COTT: Sedona Sunset by Tanya Stowe

Welcome, readers! As summer moves into full
swing and fireworks can be heard ringing through the skies, we’re still
cranking out a steady stream of must-read books! Today we are taking a
closer look at one of our recent competitors,
Sedona Sunset by Tanya
Stowe.

About the Book

After an auto accident leaves her crippled and takes her
mother’s life, Lara Fallon completes her mother’s dream of opening a school
and offering scholarships to promising young artists. Although Lara is
struggling with survivor’s guilt, she is thrilled to fulfill one more of
her mother’s dreams when she hires Alexander Summers, world-renown Flamenco
player and professor of art, to perform at the grand opening of The Fallon
School of Art.

But Alex has a secret. He investigates art theft for UNESCO, and when
pieces of Chaco pottery suddenly appear on the black market, Alex is
certain The Fallon School of Art is a cover for this illegal operation.
He’s determined to uncover the link…even if it means romantically
pursuing the lovely Lara Fallon.

Alex’s investigation leads him on collision course with Lara’s inner
struggle to cope with her mother’s death and her own wavering faith in God.
Now, Lara’s school and her heart are in danger. But is her life as well?

Woo! Art! Flamenco! Scandal! What’s not to
love??

Readers’ Comments

A great story. Wonderful characters. A joy to read.

Lara is a woman coming into her own potential and personal power. She is
encouraged to create a new life for herself by a mysterious man hoping to
be there when she does. Alex is just as intriguing as Lara with his secrets
and double life. The characters were strong and real, both individually and
together. I was impressed with how Stowe beautifully handled the budding
relationship with passion, but without the need for graphic sex. The
Sedona, AZ area has always had a special mystique and it is a perfect
location for this tale. Add in a well-thought out mystery and you have one
of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

I was given this book in return for an honest review and I am very happy to
give it high marks. It’s a truly well-written story that I can recommend
highly. This book makes it to my “save and reread” list.

~Amazon reviewer K. Frost
I loved the characters. Lara is left to finish what her mom started a
school for the gifted and being able to offer scholarships to the young
artist. Lara hires Alex Summers to help bring in the donations needed for
the school. But there is something shady going on at the school and Lara is
determined to see what is going on. She is wondering what happened to the 3
missing checks? Who all is involved ? Loved the story and has a romance but
done in good taste which Tanya always does. Look forward to what is next.
You like mystery with some romance you will want to read this book by Tanya
Stowe.

~Amazon reviewer D. L. Montgomery

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About the author:

Tanya Stowe is a Christian Fiction writer with an unexpected edge. This
Pelican Book Group author fills her romances with the unusual…gifts of the
spirit in Tender Touch and spiritual warfare in Haunted Hearts. In Never
Ending Night she explores the horrors of a Civil War battle and unravels a
mystery. Tender Trust treks to the Old West. Leap of Faith brushes wings
with an angel and White Christmas wraps romance in the traditions of a
small town holiday. No matter where Tanya goes…on a journey through the
past or contemporary adventures in new lands…be prepared for the
extraordinary.

Www.TanyaStowe.com

Sunday Sabbath: The Duck in the Lake

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It’s so easy when we look around to absolutely freak out at what we’re seeing, hearing and believing.

The God that created the duck also created you and me.

As I watched this little guy travel around the lake in Speculator, New York, I realized what a picture of peace he is.

And he might look lazy but I think under the water where I can’t see, he’s getting the job done.

I might not be the loudest voice on your newsfeed but I can say this: underneath the water, I’m praying.

For the root cause behind the flags and the rainbows. For wounded people wounding people. And so much more.

Prayer is key.

Prayer changes things.

Prayer gives peace.

May Christ’s peace be yours today.

Independence Day: Before You Have Another Hot Dog

Ah, Independence Day.

I am pretty sure my blood is red, white and blue. I cry during patriotic things and I believe in this country.

So as things lately spiral so off the axis, I wanted to pause and listen to what I think is the greatest rendition of The Star Spangled Banner out there. I get chills, I cry, it gets me in the gut, I mean this is how to remember our country and her roots today. Take five minutes to gather your family and friends around and thank God for the United States of America.

Take the Plunge 2015 Summer Challenge

Julie’s note:

Don’t forget that Unlikely Merger is FREE on Amazon Kindle through July 5th. Pick up your copy here.

