First Line Friday: When Stars Rain Down

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown.

and the first line is…


“The inside of Miss Peggy’s house was hot like the end of days the preachers preached about during summertime revival meetings.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

This summer has the potential to change everything.

The summer of 1936 in Parsons, Georgia, is unseasonably hot, and Opal Pruitt can sense a nameless storm coming. She hopes this foreboding feeling won’t overshadow her upcoming eighteenth birthday or the annual Founder’s Day celebration in just a few weeks. As hard as she works in the home of the widow Miss Peggy, Opal enjoys having something to look forward to.

But when the Ku Klux Klan descends on Opal’s neighborhood of Colored Town, the tight-knit community is shaken in every way. Parsons’s residents—both Black and white—are forced to acknowledge the unspoken codes of conduct in their post-Reconstruction era town. To complicate matters, Opal finds herself torn between two unexpected romantic interests, awakening many new emotions. She never thought that becoming a woman would bring with it such complicated decisions about what type of person she wants to be.

In When Stars Rain Down, Angela Jackson-Brown introduces us to a small Southern town grappling with haunting questions still relevant today—and to a young woman whose search for meaning resonates across the ages.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She is the author of the novel Drinking From A Bitter Cup and has published in numerous literary journals.  Angela’s play, Anna’s Wings, was selected in 2016 to be a part of the IndyFringe DivaFest and her play, Flossie Bailey Takes a Stand, was part of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. She also wrote and produced the play It Is Well and she was the co-playwright with Ashya Thomas on a play called Black Lives Matter (Too). In the spring of 2018, Angela co-wrote a musical with her colleague, Peter Davis, called Dear Bobby: The Musical, that was part of the 2018 OnyxFest in Indianapolis, IN. Her book of poetry called House Repairs was published by Negative Capability Press in the fall of 2018, and in the fall of 2019, she directed and produced a play she wrote called Still Singing Those Weary Blues. Her new novel, When Stars Rain Down, to be published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins, is forthcoming in 2021.

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Book Review: The Entrepreneur’s Nurse

Happy Monday, friends! Today I am thrilled to share my thoughts about The Entrepreneur’s Nurse, the second book in Rose Fresquez’s Caregivers series.

Have you read any books by Rose Fresquez yet?


ABOUT THE BOOK

His trip to Africa is strictly business. Her attraction to a tourist is a prescription for heartbreak.

As a successful entrepreneur, Brady Sharp is always on the lookout for the next profitable venture. When he learns of a tourist resort for sale in Uganda, he boards the first available flight, ready to strike that deal—until he falls off a motorcycle taxi and misses the contract and his flight back home.

Being the sole owner of the only clinic in a Kampala suburb, Ruth Kirabo treats a variety of illnesses—from malaria to minor surgeries, you name it. After she stitches an incoherent tourist she rescues from the roadside, she doesn’t expect to see the white man again. 

When Brady goes to thank the gorgeous nurse for saving his life, she’s on her way to the village, and he offers to tag along. Each day spent with her creates a deeper attraction—a threat to his long-term goals of becoming the next billionaire. Treating a bunch of locals, handling poisonous snakes, and digging wells—surely all must be temporary.

But why does his heart ache when she says goodbye? Is Ruth willing to risk her heart for a long-distance relationship? Soon Brady must make a conflicting choice: pursue his ambition or take a chance on love.

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MY THOUGHTS

The Entrepreneur’s Nurse, the second book in Rose Fresquez’s Caregivers series, takes readers on an incredible journey to the country of Uganda in Africa. This beautiful tale of finding true love and rediscovering faith is sure to become a favorite of Rose Fresquez’s readers. Her vivid descriptions of the sights and sounds of daily life in Uganda allow the readers to feel like they are taking the journey through the villages and towns right along with Brady and Ruth.

The Entrepreneur’s Nurse is recommended for readers of inspirational contemporary romance.

 I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR/PUBLISHER AND WAS NOT REQUIRED TO WRITE A POSITIVE

REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MINE.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rose Fresquez is a stay-at-home mom, with a husband and four kids. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with the family, sing gospel music and plotting her next writing project.

Rose’s writing projects include both Christian non-fiction and Christian fiction.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Places in Books We’d Love to Live

Welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is places in books we’d love to live. Here are ten books set from Alaska to Georgia, India to Northern Africa, and many places in between.

Do you have a book set in a favorite location? Tell us below or join the conversation over on That Artsy Reader Girl.

First Line Friday: The Atheist.

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

And the first line is…

I wake up to consciousness .

About The Book.

