CrossReads Book Spotlight: Blown Together

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Blown Together

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Blown Together

by Janet Ferguson

Blown Together

When love storms in…
Wealth manager Sam Conrad is accustomed to his domineering father ordering him around, especially at the bank where they both work. But when his father demands that Sam manage the inheritance of his bossy ex-fiancée, Sam has finally had enough. He leaves in search of a new life, and attorney Big Roy Bosarge from Mobile, Alabama, agrees to mentor Sam on his quest for direction. Sam didn’t expect to be thrown together with Big Roy’s eccentric and opinionated daughter.

Storm damage forces lonely romance writer Elinor Bosarge and her hairless cat, Mr. Darcy, out of her Fort Morgan Beach cottage. She plans to take refuge in the boathouse on her parents’ estate, but finds the place already occupied by one of her father’s “projects.” She’s shocked her father would allow another young man onto the property after his last mentee robbed her family and broke her heart. And from the moment she meets Sam Conrad, they disagree about everything from her cat to how to best renovate a local nursing home.

Between her mother’s health issues and the hurricane brewing in the Gulf, Elinor feels like her life is being ripped apart. It doesn’t help that she’s falling for the man she’s determined not to trust. Sam finds himself drawn to Elinor, wanting to help her and this new family he’s grown to love. But can he overcome the barrier she’s built to keep him out? When the storm rages and the two of them are blown together, can Elinor find the faith to open her heart again?

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: The French Encounter

CrossReads Book Spotlight: The French Encounter

CrossReads Book Spotlight

The French Encounter

by Jenna Brandt

The French Encounter

Surrender to destiny: a window to the heart opens, when one door closes.

While fleeing from danger and searching for her long-lost brother, Lady Margaret encounters new love. Despite her past, can Lady Margaret discover hope for the future? Deeply passionate and intensely gripping, The French Encounter weighs the struggle between giving in to temptation and sacrificing for refuge.

The French Encounter (Book 2). Ruined by a night she will never forget, Lady Margaret, Countess of Renwick, must flee from England with her infant son to hide from the man who destroyed her life and from the sister-in-law who hates her. Relentlessly, the duke and viscountess hunt for them, planning to take the child to whom they both feel entitled. Margaret turns to God, believing he will protect her family and help her find her long-lost twin brother, Randall. While searching for Randall in France, Margaret is pursued by two enticing men: Pierre, the alluring Vidame of Demoulin, and Michel, the powerful Marquis de Badour. One man promises passion while the other offers security. Will Margaret surrender the chance for love to secure her safety?

Window to the Heart Saga: a recountal of the epic journey of Lady Margaret, a young English noblewoman, who through many trials, obstacles, and tragedies, discovers her own inner strength, the sustaining force of faith in God, and the power of family and friends. In this three-part series, experience new places and cultures as the heroine travels from England to France and completes her adventures in America. The series has compelling themes of love, loss, faith and hope with a exceptionally gratifying conclusion.

Window to the Heart Saga
Book 1: The English Proposal
Book 2: The French Encounter
Book 3: The American Conquest
Releasing in May-June-July 2017

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The Entirety of Me

The Entirety of Me

by Suzanne D. Williams

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Mt 7:1-2 NKJV) 

You don’t know me. All this you see on the outside is the result of what I’ve been through on the inside. The moments I’ve lived that have made me, me. The choices I’ve made, both good and bad, the things I’ve done that have changed me.

You decide my judgment, the right and wrong of my life, without holding my hand in the tough times.

I was frightened. Who consoled me?

I was tempted. Who offered guidance?

Who reads my innermost thoughts? Who knows how my joints are knit together, the aches I have in the morning, the afternoon, the evening? The worries I carry that I should not. The sadness, depression, anger.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps 139:16)

What you see of me is but an nth of who I am and what I’ve done. These words I’ve written are a sprinkling on a much larger page. A book. A Facebook comment. A tweet of less than 140 characters.

