Posts Tagged ‘Inspirational Romance’

Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster

Friday, June 21st, 2019
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 
 
Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and
pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her
slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s
no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake
things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a
slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular
guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out
with since middle school.
Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the
same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party
with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is
bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually.
And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the
girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.

Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced
God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This
companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings
wrote for the girls of Shiatown.

 

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“Are
all of the girls you invited coming over? What’s the itinerary for tonight?”
Karen
beamed. “Nothing’s written in concrete, but, I bought a noisy interaction game
for us to play. We’ll use the karaoke machine too. This will be a spontaneous
night for us. My thoughts are to just let things happen.”
“Then
our thoughts are far apart. Your friends are a tad dramatic. Reign them in so I
won’t have to.”
“Mom,
you just destroyed my happy list. I want spontaneity to rule tonight.”
“If
it does I’m sending everyone home early.

 

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What does a man of God do when the enemy pulls out all stops to destroy everything that he has believed in

Thursday, April 18th, 2019
My
Son’s Wife: The Beginning
My
Son’s Wife Book 1
by
Shelia E. Bell
Genre:
Inspirational Romance, Drama  
 
First
Lady Audrey Graham believes she’s found the perfect woman to become
her eldest son, Minister Stiles Graham’s wife. Sweet, sensitive,
kind, and of course a fine Christian girl, Audrey couldn’t ask more
of lovely Rena Jackson. But skeletons fall from the closet when
Audrey and Stiles discover that Rena is in love and committed to the
troubled, rebellious, ex-con, Frankie. My Son’s Wife is more than a
love triangle, it’s a time bomb set to explode with twists, turns,
entanglements and sinful revelations that only a loving God can make
right.
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My
Son’s Ex-Wife
My
Son’s Wife Book 2
 
The
story of the Graham family continues in My Son’s ex Wife. First Lady
Audrey Graham is more than relieved when Stiles encounters the young,
vivacious nutritionist Detria Mackey. Rena is equally captivated by
recent divorcee, Robert Becton. Does the handsome, science teacher
Robert Becton possess what Rena needs to give her life a much needed
jump start? When Rena returns to Memphis for less than pleasant
reasons, Stiles and Rena realize they still have deep feelings one
another, but will their feelings overcome the past that severed their
relationship? Will Audrey manage to come between them again or will
other circumstances intervene that will give them cause to rethink
their past and move forward to the future.
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My
Son’s Next Wife
My
Son’s Wife Book 3
 
First
Lady Audrey Graham is gone and her husband suffers from loneliness
and the after-effects of his second stroke. Their son, Stiles, now
minister of his father’s church, is engaged to Detria and has found
happiness at last—despite his heartbreaking divorce from Rena.
Rena’s now living in another state and has found a new love
herself, Robert, though she resists his marriage proposals because
she doesn’t feel she could ever be completely forgiven for her past
sins. Things take a turn for the worse when Stiles’ father suffers
another stroke and Detria has a miscarriage. Stiiles’ faith is tested
like never before. But who knows in whose arms he will land up in
Book 3 in the page-turning My Son’s Wife series!

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My
Sister My Momma My Wife
My
Son’s Wife Book 4
 
The
4th installment in the My Son’s Wife series, and Stiles Graham is the
proud father of a little girl by his wife, Detria. Although he loves
his role as daddy, he doesn’t act so happy when it comes to his role
as husband. His mind continues to have thoughts about his ex-wife,
Rena who seems to have moved on with her life in Andover,
Massachusetts with none other than Robert Becton. Stiles is further
stunned beyond belief when he uncovers secrets that have been hidden
away for years about the Graham family. In his search to heal the
wounds of the past, he is hit with the truth about his very own
mother, his one and only sister, Francesca (Frankie) and his new
wife, Detria. What does a man of God do when the enemy pulls out all
stops to destroy everything that he has believed in, including God’s
mercy and grace.
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My
Wife My Baby…And Him
My
Son’s Wife Book 5
 
In
the fifth installment of the My Son’s Wife series, Senior Pastor
Stiles Graham and First Lady Detria Graham s marriage is rapidly
falling apart, thanks to her adulterous ways. Stiles had hoped and
prayed that the time they spent away from Memphis would make their
marriage stronger, but after just months from returning from Myrtle
Beach, Stiles questions whether that is truly the case.When whats
done in the dark comes to light, and Stiles discovers that Detria is
cheating on him with his good friend, Skip Madison, the marriage
quickly unravels. This startling revelation brings out the worse in
Stiles Graham, and leads to his eventual downfall. During the midst
of it all, Detria learns that she is pregnant. As much as she wanted
to steer clear of Skip Madison and give her marriage to Stiles a
fighting chance, her heart says something different. Now she finds
herself worried about who is the father of her unborn child. Turmoil,
trouble, deception and disaster infiltrate this marriage, and much is
at stake, including Stiles pastoral position at Holy Rock. When
tragedy strikes this already dysfunctional marriage, it sends life,
as they know it spiraling down a never-ending tunnel of hurt, anger
and grief, leaving both Stiles and Detria questioning their faith and
belief in God to restore their lives and relationship.

