Saturday, April 4, 2020

INTERVIEW with Author Elizabeth Goddard--ALWAYS LOOK TWICE, hosted by Nicole Cook

Author Elizabeth Goddard

Nicole: I am delighted to have author Elizabeth Goddard join us today at Inkwell Inspirations to discuss her latest romantic suspense novel, Always Look Twice, which was chosen as the March book club selection for the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook Group. Elizabeth Goddard recently led a live Facebook chat in the Avid Readers Group to discuss her book with the members of the group.

Elizabeth, thank you so much for joining us today!

Elizabeth: I’m thrilled to be here. Thank you for inviting me!

Nicole: In Always Look Twice, readers are treated to the beautiful scenery of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming and wonderfully well-written characters who will find a place in the readers’ hearts. Even when I think I have everything figured out, you always manage to surprise me with your unexpected plot twists! What message or inspiration do you hope that people will get from reading Always Look Twice?

Elizabeth: The funny thing about inspiration and messages in books is that each person will take something different away from the story. That’s because we all have our different perspectives. Of course I hope readers come away with a sigh of satisfaction and that good feeling that comes from a powerful emotional experience. I hope the characters stay with them for a while as well, but mostly I want readers to know deep down that God is always there. He’s our rock and our mountain and our “strong tower” as scripture says. We can hold onto him.

Nicole: I love being a member of the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook group and participating in so many wonderful discussions within the group. As a reader, I get to share my love of Christian fiction with the other members in the group, and I have discovered so many new-to-me authors who have become must-read authors. From an author’s perspective, what do you like best about participating in the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook Group, and what has been your favorite part of having Always Look Twice as the book club selection this month?

Elizabeth: I love having such a big group of fiction readers come together and I learn so much from them. Many of the questions readers ask, and the replies, have given me insight into what readers want in books. I truly enjoyed chatting with readers live—that’s such a great way to connect, and I hope I gave readers and potential fans a more personal connection to me.

Nicole: How do you juggle writing for two different publishers (Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense), and what are some of the differences you encounter in writing for both?

Elizabeth: I love writing for both publishers. I think I mentioned this in my live chat, but I often switch things around. Whatever it takes to get the job done. Usually I write the first draft of one book, then move to the next book, then come back to edit that first book, and back and forth it goes. This year I’m starting a new schedule that I hope works for me, but I plan to write on one book in the morning and a different book in the afternoon, and that should take the pressure off a bit. We’ll see how it goes—but I’ve been doing this for quite a while, so no matter what, the books get written.

As for the differences, I’ve written enough Love Inspired Suspense books that they are easy for me to write—they’re very formulaic, though I hope all my plots are creative and different, I just stick to the guidelines and the required voice for the line. The Revell books are almost twice the length of one LIS and I have the freedom to write my story how I see it—as long as it stays within the genre for which I’m writing of course (romantic suspense). That means I can bring in multiple points-of-view. I spread my wings to write these longer books and just go where the story takes me.

Nicole: Can you share any information about your future releases and/or your current work in progress?

Elizabeth: Don’t Keep Silent is book three in Uncommon Justice and releases in June 2020—so coming up soon! I’m super excited for readers to dive into Liam McKade’s story. I just turned in Present Danger, book 1 in Rocky Mountain Courage that will release next spring, and it’s a whole new series, but fun news—Uncommon Justice characters will show up in the new series!

Here’s the back cover copy for Don’t Keep Silent: Investigative reporter Rae Burke will do anything to find her missing sister-in-law, even if it means facing Liam McKade, a man who almost lost his life saving hers. A former DEA agent, Liam thought he could find peace at his Wyoming ranch, but he just doesn't feel at home anywhere anymore. When the reporter who blew his cover on an important investigation inserts herself back into his life, he's less than thrilled. But Rae's keen investigative skills have led her down the right path--and directly into the dragon's mouth--leaving Liam no choice but to protect her. As the danger increases, the past they both tried to flee catches up to them, along with the feelings they once had for each other.

Bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard plunges you into a fast-paced, high-stakes story of honor, forgiveness, and justice.

Nicole: I can’t wait to read Don’t Keep Silent, and I’m really looking forward to your next series as well! Romantic suspense and contemporary romance are my favorite genres to read. Who are some of your favorite Christian fiction romantic suspense authors that you would like to recommend to our readers?

