Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Tour and Giveaway: Stolen Obsession by Marlene M Bell

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Stolen Obsession
(Annalisse Series #1)
By Marlene M. Bell
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 294 Pages
June 30th 2018 by Ewephoric Publishing

People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best friend to murder. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.

Weeks later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her pleas fall on deaf ears—despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.

Desperate, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.

Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his mother, feared dead or kidnapped. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind Annalisse’s back, can her plan to rescue Alec’s mother save them all?

Hold on for a heart-thumping, thrilling adventure through exotic lands in this fast-moving romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M. Bell.

Praise for the Book

"Debut author Bell delivers a great, slow-building romance, gently examining her characters' painful pasts." — Kirkus Reviews

"An irresistible page turner and a successful melding of thriller and romance. With a splash of international adventure and plenty of surprises, Stolen Obsession is an entertaining read and a great beginning to the Annalisse Series." — Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½

Excerpt

BOOM!
A horrific noise shrouded the sound of their engine.
An unseen force jolted Annalisse. She grabbed her seat with both hands and screamed.
The concussion from an outside blast shook the Jeep.
A bright glow filled the sky.
“Down!” Chet barely got the word out when a second explosion rocked the vehicle. He fell over Annalisse, crushing her body with his massive torso, shielding her head and neck with his arms.
Annalisse stayed folded over, her heart banging in her chest.
Shards of rubble pelted their car.
The windowpanes on the right side cracked, and Chet’s window shattered.
“Can’t breathe!” Gasping for air, Annalisse coughed while she pried at Chet’s arms.
Chet sat up and brushed hair from her forehead. “You’re cut.”
“My ears are ringing.” Annalisse seesawed her jaws, reached for her temple with a shaky hand, and pulled out a glass sliver.
Alec popped up, unsnapped his shoulder belt and lurched halfway over the seat. “Jesus—Annalisse, talk to me.” He reached out, coughing.
She unbuckled to meet him, grabbing his fingers. “I’m fine. Are you hurt?”
Alec shook his head. He glanced at Steve, who’d remained in a trance, staring through their rear window.
Annalisse craned her neck and squinted through the spider-webbed glass for any movement. Black smoke broke the clear sky, ballooning high above orange flames licking at the frame of what used to be their ride from Crete.
“Someone needs to help that poor pilot.” Annalisse said as Matt’s sedan pulled beside the hangar.
Matt ran close to the fire with his hand shading his face then jumped away.
“I’m going.” She reached for the door handle, but Chet grabbed her arm.
“Stay inside.” Chet glared at her with the intensity of someone who meant what he said. “It’s too late.”
“Then break out that window. I can’t see.” Annalisse’s heart sank when Chet ignored her request, wordless and tight-jawed.
“Steve, shut off the goddamned car!” Alec bellowed, looking over his shoulder. “Matt’s coming. Sit tight, everyone.”
She trembled so hard her teeth cracked against each other. In a herculean effort, she fought back tears from her stinging eyes, putting her head in her hands until she heard an engine approach.
The sedan screeched to a halt near the Jeep’s driver’s side. The Mercedes had heavy pockmarks where metal fragments and hunks of the helicopter had gouged the doors. She rolled down her window and took in a putrid gulp of jet fuel—and other odors she dared not think about. Her tongue swished against grit in her mouth.
Covered in soot and bleeding from head and neck, Matt got out and jogged to Steve’s door. Flynn’s window was missing, and his right arm was wrapped in his jacket like a stuffed sausage, but he’d stayed inside. Annalisse noted Flynn’s sooty face where he had taken off his glasses—his raccoon-like grimace and closed lids told the story of his pain.
Matt slapped the Jeep’s roof. “Move your ass, Steve! Get these people gone. I’m taking Flynn into Izmir. He has a hunk of steel in his arm. I want you outta here before officials arrive. Someone wanted the pilot dead.”
“Or us.” Bile rose in Annalisse’s throat. If they’d spent a few extra moments on their flight, the sharks would’ve had a complimentary meal.
“Maybe. Shit, Matt. Chitchat later, okay.” Flynn groaned and lifted his arm higher.
“I’ve alerted the team. Punch it. When I know more—” Matt cursed, slapped the jeep’s top once more and ran to his side of the sedan.
