Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Keys to Gramercy by Candace Sue Patterson

Book: The Keys to Gramercy Park

Author: Candice Sue Patterson

Genre:Christian / Historical / Romance

Release date: April, 2023

Secrets Sealed Within a Wall Come to Light in Lower Manhattan

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Investigative historical journalist Andrea Andrews is tired of waiting tables to make ends meet. If she could find and write the next breakout story, she could secure a promotion with Smithsonian Magazine as their writer-at-large. But not much happens in lower Manhattan out of the ordinary until she discovers post-Civil War counterfeit bills hidden in the wall of her historic district apartment.

Politics have always been Beau Davidson-Quincy’s passion, despite his family’s real estate empire. His clean image and single status make him a target in the media as he prepares to build his campaign for New York governor. He has nothing to hide until a cute waitress unravels a mystery that could destroy his family’s reputation.

Two centuries earlier, wounded Civil War veteran Franklin Davidson lost everything—his house, his wife, and his standing in society. In his darkest moment, he’s awarded a position with the newly formed Secret Service to combat the spread of counterfeit U.S. currency. His life and new home in Gramercy Park are the envy of his peers, but nothing is as it seems. Secrets are meant to be kept, and Franklin will take his to his grave.


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The Keys to Gramercy Park by  Candice Sue Patterson is a Historical Fiction with a Dual-Time Spilt. It is Book 12 in the Doors to the Past series published by Barbour Books with varying authors for the books. I have been reading through the series and enjoying it very much.

Andrea Andrews is an aspiring Investigative Journalist who is currently waiting tables to make ends meet. She would LOVE to be promoted at the Smithsonian Magazine, but she really needs to find a story that is worthy of writing about and would secure that promotion. Andrea feels that living in Manhattan can be boring sometimes and nothing to write about. She is quite surprised when she finds Counterfeit money from post-Civil War times hidden in the walls of the Historic Building she lives in. She starts investigating the history of this money as she knows she might have THE Story! Beau Davidson-Quincy is currently running for New York Governor and he feels his campaign and status are strong as he has a clean image. He is hopeful about his political future until Andrea uncovers his family's past and their current reputation. Franklin Davidson, a Civil War Veteran, had lost everything in his life. His House, his wife, and his Society Status. He though was given a job in the newly formed Secret Service to help stop the spread of Counterfeit money. Andrea traces the money she found back to the Davidson family, of which Beau Davidson-Quincy is part of the current generation of. Will Andrea unravel Franklin Davidson's secret life? Will she keep things under wraps as Beau runs for Governor? Will Beau and Andrea have a relationship?  

The book was a definite Page Turner with the action between 1862 and the present time. Dual Time Line books truly fascinate and intrigue me. The author really made me feel like I was back in 1862 in Manhattan where the story took place. I really LOVED all the characters, especially the present time Characters: Beau and Andrea. Beau met Andrea at the restaurant where she was a waitress. They began a friendship, so when Andrea when investigated the Counterfeit money and traced it back to his Family History, she didn't want to hurt his campaign or his family. I also enjoyed the storyline of Identical twins Frank and Edward Davidson. The Doors to the Past Series books are Stand Alone books and each one tells a GREAT part of History! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction and dual-time spilt novels! WONDERFUL BOOK!

Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart was a 2012 ACFW First Impressions finalist and made INSPYs Longlist for 2016.


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A locked secret garden in Manhattan with historical significance and the only ones privileged to step inside are the wealthy residents who purchase a key—count me in! The plot for The Keys to Gramercy Park was born at our dining room table when my husband looked up from the book he was reading and asked if I knew about Gramercy Park. I hadn’t, so we started Googling and discovered it was a real garden in Manhattan built in 1841 for the cream of society. The fact that it’s been off-limits to the public for one hundred and eight-two years instantly brought all kinds of story ideas to my mind.

Not long after, I discovered that Barbour Publishing Inc. was looking for dual-time stories to fill their Doors to the Past series. I love reading dual-time novels but I’d never written one. I love a good challenge, so I began plotting and before I knew it, I had another first—creating a villain.

I’ve only ever seen the New York City skyline from the New Jersey ferry that travels to and from the Statue of Liberty, so after the story was contracted, I spent several weeks researching Manhattan and Gramercy Park. New York is full of rich history and it was so fun to stumble across the historical details of The Player’s, Edwin Booth, and the stories behind each home along Gramercy Square.

One of my favorite things about writing this story was the juxtaposition of the timelines. We don’t have the present without the past, and what happens in the past affects the future, but the future can also determine how we view, feel, and learn about the past. That’s essentially what The Keys to Gramercy Park is about—the butterfly effect of past events reaching ahead two centuries with dire consequences. I love how in one scene the characters are sending telegraphs and in the next scene, they’re sending text messages.

