Monday, August 29, 2022

Love and the Dream Come True: Deleted Scene and Giveaway!


LOVE AND THE DREAM
COME TRUE
State of Grace Trilogy, Book 3
by
TAMMY L. GRAY

Contemporary Christian Fiction / Clean Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: August 2, 2022

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The Anticipated Series Finale to the 2021 Carol Award-Winning Novel, Love and a Little White Lie Their faith will face its toughest test yet.
Four years after getting the biggest break of his life, Cameron Lee's music career has taken a nosedive, leaving him two options: become a sellout or give up on his lifelong dream. He reluctantly returns home for his sister's wedding, hoping to avoid his past and find his love for music again.
Single mom Lexie Walters has suffered her fair share of tragedies and setbacks, but she has finally scraped together the money to achieve her dream of going into business with her cousin as an interior designer. When Lexie's life is at an all-time high, she runs into her teenage crush, Cameron Lee.
Lost in the emotional turmoil of failure, Cameron is immediately drawn to Lexie and her infectious smile and optimistic spirit. Moreover, he adores her mouthy, no-holds-barred daughter. But fantasies only last so long, and soon Lexie and Cameron must face the real world, the one fraught with heartbreak, disappointment, and questions that sometimes can only be answered by a leap of faith.
"Cameron and Lexie's chemistry is palpable, and readers will root for their happily ever after. This tender tale hits all the right notes."Publishers Weekly

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LOVE AND THE DREAM COME TRUE

BY TAMMY L. GRAY


“Lexie”


I scan the growing post-it garden across my desk, hoping to get the massive pile reduced before my two o’clock meeting with Mason to go over the demolition plan. The fluctuation in daily tasks and navigating one crisis after another has always been my favorite thing about property management, but lately, it’s become tedious. A job, more than a passion, and the primary thing keeping me from where I really want to be right now—at my new house. But attempting to put my thoughts into some kind of sharable order is a small price to pay for what’s gained—three weeks of paid time off I’ve saved all year to take.  Add in the limited holiday office hours, and I practically have five weeks of critical house renovation time.

“Lexie!” My boss peeks his head out from the one office in our tiny building. He’s the nervous type. Always moving, making a phone call or questioning what’s being done. He expects perfection from himself and no less from his employees. Which is probably why we are known as the best property management company in Ellis County. “What’s the status on Broken Arrow?”

“I called Jerry ten minutes ago, but he was all the way across town.”

“Well, call him again and light a fire under him. The faucet is now gushing water all over the floors.”

I turn in my seat, annoyed. “You didn’t tell them to turn off the water to the sink?” 

He huffs like I asked a ridiculous question. “They’re three college girls barely over eighteen. They’d probably do more damage than good.”

I refrain from reminding him that I recommended we slide their rental application into the waste basket despite one of them being the daughter of an old buddy of his, and call Jerry again. 

 “911 speed only works when you have flashing blue lights.” he growls through the phone. “And tell Mr. Barron to stop pacing. I’m turning the corner now,”

“You’re the best.”

“So you keep telling me.” 

I fill out another post-it, pink this time and press it to the top of my desk: Buy Jerry a six pack of Mountain Dew—his favorite afternoon pick me up.

A few minutes later, he sends me a lot of hashtags and dollar symbols expressing his annoyance in code. 

I add: and a bag of Starburst jelly beans to the pink paper. At least Jerry is easy to please. My boss… well he’s more of a challenge. 

All the same, I scoot away from my desk and walk the ten feet to his office door, knocking softly on the door frame to get his attention. “Jerry has it all under control. Crisis solved.”

“Good,” he says, not bothering to look up at me. 

“And just wanted to remind you that I’m leaving early today. And we got the house, so I’m definitely taking the leave I submitted.” 

He looks up at me then, irritation in his gaze, though he knows he can’t say much about it. Vacation is a company benefit even if he chooses not to take any. “Make sure Suzi is well prepared,” he says with a resigned sigh. It’s a well-known fact in the office that despite my less than conventional organizational skills, I hold the longest and hardest list of properties. A detail I pointed out to Mr. Barron some time ago. He brushed it off claiming he picks me the most because I have a special way with irate people. “I don’t want any balls dropped while you’re out.”