“Damage control.” The green tint of Steve’s glasses reflected in the rearview mirror at her, then he faced Alec. “Check yourselves. If you need medical attention, yell out.” He looked over his shoulder at Chet.
“Nothing I can’t do myself.” Chet took off his jacket and shook it.
Annalisse saw a thickness beneath Chet’s pastel shirt, no doubt a vest.
“Alec?” Steve asked.
After wiping down both arms and legs, Alec shook his head. “Drive. Don’t you give a crap about any of us? You didn’t even undo your seatbelt after that explosion. Get in the game, Jacobs. You’re supposed to secure us against every contingency.”
“I’m wearing Kevlar,” Steve said.
“Whoopee-do for you. Where’s our vests?” Annalisse mumbled and Chet stole a glance at her.
Alec turned and looked at the backseat.
“Thanks for taking care of my girl, Chet. Glad we have you.”
Her stomach sloshed when the Jeep pulled onto the airport road. They were alive by the grace of God. And she promised herself they wouldn’t leave Turkey without Alec’s mother.
“Ready, Wabbie?” Steve stretched one arm across the top of Alec’s seat and puckered his lips, lifting his glasses for an instant so he could make unhindered eye contact with Chet.
“What the hell’s a wabbie?” Alec’s tone was harsh.
“I think he means me,” Chet said.
“Rhymes with Kee-mo-sabbie.” Steve snickered, oblivious to the fact that no one else was amused.
“The name’s Chet. Chet Wab-en-net-ter. I don’t like nicknames.”
“Good God, amateur hour. A man dies, we’re almost blown up, and you fools are cracking jokes.” Annalisse groaned.
“You’re making my headache worse.”
She could have gone the rest of the day without the petty male egos bouncing between front and back seats. No way was this arrangement going to work. Her stomach did another pirouette at the thought of the pilot’s charred remains in the burned wreckage. She looked at Alec, who’d hunkered closer to the door.
Steve shrugged. “He didn’t feel a thing.”
“This stupid conversation is plenty painful for me. Can we not talk for a while?” Annalisse’s head throbbed.
“Pull over, Steve.” Alec pointed through the windshield.
“No time.”
“Make time. Now! There’s a turnout ahead.”
Steve swerved the Jeep off the dirt road into a patch of weeds. “What?” He turned the ignition off. “This isn’t smart. Matt said to get you inside the hotel.”
“Alec, what’s wrong?” Annalisse unbuckled her seatbelt and scooted forward to the edge of her seat.
“Steve, outside. You, too, Chet.” Alec’s seatbelt retracted and he opened his door.
Steve jerked off his Ray-Bans. “Are you a fuckin’ fruitcake, Zavos?”
“This won’t take long. I should’ve checked you guys myself last night. You froze when our helicopter exploded, Jacobs. Chet reacted. Someone torched that bird, and for all we know it might have been one of you. Get your wallets out and step away from the vehicle.”
Annalisse got out on her side and walked to Alec, giving him a shaky hug.
He kissed the top of her head. “We’re okay.” He drew back and swiped his thumb across her forehead. “Are you cut anywhere else?”
“It doesn’t feel like it.”
“Brennan checked us out.” Chet’s dejected eyes looked at Alec then fixed on his shoes.
Steve handed Alec his wallet and Chet gave his to Annalisse.
“I don’t know what you think you’ll find.” Steve leaned against the Jeep.
Annalisse grudgingly opened Chet’s wallet and scanned his driver’s license, credit cards with his name were neatly filed in the slots, and business cards hid inside the fold. He was sixty-one, single, and lived in Connecticut. The cards were from local vendors: television repair and a computer store. Nothing sent up any red flags.
Annalisse tucked the business cards back and folded the thin leather in half. She smiled at Chet and handed it to Alec. “Seems okay.”
Alec gave Steve’s wallet back to him and flipped quickly through Chet’s before tossing his back.
“Alec, I have to ask you to get back in the Jeep. We’re targets out here.” Chet slipped his wallet into the front pocket of his suit jacket.
“For whatever it’s worth, I dream of being burned alive. That’s why I froze back there. I’m sorry.” Steve’s soft hazel eyes weren’t anything like she’d expected. He had a kind face, but it displayed plenty of confusion.
Was he an ex-military vet who suffered from PTSD? A wonderful touch, Detective Mooney.
Back on the road, bouncing wildly side to side, talk inside the Jeep had ceased. The silence was so cold a jacket would’ve helped her arms. Now that no one in the vehicle trusted each other, their pilot was dead, and one of the CIA operatives had injuries, getting Alec’s mom back seemed not much better than impossible.

About the Author


Marlene M. Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery. A color catalog of non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts may be requested at www.marlenembell.com or www.texassheep.com. Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.

