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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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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Book Review: Accepting Elijah’s Heart

ABOUT THIS BOOK

He’s a former bad boy learning to forgive his past mistakes.

She’s a grieving widow struggling with motherhood.

A life-altering event offers them hope for a better future together.

Elijah Cooper grew up in church but without a relationship with God. Something he didn’t think he needed until he did. When Eli offers Reina support in a crisis, a friendship develops that could blossom to more. But with his troubled past, he is not interested in a love match or a ready-made family.

After her husband’s untimely death, Reina Blackwell can’t trust the ground she walks on not to crumble beneath her. She’s certainly no longer trusting the God who created it. Not after he shatters her world leaving her alone to mourn and raise her son. 

With scars too deep to heal on their own, can Eli and Reina find the faith they need to give and receive love?

This sweet romance will tug at your heartstrings and comfort you with joy and laughter. 

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MY THOUGHTS

M. Michelle Derosier is a new to me author. I enjoyed reading Accepting Elijah’s Heart which involves a grieving widow trying to understand how a loving God could give her a wonderful husband only to take him away, Reina, the widow, doesn’t want to open herself up to love again after the death of her husband, but she has growing feelings for Elijah who came to her rescue and has fallen in love with her and her son. I am looking forward to reading more of M. Michelle Derosier’s books.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle loves Jesus and is fueled by black coffee, espresso, and freshly baked goods. Sadly, she’s not skilled at making any of the three.

She is a staunch supporter of fair and equal pay.

She is a sensitivity reader and a multi-genre writer with a focus on centering culturally diverse voices and topics.

As a freelancer, Michelle’s written for online and print publications on a myriad of subjects including nonprofit leadership equity, race, religion, and relationships. Michelle has also written early-grade literacy education books for established curriculum-based publishing brands.

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First Line Friday: Target For Revenge

Good morning reader friends. 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…

“You’re up to your pretty eyeballs in danger.”

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The North Korean regime is seeking revenge…

When Sun Lin’s old school friend Mack Remington shows up unexpectedly, she’s both surprised and suspicious. But when she learns he was attacked by members of the North Korean Regime, and the possibility they are seeking revenge against her mother for defecting years ago, Sun can’t ignore Mack’s dire warning. Unfortunately, she’s in the middle of a case, searching for a suspected North Korean nuclear bomb that has allegedly been smuggled into the city. She also doesn’t know where her mother is, to warn her. Despite her secret childhood crush on Mack, she reluctantly accepts his help.

Macklin Remington has always considered Sun a friend, they’d bonded during the years of Mensa boarding school. Seeing and working with her now, brings his protective feelings to the surface, along with an intense longing for something more. Working together, they fight assailants around every corner, while trying to track a small nuclear bomb, targeted for the upcoming presidential inauguration. The clock is ticking. Can Mack keep Sun alive, find the bomb, and convince her how much he loves her, before it’s too late?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I’m so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty-three years. My daughter Nicole is married to a wonderful man named Mike and my son Jonathan is a Registered Nurse at the same hospital where I work. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

I’m a dog lover and had to put my Westie named Mac down a year or so ago. I still miss him but now have a chance to dog sit for my sisters and brother. I try to incorporate pets in my my stories as much as possible

In May of 2017 I was the humble recipient of the Wisconsin Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m blessed to be a member of such an amazing group!

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Book Review: Target For Revenge

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The North Korean regime is seeking revenge…

When Sun Lin’s old school friend Mack Remington shows up unexpectedly, she’s both surprised and suspicious. But when she learns he was attacked by members of the North Korean Regime, and the possibility they are seeking revenge against her mother for defecting years ago, Sun can’t ignore Mack’s dire warning. Unfortunately, she’s in the middle of a case, searching for a suspected North Korean nuclear bomb that has allegedly been smuggled into the city. She also doesn’t know where her mother is, to warn her. Despite her secret childhood crush on Mack, she reluctantly accepts his help.