“Absolutely,” I say, even though internally I cringe. Suzi loves order, long lists and scheduling down to the minute. Needless to say, my brain and hers work in completely opposite ways and neither of us is super thrilled she was the one chosen to run my properties while I’m off. I turn to leave when I hear Mr. Barron clear his throat. Immediately, I swing back around. “Did you need something else?”

He pauses, then goes for a smile I find slightly scary. Mostly because he seems to be really trying to make it look normal. “Good, um, luck on the reno,” he finally chokes out. “I hope it goes well for you and your cousin.” 

My mouth nearly falls open but instead I grin to the point Mr. Barron’s cheeks flush with embarrassment. Not only was that the nicest sendoff I might have hoped for, but his words mean he’s actually been listening to my babbling these last few months. “Thank you so much, Sir.” 

He flicks a hand, and I scurry away while I’m ahead. 

Suzi’s waiting at my desk, picking up random post it notes and then pressing them back to the surface. “Is this your tracking system?” Her voice is laced with mild apprehension. 

I shrug. “Basically.”

Suzi points to my shorthand note on an especially pretty patterned blue square. “What does this mean?” 

“The H is for the Hildebrand house and that upside-down V is a reminder to get a roof inspection. They had a huge hailstorm out there last week.” She points to another and I continue to explain, following no particular pattern which I’m sure bothers her. “Cherry St needs a new renter, 1st Main hasn’t paid rent in two months and this one signifies the bossman.” I have a B inside a Superman symbol. “The dollar sign is a new potential client.” 

Suzi shakes her head. “I think you’re going to have to write me out a translation sheet. This all looks like chicken scratch to me.”

“Really?” I examine my handiwork again, unable to see what she does. To me the pictures float off the paper and make a beautiful map of tasks for the day. 

She pats my shoulder and moves back to her desk, leaving me with the sense that she somehow feels sorry for me and my lack of structure. I have a feeling when I get back from my vacation that every one of these houses will be in some kind of four-page spreadsheet. 

I shiver and scrunch my nose, secretly glad that my personality gives me the freedom to follow whatever strange, twisted path or method feels best. And who knows, maybe God gave me this mindset for a reason. Maybe He knew I’d need to be this way to survive all the bumps and bruises life has thrown at me. If so, for that reason alone… I’m extremely thankful. 




Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include the 2017 RITA Award-winning My Hope Next Door. When not taxiing her three kids to various events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church.
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All the Ups and Downs

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8/29/2022

Librariel Book Adventures

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8/30/2022

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Friday, August 19, 2022

The FLower Enigma: Book Blitz

THE FLOWER ENIGMA
Magnolia Bluff Crime
Chronicles, Book 5
by
CHARLES BREAKFIELD
& ROX BURKEY


Small Town Mystery / Suspense / Amateur Sleuths

Publisher: ICABOD Press

Pages: 198 pages

Publication Date: August 20, 2022


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Imagine a romantic getaway in the Texas Hill Country

JJ, a cyber guru, whisks his girlfriend, Jo, away for a vacation. No paparazzi. Magnolia Bluff is the perfect destination. Flower B&B is prettier than the pictures on the website.

The evangelizing podcast creators are demanding answers about the town’s newest resident, Mateo Hernandez. The enormous wall he erected has convinced the ladies he’s hiding nefarious activities behind a dubious attorney. Local authorities don’t believe laws are broken and discount the women as meddling gossips.

When the couple checks into Flower, the podcast show-in-progress is interrupted by a cyberattack. JJ, the techno-geek, can’t resist helping. At each subsequent event in the series, he uncovers more serious issues than cyberwarfare.

JJ and Jo can’t avoid this roving series maelstrom. It gets personal when they’re attacked and warned to leave town. No one can conceive the depth of the crimes behind Mateo’s walls. 

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Friday, July 22, 2022

A Shot in the 80% Dark: Book Blitz and Giveaway


A SHOT IN THE 80% DARK
Bean to Bar Mysteries, Book 4
by
AMBER ROYER

Cozy Mystery / Culinary Mystery /Woman Sleuth 
Publisher: Golden Tip Press
Date of Publication: July 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 285 pages

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Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop is thriving. Despite everything she’s been through with the murders she’s helped solve, Felicity is ready to take on new challenges. So when a local museum offers her a contract to create a chocolate replica of a gigantic sailing ship sculpture for a gala celebrating Galveston’s history, she jumps at the chance to combine chocolate-crafting with art.

