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If I Didn’t Know Better (Callaway Cousins #1) Callaways Book #9

December 11, 2017
If I Didn't Know Better Book Cover If I Didn't Know Better
Callaway Cousins
Barbara Frothy
Romantic Suspense/Christian Fiction
Fog City Publishing, LLC
August 26, 2015

Description of If I Didn’t Know Better

Mia Callaway thought she had the perfect guy and the perfect job…until she didn’t. After a run of bad luck, Mia is looking for an escape, so she agrees to go to Angel’s Bay to clean out her aunt’s house. She has no idea that the wounded soldier next door and his adorable, but also wounded, daughter are about to change her definition of perfect. Add in stolen art, a family secret, and a town where miracles can happen, and Mia’s escape turns out to be the greatest adventure of her life.

My review of If I Didn’t Know Better

I loved the Callaway series by Barbara Freethy so I knew I would enjoy this new Callaway cousins series.

If I Didn’t Know Better is the first book of the Callaway Cousins Series. It was published in 2015 so the other three books in the series are already out. No reason to let the #1 in the series deter you from reading it.

This particular book is about Mia, one of the Callaway cousins. It is set in the fictitious town of Angel’s Bay. It is full of suspense and plenty of romance.

This book can be read by itself, there are no cliffhangers, no things you have to know to be able to understand this story. It is a quick read because once you start you can’t put it down.

Pick up a copy, you’ll be glad you did.


About the author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 41 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women’s fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 5 million copies of her books. Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel’s Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara recently launched a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to “serve and protect”. For more information, visit Barbara’s website at

The Cowboy’s Special Christmas

December 8, 2017
The Cowboy's Special Christmas Book Cover The Cowboy's Special Christmas
Barbara McMahon
Barbara McMahon
December 8, 2017

Description of The Cowboy’s Special Christmas

Starting over–
Left at the altar, veterinarian Jennifer moves a thousand miles away from the reminders of the man she thought to marry. She’ll focus on her new practice, make friends and forget about getting involved again any time soon.

Moving on–
After cowboy Cole Martin discovers the woman he loved has been going out with other men, he cuts all ties despite her attempts to rekindle their romance. Once burned, twice shy.

Starting something new–
When Cole and Jennifer meet, it’s like at first sight. But can this relationship forge ahead with all the heartache lingering from the past.

My review of The Cowboy’s Special Christmas

This story is a sweet Christmas romance. If you are looking for a short Christmas story to cozy up with for an afternoon, this is the book.

It is a story of two people who have had their hearts broken. They are not looking for love, they are just wanting to get through the holidays.

It is a delightful read. Pick up your copy today. I think you will enjoy Jennifer and Cole’s story.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Barbara McMahon has written more than 80 novels which have sold more than 16 million copies world wide. Known for her heartwarming, emotional stories, she excels in capturing those special feelings when first falling in love.

Her books have won a number of awards including the Bookseller’s Best, National Readers Choice Award and the prestigious HOLT Medallion.

For a complete list of books or to contact Barbara, visit her website:



The View From Rainshadow Bay

December 4, 2017
The View From Rainshadow Bay (A Lavender Tides Novel) Book Cover The View From Rainshadow Bay (A Lavender Tides Novel)
Lavender Tides - Book 1
Colleen Coble
Romantic Suspense/Christian Fiction
Thomas Nelson
January 23, 2018
Net Galley

Description of The View From Rainshadow Bay

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

My review of View From Rainshadow Bay

This book has it all! Suspense, mystery, and a love story.

This book had more twists than you can imagine. Each one perfectly timed and revealing another layer of the deception to help unravel the mystery.

I really felt for Shauna, she was in a hard place. Struggling to make a living for herself and her son while danger surrounded her at every turn.

Poor Zach was carrying around so much guilt after his best friend’s death. He fights his attraction for Shauna, he tries his best to protect her and her son and do right by them.

I loved the characters! I loved the plot! I love Colleen Cobles’s voice. This is a great book to read to settle in with on a cold weekend. Pick up a copy when it comes out, January 23, 2018. I think you’ll like this one.

About the author

Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at



In This Moment

November 27, 2017
In This Moment Book Cover In This Moment
Karen Kingsbury
Christian Fiction
Howard Books
November 7, 2017
Net Galley

Description of In This Moment

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.

Hamilton High Principal Wendell Quinn is tired of the violence, drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and low expectations at his Indianapolis school. A single father of four, Quinn is a Christian and a family man. He wants to see change in his community, so he starts a voluntary after-school Bible Study and prayer program. He knows he is risking his job by leading the program, but the high turnout at every meeting encourages him.

A year later, violence and gang activity are down, test scores are up, and drug use and teen pregnancy have plummeted. The program is clearly working—until one parent calls the press. Now Quinn faces a lawsuit that could ruin everything.

With a storm of national attention and criticism, Quinn is at a crossroads—he must choose whether to cave in and shut down the program or stand up for himself and his students. The battle comes with a high cost, and Quinn wants just one attorney on his side for this fight: Luke Baxter. In This Moment is an inspiring, relevant story about the nuances of religious freedom and how a group of determined people just might restore the meaning of faith in today’s culture.

My review of In This Moment

What an interesting book!

I thought this was the next book in the Baxter series, that is why I requested an advance copy. Though this book did include quite a few of the Baxter family members it was more about the fight to allow a Bible study on a  public school campus to continue.

Luke Baxter is the attorney Wendall Quinn engages to help him.

The book made me think, and that is a good thing. I had to ask myself some difficult questions. If I taught in a public school would I fight for students right to read and study the Bible or would I be too afraid I might loose my job?

I taught at a Christian school so I think I took for granted the fact that I could pray with students, we read our Bibles and studied the Bible whenever we wanted. Most lessons in history were taught from a Biblical perspective. What if that weren’t the case? Would I still speak up about my faith? I would hope so, but there is no way knowing for sure.

The characters were very believeable in this story and the setting is perfect.

I would love to see this novel made into a movie. I think it would be perfect for the producers of the God’s Not Dead movies.

Pick up a copy and let me know what you think about this one.


About the author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty-nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

Writing What You Like

November 6, 2017

Common sense, right?

Write something that you’d like to read. It sounds easy, but what do you do when you are writing a novel and you start reading back over your story, and you don’t like it? Throw it out and start again? We’re talking 80,000 words, so, no. Throwing it out is not an option.

Step back and analize what you don’t like about it.

I don’t like the main character. Wow, that is a big one. Kind of intimidating. So I read some of my book reviews. Quite a few of the books that I rated five stars also had comments like, “I loved the characters in this book!” or “The characters seemed like old friends by the end of this book”. These authors must know something I don’t. So I decided to go back and reread the books and see how the authors developed their characters.

I’d recently read Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis. I loved Jasper and Emma, but I really loved Jasper’s Dad in a supporting role.

Visualize the people

In my mind I picture Jasper’s dad to look like Paul Newman in  Message In A Bottle so of course Jasper looks like Kevin Costner. Those two exchange zingers with each other throughout the whole movie. I loved the witty banter.

Jasper and his dad exchange zingers through out the whole book. Not only do they share witty conversation but so do Jasper and Emma.

I never knew I liked witty conversation.

How to encorporate that into my  novel

I knew what my character wanted, I knew what lie he told himself, I knew what trials he would face along the way, and I knew how he would be forever changed in the end. I just needed to make him more interesting, someone the readers would be routing for.

The mission

You thought I was going to give you the miracle answer, didn’t you?

Sorry, I am rereading some books to see how it’s done. I’ll get back with you when I figure it out.

Hey, it’s a journey.