Thursday, April 21, 2016

Dawn Crandall: Advance Reader Copy of The Cautious Maiden Sign-Up...

Dawn Crandall: Advance Reader Copy of The Cautious Maiden Sign-Up...: The Cautious Maiden is book 4 in my award-winning Everstone Chronicles series from Whitaker House, however all the books are written...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Giveaway! Winner's choice of my paperback books + an Everstone mug!

Listed just below is a fun interview I did with Annie from Just Commonly this week--it was actually a three day event with reviews of all three of my currently released books included. AND there's a giveaway for winner's choice of my paperback books and an Everstone mug! ❤️

And if you'd like a chance to review my October release from Whitaker House, you can request either a digital or paperback advance reader copy here-->

And if you'd like to sign up to support my Thunderclap (to advertise this chance to review The Cautious Maiden) on May 13th, here's the link for that-->

Monday, April 4, 2016

Jen Turano’s Playing the Part

 (Bethany House, March 2016)

Can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan
s interest turns threatening. Lucettas widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucettas life and promptly whisks her away to her grandsons estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail
s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she cant ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, itll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.


Playing the Part is the third book Ive read by Jen Turano; the first two being her debut novel and the free accompanying novella that went before it. From that point in my life, I knew shes kept writing books, but I also started getting my own book contracts and having babies at the same time! So I havent had nearly as much reading time!

Although Jen and I both write historical romance, hers would definitely be categorized as including almost what would be considered slapstick humor compared to what I write. However, there are readers out there who want a little bit of everything, so thats okay.  From what Id heard early on about Playing the Part, it sounded interesting and like something I wanted to try.

 I did end up enjoying this book more than her debutand I know there are about five or so books in there that shes written in between then and nowand I do believe the other reviewers who have mentioned that it is her best book yet. It was very entertaining, the characters are well-matched, believable and the romance was sweet. With a fine mix of intrigue and humor, this book has just the right balanceas the author has proven beforeand will delight a huge range of readers. 

Jen Turanos Playing the Part has a rating of 4.41 out of 5 stars (from 264 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released from Bethany House on March 1, 2016. 

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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Jen Turano, author of the Ladies of Distinction series and the A Class of Their Own series, is a graduate of the University of Akron. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blog Tour and Banister Falls Series Giveaway! Review of The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer!


Thirteen years ago, husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie’s heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie’s life is stream-lined, Jack’s approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe or predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church. Even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.


I took a chance on a new-to-me author and was pleasantly surprised by The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer. I would describe her style as a mix between Denise Hunter and Colleen Coble. Oddly enough, they're all published by the same publisher and might possibly have the same editor, or as least acquisitions team that likes the same kind of writing/voice/story.  

I did not read the first book in this series, which caused a little confusion at first. But not much. :) There were a lot of characters, but they were all delightful to read about as they interacted with the two main characters Evie and Jack. 

I like lots of romantic intensity in novels, and this book was more on the "average romance" level rather than the "highly romantic, I think I'm going to swoon multiple times throughout". :D 

Despite my want of more intense love scenes, this was a very well-written novel. I would recommend it to any avid reader looking for a new contemporary romance author to try out. 

Kathryn Springer's The Hearts We Mend has a rating of 4.57 out of 5 stars (from 54 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released from Zondervan/Thomas Nelson on March 8, 2016.


Read LitFuse Publicity's story spotlight on The Hearts We Mend with Kathryn Springer to learn more! 

Celebrate Kathryn’s new release and enter to win two of her books by signing up for her newsletter on her website (, left sidebar). The winner will be announced March 23 via Kathryn’s newsletter.


Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Find out more about Kathryn at

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giveaway of Print Copies of The Captive Imposter!

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancĂ© is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to. 

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.



"Delving deep into the human heart with prose as polished as beach stones, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is a marvelous romance and an impressive debut."
, Award winning author of Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and The Wood's Edge

"A love story to savor, THE HESITANT HEIRESS is a gentle Gilded Age courtship that delightfully teases, taunts, and takes the heroine--and the reader--by surprise with a tale of mystery and true love revealed."
--JULIE LESSMAN, Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series

"THE HESITANT HEIRESS features a rich cast of characters set in a world of intrigue, faith, and drama. Dawn Crandall is a new author to watch!"
--ELIZABETH CAMDEN, Award winning author of Against the Tide and With Every Breath

"If you enjoy reading inspirational romance, you'll love THE HESITANT HEIRESS!" 

--MELANIE DOBSON, Award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets

"What a heart-stopping work of art! The first chapter was all it took to captivate this eager reader!"

--SHARLENE MacLAREN, Author of Heart of Mercy and Threads of Joy

"Readers of Laura Frantz' dramatic historicals and Julie Lessman's twist-filled sagas will love THE EVERSTONE CHRONICLES."

--RACHELLE REA, Author of The Sound of Diamonds

"An intense, powerful journey of one woman's search for true love and true forgiveness. Absolutely beautiful."

--PEPPER BASHAMAuthor of The Thorn Bearer

"Dawn Crandall creates a cast of broken characters whose struggles  spoke to me from the prologue. This story will send you on a passionate search for the Healer of all hurts."

--CARA PUTMANAuthor of Shadowed by Grace

"Dawn Crandall is a fresh new voice in inspirational romance, and her latest offering, THE CAPTIVE IMPOSTER, does not disappoint! Estella is sweet but imperfect, intelligent but not harsh. Blakeley is handsome: mysterious and contradictory, the perfect Byronic hero. As more and more people learn the truth about this imposter, that coming reveal might just change everything."

--SANDRA BYRD, author of Mist of Midnight

"Set in late nineteenth-century America, the Everstone family is wealthy, powerful, and used to getting their own way. Visit a bygone era filled with romance, intrigue, and characters who will stay with you long after you close the book. Dramatic and engaging, this is one series you won't want to miss."

--MICHELLE GRIEP, Author of Brentwood's Ward 

"Romantic! Engaging and absorbing! Dawn Crandall brings America's Gilded Age to life on the page with vintage amour and emotional depth."

--KRISTY CAMBRON, Author of The Butterfly and the Violin

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