Blog Tour & Giveaway (PLUS Excerpt): Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours.


EnchantingNicholetteTitle: Enchanting Nicholette

Series: The Everstone Chronicles #5

Author: Dawn Crandall

Publisher: Whitaker House

Release Date: October 9, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.

As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can͛t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

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Enchanting Nicholette

In an attempt to gain better control of where the conversation was headed, I turned about, paced a bit, and fiddled with the strings of my reticule. Then I sat upon the half-hidden bench abutted to the wall of the bridge, next to his top hat. “Father told me you left your previous position at his bank without a word. Is that true?”

“So you’ve been speaking about me to your father?” he asked, evading my question.

“Simply trying to figure out the mystery you’ve presented.”

“Ah, a mystery. How thrilling for you.”

Looking apprehensively to Mr. Hawthorne, I found him leaning against a tree, staring at me.

I couldn’t help it as my gaze traveled the length of him, from his tousled brown hair, to the breadth of his shoulders, down his long, muscular legs to his fine leather shoes.

Yes, what a distractingly handsome mystery he made.

“I never knew I was so intriguing… but I’m immensely glad your thoughts of me have—”

“Not intriguing,” I promptly interrupted. “Secretive. There’s a difference.”

“I haven’t been secretive with you.” His leveled gaze focused entirely on me. “You know exactly what I think of you.”

“Oh yes, let me remember,” I stated lightly. “You said something about me being difficult to forget. Perhaps a comment about my looks from back when I’d just come out…”

“I may have commented on your appearance years ago, but the same would be true now. You were, and are very beautiful. Especially when you’re being inquisitive,” Mr. Hawthorne said, and then he quickly pushed off the tree and raked his fingers through his hair. “May I have the chance to explain what you heard while you were eavesdropping on my private conversation?”

Scared of what he would actually say—and how hearing such things could possibly change my mind, make me want to give in—I said, “You needn’t bother. It won’t change—”

“Let me…anyway, for the benefit of you knowing a little more.



Dawn  Crandall

Dawn Crandall͚s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, ͞The Hesitant Heiress,͟ was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader͛s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader͛s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, ͞The Bound Heart,͟ received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She͛s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.

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(1) Winner will win:

  • A print copy of Enchanting Nicholette
  • A library card zipper bag
  • Two pairs of Jane Austen socks
  • Two hand poured candles
  • A historically accurate soap from Austen͛s time
  • A Jane Austen set of playing cards
  • A set of Jane Austen notecards
  • 6 magnets with Jane Austen quotes

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Review: Montana Mistletoe by Roxanne Rustand

Montana MistletoeWhat a sweet story of second chances! Montana Mistletoe was packed full of interesting characters, from the twin girls who didn’t know if they could trust their new housekeeper, to Jess and Abby who were former sweethearts with a bad breakup in their past, and quite a few other characters to round out the story.

I enjoyed the Montana ranch setting and the Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions that made this story a great way to prepare for both of these upcoming holidays. The romance was sweet and the main characters were very likable. It was fun to see how the relationships between all of the characters changed over the course of the story.

(4 stars)

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


Montana MistletoeWanted: a nanny for Christmas

Rocky Mountain Ranch novel

The only job Abby Halliwell can find in her Montana hometown is temporary nanny to two mischievous little girls. But it’s on her ex-boyfriend Jess Langford’s ranch. Jess needs help raising twins suddenly left in his care, so he and Abby are determined to be professional. But between unexpected holiday happenings and two mischievous matchmakers, will their business arrangement turn into something more?

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Roxanne Rustand

USA Today best-selling author Roxanne Rustand has written over thirty-five novels. She writes for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense. She lives in the country with her family, horses, rescue dogs and fluffy cats that sometimes find their way into her books.

She is a member of Novelists Inc., American Christian Fiction Writers, International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America,  the Faith, Hope and Love chapter of RWA, RWA’s Mystery & Suspense Chapter, and Christian Writer’s Group International.

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Review: Love, Laughter, and Luminarias by Jaycee Weaver

Love Laughter LuminariasLove, Laughter, and Luminarias was a wonderfully refreshing story full of faith, fun, and two friends who finally realized their love for each other. This novella was immensely entertaining, with playful banter between Garrett and Nina, serious discussions regarding faith in God, and sweet romance.

The length of this story was perfect for an easy Christmas read. Having spent a couple of Christmases in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I personally enjoyed the various local traditions that were woven seamlessly into this story.

I loved watching both Garrett and Nina each come to their own realization of their feelings for each other. This was such a sweet story that is a great choice for the Christmas holidays.

(4.5 stars)

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


Love Laughter LuminariasHe has his books. She has her fandoms. They’ve always had their friendship. Could Christmas projects, snowball fights, and local traditions spark feelings neither knew were there?

Surprisingly successful action-suspense author Garrett Wilson is struggling to write a summer novel in December. That is, until he witnesses his best friend, Nina, chase down a shoplifter and realizes that maybe his tough, attractive heroine might not be based solely in fiction.

Geeky-chic Nina Trujillo finds herself contemplating a God she’s never believed in after her brush with danger taking down a thief. That one decision could change the whole course of her life, and quite possibly, her feelings for the one guy she’s never considered more than a friend.