Macklin Remington has always considered Sun a friend, they’d bonded during the years of Mensa boarding school. Seeing and working with her now, brings his protective feelings to the surface, along with an intense longing for something more. Working together, they fight assailants around every corner, while trying to track a small nuclear bomb, targeted for the upcoming presidential inauguration. The clock is ticking. Can Mack keep Sun alive, find the bomb, and convince her how much he loves her, before it’s too late?

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MY THOUGHTS

I love reading suspenseful stories. Target For Revenge drew me in right from the straight as Sun encounters Mack, her friend from the boarding school they had attended, who was attacked by members of the North Korean Regime who are after Sun and her mother. Sun’s mother has secrets of her own and she does her best to try to protect her daughter. Laura Scott added a couple of surprises in Target For Revenge that kept me reading and guessing until the end.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I’m so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty-three years. My daughter Nicole is married to a wonderful man named Mike and my son Jonathan is a Registered Nurse at the same hospital where I work. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

I’m a dog lover and had to put my Westie named Mac down a year or so ago. I still miss him but now have a chance to dog sit for my sisters and brother. I try to incorporate pets in my my stories as much as possible

In May of 2017 I was the humble recipient of the Wisconsin Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m blessed to be a member of such an amazing group!

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Post by Contributor Allyson Anthony

Book Review: Holiday Stalker

Happy Monday reader friends! Today’s book review is Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott. Holiday Stalker is the first story of the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn Christmas, 2 novellas in 1 book.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Their mission: saving Christmas

Two exciting new True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn novellas

In Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott, Max Santelli and his furry partner protect the team’s tech guru, Eden Chang, when she becomes the target of deadly attention. And in Gift-Wrapped Danger by Maggie K. Black, army veteran Adam Jolly teams up with Noelle Orton and her keen-nosed K-9 to take down someone smuggling drugs using toys donated to the single dad’s Christmas charity.

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Laura Scott

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MY THOUGHTS

I love romantic suspense books, and Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott is an awesome read. Laura Scott is a wonderful author and I love reading her books. Eden Chang, a Chinese-American, is the tech guru for the K-9 unit team in Brooklyn, New York. when attempts are made on her life, Max and his partner help protect her. This story drew me in right away and is filled with suspense and romance. I enjoyed the interaction between Max’s K-9 partner Sam and Eden’s roommate’s cat Charlie whenever the two met.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I’m so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty-three years. My daughter Nicole is married to a wonderful man named Mike and my son Jonathan is a Registered Nurse at the same hospital where I work. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

I’m a dog lover and had to put my Westie named Mac down a year or so ago. I still miss him but now have a chance to dog sit for my sisters and brother. I try to incorporate pets in my my stories as much as possible

In May of 2017 I was the humble recipient of the Wisconsin Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m blessed to be a member of such an amazing group!

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Post by Contributor: Allyson Anthony

First Line Friday: Holiday Stalker

Happy Friday friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line.

Today we’re featuring the first line from Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott. Holiday Stalker is the first story of the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn Christmas, 2 novellas in 1 book. And the first line is…


Eden Chang hunched her shoulders and tucked her chin beneath the neckline of her bright red winter coat.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Their mission: saving Christmas

Two exciting new True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn novellas

In Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott, Max Santelli and his furry partner protect the team’s tech guru, Eden Chang, when she becomes the target of deadly attention. And in Gift-Wrapped Danger by Maggie K. Black, army veteran Adam Jolly teams up with Noelle Orton and her keen-nosed K-9 to take down someone smuggling drugs using toys donated to the single dad’s Christmas charity.

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Laura Scott

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I’m so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty-three years. My daughter Nicole is married to a wonderful man named Mike and my son Jonathan is a Registered Nurse at the same hospital where I work. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful family. 

I’m a dog lover and had to put my Westie named Mac down a year or so ago. I still miss him but now have a chance to dog sit for my sisters and brother. I try to incorporate pets in my my stories as much as possible

In May of 2017 I was the humble recipient of the Wisconsin Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m blessed to be a member of such an amazing group!

