Title: A Change in Tune
Series: The Strings of Sisterhood #1
Author: Ashley Rescot
Publisher: Rescot Creative
Release Date: September 15, 2021
Genre: Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Music Fiction
Violinist Victoria Pearson dreams of attending Johann Conservatory of Music in New York City for graduate school. As the oldest of five sisters, she hopes to escape her Midwestern college town and hectic family situation to fulfill her passion in life—music. But when she decides to participate in Belton University’s Concerto competition to bolster her chances of acceptance, Victoria finds herself competing against her sister Adrienne and lifelong cellist friend Jerry Chang. This sets in motion a rivalry that questions the roles of sisterhood, friendship, and maybe love.
Victoria wants to maintain the rigors required of a professional classical musician without losing her family and friends, not to mention her sanity, in the process. The demands of her large family might hinder her ability to achieve her dreams. What sacrifices will she make to reach her goals, and are they worth the cost?
A new, twenty-first-century generation of little women takes the stage in A Change in Tune.
“We all face the Beethoven Complex as we struggle to create something new. At times we ask, ‘What’s the use? It’s all been done before. Why should I write on this topic, or perform this piece when countless others have already mastered such ambitions?’” -Maestro/Professor Vatchev
“He has a point,” a clarinetist whispered.
“The difference is,” the professor continued, “you bring your own personal experience to the work, one which no one else can contribute. Those who realize this and take it to heart are the ones who create the next monumental artistic work.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Rescot is a professional violinist, educator, writer, and Fulbright Scholar. An aficionado of music, pedagogy, family, faith, and language, she writes about her life as a musician. With degrees in both music and literature, she hopes her stories will inspire the next generation of musicians, encourage music professionals, and educate others about the exciting world of music.
(4) winners will receive a print copy of A Change in Tune plus ONE of the following stories featuring a violin: The Main Dish by Victoria Kimble, A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander, A Song Unheard by Roseanna White, or Night Song by Tricia Goyer.
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 21, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 28, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
A Lethal Arrogance-An Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery Book 3
After returning home from her service as a United States Army Signal Corps operator in the Great War, Arabella Stewart’s goal, to save her family’s resort, seems within reach as the summer season progresses. She and her business partner, Mac MacLendon, look forward to re-establishing a successful championship golf tournament, once the signature event of the resort’s year. Problems arise when one of the contestants, an overbearing snob who has created problems at other competitions, clashes with more than one person. When he is found dead, the victim of a suspicious automobile crash, Bella once again helps Jax Hastings, the town constable and her childhood friend, investigate. As they pursue answers, Bella and Jax find several suspects who might have wanted to make the victim suffer for his lethal arrogance.
Author Bio –
D.S. Lang, a native Ohioan, has been making up stories since she was a little girl, and she still is! Along the way, she studied English and social studies as an undergrad. After graduate school, she went on to teach government and American history in high school. She also taught English at the junior high, high school, and college levels. In addition, she has worked as a program coordinator, golf shop manager, and online tutor.
Now, she spends much of her time reading, researching, and writing. Most recently, she has delved into the Great War era and the years immediately after it. Her Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery Series was inspired by her Great Uncle Brice who served in the American Expeditionary Force during World War One, and by her love of historical mysteries. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, including her dog Izzy.
In A Lethal Arrogance, the third book in my Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series, Bella again partners with Jax Hastings, the local constable and her childhood friend, to solve a crime. The pair has had an uneasy relationship since the Great War, when Bella served as a United States Army Signal Office and Jax was an officer with the American Expeditionary Force. Even so, joining forces to investigate a suspicious vehicle accident, where one driver died and another left the scene, becomes necessary. As part of their investigation, Bella and Jax visit a man who may be a suspect or a witness.
Trepidation filled Bella as she watched Jax approach the porch where Stan Harroll and William Smith sat.
“Good evening,” Jax called out to the men.
“Evening,” they replied in unison.
The blonde man went on, “How can we help you?”
“I’m looking for William Smith, and I was told he was staying here with his cousin Stan.”
The dark-haired man got to his feet. His belligerent expression made Bella’s stomach knot. Even before he spoke, she knew he must be Chaz’s and Chipper’s father. Although she hadn’t seen Chipper, Chaz had the same mahogany hair, straight nose, and thick lashes.
