Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors


New To Me Authors for 2016

*In No Particular Order

1. Rachel Hauck


2. Kristi Ann Hunter


3. Amber Lynn Perry


4. Jody Hedlund


5. DiAnn Mills


6. Connilyn Cossette


7. Lynette Eason


8. Liz Issacson


9. Sarah Monzon


10. Vanessa Riley





Winning Book Cover is...



Thanks to all who voted. When I say it was close, boy do I mean it was close! The winning cover, Book Cover #3, beat out second place, Cover #1, by a mere 5 votes! Every vote truly did count!

Release Date is January 10, 2017 and I am super excited! Dream has always been one of my favorite characters to write. She's so spunky. To celebrate, I have a very cute prize package coming soon that includes a FREE copy of He Has Her Heart, along with a few other goodies (like Salt-Water Taffy from the Jersey Shore). So, if you haven't already, please subscribe to my blog (Subscribe button is to the right) to get all the scoop as the details become available. I promise I won't bother you often.

I also have some very fun things coming in 2017, that of course, involve my readers and followers. I couldn't, and wouldn't, take this writing journey without you, so I love to include you in my goings-on. I can tell you that there will be a cover model search and some naming of characters, so look out for more details about that.

Be sure to add He Has Her Heart to your Goodreads List.

Once again, thanks for voting!!!


Choose My Next Book Cover


I can't decide which book cover!!! Help!

This January I am releasing my third and final book in the Spring Love Series, He Has Her Heart. Over the past few months, I've looked over all of the covers I created (there were lots) many, many, many times, and these were the three final covers I was super happy with. HOWEVER, I can't decide which one I like most to make the FINAL cover.

So I figured to take a step back and let you all help me out. So, please help me choose a cover! I've waited too long already. Yes, I am resorting to begging. Here are the finalists but BEFORE you decide your favorite, please read the blurb beneath AND consider the two previous covers before casting your vote.


Cover 1

Cover 2

Cover 3

Blurb: Dream Collins has always lived in a world all her own, never afraid to grab it by the horns. In fact, life's been smooth sailing for most of her charmed life. Her only unconquered feat is winning over her future husband, and best friend's brother, Max Davidson, the stubborn man she has pined for since high school.

When life throws her a myriad of life-changing curveballs, can she depend on the God she has loved all her life to sort out the mess and deliver her promised future of love and happiness?

 With his newfound wealth, Max Davidson is ready to leave bachelorhood behind, settle down with a woman he can be proud of, and begin a family. If his father's early death is any indicator, life is too short to waste, and he has not a minute to lose.

Now if he could only re-train his uncooperative heart to release the hold it has on the eccentric Dream Collins, the most unsuitable wife he could imagine, he could focus on building a life and legacy that his father would be proud of. Will God bless his well thought out future?

"I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope". Jeremiah 29:11 (GW)

Previous Covers


Eyes on Him

Hand In His


*Note - Hand In His Cover has since been recolored to match Eyes on Him and He Has Her Heart.

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My Thoughts Thursday: A Royal Christmas Wedding Review




A Royal Christmas Wedding
by Rachel Hauck

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College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?

In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

Review...

This book was a long time coming. Avery is all grown up now.

This was my favorite book in this series by far! In true Rachel Hauck fashion, you got the little bit of divine intervention or "Fairy GodFather stuff" in the plot and loads of fairy tale romance. I like when a love is already established from the beginning of the book and such was the case for Avery and Prince Colin. They have been around since Once Upon A Prince. And although Hauck has done this in How To Catch A Prince, I enjoyed this one more so since, as a reader I was able to read about the seeds on Avery and Prince Colin's love blooming.

I also really loved that it's Christmas. I have never gotten swept up into reading Christmas romance books during the holiday season always fearing it's cliche, but this was so well done. I liked it so much that I seriously want to go to Brighton and walk through Old Town and get some puffs while the carolers are all dressed up caroling. I think I may have to try a Christmas romance or two this season. What do you think? If you have suggestions, please comment!

