Author Spotlight: Rachel Fordham

Hello reader friends, I have a special feature today. I’d like to introduce you to Rachel Fordham. She is a debut Christian fiction author. Her first book The Hope of Azure Springs is set to release this summer (7/3/2018) from Revell.

RachelFordham Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

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BONUS: Rachel is offering a FREE ebook; visit her webpage for more details!

 

The Hope of Azure Springs 

TheHopeOfAzureSpringsSeven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

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Review & Giveaway: A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund on tour with Celebrate Lit

He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

Synopsis:

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

My Thoughts:

Travel back through the mist of time. Walk the chilly stone halls of medieval castles, hear the clang of swords as the knights hone their skills, and smell…ok, well don’t breath too deeply! Picking up a Jody Hedlund book is akin to holding a treasure trove of history in your hands. Sit back, and enjoy the travel through time from the comfort of your favorite reading chair.

Olivia isn’t your typical lady of the castle. She is no shrinking violet. Fiercely loyal, Olivia is an independent, sword-wielding heroine, ready to take on anything, or anyone that stands in her way.

Aldric, tasked with the quest to capture Olivia and bring her to Lord Pit. Didn’t realize what he was getting into. Secretly impressed with her creative attempts to escape her capture, he feels a responsibility to keep her safe, even from herself.

Written in alternating point of view, readers are invited directly into the personal thoughts and feelings of the characters. While written for a young adult audience, readers of all ages will fall in love with these characters and their story.

I loved everything about this exciting story, and highly recommend it to anyone to enjoys reading stories of castles, knights & ladies. You won’t want to miss out on this story!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

JodyHedlund Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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A Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice #4)

Other books in this series:

The Vow (An Uncertain Choice #0.5)

An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1)

  A Daring Sacrifice (An Uncertain Choice #2)

  For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice #3)

  Noble Knights Historical Romance Collection

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

The Growing Need for Sweet Young Adult Romances

By Jody Hedlund

This past year my youngest daughter turned twelve and entered seventh grade. And she decided that she wanted to read my books.

Of course I was thrilled that she was taking an interest in my writing. But since my adult historical romances are more intense and contain some mature themes, I handed her the young adult series I’ve written.

As she started the first book, I peeked in her room a time or two to ask her how she liked it.

“It’s the best book you’ve ever read, right?” I teased.

“It’s okay,” she replied, teasing me right back.

The true test for how much she liked the series came when she couldn’t put the book down. She hid away in her room and read all day. Then she read the second book the next day and the third book the day after that.

She never did gush over the series. But she didn’t need to. Her serious reading marathon told me all I needed to know! Then when I was writing the fourth book in the series, she asked me if she could read itearly before it was published which was another testament to how much she enjoyed the series.

“As long as you promise to say that I’m your favorite author,” I said, teasing her again.

I’m happy to say that she finished A Loyal Heart just as quickly as the others. Although I’m not sure that I’m her favorite author, I’m satisfied that she loved the series.

Even more, I’m thrilled that I could hand her sweet romances full of chivalrous qualities—like courage, sacrifice, honor, and loyalty. As she’s being entertained, she’s learning lessons about character traits that are important in relationships.

My daughter, like other young teens I’ve talked to, really enjoys medieval settings and stories. In some ways, those kinds of stories connect them to the princess fairy tales they used to love when they were little. Let’s face it, even adult readers still love stories about knights and castles and daring damsels!

In a book market for teens that has grown increasingly dark, jaded, and sexual, I only wish I had more to offer my daughter and other young women. It’s my passion to continue providing wholesome, clean romances for teens, books I know will encourage and uplift as well as entertain.

How about YOU? Is there a teen reader you know who needs an alternative to what’s available in the market? I encourage you to gift them with A Loyal Heart. And make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the entire series that you can read, pass along, or even gift to your library.

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

***** GIVEAWAY ****

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To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away a grand prize of An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, For Love & Honor, and A Loyal Heart!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!https://promosimple.com/ps/cb76

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First Line Fridays: A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund. I just recently finished this fantastic, page-turning story and will be sharing my review on Monday. Make sure to stop back by next week!