The project is fun – right up until there’s not just one but two dead artists on the scene, and Felicity has to change gears back to detective. Logan, Felicity’s business partner and previous bodyguard, and Arlo, Felicity’s ex who is now the cop investigating the case, are split on which victim they think was actually the intended one. Felicity may have to take some chances, both emotionally and in luring out a killer, to determine the truth.

Can she find out how Galveston’s history relates to the murders, unmask a killer, and prepare 2,000 chocolate desserts for the gala all at the same time?

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Amber Royer writes the Chocoverse comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series and the Bean to Bar Mysteries. She is also the author of Story Like a Journalist: a Workbook for Novelists, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She also teaches creative writing and is an author coach. 

Amber and her husband live in the DFW Area, where you can often find them hiking or taking landscape/architecture/wildlife photographs. If you are very nice to Amber, she might make you cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes, of course! Amber blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate.


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Friday, June 17, 2022

Deadly Keepsakes Book Blitz & Giveaway!

DEADLY KEEPSAKES
A Tori Winters Mystery
by
ANITA DICKASON

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MYSTERY
Publisher: Mystic Circle Books
Coming July 10, 2022
Number of Pages: 360 pages
 
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The past becomes the future. Secrets that can kill!
 
After someone tries to kill her, Tori Winters is on the run. Looking for a place to hide, a mysterious phone call about a vague inheritance seems to be the answer. After all, who would think of looking for her in Granbury, a small quaint Texas town. Instead, her life is about to spin into an existence where nothing is as it seems. The historic house she inherits has secrets. Ones she's been warned can kill. A stranger in a strange town, who can she trust? There is the kindly lawyer and his son, or the disinherited step-grandson. What secrets do they hide? Tori's newfound fortune may not be a blessing. It could become her death warrant.
 
Award-winning Author Anita Dickason is a twenty-two-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. She served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics detective, advanced accident investigator, tactical officer, and first female sniper on the Dallas SWAT team. 
 
Anita writes about what she knows, cops and crime. Her police background provides an unending source of inspiration for her plots and characters. Many incidents and characters portrayed in her books are based on personal experience. For her, the characters are the fun part of writing as she never knows where they will take her. There is always something out of the ordinary in her stories. 
 
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Betting On Love: Review and Giveaway

BETTING ON LOVE
by
MARY BEESLEY

RomCom / Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: March 24, 2021
Number of Pages: 193 pages
 
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Tempest Swan is out for revenge. Billionaire Leonard Allred's software program has put her out of a job. She makes a bet with a friend that she'll get Leonard to take her on a date so she can get retribution, but a fortuitous accident with an adorable nerd might just derail her vengeance.
 
Leonard has reasons for hiding his identity from the public. It's worked well for him so far, until he starts falling for the honest and witty Tempest. But how can he destroy their budding romance by admitting he's actually the guy she hates?

 
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What an entertaining and fast paced rom-com! This story follows Tempest, recently fired from Leonard's software company. In her angst, Tempest decides to make a bet with her friend that she will get Leonard to take her on a date so she can get back at him for his company firing her. Only one little snag, Leo has kept his identity from her but she can't seem to get enough of him anyway.  It's a bit of an insta-love roller coaster, with twists and turns that keep you guessing and wanting more! 

Tempest is a very strong willed character. She's very driven and determined, a confident woman, yet a little nerdy and fun as we well. A great balance to Leo who is very collected, nerdy, and a little awkward, but adorable! He's a real down to earth guy, and not at all what you would expect a billionaire to act like. Which was VERY refreshing. Even though this was one of those "enemies to lovers" sort of tropes, their relationship was still unique compared to those types of stories. There's so many elements to this story that make it a satisfying and uncommonly told story. A perfect read for a starry summer night!

The storyline is fast paced, though it's a bit of an up/down sort of story. There's alot of drama between the two. The romance is very clean though. It's witty, charming, and keeps you on your toes! 

If you are looking for summer rom-com, then this story is definitely for you! It's a real page turner, and Tempest and Leo are a perfect combo! Be sure to check it out!

Rating: 4/5

 

Mary Beesley is a Whitney Award Nominee and received a Crowned Heart of Excellence Review and a 5-star Reader’s Favorite Award.
 
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