- 1 Grand Prize winner will receive: One signed copy of STOLEN OBSESSION, One lined Journal with handcrafted pen, One set of Wool Dryer Balls, a Pair of Stolen Obsession style earrings and a $50 gift card from Amazon
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sophie Washington Mission: Costa Rica by Tonya Duncan Ellis


About the Book

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Series: Sophie Washington
Genre:  
Children’s, Fiction
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: June 2018
Sixth grader Sophie Washington, her family and friends are in for an adventure-filled week of boa constrictors, monkeys and mayhem after they sign up to take part in a church mission trip to Costa Rica.

About the Author

Tonya Duncan Ellis
Tonya Duncan Ellis is the author of the Readers’ Favorite “Five Star” rated Sophie Washington children’s books series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has received awards for literary excellence and worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer.
The Sophie Washington book series recounts the adventures of a precocious African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane, and Mission Costa Rica.
Tonya lives in Houston, TX. When she’s not writing, the author enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children.

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Chapter 1
Welcome to the Jungle
The sky is sunglasses-required bright. It is hotter than a coal-fired pizza oven. Sweat drips into my eyebrows, and my t-shirt sticks to my back like gum to the underside of a desk. Ignoring the baking temperature, Carlos, our guide, is the one of the cheeriest people I’ve ever met. It’s like a smile is tattooed on his mouth as we bump along the narrow, winding road at about ten miles per hour.
“Ev-er-y-body, stop!”
Carlos abruptly puts on the brakes and yells, still grinning, to get our attention. My dad jerks our golf cart to a halt right behind him.
It’s Day One of our trip to Costa Rica, and Dad, Mom, my little brother Cole and my friends Chloe, Valentina, and I are taking a tour of the golf course near our hotel.
Ooo! Ooo! Ooo!
The exotic sounds of howler monkeys and sights of red, yellow and blue parrots, lime green iguanas, and tropical plants mingle with the common golfing fairways and tees.
“Whoa! Check that out over there!” Cole points out a thick, gray and forest green-colored hose sliding on the turf.
“What do we have here?” asks Carlos.
“Get back, kids!” Mom exclaims. “It’s a snake!”
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A five-foot-long serpent glides near Carlos’ feet, and instead of moving away our crazy guide eases toward the creature.
I freeze. Everyone else steps back.
“Not to worry, the snake is not poisonous,” Carlos reassures us. “It’s a boa constrictor.” Then he reaches down to pick it up and wraps the snake around his neck as we all stare with our mouths agape.
Smack!
Mosquitoes buzz toward my open lips and I whack at my mouth to stop them. I can’t keep my eyes off the serpent. And it looks like he’s checking me out too.
“Would you like to pet it, young lady?” Carlos inquires. “We see this snake on the path nearly every day; he won’t hurt you.”
“A boa constrictor’s bite won’t hurt you, but it can squeeze you to death,” warns my father, holding his arms out to keep me from getting too close.
“I bet Sophie is part Slytherin, just like Harry Potter,” says Cole, comparing me to the snake-loving members of the club from the Harry Potter book series while he observes the snake and me watch each other.
“Be quiet, Cole, and all you children stay back,” scolds my mother.
I blink and the spell the snake cast on me is broken. I am able to move again.
“I can’t believe we’re this close to a boa constrictor,” Valentina says as she snaps a picture of the snake-clad Carlos with her cell phone. “No one will believe this is real.”
“Yeah, looking at that creepy thing makes my skin crawl.” Chloe smooths a black curl off her forehead and peers to get a better look. “Take one of me standing with the snake in the background, Valentina,” she asks, striking a pose.
I roll my eyes. Leave it to my two friends to be snapping selfies when we might be in danger. Though we are all on the cheerleading squad, Chloe Thompson and Valentina Martinez would probably be considered the most “high maintenance” in our group. Both love to shop and spend lots of time talking about hair and makeup. They are both very pretty too. Chloe is tall and thin with dark curls and caramel skin, and Valentina, who was born in Mexico, has long black hair and can do back flips across the school gym.
Chloe and I have been best friends since we were small. We’ve been in most classes together at Xavier Academy, the private school we attend, until last year when she was placed in some special classes because she has dyslexia. The learning disorder makes her see letters backward so Chloe needs more time to do her reading assignments than other people. Some kids used to make fun of her about it until they found out that Chloe has a temper, and since she’s one of the tallest girls in our grade you don’t want to mess with her.
I used to think Valentina was just a bubblehead until she and her family had to leave their home during a hurricane earlier this year. They camped out with us in my father’s dental office for a few days because parts of our neighborhood were flooding and we couldn’t stay in our house either. During our time in the office, Valentina and I became friends and she convinced me to try out for the cheerleading team.
“Can I see the pictures?” Cole bumps me out of the way and shoves in closer. “I left my camera at the hotel.”
“Ouch!” I stumble back off the path and into a huge pile of fire ants.
At least fifty angry bugs crawl up my leg and start biting.
“Aaaaah!” I shriek.
Mom rushes over and swats the ants off with her sun hat.
“Everybody back on the golf carts!” she commands.
“Is your daughter okay?” A lady from one of the two other carts touring with us walks over to offer help.
“Yes, thankfully, she’s not allergic to fire ant venom,” Mom answers. “It looks like she’ll have to suffer through pain from a bite or two the next couple of days.”
“A bite or two? There must be at least twenty bumps on my leg!” I exclaim. “And it’s all your fault, Cole!”

