Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unlikely Romance: Part One (The Clean Romance Chronicles Book 1)

 Love is tricky business.

It is hard to find and not worth the headache…

At least that is the way Jackie sees it anyway.

In part one of this religious short story novelette series, single gal Jackie Grayson is struggling on her lackluster quest to find new love after the break up of her and her long time boyfriend Andrew. Her love life is a mess and no man she tries to date meets up to her standards.

At this point, church, popcorn, reality TV and her best friend Gwen are the high points in her life.

Jackie prays for a new man to come into her life. However, she has resigned to the possibility that perhaps love just is not in the cards for her – that is until the bald headed tattooed Michael Reidland comes into her life.

And this is where the trouble begins…

The two of them are as different as chalk and cheese. Jackie makes it her mission to do anything possible to stay as far away from him as she can.

But will her plan of avoidance work out, or does fate have other plans for her?

The only way to find out what happens is to read this book and discover it for yourself…

A must read for fans of a good, clean inspirational love story, Unlikely Romance is a contemporary Christian romance tale that will take you on a fun, light hearted journey into the surprising and wacky world of love.
H.B. Barstrum
I am a stay home mom, friend, sister, daughter, and avid Walking Dead fan. I have had a passion for reading and writing ever since I was a small child. I especially love writing inspirational books, religious fiction and poetry.

As a person of faith, I truly believe that God gives us all the gift of inner and outer insight into the world at large. That way, we can learn from those experiences and become a walking testimony and ministry for others we can positively affect.

It never ceases to amaze me that with faith and understanding, we can all make a world of difference to those we come into contact with. That is why writing spiritual and inspirational stories are my personal favorites. The primary goal in my stories is to enlighten and inspire the reader.

My mantra is "Live for the glory of what God has blessed you with and he will lead you to a beautiful tomorrow."

When I am not reading and writing, I enjoy cooking, shopping, spending time with my partner & friends and taking walks in the park with my daughter.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge Book #1)

 Will the Wounded Soldier She Rescues From Certain Death be Able to Break Down the Walls of Bitterness That Surround Her Heart?Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, eighteen-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's remaining Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri, where they will be safe for the remainder of the Civil War.Jesselynn is also fleeing a cruel man in Confederate uniform who has pledged to take revenge against her for refusing his hand in marriage. No longer safe at Twin Oaks, she embarks on a perilous journey, taking on the momentous responsibility for the lives and welfare of all who go with her. They ride at night and hide during the day, dodging both Confederate and Union troops along the way. Encountering hunger, sickness, and the devastation of war, they finally arrive in Missouri only to discover that the situation there puts them in even greater danger. Discouraged, disillusioned, and facing a severe testing of her faith, Jesselynn will stop at nothing to save her family, the horses, and whatever remains of Twin Oaks.
Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has over eighty books published with more than 4 million copies in print.
Shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, a hallmark of Lauraine’s style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German, and she has won the Romantic Times Career Achievement award for Inspirational Fiction, the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.
As a sought after speaker, Lauraine encourages others to find their gifts and live their lives with humor and joy. Her readers clamor for more books more often, and Lauraine would like to comply ... if only her paintbrushes and easel didn’t call quite so loudly.Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston. They love to travel, most especially in their forty-foot motor coach, which they affectionately deem “a work in progress”.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

To Get to You

 To get to the girl he loves,
Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the
father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.A story of new beginnings and second chances.

Joanne Bischof

A Carol Award and three-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader's heartstrings. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cute Boy Wars

 From the author of SLUMBER PARTY WARS; and **New** FAKE BOYFRIEND WARS

Love is war. At least to some girls at Jefferson Middle School—like Lacy Wallace. When another girl catches her crush’s interest, the war is on. Big time. Meanwhile in this middle school novel, Sara is trying to keep a distance from the school heartbreaker, Dane McGraw. But Dane is hard to resist—especially when he’s set his flirting, tempting heart on winning Sara’s. But Sara is in love (maybe, sort of) with her sweet boyfriend, Paul. However, while Sara is avoiding Dane, Paul seems to be avoiding her. What’s up with that?

