Archives for May 2017

CrossReads Short Takes: Along Came a Prince & Unseen

CrossReads Short Takes: Along Came a Prince & Unseen

CrossReads Short Takes

Along Came a Prince

by Carol Moncado

Along Came a Prince

The Monarchies of Belles Montagnes
Book 2: Montevaro

Richard Antonio David Nicklaus is Montevaro’s spare – and he likes it that way. He prefers traipsing through mountains and rafting down rivers to board rooms and state dinners. After one more trip through the Ozark Mountains, he’ll have to head home and help his sister prepare for her wedding and coronation, taking over more official duties because of their father’s ailing health.

Trail guide Ellie Brewer is sick of rich, pretty boys, but she’s assigned one on her last trip before heading to Montevaro to spend time with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Charlie, before he marries a princess. She admits Rick does okay – until he fails to follow instructions and she ends up injured miles from where they’re supposed to be.

After Rick takes her on a once-in-a-lifetime trip on their way to Europe, Ellie spends her recovery in Montevaro. When Rick takes off for weeks at a time, and is seen dancing with other women, Ellie wonders if she really meant anything to him. Ellie finds herself drawn to another man, but knows he can’t compare to the one she misses. Rick wants to be with Ellie but official duties have him flying around the world and concern for his distant cousin – Queen Christiana of Ravenzario – preoccupies him when he’s home. Somehow, he’ll have to convince Ellie not to regret the day Along Came a Prince.

(Series previously title The Montevaro Monarchy)

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Unseen

by John Michael Hileman

Unseen

Life for Jake Paris is stable and ordinary–until a mysterious old woman pays him a visit and he begins to have encounters with unruly children everywhere he goes—children only he can see.

When Jake’s estranged sister, Holly, finds herself the target of a national serial killer who has chosen her son as his next victim, Jake begins to wonder if there is a connection. Could these children be the ghosts of the killer’s victims?

As the kidnapper’s plan unfolds, Jake uncovers a startling secret about the unseen children that will change his life forever–and Holly discovers just how far she is willing to go to save her son. Unseen is a riveting story of rescue, restoration, and romance that will leave you thinking long after the last page has been turned.

“Prepare to have your core shaken, heart squished, and emotions rocked.”
~Amazon Reviewer

“Suspenseful, thrilling, and thoroughly engrossing to the very end!”
~Amazon Reviewer

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Do You Feel Squeezed Out By Circumstances Beyond Your Control?  There is hope!  One minute Devotional

Do You Feel Squeezed Out By Circumstances Beyond Your Control? There is hope! One minute Devotional

by Lisa Prysock

Psalm 31:7-8, KJV  

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy:  for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Are you hungry to be doing something for the Lord or serving Him in some sort of capacity than your present circumstance?  When we are tempted to give up, hang on more tightly!  It is often darkest just before the dawn!  We can turn to our Savior and pour out our heart to Him.  He hears our prayers.

Psalm 34:18, KJV 

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I have often run to my Savior in my brokenness and as Hezekiah did, spread it out before the Lord in prayer.  Sometimes all I could do was just let the tears stream down my face because I could not find the words, but I knew that my heavenly Father saw every circumstance and knew the load of the burden I was under.

Not only did He lighten my burden, He stepped in and began to move things around for me in my life.  At first I could not see what He was doing.  If I had looked at my external circumstances, I would have given up.  Instead, He helped me to look to Him.  I just had to trust Him that He was working behind the scenes on my behalf.

During this time and whenever I feel times of trial or testing, I continue to pray, read the Word, rest in Him, wait on Him, and offer my praises up to Him.  I often have felt His sweet and reassuring presence with me in a greater way during the most difficult trials of my life.  These have been moments in our relationship that I deeply cherish and will never forget.

After a little time had passed, I was pleasantly surprised that the Lord had changed my circumstances almost entirely.  When I looked around and took inventory of my new situation, I realized that He had put me in a new place, gave me new ideas, and the strength and knowledge to implement them.  I knew that in my own strength I would never have been able to get my feet where He had placed them or open the doors that He had opened for me.  The Lord is mighty and delights in rescuing His children.

2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Author Biography:  

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

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CrossReads Spotlight Feature: Yesterday

CrossReads Spotlight Feature: Yesterday

CrossReads Spotlight Feature

Yesterday

by Amanda Tru

Yesterday

From Book 1: Her yesterday was five years ago. What will her tomorrow bring?

When HANNAH KRAEGER saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.

Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from DR. SETH MCALLISTER, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.

YESTERDAY is a thrilling Christian Romantic Suspense filled with unexpected twists, mystery, and romance.

YESTERDAY is Book One in the YESTERDAY SERIES.
Also AVAILABLE, Book Two: THE LOCKET

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CrossReads Short Takes: All the Way to Heaven & The Deepest Waters

CrossReads Short Takes: All the Way to Heaven & The Deepest Waters

CrossReads Short Takes

All the Way to Heaven

by Becky Doughty

All the Way to Heaven

Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely of hands, and sometimes getting lost is the surest way to be found…

With strains of the beloved New York Times bestselling Under a Tuscan Sun playing in the background, readers will journey through an enchanted Italian countryside in this delightful romance about love lost…and then found.