WEBSITE |FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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


Posted by contributor: Allyson Anthony

Book Review: Forever in My Heart

Happy Wednesday readers! Today’s book review is Forever in my Heart by Dionne Grace. This romantic story also involves a glimpse into the spiritual realm, a realm consisting of angels and dark spirits.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sherry’s God-given gift allows her to see far beyond the naked eye, just not what He has planned for her.

Throughout Sherry’s life, there was only ever one man. Adrian Chase. She fell deeply, and when they made plans to marry, she thought her life was set.
Strong in the Lord, she has a gift to see into the spiritual realm. But when unforeseeable, uncontrollable circumstances change the course of their lives, the only man she has ever loved ends up with someone else.
Years on, plagued with memories of their past, she is left in limbo and has given up the possibility of ever seeing Adrian again.
All it takes is one fateful weekend and one look into his soulful brown eyes to undo the years of work it has taken to bury the pain that now threatens to tear her apart all over again.

Plagued by her past and the love in her heart, can she move forward with her life?

* This book is a short novel with snippets of Sherry’s life, and her love for Adrian.

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MY THOUGHTS

Forever in My Heart by Dionne Grace is a different story. It is about Sherry who has a special gift. She is able to see into the spiritual realm, a realm involving angels and dark spirits, and uses her gift to help others. I enjoyed reading the description of the angels and dark spirits because there’s a spiritual battle going on and it’s real. Sherry and Adrian planned on getting married, but circumstances caused them to part, and Adrian married another woman. Fifteen years later they meet at a wedding. I recommend reading Forever in My Heart.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dionne Grace is a romantic at heart whose love for reading books in her early teenage years enhanced her vivid imagination. She would often invent fascinating love stories to entertain her school friends involving famous pop stars. She loves to write and when she is not writing, she is reading and juggles this with her full-time job.

She hopes her love for God and everything spiritual shines through in her books. She has had these stories on her heart to write for many years and finally found the courage to do so. It is her hope that they touch you in some way.

To find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free excerpts of her novels on her website.

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First Line Friday: Fourth Day

It’s Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line from Fourth Day by Lisa Phillips, book 4 in in her Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce series.

And the first line is…

“I need help!” Allyson huffed out a breath, then yelled again. “Medic!”


ABOUT THE BOOK

A dead woman returns.

The trap is set.

Allyson can’t get caught up in feelings. Not when there’s work to do. The night her phone rings, the voice on the other end changes everything. Drawn into the latest Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce case, Allyson has to figure out where her loyalties lie.

Sal knows things are changing with the team, but he isn’t sure what’s next for him. As soon as he clears this one last investigation he’ll figure it out. Trouble is, finding Allyson might be the hardest thing he’s ever done.

The Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce is on the case.

*a Christian romantic suspense*

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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 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 kids and an all black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.

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Throwback Thursday: Fourth Day

Happy Thursday! It’s Throwback Thursday, and today we’re throwing it back to October 2019 with Fourth Day by Lisa Phillips. Fourth Day is book 4 in her Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce series. This is a great suspense novel about two of my favorite characters in this series. I highly recommend you read this series in order.


ABOUT THE BOOK

A dead woman returns.

The trap is set.

Allyson can’t get caught up in feelings. Not when there’s work to do. The night her phone rings, the voice on the other end changes everything. Drawn into the latest Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce case, Allyson has to figure out where her loyalties lie.

Sal knows things are changing with the team, but he isn’t sure what’s next for him. As soon as he clears this one last investigation he’ll figure it out. Trouble is, finding Allyson might be the hardest thing he’s ever done.

The Northwest Counter Terrorism Taskforce is on the case.

*a Christian romantic suspense*

AMAZON |GOODREADS


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 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 kids and an all black Airedale known as The Dark Lord Elevator.

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