Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Interlude & Claire at Edisto by Lin Stepp

Take your Pick blog & review tour

Welcome to the Blog & Review Tour, plus Giveaway,

for two books by Lin Stepp – The Interlude and Claire at Edisto,

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

With Spring Break upon us, author Lin Stepp wants to know: Where do you love to go on vacation – the mountains or the sea? Don’t worry – she’s got a book for you, no matter what you decide! Both books release on April 2, 2019, so pack your virtual bags and head to the destination of your choice. And the beauty of travel-by-novel is… you can easily visit both!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: Claire at Edisto
Series: Edisto Trilogy #1
Author: Lin Stepp
Publisher: Mountain Hill Press
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2019

Set against the alluring backdrop of coastal South Carolina, CLAIRE AT EDISTO takes the reader on a sweet and gentle journey showing that love and new beginnings can often bloom from the deepest sorrows.

Standing in grief and shock at the grave of her young husband, Claire Avery wonders what she and her young daughters will do now. They live in the church parsonage they need to vacate. She hasn’t worked since her marriage twelve years ago. Old issues and complications hinder relationships with her family. Struggling for answers, Claire accepts her brother-in-law’s offer to stay at his beach house at Edisto to give her a season to heal and think. But even the peace and beauty of the coastal island bring new problems along with unexpected joys as Claire seeks to find her way.

Parker Avery always promised his brother Charles he would look after Claire if anything happened to him. Charles stood by him three years ago when his wife Ann died and Parker is determined now to be a help to Claire and the girls. As time passes, instead of feeling like a hero, he feels like a heel instead as he realizes he’s developing feelings for his own brother’s widow. To make things worse, he watches with pain and jealousy as Miles Lawrence waltzes into Claire’s life. What can he expect though? It hardly seems right that Claire, even after a season of mourning, would ever fall in love with her own brother-in-law.

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MY REVIEW

claire at edistoI believe that there will be quite a few people who really love this story. The author did a very good job of painting a picture of the beauty of Edisto.

I, however, struggled to connect with these characters. I felt more as if they and their situation were being described to me, rather than personally diving in and experiencing the story for myself. I also felt that extraneous information and dialogue made it into the book that would usually be edited out for a more concise and smooth story.

Again, although not really a story that hit home for me, I do feel that those readers who love descriptions of beautiful settings will find just the thing in this book.

(3 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, businesswoman and educator. A New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, Lin now has sixteen published books, including her twelve beloved Smoky Mountain novels set in different locations of the Tennessee and North Carolina mountains, as well as a Smoky Mountain novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies. In addition, Lin’s first novel in a new Edisto Trilogy recently released, set on the South Carolina coast. Lin and her husband also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide and a Tennessee state parks book.  Stepp’s latest 2019 releases are The Interlude, set in the Greenbrier and Pittman Center of the Great Smoky Mountains and Claire at Edisto set at Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Lin enjoys keeping up with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, and through her monthly blog on her website at: www.linstepp.com

CONNECT WITH LIN: website | Facebook | Twitter


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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win:

  • your choice of The Interlude OR Claire at Edisto (print, US only)
  • $10 Amazon gift card

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Review: Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman

Hearts in HarmonyThis was a really neat story! Although both Mary and Levi questioned the reasoning behind the Amish not allowing musical pursuits, that wasn’t the heart of the book. It was fun, however, to see the role music played in bringing these two Amish people together. I did appreciate the way the two of them handled their uncertainties about this subject.

What this story mainly celebrated was friendship between both young and old, Amish and English, and even the differences between Amish districts. The relationships that developed between Mary, Levi, Natalie, and Adeline were what fueled my enjoyment of this unique tale. I look forward to future books in this series.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Hearts in HarmonyThey both love music. Will God deny what brings them such joy?   

Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn’t touched a piano since he secretly played one years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn’t allowed in his world.

One person knows Levi’s talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she’s facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music—and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world.

The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right—because even as their passion for music brings them together, it could be what tears them apart.

The first novel in the new Amish Journeys series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman, Hearts in Harmony explores how far the heart will travel for the melody of love.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beth Wiseman

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold almost two million books, her novels have held spots on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller List, the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying country life in Texas.

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Review: Her Colorado Cowboy by Mindy Obenhaus

Her Colorado CowboyThis book was so good! I honestly didn’t want it to end. However, when it did, I was left with such a satisfied and happy feeling that I am now eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in the series! Each of the stories in the Rocky Mountain Heroes series is so good, and although they are definitely connected, they can be picked up and enjoyed without having to read the books before them.