Elizabeth: Well, of course, I read them all—Susan Sleeman, Lisa Harris, Patricia Bradley, Lynn Blackburn, Natalie Walters, Lynette Eason, Rachel Dylan, Nancy Mehl and so many more! Baker Publishing Group (Revell and Bethany House) puts out great romantic suspense and romance, and you cannot go wrong with them.

N: Now for some fun questions…Which do you prefer?

E: Coke or Pepsi? Lime Bubly! Hahahah!

N: Eat Out or Home-Cooked Meal? 

E: Eat out of course. I hate doing dishes.

N: Pie or Cake? 

E: Pie—pumpkin or chocolate.

N: Beach or Mountains? 

E: Oooooh. . super tough. I love rocky beaches and mountains—that’s why I love the Pacific Northwest. J

N: Flying or Driving? 

E: I hate flying. Need I say more?

N: Paperback or E-book? 

E: Oh gosh. . . I love paperbacks, love them, but I end up using my Kindle Paperwhite because I don’t have to find good lighting to read.

N: Dogs or Cats? 

E: Both.

N: Summer or Winter? 

E: Winter. . . I can curl up with a good book, a bowl of chili and bread and read.

N: Wake up early or Stay up late? 

E: Neither. I hate mornings, but neither do I enjoy staying up late.

Nicole: Elizabeth, thank you again for joining us today! This has been a pleasure to chat with you!

Elizabeth: Once again thank you for having me! The pleasure was all mine!


Nicole and Trixi's Review
Paula and Winnie's Review
Kim's Review

Author Bio:
Elizabeth Goddard has sold over one million books and is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than forty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner. She is a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense finalist for her Mountain Cove series—Buried, Backfire, and Deception—and a Carol Award finalist for Submerged. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry.

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The Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook Group is a wonderful discussion group for book enthusiasts to talk about what Christian fiction books they are reading. Participation in the group is the perfect way to discover many new Christian fiction authors and books. The group is comprised of numerous Christian fiction authors and readers and is very well moderated. Any readers or authors interested in joining the group can click on the following link and answer a few questions to be added. The questions are easy and are meant to keep out spammers.

Friday, April 3, 2020

HOPING FOR HAWTHORNE by Tara Grace Ericson, Reviewed by Kim

Hoping for Hawthorne by Tara Grace Ericson is a really cute and well paced story that introduces us to the Bloom family siblings, who will each have their own book. This novella is a great introduction to all of the siblings and I’m looking forward to reading their stories.
In this first story, we meet Hawthorne Bloom who is having trouble dealing with something in his past, and Avery, who has always had a crush on Hawthorne. I really enjoyed their story. I really liked both characters and how their relationship progressed. I especially liked seeing Hawthorne’s growth in this story. And their first meet after Avery comes back to town, is one I won’t soon forget!

I am really looking forward to Daisy’s story, which is next!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

Back Cover Blurb:
His sister's friend.
Her childhood crush.
All grown up.

Hawthorne Bloom is living for the moment, until a beautiful stranger with intriguingly familiar eyes gives him a tongue lashing he'll never forget. When she shows up again at a family event, Hawthorne finds himself trying to dig a way out of a hole he didn't realize he was in.

When Avery Chase returns to Indiana, the last thing she expects is to run into her childhood crush, let alone to realize in the years since she left, he's turned into a complete jerk. Hoping for a man to change is a mistake she's made once before and is determined not to make again.

Then again, it's hard to resist when your childhood crush finally notices you.

A sweet and clean, stand-alone Christian romance novella that will have you falling in love with the Bloom Family. Hoping for Hawthorne is the launch prequel for the upcoming Bloom Sisters Series, rapid releasing in Summer 2020. 

Available in digital ebook and paperback:
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

BORDER BREACH by Darlene L. Turner, Reviewed and Hosted by Nicole Cook for JUST READ TOURS

Border Breach JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for Border Breach by Darlene L. Turner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Title: Border Breach
Author: Darlene L. Turner
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

When drugs are smuggled across the border
it’s their duty to stop the culprits…at any cost.

Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?

Darlene Turner

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at where there’s suspense beyond borders.

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Border Breach JustRead Giveaway

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It didn’t matter what she had done in her life, He would always be there for her.  No matter what.”

With non-stop action and gripping suspense, author Darlene L. Turner pens an intense tale of corruption and drug smuggling across the border.  In Darlene L. Turner’s debut novel, Border Breach, Canadian law enforcement and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) join forces to take down a drug smuggling operation that is operating between the U.S. and Canada. 

Handsome police constable Hudson Steeves and CBSA officer Kaylin Poirier are instructed to work together to stop a drug smuggling ring.  Their assignment comes at a high price as they immediately become targets and attempts on their lives threaten to derail the investigation. 

As the clues sprinkled throughout the novel come together to form the final piece of the puzzle, readers will be shocked at the culprit’s true identity.  This novel realistically deals with topics that are relevant in today’s society, especially with the prevalent drug issues in our country. 

Darlene L. Turner shares the message that God is always there for us and leaves readers filled with hope through God’s never-ending love and forgiveness.  Border Breach is recommended for readers who enjoy inspirational romantic suspense.  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.  “I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.”

“The waves crashed against the shoreline, reminding her of God’s peace.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

THE HEART'S STRONGHOLD Novella Collection, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Four novellas that peek into history in Colonial America.
VIRGINIA COMPANY BRIDE by Gabrielle Meyer. James Fort At Jamestown, Virginia. 1608
The author shows how difficult and dangerous life was at the beginning of the colonization of our country. Anne Burras is the only non-native woman in Jamestown. Hardships and dangers are made real as Anne decides whether to return to England or choose a husband.

EMBERS OF HOPE by Kimberley Woodhouse. Castle Island, Massachusetts. 1673
A small island guards Boston in 1763. The troops are commanded by Captain Christopher Latham. Building a new fort brings stone mason Samuel Howland, his son, Sam and daughter, Esther. She is the only woman among many men and thought to be a curse. Calamities in the past have fed this superstition of women bringing bad luck. Ms. Woodhouse spins a great tale of how all this impacts the garrison on the small island.
Christopher and the Howlands faith in God help them dispel the myth, the senior Howland uses his knowledge of the Bible to mentor some of the men, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.

A TREATY Of TULIPS by Angie Dicken. Fort Burnet, Oswego, New York. 1740
Sweet, romantic story with elements of mystery. Sabine Van Der Berg has grown up among the natives and is fond of them. When Lieutenant Jacob Bennington arrives, he has much to learn to be able to govern and fit in. A story of new beginnings and great, meaningful traditions. Fascinating facts about Dutch settlers.

A PROMISE FOR TOMORROW by Amanda Barratt. Kentucky 1778
A fun look at what Boonesborough Fort might look like during the time Daniel Boone himself was present. Widow Rosina Whiting and Captain Silas Longridge live in perilous times in early frontier Kentucky, encountering dangerous Indians and a ferocious battle. Ms. Barratt captures the atmosphere of hard living and fierce encounters.
This quartet feeds my hunger to know what it was like in our history. One thing stood out to me: Those ladies had so much to do without any of our modern conveniences and proper lighting at night. How did they get it all done!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from one of the authors. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
Love on the Edge of the Unknown
Join four brave women making their mark on history at Colonial forts. Faced with tragedy and distrust they will fight to bring civility, family, and love to the frontier.
Virginia Company Bride by Gabrielle Meyer
James Fort at Jamestown, Virginia, 1608
In September 1608, Anne Burras is the only woman in Jamestown when her mistress dies upon arrival. Laborer John Layton is one of only thirty-eight colonists who survived the first year in the colony. Both want Anne on the supply ship returning to England in three months, but neither foresee the difficulties they will face just to stay alive—or the painful sacrifices they will make to stay together.
Embers of Hope by Kimberley Woodhouse
Castle Island, Massachusetts, 1674
Castle William (which would eventually become Fort Independence)
With Castle William burned to ashes, a stone mason’s daughter is the only woman on an island of soldiers. But superstitions and rumors abound that she is bad luck for the island. The captain finds himself falling in love with her, but disaster seems to strike every time they make headway. Can these two find love and hope in the midst of the ashes?
A Treaty of Tulips by Angie Dicken
Fort Burnet in Upstate New York, 1740
Daughter of a Dutch trader, Sabine Van Der Berg is loyal to their land at the trading post and also to her friends, the native Iroquois. When a British lieutenant arrives to expand the post to a fort, not only is Sabine key in keeping the peace for British-Iroquois trade, but she must protect her heart from a man who threatens the only way of life she’s ever known.
A Promise for Tomorrow by Amanda Barratt
Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky, 1778
Pregnant widow Rosina Whiting seeks shelter at Fort Boonesborough after a harrowing journey. She doesn’t expect her heart to be swayed by enigmatic frontiersman Captain Silas Longridge. But will the dangers that await sever their newfound love?

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