First Line Friday: The Art of Eavesdropping

It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. The book we’re featuring on Diversity Between the Pages is The Art of Eavesdropping (The Sidekick’s Survival Guide Book 1) by Christy Barritt!

And the first line is…

I used to feel I had the whole world in front of me.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Missionary kid Elliot Ransom is restless after moving from her beloved Amazon home to a wealthy DC suburb. Though Storm River, Virginia, is beautiful, it’s also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. She’s never felt so out of place.

Becoming an assistant to a hotshot private investigator changes everything . . .

Expecting to help with filing and background checks, Elliot is shocked when she’s catapulted into the frontlines of a murder investigation instead. While trying to prove their client innocent, she’s forced from the administrative role she usually plays. The change is surprisingly invigorating.

Learning the art of investigating shouldn’t be so dangerous . . . but this case just might be as dicey as the new town Elliot is living in. Could a little harmless eavesdropping lead to a big disaster?

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


Post by contributor Allyson

Throwback Thursday – Kairos: The Perfect Time for Love

Happy Thursday, Reader Friends!

Today we’re featuring author Natasha D. Frazier’s book Kairos: The Perfect Time For Love. This throwback takes us back a couple of years. Check out the excerpt below!


About the Book

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3:1
Have you ever been in a position where you believed you were about to get exactly what you’ve been praying and working for, but instead the door is closed in your face?Well, meet Kensi Jacobson. She was positive that she’d gotten closer to her dream job, but instead, she hits a roadblock. She put in the work and trusted God for what she believed was her season of elevation, but her boss’ idea of promotion was to send her to Pepperton, TX for another assignment.

This new assignment pairs her up with a handsome widower, Darren Shaw, who helps her learn that delay and disappointment can sometimes become a catalyst for something greater. Seemingly burdened with the fact that she is the only one in her circle who isn’t married with children and a career that isn’t headed in the direction she planned, she begins to wonder when her time and season are coming. Will Kensi learn that Kairos – God’s perfect timing, is much more powerful than Chronos – her chronological timetable, and trust that things will fall into place at the right time? What begins as a crush to her ego and life plan may become the perfect time for love and the answer to her prayers.


Excerpt

It seemed as if most of the town had the same idea to head to the coffee shop after the tree lighting ceremony. There was only one table left in the place and it was closer to the door than they would have liked. Kensi held the table while Darren ordered their drinks. He returned to the table with a goofy smile plastered across his face. He draped his jacket over her shoulders and took the seat across from her.

“I’m sorry. This is not what I pictured when I asked you to have coffee with me. I was thinking nice and cozy, not dodging wind chills. I won’t keep you here too long.” Spending a few moments with her here and there wasn’t working for him anymore. It was time he did something about that before it was too late.

“Believe it or not, I’m okay.” She smiled to reassure him.

Kensi wrapped her hands around the mug of caramel latte sitting in front of her and then rubbed her hands along her arms each time someone walked into the coffee shop. The gush of wind gave her chills and temporarily drowned out the sound of the holiday music playing over the speakers.

“You’re not the New Yorker I thought you were,” Darren teased.

“What kind of New Yorker did you think I was?”

Darren peered over his cup of hot chocolate at Kensi, careful to keep his eyes locked on hers while he took a sip. He could go on and continue beating around the bush about how he felt, but he knew all too well that the next minute wasn’t promised. He thought he had forever with Jessica and that proved not to be true.

“How about we not worry about what I thought and let me get a chance to see for myself? I want to date you, Kensi, seriously and exclusively, once your assignment is over.”

Kensi’s eyes grew wide with surprise. She took several sips of her latte in order to compose her thoughts and contemplate her response. She was aware that he was fond of her, and that feeling was mutual. However, she wasn’t expecting him to be so direct. In a matter of seconds, her mind went into complete overdrive as she pondered her decision. If she said no, that would go against all the whining that she’d done to God a few weeks ago about her turn for happiness. But saying yes could mean that she would likely have to move to Pepperton if things went well. She’d need a new job. She’d have to give up New York and months of the cold weather that she loved so much plus she’d be even farther away from her family.

She closed her eyes for a moment to calm down and reel her mind back into the present. Although those things were important, that could easily be worked out later. She liked him, so she owed it to herself to see if their relationship could grow wings.

“I’d like that too,” she finally answered.

“Good. You had me worried here for a second,” Darren said with a nervous chuckle. “I’m looking forward to spending more time getting to know the woman behind the camera and the pencil.”

