First Line Friday: All That is Secret

Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Reading is my Superpower. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I’m sharing the first line of All That is Secret by Patricia Raybon. Be sure to check this one out!


And the first line is…

The little baby was four hours old. Still unwashed. Barely crying.


About the Book

It’s the winter of 1923 and Professor Annalee Spain―a clever but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college–receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the murder of her beloved but estranged father.

For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young orphan boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome young pastor who loves nightclub dancing and fast cars–awakening Annalee’s heart to the surprising highs and lows of romance and love.

With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver’s powerful elite. But when her sleuthing unravels sinister motives and long-buried lies, will clever Annalee become a victim, too?

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About the Author

Faith writer by day, mystery writer by night. Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author, essayist and novelist who writes top-rated books at the daring intersection of faith and race.

Her first fiction — an historical detective series, All That Is Secret, set in 1923 in Colorado’s Klan era — is due to release Oct. 5, 2021, from Tyndale House.

“Readers will be hooked from the first line…Captivating.” (Julie Cantrell) “Not only a good mystery, but a realistic insight into the African American experience in the 1920s in the West.” (Rhys Bowen) “Fast-paced and intriguing.” (Manuel Ramos) “Engrossing and thrilling….This intrepid sleuth would give Sherlock Holmes a run for his money.” (Sophfronia Scott).

For a deep dive into Patricia’s compelling world of faith and fiction, connect with her daring and insightful books—and receive a free download of her “Busy Person’s Guide to Hearing God” — at patriciaraybon.com

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First Line Friday: Lessons in Love

Happy Friday!!

We’re joining First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring Lessons in Love, Book 1 in the Newland Road series by Linda Leigh Hargove.

And the first line is . . .


My mama didn’t raise no fool. 

That’s what Paula Raye Lawrence told herself when she saw the shiny orange sports car in her driveway up ahead.


About the Book

Smart country girl Paula Raye Lawrence can learn some important lessons about love if she’s hip enough to see them.

When Dr. Ed Anderson, a handsome young history professor moves in across the street, Paula Raye gets suspicious. What would possess a man with such fine threads and a BAD sports car to come little ole Cherry, North Carolina? She figures Ed for another skirt-chasing nobody like her late father. Man, was she ever wrong.
Turns out Dr. Anderson has as many skeletons in his closet as she does. She can’t avoid him though, as much as she tries. He holds the way of her escape to a better life in the big city… and the keys to her heart.

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About the Author

I write fiction under the pen name of Linda Leigh Hargrove. I’m a native North Carolinian and I currently live near Charlotte, NC. I have strong opinions about biblical racial reconciliation, growing your family by adoption, and writing fiction. And oh yeah, I’m an engineer. Find out more about my books at http://www.thefaithtowrite.com/books/


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First Line Friday: Catch a Falling Star

Happy 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 Catch a Falling Star by Linda Leigh Hargrove.

“Disgusted, I threw the morning newspaper across the room.”

About the Book

Youthful mistakes cut their dreams of the Olympics short. What happens when Mae decides that those choices have haunted her long enough? Can Harrison also recognize that now is their second chance to catch a falling star?
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About the Author

I write fiction under the pen name of Linda Leigh Hargrove. I’m a native North Carolinian and I currently live near Charlotte, NC. I have strong opinions about biblical racial reconciliation, growing your family by adoption, and writing fiction. And oh yeah, I’m an engineer. Find out more about my books at http://www.thefaithtowrite.com/books/


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Book Spotlight: Heaven’s Gift

Happy Monday!

We’re kicking off the week with a book spotlight of Dionne Grace’s book Heaven’s Gift.


About the Book

It was one night that changed their lives forever

When Samyra Jefferies is booked as the photographer for an upcoming wedding, the night ends up full of surprises when temptation shows up in the form of Joshua Anderson. And she is somewhat troubled to find that her faith is challenged when he focuses his attention on her.
But after one night of unbridled passion, Samyra decides a relationship with Joshua is something she will never entertain. Except…five months down the line, she has no choice but to consider this again.

“I’m pregnant with Joshua’s baby.”

Samyra’s declaration to a church filled with friends and family changes the course of Joshua’s life.
A confirmed bachelor who fought marriage and commitment now finds himself in a predicament that he sees no way of avoiding. And maybe, he just doesn’t want to.

