Romance Book Blast: Footprints on Her Heart and Fake Identity at Stake

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate this week after Valentine’s Day and my love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with behind the story tidbits straight from the authors!

Footprints on Her Heart by Tabitha Bouldin

He’s saving the world, one animal at a time.

Trent Raines’ opinion, happily ever after has four paws and doggy breath. He spends his days isolated at the shelter, taking care of animals. Especially now that romance seems to be spreading across the islands faster than fleas in summer.

 She lives a safe life behind the camera lens.

Kara Parker’s job at the animal shelter keeps her too busy to worry about romance. Sure, the boss is cute and all, but her introverted nature is perfectly happy as a photographer and website designer, thank you very much.

 Even a quick trip to the mainland to retrieve a truckful of animals won’t change their minds.

 Or so they think.

 As Trent comes to understand Kara, he discovers there’s more than meets the eye in his quiet employee. Together, they plan a Christmas adoption festival that’s certain to empty the animal shelter in record time. Until a blast from Trent’s past puts all the animals in danger.

Sure, Trent and Kara are fine on their own, but they’re even better together.

What will it take for these soulmates conquer their fears and rescue the animals before it’s too late?


What inspired you to write in the romance genre?

The romance genre has always been a big draw for me in reading. I love the happily ever afters (even the cheesy ones) and I enjoy seeing a couple grow throughout the story. When I started writing, I knew I had to do romance. I’m not sure I could write a book and not have at least a romantic subplot. It’s simply too ingrained in me to have that thread going. It’s what I love to read and love even more to write. 

About the Author

Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

Fake Identity at Stake: Small Town Christian Romcom Book 1 by Lisa Renee

Jake Mardell’s quiet life is thrown into a flurry when the new neighbor’s Great Dane kills his late grandmother’s prize chickens. He’s outraged that the woman can’t control her yapping dog. And to think he was going to welcome her into the neighborhood.

Under a witness protection program, Kaitlyn Hughes (alias Charlotte), is shocked upon first meeting a furious Jake, on her porch in his boxer shorts returning her dog. He doesn’t accept her apology, so she calls him a Christian hypocrite and slams the door in his face.

To make matters worse, the next day Jake slashed an incorrect delivery on his porch, which cut through a wedding dress. Kaitlyn accuses him of revenge. The useless dress only reminded her of an ex-boyfriend, who had introduced her to church but fell away from his faith. She hadn’t returned to a church since the break-up.

Kaitlyn’s judgment on Jake’s character had stung him. He is determined to make it up to his neighbor and show her Christians can be trusted. He comes up with a plan despite the risk of being pricked by the cactus-flower.


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What inspired you to write this story?

I wanted to write a fun, entertaining story, which also touched on the deep faith questions Christians ask themselves or God when life doesn’t turn out how they expected, or when fellow Christians have failed them. Stories can entertain but also transform us and challenge our thinking. There weren’t many Christian romcoms out there, so I decided to fill that gap.

About the Author

Lisa Ren’ee is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Omega Writers, Australia.

Lisa adores babies enough to have seven of her own. Recently, Lisa has taken up breeding Ragdoll cats instead of breeding humans.

The tribe lives in Australia, where Lisa and her husband enjoy their writing projects and publishing. Find out more about Lisa at

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Romance Book Blast: Chasing Charlotte and Sweet Summer

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate this week after Valentine’s Day and my love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with behind the story tidbits straight from the authors!

Chasing Charlotte by Michelle S. Lowe

About the book:

Busy with her flourishing catering business, Aimee Damont’s world is put on hold when she’s T-boned by three wayward criminals, and as a result, her beloved dog is missing. Recuperating from her injuries, help comes in the form of an all-business sheriff’s deputy, and her single employee who’s harboring a deep secret. This Valentine’s Day, Aimee finds searching for her dog, Charlotte, leads to a few unexpected blessings, along with finding her heart.


What inspired this story?

