Thursday, January 26, 2023

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER ~

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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'A FAMILY FOR THE RANCHER'  --
AUTHOR M.K. STELMACK  
 
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A Family For The Rancher JustRead Blog + Review Blitz 

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About the Book

A Family for the Rancher Title:   A Family for the Rancher 
Series:   A Ranch to Call Home #1 
Author:   M. K. Stelmack 
Publisher:   Harlequin Heartwarming 
Release Date:   January 24, 2023 
Genre:   Clean Contemporary Romance 

Can the prodigal cowboy… 

Teach her to hope again? 

Horse trainer Mateo Pavlic wants to buy back his family’s ranch. But Haley Jansson isn’t interested in selling…or forgiving his twelve-year absence. Mateo has loved Haley since they were kids, and he feels a deep connection with her sweet son, Jonah. Soon, Mateo wants to be all in with Haley and her adorable baby. But can he convince her to risk her land, her child and her heart? 

From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.
 
EXCERPT:

She giggled. “Are you giving your mom ’tude already?”

“I wonder where he’d get that from? ”Mateo said. He thought he’d spoken softly, but the baby gave a startle reflex, his tiny hands splaying out. Mateo didn’t think. He held his finger out, and the baby grabbed on. A feeling of power and peace and absolute terror spread through him.

He could only imagine what Haley was experiencing. Her eyes were on him, and she smiled quietly.“Pretty cool, eh?”
 
He cleared his throat. “Yeah.”

He wiggled his finger as if in a handshake. “Hello there. My name is Mateo. What’s yours?”

There was a slight hesitation from Haley, and then she said, “Mateo, I’d like you to meet my son, Jonah Knut Jansson.”

Mateo looked at her in surprise.“ But that’s—”

“Your middle name. I know. I’ve always liked that name—and it’s not as if you’re the only one who has it, you know. I’m not naming him after you, just so we’re clear on that.”

They hadn’t seen each other in twelve years before today, so he believed her. Still. He thumbed baby Jonah’s brand-new soft hand. Still.

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About the Author

M. K. Stelmack

M. K. Stelmack writes historical and contemporary romance. She is the author of Heartwarming's A True North Hero series, the third of which, Coming Home to You was made into a movie called Love by Accident. She has also written 'The Montgomerys of Spirit Lake' series. A Family for the Rancher marks the first in her new series, A Ranch to Call Home. She lives in Alberta, Canada, close to a town that the fictional Spirit Lake of her stories is patterned after.

Connect with M. K. by visiting mkstelmack.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

~ AMISH FICTION FEATURE THE AMISH BACHELOR'S BRIDE ~

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 ~ AMISH FICTION FEATURE ~

--  'THE AMISH BACHELOR'S BRIDE'  --

AUTHOR PATRICIA DESMOND WRIGHT
 
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The Amish Bachelor's Bride JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

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About the Book

 

The Amish Bachelor's Bride TitleThe Amish Bachelor's Bride 
Author:  Pamela Desmond Wright 
Publisher:  Love Inspired 
Release Date:  January 24, 2023 
Genre:  Christian, Contemporary Romance, Amish Fiction

Marrying in name only…

Could lead to more than they expected 

Single mother Lavinia Simmons’s world is turned upside down when she discovers her late husband gambled away their home. A quick marriage of convenience to bachelor Noem Witzel in return for caring for his niece and nephew is the solution both Lavinia and Noem need. Neither of them is looking for romance. But what if these perfect strangers have other ideas?

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EXCERPT:

Lifting the blinds of the kitchen window, Lavinia Simmons gazed over the fenced-in yard. A glance told her the day was going to be dim. A brisk wind flicked at the trees. The threat of a storm hung in the air.

She searched for a bit of cheer.April showers bring May flowers.

Looking outside, she couldn’t help but think of her ehmann. The first stirrings of spring used to be Josiah’s favorite time of the year. He’d worked hard to landscape the acreage surrounding the home he’d built with his own hands. The whitewashed house nestled amid lovingly planted gardens, where a variety of plants grew in lush abundance. After a long, frosty winter, the eager buds were beginning to raise their sleepy heads. Soon, they would burst into an array of colorful blossoms.

Spring was a renewal, a resurrection. Not only of the spirit but also of hope. Just as the Heavenly Father promised.

But this year Josiah wouldn’t celebrate the coming of the new season. His eyes were forever closed, and his soul rested in the hands of the Lord. The accident that had almost taken his young nephew’s life had taken Josiah’s instead. Though the youngie was warned to stay away from the frozen pond, Eli had wandered onto the ice. Weak and not yet frozen solid, the fragile surface had given way, plunging the kinder into freezing water. Chopping wood nearby, Josiah heard Eli’s cries and rushed to help. He’d gotten the boiout safely, but not before taking on a chill. Rushed to the hospital, he’d died a few hours later of respiratory system failure brought on by hypothermia. His death was sudden and unexpected.