Darren is a young, married, Caucasian man, who denies the existence of God. He wakes up one day to a strange reality. He is dead, but he is still conscious. How can that be?

Fortunately for him, he has a guide, Samuel, who prepares him for the moment of reckoning… Darren has to come to terms with the truth that he was wrong about God, life and everything, but he’ll be damned before he can say “God is good”!

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First Line Friday: As Long As I Cling

Happy Friday everyone! You know what that means…it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring the first line of As Long As I Cling by Kim Cash Tate. As Long As I Cling is the fourth book in Kim Cash Tate’s Promises of God series.

and the first line is…


“Jillian waved her hand, beaming as her sister made her way across the crowded Roy Rogers cafeteria in the Student Union.”


ABOUT THE BOOK

SPECIAL DELUXE VOLUME

For Tommy Porter life is nowhere near what he thought it would be. His deepest desire is simple—to love and to be loved. But pain and heartbreak have taught him that that’s not possible for him. In fact, the pain let him know that the better path is to remain single—for the rest of his days. But a timely sermon challenges him to cling to God like never before, and Tommy begins to see the Lord move in unexpected ways. Will he hold fast to his fears? Or will he cling to God and allow His love to conquer those fears?

Stephanie London is certain her marriage will never be what she’d hoped. Even now, as she and her husband are expecting their first baby, she’s painfully aware that she longs for more. When she and Lindell finally take the honeymoon vacation they never got, Stephanie allows herself a glimmer of fresh hope. But the trip ushers in their greatest test yet—and Stephanie fears it could be the end.

Jade Rogers has never fit into anyone’s circle. Outspoken and even mean by nature, her disposition has meant a life in which she can’t name a single friend, besides her twin sister. But now that she’s given her life to Christ, the old Jade is gone—at least, in spirit. But what does that look like in reality? And when a potential friend suddenly crosses her path, will she allow the Lord to do a new thing in her life?

In the midst of these stories and more, Hollywood comes to St. Louis to film the movie based on the life of Pastor Lance Alexander—and the Living Word family encounters more than a few twists and turns as a result.

Join characters you’ve come to know and love and meet a few new ones in this special deluxe volume in the Promises of God series!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim Cash Tate is an author, bible teacher, speaker, and singer/songwriter. As an author, she has written several books, including Cling: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God and her fictional Promises of God series. In addition, Kim has an active YouTube channel featuring bible studies and practical, biblical teaching. She has also created and written a scripted web series called Cling The Series, in which she also played a leading role, airing on her YouTube channel.

As a singer/songwriter, Kim wrote the songs on the Cling Soundtrack and performed on the album as well. She has spoken in several cities with Women of Faith and has been featured on national broadcasts such as The 700 Club and Discover the Word. She has also written for Desiring God, Christianity Today, and She Reads Truth. Formerly, Kim clerked for a federal judge and practiced as a partner in litigation with a large Midwest law firm. She and her husband Bill currently reside in St. Louis, Missouri. Kim can be found online at http://www.kimcashtate.com and on social media platforms @kimcashtate.


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TBT: Troubled Heart by Tyora Moody

Happy Thursday!!

I wanted to blog about Tyora Moody’s Troubled Heart for Throwback Thursday. Maybe because I share a name with the heroine. 😉

It’s book 2 in here Reed Family series and released in 2016. If you haven’t read the book or the series, now’s the time!


About the Book

Forensic artist Toni Reed loves when her work helps the police catch criminals. Tasked with helping a traumatized woman identify her attacker, Toni is troubled when she sketches a face that resembles a man from her past. Is it the same man who brutally attacked her two years ago?

Despite longtime family friend Detective Cam Noble’s insistence that she not interfere with the case, Toni becomes obsessed with seeking justice. Will she let God lead her to come to terms with her past?

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About the Author

Tyora Moody is the author of Soul-Searching Suspense books which include the Reed Family Novellas, Eugeena Patterson Mysteries, Serena Manchester Series, and the Victory Gospel Series. She is also the author of the nonfiction book, The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, and the compilation editor for the Stepping Into Victory Compilations under her company, Tymm Publishing LLC.

As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include virtual event planning, book covers and book trailers.

To contact Tyora about book club discussions or for book marketing workshops, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com.

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Book Review: A Holly, Bolly Christmas

Happy Wednesday reader friends! Today’s book review is A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Daw, and I’m happy to share my thoughts about this story which is part of the Something Borrowed collection.


ABOUT THIS BOOK

Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.

Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver — Hanady’s planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn’t the groom. If she can’t see she’s marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won’t be the only thing broken.

All the Moore by Toni Shiloh — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them?

A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancé doesn’t know it…

Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth’s holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away?

