No new but a few old bargains today

Sadly, no free or bargain suggestions to be had today. A brief browse produced nothing. I did finish an interesting book, though, and it is still a bargain. It’s well written and worth the read.

Not Until Now: A Christian Romance (Hope Springs Book 8)

Amazon quote:

They both know what they want. And it’s not each other . . .

Kayla has worked hard to regain her independence after her spinal cord injury, and she isn’t willing to give up that independence for anyone. Which is why she is willfully single, with no intention of dating, marrying, or starting a family—ever. But when she witnesses an accident in Hope Springs, she finds herself drawn inextricably into the life of the young girl whose mother is now in a coma—and the uncle she has to convince to take care of the girl.

On the verge of the perfect life, Cam doesn’t owe his estranged sister anything. So he doesn’t appreciate the call informing him that he needs to care for the niece he didn’t even know he had. And yet, somehow he can’t say no to the woman on the other end of the phone. He soon finds himself on a plane for Hope Springs. He’ll go there, make alternate arrangements for the girl, and get back to his real, nearly perfect life.

But as Cam gets to know his niece—and Kayla—he starts to question what the perfect life really means. And as Kayla experiences the pull of family, she wonders whether being independent really means closing yourself off to others. Can they both let go of what they thought they wanted and let God give them the love they truly need?


No matter if I have time or not, I must always have a book in progress. There might be a minute somewhere and it would tragic to have nothing started and ready to go. Currently, I’m reading a collection spanning a number of decades. I’ve only just started so can’t pass judgment yet but It is still a bargain and definitely worth a try.

The Second Chance Brides Collection: Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love 

Hope for Happy Endings Is Renewed in Nine Historical Romances

Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?

Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee Bliss – Trenton, New Jersey, 1776 (book 1)
Gretchen Hanson watched her beau go off to war and never return. She soon falls for an enemy scout who stumbles upon her farm.

If Jake is discovered, it could mean death for them all. Will Gretchen let go of love or stand strong?


Truth be told, I have another book on the go as well.

This one takes meditation and time to digest. No stolen minutes here or there. The original book was published twenty five years ago and I read it in the last decade or so. They recommend we read it again before reading the newer version. I’m thinking on doing that but in the meantime I’ve read the introduction and the first chapter or so. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he has to say after all this time.

The author has many years experience as a professional, he’s interviewed many abuse survivors, over a long period of time. It was an attempt to understand the dynamics and effects of abuse and now he has a lot to offer us. To be honest, it will not be an easy read but it will be helpful. It will be well worth the tears and the memories.

Healing the Wounded Heart: The Heartache of Sexual Abuse and the Hope of Transformation 

First published in 1989, Dan Allender’s The Wounded Heart has helped hundreds of thousands of people come to terms with sexual abuse in their past. Now, more than twenty-five years later, Allender has written a brand-new book on the subject that takes into account recent discoveries about the lasting physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual ramifications of sexual abuse.

With great compassion Allender offers hope for victims of rape, date rape, incest, molestation, sexting, sexual bullying, unwanted advances, pornography, and more, exposing the raw wounds that are left behind and clearing the path toward wholeness and healing. Never minimizing victims’ pain or offering pat spiritual answers that don’t truly address the problem, he instead calls evil evil and lights the way to renewed joy.

Counselors, pastors, and friends of those who have suffered sexual harm will find in this book the deep spiritual guidance they need to effectively minister to the sexually broken around them. Victims themselves will find here a sympathetic friend to walk alongside them on the road to healing.


One thing we must always remember, we are not alone. The number of abuse victims is staggering. I’m surprised, but then I’m not, when I meet one more person with a painful story.

I have to say, all the reading I’ve done over the years has been worth it. It made a difference and there is light at the end of the tunnel.


Do like me, have two books on the go, one to be a lighter distraction.

Happy Reading and Growing

3 Traps That Subvert Our Ability to Accept Feedback — Jane Friedman

Thought provoking. The last point hits close to home. — For the Love of Books

Photo credit: ostensiblyclear on / CC BY-NC-NDToday’s guest post is by writer, coach and editor Lisa Cooper Ellison (@lisaellisonspen). Join us on March 24 for the online class Get Better Critiques Now. When soliciting feedback on their creative work, many writers focus on hiring the best editor or finding a trusted critique partner or group. With…

3 Traps That Subvert Our Ability to Accept Feedback — Jane Friedman

A TV Writer Finds His Happy Place by James Ponti — Nerdy Book Club

An inspiring read worth sharing — For the Love of Books

My path to becoming an author began not in a library or bookstore, but at the Royal Palm movie theater in Atlantic Beach, Florida. I could walk there without crossing any major roads, which is how it became the first “grown up” place I was allowed to go by myself. (1970s parenting at its finest.) […]

A TV Writer Finds His Happy Place by James Ponti — Nerdy Book Club

The Prussian Lieutenant — Robert Stermscheg Author

Montmartre – Paris This caption sets the stage for what is to come: intrigue, suspense, and plots, all shrouded in mystery.I am pleased to announce that the new version of The Prussian Lieutenant is complete and will soon be available on Amazon. This new abridged version has a smoother flow, yet retains all the flavor of the original, speckled […]

The Prussian Lieutenant — Robert Stermscheg Author

One more. Free book. Feb 05, 2021

I missed one. Another FREE offering from author Chautona Havig. Can you believe I’ve downloaded 53 of her books since September 2012. Her Freebie Friday is solely responsible.

And that number doesn’t even include all the downloaded collections she’s been a part of. Chautona is one busy lady.

Hashtag Rogue (The Agency Files Book 5) 

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Flynne Dortmann: computer specialist extraordinaire. The right arm of every agent in The Agency. And totally untrained for agent duty.

When no one takes a threat seriously, Flynne does the only thing she can think of.

With money she has no authorization to use, a gun she’s never fired in her hip pocket, and more zip-ties than any agent should be allowed to carry, Flynne takes on protective detail for an unwilling client. #HashtagRogue.

Mark Cho hasn’t had a chance to get used to being Marco Mendina—head of the Eastern US Agency. Not only that, every sign points to someone knowing he isn’t who he appears to be. His agency is in trouble.  His agents may be in danger, and with an office girl gone rogue, deciding what problem to tackle first is a problem in itself.

Not to mention, he misses his office assistant with her emoji-speak, killer tech skills, and sharp instincts.

Hashtag Rogue: Something is terribly wrong in The Agency. Again.


A Happy Weekend to you!

Don’t Hold Out for Publishing to Make You Feel Seen. Here’s Another Goal Instead. — Jane Friedman

Photo credit: joshzam on flickr / CC BY-NC-NDToday’s post is by regular contributor Susan DeFreitas (@manzanitafire), an award-winning author, editor, and book coach. She offers a first 50-page review on works in progress for novelists seeking direction on their next step toward publishing.Every year, I return to teach creative writing at a summer program offered by the school for…

Don’t Hold Out for Publishing to Make You Feel Seen. Here’s Another Goal Instead. — Jane Friedman

I’ve shared this post for two reasons:

  • I appreciate the encouraging message and want to keep it where I can find it.
  • It’s a thought many of us need to hear so why not share.

To Avoid Rejection, Take the Writer Out of the Story — Jane Friedman

I’m sharing this awesome post because it expresses, in a way I haven’t been able to, the magic of a story with the ability to transport me, the reader, into another realty. Forgetting I’m reading a book, instead living the story. I save my five star reviews for the story that will do this for me.

Today’s guest post is by editor and author Joe Ponepinto (@JoePonepinto).An admission: As I read my way through the submission queue for our literary journal, I often decide to decline a story well before its end.It’s not that the stories are always bad. Many times the premise is interesting, and the characters as well. It…

To Avoid Rejection, Take the Writer Out of the Story — Jane Friedman

Free LPC books July 13, 2020

LPC Books has some new and interesting FREE suggestions for us. Four of them, clean and written for the General Market. Two of the authors are familiar to me with multiple downloads each, Candee Fick and Ann Tatlock. 

Dance Over Me: (The Wardrobe series Book 1)

Dance Over Me

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Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress, has her sights set on Broadway. But when a jealous cast member threatens to drop the curtain on her dreams, Danielle fears her one brilliant moment in the spotlight is about to become a dim memory. Alex Sheridan is living his dream — playing the trumpet and helping run his family’s dinner theater. When “Dani” dances into his life, Alex is sure he’s found the perfect partner — if only the bright lights of a bigger stage don’t lure her away first.


Devyn’s Dilemma (Thousand Islands Gilded Age Series Book 2)

Devyn's Dilemma

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1910, Thousand Islands, New York. Others may consider The Towers castle on Dark Island an enchanting summer retreat, but to Devyn McKenna, it’s a prison. Yet as she works as a maid for Frederick Bourne, former president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, her life blossoms under the kindness of his family and fascinating entrepreneurs such as J.P. Morgan, Thomas Lipton, and Captain Vanderbilt. But more than anything, the growing friendship of Mr. Bourne’s valet, Brice McBride, begins to pry away the painful layers that conceal Devyn’s heart.

Brice is drawn to the mysterious Devyn even though he’s certain she’s hiding a secret, one far more dangerous than the clues they find in The Towers that hint of a treasure on the island. When Devyn is accused of stealing Bourne’s investment in Vanderbilt’s New York City subway expansion, he might not be able to protect her.