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The
McCoys of Holy Rock
My
Son’s Wife Book 6
 
It’s
been two years since Hezekiah McCoy became the senior pastor of Holy
Rock, and Hezekiah, First Lady Fancy McCoy and their sons are
certainly shaking things up. Frequent and lavish vacations, a new and
much larger house, and what seems like a never ending flow of cash,
the McCoys are enjoying the tremendous favor of God, or could
there be some other reason for their rapidly growing success? 

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Dem
McCoy Boys
My
Son’s Wife Book 7
 
Dem
McCoy boys are rocking Holy Rock! The young handsome, charming,
debonair Khalil McCoy is the new senior pastor and his fresh out of
the closet brother, Xavier, is Financial Administrator and Youth
Director. The McCoy brothers have no limits or filters and set a new
record for stirring up drama. Find out what’s really next for the
McCoys, for Holy Rock, but especially for Dem McCoy Boys!

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My
Brother, Father, and Me
My
Son’s Wife Book 8
 
The
saga of the McCoys and Grahams of Holy Rock continues. Stiles must
decide if he will return to the pulpit he once graced. Pastor yearns
to have a relationship with Hezekiah, while Khalil and Xavier have a
personal vendetta against their father and will do just about
anything to destroy his ministry…and his life. Hezekiah finds it
impossible to unite with the man he discovered is his father and the
brother he refuses to accept. Who will be left standing?

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My
Truth My Time My Turn
My
Son’s Wife Book 9
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The
McCoys and the Grahams try to work together as Stiles makes a
decision whether or not to return to Holy Rock. Hezekiah shows a
softer side (or does he really), while Khalil makes it evident the
apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Xavier continues to war
against his flesh but will Pepper be able to help him win the war? So
much intense drama in this next installment of the My Son’s Wife
series.
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Shelia
E. Bell (formerly Shelia E. Lipsey) is an award-winning,
national bestselling author with 20+ books published in
christian fiction, women’s fiction, nonfiction, and young adult
genres. Her books have garnered numerous awards and accolades,
including 2017 Christian Literary Readers’ Choice Award, 2015 Rosa
Parks Award, 2014 Christian Literary Award, AAMBC Nate Holmes
Honorary Award, Kindle Award, OOSA Book of the Year, numerous SORMAG
awards and more.
Shelia
began her publishing career in 1999. Since then, she has set the
literary industry ablaze with her dynamic, true to life stories that
she calls “perfect stories about imperfect people like you…and
me.”
Shelia
is passionate about helping others and encourages and promotes people
to ‘live their dreams now.’ In 2012, she founded and non profit
organization “Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy
Association” with a mission to promote literacy one
community at a time. Shelia is also a well-respected freelance book
editor.
A
much sought after inspirational speaker, Shelia travels near and far
sharing her inspirational messages of how to overcome the adversities
of life. Having had polio since the age of two, she accepts no
excuses and is determined not to let her physical imperfections keep
her from her life’s purposes.
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That night was bittersweet for sure, but it hasn’t dulled my love for Christmas, only reminded me that I have the power to help it shine–for myself and my family

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

 

Stephanie Worlton is an author, designer, gabber, and sugar addict! She was raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City where she developed a passion for the creation of space, color, and design. Her love of design drove her to pursue a degree in architecture. Her love of family pulled her home to be a mom.  She enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, writing, making massive project lists, doing remodeling and building projects, playing in the dirt, and snuggling with her dogs. She collects power tools, camera equipment, shoes (though barefoot is always best!), and books.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Ali Cross, the award-winning author of the Desolation Series, has always had a flare for the dramatic. As a child she organized backyard performances of classic plays and musicals and hosted tea parties for invisible friends and pets dressed in doll clothes. Her teens were a haze of boys, drama (of the real life variety), and music. So it really didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the girl her family called a dreamer, ended up writing drama—with angels, demons, and other supernatural creatures thrown in for fun.
After university, Ali traveled from the Great White North to the Utah desert for love and now entertains her devoted husband, almost-grown twin sons and adorable yorkies with her wacky song renditions and random movie lines. As the only female in the house she considers this her right and her duty.
Never one to conform to expectations, Ali enjoys writing in multiple genres:
Ali Cross books for young adult paranormal romance; Ali Banks Cross books for middle grade adventures; and Ali M. Cross for inspirational romance. She promises to entertain you no matter which of her books you pick up.

