First Line Friday: The Switch

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…


“Where are you?”

“I’m driving past Marine Parade, Ash. I can practically see your house from here. Would you calm down?”


About the Book

A Friends To Lovers Romance

Ashanti Lane would do anything for her best friend Luke. Even pretend to be his girlfriend so his traditional Chinese parents would accept a black woman into their family.

The plan is simple. Get in and get out so Luke can have a happily-ever-after with his African queen. But when it’s time to make the switch, Ashanti realizes her feelings for Luke are more than a ruse.

Should she risk their friendship for love or step back and watch Luke walk away with someone else?

 Amazon | Goodreads


Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!


Post by contributor Toni Shiloh.

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Romantic Suspense Reads

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a genre-related freebie so I thought I’d take a look at some diverse reads in my fave genre – romantic suspense!!


beneath a navajo moon

Beneath a Navajo Moon by Lisa Carter
Goodreads |Amazon

a bond fulfilled

A Bond Fulfilled by Lee Tobin McClain
Goodreads |Amazon

brett billionaire bodyguard

Brett, Billionaire Bodyguard by Verde & Macarthur
Goodreads |Amazon

captured

Captured by Terri J. Haynes
Goodreads |Amazon

frost heaves

Frost Heaves by Alana Terry
Goodreads |Amazon

narrow escape

Narrow Escape by Camy Tang
Goodreads |Amazon

pursued rodante

Pursued by Linda K. Rodante
Goodreads |Amazon

red ohagwu

Red by Joy Ohagwu
Goodreads |Amazon

Safe Harbor by Christy Barritt

Safe Harbor by Christy Barritt
Goodreads |Amazon

tellyousoon

Tell You Soon by Jan Thompson
Goodreads |Amazon


 

Have you read any of these diverse romantic suspense novels?
Do you have some faves you would add to the list?

Author Interview with Lisa Lee

Happy Monday!

I’m chatting today with author Lisa Lee so grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and join us!


Interview

Toni: Thank you so much for joining me today! Let’s start off with a little about yourself. What is your writing process like?

Lisa: My writing process is too slow! It took me 6 years to write the first book.  I held out a fervent hope that I would finish the next book in a year until the year passed with only about half of the book written. Still, I commit to writing at least one day a week for a couple of hours. I either go to a café or I put my headphones on at home and write. I will get to the finish line eventually!

Toni: That’s the spirit. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Lisa: I knew I wanted to be a writer when I returned from a trip to South Africa in 2015. The trip made me question what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I knew then that I wanted to finish a story I had been working on off and on. Until 2015, I had dabbled in writing. In high school, I wrote emotionally overwrought poetry. I wrote a few unsatisfactory short stories after high school. But in 2012, I decided one day out of the week, I was going to write the best paragraph I could and build upon the same story each week with no expectation beyond that point. It took me three years to admit that I wanted to take my weekend writing further and make it into a book.

Toni: Do you like coffee or tea? Chocolate or candy? Beaches or mountains?

Lisa: I drink both coffee and tea every day so its hard to pick one. Coffee has caffeine, which is a definite win when I’m tired. But I love herbal tea scents as they add a little something special to even dreary days. The next two choices are easy, chocolate and beaches.

 Toni: What’s next in your writing?

Lisa: Finishing book two of the series. The story is set in the future but I’m trying not to take so long that the “future” becomes current by the time the series is complete!

Toni: Awesome! Could you tell us a little about your story?

Lisa: Becoming Princess Eden centers on the main character Eden, and the man she is destined to marry, Gideon. The two come from widely divergent backgrounds. She lives in a futuristic America that is a theocracy. He is the second-in-line to the throne prince of Sea Horse Island, a place initially settled by refugees with no home country. In the story, Eden is kidnapped and taken to a school where she must learn to be a bride for an unknown man. The reverse is also true, Eden is unknown to Gideon, who is already involved with another character Angel. The story alternates between their two respective views and focuses on how they become aware of each other. It is the first story of a three-part series.

Toni: That sounds so good! What life verse would your main character choose and why?