Once Beyond a Time

Once Beyond a Time

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A troubled family, whose pastor father resigned in disgrace from a church in suburban Philadelphia, moves to an old house in Black Mountain, North Carolina. They soon discover that their new home, nearly hidden from view on the side of a mountain, is no ordinary place. The family can see and speak with people who appear and disappear seemingly at will. Some of the visitors seem to have lived there in the past. More mysteriously, some will live there in the future.

Then, soon after their move into the old house, their eight-year-old son vanishes without a trace! Has he been kidnapped, or has he wandered off into the dark forest? Will the “house beyond time” provide the answers? Or does something more disturbing await this troubled family?


Angel Beneath My Wheels: Maybe she was his good luck charm … an angel beneath his wheels.

Angel Beneath my Wheels

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Beneath his playboy façade, NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, wants to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she writes him off. But Luke’s gentle ways and country charm may win her over—if his past doesn’t push her away.

As Rachel begins to touch Luke’s heart, he’s haunted by memories of the mother who abandoned him as a boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her steps, Rachel perseveres, and her innocence and grace breach Luke’s defenses. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love and lives are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the auto industry. Will Rachel hold on to her values? And will Luke realize his final happiness must come through faith in the One who has always loved him … and always will?


Actually, I’ve read the last one. I thought it sounded familiar when reading the synopsis and it is. It’s from last fall and I remember liking it. I see I’ve read Mathis before too – book one in the Thousand Island series. Small world.

I hope you will enjoy some of these along with me.

Happy Reading!

Bargain books July 03, 2020

1531 Entertainment has a bargain suggestion today and a few others showed up in the same search. A good day. I’ve not seen any of these books or their authors before and that makes for an even better day.

The Heart of Mercy (Georgia Peaches Book 4) $1.39

The Heart of Mercy

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Mercy Cunningham runs a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Atlanta. Dismissive of her noble work among the destitute, her father continually pesters her to work for his Fortune-500 corporation. A bedraggled stranger visits the soup kitchen and catches Mercy’s attention. Not because of the piercing gaze almost hidden behind his facial hair, but because something seems off about him.

Noah Allen is not the pastor, or even the man, he once was. The single-blow death of his wife and child made sure of that, as did a raging opioid addiction. Blaming himself for their deaths, he wanders the country without a destination and without a desire to find one.

Then, Mercy finds him.


A Persevering Heart (Georgia Peaches Book 1) $1.37

A Persevering Heart

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When Ms. Pepper Anne Barrington isn’t driving her convertible Aston Martin or writing her bestselling mysteries, she’s busy solving real-life dilemmas happening to her three grown children or the guests visiting her Atlanta bed and breakfast, Edgewater Coventry B & B. It seems to Miss Pepper, there’s always an air of romance, mystery, and perhaps a little adventure and mayhem at the restored 19th century plantation.

When handsome handyman and popular up and coming musician, Bradley Fielding, inherits his grandmother’s Victorian estate in Georgia, he relocates his band from Nashville to Atlanta to oversee the renovations. He decides to stay at the Edgewater Coventry B & B while the Fielding house that has been in his family for generations is being remodeled. All kinds of things begin to go wrong, including the disappearance of his sister and an antique pocket watch.

Patricia Johnston, avid reader and administrative assistant to Miss Pepper, is perhaps the most disturbed of all when she is framed for stealing Brad Fielding’s antique watch. She’s off to the wrong start in her new job—and with one of the country’s most eligible bachelors.


Hidden (Jones-Star Series Book 1) $1.23

Hidden 2

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He’s a Montana Cowboy and she’s a Boston aristocrat.
Together they are broken ashes and spitfire, discovering common ground in a shared dream. But, even if they can somehow see eye-to-eye and partner-up, their past lives lay in wait, ready to pounce and destroy any chance of a new beginning.

The train arrives at the station on Patrick Jones’ wedding day, but his dreams go up in steam when it fails to bring his childhood sweetheart, Genevieve, west with it. Instead, he finds himself burdened with the responsibility of her adventurous younger sister.

While naïve Ruth Ellen has a hidden agenda concerning both Aspen Glen in Montana territory and her sister’s cast off, she has no idea as to the lengths her prestigious family from Boston will go to stop her from achieving her independence.

Despite Patrick’s emotional battles, he is challenged and intrigued by Ruth Ellen, but it soon becomes obvious that his heart cannot accept the one similarity between the two Thorncrest sisters: Deception.


Nothing new and interesting showed up FREE so we will stick with bargains this time. All three books have a distinctly different flair and that is enticing. It could be a good weekend of reading.

Happy Reading.