find that a romance between them will never be?


    Christmas Kisses:
    Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

    The Christmas Eve Kiss
    Molly O’Hare gets the utterly ridiculous prediction that she will kiss her true love on Christmas Eve. But when she returns to Snow Valley and comes face to face with Kevin Snow, suddenly the kiss thing seems…a lot less ridiculous. Too bad the reason she left still has the power to make her deny her real feelings. Now Molly is left with a choice—forget the home town and the boy that she never quit loving or let Christmas work out a miracle all on its own.



    Love on the Rebound
    When Everly Watson takes her young son Jordan to Hawaii, she’s not just celebrating Christmas but also searching for answers surrounding a tragedy from her past. She doesn’t expect to be faced with a tsunami threat her second day on the island. Nor does she count on meeting the famous Christian Ross, superstar of a hit action-movie series. Sparks fly as Everly and Christian have an instant attraction. But things spiral out of control when Everly realizes someone is following her and watching her every move. Christian Ross is living a life of solitude, away from the painful reminders of his sordid Hollywood past. Christmas is an especially difficult time of the year for him. He never expects to fall for a down-to-earth, spunky brunette with a bewitching Southern accent. Nor does he count on forming an attachment to her young son.
    Christian soon finds himself drawn into Everly’s complicated world of betrayal and deceit and feels the need to protect her from a perilous threat.
    Can Christian and Everly’s newfound love withstand the growing obstacles? Or are they doomed to keep reliving the heartaches of the past?

    Christmas Make over
    Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she’s loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he’s near. Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy’s Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she’s fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she’s stuck in buddy-status for life.

    An Unexpected Kiss: A Snow Valley Romance Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport to give her a ride home, Lucy panics and asks a complete stranger to kiss her. Although the kiss is incredible, Lucy never expects to see the guy again. Is it bad luck or destiny when Lucy comes down with a sore throat and the new doctor in Snow Valley is none other than Cole Taggart, the guy she kissed at the airport?

    Blue Christmas As head of Snow Valley hospital’s fundraising effort, Paisley Hackett barely has time to organize the craft show, cookie decorating party, and the annual Christmas Ball. What she doesn’t have time for is falling in love with Clay Jett, the incredibly handsome bass player who sweeps into town. She’s been burned by a tourist romance before and, with everything going on, Paisley will have to work overtime to protect her heart from Clay and his swoon-worthy ballads." As head of Snow Valley hospital’s fundraising effort, Paisley Hackett barely has time to organize the craft show, cookie decorating party, and the annual Christmas Ball. What she doesn’t have time for is falling in love with Clay Jett, the incredibly handsome bass player who sweeps into town. She’s been burned by a tourist romance before and, with everything going on, Paisley will have to work overtime to protect her heart from Clay and his swoon-worthy ballads.


    Christmas in Three Rivers Isn't Christmas the best time to fall in love? The cowboys of Three Rivers Ranch think so. Join four of them as they journey toward their path to happily ever after in four, all-new stories in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series.




    Oh Come on be faithful
    Former Army security expert Matt Degan is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. His ex-wife cleaned out his savings account and abandoned their son. Sadly, he has no presents stashed. When he finds a job as a bodyguard for Mikayla Lambert, a billionaire heiress who has been tormented by a stalker for four years, he’s caught up in family drama that threatens this beautiful woman he’s becoming enamored with and might also endanger his son. Can Matt protect everyone and save Christmas for his son, or will the stalker succeed at kidnapping Mikayla and destroying any chance at love between them?


    Cookie Girl Christmas Molly Hayes has one more job before Christmas and then she can put her plans for a storefront bakery of her own in motion. What she doesn't bargain for is the handsome young Scrooge who insults her cookies and makes her blood boil. Toss in a heaping helping of snowstorm and a pinch of romantic old Inn and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a not-so-silent-night.





    False Identity


    t's Christmastime, and Chancy Hamilton can’t bear the thought of spending the holidays without her late husband Max who died in a plane crash. When Chancy and her teenage son, Travis, have an argument, Travis storms out of the house and ends up in the wrong part of town where he is attacked by a group of thugs. When a homeless man comes to his rescue, he invites the man home to have a meal with his mom and little sister.
    Gabe Jones is not like any other homeless man Chancy has ever seen—he’s confident, intelligent, and devastatingly handsome. Jake, Chancy’s boyfriend, takes an instant dislike to Gabe and warns Chancy to stay away from him. Nevertheless, their lives become intertwined, and Chancy is soon thrown into nightmarish events caused by a betrayal of trust and a chilling deception where nothing is as it seems, bringing a terrifying aftermath that threatens not only her but the lives of her children.


    A Player for Christmas

    Brooks Stone, wide receiver for the Miami Surf, isn’t the type of guy to make dreams come true; he’s too busy dealing with a high ankle sprain and the anniversary of his wife’s death. Callie Given, a cancer patient at Primary Children’s Hospital, only has one wish for Christmas—dinner with Brooks Stone. He flatly refuses, until Sam Dumont threatens to make sure the coaches bench him if he doesn’t comply. Ana Given thought fighting for her daughter’s life was enough of a challenge. She never expected famous football player Brooks Stone to actually show up. If he was a friend of her ex-husband, he’s definitely not someone she wants hanging around her daughter. Good thing she sends him away. Too bad her daughter sees him before he can leave. When Brooks and Ana find themselves on a quest to find Callie’s father, neither would have imagined getting on a plane together, going to a cage fight, or…kissing. Brooks wonders how these two women have become everything to him in less than seventy-two hours. Now he has to make a decision—get what he wanted for Christmas or become the player he was always meant to be.



    The Real Christmas Gift
    A true story of how five sisters changed Christmas for their sweet mother. For eleven-year-old Bonnie Greenhalgh, the Christmas of 1966 would be forever remembered as the year she learned about the real gift of Christmas. Bonnie and her four sisters, living with their single mother in a cramped apartment, came up with a plan to make Christmas special. Although it seemed an impossible task to find a coat for their mother, when they laid all they had at the feet of a stranger, she turned it into a Christmas miracle. This story will touch the heartstrings of all who read of the remarkable bicycle ride through the snow to find the perfect gift for a beloved mother.



    Full Court Devotion
    Fun and uplifting Christmas novella by #1 Bestselling Christian romance author, Cami Checketts Kazlyn is too busy with her schooling and future plans to enjoy life, let alone fall in love with a man who has heartbreak written all over him. Tyrese Hamilton, a college basketball star and major heartthrob, is intrigued when Kazlyn doesn’t pursue him or even seem interested. Ty’s career is in jeopardy, and he needs a miracle and Kazlyn to save him.



    Getting Micah Under the Mistletoe: A Young Adult Novella
    Quinn’s been in love with her friend, Micah, for two years straight.
    But between Micah’s dense skull and his even denser girlfriend, Quinn hasn’t stood a chance.
    But things are about to change. With Ms. Denser out of the picture and Christmas around the bend,
    Quinn has a plan that could switch their status from bumping fists to locking lips.

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