Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Trace of Doubt ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Book Trailer & Giveaway!

Categories: Romantic Suspense / Christian Fiction / FBI Crime Solving Novel / Clean Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pub Date: September 7, 2021
Pages: 432 pages

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Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever. 


"Filled with high stakes, high emotion, and high intrigue." – LYNN H. BLACKBURN, award-winning author of UNKNOWN THREAT and ONE FINAL BREATH 

 Trace of Doubt is a suspense reader’s best friend. From page one until the end, the action is intense and the storyline keeps you guessing.” – EVA MARIE EVERSON, bestselling author of FIVE BRIDES and DUST 

 “DiAnn Mills serves up a perfect blend of action, grit, and heart. . . Trace of Doubt takes romantic suspense to a whole new level.” – JAMES R. HANNIBAL, award-winning author of THE PARIS BETRAYAL 

 “Well-researched . . . with some surprising twists along the way. In Trace of Doubt, Mills weaves together a tale of faith, intrigue, and suspense that her fans are sure to enjoy.” – STEVEN JAMES, award-winning author of SYNAPSE and EVERY WICKED MAN 


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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.  

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Retreats: Marketing, Speakers, Nonfiction and Novelist with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion for helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

No Names to Be Given ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Notable Quotable & Giveaway!


Categories: Women's Fiction / Vintage Fiction / Adoption / 1960s
Publisher: Admission Press Inc.
Pub Date: August 3, 2021
Pages: 334 pages

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1965. Sandy runs away from home to escape her mother’s abusive boyfriend. Becca falls in love with the wrong man. And Faith suffers a devastating attack. With no support and no other options, these three young, unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans where they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired.

But such a life-altering event can never be forgotten, and no secret remains buried forever. Twenty-five years later, the women are reunited by a blackmailer, who threatens to expose their secrets and destroy the lives they’ve built. That shattering revelation would shake their very foundations—and reverberate all the way to the White House.

Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, this mesmerizing story is based on actual experiences of women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant but unmarried, pressured by family and society to make horrific decisions. How that inconceivable act changed women forever is the story of No Names to Be Given, a heartbreaking but uplifting novel of family and redemption.



A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart. --Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.

An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them. --Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella.

A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation. --Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese.

Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit. --Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something.

This book is a relevant read and one that will keep readers guessing page after page until the very end. --The US Review of Books

Today's young women, especially, need to absorb No Names to Be Given. --Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer

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Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS. She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart. As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public. Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well. A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Deep Roots: The Deep Series, Book 3 ~ Audio Book Review

The Deep Series, Book 3
written and narrated

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press

Genre: Action-Adventure
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes
Release date: May 12, 2020

ABOUT THE BOOK: In the mangroves of Belize, something ancient lies hidden beneath the roots. And when it surfaces, so too will one of man's baser inclinations. The root of all evil: GREED.

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand have enjoyed months of quiet on the tiny island of Caye Caulker. After surviving Hurricane Irma and a mountaintop madman, the two divemasters have finally begun to relax. Big mistake.

Following on the fins of the best-selling thrillers Deep Shadow and Deep Cut, this third Caribbean action adventure in The Deep Series takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of Belize. From the offshore cayes to distant lagoons, from tropical rivers to jungle ruins lost in time, Boone and Emily race to untangle themselves from a deadly plot that threatens to shatter their lives.

HALL WAYS REVIEW: AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Nick Sullivan's Caribbean Dive Adventures just keep getting better -- this is the third book (Book 1, Deep Shadow & Book 2, Deep Cut ) and it's best yet in both plot and narration. I cannot wait to dive into the next book (see what I did there?). The serenity and beauty of the island setting juxtaposed with the dark goings-on underwater and in the criminal underworld make for an action-packed, high interest story you'll read straight through.

Sullivan masters the world building – the paradise setting of Belize and its sparkling waters draws in readers, but something sinister is lurking beneath the surface, and readers can’t help but stick around to find out exactly what it is. 

DEEP ROOTS is packed with quirky characters that readers will love and villains that readers will loathe.  The relationship between main characters Emily and Boone continues to gel, and I appreciate that Sullivan shows how it's truly a partnership. The author portrays a healthy relationship and the importance of communication, particularly for this couple who has been through some pretty harrowing experiences and both suffer a bit of PTSD. Best part for this reader? Though this relationship is central to the story, and though there's a very HEA, the focus of the story is the action, adventure, and suspense -- not the romance. Hooray! 

The author is again the narrator of the audio book of DEEP ROOTS, and he perfectly voices the characters. There is never any confusion about who is talking (again, kudos to the writing), and he does some great island accents and in this story, he has gotten Emily's voice just right. The dueling accents of Emily (London) and Boone (American) was really fun and I enjoyed the "pronunciation denunciation." 

I was thrown by some unexpected and unnecessary F-bombs, which are always more startling to hear than read, but overall, this is a well-written, well-voiced story start to finish. Readers can jump in on this series at any point, but as is the case with most series books, it's always the best experience when you can start at the beginning to get the backstory and watch characters (and author skills) grow.

Highly recommend the book and the series, and I'm ready to start book four,  DEEP DEVIL. Happily, it’s already out in the world, and if I play my cards right, I might finish it just in time for the fifth book. (Because the series MUST go on!)

Thank you to the author for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in East Tennessee, NICK SULLIVAN has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audio books. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. Nick has been an avid scuba diver for many years and his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired this series. His first novel, Zombie Bigfoot, hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.

NICK SULLIVAN has been narrating audio books for over twenty years, recording over four hundred titles and receiving numerous AudioFile Earphones and Audie nominations and awards. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at many U.S. theaters. His TV credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA


Friday, August 13, 2021

The Shade Under the Mango Tree ~ Book Blog Tour Guest Post, Book Trailer, & Giveaway!

The Shade Under the Mango Tree
by Evy Journey

Book Details:
Genre:  Adult Fiction 18+
Categories: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction
Publisher:  Sojourner Books
Pages: 396 pages
Release date:  November 2, 2020

Book Description:

Gold Medal, Contemporary Fiction,  2021 Global Book Awards (formerly New York City Book Awards)
Finalist, Multicultural Fiction,  2021 International Book Awards

After two heartbreaking losses, Luna wants adventure. Something and somewhere very different from the affluent, sheltered home in California and Hawaii where she grew up. An adventure in which she can also make some difference.

Lucien, a worldly, well-traveled young architect, finds a stranger's journal at a café. Though he has qualms and pangs of guilt about reading it, they don't stop him. His decision changes his life forever.

Months later, they meet at a bookstore. Fascinated by his stories and adventurous spirit, Luna goes on a Peace Corps stint to a rural rice-growing village in Cambodia. There, she finds a world steeped in ancient culture and the lasting ravages of a deadly history. Will she leave this world unscathed?

An epistolary tale of courage, resilience, and the bonds that bring diverse people together.

Guest Post:

A Letter to Potential Readers—The Shade Under the Mango Tree

Dear Reader,

Luna, the heroine of The Shade Under the Mango Tree, decides to write about her experience in a foreign country. Not only to tell the world about it, but also to help herself heal. Can writing help you heal? Yes, it can. And if you want to know more about it, try this post: WriteTo Save Your Life (or, at least, your psyche). It’s one of my inspirations in writing the book.

This type of writing can take many forms. A journal like Luna does. A letter to no one in particular. Or a book—fiction or nonfiction like a memoir.

In The Shade Under the Mango Tree (SUMT), my characters reflect a little part of me. I think it’s inevitable even when you write fantasy or sci fi. I also pay homage to grandparents. In these times when both parents often work, it’s not unusual to turn to them for help in looking after children. Both Luna and Lucien were (more or Less) raised by grandparents. My own grandmother figured significantly in my growing-up years.

Love is at the core of all my stories. Aren’t they in everyone’s life if you allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to another? Love strips you bare to both hurt and happiness. Love demands surrendering your control. Still, my novels don’t fit neatly into the romance genre. Because, ultimately, they’re about life, about our messy, complicated, wonderful lives. So SUMT includes some narrative of a foreign country’s deadly history and a suicide.

I hope the book speaks to you in some way.

All the best,
Evy Journey

Meet the Author:
Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (Ph.D. University of Illinois) so she spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with the problems and issues of contemporary life. She believes in love and its many faces. Though she has traveled to many places, she has one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She visits and stays a few months.

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Tour Schedule:
Aug 2 –
 Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 2 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 3 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Aug 3 - Working Mommy Journal - book review / giveaway
Aug 4 – @twilight_reader – book review
Aug 4 - Kam's Place - book spotlight
Aug 5 – Talk of Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 - A Mama's Corner of the World - book review / giveaway
Aug 6 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9 - Literary Flits – book spotlight
Aug 9 - Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 - Rajiv's Reviews - book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – @booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 13 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 17 - Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book review
Aug 19 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Aug 19 - Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Read with Me – book review
Aug 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 25 –Falling Into A Good Book – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – Books for Books – book review
Aug 27 - Adventurous Jessy - book review / giveaway


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Crude Ambition ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Guest Post & Giveaway!

Patricia Hunt Holmes

Categories: Mystery / Thriller / Women's Fiction
Publisher: River Grove Books (Greenleaf Book Group)
Date of Publication: June 8, 2021
Number of Pages: 326

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A Texas Reckoning

In the early morning hours after a law firm recruiting party at a beachside house on Galveston Island, a female summer intern is found lying on the floor, bruised, bleeding and unconscious.  Four men and one young woman attorney who were staying at the house know something terrible happened. 

The woman attorney takes her to a hospital but the next day the intern disappears. All of them decide to keep silent, doing nothing about the incident in order to further their own career ambitions while the events of that night haunt the two women.  Time passes and then ten years later, crime and hubris bring the former intern back into their lives.  Only this time she has the power and the truth is finally brought to light, uprooting everyone’s plans. 

From the power centers of Houston law and oil to the fracking fields of South Texas to the Jersey Shore and Washington D.C., this story chronicles the struggles of two ambitious young women in their quest for legal success and justice. 



“Crude Ambition is a great read.  It is an authentic look at big law in Houston and the Texas oil business.  Patricia Hunt Holmes weaves a story of ambition, greed, romance and revenge that kept me turning the pages until all the just desserts were served.” 

-- Marc Grossberg, J.D., Author of The Best People: A Tale of Trials and Errors 

“In Crude Ambition, Patricia Hunt Holmes shows she knows Texas in the way Grisham knows Mississippi—politics, environment, strong men and strong women, egos, oil, arrogance, influence and hunger for power.  I don’t think anyone could have nailed it better.” 

-- Bill Sarpalius, Former U.S. Congressman, Author of The Grand Duke of Boys’ Ranch  


Women Writers, Women’s Books

Guest Post by Patricia Hunt Holmes  

I write books about strong women who are confronted with physical abuse or psychological pressure but nevertheless survive.  I wrote my first novel, Searching for Pilar, which was published in 2018, as a result of learning about the terrible crime of sex trafficking and finding out that the city I lived in was the largest hub for sex trafficking in the United States.  I had to do a lot of research that involved reading survivors’ stories and talking to survivors, talking to the FBI, local law enforcement and prosecutors.  But I felt passionate about making people like myself who lived comfortable lives aware of what was going on all around us.  I knew my friends would not read the terrible tales survivors told, so I decided to write a thriller/suspense story that took place in Mexico and in Houston that people would actually read.  Pilar is an innocent young wife and mother who is tricked into applying for a job that is a trap to kidnap girls and women.  A cartel smuggles Pilar and two 13- and 14-year-old girls across the border to Houston, where they are forced to work in the back rooms of glitzy Galleria area men’s clubs and later in an infamous barrio cantina/brothel.  Pilar’s brother, Diego, searches for Pilar in Mexico and then in Houston, aided by a young woman lawyer and a private detective.   Pilar is an incredibly strong woman who struggles to survive and to keep the girls captured with her alive.

            Houstonians told me that they identified with many of the characters of different classes I described in my book.  The city of Houston is a character in the story, which let locals see familiar settings in a new light. I believe I was successful in playing some part in revealing the unspeakable nature of the life that the poorest, least free women among us are forced to live. 

My new book, Crude Ambition, is also a story about two young women struggling against the odds to achieve their goals.  But these women live in a world with which I am actually familiar, the world of big law and oil.  I had a 30-year career as a lawyer in a large, international law firm.  I loved my practice, my colleagues and clients.  The characters and story in Crude Ambition are fictional but I know the issues young women face in law firms:  getting good work, being taken seriously, being seen as assertive but not aggressive, being attractive but avoiding sexual overtures, and having to work harder and bill more than their male colleagues, for example. 

