Thursday, August 29, 2019

Book Blitz: SECRETS NEVER DIE by Laurie Lewis







Tallie Brown’s life has never made sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life. 

Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he’s paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story. 

Jackson’s investigation leads him to Cutler’s Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion – something terrible happened in Cutler’s Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town’s cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever –because secrets never die.









Laurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Secrets Never Die is Laurie’s twelfth published novel.
Her women’s fiction/romance novels include Love on the Line, (2019), Awakening Avery, (2018), Love on a Limb, (2017), Sweet Water, (2017), The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical romance series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming
(2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Laurie Lewis is a RONE Award Winner (The Dragons of Alsace Farm) and was twice named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017 (The Dragons of Alsace Farm), and in 2018, winning Best New Fiction (Love on a Limb.) She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.

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He stood and helped her stand. Her fingers closed around his and she looked into his face,
her own face alight with want, as if this simple touch had stirred a deep longing to be close to someone, to be loved by someone. Jackson had known that hunger many times over the past seven years, and it boiled within in again. He had never felt so vulnerable and responsible at the same time. The man in him wanted to pull her close and answer her need, but thankfully, the friend in him, the better man in him, remembered how an anguished soul seeks solace in human touch. Loving her would be easy. Loving her as she deserved required more than either of them now had to give.

He was grateful he was the one standing before her, looking into those eyes filled with
pleading to belong to someone, not because he was a great prize, but because his parents had infused him with the values that should be tied to that want—enduring love, permanence, marriage, family, and home. He had never been as grateful for those teachings as he now was, standing before a lonely, beautiful, loving woman with no such background. It was all on him.

He forced himself to step back, freeing one of his hands from hers to brush a stray wisp
of hair into place. A wave of confusion clouded her face at the shift in the mood. Jackson knew the moment deserved a word or two, but he doubted his resolve if he lingered too long. He smiled at her. “Never think you’re not worthy of being loved. It’s not true, Tallie. You’re easy to love. So very easy.”




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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wednesday Wonders: THE FAITH OF A WIFE by L. A. Pattillo



Today's Wednesday Wonders features 
The Faith of a Wife 
by L. A. Pattillo


About The Faith of a Wife:

Is what they will gain, worth the cost?

A Prophet of the Lord.
A God calling for repentance.
A Danger they never knew existed.

After being thrown in prison for preaching of God in the town square, Amulek must rely on his new found faith that his family will be spared the evil running rampant through the city. Little does he know that this is only the beginning of his family's trials.

Tabitha flees with her children in order to save their lives, leaving her husband at the mercy of the courts. Not knowing if she will ever see Amulek again and with no possessions to her name, she fears they will never find a place to settle or call their own.

Are there other believers with whom they can find refuge? Or will they be forced to wander from city to city seeking for a peace that doesn't exist?

“The Faith of a Wife” is a Christian Historical Fiction Romance. These stories bring life to the men in the scriptures and the families who supported them during their God-given duties in the Ancient Americas. Each book is a stand-alone story and can be read in any order.

The Women of Faith Series
The Faith of a Bride
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The Faith of a Wife
The Faith of a Queen
Sept. 2019
The Faith of a Servant TBD


Excerpt:

Amulek jolted to a stop. Again, the same words flowed through his head as he stared at the stranger. Instead of feeling anxious or worried about allowing the stranger into his home, Amulek felt strangely calm and peaceful.

Slowly, cautiously, he stepped again towards the man. Each step closer brought increased strength to his spirit. Truly this is meant to be.

Amulek paused before the man and raised a hand. “Who are you?” he whispered.

Slowly, the man raised his head. His skin was dark and from many hours in the sun. His beard and hair were long and unkempt with strains of gray intermingled with the dark hair, but his eyes were kind and held a deep wisdom. A small played on his lips as he addressed Amulek.

“I am Alma, the prophet of the Lord, and I am and hungered.”

Amulek’s eyes jolted wide open as he suddenly awoke in his bed and he sucked in a deep breath. For several moments his chest heaved as he took in the cool air of the night. A stirring to his left drew his attention and caused Amulek to turn his head.

“Are you all right, my husband?” Tabitha's sweet voice drifted on the evening breeze and helped calm his erratic heartbeat.

“Yes,” he croaked out. “Yes, Tabitha. I am well.” He reached out and pulled her into his arms, finding comfort as her head rested in the crook of his shoulder. “It was a dream, only a dream.”
 

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My Book Review:

I am familiar with the account of Amulek and his encounter with Alma. What I enjoyed about this story is the personal touch. Instead of family members being relegated to the impersonal designations of wife and children, the author brought this account to life in a family setting with well-developed characters. This helped broaden the impact of what it meant to this man to answer the prompting given to him in his dreams. He set aside his own business and reputation to follow the difficult path of supporting a prophet unpopular with the people of his city. He not only put himself, but also his family, at risk.

This story was well-paced, full of action and challenges as well as faith. Although leaving his family to serve the Lord created difficulties for his family and strained some relationships, this novel was also a lovely story of the power of family love. An inspirational must-read.


About L. A. Pattillo:

L.A. Pattillo is the mother of 5 busy children and wife to 1 fantastic husband by day and avid reader and writer by night. She loves her father in heaven and is active in her church. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Creative Writing and now resides with her family in the Pacific Northwest.



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