This book used to be titled: “Love … Maybe … Wars.”

Middle-grade (tween/young teen) romance novel from Melanie Marks, the author of FALL FOR ME; and BEST FRIEND WARS
And **New** "MATT AND NICOLE (Middle School)" (Plus a LOT of other books)

Update: There is now a short story included in this book as well. The short story is titled, “Okay, He’s Nice (Maybe?).” It is volume three to Melanie Marks’ series “Middle School Powers.” (Volume one and two can be found in Melanie’s book “Fake Boyfriend Wars.”)

Melanie Marks' newest book is: Heartbreaker Hanson.

NEWEST books: "Kissing The Bad Boy"; "When You Noticed Me"; and "Jane's Air" (each a dollar!!)
**Update: All of Melanie Marks' books are available in the Unlimited program, or you can buy them the regular way.
**Melanie's website is: byMelanieMarks.com (Check often. She is always writing new books)
(Melanie also has books under the name "M. Marks"--they're written with other author friends.)
FALL FOR ME series: Fall For Me; Fall Forever; Finn's Fall (and now also in the series is the standalone novel: LOUDER THAN WORDS)
HIS KISS series: *His Kiss *High School Boys *HER Kiss (Griffin) *Griffin *Griffin#2
*LOUDER THAN WORDS--(It's a standalone novel about Griffin's best friend from the hockey team, Mason Archer, and Mason's undying (secret) crush on the cheerleader, Summer Baker. A crush he's had since childhood.)
**HIS BEST FRIEND--(It's a standalone story, but also part of the His Kiss series, as it's about Ally's best friend Jazz, and Jazz's crush on her neighbor ... and stalker.)
**"The Player (plus: Ally Has Amnesia)" That's the title. You have to type the whole thing in to find it. It has a novel "The Player" plus a story with Griffin and Ally.

NOTE: The book FINN'S FALL has Griffin and Ally in it as well (as a couple)--though it's Finn's story (from Fall For Me) ... also now there is a book about Ally and Griffin in Middle School called: "ALLY and GRIFFIN (Middle School)"

Still NEWISH books: "HER KISS (Griffin)"--it's Griffin's story about Ally. Sort of his version of the book, His Kiss. (Also Melanie's books "GRIFFIN"; and "GRIFFIN #2" are available now as well.)
New book--"Louder Than Words"--is a standalone novel about Mason and Summer and their life-long secret crush on each other. The book is kind of part of the Fall For Me series, because it's about Zoey's best friend, the cheerleader, Summer Baker. But it is also sort of the His Kiss series because it's also about Griffin's best friend from the hockey team, Mason Archer. (In any case, the book is a standalone and no other book needs to be read before it.)

**NEW! 'HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' (This standalone novel features best friends, Matt and Nicole, and their first kiss; Plus the book includes the story, "More of HIS KISSES," which continues with Griffin and Ally right after they start dating.)
*NOTE: The book FINN'S FALL is the novel that follows HIGH SCHOOL BOYS, with Matt and Nicole.

Books in Melanie's SLUMBER PARTY WARS series: Slumber Party Wars; The Crush Wars; Best Friend Wars; Bird Wars; First Kiss Wars; Fake Boyfriend Wars; Love ...maybe ... Wars; Christmas Wars; #Wars (And also: Don't Make Me Read Your Mind, Matt)

About Melanie's new book, 'TRENT AND MEGAN'--No other book needs to be read before it. It's Trent's version of Melanie Marks' novel, THE DATING DEAL. The book also has the story "The Girl Next door" which is Luke's version of Melanie's book, HIS BEST FRIEND. The book also contains "Rune's Story" which is Rune's version of the novel, LITTLE DANCER. It also has a story about Ally&GRiffin and Matt&Nicole. No other book needs to be read before the book and right now it is only a dollar.)

