Author Interview with Milla Holt

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m chatting with the lovely Milla Holt. Grab you coffee (or tea, water, or whatever you prefer!) and join the conversation!


Jessica: Can you start off by telling us why you decided to write about people of color or diverse issues?

Milla: I’m Black, so it comes naturally to include people of color in my
stories. My husband is from Norway, so, again, I reflect my own
experience when I write about people who find love across racial and
cultural boundaries.

Jessica: I love that! What is your greatest struggle in writing characters of color?

Milla: When I write about Black people, especially people of East African
descent, I’m writing what I know. It’s more of a stretch to write about
people with different cultural backgrounds. I don’t want to come across
as inauthentic or using lazy stereotypes, so it definitely takes a lot
more work and conscious effort.

Jessica: We’re thankful you take the time to research it! How do you make your non-White characters believable and relatable?

Milla: The non-white characters I’ve written so far have come from cultures
with which I’m very familiar. In my first book I included several
Ugandan characters. Since that’s my ethnic background and I lived and
worked in Uganda for many years, it was easy to craft these
personalities, their attitudes, their life circumstances, and their
reactions to the events around them.

In my second book, I thought it would be fun to make hair a part of the
plot. My characters meet because a White father is having trouble
choosing hair products for his mixed race daughter and the Black female
love interest steps in to help. This is, once again, something that I’ve
experienced, being Black and the mother of mixed race children. So, I
would say that what I write comes out of things I’ve experienced and

I put a lot of effort into developing my characters and getting into
their heads, their backgrounds, the defining moments of their lives that
made them who they are. Most of this material never actually makes it
into my books, but it helps me immensely. People are complex and
multifaceted, and I feel that when authors do their best to go beyond
the surface level and dig into what makes their characters tick, that
goes a long way to creating characters who are not cardboard cutouts.
This is especially important when we’re trying to avoid stereotypes of
any kind.

Jessica: There’s so much more to writing then just putting the words to paper! Do you relate to any of the characters in your books?

Milla: Definitely! Each of my characters has at least one thing that I
personally resonate with, whether it’s a detail relating to family
background, career or a pathetic dating history.

Jessica: It’s nice to see Milla amongst the pages! Where do you get your ideas for storylines?

Milla: Oh my, ideas come from all over the place. But most typically, I’ll
think about people whose circumstances put them in conflict, and then
complicate that conflict with romance. So, for example, in my first book
I had an AIDS activist cross paths with the head of a pharma company. Or
in my second book, two people who have lost their spouses start falling
in love, but their massive emotional baggage gets in the way.

Jessica: Awesome! What do you have coming up next for readers?

Milla: I’ve got two projects that I’m very excited about. I’m just finishing a
story that will be free to download. It’s about a couple who broke up
years ago and find themselves stuck next to each other on an awkward
transatlantic plane journey. That should be available on my website in
early August. And in November I’ll wrap up my Color-Blind Love series
with a workplace romance about the White daughter of a billionaire who
meets the son of a Ugandan refugee. She gets the job that he thinks
should have been his, so there’s lots of lovely conflict there.

Jessica: Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting today!

About the Author


Milla Holt writes fiction that reflects her Christian faith. She loves
happy endings, heroes and heroines who discover sometimes hard but
always vital truths, and stories that uplift and encourage.

She hails from East Africa but now lives in the east of England with her
husband and children. They enjoy rambling in the countryside, reading
good books, and making up silly lyrics to their favorite songs.

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First Line Friday – I Will Keep Loving You.

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…

The darkness was worse at night.

About The Book

Peju faces difficult times in the days following her divorce from heartthrob, Abdul Layeni. Her spirit is broken, her will damaged, but her passion for God is what keeps her going.

Femi shows himself to be a true friend and extends a shoulder to cry on, but will this show of comfort and Peju’s vulnerable stance lead to more? This is especially when long time secrets come to light and threaten to rock her world.

I’ll Keep Loving You brings you to the doors of loving relationships with promises for something fresh, deeper and never ending.


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

Throwback Thursday – Catching Grace by Lydia Emmanuel.

Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!

Today we’re featuring author Lydia Emmanuel’s book Catching Grace: This book you’d love. Check out the excerpt below!

About The Book.

Grace, much like every first child, has big dreams to be the beacon of light in her family; save her mother from the miseries of years of a troubled marriage and set the right example for her siblings, where her father has failed.
But, like that of every big dreamer, her path is roughened by betrayals, neglect, lies and escapades that push her farther away from her dreams. She finds herself miles away from home, living a life sustained by chaos, lustful passions and dangerous alliances.
Set in Nigeria, from the racing city of Lagos and the sleepy Ibadan City to the ageless Ile-Ife, Grace finds herself yearning for more than her new life can offer. And when she runs into a young man from her past, she realizes a choice must be made; continue with her life as it is or retrace her steps back to where she had abandoned her dreams.