“I’m Smith. Who are you?”
His blonde cousin also stood, and both men went to the edge of the porch. Bella’s fear mounted when she noticed a shotgun leaning against one of the porch posts. So much for Jax’s contention that two farmers wouldn’t be sitting out with their weapons. At least, Jax had his service revolver, but could he get to it before one of the cousins put a bullet in him? Despite the sweltering heat, a chill rippled through her. Maybe she was letting her imagination run wild. She’d done that more often since her kidnapping in April, something she didn’t discuss. No one needed to know about her occasional nightmares since they were less and less frequent. Surely, eventually, they’d disappear.
Jax stopped. “My name is Jax Hastings. I’m the constable at Moreley, and I’d like to have a few words with you, Mr. Smith.”
Belligerence turned to anger in Smitty’s dark eyes. “I don’t like talking to coppers.”
Bella frowned in consternation. The man’s wife had said the same thing earlier.
Jax’s voice was relaxed and respectful. Bella wondered if that made any difference to Smith, who had every reason to dislike lawmen. For several moments, Smitty was still as stone. His cousin spoke to him, but Bella couldn’t hear the words.
Finally, Smith said, “You know about my boy Chipper?”
“Yes, sir,” Jax replied, “and it was a terrible thing. Cecil Lahey should have gone to prison.”
“Yeah, but they sent me there,” Smith said.
“I know. I don’t countenance people taking the law into their own hands, but I can understand why you did what you did.” Jax hesitated before continuing. “If I had a boy and someone had beaten him to within an inch of his life, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the exact same thing.”
Smitty stared at Jax for what seemed like an eternity to Bella. His expression had gone blank, so she had no idea what the man was thinking. She knew Jax was sincere, but did this man believe him or was he so sour on the police that he’d take it out on any of them?
“Come and sit down, constable,” the cousin said. “Your lady can come, too. Neither of you has anything to fear from us. Isn’t that right, Smitty?”
Smith gave one nod of his head and went back to his chair.
Bella quickly slipped out of the car and caught up with Jax. When she reached his side, he turned to her with a scowl.
“Didn’t I say to stay in the car?”
Her chin lifted a fraction. “I was invited to join you.”
His frown didn’t disappear, but he lightly grasped her elbow and guided her along the bumpy path to the porch. After they climbed the steps, he introduced her. “Miss Stewart sometimes takes notes for me when I interview folks. That isn’t necessary right now. In fact, she could have remained in the car.”
“Sorry, miss, I thought you were a couple. I’m Stan Harroll, Smitty’s cousin,” the blonde said.
“Nice to meet you, both of you,” Bella replied, ignoring the reference to her and Jax.
“Please sit down,” Stan said, gesturing to two empty chairs.
The cousins returned to their seats. As Bella took the one next to Jax, she stole a covert look at William Smith. He had a tan almost as dark as his older son’s, giving him a healthy appearance despite his thin frame and shadowed eyes. Working on the farm seemed to agree with him, and she felt glad for that. Maybe he would get his life turned around—if he wasn’t involved in Cecil’s death.
D.S. Lang, author of the Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Quest of Fire: Shadows at Nightfall by Brett Armstrong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Title: Shadows at Nightfall
Series: Quest of Fire #3
Author: Brett Armstrong
Publisher: Scrivenings Press
Release Date: September 2021
Genre: Christian Epic Fantasy
The shadows of Jason’s past have caught him. Having stepped into the Quest of Fire, Jason is pursued by a league of assassins formed of pure darkness. To his horror he discovers these creatures also were contracted to eliminate Anargen and his friends as they sought to understand the Tower of Light’s oracle. To unravel the mystery of who wants him dead and how he fits into the ages old quest, Jason must travel the lengths of the Lowlands. In the Ziljafu deserts a secret awaits him that will shake him to his core. He’ll have to move fast and cling fiercely to hope, as Anargen’s story twists down a bleak path to almost certain failure.