TARA C. ALLRED
Award-winning Author

I had lots of imaginary friends when I was five years old, and I guess you could say some of those friends never left me. In fact along the way, I picked up some more imaginary friends who have had lots to say.
I love watching stories unfold. And some of those stories seem worth sharing with you.
So, I have written a few books. And have several more in the works.
Meanwhile, some of my books have won some awards. And even more importantly, my books have made friends with some wonderful and supportive readers. I absolutely love it when a reader connects with one of my stories.
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’.  She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing.  
 
After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. 
 
Eight books and four small kids later, Stacy has truly learned the necessary skills of balance and time management. Dr. Pepper and chocolate also help. She and her husband live in Utah with their four children and three dogs. Bear Lake is her favorite place to write.

 

Are you ready to fall in love? 
 
Take the chill out of winter with four new multi-genre romances from best-selling and award-winning authors Tara C. Allred, Stacy Lynn Carroll, Ali M. Cross, and Stephanie Connelley Worlton. 
 
From heart-warming traditions to heart-pounding suspense, this cozy collection of toe-tingling first kisses set in Utah’s North Pole (aka Bear Lake) will leave you feeling cheerful and bright.

 

 

Snippet from 
Stolen Kisses by Ali M. Cross:
He was right—her hair was dark. Nearly black, actually. She was white, but there was a slight warmth to her skin and with her coal-dark eyes, straight black hair and long, straight nose, he was pretty sure she might be part Native American. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
“You guys can hang your coats up there,” the petite girl said, pointing to the coat rack by the door. “Your timing is perfect. We were just getting started.”
“Glad to see you made it to your destination safely,” Bent said, offering the girl what he hoped would be a kind smile. There was something about her, something wild but skittish. He’d never been around horses or anything, but she made him think of wild horses. Curious, but scared, too. “I’m Bentley. But everyone calls me Bent.”
“I’m—”
“Mel. I remember. Is that short for Melanie?”
She shrugged and threw him a coy glance. “Call me Mel. But why do you go by Bent?”
Bent chuckled. “I’m Bentley Brown.” He leaned over the couch that stood between them and offered his hand. “And yes, I’m named after the car.”
She shook his hand. He liked the press of her small, warm palm against his and he was disappointed when she broke the contact.
“I like Bentleys.”
Oh, she could flirt, could she? Bent took off his coat and hung it up without taking his eyes off Mel. “Mel suits you. It’s tough. Like you.”
She laughed and looked down, shaking her head. “Oh, I’m anything but tough.”
He looked at her sideways. “You sure about that?”
Q&A With Ali M. Cross: 
1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
Quirky and fun (or dorky and lame, but I’m going with “quirky and fun”). Sun worshipper, happiness enthusiast, believer in hope and magic. Devoted mom to twin 18yo sons and two adorable yorkies, and happy wife to the love of my life. 
2. What do you love most in the world?
God and my family.
3. What inspired you to become an Author?
Stories that moved me and inspired me. I wanted to be a part of that.
4. What is your favorite Winter / Holiday tradition?
My favorite Christmas tradition is we have a little basket we set on the mantel along with some yarn strips to represent “hay”. For every good turn during the holiday season (from Thanksgiving to Christmas), we each fill the basket or “creche” with yarn until by Christmas Eve, we have a nice soft bed ready for Jesus. Before we go to sleep, we gather around and sing “Silent Night.” I’ll put out the porcelain Jesus in his bed, then on Christmas morning, before we open presents, we’ll sing “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”. Helps us to slow down a little bit and remember the “reason for the season.” ❤️ 
5. What is your trick for getting past writer’s block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
My trick is to keep on writing! I’ll literally write “blah blah blah” or just free write–in my MS–until the words pick up the story again. OR, I’ll jump ahead to a part of the story I DO feel inspired to write. If neither of those tactics work, then I’ll for a walk, or do something else that fills my creative well. My best advice is to not be overly hard on yourself if the words won’t flow…but also to give yourself a chance to open that spigot by sitting down and writing ANY words, even if they aren’t the right ones.
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?

