Friday, May 26, 2017

Carve Me a Melody by Rachelle Christensen

Rachelle Christensen has a new novel out!

She is one of my favorite authors, and I adored her Whitney Finalist for 2016, The Soldier's Bride. Now she has released the next book in that series titled Carve Me a Melody. This book continues Leland's story from The Soldier's Bride.

From the award-winning author of the bestselling novel The Soldier’s Bride read the story of a carpenter who gave a music box to a young polio victim, but held the magic of the melody inside his heart.

He hesitated only half a second before lowering his head. There was something there, behind his eyes, in his soul. Something that seemed familiar to Sophie. She didn’t know Leland, but she recognized that haunted look in his eyes. He had lost someone. He had weathered the storm and still manned his ship, sailing forward through life.

Book blurb:

World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship. 
Leland wishes he was worthy of the beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.

Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.

When Sophie discovers a message inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together. The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood surrounding his heart.

Carve Me a Melody is available on all digital platforms, here's a universal link:

It's also available in a special edition hardcover here.

I have a special launch giveaway too! You can enter to win one of three ebook copies of the first book in the series, The Soldier's Bride. Check out the rafflecopter giveaway below, but first, here's more about Carve Me a Melody.

About the Author

Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection & Whitney Award Finalist), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, Proposals and Poison, Hawaiian Masquerade, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: An Unseen Angel by Alissa Parker

I ended up much busier than I thought I would be when I signed up to participate in this blog tour, so I asked a friend of mine to guest post and review this book.

Book Description:

When Alissa Parker lost her daughter Emilie in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, she started a life-changing journey to answer soul-searching questions about faith, hope, and healing. As she sought for the peace and comfort that could help mend her broken heart, she learned, step by step, how to open her heart to God's Grace and will.

One step brought her face to face with the shooter's father, where in a pivotal and poignant meeting, she was given an opportunity to forgive. Another step brought her into the sheltering compassion of her community as family, friends, and even strangers reached out to buoy her up with their shared faith. And several miraculous manifestations of Emilie's continued presence and influence lifted her heart and will validate the faith of every Christian.

The story of Alissa and Emilie reminds us that the bonds of love continue beyond this life and that despite tragedy and heartache, we can find strength in our family and our faith.

Tina's Review:

An Unseen Angel by Alissa Parker delves into the Sandy Hook shooting in which she lost her daughter. She addresses the tragedy head on but in a sensitive way in which the reader sees the hope and light in her experiences with others, and how her daughter made an impact in others’ lives before and after the tragedy. The reader is left feeling positive and hopeful despite the horrific experience that occurred.  It was written to draw attention to the good while still acknowledging the ugliness of what occurred on that day. This book reverently looks at the sorrow of losing a loved one and slowly leads the reader out of that grief into the knowledge that God is intimately aware of us and our needs.  

An Unseen Angel

by Alissa Parker

is available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Are You a Fan of Beauty & the Beast?

My New Release: Beauty & the Billionaire Beast

Book Description:

Landscape architect Emma Treager is searching for answers to a family mystery. She stumbles across an important clue at the run-down Indio Pointe Plantation where mystery floats through the air like the ghosts of the former owners. She can’t pass up the job that property owner Theo Lambert offers like an enchanted rose, despite his reputation of being a beast of a boss. As the two of them delve into the secrets of the past, Theo and Emma discover that finding clues is almost as much fun as finding each other.

This contemporary retelling of Beauty & the Beast with a touch of Romeo & Juliet is the next sweet romance in the Destination Billionaire series.

My Thoughts:

I had so much fun writing this book!

When I first started writing the book, I hadn't planned on making it a Beauty & the Beast retelling, but somehow it ended up that way. The fact that it coincided with the release of Disney's live version was a happy coincidence. In fact, I already had it written before I watched the movie the first time, but I did add a few more details before sending the manuscript off to the editor after watching the movie a second time. Fun fact, the main character's name (that I could never quite get just right and changed about a dozen times) became Emma after Emma Watson.

Beauty & the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies with the strong character of Belle, the music, the enchantment. Once things started to fall into line for my story, I just couldn't help myself--but I hope you find some fun twists on the story as you read mine.

Then there is the setting. Although my family and I had lived in Texas for more than a decade and a half, I'd never been to Louisiana. So for Spring Break one year, my husband and I convinced our high schooler to accompany us to New Orleans and the surrounding area. I knew I was going as book research (everything is a research opportunity!), but it was way more than that. It was enchanting and beautiful. Each of us chose an activity for us to do together, and we ended up with a fabulous trip--ghost tours, food, plantations, and more. If you're curious about my fictional Indigo Pointe Plantation, the Evergreen Plantation was the basis for my plantation, though I changed some details and made it my own to suit my purposes for this book and the next Romance Renovations novel, which will also take place on the plantation.

This is also the first of my books with a hint of mystery and magic in it. I plan to continue that on as well (okay, mostly the magic since the mystery is solved in this book).

Anyway, if you like Beauty & the Beast, Romeo & Juliet, Louisiana plantations, historical restorations, landscaping, garden gnomes, or sweet romance, I hope you love this book! Happy reading!

Beauty & the Billionaire Beast

by Maria Hoagland

is available in ebook. Paperback coming soon.