In those small spaces is the entirety of me?

No, it doesn’t include the private places, the tears I’ve cried, the arguments I’ve had, the losses I’ve survived, the accomplishments I’ve made. All of me … all of you … is known only to God.

A God of mercy. Not judgment.

We can judge the fruit of a man, but we can rarely judge their motives with accuracy.”  – David Guzik commentary

“Judge every man in the scale of merit;” i.e. let the scale incline towards the side of merit or acquittal.” – Pulpit commentary

To be like Christ, to show the depth of His mercy, when I am hungry, you feed me. When I am destitute, you house me. Instead of walking just one mile, you will walk two. (Mt 25:35-36) 

And if I, in my despair, should offend you on one side, you offer me the other as well. If I require your coat, you offer your shoes. (Mt 5:40-41) 

Only God knows the heart of man, and though my actions or yours or the woman we pass at the grocery store may appear to do wrong, He sees the pathway we took to get there and knows exactly how to mend the broken pieces and make us better the following day. (1Co 2:11) 

In that lies forgiveness and mercy. You judge me for my yesterdays. But God makes today about who I can be tomorrow. And here’s the kicker, forgetting the stumbles I made along the way.

Be like Christ.

Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Mt 25:40) 

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

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Island Refuge

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Island Refuge

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Island Refuge

by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Island Refuge

Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job. Did she make a mistake?

Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her.

Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and owning a B&B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest lesson of all—to forgive. Only then can they heal the past and embrace the future . . . together.

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CrossReads Short Takes: My Blue Havyn & Randy

CrossReads Short Takes: My Blue Havyn & Randy

CrossReads Short Takes

My Blue Havyn

by Lynette Bonner

My Blue Havyn

When Havyn Jessup agreed to join her church’s building trip, she had no idea the man who broke her heart was coming as well. The last thing she wants is to spend time with the now internationally famous actor, Levi Carter. Even if it is in Africa, where he might, if God had any sense of justice, be eaten, one tiny bite at a time, by a pride of hungry lions. Two whole weeks. She’d never survive that long.

Levi is elated to learn that Havyn will be joining the building team. He had planned to look her up just as soon as he got home to tell her what a fool he’d been. But there is no time like the present. And what better place to ensure she would hear him than when she was strapped in at thirty thousand feet above sea level? Two short weeks. Could he convince her he was a changed man in that amount of time?

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Randy

by Sharon Srock

Randy

Her soft side is buried deep…

After surviving a traumatic childhood, Miranda Franklin grew up tough, fast, and convinced of her inability to ever nurture a child. Eli Page is the only man to earn Randy’s trust. For him, she will face her worst fear—spend a day caring for his granddaughter. When the unthinkable happens, Randy realizes she’s the same as her mother was—a monster.

How can he choose…?

Widower Eli Page devoted the last fifteen years of his life to raising his daughter Celeste. Now it’s time for his happiness. His future. But six weeks before his wedding to Randy, Celeste skips town, leaving her one-year-old daughter for Eli to raise. Randy wants no part in raising a child—but how can she expect him to turn away his own granddaughter?

Will their happily-ever-after fall apart?

With their wedding day looming, can Eli track down his runaway daughter? Can Randy discover the truth about herself? Will Randy and Eli find a different future than what they expected—a better one?

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Interruptions in a Life

Interruptions in a Life

by Sherry Chamblee

Today a lady shared her testimony in church. She said she was once at a very low point in her life, trying to commit suicide, when “someone” interrupted her.

A random stranger, someone who was just going about their day, saw her need, interrupted her attempt, and took the time to drive her to a women’s shelter/rehab center.

The woman sharing her testimony seemed to not even know this person’s name, or at least not to have had any personal connection to the person. They were a stranger…and because of that, may never know how this lady’s story turned out.