Although the story is about the two different career paths Carolyn and Laura take after Laura is assaulted at a law firm recruiting party and disappears, I explore several different issues in Crude Ambition.  The lawyer/client relationship is one of the most important parts of being an attorney.  It can produce great benefits or, if the client is dishonest, and the lawyer turns a blind eye, cause the lawyer’s downfall.   Choosing practical solutions which advance one’s ambitions instead of sticking to moral principles is another issue I explore in Crude Ambition.  Finally, having a support system among women is invaluable and both Carolyn and Laura could not have succeeded without the encouragement and help of another female lawyer. In Carolyn’s case it is her glamorous colleague, Cynthia.  In Ann’s case it is an intelligent, young black female attorney who befriends her and helps her find justice. 

I have met many smart, successful women in my life who have been friends, mentors or inspirations.  By writing about strong women, I hope I can inspire the women who read my books to set a goal and go after it, whatever the obstacles.

Patricia Hunt Holmes spent 30 years as a public finance attorney with a large international law firm, specializing in nonprofit healthcare finance and rural electric cooperative finance. Consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, and Top Lawyers in Houston, she was a frequent speaker at national public finance and health care conferences. Patricia has also served on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Tennessee, and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has written and published in the fields of intellectual history and law.  

In addition to her legal career, Patricia has been a member and board member of several social service organizations throughout Houston, including the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast Women’s Initiative, Dress for Success Houston, the University of Houston Women’s Studies Program, University of Houston Law Review Board of Directors, is a Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera, and Houston Justice for Our Neighbors. 

Patricia grew up in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey but has lived in Houston for over 40 years. She has two daughters, Hillary and Ashley, who have successful careers as an attorney and a geologist, and three adorable grandsons. She is an avid golfer and traveler.  

Patricia holds a BA in English and History, an MA in History, and a PhD in Russian and South Asian History with honors, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and was an editor on the Houston Law Review. 

Friday, August 6, 2021

The Forgotten World ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours New Release Book Blitz!

The Forgotten World
Nick Courtright

Genre: Poetry / Travel / Fatherhood
Publisher: Gold Wake Press
Date of Publication: August 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 88 Pages

In his third collection, poet Nick Courtright explores the world at large in an effort to reconcile selfhood as an American in the international community, while also seeking anchors for remembering a wider world often lost to view in our shared though increasingly isolated experience of reality.

Beginning in Africa with investigations of religion and love, The Forgotten World then moves to Latin America to tackle colonialism and whiteness. From there it travels to Asia to discuss economic stratification and Europe to explore art and mental health, culminating in a stirring homecoming to troubled America, where family, the future, and what matters most rise to the forefront of consideration.

Through all of it, Courtright displays a deft hand, at once pained, at once bright, to discover that although the wider world seems farther away than before, the lessons it offers are more needed than ever.

"In The Forgotten World, Nick Courtright explores the intersections of being a citizen of one country and the desire to live as a citizen of the world..." - Octavio Quintanilla, author of If I Go Missing and 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio 



Nick Courtright is the author of The Forgotten World (2021), Let There Be Light (2014) and Punchline (2012), and is the Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press. His work has appeared in The Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review among dozens of others. With a Doctorate in Literature from the University of Texas, Nick lives in Austin with the poet Lisa Mottolo and their children, William and Samuel. Find him online and watching birds on his porch.



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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Under the Bayou Moon ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Notable Quotable & Giveaway!

Valerie Fraser Luesse

Categories: Fiction / Christian / Historical
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: August 3, 2021
Number of Pages: 352

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When Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country in 1949, she knows her life will change--but she could never imagine just how dramatically.

Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their unique culture, most of the residents come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher, and she's soon teaching just about everyone, despite opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives. Yet it's the lessons Ellie herself will learn--from new friends, a captivating Cajun fisherman, and even a legendary white alligator haunting the bayou--that will make all the difference.

Take a step away from the familiar and enter the shadowy waters of bayou country for a story of risk, resilience, and romance.

Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing Isaac, Almost Home, and The Key to Everything, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave.
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