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I woke up with a start; my heart beating fast. I had been pleading for forgiveness from my mother, gazing hard at her, arms wrapped cringingly around her legs; but she looked away the whole time. Suddenly, I felt a strong wind; so powerful that it started to snatch me away from her. Her motherly instinct kicked in with the force of this wind but it was too late to help me. Her face was filled with so much sorrow and i could not tell the exact cause of her pain. Was it my wrongdoing? Was it the fact that I was lost forever; or even both? As the gale flung me farther away, I lost sense of my bearing and could no longer hear my own voice.

I lay still in bed; hardly noticeable but for the slight heaving of my chest. “No one would notice anyway.” It dawned on me yet again that I was alone in this world and things got worse by the day. 

I heard the screams first, other muffled sounds followed but the walls were too thin to not hear. I could tell there were slaps, punches, scuffling and someone getting choked. This was no longer new to me and I sighed as I realised I was not moved by such disturbing occurrences. I had become cold over time. Just like the inmates in this prison, as I called it.  I looked at the time, as I became aware of the environment. It was only 11:15pm. There were still working hours left. 

Suddenly, it hit me! The sounds were coming for a familiar place; Ifeoma! I simultaneously went cold with fear then mad with rage. This was Ifeoma, meek heart and frail frame. It was a shame that she had found herself in this hellhole. Here, there were wildcats with sharp claws; ever ready to battle, always positioned to defend themselves. Not Ifeoma. Somehow she had managed to preserve her innocent outlook to life despite all she had been through. There was no trouble in her, she avoided conflict by all means and never spoke evil of anyone. Anything to keep the peace. I hated that she bothered at all, for this prison thrived on chaos. Peace was a strange concept. This prison was a bomb whose fuse was waiting to be lit.

 Her screams were now so faint. She had run out of steam, poor thing.  I stood up hurriedly, forgetting that I was undressed. “Save her”, was all I could think of. I had no idea how, but I was not going to sit and do nothing like others who sure were “minding their business” as usual. I rushed out of my room. More like a shanty. The tiny space that was once a storage was hastily cleared out for me upon my unannounced arrival. A threadbare mattress had been thrown on the bare half dirt, half cemented floor.  As I hurried down the passage of the dreary looking prison, the door of Ifeoma’s room flung open. A tall, thick set man in black uniform stormed out. His moustache was a perfect fit for his villainous look. He didn’t notice me as he hurriedly left in the opposite direction, rubbing his head. I caught a glimpse of blood as he brought down his hand. I wish he saw the hateful look accompanied by disgust on my face. A mere Police Corporal and a corrupt one at that. They came at will to pick any girl of their choice, all the time overstaying their welcome and asking for all sort of special services. The girls hated them too but tolerated them for “license” to work. For my aunt who owned the prison and was the girls’ boss, it was trade by barter. In exchange for free services, her place had never been raided.   They also served as her henchmen for any errant girl. It was her way of keeping the girls in check, preserving her rule and authority. The very ones saddled with the responsibility of protection had become perpetrators of debauchery. 

What had sweet Ifeoma done to deserve the stick? I ran into the room to see her half on the bed, half on the floor, barely breathing. I could see she had fought back and had paid the price for daring to. A broken bottle of body cream lay on the floor, its contents splattered all over. She was gasping for breath. The picture of my mother lying battered on the floor floated through my mind. “What did you do?” I asked, pulling her up. She only gasped, winced in pain and motioned feebly for me to stop. She was trying to speak, so I leaned in. 

“She…found…”, She managed to say.

I was livid. How did the dreams of a young girl disturb my aunt’s ambitions? I wanted to weep. Ifeoma motioned again as she took another deep breath.

“Lie down first, you’ll be fine. We are running away from here okay?” I whispered. 

She seemed agitated and determined to speak. Summoning some more strength, she dropped a bombshell – “Your baby… your ba…by no die, na…Madam sell …sell am.”

About The Author.

Ololade Okedare lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
She writes under the pen name Lydia Emmanuel.
As a screenwriter, she has both feature and short films to her credit. She currently serves as a mentor in the first ever Lagos FilmLab. She also has a faith-based outreach that runs a rehabilitation program targeted towards victims of sex trade and sexual abuse. for female victims of abuse and sex traders, and passionately pursues the dream of building a local rehabilitation shelter. Check her out @lydianuel on Instagram,

Book Review: Deadly Isle

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m sharing my review of Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey, which is an awesome romantic suspense novella. The hero, Callen Frost has Native-American heritage.

About the Book

Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on revenge before they become the next victims?

Deadly Isle is available as an ebook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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Deadly Isle is also available in paperback, and ebook, and on Audible as part of The Cost of Betrayal, a collection of standalone novellas that each feature the theme of betrayal.


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My Thoughts:

I am a die-hard Dani Pettrey fan, her name on the cover is all that’s necessary to make me automatically want to read anything she writes! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this novella since I first heard this collection was happening, and oh wow! It exceeded every single one of my sky high expectations! I LOVED IT SO MUCH! The whole story was incredible and I absolutely devoured every single moment! I adore reunion romances and this one was perfection, as was all the incredible suspense. I love to see diverse characters, and it is so fabulous that the hero in this story had Native American heritage, I loved that! I can’t wait to reread this story! Overall, Deadly Isle was everything (and more!) that I dreamed it would be, mere words simply cannot fully convey how much I adored every single second! In case all the gushing above isn’t enough of a clue, yes, I HIGHLY recommend this novella, and am waiting with bated breath for Dani’s next book! I know I say this a lot, but it’s so true, Dani’s books are total awesomeness, if you haven’t read her books yet, what are waiting for? You NEED Dani’s books in your life! 

(5 Stars!)

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author Dani Pettrey, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

About the Author


Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award.

From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves—full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland.


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Book Review: Third Hour

Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m thrilled to share with you my review of Third Hour by Lisa Phillips! Be sure to check out this awesome romantic suspense novel that features African-American main characters!

*NOTE: This is book #3 in the Northwest Counter-Terrorism Taskforce, and I highly that this series be read in order.

About the Book

Hiding from her enemy.

Talia takes an assignment at a bank, where she meets a dashing Secret Service agent. Before anything can happen, the NSA analyst is implicated in a cyber-crime.
Mason knows there’s more going on, but Talia won’t tell him what happened to her.
When the hacker closes in, and the Secret Service office is targeted, the only way to uncover what’s really going on is for them all to trust each other.
But with their histories, that’s a whole lot easier said than done.

Good thing the Northwest-Counter Terrorism Taskforce is on the case.

*a Christian Romantic suspense*

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My Thoughts:

An excellent third installment in this series! I have loved Talia since she first appeared in book one, and I have been eagerly anticipating her story ever since! I was not the slightest bit disappointed! Third Hour was fantastic. I loved every minute! And, let me just say Mason was one hunky and totally amazing hero, and he and Talia make such an awesome couple!I absolutely love how Talia uses her talent and skill with technology to stop criminals and save the day, and I especially loved that the tech speak was written so well that I found it easy to follow and never felt confused about what was going on, even though I am not a computer genius!The suspense was fabulous, as I have come to expect from Lisa Phillips’ books! Once again I adored the banter and camaraderie between the members of the Northwest Counter-Terrorism Task Force team and can’t wait for the next time I get to hang out with this gang of characters that feel like friends!  This book was just SOOOO good, I absolutely loved everything about it and cannot wait for the next book in the series! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! You won’t want to miss a moment of this action-packed romantic suspense series! 

(5 Stars!)

I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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About the Author

A British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London, Lisa attended Calvary Chapel Bible College where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she’s taken the Apprentice and Journeyman writing courses with the Christian Writers Guild, and discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.
Lisa can be found in Idaho wearing either flip-flops or cowgirl boots, depending on the season. She leads worship with her husband at their local church. Together they have two children–a sparkly Little Princess and a Mini Daddy–and two bunny rabbits. 

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First Line Friday | If I Believe

Happy Friday & welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Today I’m sharing the first line from If I Believe by Kim Cash Tate, book 2 in her Promises of God series.


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And the first line is:

I don’t believe in fairy tales

I love that cover & the first line definitely has me intrigued! How about you?

About the Book

Sometimes the biggest risk is daring to hope.

Cinda Ellis doesn’t dare to dream. Life has dealt too many blows, and she’s come to expect disappointment. But then a lifelong dream is realized—meeting her dad—and Cinda’s life is finally turning . . . until reality crashes in once again. On the verge of despair, Cinda finds connection with a group of women from Living Hope Church—and an unlikely connection with one of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Her life just might be turning again. But will she only suffer disappointment once more?