I wonder if this “someone” prayed for her when she dropped her off at the women’s shelter. I wonder if this “someone” thinks of her still. I wonder if this “someone” knows how much of an impact they made…even though now they’re just a line in someone else’s testimony.

This “someone” saved that girl’s life, but in their perspective, they may have only been giving someone a ride across town. Their interaction would have taken the course of a few minutes, maybe part of an hour or two out of one day. Their actions could have seemed insignificant – perhaps the incident isn’t even something they think about anymore. They interrupted their own life that day, but in the end, perhaps to them it was just a car ride.

But then I got to thinking.

What am I willing to let God interrupt my life for?

Can He interrupt my schedule long enough to give someone else a smile? Long enough to bring someone a meal? Long enough for an invitation to church or to share the gospel with them? Long enough for a ride across town?

One interruption to my schedule may be an annoyance, but probably won’t have a long-lasting impact on my reality. But for that other person, that interruption may be one action in a string of events that leads them to salvation.

Am I willing to be part of that string of events?

Do I let God interrupt me with someone else’s need?

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Women of Valley View Collection

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Women of Valley View Collection

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Women of Valley View Collection

by Sharon Srock

Women of Valley View Collection

This anthology includes Books 4 – 6 in The Women of Valley View series.

SAMANTHA
Orphaned and innocent, Samantha Evans was easy prey for con man Louis Cantrell. He left her broke and pregnant, but she persevered. Four years later, surrounded by a loving family, Samantha’s life seems to be headed in the right direction as she cares for her young daughter, pursues her dream of becoming a child welfare worker, and dreams of marrying Patrick Wheeler, the young law student she ran over in the sonic parking lot. The only thing standing in the way of those plans is Patrick’s refusal to accept Christ in his life, but they’re working on that. At least they were until Louis Cantrell walked back into her life.
A God that made the universe, absolutely. A God that hears and answers prayers, not so much. Patrick Wheeler loves Samantha—and her little girl—but he’s done with Christ. Two Christian fathers dead, a Christian mother who suffered through those heart breaks despite her faith. And as faithful as Samantha is, God is allowing Louis to mess with her life a second time. Driven by love and desperation, Patrick proposes marriage and Samantha refuses. How can she choose a con man over him? Louis is welcome to her.
A tragedy followed by a surprising confrontation with God drives Patrick back to Samantha’s side. Can he reconcile with God before Samantha and Bobbie are lost to him forever?

KATE
She’s sworn off marriage…
Twice widowed, Kate Archer believes she’s better off alone. She’s not sure she could survive the heartache of losing another husband. Instead of romance she pours herself into a project close to her heart: establishing a foundation to meet the needs of military widows—just like the grief-stricken woman she was twenty years ago when her husband was killed by friendly fire.
He’s still running from the past…
Nicolas Black has spent the past twenty years of his life—his entire Air Force career—trying to atone for the mistake that cost his best friend his life. Now he’s a police detective in Garfield, Oklahoma, but the guilt remains. When he learns of Kate’s new business endeavor, he wants to help. But being near the vibrant widow pushes all his buttons and makes him long for the things he’s never allowed himself to have—the home and family his buddy never had a chance to enjoy.
As Kate and Nicolas spend time together, a relationship neither expected quickly blossoms. But both remain oblivious to the tragic intersection that hides in their past…

KARLA
Karla Black had everything she ever wanted until the night tragedy tore her world apart, stealing her husband and her identity in one vicious twist. Twelve months later Karla is a shadow of the woman she used to be, struggling through her grief, living with bankrupt emotions, and resisting any suggestion that God might give her a second chance at love.
Ian McAlister was a helpless bystander as breast cancer took his beloved wife from him one breath at a time. As days of grief turn into months, Ian begins to dwell on the vow she elicited from him before her death. Promise me that you won’t grieve for too long. But how will he know when it’s time?
Two broken hearts, two futures destroyed by death, until a chance meeting in an unexpected place kindles a friendship between Karla and Ian that rockets into a romance neither one anticipated. Can they overcome their grief and the objection of family members to grab onto the surprising future that God has for them?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Testing the Waters & Leaving Carolina

CrossReads Short Takes: Testing the Waters & Leaving Carolina

CrossReads Short Takes

Testing the Waters

by Lesley Ann McDaniel

Testing the Waters

Testing the waters is one thing, but Teresa Reynolds is in serious danger of going overboard.