Lisa: The main character is Eden, who lives in a futuristic, theocratic America. She lives a sheltered life until a single knock on the door brings changes that force her through much trial and tribulation. I picked the following verse as one she would choose as she is constantly trying to find her new normal.

Philippians 4; 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “

 Toni: One of my favorite verses! Thank you so much for hanging with me. Now readers, it’s your turn. Do you have any questions for Lisa?


About the Author

Lisa Lee is a writer, attorney, wife, and mother of two kids. She resides in Chicago, Illinois. She can often be found writing during her kids’ sports practices. Lisa is a member of Clean Indie Reads (C.I.R.). Other than her family, her main loves are reading, eating chocolate, writing, eating chocolate, hanging out with friends, and eating . . . well, you get the picture! Thanks to a slow night and Netflix, Lisa now also really likes Korean Dramas. Visit her webpage at www.LisaLeeWrites.com.

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About the Book

AD 2135, Saved America: Eden, a girl ripped from her post-revolutionary American life, can see no good outcome for her predicament. Gideon, a second-in-line prince who’s fallen from grace, may be her only option. How will these two lost souls find each other?

With a single knock on the door, Eden’s sheltered world is turned upside down. She’s kidnapped and taken to a dubious school in a secret location where she must learn to be a proper wife. But is it a school or a prison? She can’t leave for years—not until the man who’s purchased her as his bride comes to claim her—and she finds herself in a fight for an unknown prize, competing against an unseen foe.

Prince Gideon, whose parents have secretly arranged their match, lives on the other side of the world and isn’t even aware of Eden’s existence. The prince is occupied with the beautiful Angel, who’s a lot less angelic than he thinks.  When Gideon’s relationship with Angel gets him thrown out of the palace, he is ashamed and without hope. Eden may be the only way to fix his mistakes.

Can Eden survive the enemies at her new school? Can Gideon redeem himself? Will Gideon ever meet the one chosen for him?

Amazon | Goodreads

First Line Friday: Taming Mr. Charming

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…


“Spencer and Peyton are what?” I shrieked, wondering if I was in an alternate universe.


About the Book

Mia Johnson is a girl with a past, but she’s never let her past define her and she isn’t about to start now. She has her eyes set on the future, a future where the perfect black Prince Charming will come rescue her and whisk her off to enjoy the love of a lifetime.

There’s only one problem.

Peyton Lowry, Spencer Braden’s handsome business partner, is constantly getting under her skin. Will he be able to break down her walls and give her the fairy tale ending she never knew she wanted? Or will prejudice and insecurities keep her from taming the right Mr. Charming?

 Amazon | Goodreads


 

Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!


Post by contributor Toni Shiloh.

Throwback Thursday: Taming Mr. Jerkface

Happy Thursday!

I know you might be shocked we’re coming to you on a Thursday, but there’s been a slight change. 😉 We’ll be posting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays now with an odd post on the other days here and there as we see fit.

Now onto today’s scheduled post. 🙂

This Throwback Thursday read is brought to you by Nia Arthurs author of Taming Mr. Jerkface. This book released in 2016. Have you read it? I recently discovered it last weekend and have been diving into Ms. Arthurs’ backlist.


About the Book

Melody Reyes is on her first public relations assignment overseas. She’s living life the only way she knows how, with one foot in the Kingdom and the other in the world. One divinely inspired encounter knocks her flat to the ground, literally. Melody finds herself swept off her feet by a hunky, Asian guy who is her opposite in nearly every way.

She’s a quirky girl from the Caribbean in the big city for the first time. He’s a smooth, no-nonsense businessman helplessly drawn to her sincerity and weirdness. She blurts exactly what she’s thinking and he keeps his cards close to the chest. He’s close to perfect but not quite. Can this lively Belizean beauty tame the Jerkface?

 Amazon | Goodreads


You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Post by contributor Toni Shiloh.

