Anouncemnt: Upcoming GIVEAWAY!


Fall is just around the corner and we have some fabulous new books coming out. From biblical fiction to historical and on to contemporary, a variety of books are just waiting to spill onto the market–for your reading pleasure. I’m compiling a list of six categories, including biblical fiction, contemporary, historical, sci-fi & fantasy, suspense & mystery, and young adult, to be posted September 22nd. The giveaway will begin the same day and last one week, ending with two winners receiving a single copy of a book on the list of their choosing. Winners may choose between Kindle or paperback format, depending on what’s available. If you are an author with a book releasing between Sept. 22nd and Dec. 20th, and you want to be a part of this just send me a message through the contact page on this site. Many blessings to you, readers, as you begin this beautiful fall season.




A Cowboy’s Dare, by Lucy Thompson


Tyrone woke up with a headache—and a wife. And he’s never been so scared in his life.

Mayor’s daughter Jane Montgomery has always wanted to be more than a social ornament, and now that her father has given her a three-month deadline to find a suitable husband, she’s desperate. Desperate enough to run away from her pampered life of ribbons and bows to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanical engineer.

But right before her planned escape, she’s the victim of a matchmaking prank involving spiked punch and a certain local rancher.

Ever since he failed to stop his mother from going mad, Tyrone Harding — local daredevil rancher who runs hunting expeditions under the banner of “Female-Free Adventures” — has shied away from females, feelings, and anything inhibiting his freedom. Wanting to avoid his family’s questions and his own feelings for Jane, he proposes they fake being in love until she leaves for college, thereby freeing them both.

Their playacting doesn’t fool Tyrone’s brother who challenges him to prove he truly loves Jane. Never one to back down, he accepts the dare: do something loving for her every day — and to record it in a special Cowboy’s Dare book.

What I liked:

I liked the interaction between Tyron and Jane. They are an adorable couple, with their back and forth banter. There are action and plenty of humor throughout the book. In all, part of the reason A Cowboy’s Dare is such a great read is that it keeps you entertained. I stayed up until an indecent hour reading and then finished as soon as I woke up the next morning.

What I did not like:

Honestly, I could not think of anything I disliked about this book. The pace keeps you reading, characters are likable and relatable, the writing is good, and the historical details really add color to the entire work.

Why you should read this book:

You should read A Cowboy’s Dare because it is a fantastic story about forgiveness, acceptance, and how God’s love and mercy provide for our weaknesses. It is also a delightful read that will keep you turning pages and, if you are like me, waiting on pins and needles for the next in the series.

About the author:

Lucy Thompson is a stay-at-home mum to five precocious children and wife to the ultra-handy Dave by day and a snoop by night, stalking interesting characters through historical settings, and writing about their exploits.

She enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and learning about the craft of writing. When she can be separated from her laptop, Lucy is a professional time waster on Facebook (really!), a slave to the towering stack of books on her bedside table, and a bottler, preserving fruit the old fashioned way so she can swap recipes and tips with her characters.

Lucy’s home is in central Queensland, Australia where she does not ride a kangaroo to the shops, mainly because her children won’t fit. 😉

Represented by the fabulous Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Lucy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America.

Find Lucy here:

Lucy Thompson: Writer of Words, Worth and Wit


Lucy on Pinterest

Lucy on Google 

To read the first book in Lucy’s Harding Family Series, Mail Order Surprise, follow the link

Fabulous Fall Releases + Giveaway

Fall is here and so are many fabulous, new books!  As the days turn shorter and the weather colder, particularly if you are up here in the Northwest, the opportunities to snuggle in with a good book seem more and more appealing. So grab a cup of hot coffee, cocoa, tea, or whatever your beverage of choice is, and enjoy this list of fabulous fall releases. For a chance to win a free copy of any title, follow the link below.


The contest opens September 30th 12:00 AM and closes October 9th at 12:00 AM  (Pacific Standard). A winner will be announced on Sunday, October the 9th. Will only ship within the U.S.

~ Biblical Fiction ~

Eve: Mother of all by Shirley Corder

Publication date: September 22end,  2016

eveWe have all heard of Eve, the very first woman who was created in God’s own image. She lived in a beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden, and she was married to the first man, Adam. Remember her? She lived a perfect life in an idyllic setting. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.
Join Shirley Corder as she draws Eve out of the shadow of the garden and shows her as a real flesh-and-blood woman. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your situation, or faced seemingly impossible challenges, you will identify with this woman who had no mother, sister, or even female friend.
Written in creative non-fiction, the story stays close to the biblical narrative, but Shirley brings it alive in a way that will…


Shadow of the Storm (Out of Egypt) by Connilyn Cossette

Publication date: November 1st, 2016

shadow-of-th-stormHaving escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an…(To read further, follow link.)

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KyLee Woodley: In Defiance of Miscontrived Heroines #LadiesinDefiance

Ladies in Defiance

kylee woodleyAs a reader of romance, and a woman in love, I am in defiance of miscontrived heroines who are either domineering super humans or weeping damsels in distress. The portmanteau word “miscontrived” is a combination of the prefix mis- (meaning: “badly”, “opposite”, or “not”) and the adjective contrived (meaning: obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored).

Allow me to elaborate on these two heroine types. In the beginning of the story the would-be domineering heroine is simply the girl next door. But halfway way through the book she morphs into an iron pumping superhuman and the only individual capable of intelligent thought. She no longer works with supporting characters to develop the plot; she owns the plot. So, what does this blast of notorious femininity bring to a romance? A light so spectacular her counterpart is set in shadow. With unmatched intelligence and strength, what does the heroine…

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No Way Up, by Mary Connealy

No way up

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all. Continue reading “No Way Up, by Mary Connealy”

50 Fantastic Books Coming this Summer!

Summer releases Collage

I am pleased to present the first seasonal book release list for The Reader’s Blog! We have novellas and novels written by newbies and seasoned writers, including indie authors. From settings in ancient times to the modern day, literature at its best, and all coming to you this summer.

Links are inserted for purchasing books and also for connecting with authors. Each author-link will rout you to their blogs (or rather as many as I could find since some authors do not have blogs.) This will provide you the opportunity to glimpse a more personal side of each writer. Blogs tend to be more personal than the Amazon author pages so if you find an author you like, click the link.

Genres include: Biblical Fiction, Contemporary Christian Fiction/Romance, Historical Fiction, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, Continue reading “50 Fantastic Books Coming this Summer!”

Be the First to be Kind

 Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesian 4:32



From the 1828 edition of American Dictionary of the English Langue by Noah Webster.

KIND, adjective

  1. Disposed to do good to others, and to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants or assisting them in distress; having tenderness or goodness of nature; benevolent; benignant.

God is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil. Luke 6:35.

Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted. Ephesians 4:32.

  1. Proceeding from tenderness or goodness of heart; benevolent; as a kind act; a kind return of favors.

What it takes to be kind:

Kindness comes easily to me, yet I still struggle to exhibit this characteristic in my life. Why? Because showing kindness means making one’s self vulnerable to criticism and/or rejection. Allow me to explain. Two things you need to know about me before we explore this topic any further. One, I am an introvert. In class, as a child, I never raised my hand. “Who cares if I know the answer? Once everyone stares at me, I’ll forget it.” (Can any of you relate?) The second thing you ought to know is, Continue reading “Be the First to be Kind”