My Fall TBR List

Monday, September 17, 2018

Today on Top Ten Tuesday it is Fall TBR. It seems as though my Summer and Winter TBR grows by leaps and bounds but my Fall TBR is smaller. I have no idea why, it just seems to work that way. I can pretty much guarantee my Fall TBR will grow before Christmas gets here.

What's on your Fall TBR? Do we have any of the same ones?

If My People Will Humble Themselves and Pray

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Last night an article posted in Publisher's Weekly regarding sexual harassment within the Christian publishing world hit Facebook.  I was reading it as I was laying in bed last night and began crying. I don't know the men mentioned in the article personally. I was friends with Chip MacGregor on Facebook for awhile. But, I've never met him in person so I can't agree or disagree with what has or hasn't happened at a Christian writer's conference. And until I read the article I'd never heard of Jeff Gerke or Ben Wolf, and I've been reviewing on this blog for nearly twelve years.

With that said, I want to point out that this article was written by a secular publication. Meaning they are not in the business of reconciliation like Christianity Today, and Focus On the Family.

I am completely and utterly disgusted that this is even a topic of discussion among those of us within the Christian publishing world. When I think of authors, publishers, blog tour companies, etc. I see friends, people I have come to love and champion. This does need to be a discussion but more in preventative measure, not like this. After thinking about it, praying about it and discussing this with two people I highly trust this almost seems like a witch hunt.

Let's be real here. Place men and women in one place without spouses Christian or not and there is a high probability of impropriety. We're all human and we screw up a lot! Whether we're intentional or not. Two people at the right place, wrong time, and a look, smile, compliment and watch out! Especially if one or both are in a vulnerable place. A fight with a spouse, or a marriage on the skids creates a recipe for disaster!

As I stated above I've never met Mr. Macgregor personally. I did read his confession regarding this entire situation. I don't have permission to post it here simply because I don't know him well enough to ask. He says he was a jerk, goes as far as to say he was an asshole. Personally that takes a lot of guts in the writing world where it is one; cut throat, and most of the authors are women.

Which brings me to my entire reason for this post. Publisher's Weekly is posting only the women's side and very little of the men's side, if none at all. Laying the Christianity aside, in our country everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Add in being a Christian, striving to be Christlike and we are called to hold accountable but not place judgement. Forgive seventy times seven. Help our brother and sister. Yet, in the last twelve hours it's seems as though the believers within the publishing world, and I confess I fell into that trap until I learned more, have jumped on a bandwagon of misinformation and shaming instead of finding ways for reconciliation.

If all of this isn't bad enough, in seven days the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference will take place in Nashville, Tennessee. How perfect for the enemy to use this article to distract, dismay, and disrupt what God has planned to do.

My hope and prayer is that everyone who loves and adores Christian fiction as well as the authors as much as I do will lift them up in prayer to heal and bring restoration not division.

My heart is broken and I honestly can't even imagine how horrible this is for everyone involved and the last thing I want is for the enemy to win!

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

I am adding a footnote to this post.

I have been told several times today that the writer of the article in PW is a Christian author, something I did not know. Nothing against her or her knowledge, I do wonder if the article would have had a different slant had it been published in a Christian publication.

I do think it is important to add that the reason this situation has gone on as long as it has is because no one talked about it even though most of the people on the circuit knew about it. There are a lot more men in power than the ones that were named involved in the situation. Hopefully by naming names, which I'm not a fan of, may bring a stop to it.

My point in writing this is first because I am a survivor of both sexual assault by a man in my church when I was a teen, as well as being raped by my ex husband, is to point every victim of sexual assault to Christ the one and only healer.

Indie Releases For September and October

Both of these releases are by the same author, Valerie Comer. I am unfamiliar with her writing, but I'm interested in reading her Cowboy series since I'm married to one.

This book releases today. Just click the book cover to purchase it.