After learning shocking news about the man she’s been planning her future around, Anica Tomlin cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early – a trip to Tuscany. But from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.

When a bicycle accident lands Ani in the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family’s country villa perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it’s been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.

Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as she begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily ever after…unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.

All the Way to Heaven is the first book in THE FALLOUT SERIES, a collection of wholesome contemporary romance novels for readers of all ages.

For fans of Coming-of-age Romance, Wholesome College Romance, and Vacation Romance.

Themes/Topics
*Clean coming-of-age romance
*Multicultural romance
*Contemporary romance
*Clean college romance
*International romance
*Italian romance
*Holiday romance
*Second-chance romance
*Inspirational romance
*Romantic suspense
*Olive groves, wealthy bachelor, family life, vacation, broken heart, coming of age, student and professor romance, international student life, ESL, and more.

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The Deepest Waters

by Dan Walsh

The Deepest Waters

What began as a fairytale honeymoon in 1857 for John and Laura Foster aboard the steamship SS Vandervere becomes a nightmare when a hurricane causes their ship to sink into the murky depths of the Atlantic. Laura finds herself with the other women and children aboard a sailing ship while John and a hundred other men drift on the open sea on anything they could grab as the Vandervere went down. Suspecting her John is gone but still daring to hope for a miracle, Laura must face the possibility of life alone–and meeting her new in-laws without their son if she ever reaches New York.

Readers will be holding their breath as they sail through this emotional and honest story of hope, faith, and love in the face of uncertainty. Talented author Dan Walsh skillfully tells an epic story through an intimate focus on two lost lovers. Inspired by real events, this moving novel will capture the hearts of all who dive into its pages.

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Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

by Suzanne D. Williams

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20) 

I picked up the weight of the world and carried it on my shoulders. Depression. Anxiety. Confusion. Deceit. Everything done to man and done by man has become part of me. I am bitter, unhappy, unkind.

I saw sin and ran after it, giving into temptations painted gaudy colors, juggling them alongside a revised version of morality. Righteousness is adaptable. What was wrong, isn’t. What wasn’t acceptable, is.

Let’s change the rules to gild the new pro forma. Everything fits if you cram yourself into it far enough. You need only close your eyes and ignore any unusual discomfort. It’ll disappear after a while.

Might as well enjoy ourselves while a silent God reclines on His throne, twiddling His thumbs.

Except everything I’ve gained is a mirage, and this freedom I’ve embraced smells a lot like death. Looks a lot like prison bars. A tiny cell. A putrid rat hole with a bucket for a latrine and grave clothes to wrap myself in.

By kicking at the walls around me, I’ve broken my spirit. By closing my eyes, I’ve rolled in the filth of condemnation. But it felt good. But it looked good. But they said I could. But they called it “love”.

But God is deaf and dumb and stupid.

My fist raised, I shake it at the sky, unable to see further than the ceiling. “God, if you’re out there, why didn’t you stop me, pull me back, rein me in?”

I want an answer, a clash, a thunderclap. Lightning and wind carrying the voice of the Almighty. I feel justified in my accusations.

But instead, the door opens and the guards lead me out. Dead man walking.

Bloodied pride, injured feelings, every guilt and immorality I’ve renamed is open for display, and there in front of me, at the end of the path, stands my execution.

This is the end. I blew it. I am regretful. I look up, my throat tight, prepared to accept my fate.

I startle. This cross has been used already. Someone died here and bled out on the ground beneath my feet. Worse, He carried the weight of my actions on His shoulders.

Repentant. Weakened through willful starvation, I fall, face forward, in the muck. I have that Man’s blood on me now, in my eyes, my ears. It’s coating my hands.

My airways close. My heartbeat stops. I lie inert, unmoving.

Yet, there falls a gentle rain, washing my failures away. A heavenly wind blows, filling my lungs again. My eyes open to a golden future, a new beginning.

I died. But I live. As a new man. My hand in His, the Savior who died for me, my feet guided by His loving Words onto a prosperous path toward a celestial tomorrow.

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She Loves Me in the Summer

Kaidence Grimes grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth, but not a whole lot of love. She received more affection from her nannies than either of her parents and seems to be in their lives only to make the perfect match with some other high-end family. She’s their way to climb further up the social scale.

Walton Barrow left his former fiancé at the altar and hasn’t been able to live down the image since. Though she’s happily married now, the stigma of him as unable to commit still lingers. When Kaidence approaches him in Las Vegas, offering instant marriage, though he knows she’s running a scam, he also sees a way out of his issues. Instant wife. No ceremony. Perfect.

Yet the more they learn about each other, about marriage and responsibility, the heavier the weight of their actions become. And the greater the secret growing between them. A secret that will either bring them together in wedded bliss or put them back where they started – looking like fools.

About the Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://www.feelgoodromance.com.