Alonzo Coles is living the life of his dreams. On the heels of his first Academy Award nomination, people are already buzzing about his next film. But his choices—from his career to his exploits with women—are starting to bother him. And he’s reminded of a connection he’d made—to Jesus. His quest for answers—about who he is and what he’s called to do—leads him to the pastor of Living Hope Church . . . and a woman unlike any he’s encountered.

Treva Alexander is embracing her new season. A widow turned newlywed, she’s enjoying new love in a new city, in her new role as pastor’s wife. But she’s suddenly challenged when God begins to shake things up. What will she do when her faith is tested like never before?

Faith Langston is on hiatus—from life. An unexpected pregnancy has made her a new mom at twenty. Now, instead of doing big things for God as she’d hoped—or at least working toward her degree—she’s sidelined at home. And though she’d thought she and the baby’s father would rekindle a relationship, she now wonders if she’s even on his mind—or on God’s mind. Has she forfeited the plans He had for her?

About the Author

Kim+Cash+Tate+-+Press+PhotoKim 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 and on social media platforms @kimcashtate.

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Throwback Thursday – Once Upon A First Love by Tope Omotosho.

Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!

Today we’re featuring author Tope Omotosho’s book Once Upon A First Love. This throwback takes us to 2018. Check out the excerpt below!

About The Book.

Beautiful, strong and confident, Peju Adams has always been a woman who knows what she wants. When she finally reunites with her teen love, Abdul Layeni, it’s a dream come true. He’s the kind of man she wants to be with. In fact, he’s the only man she’s ever known. Their love stronger than ever, she’s determined that nothing will keep them apart again. But it seems fate has other plans for them. In a struggle for love, will she come to realize who her first love really is?

Once upon a first love is a story filled with new beginnings, betrayal, disappointments, heartbreaks, pain and love.



“Who are you?” Eliana asked the tall, good looking man who dropped Peju off at her place. Nice build. Nice smile. Nice designer sunglasses too.       
  The fine man laughed. “Hi Eliana. Peju has told me a lot about you. It’s nice to finally meet you in person.”      
  Eliana raised a brow, looked at Peju and back at him. “Well, I’m sorry but I’ve heard nothing about you.”      
  “I’m sure you have,” he said, his gaze fixed on Peju. Eliana didn’t miss that gaze. It was piercing, intense, love drunk. “You just didn’t connect it with me.” He turned to her and extended his hand. “Abdul Layeni.”       
   Eliana shook the hand reluctantly. Why had Peju not told her about this gorgeous creature of a man? “Eliana Awojobi. It’s a pleasure.” She crossed her arms against her chest. “So how did you guys meet exactly?”     
  “Back in school. I’m her boy–”      
 “Boss! He’s my boss,” Peju cut in. Eliana and Abdul turned to her, puzzled.        
 “Yes,” he agreed and forced a smile, “I’m her boss.”       
  “Oh. Why is your boss dropping you at my house?”       
    Peju cupped her elbow. “Eliana you’re asking too many questions. He just did me a favour. Please, Sir, you can go. Don’t mind my friend. Thank you very much for the lift.”         
    Peju dragged Eliana into the house, not waiting to see Abdul enter his car and drive off.     
  “You’re rude sha,” Eliana said as they walked towards the house. “How can you just leave him like that?”    
   “He will survive. And you, don’t be asking questions like that. It’s wrong.”       
“Wrong how? I was concerned. It’s not everyday you see a boss go out of his way to drop your friend at your house. A very fine boss. How do you manage, staring at him everyday?”      
 “Simple. I don’t stare.”

About The Author.

Tope Omotosho is passionate about impacting the world through timeless wisdom and knowledge found in her thought provoking stories and writing that applies to all ages. Her stories and articles cut across love, relationships and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of God in our everyday life. She is a devoted christian, passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love.
You can read more of her stories at

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Book Review: Tell You Soon

Hello friends! On this wonderful Wednesday I’m excited to share my thoughts about Tell You Soon by Jan Thompson. Tell You Soon is book 2 in the Savannah Sweethearts series.


She wants to fix up his beach house and move on.
He wants to fix up her heart and move in.

A Christian beach romance with suspense, Tell You Soon is Book 2 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series of sweet, clean, and wholesome multiethnic contemporary Christian romances celebrating faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.

Sabine’s Scars…

Sabine Hu’s legs were crushed in an auto accident three years ago, ending her modeling career. Today she walks without a cane, is back in heels, and has found a new job as a real estate agent selling houses in Savannah and on Tybee Island. She keeps to herself and stays in the background, unlike her high-profile sister, Helen, whose fame as a private investigator is constantly in the news.