The creatures of darkness in the Lowlands have long waited for men to spurn the High King’s laws. With few concerned for the light and everything falling apart around them, Jason and Anargen will face the shadows of night’s falling as their world hangs in the balance.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brett Armstrong has been exploring other worlds as a writer since age nine. Years later, he still writes, but now invites others along on his excursions. He’s shown readers haunting, deep historical fiction (Destitutio Quod Remissio), scary-real dystopian sci-fi (Day Moon and Veiled Sun), and dark, sweeping epic fantasy (Quest of Fire). Every story is a journey of discovery and an attempt to be a brush in the Master Artist’s hand. Through dark, despair, light, joy, and everything in between, the end is always meant to leave his fellow literary explorers with wonder and hope. Always busy with a new story, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and spending time with his wife and son.
It dropped into momentarily solid form and he swung his sword around, catching it across its exposed torso. As it collapsed, scorched and shuddering, Anargen just glimpsed the blow from an enormous war hammer as it swung full force at him. He caught it with his shield, but the impact knocked him backward off his feet.
Tumbling, Anargen scrambled to get back to his feet. A throwing knife landed inches from where he was a second earlier. The ground leading to the riverbank was littered with small stones and complicated getting his footing.
The war hammer wielder swirled, reformed behind Anargen, and swung for his back. It forced Anargen to drop, roll, and bring up only a hasty block against the next swing. Once more, the force of it drove him to the ground. He was pinned, and he couldn’t get up or roll out of the way with the creature hulking over him. Over and over, he threw up his shield to intercept the next blow. His arms ached and faltered under the strikes. Things were spiraling downward for him. If he didn’t take care to aim his shield rightly, he could end up breaking his arm. Not blocking would be death.
Shadows covered his head as another Sombra loomed over him. Its form materialized, and he could see it was the axe-wielder. He was looking down on Anargen, and though his lower face was obscured, Anargen could see the pleasure in the bunching of his cheeks around his eyes. The creature raised his axe to sever Anargen’s head.
(2) winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, print copy of Shadows at Nightfall, and Quest of Fire digital exclusives (map, theme music, and digital making of the direnoir poster)!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 20, 2021 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
Precious Daughter by Diane Allen is a moving family saga set between Canada and Liverpool during the 19th century. Description Set between the wild fells of North Yorkshire, Canada and Liverpool, A Precious Daughter by Diane Allen is a sweeping saga novel following a family’s struggles in the 19th century. When Ethan Postlethwaite, his wife Grace and their daughter Amy announce that they will be leaving the family home in the Yorkshire Dales, Grace’s parents are heartbroken. Hoping for a new life prospecting for gold in the wilds of Canada, the young family say goodbye and set sail across the Atlantic in search of a brighter future. The journey there proves hard and treacherous, however, and upon arrival it becomes apparent that the riches they had been promised in the gold fields have already been plundered. So when the family is devastated by the death of Grace, Ethan decides he must take his daughter back to England. Arriving in Liverpool, Ethan and Amy soon find work in a dairy as cow-keepers, but Amy is restless and struggles to settle into yet another new life. And when a chance encounter at a cattle show ignites an old friendship, she must decide where her own future lies and what she must do in order to find happiness at last . . .
Author Information Diane Allen was born in Leeds, but raised at her family’s farm deep in the Yorkshire Dales. After working as a glass engraver, raising a family and looking after an ill father, she found her true niche in life, joining a large-print publishing firm in 1990. She now concentrates on her writing full time, and is Honorary Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Diane’s novels include Daughter of the Dales, The Miner’s Wife and A Precious Daughter. Diane and her husband Ronnie live in the Dales market town of Settle, and have two children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Fourteen-year-old Amy Postlethwaite closed her eyes and smiled as the sun warmed her skin. Above her where she lay, the skylarks sang and the soft warm winds of late summer were filled with the scent of wild thyme and heather. She opened her eyes to watch the shadow of the clouds scuttle along the dark hill of Whernside and then turned to look at her lifelong friend, Joshua Middleton. He was lying next to her, with his legs crossed and his blond head resting on his folded arms behind his head, as he sucked a piece of moorland grass in his mouth. Both of them had wandered together that morning, to get out of the way of having to sit in quiet contemplation, as they did most Sundays.
Amy had been worrying about her family’s decision to change their lives and had moaned most of the morning to Joshua about it. ‘I don’t want to leave here, Joshua. I want to stay here forever. Dentdale is my home. They shouldn’t be making me leave the ones I love, just to go searching for gold. It’s the other side of the world we are to go to – I’ll never see you again.’ She sighed and rolled on her side, then looked at her best friend, whom she regarded as her big brother.
‘Tha’ll have to go, if your father says you have to. You can always come back. Dentdale’s not going anywhere, and your grandparents will always be here.’ Joshua turned his head and looked lazily at Amy, as she moaned once again about her parents’ decision to make a new life for themselves in the goldfields of the Klondike. ‘I’ll be honest, I’m going to miss you. I know my mates plague me about you always being with me, but they don’t understand that we are like sister and brother – and nothing else.’ Josh smiled and put his arm round her.
‘I’m going to miss you and all. You make up for me being an only one, and I love our time together. I wish my father wasn’t full of dreams and rubbish. My mother’s content here, and my grandmother and grandfather will be broken-hearted when they find out what my father’s been planning. Every night when I’m lying in my bed I hear my parents talking; they’ve planned their trip and have been saving for months. Who in their right mind would leave the peace and tranquillity of this dale? I just don’t want to go.’ Amy buried her head in Joshua’s shoulder and sobbed.
‘Hey, I’ll always be here for you to come back to – and we can write. You can tell me about your adventures. Think of all the things you’ll see. There’ll be bears and buffalo and wolves: you’ll love it out there.’ Joshua smiled at Amy. She had no choice but to go and leave him, if her father had set his mind on travelling to the goldfields. In truth, he’d miss the lass, who had tagged along with him no matter where he went. His feelings towards her were starting to change and sometimes he had the urge to kiss her, which he worried about; after all, this was Amy, with her tangled wild hair and cast-off clothes – she was just a friend.
‘Well, I hope my grandfather stops them from going. My mother said that he’d have plenty to say about what my father had done this week. I want to stay here always with you. They are not thinking of me and what I want,’ Amy growled.
‘Parents never do, Amy. You’ll have to make the best of it. Now whisht and enjoy the time we have together. Try and forget about it for an hour or two – it might never happen.’ Joshua lay next to Amy and felt a wave of sadness come over him. This would be one of the last times they would be together, and both of them knew it.FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailShare
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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Hangin’ by a Moment by Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Hangin’ by a Moment
Series: Deep Haven Collection #5
Author: Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren
Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
He just wants to erase his past. She can’t seem to escape hers. But facing it might put their future in jeopardy.
The day Jack Stewart walked out of jail, he vowed to keep his conviction a secret. The whole thing was just a terrible mistake, and he did his time. Now he wants a new life in a sleepy town where no one knows his name. Deep Haven is the perfect place to start over as a chef. The last thing the former pararescue jumper wants is to get involved. But when Boone Buckam—the guy he owes for getting him out of the slammer—asks for help, how can he refuse?
Colleen Decker has already escaped evil once—as a teenager, she was kidnapped by a murderer. But she’s put all that behind her as a trauma nurse in Minneapolis. Or maybe not, because a freak mistake in the ER sends her past crashing down on her. She needs a timeout in her hometown of Deep Haven. She doesn’t plan to stay—even when she’s roped into the job of flight nurse for the town’s Crisis Response Team chopper. Colleen’s not sure why she’s drawn to danger, but she’ll be safe enough—after all, she’ll need training, and her teacher is a handsome former pararescue jumper. What could go wrong?
When Jack said he didn’t want to get involved, he especially meant his heart—but being with Colleen feels like a fresh start. He’ll even climb aboard a chopper again, despite his vows. They’re headed for a happy ending…
But secrets never stay buried in a small town. And when disaster strikes one snowy night, they’ll both have to decide if the past will destroy them…or if it just might lead them home.
Cozy up to this perfect Deep Haven drama about discovering a season of second chances.
Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.
Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.
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Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.
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(1) winner will receive 3 Hangin’ by a Moment ebooks (one ebook for the winner and two to give to friends)!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 14, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 21, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
Colleen Decker had already made it through six hours of her ER shift at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis without any problems. Sure, there had been that kid who’d kicked her, but she didn’t blame him—it hurt to have gravel cleaned out of a road rash from a bicycle incident.
And then there’d been the psych patient who thought he was Genghis Khan and ran around the ER shouting about taking over the world before finally being subdued by a few of her larger nurse colleagues.
And don’t even ask about the woman who came in with stage 4 lung cancer.