Just when you think you’ve had the best dog in the world, another one comes along to steal your heart. This statement rings true for me as I remember the first dog my husband and I had together, an especially smart American foxhound named Charlotte.

I love to cook for my family, and Italian food is my favorite. In CHASING CHARLOTTE, I combined my love for trying new recipes, and my precious memories of Charlotte, to write a book about a girl and her fervent search for her beloved dog; a search which ultimately leads her to the business partner she needed, and the love of a lifetime.

About the Author

Michelle Smith Lowe lives in Asheboro, North Carolina with her husband of twenty one years, Brian, and their son, Jake. She is the proud owner of a very spoiled bluetick hound dog. Michelle enjoys her job as a Registered Nurse and writing Christian fiction. Her hobbies include searching for Native American arrowheads on her property and cooking for her family.

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Sweet Summer by Christina Sinisi

About the Book

What inspired this story?

Sweet Summer is the second book in the Summer Creek series. The first book, Christmas Confusion, was written in only three and a half weeks. Back on June 4, 2019, I saw a call for Christmas novellas by Anaiah Press, due at the end of the month. Rushed, I looked around and saw a young member of my church, Tiffany, who deserved a good love story. So, I created a romance for her–and ended up with a fictional heroine only a little like her and only really sharing her straight blonde hair.

The fictional Tiffany had two younger sisters, one of whom showed up at the end of the book and stood at a distance from the others. When my mentor Eloisa James read Christmas Confusion, she said, “Now I want to hear the other sisters’ stories.” Another friend asked, “What’s up with Shelby running away from her family?” I had to tell her story. Then, I thought about this reckless woman afraid of death and constantly flirting with danger. What hero would be the perfect foil for her? Ah, a nerd that seems, at least at first, scared of his shadow. So, then we have a romance of two opposites who attract and end up needing each other, and God, more than they even knew.

About the author

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and the American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include The Christmas Confusion, Christmas on Ocracoke, and Sweet Summer. By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the LowCountry of South Carolina with her husband, two children and her crazy cat Chessie Mae.

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Romance Book Blast: To Belong Together and Dial E for Endearment

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate this week after Valentine’s Day and my love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with behind the story tidbits straight from the authors!

Today I am featuring two books I’ve had the honor of reading early before release and I am stoked for these upcoming and new releases. Keep an eye out for book reviews for these 2 coming soon!

To Belong Together: Rhythms in Romance book 2 by Emily Conrad

Fame and money have a way of complicating love.

Drummer John Kennedy can keep a beat, but he can’t hold a conversation, so he relies on actions to show he cares. Unfortunately, when he’s instantly intrigued by a spunky female mechanic, he can’t seem to convey the sincerity of his intentions. And the rejections don’t stop there. His own sister is pushing him away just when he could help her most.

Erin Hirsh’s life would be easier if God hadn’t given her a love for cars. Only her father understood her, and she’s losing him to dementia. Her brief romances have always backfired worse than a mistuned engine, and she refuses to give John the chance to wreck her heart. A rock star with a supermodel ex can’t possibly see anything in her.

At least that’s what she thinks until they find common ground in faith and their worsening family situations leave them each longing for a place to belong. Could God intend for this pair of opposites to belong together?



About the Author

Emily Conrad writes contemporary Christian romance that explores life’s relevant questions. Though she likes to think some of her characters are pretty great, the ultimate hero of her stories (including the one she’s living) is Jesus. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their energetic coonhound rescue. Learn more about her and her books at

Dial E for Endearment by Heidi Gray McGill

50% of all proceeds of sales during the month of February will be donated to the Metrolina Association for the Blind 

As Blowing Rock, NC’s JOY Radio talk show host, Everly has discovered fulfillment, but she hasn’t found love, at least not for her—not even from her mother.