Ming’s Mayhem…

Private Investigator Aidan Ming Wei works with Sabine’s sister, but he’s interested in getting to know Sabine better. He thinks he can draw her out of her shell. Since he has hired Sabine to sell his house by the Atlantic Ocean, he has all sorts of excuses to spend time with her. She seems to be at ease around him, and they get along well.

However, spending time with her is exactly what would put her life in danger, and Ming risks losing Sabine forever…



Both Sabine and Ming have scars from their injuries. Sabine, a former model now real estate agent, becomes Ming’s real estate agent when Ming decides to sell his house. Sabine and Ming  felt like real people with real emotions and life challenges such as Sabine struggling to forgive her sister. Jan Thompson also added suspense into this story which made it more exciting to read. 


USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson writes clean and wholesome multiethnic contemporary Christian romance with elements of women’s fiction, Christian romantic suspense with an air of mystery, and inspirational international thrillers with threads of sweet Christian romance.

Jan’s books are for readers who love inspiring stories of faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.


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Book Review: The Price of Dreams

Happy Monday, friends! Today I wanted to share my thoughts about The Price of Dreams. This is the third book in Toni Shiloh’s new Christian Chick Lit series: Faith & Fortune. This fabulous book releases tomorrow August 18th. Happy Reading!


Ballet has always been my life, but one terrible moment may have destroyed everything I’ve worked so hard for—especially my title of Octavia Ricci, principal ballerina. I thought for sure my physical therapist, Dr. Noah Wright, could help me obtain my dream once more, but he wants more than I’m prepared to give.

I’ve seen firsthand the trials of interracial relationships. I’m a product of one myself and promised I’d never put my hopefully-someday kids through that drama. Everyone keeps telling me to let go of other people’s expectations, but I’m just not sure I can. Besides, if my dreams of returning to ballet are futile, what hope is there in seeking unconditional love?

The Price of Dreams is the third and final book in the Christian Chick Lit series: Faith & Fortune.



Striving for perfection, for the dream of ballet had left me without anyone to share my accomplishments with.  Sure, I had my family and friends, but no one who was just mine.  It was hard to see what the price of my dream truly was.”

The Price of Dreams is the third book in Toni Shiloh’s new Christian Chick Lit series, Faith & Fortune. Although this book could be read as a standalone, it is recommended that the Faith & Fortune series be read in order, starting with The Trouble With Love, since the characters and storylines continue throughout the series.

In The Price of Dreams, principal ballerina Octavia Ricci’s devastating injury may have ended her ballet career.  With the help of physical therapist Dr. Noah Wright, Tavia is determined not to let her injury sideline her forever as sparks begin to fly between the two.   
The Price of Dreams deals with topics that continue to remain relevant in today’s society, such as the struggles of interracial relationships and the acceptance of those relationships or lack thereof from family and society as a whole.  Tavia’s experiences growing up with an African American mother and a white Italian father showed her the difficulties of interracial relationships at a very young age.  Through the characters’ struggles, Toni Shiloh beautifully incorporated faith elements in to the storyline. 

The friendly banter between Noah and Tavia was so entertaining to read, and I loved the bits of humor throughout the book. Toni Shiloh’s characters are so well developed and seem real to me.  I wish I could be friends with Holiday, Tori, and Octavia and be a fourth roommate in their townhouse.  Although I loved all of Toni Shiloh’s books, this series is definitely my favorite of hers! 

The Price of Dreams is highly recommended for readers of inspirational fiction. If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to add it to your TBR list right away!


“It’s one of the reasons I love being a Christian – the chance to drop all labels and just be a child of God.”


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at


First Line Friday | Different Like Me

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Today we’re branching off a bit to open the first page of a children’s picture book: Different Like Me by Xochitl Dixon. The first line is:

I look all around me and what do I see?
So many kids who are different from me.

About the Book

Different Like Me celebrates differences while also highlighting what binds us all together. Whether a child feels different because of their race, disability, or another reason, this book shows children working together and acknowledges God made each one.

This is a Christian Children’s Picture Book published by Our Daily Bread. You can find various purchase links here on the author’s website.

About the Author and Illustrator

Xochitl Dixon

Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon authors devotionals and other articles that facilitate spiritual growth by sharing God’s truth in a way that makes it understandable. Her month-long devotional Waiting for God: Trusting in God’s Plan and Pace released last year. A native Californian, she recently moved with her husband to Wisconsin. She also battles chronic pain with the help of her service dog, Callie, who readers will notice joins the children in the illustrations of Different Like Me.

Bonnie Lui is an illustrator for children’s books, animation, and games. She loves to have fun and it shows through her art. You can learn more about Bonnie and her work on her website.

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