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Reads Spring TBR

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to Diversity Between The Page’s leap into the popular Top Ten Tuesday linkup hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

Today’s theme is our Spring TBR so I’m looking at books with diverse characters that release in April, May or June. (Please note: there are probably many others but these are the ones I know for sure.)

theirhappyhome

Their Happy Home by Joy Ohagwu
Release Date: April 29, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

Lost Down Deep front cover

Lost Down Deep by Sara Davison
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

Redeeming Grace crawford

Redeeming Grace by Bridget T. Crawford
Release Date: April 20, 2020
Preorder on Amazon

the trouble with love

The Trouble With Love by Toni Shiloh
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

an uncommon beauty

An Uncommon Beauty by Kari Trumbo
Release Date: May 4, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

herhiddenhope

Her Hidden Hope by Jill Lynn
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

analaskantwinsurprise

An Alaskan Twin Surprise by Belle Calhoune
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

where tomorrow leads

Where Tomorrow Leads by DiAnn Mills
Release Date: June 9, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

she knows her god

She Knows Her God by Joy Ohagwu
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon

stories that bind us

Stories That Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Add to Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon


Which of these diverse reads are on your TBR? Got any to add to the list?

Book Review: The Solid Grounds Coffee Company

We made it to Friday! WOOHOO! This has been a week, but you know what I do when weeks are frustrating? I grab some coffee and read a good book. This week I read The Solid Grounds Coffee Company which is the last book in The Saturday Night Supper Club series by Carla Laureano. This series has been fantastic to read!

 

About the Book

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company (The Saturday Night Supper Club) by [Laureano, Carla]

Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices haven’t been in vain. But when she’s asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job.

Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it—only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.

When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she’s desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though he’s the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect there’s much more to Bryan than she’s given him credit for . . . and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming.

Goodreads | Amazon


My Thoughts

Laureano has proven once again that she is a fantastic story teller. Readers have been waiting patiently for this story, and it did not disappoint. What I didn’t expect was to have the prodigal son story to hit me so hard, so fast. Bryan is a character we can all relate to at some point in our lives. He lived life for himself, until he came to a point where all he could do was look up and realize who he needed to live for. From that point on Bryan is different. Yes, he still had some faults and bumps. But Laureano weaves an encouraging tale of how the broken can be made whole over time. They will continue to have imperfections, yet still grow as individuals.

Bryan and Ana’s love story is probably my favorite of this series. The attraction is always there for sure, but Laureano took her time with them. Their relationship wasn’t forced. There were obstacles to overcome, as there is with any new relationship. Readers have been waiting for this story for the entire series after all! What I loved most is that Bryan and Ana were real with each other. They had some real conversations, sweet moments, laughable moments, and all around great chemistry.

While I am sad to see this series go, I can honestly say Laureano ended it with a bang. And the good thing is, we can visit these friends at any time! I highly recommend reading this series, from start to finish. I think you’ll find the friendships and relationships will bring a smile to your face, and some encouragement to your hearts.

 

 


About the Author

Carla Laureano
Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

Connect with Carla online at her website (www.carlalaureano.com) or on any of these social media platforms:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest


 

Do you enjoy reading friends-to-romance stories? 

Book Spotlight: A Long Time Comin’

Happy Wednesday!

I’m sharing a book spotlight on Robin W. Pearson’s A Long Time Comin’. I’m also currently reading this so stay tuned for a future book review. 🙂


About the Book

To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out she’s dying doesn’t mean she can’t keep it that way. If any of her children have questions about their daddy and the choices she made after he abandoned them, they’d best take it up with Jesus. There’s no room in Granny B’s house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks.

Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrice’s doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmother’s heart and home inside out. Evelyn’s meddling uncovers a tucked-away box of old letters, forcing the two women to wrestle with their past and present pain as they confront the truth Beatrice has worked a lifetime to hide.

Amazon | B&N | CBD | Goodreads


About the Author

Robin W. Pearson’s writing sprouts from her Southern roots, her faith, and the love of her sweet husband, seven children, and dog. In her twenty-five year editorial career, she’s corrected grammar up and down the East coast, and her debut novel, A Long Time Comin’, has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Follow Robin’s adventures in faith, family, and homeschooling on her blog, “Mommy, Concentrated.”

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Post by Toni Shiloh