Everly Johnson is every man’s dream of the perfect date, even though her audience has never met her. As host for the EnJOYing God’s Best program on JOY Radio in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, she receives countless gifts of flowers and candy from her listeners, some callers being more ardent than others. Everly has no interest in such offerings and promptly bestows the bounty on her mother’s assisted living facility. Everly wants words–heartfelt, meaningful endearments meant for her ears only. She wants a man who will open her eyes to everything she cannot see to make her feel like she’s more than just a voice behind the microphone.

Cameron Boyd is every woman’s dream of the perfect man. He’s intelligent, has a strong work ethic and career, lives on his own, and is downright adorable. But being an introvert can make eye contact with a pretty girl a challenge, let alone saying something coherent–unless it is the one-way conversation he has each Friday with Everly Johnson. Date night for Cam involves sitting alone on his back porch overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains while he dreams of things to say if he were ever to meet her face-to-face.

A chance meeting changes everything.

Will Cam be able to step out of his comfort zone and into the world he has only been able to envision in his mind? Will Everly trust this stranger with her life as well as her heart?

Tune into JOY Radio to find out!

50% of all proceeds for sales during the month of February will be donated to the Metrolina Association for the Blind 


About the Author

Whether Historical or Contemporary, you will find Heidi’s works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love.

Heidi is an optimist who chooses to find the silver lining in life’s clouds of doubt. She lives with her husband of thirty years near Charlotte, NC. When she isn’t writing, you will find her outside playing with her two grandsons, walking, scrapbooking, reading, cooking, traveling, or finding an excuse to have an outing with a girlfriend.

Find out more about Heidi on her Website

Romance Book Blast: The Orphan Beach and Sprinkled with Sabotage

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate this week after Valentine’s Day and my love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with behind the story tidbits straight from the authors!

The Orphan Beach: Flight of Freedom book 3 by Laura Thomas

Life is spiraling out of control for pediatric nurse, Juliet Farr. Heart-broken, grief-stricken, and experiencing a crisis of faith—now she is the prime target for a crazed killer. When her ex-boyfriend, detective Max Bennett, returns to work the case in the Oregon Coast, he knows sharing the truth behind their break-up will destroy any possibility of a second chance together.

A manuscript, a maniac, and a mother’s love propel Juliet’s flight to a beach in Mexico as she desperately pursues hope and healing. Will she ever find freedom from the ache of abandonment? And when a troubled soul chooses Juliet as his perfect victim, can Max prove his love for her by risking his own life? Or will Orphan Beach be the end of their story?


What inspired you to write this story?

Some of the inspiration for this Christian romantic suspense story grew from my memories of Mexico missions trips I experienced years ago. Specific settings, moments, and individuals were imprinted on my heart—especially one particular baby boy, who ended up as a fictional character in The Orphan Beach. I also longed to share Juliet’s story—to see how this feisty nurse would react to devastation and danger in her own life and to explore her faith and her relationship with Max. I finish the book with this Bible verse which spoke to Juliet in her deep loneliness and points to the hope and freedom found in Christ:

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11

I would love everyone to take away this beautiful truth after reading the story of The Orphan Beach.

About the Author

A published Christian author, Laura writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul and is a hope*writers certified writing coach. She has three Christian romantic suspense novels published as well as a Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, middle-grade novel, several anthology books, devotionals, articles, and stories in magazines and online.

Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, British Columbia, as audacious empty-nesters.

Laura’s website includes a full bio, book details, blog, and coaching:


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Sprinkled with Sabotage: Love and Danger in St. Claire book 3 by Allison Pearl

Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.

Small-town auto mechanic, Koby Knightly, is looking forward to seeing a car show in the city. But when an unexpected call from his old girlfriend disconnects suddenly, he rushes to her aid. Throwing his plans out the window, Koby makes it his mission to protect her and discover the identity of the person trying to frame her. Will he also be able to figure out what went wrong between them back in high school or will a killer get to her first?


About the Author

Christian Suspense author of the ‘Love and Danger in St. Claire’ series, Allison is a country girl at heart, who has lived just about everywhere. Her nose is constantly stuck in a book (unless she’s working on one of her own).