Feeling down on herself after a breakup with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa arrives in Crescent Cove, Oregon, for a weekend getaway. The trouble is, her ex-boyfriend’s claims that she’s uninteresting and unworthy of love have left her wishing she could be someone else. Then a chance encounter with a cute guy on the beach gives her the opportunity to reinvent herself…

Curt Mason is spending the summer avoiding women and getting over a broken heart. When he meets Térèse from Paris on the beach in Crescent Cove, his vow quickly goes out with the tide. Who is this mysterious woman, and why is he suddenly wracking his brain to remember every bit of French he learned back in high school just to try to impress her?

Being Térèse seems to bring out the best in Teresa, until her little game turns into a French knot of deception. Does she dare let Curt meet the person God made her to be?

Crescent Cove. Where true love comes in waves.

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Leaving Carolina

by Tamara Leigh

Leaving Carolina

THEY SAY YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUT OF THE SOUTH, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SOUTH OUT OF THE GIRL. THIS GIRL BEGS TO DIFFER.

Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina twelve years ago, shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in Los Angeles. She’s even engaged to be engaged to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler.

Now all of Piper’s hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncle’s bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations’ worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwick’s secrets, including Piper’s.

Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obe’s rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is about more than just making restitution? And why, oh why, can’t she stay on task? With God’s help, Piper is about to discover that although good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.

PRAISE FOR LEAVING CAROLINA

“Tamara Leigh always manages to wrap biblical truth in a fun, light-hearted package. Leaving Carolina reminds us that the good stuff may require a little digging. This wonderful romance does not disappoint.” ~ KRISTEN BILLERBECK, author of What a Girl Wants

“Want to be drawn into a story rather than just reading it? Then allow me to suggest Tamara Leigh’s Leaving Carolina as your next ‘gotta have it’ story—because this is more than just a novel. It’s an adventure. It’s entertainment. It’s why you turn off the TV and pick up a really good book!” ~ EVA MARIE EVERSON, author of Things Left Unspoken

“Of all Tamara Leigh’s novels, this one is my favorite so far! Th colorful characters in Pickwick invited me to sit down to Sunday brunch and dig into the biscuits and gravy! A fun novel not to be missed!” ~ CAMY TANG, author of Single Sashimi and Deadly Intent

“Leaving Carolina is the first book in Tamara Leigh’s Southern Discomfort series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one! Leigh’s cast of eccentric down-home characters, her warm-hearted and harried protagonist, and her charming Southern style provide readers with a story this warm, witty, and wise.” ~ MARTA PERRY, author of Twice in a Lifetime

“This is definitely a book I would recommend to my friends. Piper Pickwick is charming!” ~ ERYNN MANGUM, author of Miss Match

“Leaving Carolina is a soul-stirring sip of inspiration. With a Southern twist, Leigh draws us back to core values sweetened with a hint of romance. Good to the last drop!” ~ LOIS RICHER, author of A Ring and a Promise

“Tamara Leigh is a must-read for laugh-out-loud humor and soul-bearing honesty! And Leaving Carolina is classic Tamara Leigh, with quirky Southern characters, feel-good giggles, and many deep truths to ponder. Come spend some delightful hours in Pickwick, North Carolina, and see why Leaving Carolina has a bright spot on my keeper shelf.” ~ AMY WALLACE, author of Enduring Justice, Book 3 in the Defenders of Hope series

“Leaving Carolina was a joy to read It is delightfully funny, heart tugging, and honest. Tamara has a unique voice, a wonderful way with words, and has created a memorable story with great characters. I loved it, and I am looking forward other next book.” ~ PATRICIA H. RUSHFORD, author, speaker, and OCW Summer Conference Director.