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About the Author

Dionne Grace is a romantic at heart.  She loves reading books, which 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 used to scribble notes on the back of school books while her teacher’s backs were turned! Her friends loved it, and remind her of it to this day! 

She loves to write and when she is not writing, she is reading and juggles this with her full-time job.   

She writes sweet romances, about couples in relationships who have a passion for each other.  Sometimes this passion leads them into situations where they lose themselves, taking them down a path which possibly they should not have gone down, or in contrast, through life’s experiences; they reject the love that is offered, not having the faith or forgiveness to trust it.  

 Her books are intentionally thought-provoking, and real life. A message about a discovery of how the scars of life can be healed, no matter how difficult this sometimes seems in this imperfect world. And ultimately, through God’s divine intervention he imparts a revelation of what his purpose was all along. 

 As you must have guessed, she has a love for God and everything spiritual; she hopes this shines through in her books.  

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Book Review: Calculated Risk

Happy Monday, Everyone!!

I’m excited to bring you a new book review on Calculated Risk by Lynn Shannon. It was my first read of hers and certainly won’t be my last. Have you read it? Keep reading to find out why you should.


About the Book

He carries the burden of his mistakes.

The wounds on Jason Gonzalez’s body are nothing compared to the ones on his heart. The former Marine avoids getting close to anyone new, especially his gorgeous next-door neighbor. Until he hears a scream coming from her house in the middle of the night.

Her enemies are too numerous to count.

Addison Foster escaped an abusive marriage and has become an advocate for others. When an intruder breaks into her home and nearly kills her, Addison is rescued by an unlikely protector. But the threats against her aren’t over and she needs help.

Danger around every corner.

Jason makes it his mission to keep Addison safe, but keeping her out of his heart proves impossible. As the threats increase, there’s no room for mistakes. Will his calculated risk pay off or will it end in tragedy?

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My Thoughts

Y’all, this was my first Lynn Shannon read! I was so happy I picked it up. The cover is amazing, and definitely conveys the mood of the story.

Jason Gonzalez makes an epic hero. He’s strong, loyal, and protective. I loved his heart and desire to protect Addison.

And Addison is an awesome heroine! Brave, determined, and a heart for those who have been abused, what more could you ask for?

I loved seeing these two navigate through the romance aspect and I was riveted for the suspense portion of the story. I loved Lynn Shannon’s writing so much, I went and got another book of hers. I’m happily working my way through her backlist as I wait for book 2 in this series.


About the Author

Lynn Shannon writes novels that combine intriguing mysteries with heartfelt romance. Raised in Texas, she believes pecans and Blue Bell ice cream are must-haves for every household. Lynn lives with her husband, two children, and a couple of very chirpy cockatiels. You can find her online at: www.lynnshannon.com.

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Mardi Gras Style

Happy Fat Tuesday!!

I thought it would be fun to join The Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top Ten Tuesday prompt of Mardi Gray style covers since I have family in New Orleans.

I decided to do 12 instead of ten just so it would be even :). Click on the picture to be taken to Goodreads.

Let’s see if I can pick some interesting covers. 😉


Purple

Green

Gold


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Book Review: A Future for His Twins

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had a great weekend. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Susanne Dietze’s A Future for His Twins. Have you read it? If not, check it out.


About the Book

Will these children get their greatest wish?

A battle over a building

could lead to a mother for his twins.

Tomás Santos and Faith Latham both want to rent the same building in town, and neither is willing to give up the fight. But Tomás’s young twins want a new mom—and they’re sure Faith’s the perfect fit. Can these little matchmakers inspire Tomás and Faith to put their differences aside and become a family?

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My Thoughts

This was my first Susanne Dietze read and just as sweet as the cover. Tomás Santos and his twins are adorable and have some scene-stealing moments. I also liked the heart and kindness in the heroine Faith Latham.

Both Tom and Faith want to enhance their community but can’t see how they can do so without crushing the others dreams. And there may even be a secondary character or two who don’t want to see them together.

This book was an adorable read and a great way to pass the afternoon.


About the Author

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s an award-winning, RWA RITA®-nominated author who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama.

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