Romance Book Blast: Writing Home and Her Hometown Dream

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate this week after Valentine’s Day and my love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with behind the story tidbits straight from the authors!

Writing Home by Amy R. Anguish

/Christiana Jones dreamed her whole life of living in Huntsville, Alabama, so she can’t figure out why it doesn’t feel like home. Her relationships—on social media and in real life—seem shallow and empty. When she unearths a stack of her grandparents’ letters, it spurs an idea. Could she find something deeper with a penpal? Jordan White is taken aback when his cousin Tina suggests he become penpals with her childhood best friend. What could a Louisiana boy have in common with a girl two states away? After all, he’s happily settled on his family’s property and working the job he always wanted. But every letter they exchange has him wishing for more. As they grow closer through their written words, the miles between them seem to grow wider. Can love cross the distance and bring them home?


What inspired this story?

The best place to learn romance is from others who have discovered it before. My grandparents were married for over 66 years before they were separated by death, and were one of the best examples I had of what I wanted in my own marriage. After my grandfather’s death, my grandmother stayed close to him through letters he’d written her years before. And the letters were what inspired me to explore the idea of a long-distance romance in Writing Home. Christiana finds letters written between her own grandparents and decides she wants something more like what they had than what she can find in the fast-paced social media world of relationships. Her friend Tina introduces her to cousin Jordan, and they get to know each other through letters, though they live two states apart. And the romance that creeps in, well, gives them more to think about, too. Including a misunderstanding over Valentine’s Day roses. It might not be a typical romance, but I’d like to think Christiana and Jordan’s romance does credit to the real-life one it was inspired by.

About the Author

Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.

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Her Hometown Dream by Rachelle Paige Campbell

Amy Parker returns to her hometown for a two-week visit before moving on to take a job she really doesn’t want. But when the historic mansion that sparked her passion for history hits the market, she thinks she’s finally found a way to stay for good. With the help and support of family and friends, Amy sets out to make her lifelong dreams come true.

The tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Jake Grant’s best friend is fast approaching, and all he wants to do is create a charity to honor him. Too bad Jake has no idea what he’s doing. To make matters worse, the woman he holds responsible for his friend’s death is back in town, and she doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

Jake and Amy need each other’s help, so they forge a professional relationship to get what they both want—Amy has the skills necessary to complete the charity paperwork, and Jake can approach the mansion’s owner on her behalf. Professionalism quickly morphs into something more, though, and old feelings resurface. As they grow closer, a shocking revelation forces Jake and Amy to make sense of the past if they have any hope of a future together.


What inspires you to write in the romance genre?

I am a firm believer in the transformative power of love. While the romance between the hero and heroine is front and center in my novels, I also show platonic love, familial love, and God’s love. Giving and receiving love (in any of those categories) isn’t always easy, but it is empowering and life-affirming. 

What inspired this story?

In Her Hometown Dream, a character passed away a decade earlier but his loss is still deeply felt by the community and the hero struggles to accept it. When I was in college, my high-school aged neighbor passed away in a car accident. Trying to make sense of a tragedy by blaming others is a trait of human nature. But the family I know in real life never did. Exploring forgiveness became the backbone of my novel.

About the Author

Rachelle Paige Campbell writes contemporary romance novels filled with heart and hope. She believes love and laughter can change lives and every story needs a happily ever after.





Romance Book Blast: High Country Dilemma and When Hearts Collide

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate this week after Valentine’s Day and my love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with behind the story tidbits straight from the authors !

High Country Dilemma by Dena Netherton

Fallon Hart has landed her dream job–directing the annual melodrama, Miss May’s Dilemma. But when Fallon arrives in Pine Ridge, Colorado, she finds her new apartment in flames. To make matters worse, her manager wants her to sing an impossible solo. Her family wants her to give up the theater and join the family jewelry business. And her selfish, controlling ex-fiancé wants her back. The biggest dilemma of all, though, is trying to make everyone happy.