What’s your favorite thing about dual-time novels? Make sure to check out the other books in the Doors to the Past series!

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Labor Not in Vain, June 7

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To celebrate her tour, Candice is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a copy of the book!!

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Forever Yours by Annee Jones

Book: Forever Yours

Author: Annee Jones

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: January 13, 2023

He’s there on a whim. She’s there to help her aunt. They’re both missing something. Can it be each other?

“Find your Perfect Match this summer at the seaside…” The Forever Yours matchmaking agency is hosting a vacation package week in Seaview, Florida. Taking a break from her busy but unrewarding life in Chicago, Callie Winthrop has come to town to find respite at her beloved Aunt Fran’s bed and breakfast.

When the CEO of Forever Yours – who just happens to be staying at the inn for the event – offers Callie the opportunity to attend the activities and meet the most eligible bachelors in the country, how can she say no?

Jackson Thorne, a successful Tampa contractor, can’t believe the nerve of his brother, who actually thought it was a good idea to sign him up for a matchmaking vacation this summer. Jackson acknowledges, however, that he has been avoiding commitment ever since his last relationship ended in tragedy. Hence it may actually be good for him to start dating again – much as he would hate to admit it. Maybe there’s even a chance he could meet the woman of his dreams this summer?

Warm your heart by reading this sweet clean romance about starting over today! Bonus section with recipes included!


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I really enjoy Christian Contemporary Romance and I also LOVE reading books that are part of a series. Forever Yours by Annee Jones is Book 3 in the Clean Slate Series. The series is written by various authors. I have not read other books in the series yet, but I was excited to read this book. 

Callie Winthrop has come to her Aunt's B&B in Seaview, FL for a break from life in Chicago. She is very tired from her busy life and just wants to recharge for a couple of weeks. She arrives at her Aunt Fran's B&B at the same time that the CEO of Forever Yours Matchmaking Company is staying at the Inn. Callie is offered the opportunity to attend the Forever Yours Conference to meet Eligible Bachelors. She thinks it would be great and accepts the invitation. Jackson Thorne didn't have any intention of attending this conference, but his brother signed him up and he came. Jackson has been reluctant to date because his last relationship ended in a tragedy. He is encouraged when he arrives and actually begins to think that this event might be good for him. Jackson and Callie meet and they are quickly drawn to each other. Will there be a "LOVE Connection" between the pair? Will the break from life in Chicago become a Summer of living in FL or longer? 

I was immediately drawn to the storyline and book. I could not put it down until I finished it 4hrs later. Callie was anticipating spending time with her Aunt Fran and relaxing at the B&B, never did she think she would be at a Matchmaking Conference. Jackson Thorne was still dealing with the loss of his last relationship and wasn't quite ready for LOVE. I think one of my favorite things about Jackson is that he has a strong faith and Callie sees that in him. She has strayed away from her faith, but his strong faith encourages her in her Christian faith. The author does a wonderful job of telling the story and captivating the reader and the Characters are wonderful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance books. FANTASTIC BOOK!

Annee Jones is an international bestselling author of romance, fantasy, and mystery. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true and love wins!

Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she is honored to help her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.

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This book features a rescue puppy named Peanut Butter!

You will find both recipes and pets in nearly all of my books!  😊

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She Lives to Read, June 7

To celebrate her tour, Annee is giving away the grand prize package of an opportunity to name a character in a future book and a copy of the eBook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Friday, June 2, 2023

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: The Girl with Fire in Her Veins by Dawn Ford

The Girl with Fire in Her Veins JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Girl with Fire in Her Veins by Dawn Ford, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

The Girl With Fire in Her Veins

Title: The Girl with Fire in Her Veins
Firebird #2
Dawn Ford
Expanse Books
Release Date:
April 25, 2023
YA Fantasy

Former servant girl Tambrynn struggles with her new firebird abilities, especially the internal fire she cannot control. So, she, along with her Watcher Lucas, and her grandfather Bennett journey to a hidden mountain keep to find the answers she seeks before she sets the kingdom aflame. 

But there’s a new dragon who’s targeting Tambrynn, a mergirl who wishes to manipulate her, and the froggen king, Siltworth, who hasn’t forgotten that Tambrynn destroyed his watery reign. When her father, the evil mage Thoron, attacks someone she loves, Tambrynn’s group is separated and she has to face another powerful foe alone. 

Is she strong enough to withstand the deluge? Or will she drown in the fire and the flood?

Young Adult Christian Fantasy is not a genre that truly interests me. I also enjoy books that are a part of a series. I recently read The Girl with Fire in Her Veins. by Dawn Ford, It is Book 2 in the Firebird Series. I read Book 1 a time ago and have been anxiously waiting for Book 2. 