“Of course you are!” Kensi joked, breaking up the seriousness of the moment.

Darren reached across the table and squeezed her hand. Tomorrow was the theatrical production and he had never looked forward to it more than he was now. Closing the curtains after the Christmas program tomorrow set the stage for them to move forward to see what life had in store for the two of them—together.


About the Author

Natasha Frazier has authored both devotionals and Christian fiction titles. Throughout her writing career, she has published ten books. Out of the Shadows: Love, Lies & Consequences Book 4 is her most recent release and is the final title in the award-winning Love, Lies & Consequences series. With her writing, Natasha hopes to inspire readers to grow in their relationship with our Heavenly Father, in spite of past mistakes, holding on to the truth that God loves us no matter what we’ve done. Because of His love for us, we should desire to live better lives.

Natasha is also a licensed CPA and alumni of THEE Jackson State University and Texas A&M University. Natasha resides in the Houston Metro area with her husband, Eddie, and their three children.

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Authors We’d Invite to Our Bookish Party

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘authors I’d have at my bookish party’. So I (Carrie) polled the other bloggers who contribute here at Diversity Between the Pages and asked them, “Which diverse author(s) would you invite?”

Here’s our invite list!


TONI SHILOH

I’m pretty sure ALL of us would invite Toni. As Nicole said, “…she is just awesome, and I love her books.” Me too, Nicole! Toni Shiloh can’t write a bad book, and she is indeed awesome!

toni-1-683x1024  the trouble with love

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NADINE KEELS

Nicole also wanted to invite Nadine (totally allowed! the more the merrier!) and said, “She posts the most insightful comments in the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction FB Group and she would be the perfect person to have a great bookish discussion with.”

nadine keels  the movement of crowns

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PIPER HUGULEY & VANESSA RILEY

Toni wants to invite these two diverse authors because “They’re always cooking so we could eat and talk books.” I’m thinking, most definitely yes & can they be in charge of the snacks?

Piper Huguley  thepreacherspromise

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NEW foto of Vanessa Riley  TheBittersweetBride_1600

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CAMY TANG

Allyson suggested Camy Tang, and I have to confess she stole one of the people on MY invite list haha! Everything I’ve read by Camy Tang has convinced me that we should be besties – her books are awesome & she seems like a lot of fun!

camy tang 2  weddings and wasabi

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NOELLE MARCHAND

Beth was quick to invite Noelle Marchand because she really wants to read more of her books. I concur because I’ve had Noelle on my TBR list for a long time and, besides, her bio says that she used to spend hours reading beneath the covers when she was supposed to be asleep as a child. So you know she’s our kinda gal!

noelle marchand 2  beyond the tide

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JOY MASSENBURGE

Beth also wanted to invite Joy Massenburge & said, “I’ve not read her books yet but she is a ray of sunshine in person!” Once again, I completely agree with Beth (story of my life haha)

joy massenburge  aheartsurrendered

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LIWEN Y. HO

Liwen is first on my own guest list – I’ve loved each book of hers that I’ve read and she seems like a hilarious and warm person in real life!

liwenho  tropical kiss and tell

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ROSE FRESQUEZ

I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Rose a few times and she is such a sweet prayer warrior. I definitely want her at any party I host – bookish or otherwise!

rose fresquez twitter  choices rose fresquez

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TESSA AFSHAR

Tessa Afshar is one of my fave authors – and I want to invite because she has such an intriguing faith story & I’d love to sit down and chat about it. I’m also really hoping she brings some delicious Persian food with her to the party, like my personal faves of ‘bottom of the pot’ and chicken & berries (I’ve been taught the Persian names for these soooooooooooooo yummy dishes but I couldn’t begin to spell them LOL)

tessa afshar  land of silence

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BELLE CALHOUNE

And as a bonus guest, I’m totally inviting Belle Calhoune because a) she is such a prolific author and b) she has had a movie made based on one of her books and I think both of those things make great party conversation!

belle calhoune  analaskantwinsurprise

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We also mentioned some ‘vanilla’ authors who write beautifully diverse characters in their stories.

  • Beth wants to invite Lori Benton & April Gardner
  • Beckie wants to invite Kathi Macias
  • Jessica wants to invite Misty M. Beller
  • I would add Stephenia H. McGee & Ruth Logan Herne – and I wholeheartedly agree with the other 4 as well 🙂

What about you?
Which of these authors have you read?
Which authors would you invite to your bookish party?