When Nina dives head-first into a series of Christmas projects and ideas for new traditions, she drags Garrett along for the ride. Will her newfound courage and all the extra time together bring their feelings out into the open, or will Nina escape back into the comfort of her fandoms and lose him forever?

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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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Review: Had to be You by Lyn Cote

Had to be YouHad to be You was a compelling story that kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next! The author did a great job of making me feel like I was back in the time period surrounding WWII and I loved reading about the world of espionage. There were some twists and turns in this storyline that I didn’t see coming, but they worked to propel the story along and kept me fascinated. I loved the way Bette grew emotionally in this novel.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

(4.5 stars)

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


Had to be YouComing of age in the deep Depression, Chloe’s daughter, Bette faces a troubled world. Her mother and father have taken in Gretel, a Jewish girl her same age sent by her family from Nazi Germany. In the KKK South this is met with animosity. As she finishes high school, Bette falls in love with a young man who applauds her family’s decision. The two become informally engaged and Bette dreams of a future as a wife and mother with him, clipping recipes and living the quiet life.

But Hitler and others who seek world domination interfere with her plans. As her fiance attends college in Georgetown, she works as a secretary in the War Department. And that job leads her into the murky world of espionage. The US, Canada and England have banded together to foil German spies working to gain American military secrets. Bette never considered being a spy even in her wildest dreams. But she will do anything to stop these enemies, those who are persecuting Gretel’s family. But after swearing an oath, she can tell no on–not even the man she loves.

The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. War crashes over them all and again Bette and her love are separated. Another man has entered her life, one who works with her to foil Hitler. A man she resists but who won’t take no for an answer. When the war ends, which will she choose–the young man she fell in love with as a girl or the man who taught her how to be a spy?

The Carlyle Women-four generations,
each facing the challenges of her time
and each harboring her own painful secret

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USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through.

Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She lives in a lakeside cottage the northwoods of Wisconsin with her comfy husband and two adorable cats.

Lyn’s brand is Strong Women, Brave Stories because her heroines are women who don’t just take what life hands them but fight for a better way with God’s help. Also most of her stories feature a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic detail whether it is a contemporary or historical story.

Lyn can be found on her websiteFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


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Review: The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée by Amy Vastine

Rancher's Fake FianceeThis was a fun story and a good addition to the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series. Each book in this series definitely builds on the one that comes before it, so I would recommend reading all of the stories for the full picture regarding what is going on at the Blackwell Ranch.

Although there were plenty of lighthearted situations in this novel, there were also some deeply held hurts that Tyler had to work through.

The romance between Tyler and Hadley was sweet, changing their relationship as the story progressed. However, these two ended up embroiled in multiple lies between themselves and Tyler’s brothers, which led to some hard lessons learned when the truth came to light.

I’m really enjoying this series and am looking forward to the last book.

(4 stars)

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


Rancher's Fake Fiancee“I’m coming home…

With my bride-to-be.” 

Tyler Blackwell just announced that he and Hadley Sullivan are getting married. And they’ve never even dated! Now she and her boss are in Montana so Tyler can sell his family ranch. Hadley only agreed to continue the deception in exchange for a promotion. But moving up the corporate ladder pales beside her growing feelings for Tyler. Will his past and Blackwell family secrets sabotage what Hadley wants more than anything—a real wedding?

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Amy Vastine

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.

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Book Winner -A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn


Congratulations to Lori R., the winner of a kindle copy of

A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered the giveaway!

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Review: Brice by Debra Clopton

BriceBrice was a sweet final book in the Cowboys of Ransom Creek series. I believe that a reader could probably enjoy reading Brice even if they hadn’t read the other books, as long as they understood that other siblings and their significant others would play a part in the story.

The author did a very good job of creating a heroine in Tara Quinn who, along with her children, had overcome much trauma from Tara’s ex-husband. Tara’s reluctance to trust herself and her kids to another man was understandable.

Brice Presley was such a nice, honorable hero. I appreciated the way that he was slowly beginning to realize that he desired the love that his siblings had found in their spouses. I liked that as he learned about the emotional scars that Tara and her children carried, he did all he could to be a kind and supportive person for them.

This was a sweet romance!

(4 stars)

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


BriceRomance, cowboys, ranching and wild mustangs…the Presley men, aka the cowboys of Ransom Creek, will win your heart and have you longing for Texas. Don’t miss the final book in this satisfying series!

His family is changing and growing with happily-ever-after’s surrounding Brice Presley. He’s happy for his brothers and his sister and feeling restless to make a mark on his own future, but he’s not ready to settle down. He’s planning on branching out with his own ranch, until his plans get side-railed when the ranch he’s looking to buy is rented out to a spunky beauty and her two children. Determined to get the deal done, he’s not sure how he’ll manage buying the property and not coming out the bad guy.

Tara Quinn has plans to get her horse business up and running and then to buy the ranch she’s leasing. She’s hoping her landlord will make her a deal and not counting on the hunky, handsome cowboy from across the road wanting to boot her from the property and take it for his own. And she’s certainly not counting on the attraction that has them both about as nervous as cats on hot tin roofs. Romance is the last thing she wants, especially with the man she sees as the obstacle between her providing her kids with the future they deserve.

Love is looking about as likely as a rainstorm in the middle of a Texas drought…but miracles do happen.

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Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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