Author: Valerie Comer
Series: Urban Farm Fresh Romance, Book 5
Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance
ISBN: 9781988068350

God’s love is the gold
mending broken hearts and dreams
As her friends pair off, Kassidy North thinks happily-ever-after has passed her by, but she’s too busy running a busy bistro and once-a-month cooking club to be bothered by it. Much. Until a single dad moves into the neighborhood and threatens to invade her dreams and well-ordered life.
Metal sculptor Wesley Ferguson is a cynic when it comes to romance, but something in Kass makes him want to believe again. He’s not so sure he agrees when she insists forever love begins with God. What has God ever done for him?
Unable to avoid one another in the close-knit community of Bridgeview, Kass and Wesley develop the beginnings of a friendship. But when relationships break around them, can they see God as the glue capable of holding broken pieces together… forever?

A Christmas to Remember is in a boxed set and is up for pre-order. Just click the cover to order from Amazon.

Genre: Contemporary Inspirational Romance

Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Together as a set on Amazon only for the fall of 2018.

Only available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited!
October 2 – December 31, 2018, only!

Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Until I Met You by award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson
After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer
The Cowboy Santa program is supposed to be a chance to help his neighbors. When Kade Delgado’s ex-fiancĂ©e, now a single mom, shows up on his list, neither of them are thrilled. Is there any hope for a second chance at love?

Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey
When he arrived at the ranch, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for. She wasn’t looking for anything beyond stability for her son. Christmas might be a season of hope, but do they dare risk everything for love?

Can’t Live without You by Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s fiancĂ©’s betrayal doesn’t hurt as much as learning her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her. The marriage would have been fake, but her feelings for Sawyer aren’t.

Beautiful Heart of His by Lindi Peterson
Two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more true. Will Mason’s past wrongs push Scarlett away or help her fall in love with him?

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift by Publishers Weekly bestselling author Deb Kastner
Cowgirl Maisey Gray knows horses, not six-year-olds. But when her socially-awkward, VR glasses-wearing neighbor needs help creating the perfect Christmas for his nephews, it’s up to Maisey to make sure Cam and the boys have a Christmas they’ll never forget.

Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson
Grace Logan needs a place to pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Grief drives Seth Gibbs to his family’s vacation home, and three years later, he has no plans to leave. Until Grace falls into his life.

Books That Play Hide and Seek

Monday, September 10, 2018

Come out, come out wherever you are!

Like the cat in the picture these books are amazing hidden gems.  I thought I'd have to really search to find books that weren't getting enough notice, but I really didn't.

Each cover will lead you to my review and a link to purchase.

I hope you've found a hidden gem to add to your ever growing TBR.

Can't Wait For - December

Friday, September 7, 2018

Weirdly, I only found two books for release in December. Kinda strange. I've searched all over and haven't found any others from the major Christian publishers.

I found out some Indie authors who are releasing in September and October.

 Dan Walsh is re-releasing to of his favored Christmas books. They come out on September 25th.

You can pre-order them at these links.

Remembering Christmas Here.

Keeping Christmas Here.

In October Sarah Monzon is releasing her new novella, Literarily for Keeps. If you've not read her other bookish novella, Bookishly Ever After, you need to! It is delightfully charming and full of bookish love!

The book covers will take you to Amazon to pre-order. Except for Literarily for Keeps that will take you to Sarah Monzon's website.

I can't believe I forgot about this one on Wednesday, and I'm on the launch team for it. Definite epilepsy brain forgetfulness.

It's scheduled to release on October 16th.

My favorite covers are these two.

Can't Wait For - November

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Interestingly it seems like the closer we get to the New Year the fewer releases I find. I've checked publishers sites and I'm hardly finding any. 

    If you know of books releasing in November or you have one please let me know.


My favorite covers from these upcoming releases are . . .

The cover designers do a great job creating eye-catching covers. Each of these covers are definite eye-catching and make you just want to dive into the book.

Are any of your Can't Wait For November books in my list?

Can't Wait For - October

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Here are my Can't Wait For Releases for October. Even though October is just twenty-six days away it seems like forever when you're looking at these pretties that you so desperately want to add to your shelf and start reading.

While I like all of these covers these are my favorites . . .

Are any of my Can't Wait For any of yours? Let me know in the comments.

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