Book Review: An Alaskan Twin Surprise

Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on Belle Calhoune’s An Alaskan Twin Surprise. Have you added it to your TBR pile yet? If not, be sure to do so!


About the Book

The family he was supposed to have…

His runaway bride is back…

With twins!

The last person Gabriel Lawson expects to find in town is Rachel Marshall—especially with twin toddlers in tow. Gabriel refuses to risk his heart again on the woman who left him at the altar years ago. But working to renovate her mother’s house means he must spend time with Rachel and her adorable twins…and soon he can’t help but wish they were his family.

Amazon | Goodreads


My Thoughts

An Alaskan Twin Surprise is full of sweetness and a faith that warm your heart. Rachel Marshall has a secret that is heartbreaking as it is an opportunity for God’s healing and perfect work to be evident in her life. I enjoyed watching her go through the journey and especially with the cuteness of her twin daughters.

The book also had some good twists and turns that kept me wondering how they would be resolved. All in all, An Alaskan Twin Surprise was another good read from Ms. Calhoune.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.


About the Author

Belle Calhoune lives in Connecticut with her college sweetheart husband and two daughters. After a thirteen year career as a Federal Investigator, she chose to pursue a  writing career.  An avid lover of romance novels since she was a teen, she enjoys writing love stories and reading them. She loves spending summers in beautiful Cape Cod and traveling to new places. A dog lover, she has a mini poodle and a chocolate lab. More than anything, she believes in happily ever afters.

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Post by contributor Toni Shiloh

First Line Friday: An Alaskan Twin Surprise

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…


“Rachel Marshall had been dreaming about her return to Owl Creek, Alaska, for a very long time.”

About the Book

The family he was supposed to have…

His runaway bride is back…

With twins!

The last person Gabriel Lawson expects to find in town is Rachel Marshall—especially with twin toddlers in tow. Gabriel refuses to risk his heart again on the woman who left him at the altar years ago. But working to renovate her mother’s house means he must spend time with Rachel and her adorable twins…and soon he can’t help but wish they were his family.

Amazon | B&N | 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: Twisted Lies

Happy Thursday!

I hope you’re well and safe and reading all the books! Today I’m sharing a Throwback Thursday read by Robin Patchen: Twisted Lies. Have you read it? It came out in 2017 and recently got a new cover (which I adore). Plus, this whole series is a great read so check it out if you haven’t.


About the Book

She thought they’d never find her. And then her daughter vanished.

Marisa Vega’s life as an adoptive mom in a tiny Mexican village isn’t what she’d dreamed while growing up in New York, but as the target of a man who’s convinced she stole millions of dollars from his financial firm, Marisa believes hiding is her only way to stay alive. When her daughter is snatched and held for ransom, Marisa must discover who really stole the money in order to rescue her.

Months after being kidnapped, tortured, and left with PTSD, Nate Boyle is ready to live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire. When the source of his breakout newspaper article—and the woman who haunts his dreams—begs for help, he gets pulled into a riddle that’s proved unsolvable for nearly a decade.

Can Nate and Marisa unravel the years-old mystery and bring her daughter home?

Twisted Lies is Book 2 in the Hidden Truth series.

Amazon | Goodreads


About the Author

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Download a free copy of Convenient Lies, book 1 in the Hidden Truth series, when you visit Robin’s website, robinpatchen.com.

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Post by contributor Toni Shiloh.

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books I wish I’d read as a child’. The books I’ve included on today’s list may be books I’ve read as an adult (but wish I could have read when I was a kid) or books I still haven’t read yet.

BOOKS I’VE READ AS AN ADULT & LOVED

Book cover, When God Made You  when god made light

chicken sunday  the league and the lantern

everybody cooks rice

BOOKS I STILL NEED TO READ

the name jar roll of thunder hear my cry time for bed miyuki

laundry day  aunt harriet's underground railroad in the sky


What about you? What are some books you wish you’d read as a child?

First Line Friday: Hope in the Mountain River

It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! The book we’re featuring on Diversity Between the Pages is Hope in the Mountain River (Call of the Rockies book 2) by Misty M. Beller!

Hope in the Mountain River by Misty M. Beller

and the first line is….


“Is he friend or enemy?” Elan’s blood pounded through her veins as it did when the warriors from her tribe struck their targets with tomahawks—blow upon blow, louder and louder with each passing moment.