I loved these characters! Noah and Lily had both faced different types of heartache and it was interesting to watch them develop a friendship that hinted at the potential to be more. Although they came from very different backgrounds, Noah and Lily were exactly what each other needed. I also really enjoyed the children in this book. They were an important part of the story and added so much!

This was a great book and I am looking forward to reading the last two books in the series, which will be about the remaining two Stephens brothers who have not had their happy endings yet.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Her Colorado CowboyLassoing the single mom’s heart…
A Rocky Mountain Heroes story

Socialite Lily Davis agrees to take her children riding…despite her fear of horses. But now widowed cowboy Noah Stephens is determined to help her get comfortable in the saddle. And, at her children’s insistence, Lily finds herself promoting his rodeo school. As Noah and Lily work together, will Noah continue to shield his heart…or can they discover a love that conquers both their fears?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mindy Obenhaus

It took Mindy Obenhaus forty years to figure out what she wanted to do when she grew up. But once God called her to write, she never looked back. A three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Review: What Makes a Home by Jaycee Weaver

What Makes a HomeWhat Makes a Home is the third book in the Everyday Love series, however, it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel.

I enjoyed this book so much! The two main characters, Jobie and Caleb, both finished the story as very different people than when the book started out. When the book began, Jobie was not a Christian and lived life in the moment, doing what felt good at the time. She had no problem hooking up with guys and moving from one man to the next.

Caleb was stuck in a rut. When things didn’t work out like he thought they would in his personal life and he realized that his job wasn’t bringing him joy, he decided to take on a home renovation project to give him something worthwhile to pour his energy into. Caleb was a Christian who had stepped away from truly worshipping the Lord and didn’t even go to church anymore.

Jobie and Caleb both ended up discovering the power of living for Christ, while also developing a friendship that they each wished could turn into more. I loved the chemistry between these two characters and the way Caleb worked to show Jobie how he felt. This was such a great book and I plan to re-read it in the future.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What Makes a HomeAn artist who’s never truly known home. A bored computer guy with a fixer-upper. While opposites attract, too much stands in the way. Will they ever figure out what truly makes a home?

Jobie Everett is building a life around teaching art to senior citizens, a boutique job to fund her passion, living green(ish), social media, and wild pursuits that inspire her Muse. When her roommate introduces her to a God who personifies Love like she’s never known, she begins to see the shallowness of her life and searches for greater meaning.

Surely there’s more for Caleb March’s lackluster life than work and his computer hobbies. Desperate for change, he buys a run-down house near an old friend and her pretty roommate. Ready for more than “just friends,” Caleb will first have to reconnect with a God he’s been ignoring for too long.

As Caleb and Jobie bond over renovations, a new development forever changes her and pulls the rug out from under him. Jobie needs a godly man who will support and pursue her. Caleb must break himself free of the friend zone and become the man she needs in order to finally give her heart a home.

The Everyday Love Series is a contemporary romance series set in Albuquerque, featuring ordinary people in lifelike stories that inspire, uplift, and share hope. Stories in which a very real God shows Himself in everyday ways to carry His people through any circumstance.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaycee Weaver

Jaycee Weaver lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her amazing husband, three daughters, a crazy shih-tzu, and a dwarf rabbit. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in hot pursuit of her 90 million other hobbies or shuttling the kids around. Jaycee loves to read books in multiple genres, drink too much coffee (honestly, when are they going to make the coffee IV a real thing?!), sing, take landscape and floral photos, sew, cook, bake, and craft just about anything (can we say Pinterest?). She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and sometimes hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real and letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard.

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Spotlight (&excerpt) PLUS Giveaway: War-Torn Heart by Allison Wells

War Torn Heart blog & review tour

Welcome to the Blog & Review Tour – and Giveaway – for War-Torn Heart by Allison Wells, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

war torn heartTitle: War-Torn Heart
Author: Allison Wells
Publisher: Ambassador International
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 20, 2019

Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.

Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harvey and falling quickly in love with him.

As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey.

Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey’s love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby’s heart?

War-Torn Heart is a kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make the reader cry, scream, and long for more.

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EXCERPT

Looking up, Abby asked, “It’s important to have someone at home waiting, isn’t it?”

“Yes,” he sighed. “It’s what motivates you to get the job done and come home in one piece.”

“Well, Harvey, you don’t have to worry,” she reassured him. “You have me to come home to when this war is over.”

“Do I?”

“Of course.”

“Will you be waiting at home for me?”

“I’ll be right here waiting every day,” she said with gusto. I promise.

“Do you have to wait here?”

“Where else would I wait?” she laughed, not knowing what he meant.

Harvey looked her right in the eyes. “In Charleston, my home.”

Abby giggled again, this time out of nerves. “Harvey, really. Where would I live in Charleston? My home is here; my family is here.”