A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd — Lydia Osborn hasn’t heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love?

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MY THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved reading any of Mikal Dawn’s books because anything she writes makes me laugh. Her stories are filled with humor and romance, and Maguire and Chahna’s story was no exception. I could picture the scene where Chahna finds out her dream wedding venue has been booked already, even though Maguire hasn’t proposed to her yet! Chahna’s parents, who are Bollywood actors, keep introducing her to other men hoping to deter her from marrying Maguire. This is a great read and I highly recommend reading A Holly, Bolly Christmas if you are looking for a fun rom/com story to read.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry organization, serves in her church’s library, runs her kids to football, Tae Kwon Do, and figure skating, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she pulls her hair out, wrestling with characters and muttering under her breath as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an associate’s degree in Accounting (both from Liberty University), and has worked in accounting, as an assistant to authors, both in person and virtually (they kept her on her toes!). She currently works as an administrative assistant/office manager for an international sports ministry.

Her first love is Jesus Christ, her second love is her husband, third her kids, fourth is writing, and fifth is coffee. Or reading.

Nah, it’s coffee.

Born and raised just outside of Vancouver, Canada, Mikal has lived throughout the southern United States, currently residing in Nebraska (and loving it!) with her husband, three kids, and one lazy ferocious feline.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books On Our Spring 2021 TBR

Welcome to today’s Top Ten Tuesday post! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is about books on our Spring 2021 To-Be-Read list. Here are some of our most-anticipated reads releasing March, April, or May:

What books are you looking forward to reading over the next few months? Tell us below or join the conversation over on That Artsy Reader Girl.

First Line Friday. Separated.

Happy Friday, bookish friends.

It is another time for first line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Let’s get right into it.

And the first line is…

Daniel stared at the chaos that was his kitchen.

About The Book.

There’s only one person standing in the way of love: her husband. As Efe files for divorce, will the breakup give her joy or lead to her losing more than she expected?
It’s been almost two years since the night that changed everything for Efe. For as long as she could remember, her childhood crush on Daniel had always made her do silly things. But there was only one thing she regretted; having a baby for him when he clearly didn’t love her.
With constant push and pressures from both their families, they end up in a marriage only one of them wants. She goes away for the mandatory one year National service and meets Amaze who is everything Daniel isn’t to her, and he sweeps her off her feet showing her sweet romance. Armed with the pain of Daniel’s adulterous ways, she makes the firm decision to move on and files for a divorce.
While Efe is away, Daniel has a change of heart from the most unlikely means and decides to get his act together and be the husband he hasn’t been. He gets his acts straight and wants to get his wife back but he may be late as she’s already met with Amanze’s family.
Will Efe be willing to take Daniel back, or will her new love with Amanze be strong enough to make her walk away from him? Can she hope for a new start with her daughter and Amanze or is everything just wishful thinking?

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Book Review: Casket Case

Happy Wednesday dear reader friends! Today’s book review is Casket Case, book 1 in The Cynthia Shade Mysteries, by Lee James. This is a great suspense story.

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Cynthia Shade. That’s her name. She has ADHD and cynophobia. That’s just a fancy way of saying she’s terrified of dogs. Not all dogs mind you, just the tiny ones that come at you with their razor-sharp fangs and frenzied eyes. To make it worse, she can’t find a job, rather, she can’t keep a job, and she’s about to be evicted. Just when she gets a glimmer of hope she’s blackmailed into trying to solve a murder.
Wait-what?
Cue the handsome sheriff who awakens real interest in perpetually single Cynthia, and a cast of crazed suspects. One of whom is determined she doesn’t make it out of this adventure alive.

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MY THOUGHTS

Casket Case by Lee James is a good suspense story involving Cynthia being blackmailed into solving a mystery, a dead body, and a number of suspects. Because of ADHD, Cynthia can’t handle structured schedules, including a job with a set schedule.  Her mother and younger sister want Cynthia to have a job with security instead of having Cynthia struggle and be unable to keep the electricity on in her apartment and pay rent. Lee James did a great job in having Cynthia realize that she doesn’t need to conform and be like everybody else but to find who she is without the structured schedules. I’m looking forward to seeing if there’s going to be a book 2 in this series.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lee James writes stories of hope and redemption. Whether it’s fantasy, mystery or historical fiction, her beautifully awkward characters traverse a dark labyrinth on their journey to a hopeful end. She is vehement about the importance of creating and preserving the sanctity of the written word. In that vein, she supports literacy programs and her local libraries. Most importantly, she supports her fellow writers. When not writing, she enjoys photography, watching The Simpsons, and of course, reading.

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