Dance and Be Glad

Melissa Wardwell has a new Christian Romance out, Dance and Be Glad. I, personally, cannot get enough clean romance. Wardwell has included an excerpt for you to enjoy. Check it out.

FB_IMG_1467062297020Jillian Matthews is a widowed mom and owner of a dance studio in a small farming community. When her husband died nine years ago in the desert of the Middle East, a piece of her died as well and she lost all joy in the day to day blessings. Tiny dancers and her daughter, Katie, are her main focus until an old flame, Michael Emerson, waltzes back into her life, awakening things she thought dead and gone.

Dr. Michael Emerson told himself he was happy with his bachelorhood after a messy divorce. He thought his life as an ER doctor and yearly missions work left no room for a wife and family. When tragedy strikes and he is left with an unforeseen situation, he must evaluate his life and make some major changes.

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Excerpt:

The doors of the sanctuary swung wide and in walked the woman who ruined him for all women, Jillian Matthews. He knew that she would be his partner for this wedding, but he hadn’t anticipated her being even more breath-taking than she had in high school. He wasn’t able to be at rehearsal the day before due to having to work an extra shift in the emergency room, so this was the first time he had seen her in seventeen years. He had tried a million times to imagine how this moment would be, but the reality of it surpassed all his previous ideas.

His heart thundered in his chest as she sauntered down the aisle in the blue satin gown. Her red hair glowed like a flame in the candle light. He couldn’t take his eyes off of her, no matter how hard he tried. The closer she came, the clearer her features became. She wasn’t as thin as she was in school, but he didn’t mind. She had more curve, more shape. He liked it, probably more than he should have. Not liking the direction his thoughts were taking him, he focused on her face – tired, but happy. Her dazzling green eyes had grayed a bit and faint lines fanned out from her eyes and around her mouth. The changes to her looks didn’t detract from her beauty but enhanced it. In his years of practicing medicine, he had met many who time had not been kind to. He could honestly say the opposite was true for Jillian. She had grown to become a striking woman.
Standing across from one another, she seemed to study him as much as he was her, making him nervous under her scrutiny. A part of him wondered if she was liking what she saw as much as he was. He forced a smile in a hello to her and she responded in the same way. He ran his tongue around in his mouth in an attempt to moisten it again. Either the air was dry or seeing her again was doing things to him. He fisted his hands in an effort to loosen the tension, his fingers met wet palms. The sensation of being hit in the gut reaffirmed that she still had an effect on him.
The wedding passed quickly and before he knew it, she was taking his arm as the wedding party followed the bride and groom to the back of the room.
“Hello there stranger,” she whispered. Her soft tone was like a melody in his ears.
“Hello, Jillian. How are you?” he asked through the pleasant smile he gave the photographer.
“I’m good,” she replied.
“You look good.”
A delicate giggle escaped her, “I do my best, but the make-up artist is a miracle worker.”
“Don’t be so modest, you have always been beautiful.” 

 

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Melissa Wardwell was born and raised in a small mid-Michigan community living there still with her Husband and three children.
She enjoys taking pictures, reading, and leisurely rides with her husband on their motorcycle.
All her stories revolve around women who are mothers. Single mothers, widowed mothers, young mothers, married mothers, and even women who have a mother’s heart but no children of her own.

She hopes that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life.

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The Countess Intrigue

TheCountessIntrigue500x750I recently finished reading a new release by Wendy May Andrews, The Countess Intrigue. Check out this great book and my review.

During her second Season, Lady Elizabeth Castleton is found in a compromising situation with Lord Justice Sinclair, the Earl of Heath. Despite her attraction to him, she is dismayed to find herself betrothed to the man who is rumored to have killed his first wife. Her parents refuse to lend credence to the rumors, so she is soon married and on the way to her husband’s estate.

She cannot decide what to make of the handsome earl but after an attempt is made on her life, Elizabeth is terrified that history is about to repeat itself. She determines to find out once and for all if she is married to a murder.

Can she stay alive long enough to find her happily ever after?