Three books that are still quite new: "MATT and NICOLE (Middle School)"; "ALLY and GRIFFIN (Middle School)"; and "SUMMER and MASON (Middle School)" NOTE: The book, "TRENT and MEGAN" also contains a story from this series.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Destined for Doon

 In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she's received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other's one true love—and it's pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn't have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
NY Times and USA Today Best-selling author, CAREY CORP wrote her first book, a brilliant retelling of Star Wars, at the prodigious age of seven. Since then, her love affair of reinvention has continued to run amuck. Writing both stories for young adults and literary fiction, she begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen.

Her Amazon #1 best-selling books, DOON and the sequel DESTINED FOR DOON, are the first of 4 books in her latest young adult series loosely based on the concept of the musical Brigadoon, used with permission from the Alan Jay Lerner Estate & the Frederick Loewe Foundation, and co-written with Lorie Langdon. book 3, SHADES OF DOON releases 9.01.15 with the brand HarperCollins imprint BLINK. Find out more at www.doonseries.com.


Her debut novel for teens, THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction, and more recently put her on the NY Times and USA Today best-sellers lists. She hopes to have a release date for the sequel, THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE KEEPER soon. 
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Liberation (I Am Margaret Book 3)

 “Seriously, Bane, should I sit around and pat myself on the back for resisting the EuroGov for six months of my life and call it a day? Or should I go out and try to make a world in which you and I can raise children without being afraid one day they’ll be taken from us and murdered?”

SALPERTON FACILITY STANDS EMPTY – EVERY OTHER FACILITY IS FULL.

TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Margo, Bane and Jon are determined to fight the EuroGov. Preferably by rescuing as many other ReAssignees as possible. And if doing so shakes the EuroBloc to its foundations, so much the better.

Meanwhile – a madman awaits his fate.
The world waits for Margo to take up her pen again.
And in their secret base, Margo and Bane prepare to marry at last.

But the safety of their new home is deceptive.
When they are discovered, the EuroGov’s vengeance will be swift.
And merciless.

PRAISE FOR I AM MARGARET

Great style – very good characters and pace.
Definitely a book worth reading, like The Hunger Games.
EOIN COLFER, author of the Artemis Fowl books

An intelligent, well-written and enjoyable debut from
a young writer with a bright future.
STEWART ROSS, author of The Soterion Incident

I AM MARGARET was awarded the ‘Seal of Approval’ by the Catholic Writers Guild in November 2014


PRAISE FOR THE THREE MOST WANTED

I cannot reiterate enough how much I am enjoying these books, and how talented this author is.
TIFFANY, blogger, ‘Life of a Catholic Librarian’
 
Corinna Turner
Carnegie Medal Award nominated author Corinna Turner has been writing since she was fourteen and likes strong protagonists with plenty of integrity. She has an MA in English from Oxford University, but has foolishly gone on to work with both children and animals! Juggling work with the disabled and being a midwife to sheep, she spends as much time as she can in a little hut at the bottom of the garden, writing.

She is a Catholic Christian with roots in the Methodist and Anglican churches. A keen cinema-goer, she lives in the UK with her Giant African Land Snail, Peter, who has a six inch long shell and an even larger foot! 
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jupiter Winds


 In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.
Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government's city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn't kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.
When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?
A fast-paced, character-driven space adventure that's reminiscent of science fiction's golden age. --KATHY TYERS, author of the Firebird series
C. J. Darlington
has been in love with reading since she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She has also written Jupiter Winds and Jupiter Storm, the first two books in a YA space adventure series.

In 2013 C. J. co-founded the publishing and design company, Mountainview Books, LLC with her family. A homeschool graduate, C. J. lives in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a tabby cat, and a Paint mare named Sky. 
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