Handsome firefighter, Lucas O’Farrell, is searching for his soul-mate, a lady who’ll share his love of the mountains, small-town living, and kids. He knows exactly what he doesn’t want: a sophisticated city girl like Fallon. But when they are cast as sweethearts in the melodrama, the attraction is hard to deny. Before he realizes it, he’s falling for her–hard–and it’s possible she’s starting to love him, too. But is love worth the risk if the she’s planning to return to Denver at the end of the season?


What inspired this story?

My husband and I used to drive up to the Colorado high country to tour the old towns that existed at least since the gold and silver rushes of the 1870s. In many of those towns, the 19th century citizens built opera houses to attract some of the finest American and European singers of the day.

On one of our auto tours, a story sprang into my mind about bringing the gold rush times into the present. How about contemporary actors and singers rehearsing a modern-day Melodrama about the gold rush people? Before long, I had come up with the main character, Fallon—the pretty modern-day director, and handsome firefighter, Lucas, who stars in the Melodrama. Lucas is ready to settle down. He’s looking for the perfect country gal for a wife, but he sure doesn’t think city girl, Fallon, is a good candidate. And Fallon can’t wait to finish her job directing the Melodrama so she can hightail it back to Denver. Neither Lucas nor Fallon has any idea that God loves romance, and He’s about to turn their lives upside down. If you like sweet romance with a hint of adventure, you’ll love High Country Dilemma!

About the Author

Dena Netherton is the author of seven published novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and President of Northwest Christian Writers Association. Educated as a musician and a teacher, she caught the writing bug twenty years ago and has never looked back. Her Anaiah Press romance novel, High Country Dilemma, continues to attract romance readers. All her books are available on and you can find more about Dena and her books on her website:

Dena and her husband live near Cheyenne, Wyoming where they enjoy serving at church, hosting happy parties, and planting trees.

When Hearts Collide by Sara Beth Williams

One unforgivable secret could destroy their future 

A reckless mistake landed Jacob “Jay” Mathews behind bars, but it was his inescapable guilt that led him to God. Upon his release, with the help of a spiritual mentor and friend, he strives to move forward with his life. Determined to graduate college, get a job, and follow God’s word, the last thing Jay needs or wants is a girlfriend. Until he meets Lacey Bennett. 

When fervent prayers for reconciliation between her divorced parents go unanswered, and her older sister tragically dies, Lacey questions how God could allow such tragedies to befall her family. Turning her back on her past and God, she focuses on her future. College and theater are her ultimate goals; falling for the one type of guy she swore to avoid–a Christian–is not. No matter how much she wants to resist, Jay is irresistible. 

As their relationship deepens, Jay struggles with Lacey’s unresolved anger and her unwillingness to even discuss faith. All he wants to do is reveal how God changed his life, but doing so would mean revealing his status as an ex convict. Finally, as she begins to rekindle her faith, past secrets collide, threatening to destroy everything they’ve built. Now, Jay must rely on his faith more than he ever has before. Can they learn to forgive–or is their relationship fractured beyond repair?


What Inspired this story?

I believe in writing stories with authentic characters who endure and overcome difficult circumstances to find both romance and stronger faith. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in 5tth grade. As I began reading adult romance in college, I began to realize that we as Christians have a much different view on romance, and I wanted to showcase that in my contemporary romance series by weaving authentic love stories with Christian values. That is what inspired me to begin writing this series.

As for When Hearts Collide specifically? This story was inspired by another YA story i read as a young adult in high school. But When Hearts Collide morphed into a story so much greater and more powerful, going far beyond the YA book I read – When Hearts Collide is a story of romance, yes, but it also takes you on a journey of discovering God’s mercy, forgiveness, and redemption.

About the Author

Sara Beth Williams is a contemporary Christian romance author, an ACFW member, wife, mother of two daughters, and dog mom of a lovable, old-lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix. She lives in Northern California and also works as a freelance publicist. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys playing guitar, reading, and spending time with her family.