 

My parents divorced when I was four years old. I remember one Christmas Eve when Daddy was coming to see me, AND I was singing a solo in the Christmas Eve mass that night. I wanted my mom and dad to come hear me sing as I’d never done a solo before and even my mom had never heard me. I think I was about ten. I sang “O Come, O Come, Emanuel”, and I remember how, standing in the choir box, my voice carried across the cathedral and the elegance of the procession beneath me. It was a powerful moment in my little life. A real “core memory”. I discovered my sister had come to hear me, but no one else. We rushed home because Dad was there–only to find that he had come and gone. He hadn’t wanted to hear me sing, or to even stay and see me. Everyone else got to see him except for me. And Mom was crying. It was another core memory. These two extremes on one night had a powerful impact on me. Now, I try very hard to always let my sons know that they are loved and that what’s important to them is important to me. That night was bittersweet for sure, but it hasn’t dulled my love for Christmas, only reminded me that I have the power now to help it shine–for myself and my family.
 

 


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Will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt George’s cold heart?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

 

Lauraine Henderson lives with her husband, dog and cat on 68 acres of woodland 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. After growing up in Oregon, they moved their family of three children to Utah. From there they moved to Hawaii and Arizona, finally coming back to Oregon in 2015. Their three children, two girls and a boy are all grown and live across the United States. 
 
After being a professional bookkeeper for over twenty years, she turned her hobby of writing into her first published novel in 2016. She loves to write inspirational romance and romantic comedy and hopes her readers will be both entertained and uplifted by her stories. When she’s not writing, she’s working her way through online university, loves to paint (watercolors, oils, and acrylics), sew, knit, crochet, make beaded jewelry, and read (of course!).
George Stone can’t wait for the Christmas season to be over and his employees, especially his executive assistant, Kathryn Gleason, focused once again on their work. When a missing report requires George to stop in at Kathryn’s parents’ home the day before Christmas Eve, he ends up as an unexpected guest. Between the haunting journals of his late grandfather and the unsettling dream of an unhappy future, George is swept away by the magic of Kathryn’s charm and her family’s love. 
 

 

Will the Spirit of Christmas show George the happiness he’s missing and will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt his cold heart?
 
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
Had she ever seen George’s eyes sparkle like that? Maybe when he’d been
angry. But he wasn’t angry now and Kathryn pulled in a deep breath as she found
herself drawn into George’s deep brown eyes and matched their intensity.
Time slowed. “Oh!” Kathryn’s foot slipped and she fell back, landing
softly in the cold blanket of white. George relinquished his snowball, followed
her into the snow, and held himself above her while he shook cold, white
crystals from his knit hat over her face.
“Stop! Please. You win.” Kathryn laughed. “I give!”
“What do you give, Kathryn? What do I win?”
George asked so seriously, Kathryn had to look carefully to make sure
he was still teasing.
“What do you want, George?” Flirting wasn’t really her style, but he
brought out the tease in her.
George’s eyes flitted over her face, stopping at her eyes and then
moving on to her mouth. Her lips parted of their own accord and George leaned
in.
“Oomph!” George grunted when three little bodies all jumped on him and
pushed him against Kathryn. “I’m sorry. Are you hurt?” he asked in her ear,
barely above a whisper.
“I’m great,” she answered, the eyes glimmering back at him with
unfulfilled promises.
George licked his lips and pushed the kids off his back. Kathryn was
fairly certain she heard him say, “Later,” before he turned and pretended to
attack his assailants.

 

 

 

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A SOLDIER’S SONG cover reveal

Monday, June 26th, 2017
A
SOLDIER’S SONG
by
Irene Onorato
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Pub. Date: 2/13/2018
 
 
 
Can love conquer all? . . .
All Special Forces sergeant Jason Dexter ever
wanted was to serve his country—with his father’s blessing.
Although the elder Dexter has yet to make his peace with his son’s
decision, Jason has no regrets. Still, he has mixed feelings about
returning to his upstate New York town. But his perspective changes
at a friend’s wedding, where he meets a lovely, gifted musician.
Now Jason has a new mission: to get to know Aria Greco better.
The daughter of Jason’s commanding officer,
Aria dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Meeting the handsome
soldier transforms both their lives. But Aria’s ambition, Jason’s
unresolved family conflicts, and jealousy over rivals on both sides
soon threatens their blossoming relationship. As Jason prepares for a
dangerous deployment, will the mounting tensions tear them apart, or
is their love—and the faith they share—powerful enough to heal
the past and embrace the future?
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Irene Onorato was born and raised in the
Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose
parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with
the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of
battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into
the hearts of many American warriors would later become the
inspiration for much of Irene’s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating high
school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from
Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three children,
and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation protection
technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in 2014 and now
reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Irene’s website at
ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.
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Secret Places Revealed a religious romance

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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Secret Places Revealed

By Paulette Harper
Genre: Inspirational RomanceAbout the Book
A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.
Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.
After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She’s built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.