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Ludlow Castle, Eastern Marches
June, in the year of our Lord 1392

          “The inner bailey wall to the south is down, my lady, and the castle will soon be overrun.” The soldier faltered in the doorway of my chambers, his armor slick with the blood of battle.

Will she make it out of the castle in time, or become a captive?

Now it’s your turn!

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First Line Fridays: A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason. This heartfelt story of forbidden love is one you won’t soon forget. To read my full review (Click Here).

 

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Derbyshire, England
March, 1884

Nolan Price scanned the fields of newly budding greenery that stretched as far as he could see and slowly inhaled the scent of grass, soil, and freshly spread manure.

 

 

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First Line Friday’s & Givaway: Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak. This story is filled with delightful characters, a swoony hero, and a fiery heroine. A story sure to capture your attention and keeping you turning pages! CLICK HERE to read my review.

Since today is my birthday, I’m giving away ONE e-book kindle copy of Three Words and a Kiss! CLICK HERE to Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question “What is your favorite birthday dessert?”

Earn extra entries by tweeting daily during the giveaway period using the rafflecopter entry form. The giveaway will be open until midnight 3/29/18. The winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page at the conclusion of the giveaway period. Giveaway open to USA residents only; see Disclosures & Policies for a full list of rules.

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Seattle, Washington
July 1892

          The first stars pricked through the sky’s fading canvas as Samantha Klein approached the intersection of Washington and First Avenue, looked both ways, and crossed a line.

 

Hmmm….. What line did Samantha cross? Sounds like she’s about to find some adventure, and maybe some trouble.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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Winner: Nicole S.

A Chance at Forever (A Teaville Moral Society #3) by Melissa Jagears

Synopsis:

In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville’s children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they’re working for?

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed reading all the books in the Teaville Moral Society, but this one is my favorite! This story deals with some heavy topics and situations, but every page points back to Jesus and His love. This is a beautiful story of Faith, Forgiveness, and Love. This story could easily be read as a stand-alone, however, for those who have read the other books, characters from previous stories do make appearances.

From the first chapter to the last I didn’t want to put the book down. I felt emotionally involved in the lives of Mercy McClain and Aaron Firebrook. These characters are so real and engaging you can’t help but feel their hurts, and cheer for their breakthroughs.

With a mystery to solve, and surprises to keep you guessing, two fantastic lead characters, a strong tread of faith, and a tender story of love, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy!

At its core the gentle reminder that in order to become who God wants us to be we need to allow God to change us, we need to ask for His guidance in our daily lives. Our willpower isn’t enough. I give this wonderful story 5 stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to enjoy!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

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Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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  A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society #3)

Other books in this series:

Engaging the Competition (Teaville Moral Society #0.5)

A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)

ALST A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)

 

 

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Synopsis:

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

My Thoughts:

Thrilling adventure awaits! Right from the very first chapter, I was captivated. This delightful story holds many exciting twists and unexpected surprises. The characters are dynamic and realistic. I didn’t want to look away from one moment! This is a stand-alone novel, however, savvy readers will recognize a few familiar characters from Brentwood’s Ward.

Alexander Moore is a handsome, smooth-talking hero with a heart of gold. He may be undercover, but his true character still shines through. When Alex discovers that the stakes are higher than even he imagined, will he be able to stay true to himself, or will he lose all he holds dear?

Johanna is a spunky young woman who is strong-willed and independent. Since her father’s death, she has taken on the role of trying to keep the family inn afloat and keep her mother, little brother and herself out of debtors prison. I love the fact that Johanna grows and learns to let go of the worry and give it to God. This is something that I’m sure we all struggle with from time to time.

This story has something for everyone. A hunky hero, a strong heroine, unique, vivid secondary characters, a fast-paced plot with surprises around every corner, characters with genuine faith and a gentle reminder that we must take our burdens to the Lord and he will be faithful to see us through any hardship or trial.

I  highly recommend this fantastic story and give it 5 enthusiastic stars! Grab yourself a copy today!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

2754194  I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California (Abby’s Prospects) by: Janice Thompson

Journey now to San Francisco, California, of 1853 where…
An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.

 Synopsis:

When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?

Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?