Vision blurring, she pressed a hand to her mouth to stifle a sob. Josiah had passed last November, just before the holidays. Healthy and in the prime of life, he should have had a bright future.

But Gott had other plans.

“Lavinia?” Her bruder’s voice interrupted her thoughts. “Did you hear a word I’ve said?”

Swiping at her eyes, Lavinia turned away from the window. “Forgive me. My mind wandered. Give me a minute and I’ll have some tea ready.”

Peering over the rim of his glasses, Abram Mueller offered a smile. “Take your time. I’m still going over the paperwork that will close the mortgage and get everything out of Josiah’s name.”

“I’m sorry you’re having to help me.” Flipping on the tap, Lavinia filled a kettle with water before setting it on the stove. After adding loose tea leaves to a metal ball, she dropped it inside to steep. Stomach going tight, her hands shook. “I’m still shocked to find out he mortgaged our home without my knowledge.”

Setting out her best china, she filled two delicate cups with the tarry brew. The scent of bergamot tickled her nostrils as steam rose. A hot cup of Earl Grey would be just the thing to set her right. Having added a pitcher of fresh cream and a bowl of sugar to a tray, she carried everything to the table.

Expression serious, Abram scribbled a few figures. “The property should have been in both of your names. Then he couldn’t have gambled away the roof over your head.”

Lavinia sat, smoothing her hands across her lap. “I wish it was all a bad dream.” After his death, she’d discovered Josiah had kept a lot of secrets. Her perfect ehmann was a deeply flawed man.

Abram shook his head. “There would have come a point when he had to tell you he couldn’t make the payments anymore.”

She blinked. Barely five months had gone by since Josiah died. In that brief time, her life had fallen completely apart.

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About the Author

Pamela Desmond Wright

 

Pamela Desmond Wright grew up in a small, dusty Texas town. Like the Amish, Pamela is a fan of the simple life. Her childhood includes memories of the olden days; old-fashioned oil lamps, cooking over an authentic wood-burning stove and making popcorn over a crackling fire at her grandparents' cabin. The cabin was later donated to The Muleshoe Heritage Center in Muleshoe Texas where it can be viewed by the public.

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

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(1) winner will receive a Kindle Fire 7!

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

BONITA CREEK SERIES FEATURE

 
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Bonita Creek JustRead Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for the Bonita Creek series by June McCrary Jacobs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

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About the Books:

 

Robin's Reward TitleRobin's Reward 
SeriesBonita Creek #1 
Author:  June McCrary Jacobs 
Publisher:  Independently Published 
Release Date:  May, 2021 (re-release) 
Genre:  Contemporary Christian Romance

Is a relationship which began with both parties harboring secrets destined to survive?

Welcome to friendly Bonita Creek, a small town in the Coastal Mountains of the Mendocino Coast of California . . . 

Bonita Creek’s librarian, Robin Bennett, is heartbroken after being abandoned by her husband, Thomas. Mysterious Jeff Clarke arrives in town unexpectedly and touches Robin’s life with his wit and warmth. Without warning, Jeff’s harsh words and abrasive actions scare her off, and Robin’s hope of finding true, long-lasting love withers again. 

Can the couple move past their troubles and the obstacles in their path to find love and happiness together? Jeff and Robin must use their faith and their newly-forged bond with each other to remain strong and true. Will it be enough for them to embrace a life of love, trials, and blessings . . . together? 

'Robin's Reward,' Book One in the Bonita Creek Series, is a contemporary Christian romance story which is completely clean in language and content.
 
   
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Jorie's Journey Title:   Jorie's Journey 
SeriesBonita Creek #2 
Author:  June McCrary Jacobs 
Publisher:  Independently Published 
Release Date:  May, 2022 
Genre:  Christian Western Contemporary Romance 
  
After an idyllic life scarred by a traumatic event, is Jorie Woodstone ready to move forward to share her life's journey with a man who loves her unconditionally? 

Welcome back to friendly Bonita Creek, a small town in the Coastal Mountains of the Mendocino Coast of California . . . 

Jorie Woodstone is the owner and operator of the wildly successful Cowgirl Bakery in Old Town Bonita Creek. She appears to have it all. She is musically gifted and belongs to a warm, loving, supportive family; but she's built a brick fortress around her heart after being traumatized by an acquaintance in an unforgettable event three years earlier. 

Join this talented, spirited cowgirl as she journeys on through life's joys and sorrows with faith, strength, courage, and love on the road to true happiness. 

'Jorie's Journey,' Book Two in the Bonita Creek Series, is a contemporary Christian Western romance story which is completely clean in language and content.
 
LINK TO READ EXCERPTS FROM 'JORIE'S JOURNEY' 

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Christmas in Bonita Creek TitleChristmas in Bonita Creek 
Series:   Bonita Creek #3 
Author: June McCrary Jacobs 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: December, 2022 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance with Military Elements

After seeing more than two years of combat in the Korean War, will the homecoming of two men from Bonita Creek be filled with the joy and romance they are yearning for or will it bring them even more heartache?