Anywho....It was a great end to the series (at least I thought it was, but now not so sure). My only complaint is the end of the book seemed rushed a little. HOWEVER, I did receive an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review, so that may have been tweaked in the final version.

Overall Rating - 4.75 Stars. Yes, 4.75 I know, I know. But just humor me!

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Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

My Thoughts Thursday: Shadow of the Storm


Shadow of the Storm
by Connilyn Cossette

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Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

Review...

The second book in new author Connilyn Cossette's Out of Egypt Series, focuses on the freed Hebrews during their first year out of captivity. Remember when the Hebrews had a big old party after Moses climbed the mountain and even created a golden idol to worship? Well Shadow of the Storm delves into that time with such vivid detail that I felt as if I lived within the tents.

Cossette once again takes you into the thick of the times and makes it comes to so alive. She leads the reader into a better understanding of what life may have actually been like for the Hebrews. Although this is a work of fiction, what the characters experience is very plausible and equally awe inspiring.

I truly enjoyed reading Sahira's story. I liked her from book 1 (Counted With The Stars) and was happy she got her journey. There is so much to say about who she is and what she represents as a daughter of God. Even as a biblical character, modern women can truly appreciate her struggles and triumphs. She is definitely one of my favorite fiction heroines.

I am usually all mushy gushy for the hero in romance novels and while I pictured Ayal to be a complete hunk, I found myself teetering between loving him and then not so much and then liking him. Yep, a rollercoaster of emotions. Not a necessarily a bad thing if you don't mind that sort of reading ride.

While I did really enjoy this book and read it within 2 days, there were a few minor things that gave me pause.

1 - There was a certain medical technique used in the book that I remember learning wasn't practiced until thousands of years after this book. Then again, I would never really know and could be way off, but I found it odd nevertheless.

2 - Admittedly I don't know much about the history of the bible and I know that scholars argue this, that and everything in between, but I have always been taught that Moses wrote the Pentateuch as dictated by God. I found it odd that the Hebrews were recounting the story of Adam and Eve before Moses dictated it. Now if I am way off...please feel free to rid me of my ignorance.

One more thing. Sin is woven throughout the book as should be expected. These were turbulent times for not only Hebrews, put other people who fled Pharoah as well. All kinds of idol worship, adultery, thievery and more surely ran rampant in the camp.

Without given anything away, there was an incident that occured that majorly effects the relationship between Sahira and Ayal. I admit that I cringed when I read it. I can pretty much bet that many Christian Fiction readers may wince as well. I'm curious as to how everyone will feel about it. If you have read this book or after you have read it, please stop by and let me know if you were ok with the resolution of this particular plot point or if you found it wanting.

All in all, I really did enjoy this book and think its a wonderful follow-up to Cossette's debut and look forward to book three! I give it 4.5 stars because I am still unsure.


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

Review: Love's Faithful Pomise



Love's Faithful Promise
by Susan Anne Mason

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When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O'Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but when Deirdre approaches him about helping her mother, she finds him challenging and surly. Deirdre has had enough of complicated men in her life. After her fiancé left her, she vowed never to give a man that kind of power again.

Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. He won't abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when Phoebe suffers a health scare, they're offered respite at the Irish Meadows farm, where his daughter's weakened lungs can recover--but only if he cares for Mrs. O'Leary.

Matthew intends to hate Irish Meadows, yet he immediately feels at home, and soon both Mrs. O'Leary and Phoebe are showing improvement. But since he has no intention of leaving his life up north forever, and Deirdre has sworn off marriage in favor of her career, how will they deal with the undeniable attraction between them?


What I Loved...

While many other writers water their writing down by stretching out storylines, author Susan Anne Mason loves to pack in as much story as she can get into a single novel. I love that we get both a main and minor storyline that wrap up by novels end. So this series ended up with seven loves stories in a three novel series. LOVE it! (Each novel with two storylines and a very minor storyline of the parents woven throughout the entire series)

The minor storyline of Connor and Jo in this novel ended up being my favorite of all. I really would have loved had this been a main plot.

What I Liked...