“What if my family was your family?” He was very serious, his eyes dark, his mouth drawn.

“What do you mean, Harvey?”

Harvey ran his hand over his hair and held Abby’s hand. He was nervous. “Marry me.”

“What?” Alarm bells sounded in Abby’s head. Marry him? Now?

“Marry me, Abby,” he said in a burst of air and excitement. “Marry me after Christmas. Marry me before I leave. I want you to be Mrs. Nicholas before I go.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Allison Wells is a new author, but for the most part she’s a Southern wife and mother. With four active children, she spends most of her time in the car, but when she can she loves to sit down and read or write. Allison is a graduate of Clemson University in the beautiful foothills of South Carolina and she still lives close enough to hear football games on Saturdays.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win a print copy of War-Torn Heart (US only)
(1) winner will win an ebook copy of War-Torn Heart (open internationally)

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Review – My Beastly Billionaire: A Clean Billionaire Romance by Jackie Castle

My Beastly BillionaireI picked this book up through Kindle Unlimited because I really enjoy fairy tale retellings. When I saw that this story was based on my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did! This book was fabulous! Although similiar to the Beauty and the Beast plot, it was also very much its own realistic story.

I was impressed with the way the author created the situation that Elisa and Duncan ended up in. Duncan was definitely beastly when Elisa met him for the first time. He had a great back story, making him someone that I could relate to, knowing of his pain and struggles, even when he was being less than gracious to Elisa initially.

The chemistry between Duncan and Elisa was absolutely perfect. I loved the way things developed between them and the fact that there was a very clear faith thread throughout the book. This novel was extremely clean, while still providing a great love story. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I’m very impressed. I look forward to reading more in the series.

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

My Beastly BillionaireHis withdrawal from society and her need to prove her worth come to a head in this modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling.

When Elisa Lucken’s interior design company is hired to decorate the huge but neglected Grimwood Manor for an impromptu holiday gala, Elisa is put in charge of managing the indoor crew. The only catch is–do not disturb the reclusive Duncan Grimwood.

Thrilled and excited about her chance to finally prove herself, Elisa is so absorbed in her work she doesn’t hear the blizzard warning that sends the rest of her crew home.

Jewelry Artisan Duncan Grimwood had a reputation of being a playboy until the motorcycle accident that left him damaged inside and out. After a year of recuperating, Duncan has withdrawn from his lavish lifestyle and now lives like a hermit ignoring his family and the terms of his inheritance trust.

Worried that Duncan will lose his portion of the Grimwood estate, his personal assistant urges him to re-enter the real world by hosting a holiday gala at the manor to display his latest works. He agrees on the condition that nobody disturbs him while he works to finish his last few pieces.

Snowed in for the weekend with his unexpected guest, Duncan is forced out of his cave. Will the beautiful decorator he’s stuck with help him find a new respect for life before he loses everything?

My Beastly Billionaire is the first in the Grimwood Legacy Series. Check for the next book, My Charming Billionaire now on preorder.
Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone in any order, however, it is recommended, for the best reading experience, that you read them in order.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jackie Castle

Jackie Castle is the author of The White Road Chronicles a fantasy series, The Sentinel Archives for school-age readers, and newly released Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast romance series. She has also published articles and short stories in numerous magazines. She’s enjoyed many crazy adventures from working as a hairstylist, to her bravest quest: teaching children in daycare and elementary schools. Eventually, she settled down to a somewhat safer pursuit of being a Story-weaver.

Now she lives in her comfortable Texas home where she spins marvelous tales and enjoys relaxing in the evenings with her husband Bob, their children and grandchild.

Her favorite pastime, besides reading, is traipsing through her imaginary worlds in search of another story.

She looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that she experiences.

Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle’s Story World: www.jackiecastle.com. There you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter.

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Review: This Daring Journey by Misty M. Beller

This Daring JourneyWhat a beautiful, heartfelt journey these characters were on! This is book six in the Heart of the Mountains series, yet it could be read on its own, as well. The previous book, This Homeward Journey, would be a good one to read right before This Daring Journey, as Samuel Grant appears in both novels.

I loved the connection that developed between not only Samuel and Moriah, but also between Samuel and baby Cherry. Samuel’s character and gentleness came shining through in the way he cared for Moriah and her child.

The rugged, dangerous land that these characters had to journey across came to life within these pages. It was easy to imagine the frigid temperatures and desolate beauty as their party trekked toward the hope of reaching family. I loved this story from start to finish!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This Daring Journey

The only hope to keep her newborn baby alive is to reach the safety of her Indian people… This mountain man is the last person she should trust to get her there. 

As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?

Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.

Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MistyBeller

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. 

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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