My Thoughts:

When socialite Abby Effingham left the comforts of Philadelphia in late April 1853 to trek across the country to the Oregon territory to find her mother, she didn’t even begin to imagine that she’d end up in the rough and tumble gold mining town of San Fransisco. As Abby is learning to stand on her own two feet, will she remember to always lean on, and trust her heavenly Father?

I struggled a few times with trying to like the heroine of this story. Abby is somewhat tempestuous and tends to run ahead of good judgment and the sage advice given to her by her guardian and friends. She is like a steam train speeding head-long into disaster. I can understand maybe doing this once or twice, but time after time and not seem to learn from previous mistakes, nor admit she made a bad choice… it started to wear a bit thin. However, as the story progressed I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel for Abby. Her exuberance and zeal while still there is tempered with a dose of caution after she learns her lesson the hard way. Sometimes we all find ourselves learning the hard way.

This story with it’s eccentric cast of  characters and a bustling gold mining town equals a page turning adventure. Filled with the Gospel truth this story is one to warm your heart and remind no matter how much dirt we have, God still see’s us as His precious children. Overall I did enjoy reading this story and give it 3.5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JaniceThompson Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh.

Janice was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She currently serves as president of her local ACFW chapter (Writers on the Storm), where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing.

Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.

She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her eight grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.

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  My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California

 

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Cover Reveal – Among The Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski

Hi Friends, I’m super excited to share a special cover real with you today!

Please join me in sharing the cover love for J’nell Ciesielski’s debut novel
Among The Poppies

About the Book:

The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never under any circumstances fixes her own automobiles. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps for the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer’s daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. Rambling over bomb blasted roads is far from the exotic travel she had in mind, but not even a handsome captain can distract her from the purpose at hand. Most of the time.

Slogging through mud and a despair that no man should have to witness, Captain William Crawford stumbles over a woman—quite literally—who has the ridiculous notion to enter a man’s fight along the Front. Why can she not sit patiently at home like all the other complacent women?

Bound together by circumstances beyond their control, Gwyn and William must fight to survive the battle raging all around them. Can their love survive or will it become another casualty of war?

 

 

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I just love the this cover! The vivid color just pops right out! I hope you make sure to add this book to your Goodreads list (Click Here).

 

About the Author:

J'Nell Ciesielski For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a book in my hand. When other girls went to the library to look at the Babysitter’s Club books, my mom found me sitting in the history aisle with a stack of Civil War books, and autobiographies of legends long gone. I loved being transported to other places and times, where men are chivalrous knights to the rescue and women wear big frilly dresses. I’ve always believed I was born in the wrong time period … but I digress.

With my natural curiosity of all things old-fashioned and love of happily ever afters, it was only natural I decided to pen a few of my own.

Born in Florida, I spent the many happy days of childhood running around our large backyard and splashing on the sugar white beaches known only to the Sunshine State. Just before high school, my dad got a job transfer to Texas and a whole new life began. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology the summer of 2005.

Not knowing what else to do with my life, I joined the Air Force. Stationed in Germany I was able to travel to places I’d only dreamed of: France, Austria, Netherlands, England, and my

favorite Scotland. I also met my awesome husband while over there. I consider him my consolation prize for the years being forced to wear camouflage and combat boots.

After serving our four years, we now live in Virginia where we’ve been blessed that I can stay home and write all day. Yay! When I’m not writing you can find me baking something with chocolate, making my baby girl laugh, or giving belly rubs to our beagle Daisy.

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First Line Fridays – The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin. I absolutely loved this story. It grabbed my attention right at the beginning and kept me captivated right to the end. To read my full review CLICK HERE.

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Kensington, London, England
Friday, January 14, 1944

          Second Officer Dorothy Fairfax slathered a thick layer of orange marmalade on the buttered toast and slid the plate in front of her father. “I had enough ration coupons for sausage and your favorite Fortnum & Mason’s marmalade. If you don’t eat your breakfast, I shall feed it to Charlie with no regret or shame.”

 

Yes, I added a little extra. I just couldn’t help myself. Dorthy Fairfax is quite the spunky character. I hope you get the chance to pick up a copy of this book and get to know her better!

 

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