These patients didn’t faze her. All in a day’s work at HCMC.
No, it had to be something small. Embarrassing.
A flash of a frat boy’s bicep tattoo, the crash of an instrument tray falling to the ground, and suddenly Colleen had jumped for the nearest space she could cram herself into.
Clearly, she hadn’t licked the past. In fact, it had found her in this 12×12-foot storage closet. She curled herself into a smaller ball under the shelf full of cleaning products and rubbed her hands up and down her arms, the scrubs she wore making a swish with each pass.
“Get a grip.” She spoke into the silence. A dim beam of light shone under the door, illuminating a stack of sheets, folded hospital tight. She closed her eyes. Concentrated on her breathing. “You have to go back out there.”
Without warning, the door flew open. Colleen’s head shot up. Julie Brage filled the open space, the light from the outer hallway shining around her.
“I’ve been looking everywhere for you.” Julie crossed the few steps, crouched down, put her hands on Colleen’s knees, and looked into her eyes. “It’s okay to be freaked out.”
“I’m not freaked out.” Maybe if she repeated the mantra often enough, she would believe it. She reached up and adjusted her strawberry-blonde ponytail, pulling the elastic tighter around her hair.
Julie sighed. “Colleen, you have been missing from your unit for fifteen minutes, are sitting in the supply closet next to a wet mop, and you jumped a foot in the air when I came in. That says freaked out.”
“I just didn’t expect anyone to find me here. That’s all. I needed a minute to myself.”
Julie speared her with a look.
Okay. Maybe more like fifteen minutes.
“I’m sorry. I know we’re busy. I’ll come right out and get back to work.” As a nurse on the night shift, Colleen knew the importance of each team member. They couldn’t afford for her to be absent. She stood to her feet. Brushed herself off. Took a deep breath.
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Title: Help, I’m Drowning
Author: Sally Clarkson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Genre: Christian Women’s Spiritual Growth
Life is filled with unexpected storms that take you by surprise.
In these storms of life, it’s easy to feel helpless, exhausted, afraid . . . and alone. We can feel like victims to circumstances out of our control.
Beloved author Sally Clarkson understands deeply. Through almost seven decades of life, she has found herself tossed about in overwhelming life storms through many different seasons.
In Help, I’m Drowning, Sally identifies the challenges that took her by surprise and then leads you to the wisdom she gathered from her experiences. Finding grace to walk through the darkness and hope to make it through will give you the comfort and encouragement you need in knowing you are not alone. Though there are no easy, formulaic answers that apply to every situation, Sally leads us to the One who is with us and will see us through.
Sally found the anchors that held her steady in the midst of every storm, and she wants to help you find your anchors too. She invites you into her own personal story of anchoring well, and then–with honesty, grit, and her trademark wisdom–she will help you heal and move forward with courage and strength.
Much has transpired since I heard Sally Clarkson speak at a homeschool convention years ago. Since then, I’ve loved reading many of her books. Pouring out her heart, as is her trademark, author Sally Clarkson truly speaks to the feelings we all have felt during the pandemic. She describes how it has affected her and her family. Readers will feel that she is having a conversation with them, because she is so honest and relatable.
Discovering that life is really hard, Sally speaks about how God values relationships, just as she does. Raising children, being married, and relationships in the church and work, bring trials that God can use to help others. I especially loved her discussion about marriage and how following God is the key to her motivation.
The message of hope is woven throughout the book and it speaks to the reader with truth and humility. Sally bears her soul to the reader. I love how she shares how her life has been, not just speaking Christianese and saying what people might want to hear. She offers hope for every situation through the grace of God.
Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of many bestselling books, including Awaking Wonder, Own Your Life, The Lifegiving Home with her daughter Sarah, Desperate with Sarah Mae, and Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through Whole Heart Ministries. She advocates relentlessly for the power of motherhood, the foundational importance of family, and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents. Mentoring women to understand how to love God in a more personal way and how to live a satisfying Christian life are threaded through her messages. Sally’s podcast, At Home with Sally Clarkson and Friends, has more than 14 million downloads.
(1) winner will receive a four-book prize including Awaking Wonder by Sally Clarkson, The Happy Crab by Layla & Kevin Palmer, Make Their Day by Karen Ehman, and Prevail by Susie Larson!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 13, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 20, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.