ABOUT THE BOOK

This epic journey is not at all what she expected.

Joel Vargas can’t believe he’s lost his older brother in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains after surviving their harrowing voyage across the Atlantic. And he can’t shake the feeling that Adam—his only living relative—is in dire trouble. No matter what the cost, he and his band of friends won’t stop until Adam is found. He’s not sure if two Indian women they meet on the way will be a help or hindrance.

After the devastating loss of her daughter and husband to a sickness that swept through their Nez Perce camp, Elan is desperate to find an escape from her grief. As she and her friend journey through the mountains toward the great river, a band of white men is the last thing she expects to find, especially as winter blows in full force.

When the dangers increase, accomplishing Joel’s mission becomes the only hope for all their survival. If the elements don’t consume them, Elan has a feeling life will never be the same for any of them.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and intense adventure.

GOODREADS | AMAZON

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 CREATED BY BETH ERIN

Throwback Thursday — More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias

I read More Than Conquerors by Kathi Macias years ago, but it is one of those books that really stuck with me. It opened my eyes to the real life struggles of those living and ministering in Mexico. This book is a highly recommended read! It is also only $1.99 on Kindle right now — what a deal!

True love ignites their passionate pursuit of His call. With violent crime on the rise and the political climate changing throughout certain parts of Mexico, the opportunity for open Christian witness, particularly in some areas of Chiapas State, is rapidly decreasing. Hector Rodriguez pastors a small church in the tourist-popular border town of Tijuana. He also routinely carries Bibles deeper into the hostile areas of Mexico, where he ministers despite increasing difficulty and persecution. Hectors mother accompanied him on one of those trips and felt God called her to stay in the little village of San Juan Chamula, where she uses the Scriptures to teach reading to the families who are open to it.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer and radio show host who has authored 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

You can find Kathi online at www.kathimacias.com and at her blog http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com

 

My Thoughts:

Conquistadores — conquerors — this word still inspires hatred and fear in the hearts of the descendants of the once flourishing culture of the Mayans. The Mayans were a people with a very advanced civilization. They had a written language, a developed religious and governmental system, and arts, architecture and literature. A once great society they were finally conquered by the Spanish. However, their language and traditions continue to exist in many central American countries as well as Mexico. Kathi Macias’ newest book, More Than Conquerors, introduces the reader to the modern Mayan, one who still clings to traditions, superstitions, and suspicions of those they term outsiders.

Macias sets her novel in two locations in Mexico — San Juan Chamula in Chiapas State and Tijuana just south of San Diego. San Juan Chamula is a remote  Mayan village in the rain forest. Tijuana is separated from San Juan Chamula not only by distance and bad roads, but by a lifestyle termed primitive even by those living in the poverty stricken border town. But both towns share one thing in common — the grip of evil on their populations. The evil is palpable in the confused psuedo-christian/Mayan worship in San Juan Chamula and in the gang violence of Tijuana.

The scripture that inspires the title of this novel, Romans 8:37, states that children of God are more than conquerors of the things that seek to keep them from the will of God — fear, death, persecution, ridicule, evil forces, and evil men. The verse is illustrated in the characters Macias brings to life on the pages of her book.  Like Macias’ first book in the Extreme Devotion series (No Greater Love), More Than Conquerors is not an easy read. The characters are faced with real life struggles and obstacles. Gang violence, open opposition to the gospel, family and societal pressures are just a few of the things she writes about. The christian life is not presented as a happily-ever-after fairy tale, but as gritty, ugly and tear-filled, yet possessing the peace and joy that only God can give to those He loves.

This book is for those who want to live what they say they believe. Highly Recommended.

(Thank you to Pump Up Your Book and Kathi Macias for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘book titles that would make great band names’ so I went hunting in my diverse fiction TBR for some ideas!

long walk home  soulscry

Long Walk Home – folk band
Soul’s Cry – dystopian rock band

collisionoflies   sushi for one

Collision of Lies – alternative grunge band
Sushi for One – new wave pop band

theswitch   firethorn

The Switch – boy band
Firethorn – speed metal band

RelentlessHeart_BookCover  saltybittersweet

Relentless Heart – soft rock band
Salty Bitter Sweet – acapella cover band

Lost Down Deep front cover  alongtimecoming

Lost Down Deep – post grunge band
A Long Time Comin’ – Nashville sound country band


What do you think?
What are some other diverse fiction titles that would make great band names?
Have you read any of these books yet?