Here’s my review:

This was a page-turner. I love Regency Romance, and this one is sweet and clean. Lady Elizabeth is caught in a compromising position with the Earl of Heath and she must marry him in order to save her reputation. In this period of time, all it takes is being found in a room alone with a man to create a scandal. Elizabeth’s character is delightfully complex, and the inner war with her emotions is perfectly described. The best portion is a sequence of thoughts where she considers how much she likes the Earl and how attractive he is. She thinks to herself that he may actually be a good husband…if not for that little possibility that he killed his first wife. She has to decide what’s fact and what’s fiction with a man ready to offer her everything, but who has a possibly dark past. I enjoyed Justice’s character a lot and I would have liked his perspective to be as well fleshed out as Elizabeth’s. There were a few things I thought he should have been considering in his thoughts that he did not, and I also wanted there to be a confession of love between Elizabeth and Justice at the end. All in all, this book was hard to put down and the mystery of what happened to his first wife keeps the reader in suspense for Elizabeth to find the truth.

Here’s an excerpt:

The evening had already been harrowing with the abduction of her dearest friend from that very ballroom mere moments earlier, but it already felt like eons. After she had left it in the Duke of Wrentham’s hands there had been nothing she could do to help. She had no desire to stand about wringing her hands so she was making every effort to remain calm, keeping up appearances in order to prevent Rose’s absence from becoming common knowledge, in an effort to preserve her reputation. The last thing Elizabeth needed was to be seen conversing with the controversial earl. But despite every instinct shrieking for her to leave the man’s presence on the instant, she forced herself to meet his eye as she bade him good night.

His handsome face always made her blink. Well defined, with a sharp jaw and angular cheekbones. His skin looked smooth, as though he had just left the ministrations of his valet. His wide set eyes were a unique color, somewhere between blue and green, and leant an air of watchful intelligence to his beauty. She wondered if he found it amusing to be constantly faced with wide-eyed women or if he had become immune to it. Perhaps he took it as his due, Elizabeth thought absently, before she refocused her attention. She ought to be keeping her wits about her. Exhaustion from the evening’s turmoil was dulling her senses.

WMAndrews author picWendy May Andrews has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero. When not writing or reading, they love to travel wherever the mood takes them.

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The Dragons of Alsace Farm Blog Tour

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Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book

Cover jpeg front onlyIn need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

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L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com. She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway

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First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here’s a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes’s favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read on a lazy afternoon. Always remember love.

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Excerpt

Agnes’s face softened into a palette of sorrow. “Angeline’s dead. My baby girl is dead.”

Tayte felt Tyler’s arm tighten around her shoulder. It was all too much to take in, and she surrendered to the hurt, releasing silent tears. “I know. I’m sad too.”

A gentle, wrinkled hand reached up to wipe Tayte’s tears. “There, there,” said Agnes, opening her arms wide, offering comfort to the crying girl.

Tayte left Tyler’s side and stepped into that waiting embrace. Gone were the smells of fresh bread and jam. The essence of familiar French cologne Agnes had undoubtedly dabbed on at the mention of company was marred by traces of some foul scent that lingered in her clothes. Tayte pulled back momentarily, but unable and unwilling to resist the offer to be loved, she laid her head on her grandmother’s shoulder and hugged her right back.

She hadn’t even realized how deeply she ached to experience the osmosis of love exchanged when maternal arms wrapped around her, but now that she was within that circle, she felt comfort and love soak into her, filling the void and renewing parts of her that had felt stone cold. Her aversion to dirt and to her grandmother’s tainted scent dissipated the longer they embraced, dispelled by the logic that with enough soap and water, all could be made right.

Tayte didn’t want the moment to end, but when Agnes pushed her back and framed her face in work-worn hands, those aged eyes gazed into Tayte’s with so much love that her young heart burned more fiercely.

“Oh, my sweet girl. Do not cry. I am very happy to meet you. I am Agnes Devereaux Keller. Now, who might you be, and tell me, what has made you so sad, ma chérie?

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Tour Schedule

July 31
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Laurie L.C. Lewis: A View From the Other Side of the Hill-Excerpt
Writing in the Light-Excerpt
Charity’s Writing Journey-Excerpt

August 1
Ruth’s Real Life-Excerpt
The Overactive Imagination-Author Interview
Author Franky A Brown-Excerpt

August 2
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt
Rebekah Lyn Books-Excerpt

August 3
Frances Hoelsema-Excerpt
Kandi J Wyatt, author: Where Fantasy and Reality Meet-Interview with Noah
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt

August 4
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt
Laurel’s Leaves-Author Interview

August 5
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt
Good & Clean Reviews-Excerpt
Phrey Press-Author Interview

August 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement