Friday, May 14, 2021

"To Save a King" blog tour!

 


About the Book


Book:  To Save A King

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Christian Royal Romance

Release date: May 8, 2021

A modern-day fairytale of rescue and hope from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Growing up in small town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone had big dreams. So she headed to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But dreams have a way of becoming nightmares. When she returns home twelve years later, she’s limping through life and harboring a dark secret.

Running a rescue ranch and raising her friends’ orphaned daughter is her sole mission now. All the while she’s well aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. He had the perfect life as heir to the revered House of Blue, the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland, and married the love of his life. Then tragedy changed everything. Is there any way to be saved from a life of grief?

When he finds himself in Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he catches up with a good friend–country music great Buck Mathews. He has no intention of joining the 4th of July fun until he’s cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone.

The disastrous race leads to a quick friendship. They are easy and comfortable around one another because love is absolutely not an option.

John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife while Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

When trouble in Lauchtenland calls the prince home, he realizes how much Gemma has rescued him. Saved him and restored his hope for his role as future king.

For Gemma, falling in love with the prince must be quenched. If it weren’t for her past, she’d give him her heart in a second. How could she risk bringing her shame to the House of Blue and the world stage?

However, she’s not the only one who can rescue and heal the wound. If she saved Prince John, why can’t he save her? And when he tries, will she have the courage to say yes to the best role of her life?

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

 My Review:

Rachel Hauck has become one of my must-read authors and I am loving this series from her (and am anxiously awaiting book #3)!  "To Save a King" focuses on Prince John's story; however there are so many other storylines taking place and continuing from the first book in the series.  The Queen sends John to America to make a connection with his half-sister, and also to hopefully find some healing following the death of his wife.  John knows that Holland was his love and  he is not looking for another one to love even if he cannot become King as a result.  However when John is paired up with Gemma in a three-legged race, he realizes that there may be room in his heart for another.  Gemma returned home a different person, and wanting to put the past few years just there, in the past.  However, it is not easy for her to forget her past or to forgive herself.  And she knows she is not a good person to become involved with a prince.  

I absolutely loved this book as it weaves together so many storylines, places, and characters and yet it all flows together so nicely.  Rachel does not shy away from hardship or difficult topics, yet she addresses them and presents the characters in a realistic light so that they become so real and relatable for the reader.  The down to earth, home living in Tennessee is such a different world than life for the royals and yet each and every person is living life, dealing with regrets, trying to right past wrongs and have a life with love. 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Three more of her titles are under film contract.

Rachel was awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A retired member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Executive Board, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

In the real world, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

 

More from Rachel

One of the biggest challenges in a series is keeping the reader interested. Even more of a challenge is writing in a trope like royals.

I never set out to write a second royal series. With five stories in the Royal Wedding Series, I thought I’d explored the topic to my satisfactions.

Yet when readers asked for more, and when I found myself in a season to produce my own stories, another royal series seemed like the perfect fit.

But can I be honest? Really honest? Come close. I’ll tell you a secret. Closer…

Royals can be a bit boring. At least to write. You laugh but I’m serious.

What do we really know of their day to day lives? They attend national functions, patron charities, represent the nation on walkabouts around the world. They are ambassadors with no real political agenda. They champion causes.

But what exactly do they do with their days? What are the inner workings of palace life? What are the real expectations? Do they call the queen “her majesty” when talking among themselves? When talking to her? Are they as formal as it seems on television?

Yet royals are the most documented people in history. So there is a lot to glean from when I make up my worlds.

But at the end of it all, they key for me in writing royal characters is to make them real, everyday people. The prince is the kind of chap you want to chat with over tea. The heroine is the sort of girl you’d love to see become a princess. Maybe even see a bit of yourself in her.

In To Save A King, Crown Prince John is trying to emerge for a year of grief. Gemma Stone is desperate to escape her past.

Gemma’s story has some what of an edge to it. In her attempt to achieve her goals, she walked a path she never thought she’d walk when she was a girl growing up in Hearts Bend, Tennessee. And it proved her undoing.

While we may have never faced a past like Gemma’s, we can all relate to personal betrayal of our values from gossip to immorality. I hope Gemma’s story reminds us the nearness of love and forgiveness.

On a lighter side, I recently learned British society has moved away from chap and bloke, replacing it with the American term “guy.” Isn’t that funny. Louise Lee, my narrator, said it was funny to read those words in To Love A Prince since there were more her parents’ generation. Ah, the signs of a more global society.

Well, I didn’t care if they have gone out of style for young people. I used them anyway. I like them. Maybe we should adopt “chap” and “bloke” over here. What do you say, guys?

I hope you enjoy To Save A King, book two in the True Blue Royal series and find your heart cheering on broken, wounded characters to a happily ever after worthy of a prince and princess.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 8

Godly Book Reviews, May 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 8

Britt Reads Fiction, May 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 9

Blogging With Carol, May 9

Worthy2Read, May 9

For Him and My Family, May 10

Genesis 5020, May 10

The Book Chic Blog, May 10

CarpeDiem, May 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 11

Hebrews 12 Endurance, May 11

Splashes of Joy, May 11

Cultivating Us, May 11

Texas Book-aholic, May 12

Just Writing, May 12

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 12

Kayem Reads, May 12

Blossoms and Blessings, May 13

Betti Mace, May 13

Inklings and notions, May 13

deb’s Book Review, May 14

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, May 14

Inside the Wong Mind, May 14

Moments, May 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 15

Rachael’s Inkwell, May 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 15

Connect in Fiction, May 15

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 16

Kathleen’s Blog, May 16

Remembrancy, May 16

Mary Hake, May 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, May 17

She Lives To Read, May 17

Wishful Endings, May 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 18

Back Porch Reads, May 18

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 18

Livin’ Lit, May 18

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 19

Simple Harvest Reads, May 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bizwings Blog, May 19

Mamma Loves Books, May 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 20

By The Book, May 20

The Sacred Line, May 20

Daysong Reflections, May 20

Through the fire blogs, May 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 21

Artistic Nobody, May 21 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
*May be different than one pictured.

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/10bb0/to-save-a-king-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Available Today - "All That Really Matters"

 

The latest book by Nicole Deese should be the top of your must-read list, it is that good!  And look at that gorgeous cover as well!

Molly is a social media influencer.  She has a ton of followers and is used to getting likes and shares with her content.  However, her best friend is a woman who has worked for her and lives hundreds of miles away and they have never actually met in person.  When an opportunity arises that may help her to promote herself and her career even further, Molly will do what it takes to land this deal.  Although, Molly has not really worked with people face to face and those in need, she knows this will give her the edge she needs and so with the help of her brother, who is also a Pastor, she finds herself at a beautiful place that has been turned into a transitional home for older teenagers who are transitioning out of foster care.  However, Molly does not receive the warm reception that she is used to receiving from those she comes in contact with.  Silas takes his job as director of this home very seriously as he must do all he can to help these young adults be successful and find their way in the world, by making positive choices and being on the right path.  Molly is the last person that Silas would like to see working with these impressionable young people.  However, they both realize that appearances are not everything, and they both might need something more than what they currently have in their lives.  

This book is so well-written and there are so many layers to the story.  So many individuals connected, yet still lost and trying to fine their way.  So many past hurts and situations that have led to where each person is at in their journey.  So much healing and peace to be sought after and found.  While Molly and Silas are the main characters, there are so many other characters that really play such important roles in the series and I loved as well.  I found myself completely caught up in the storyline and in the characters' lives as Nicole does such a fantastic job with bringing the characters to life.  This is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.  

*Thanks to the author for including me on this launch team, and for the complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

"Can't Buy Me Love"

 


"Can't Buy Me Love" is the next book in the Deep Haven Collection and it is another great book set in the wonderful community of Deep Haven.  Ella is trying to make a name for herself in the cleaning world as she is passionate about the cleaning products she makes and the job she does.  When the opportunity to present this idea that could be a life-changer for her does not pan out, she is frustrated and disappointed and not sure of how to continue on.  After being sentenced community service she finds herself face to face with Adrian, a man partly responsible for the turmoil in her life.  Throw in a step-mother and step-sister who are not fans of Ella and blame her for their troubles and a Cinderella type story is what this is.  

Deep Haven is a place that so many visit and have stayed in due to love found and the close knit community.  These authors have managed to capture the magic and feel of Deep Haven in this series and I have been so impressed by these books.  I loved how real these characters are, their faults and struggles and how there is not a quick magical fix, but having to work through them just like in real life.  I really enjoyed the interaction between Adrian and Ella and how their real personality and self shone through.  The healing that the characters needed to experience and work through was powerful and I found myself wanting to spend more time with the characters and in Deep Haven as this is a place that everyone could use in their lives.  

*Thanks to JustRead Tours for including me on this blog and review tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*


Thursday, January 28, 2021

"Stronger Every Day" Tour!

 

Stronger Every Day JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Stronger Every Day by Janell Rardon, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Stronger Every Day Title: Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You 
Author: Janell Rardon 
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: January 19, 2021 
Genre: Christian Living 

Fortify your emotional health 

As a trauma-informed professional life coach, Janell Rardon spends a good deal of her day-to-day work with brokenness--broken families, broken relationships, broken hearts and souls. In response to the pleas of her clients, she developed a set of emotional-health tools to help them repair the broken parts of their lives. In Stronger Every Day, she shares these powerful tools with you, showing you how to 

· transform pain into meaning 
· experience secure attachment with God 
· shape healthy thoughts 
· shift from shame to self-compassion 
· practice healthy assertiveness 
· set mental and emotional boundaries 
· understand triggers and defense mechanisms 
· regulate emotional highs and lows 
· cultivate healthy human connection 

 With inspiring Scriptures, quotes, prayers, personal stories, and case studies, Rardon sets you on the path of emotional health so that you can be stronger than ever—every day. 

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & NobleBook Depository | IndieBound | Christianbook | BookBub

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janell Rardon

Janell Rardon, MA, is a Board-Certified Life Coach (AACC), adjunct professor, and an award-winning author who loves nothing more than helping family systems become emotionally healthy, happy, and whole. In her private practice, The Heartlift Practice, she specializes in trauma-informed, attachment-based, faith-infused modalities. She and her husband of more than 35 years have three grown children and live in Virginia.

CONNECT WITH JANELL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card plus a Revell Book Bundle including the following books: Godmothers by Lisa Bevere, Managing Your Emotions for a Healthier Life by Mark W. Baker, PhD, Believe You Can by John Mason, She Walked Before Us by Jill Eileen Smith, One Woman Can Change the World by Ronne Rock, Choose Joy by Kay Warren

Stronger Every Day JustRead giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 28, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on February 4, 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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

"Still The One" - a sweet return to Deep Haven

 



"Still the One" is book #1 in the Deep Haven Collection and it is such a sweet return to the town of Deep Haven.  Reading this book felt like coming home and it was so easy to get caught right back up with the locals.  

Cole left town years ago, not on good terms, and he is not thrilled about having to return.  However, he is the one who has to deal with his grandfather's house, and he wants to get it on the market and sold as quickly as possible.  However, he was not prepared to have to evict a tenant out of the garage apartment and was definitely not prepared to have it be Megan, a friend from his past.  Growing up Cole spent some summers in Deep Haven, and they were happy times and much of that time was spent with Megan.  However, things had changed when he had to move in with his grandfather and the scars from when he was fourteen are still very much there.  Megan is trying to provide for herself and her son and is so close to reaching a few goals in her life with her business and for herself and son; getting evicted will not be a help at all.  

Immediately, and much to his surprise, Cole is welcomed back to town. (I was not surprised knowing the Christensen family!)  However much Cole resists, he cannot help it and gets drawn into the town and especially into Megan's life as he bonds with her son and also helps her with a wedding she is planning.  Forgiveness is such a big piece to this story as is grace and family.  While Cole and Megan are the main characters, the other characters play such big roles, especially Ivy and Casper to just name a few.  Their friendships, their stories with their spouses and how they got to where they are now with their family, the heart of the town and the support they all give to each other is so important to this story.  

If you have read Susan May Warren's Deep Haven and Christiansen family stories, this book and the upcoming ones in this series are a must-read.  In all honesty, I was not sure how this was going to be given that the book is not actually written by Susan May Warren, but no worries, it seamlessly fits and it is a wonderful return to Deep Haven.  

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.*

Monday, January 4, 2021

Welcome to Walker Beach!

 

Lindsay Harrel has quickly become a must-read author for me and this latest book from her did not disappoint in the least!  Family, such a big part of who we are, and we can find ourselves placing so much pressure on ourselves to prove something or to feel accepted by our families.  Lindsay tackles this in this latest book and I think that is part of what drew me in, as the characters are so relatable!  

"All of You, Always" is the first Walker Beach Romance in the series and it was such a great start!  Bella is on a mission to convince Ben to sell his inn as her mom has made a deal with her and she really wants this deal to work out.  Bella does not know who her father is as her mother has never shared this information with her and now she is willing to on this one condition.  However, Ben is determined to make the inn successful, he cannot fail, and be the first in so many generations to fail.  

Both of these characters are searching for things in their lives and yet their lives are intersecting and they both cannot win and get what they believe they need to feel accepted and be happy.  This is a heartfelt story that will draw you into the characters' lives and leave you wanting more time with them. The writing is excellent and the characters and setting come alive in the pages.  

*Thanks to the author for a complementary copy of this book.  My thoughts and opinions were in no way influenced by the author or publisher.

"To Steal A Heart"

 

I am always excited to hear that Jen Turano has a new book coming out!  Part of this excitement is the cover reveal; Jen's novels have the best covers, always full of detail and so fun!  Also, the covers are a little look as to what is to come in the story.  "To Steal a Heart" is the start of a brand-new series and as soon as I finished this book I was looking forward to the next book to come out!  Right away on the first page I was completely hooked on the story as Gabriella is finding herself in quite the situation, a situation that could go very badly very quickly.  Gabriella grew up on the streets and then lived in an orphanage and her determination and grit shines through as well as her heart.  Nicholas is in a very different position in society than Gabriella; however they once were living very similar lives.  Thinking that they have forever lost each other, this is a surprise and as their lives continue to intersect, they both must make some decisions.  

I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book and other times that I was smiling and just feeling happy for the characters.  This is such a fun read; however there are many touching moments as well and a good reminder of God's protection and His provision in our lives.  I highly recommend this book, it will be a great one to start the year off with!

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a spot on the book's launch team.*