Romance Book Blast: Warrior’s Heart and Northern Deception

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or as my daughter’s teacher calls it, Friendship Day!

I love reading, and I love reading romance novels even more. To celebrate the love of reading, every day this week, I’ve put together some great romance book recs for you all, along with a little behind the story tidbit on each!

Warrior’s Heart: The Frontier Hearts Saga book 3 by Colleen Hall

About the Book

Della Hunter is struggling to adjust to her new life as a widow and be a single parent to her young son. Her world is further complicated when the man she almost married seven years before rides back into her life.

Wild Wind, her late husband’s half-brother, is a Cheyenne chieftain and a Dog Soldier of fearsome reputation. He no longer fights the soldiers, but he can’t tolerate a life on the reservation, so he makes the dangerous trek into the white man’s world. He comes to the Slash L looking for work. As he takes his brother’s place training horses on the Slash L ranch, he must navigate two cultures and make his way in a society hostile to the tribes. During the years they were separated, his love for Della never wavered. While she grieves for Shane, he determines to woo and win her. Can he bridge the gap between his two worlds, and can he find it in his heart to love Della’s God as she does?


What inspired you to write this story?

Warrior’s Heart is the book that I didn’t plan to write. Book #3 in my Frontier Hearts Saga was supposed to feature another character, but as I tried to develop a story around this person, nothing happened. While I was struggling to develop the story, Wild Wind (a character readers meet in Wounded Heart, Book #2) was in my head demanding that I tell his story. He wouldn’t let me go. 

Finally, I scrapped the initial story idea and gave in to Wild Wind. Once I let him have his way, a story line began to develop. I created a love interest for him named Rose. However, Rose wouldn’t come to life. I couldn’t get her off the paper, and Wild Wind refused to love her. Wild Wind had already met and fallen in love with a woman in Book #2, and he now refused to love anyone else. This created a problem, since between Books 2 and 3, the woman Wild Wind loved had married another man. Wild Wind is such a strong character that he wouldn’t budge on loving anyone else, and I couldn’t make him love another woman. 

So, for Book #3, I had to make his love interest a widow and free her to love Wild Wind, which meant that I had to rework parts of the plot. Once I gave in to Wild Wind on this final point, the story came together and flew off the page. I guess I could say that Wild Wind really wrote Warrior’s Heart! His steadfast love for the heroine despite their being separated for years showed his commitment to the love of his heart.

About the author

I’m a displaced New Englander who came South to attend college, where I met and married a Southerner. I never returned to the North to live. I now reside in the Upstate of South Carolina with my husband and family, one horse, and two very spoiled cats. I love riding my horse, hiking with my husband, reading, and watching a good movie.



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Northern Deception: Heroes of the Tundra book 1 by Laurie Wood

Reunions can be deadly.

After a savage attack in university, Kira Summers fled to the safety of northern Canada and her work as a polar bear scientist. But when her whistleblower brother dies in a mysterious car crash, she must return home to bury him and pack his belongings. Unaware she’s carrying explosive evidence someone’s willing to kill for, she has no choice but to rely on the one person she never thought she’d see again.

Lukas Tanner, a widowed single father of a special needs toddler, moved to Churchill five years ago. As the proud owner of Guiding Star Enterprises, a wilderness tour company, he and his daughter lead a simple life. But when Kira comes crashing back into his world, he realizes God has other plans. Now, Lukas and Kira must confront a merciless killer as their past and present collide in a deadly race—a race they must win if they have any hope of a future together.


About the Author

I write stories about real people who find themselves at a crossroads in their messy lives and still find love, joy, redemption, and second chances. Stories of courageous women and the strong men who love them.

Victory over Anxiety: Book Review & Giveaway

Victory over Anxiety

About the Book

Book: Victory Over Anxiety

Author: Dr. Andrea Ganahl

Genre: Self-Help

Release date: June 17, 2021

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Victory over Anxiety: Take your Anxious Thoughts Captive provides a realistic blend of relaxation exercises and clinically proven cognitive techniques to help reduce anxiety. Victory over Anxiety also integrates information on nutrition, exercise, and restful sleep, as it pertains to mental health.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Dr. Andrea Ganahl is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety. She teaches classes on how to reduce anxiety at churches, women’s groups, and college campuses. Andrea is the author of Victory over Anxiety: Take your Anxious Thoughts Captive and has written articles for Focus on the Family Magazines.

My Thoughts

I cannot recommend this book enough. Now I finally have a book that I can give to friends, that I know will be truly useful to them. Because many of these techniques have already been so useful to me. I just never knew how to explain any of them to others. The author of Victory over Anxiety explains everything so simply and easily. She does not push the mantra of “Just pray your anxiety away” at all, which I greatly appreciated. Reducing your anxiety takes work. It’s you fighting a battle to reclaim your mind, using sound psychological and cognitive therapies.

I wish I’d known about this book back in 2018 when I began suffering mild general anxiety after my family suffered four tragedies in one year. But as I read through this book, I realized I’ve been doing a lot of these cognitive behavioral therapies and techniques already.

The biggest technique I want to emphasize, and what has helped me immensely, is the ability to take your thoughts captive and replace them with correct thinking. This is so incredibly vital and it is something I learned how to do simply by living out my walk with God for the last 20 years.

It is imperative, and if you haven’t made this a practice in your life, you should. In everything you do. It takes practice. It is not always easy. But when my mind is running away and spiraling in fear and I’m starting to feel anxious, I capture those thoughts and reframe them and replace them with God’s truths. I either replace them with realistic thoughts that are not based in fear or I begin quoting bible verses to myself. Dr. Andrea actually goes into detail of how to go about this process.

I have mild anxiety, which I want to emphasize, because if you suffer from severe anxiety, this process is much more difficult. That’s not to say it can’t be done.

The second most helpful advice I can give you is to practice self-awareness. Know your body. Know your triggers. Know your thought patterns. Knowing your body truly helps. I could write a whole post about this, but moving on…

Victory over Anxiety has a multitude of other therapies and exercises, including relaxation and meditation exercises, all of which can help you learn how to reduce your anxiety. These exercises and cognitive behavioral therapies are straight forward, and easy to understand, and can be utilized by Christians and non Christians alike. She does weave in scripture and biblical references and spiritual habits frequently which I appreciated.. It is a lot of information, but it is easy to understand.

This is a book I plan to share with friends. Thanks so much to Celebrate Lit, and to the author, for allowing me to read an advanced copy.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

More from Dr. Andrea

I wrote Victory over Anxiety: Take your Anxious Thoughts Captive, as a path to my own healing. I have struggled with anxiety much of my life. As I researched the most effective techniques to combat my anxiety, and found how beneficial they were, I decided to write this book to help others learn practical tools, so they may also experience victory over anxiety. All the exercises I share are research based and filtered through a biblical perspective.

Not only will you learn everyday exercises to reduce your anxiety, but you will also begin to understand how and why your anxieties developed and how to rid yourself of those anxieties at their core. In addition, you can apply these principles to any emotional struggles, not just anxiety.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 2

Texas Book-aholic, February 3

Life, love, writing, February 3

An Author’s Take, February 4

Inklings and notions, February 5

deb’s Book Review, February 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 7

Mary Hake, February 7

For Him and My Family, February 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 9

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 11 (Spotlight)

Cats in the Cradle Blog, February 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 13

Splashes of Joy, February 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 15


To celebrate her tour, Andrea is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Top reads of 2022

I love keeping track of what I read so I can revisit all the best reads of the last 12 months.

Here is my list of my favorite reads of 2022.

This was such a beautiful historical romance and my first read from Candace West. Also this is definitely one of my favorite covers of 2022. You can read my book review here.

Footprints on her Heart weaves together the journey of two beautiful characters who don’t think they deserve each other, nor do they think they deserve God’s love. I appreciated the strong spiritual themes woven throughout with the perfect blend of romance and tension. I love Tabitha’s voice and Trent is one of my favorite heroes of her yet. Here’s my book review.

Emily Conrad has done it again. Such a beautiful, romantic and heartwarming story. As a musician and lover of romance novels myself, this book checked every box I could have ever wanted in a contemporary inspirational romance novel. Here’s my full book review.

I’ve read 5 of 7 in this series. Jacob was my least favorite of the brothers. I’d also gone into this story thinking I would strongly dislike Kate. But the beauty of a great author is how well they turn your perceptions on your head. One of my favorites of the 5 I’ve read. Here’s my review.

I was stoked to pick up yet another book by J’nell Ciesielski. This author does not disappoint.

Everything about this story was fabulous. The fascinating characters, the historical backdrop and multiple settings we visit, and the writing. I’d go so far as to say her writing style is timeless. Read the full review here.

Such beautiful prose flows from vibrant and happy to dark and depressive and them back again. It’s that spark of light that keeps you reading, that beauty of sunlight at the end of a dark forest.

What a wonderful book. I’ve got the first in the series on my TBR hoping to read that soon. Here’s my review.

I devoured this book. What a page turner! Even after you take a few chapters to breathe following the car accident and subsequent trauma and ramifications, the suspense steadily builds until you’re back on the edge of your seat.

This series has been so fun. I’m on the next one now and loving this author. The pacing is perfectly timed. Here’s my book review for Missing in the Desert.

Press Release

New contemporary romance Anchor My Heart, highlights grief and anxiety from Christian worldview

Anchor My Heart is a timely romance that reminds us of where we must anchor our hope.

SACRAMENTO, Calif, March 16, 2021 — In her brand new, moving contemporary romance, Anchor My Heart, Sara Beth Williams adeptly depicts the heartbreaking journey toward hope and healing for Matt Lawson. In the aftermath of tragedy, Matt Lawson grapples with debilitating anxiety. The blessings he’d taken for granted—a dream job, a woman he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with, and his God-given musical talent—have all crumbled at his feet. In the ensuing months of grief, he isolates himself in order to conceal his anxiety attacks. Tara Pierce pursues him regardless. Unexpected attraction flares as Tara reaches into the sea of Matt’s grief and helps ground him in reality. But Matt’s not ready to give himself away again.

Fans of Janet W. Ferguson, Elizabeth Maddrey and Kari Trumbo will enjoy this Contemporary Christian romance that delves into honest depictions of mental health and the journey toward finding healing, peace and hope.

“In Anchor My Heart, Sara Beth Williams goes beyond two characters finding a second chance at love, by tackling difficult subjects like friendship, grief, and debilitating anxiety with sensitivity as we walk through troubled waters with these lovable characters.” Contemporary Christian Romance author, Melony Teague, Author of A Promise to Keep.

“Bring your tissues! Anchor My Heart faces honestly the painful and individualistic processes of grief. Williams’ vivid descriptions of the psychological and physical consequences of grief are moving and realistic. [Williams] highlights the importance of community in bringing healing through the lived experience of walking through grief together. The characters in Anchor My Heart are multidimensional and believable. A must read!” Multi-genre, Award winning author Donna E. Lane, Ph.D.

“Humans are fallible and imperfect. My goal as I began writing toward publication was to write stories about authentic characters experiencing real life issues from a Christian worldview. I think it’s important to acknowledge that we as humans don’t have it altogether.” American Christian Fiction Writers interview with Sara Beth Williams.

Anchor My Heart released March 16, 2021 and is available on along with Williams’ previous contemporary romances including her 2020 Selah Award finalist A Worthy Heart. You can find more Anchor My Heart endorsements, highlights, and an author biography at

Book cover:

Anaiah Press LLC | ISBN 13 978-1954189058 | $19.99 | March, 16, 2021 | 322 pages

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