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Summer . . . a time that kids pine for during the school year and parents may anticipate with something akin to dread. Fearing refrains of “I’m bored” or hours spent on the couch playing video games can make moms and dads nervous about the long, hot months stretching before their family. Focus on the Family’s Odyssey Adventure Club offers an answer, encouraging parents and kids to embrace faith and fun with the Take the Plunge Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse magazine’s Summer Challenge.

Take the Plunge

The Take the Plunge challenge features:

  • Master Mind Monday — commit God’s Word to memory
  • Ways to Play Wednesday — spend active time with your family
  • Faith Sharing Friday — share God’s love with others

The Take the Plunge challenge helps families memorize at least five verses, engage in five activities together and share their faith with five people before the school doors swing open again. Those who sign up will receive an 11-week plan with suggested verses to memorize, activity ideas (such as visiting a war memorial) and ways to witness (such as passing out popsicles at the park with an invitation to your church), making this challenge the perfect tool for parents who want summer to be a time of spiritual and social stimulation for their kids.

“Research tells us that the more senses we involve when teaching children a principle, the more likely it is to stick,” Plugged In editor and Adventures in Odyssey podcast host Bob Smithouser says. “Bible memorization by itself is great, but it becomes even more powerful when put into action. Know it. Share it. Live it.”

Families who sign up to take part in the challenge at www.whitsend.org/summer will have access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith. Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

Unlikely Merger is FREE on Amazon Kindle through July 5th

11391536_858579607541022_8504991036842170166_n The wait is over! Readers voted, the winning hero got their happy ending and now

Book Description:

No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

This is Book Three in the Heart Seekers series. Book One was A Dozen Apologies and Book Two was The Love Boat Bachelor. Unlikely Merger can stand alone but don’t you want to find out how all the stories tie together? It is quite the fun ride.

I wrote Landon Gates, Chapter 3, from Watkins Glen in Unlikely Merger. My heart was to honor the area I grew up in and create a character that represents the people. I named him after my nephew, and named his sister, Kaili, as the name we would have chosen had our son been a daughter. :)

All the heroes are swoon worthy and we heard at one point one vote separated five characters. Well, the votes are in but we can’t tell you who won Mercy’s heart.

Why not read on and find out? And once you’re done, if you enjoyed it, leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads? Thank you!

To purchase Unlikely Merger and leave a review, click here.

To review Unlikely Merger on Goodreads, click here.

Book Review: Burning Justice by Helena Smrcek

Book Description:
Romantic suspense, set in French Lick Indiana, first in the Alicia Yu, FBI series.Between a beacon of hope and redemption, comes Jacob. Nora’s future hangs in the balance of his past.

Pacifist Mennonite social worker Nora Martin is on the verge of opening a residential facility for first-time offenders. After years of planning, she’ll finally be able to rescue young men from the violence of prison…or what has been their only other option, the violence of the military.

But then a stranger in camouflage and combat boots marches through her front door and claims to own her house. And he’s not interested in letting Nora change it.

Who is Petty Officer Jacob Schwartz, and why does no one in the close-knit town of French Lick, Indiana want to acknowledge that he exists? What are they hiding? What had seemed like a safe community is now full of secrets and old heartaches, and Nora is caught in the dangerous middle. Her only ally is her best friend, FBI agent Alicia Yu (who readers first met in Glitter and Sorrow), but even Alicia can’t protect her from the way Nora’s heart races every time Jacob’s in the room.

Can she trust a man in uniform?

Nora and Jacob’s choices have taken them down different paths, but God may still show them a safe way back.

 

Burning Justice 2***
The mark of good romantic suspense is constant conflict. Chemistry. A push-pull reaction in every chapter, every scene. Burning Justice has all of these things and more.

Alicia isn’t the star of Burning Justice as much as Nora Martin is. Nora’s about peace but nothing in her life is peaceful. Especially when Jacob comes back to town.

The two battle through plans for the farm, whispers about them that threaten the plans for the farm, whispers about his past, fears she has about her own past. There is sorrow and pain, but there is also fun self talk from Nora in the first person POV.

I found this book to be one I knew I should put down to get things done around the house, but I couldn’t. All the things above impressed me so, right down to the dramatic ending.

Each year I share my favorite reads of the year and right now, Burning Justice is in the running. I highly recommend.

(I received Burning Justice in exchange for an honest review.)

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