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, to go with one of these titles and enjoy. 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 the authors. Each author’s links will be routed 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.)

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”