It's late summer, 1952, in friendly Bonita Creek, a small town in the Coastal Mountains of the Mendocino Coast of California . . . 

Estelle Vincent is missing her older brother, Sam, and her fiancΓ©, John Chaplin, who are far away fighting for the US Army in the Korean War. They've been gone for more than two long years, and she is feeling out of sorts. 

When she has a frank discussion with her mother, Estelle realizes that she is not the only one who has been moody and bored with her uneventful life. Her mother's words inspire Estelle and catapult her into action organizing a community holiday project for the children and teens whose parents work for Mountainside Ranch outside of town. 

As the story deepens, Estelle learns that several people close to her are harboring secrets—including her mother, her brother, and her best friend. She learns to be flexible and understanding as she looks outside of her own life and examines the impact of unforeseen events on those closest to her heart. 

Join this intelligent, strong-willed hometown young woman as she navigates the obstacles and challenges of life with hope, perseverance, faith, courage, and love on her road to a brighter future filled with dreams come true. 

'Christmas in Bonita Creek,' Book Three in the Bonita Creek Series, is a historical Christian holiday military romance story which is completely clean in language and content.
 

EXCERPT FROM 'CHRISTMAS IN BONITA CREEK':

Estelle was so preoccupied with thoughts of ideas for their project that she nearly forgot to stop by the mailbox on her way up the driveway. She parked her bike and held her breath as she opened the mailbox flap. She swept her hand through the opening until she finally touched gold—a thick envelope that was stuffed into the dark corner of the back of the box.

She closed her eyes and prayed it was from Sam or John. "Sam or John, Sam or John. Please let it be from my brother or my fiancΓ©," she spoke quietly. When she was holding the envelope in front of her she opened her eyes. "It's from Sam. Yay!"

Her joy quickly faded as she noticed the handwriting on the envelope was not the familiar slanted lettering of her brother's left-handed scrawl. She knew sometimes when soldiers were critically wounded or killed in combat that someone else would mail their personal effects home, including letters the soldier may have dictated for loved ones to receive upon their death.

Her wariness grew when she noticed the envelope was addressed to 'Miss Estelle Vincent.' Usually when Sam wrote to the family he addressed it to 'The Vincent Family' or 'The George Vincent Family.' Estelle hoped there wasn't bad news inside that she would be expected to share with her parents. To avoid any unnecessary drama this evening, she would wait to open the letter until she was alone.

Estelle tucked the envelope into her dress pocket and parked her bike in the garage before walking into the kitchen for a snack. She headed down the hall to her mother's sewing room to greet her and find out how she was doing.

"Hello, Mother."

Her mother looked up from her sewing with a puzzled look on her face. "Estelle, why are you home so early? Are you feeling ill?"

"I worked my shift until 4:30, and then met with Gloria at the library for over half an hour. It's close to 5:30 now."

Rosalie Vincent gasped. "I must have lost track of time working on these pleats for the new skirt I'm making for you. I guess I got lost in my thoughts and prayers about Sam and John."

© June McCrary Jacobs, 2022

LINK TO READ MORE EXCERPTS FROM 'CHRISTMAS IN BONITA CREEK'

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About the Author:

June McCrary Jacobs

 
June McCrary Jacobs's debut novella, 'A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom', was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing's 2013 Holiday Tale Contest. 'Robin's Reward', a Christian contemporary romance, is set in the Mendocino coastal region of California. It is Book One in the 'Bonita Creek Series' and was originally released in 2015; the second edition of the book was released in July, 2022. The second book in the series, 'Jorie's Journey', was released in late May of 2022. The third book in the series a Christian historical romance, 'Christmas in Bonita Creek', was released in December, 2022. 'Romance By Proxy' is a later-in-life clean, wholesome romance set in Humboldt County on the Northern Coast of San Francisco which was released in August, 2021. June's Christian historical romance short story, 'Handmade Hearts', was inspired by the true story of how June's aunt and uncle met in New Orleans during World War II and was released in December, 2018. June's debut middle-grade novel, 'RES-Q Tyler Stop', a historical novel set in Sonoma County, California, in 1968, was released in the spring of 2019. In early 2022 she published two short story collections for children entitled, 'Carter's Cookies & More Family Stories for Children' and 'Banjo & More Pet Stories for Children'. As a retired elementary school teacher and literacy mentor, June finds writing for children to be a rewarding and challenging experience. 

The author's original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred and seventy books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade plus. In 2019, June began publishing her sewing designs in sewing pattern e-books. She currently has over two dozen pattern books for home dΓ©cor, children's stuffed toys, gifts, and other handmade items for sale in the Kindle Store.

When June is not writing, reading, blogging, designing, or sewing, she enjoys gardening, cooking, walking in local parks and on nature trails, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

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(1) winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift card + Bonita Creek Series e-books!

Bonita Creek JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 18, 2023, and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 25, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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