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You Don’t Climb Alone

You Don’t Climb Alone

by Rebekah Beene

The Illinois monument at Vicksburg came to mind yesterday morning. There are forty-seven steps in the long stairway, one for each day of the Siege of Vicksburg.

How high and steep they were! I wanted to climb them but fear kept me on the ground. Instead I sent fearless Danny up. Quickly he loved it and the view from the top.
Oh beloved. There comes a time we must all face our own set of steps. We must make the climb and we don’t know how many steps there will be. Others can’t walk it for us.

But you beloved don’t walk it alone. You have enough inner strength today to do whatever is before you by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Within you is great faith and strong resolve. Whatever you are facing you will overcome. This present situation is already a victory for you. Just climb and rejoice all the way!

God loves you and He is for you. Remember that you do nothing in your own flesh but by the Spirit you will scale the heights and see the view from the top. Praise the Lord that you can live in the power of the resurrection life!

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.

Romans 8:37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
CrossReads Book Spotlight: Those Karlsson Boys Series

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Those Karlsson Boys Series

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Those Karlsson Boys Series

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

Those Karlsson Boys

Waiting for Rachel
Damian Karlsson has decided it’s time to settle down and have a family. He has set his sights on Rachel Perkins, but can’t figure out why she won’t even give him a chance. It seems to Damian she feels something for him, but still she resists. Damian is determined to find out why.
Though she is attracted to Damian, Rachel is equally determined to keep her secrets close to her heart. Men she loved have betrayed her in the past, and she isn’t prepared to take that risk again. But when her secrets are forced out in the open, will Rachel discover that forgiveness and trust are worth the risk when it leads to love?
“This was a nice book, & I am looking forward to the next one. The family is one that I really have connected with! This story has quite a few pieces of my life in it! I can’t wait to get to know the Karlsson boys better in the next book! Strong, faith-filled, family men are so sexy!!!!”
“This book was wonderful. The Karlsson boys are truly great men that were raised right!”

Worth the Wait
Home for his brother’s wedding, Alex Karlsson meets a woman who captures his attention and makes him start thinking about the future. As the founder of the Marriage First ministry, Alex has always advocated sexual purity and waiting for marriage. His prayer has been to find a wife who also feels the same way. He feels a connection with Serena Menard and wonders if she might be the one he’s been waiting for all these years.
Serena can’t deny that Alex holds an attraction for her, but she is fairly certain that she is not the wife he been praying for. He doesn’t seem to get her subtle hints that she doesn’t think a relationship between them is a good idea. Finally she decides to give him a chance, hoping that he will see her through God’s eyes and that love will prevail.
Will long held ideals and secrets doom their relationship before it even starts? Or will they able to trust God when all hope seems lost?
“The Karlsson boys are sweet, fun, and cute! This is a great romance novel if that’s what you are looking for, this is your book!”
“You get so absorbed in the reading,as if you are a part of the plot, you just can’t put it down until you finish it.”

The Waiting Heart
A family crisis brings Jace Karlsson back to Minnesota and face to face with the girl he loved and abandoned eight years earlier. When the opportunity arises to help her, he hopes that it will make amends for his actions of the past. But old feelings die hard, and Jace soon realizes he feels more than guilt and remorse.
While the tragic accident left Mari with a broken and scarred body, it was Jace Karlsson’s abrupt departure from her life that left her heart shattered. When he offers to help her realize a dream, Mari accepts but as she deals with the emotions of the past and the present, she wonders if the price is too high.
“As with all of her books, the characters will live in your mind. The theme of this book is guilt and forgiveness. Two topics that speak to the heart of just about everyone. It isn’t preachy at all and done in a very real way”
“If you enjoy contemporary Christian romance then this is a series for you”.

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