Tambrynn, a former servant girl, is struggling with her new "Magical Abilities" especially the Fire Inside her she cannot control. She really wants some answers to this, so her Grandfather Bennett, Watcher Lucas, and herself travel to a hidden mountaintop to figure things out. Just as Tambrynn is starting to feel safe, she has new attacks against her. Those include a new Dragon, a mergirl, and Siltworth. Her own father, Thoron, who she escaped from after many years of being his servant, attacks someone she loves and it infuriates Tambrynn. Will Tambrynn find the answers she needs about her new "Magical Abilities? Will she be strong and be able to withstand the attacks against her and her group? 

The wait for Book 2 was well worth it. I was able to get into the storyline in the first chapter, whereas Book 1 took me a few chapters. I really LOVE how Tambrynn has friends who support and love her and want to help her enjoy life away from servanthood. The attacks against Tambrynn seem to make her stronger and give her the courage to fight against them and come out "winner". I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone who LOVES Christian Fantasy will enjoy it also. FANTASTIC BOOK!

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The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

Dawn Ford

Dawn Ford writes fantastical YA stories with a fairy tale flair. The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes, formerly Kingdom Come, won the 2016 ACFW Genesis Award for the Speculative genre. Dawn also has a middle-grade twisted fairytale Woodencloak, which is the first of four books in her Band of Unlikely Heroes series. Dawn lives in Iowa with her husband.

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Counterfeit Faith by Crystal Caudill

Counterfeit Faith JustRead Takeover + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Counterfeit Faith by Crystal Caudill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Counterfeit Faith Title: Counterfeit Faith 
Series: Hidden Hearts of the Gilded Age #3 
Author: Crystal Caudill 
Publisher: Kregel Publications 
Release Date: May 16, 2023 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance 

She's losing her faith in mankind. He's lost his faith in God. Can working together restore them both? 

As matron of Final Chance House of Refuge, Gwendolyn Ellison has dedicated her life to serving the children deemed delinquents by society. She'll protect them with everything she has. So when she suspects someone is using Final Chance for criminal deeds, she's determined to investigate and put a stop to it. But villains don't like to be crossed--and they're willing to kill to get their way. 

Gwendolyn knows she can't quit fighting. More than her own life is on the line if counterfeiters go free. She must find someone she can trust to help her expose the criminals and protect the children under her care. 

Charming and chivalrous Secret Service operative Josiah Isaacs has never been able to turn his back on a woman in trouble--and capturing counterfeiters is his job, after all. The danger he's truly worried about is his growing attraction to Gwendolyn when his heart wants to remain faithful to his deceased wife. 

As both peril and interest grow, he begins to consider whether a second love may be possible--if they can live through this case. At the same time, he's put off by her faith in a God he no longer trusts. How can a future together even be possible when their beliefs are at odds? 

"Page-turning action combines with depth and richness to create a full-bodied, rewarding read." 
 --Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of The Metropolitan Affair 

"Readers who love romance, suspense, and a graceful amount of faith won't want to miss this story." 
 --Toni Shiloh, Christy Award-winning author 

"With a host of sympathetic and likable characters (and a few not so likable), a riveting plot that clips along at the perfect pace, and a relatable faith thread, this book [is a] completely enjoyable read." 
 --Kimberly Duffy, Carol Award finalist and author of A Tapestry of Light

His ragged breath caught as he focused on her for the first time. He remembered having been gripped by
her pale face and fear-stricken eyes, but now the beauty of her visage struck him as worthy of belonging
in a Grecian temple. It was as if Aphrodite had taken on breath and walked off the page Robert had
shown him at the Philadelphia Library.
Except this Grecian goddess looked like she’d been kicked down from Mount Olympus by a vengeful
Hera. Dirt and debris imprinted Shaveless’s shoe across her temple on the right side of her face. Based
on her thin-pressed lips and deep furrows between her brows, she probably had one devil of a headache.
Long soft curls knocked free from their confines spilled onto the ground like sheaves of wheat during
harvest season.
Do your job and stop gawking. The woman could be bleeding.
He inspected the length of her, from the high neck of her worn, black wool coat, down her unfashionable
but sturdy brown skirts, to the scuffed toes of her heeled buttoned boots. Thankfully, nothing indicated
blood was seeping into the material, and her chest rose and fell in even—albeit shuddered—breaths.
Once the ambulance arrived, he’d insist on traveling with her to the hospital to ensure she received
proper treatment and an examination for a concussion.
“Miss, can you speak to me?”
Languid eyelids opened to reveal stunning copper orbs. Was there anything not breathtaking about this
She blinked at him and then nearly collided heads with him as she shot up to a sitting position. “You’re
(pp 19-20)

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Crystal Caudill

Crystal Caudill is the author of "dangerously good historical romance," with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW. She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

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