As much as I loved Connor and Jo's story, I really enjoyed the main story with Deirdre and Matthew. It did take a a bit longer than I like to get warmed up but once it did, I was all in and ended up staying up past bedtime to finish it.

POSSIBLE SPOILER....
I was so pleasantly surprised that Mason didn't take the road most traveled in resolving Deirdre's dilemma regarding her future. I am so used to characters gettung it all at the end. It is nice reading a more realistic ending that is still plenty happy!
END SPOILER...

I always like to see what previous characters are up to and Mason gives us plenty of that with the O'Leary Family. It always makes you feel like part of the family.

Other...

This is my favorite covers of the series. I pictured Deirdre this way.

This is a standalone novel. In fact, I read A Worthy Heart (Book 2) just six months ago and did forget a little of who was who before it all rushed back, but even before then, I didn't have trouble keeping up. However, I always suggest reading the others in the series to get more enjoyment out of it.

I am sad to see the end of the series, but I look forward to Mason's new work.


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.


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Review: Just A Kiss


Just A Kiss
by Denise Hunter

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Watching the love of his life falling for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.

But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Paige is a nurturer at heart and happy to take care of her best buddy. By all appearances he’s adjusting miraculously well to his disability. But as the days pass, Paige begins to see that the smiles and laughter are just a mask for the pain he’s hiding. He has nightmares and mood swings, and his unwavering independence keeps him from accepting help from anyone, including her. To make matters worse, her job is in serious jeopardy. The animal shelter that she’s poured her heart into has lost its funding, and she has three months to come up the money needed to save it.

As the weeks wear on with the two in such close proximity, Paige’s feelings for Riley begin to shift into unchartered territory. Why is she suddenly noticing his corded arm muscles and the way his lips curl at the corners? Will she be able to deny her feelings for another Callahan brother? And will Riley let his heart heal so he can let Paige in?

Review...

Just A Kiss is the fourth and final installment in Denise Hunter's Summer Harbor Series. I didn't read the first two books, although I wish I would have, but did read book three, The Wishing Season. The novel is a stand alone novel but characters and storielines from the previous books are intertwined into this book.

If you enjoy lots of angst in your romance novels, than this is right up your alley! I could literally feel the tension between characters Paige and Riley. Lots of emotion (not just attraction) pent up behind a wall that was ready to explode. That always makes for a reader invested and wanting to turn a page. And I was. Denise did not disappoint.

This was my first book with an amputee. I was pleased how Denise conveyed the depth of such a tragedy but it didn't weight down the rest of the book. A good blend of heavy and light reading.

My one issue: I was a little irritated that the communication level between Paige and Riley at times seemed a bit immature. It wasn't a real big deal just a bit of a nuisance.

Overall, I really enjoyed Just A Kiss by Denise Hunter and I do suggest you pick it up. Be sure to pick up and read the others in the series first.


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

Review: Without Warning

Without Warning
by Lynette Eason

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Intensity. Skill. Tenacity. The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

What I Loved...

I am a big fan of kick-butt women and heroines! Like, Wonder Woman in the recent blockbuster Batman Vs SuperMan Movie was the star in my opinion. Although Superman is nice to look at.

I love reading about the Elite Guardians. Katie was a fun heroine to read. Gun toting, intelligent, ready, willing and able to do what she needs to in a "man's world" yet still womanly and human.

Eason made Katie's character real and flawed yet strong and determined making me want to root for her all the more.

What I Liked...

I don't often read suspense novels because I need more angst and swoon worthy bits of romance in my novels, but the angst from the suspense helped curb my craving a little. It was a maze of a story providing the reader lots of options for the villain's identity. It can definitely keep one guessing.

Other...

The cover is kick-butt just like the heroine.

I did guess pretty early on "Who Dunnit" which was a little disappointing. But I still think it's worth the read and I loook forward to reading more in the Elite Guardian series.


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Revell Book Publishers. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for for my review.


Hand In His $0.99 Sale


The man intended for Nicole De León will come along when she is good and ready and not a minute sooner, no matter how desperately the older women of her church try to find her a match. She simply does not have the time to date with Nursing courses, her best friend's wedding, work and volunteering at church. If and when she finds the time to find love, it will be with a man in love with Jesus and most certainly not the flirty best man that makes her heart do funny things. 

Drew Wells is adamant that falling in love is a waste of time, as is organized religion. As long as he has a say, neither are in his future and the closest he will ever get to either is being the best man at his cousin's wedding and spending a week with the bible thumping bridal party. The beautiful brunette bridesmaid is fun to flirt with but she will most certainly not make him want to think about settling down or worse, become a holy-roller. Can either stop their hearts from betraying their minds?


"The life of every living creature and the spirit in every human body 
are in his hands." Job 12:10 GWT

On SALE for $0.99 until August 27th!

Review: A Heart Most Certain

A Heart Most Certain
by Melissa Jagears

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While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.

Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.


What I Loved...

Nicholas Lowe, oh how I love thee. Not because he's rich, heaven forbid, or because he is so handsome, but because of his deep seeded love for the Lord and ministry. His genuine desire to help those who were deemed soiled and his ability to see through "Christians," spoke to my heart.

Although this is a historical romance, much of the behaviors of the Christians then still apply today. I applaud Jagears for taking a road less often traveled in CF and not just writing about a typical villain whose greed or violence is what makes him the antagonist but about Christians that accept what is popular as appropriate or turn a blind eye in order to save their reputation or not get too involved.

But Jagears didn't stop there, she touched on the church body as a whole, from the Pastor and his wife on down and how we can get caught up in Pharisaical living and don't even recognize it.

I know this sounds like it is a preachy book, but what makes this such a gread read, is that it ABSOLUTLEY ISN'T. It's just great story telling. Jagears simply told a story that convicts or inspires, depending on the reader.

What I Liked...

Usually, I'll add the romance, comedy and swoon worthy in the "What I Love..." section and while I did love the beautiful romance between Lydia and Nicholas, it took a backseat to the message of the book, so I downgraded the romance a little. But let me be clear, the chemistry between Lydia and Nicholas lit up page after page and I found myself missing the other whenever they weren't written together. Crazy, I know. Lydia and Nicholas are in my Top 10 favorite couples in CF. They are that great together. I hope they make an appearance in book 2 of the Teaville Moral Society Series.

Other...

The cover is nice, although I wish I could have seen Lydia's clear blue eyes, that are so often mentioned.


Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley. The opinion of this book, is my own and I was not paid or compensated for my review.

Waiting On Wednesday: Keep Holding On




Keep Holding On
by Melissa Tagg
Releases 9/27/16

Beckett Walker hasn't stepped foot in Maple Valley in years. There's no getting past the painful memories, and there's every chance he'll be arrested as soon as he shows his face. Which is exactly what happens when he finally returns. Suddenly his dream of adventure as a military lawyer comes skidding to a halt.

Horticulturist Kit Danby has spent too much time missing home and her childhood best friend--Beckett Walker. Now she might have a shot at reclaiming both. After years of living abroad, she returns to run her family's apple orchard. She has one season to turn a profit and impress the father she barely knows. But she can't do it alone.

It should be simple: Beckett needs community service hours. Kit needs a helping hand. But there's more at stake than either of them planned. With a tangled past and futures that look nothing alike, they'll have to find a way to weather the storms of the present . . . or risk losing everything.

Reading, Writing and the Pursuit of Godliness

When I think about how much I love to read, I can't help but think of high school and how I skimmed through about half of my English Class required reading, Jane Eyre. Did you just cringe? No worries, I have redeemed myself since then, many times over. In fact, I love reading so much, it carried over into a love of writing.

There's nothing like bringing to life plots with characters that bring to life what I pictured in my head. I love to inspire readers to laugh, cry and love. Actually inspiring any emotion is pretty fantastic. I once had a reader tell me that she wanted to slap a heroine for being so dumb.

Writing hasn't always been easy but its a passion that I can't ignore. Its a ministry for me. Weaving God's love into each story makes it all worth it!

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the world. I'd love to hear from you, so be sure to drop me a note, even if its to tell me you want to throttle a character.

Blessings,
Cynthia