10 Behind the Scenes Facts About the Book

  1. Tonya Duncan Ellis took a family vacation to Costa Rica in 2012.
  2. On her first day in the country the author stepped in a fire ant pile and had an allergic reaction.
  3. Sophie Washington: Mission: Costa Rica was originally planned to be the third book in the Sophie Washington series, but the author kept getting inspired to write about other topics and it became book number six.
  4. The many animals mentioned in Sophie Washington: Mission: Costa Rica are no exaggeration. The country hosts more than five percent of the world’s biodiversity, though it’s landmass takes up only .03 percent of the planet.
  5. Most of Sophie Washington: Mission Costa: Rica was written from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. during a three-month time span.
  6. Tonya Duncan Ellis still fondly remembers the delicious meat, rice, bean, and salad dishes she ate while in Costa Rica.
  7. Howler monkeys are the loudest animals in the world, and their calls can be heard as far as three miles away.
  8. The author keeps a bowl made in the Costa Rican pottery village Guaitil on her family room coffee table.
  9. The “Agnese” character was originally planned to be a Costa Rican boy who would play soccer with Sophie’s little brother Cole, but then the author changed her mind.
  10. When first conceived, the book was planned to be about a school trip with Sophie’s class that would be called Sophie Washington: Costa Rican Caper.
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Review

Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica is yet another fabulous addition to Tonya Duncas Ellis’s Sophie Washington series. I recently was introduced to Sophie Washington in earlier books and I have enjoyed every one of them. Mission Costa Rica is probably my new favorite. I love that Sophie’s family and friends chose to go and help others in another country who truly need it. Quite an adventure for them! Sophie is introduced to a new character that has a little problem swiping things that does not belong to them, which kept my giggling at their antics.

I give this book a well deserved five stars and highly recommend it for all readers young and old.

I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Double Review: Andi Dreams of Gold / Andi Far from Home by Susan K Marlow



Blurb (from Amazon):

Andi Carter has gold fever! Someone near town has struck it rich. Now Andi can't stop wondering if there might be some of the glittery metal in the creeks on the Circle C ranch. Her brothers agree that she might find something that sparkles. But they laugh whenever they talk about it. Andi is determined--when she finds gold, she'll be the one laughing!

Her friend Cory is excited to track down treasure too, and together they set off on an adventure. Panning for gold is cold, wet, tiring work. But Andi and Cory won't give up.

Success! Just when they discover what they're looking for, real trouble shows up: a spring storm, a missing horse, and a frightening bear. And those are just the beginning.

My Review: 

Andi Dreams of Gold is the fifth installment from Circle C Stepping Stones series. This time Andi finds herself in trouble by looking for gold with her friend, Cory. The story made my daughter giggle and we both enjoyed their adventure. A good story to teach children lessons and inspiration. Andi and her family are good role models for readers. 

I give Andi Dreams of Gold five stars. Highly recommended for young readers 7-10 years old. 

I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 




Blurb (from Amazon):

When Fresno is hit with an unexpected outbreak of deadly scarlet fever, Andi Carter is scared. Her town friends are getting sick and school is closed until it passes. Far from the danger, at least Andi has her horse Taffy and plenty of work on the Circle C ranch to distract her.

But is she really safe? First one ranch hand, then two, and then her brother Mitch fall ill. Mother is convinced that the only way to protect Andi from this terrible disease is to send her far away to fussy Aunt Rebecca in San Francisco.

The noisy city and Aunt Rebecca's bossy ways may be worse than scarlet fever. But then Andi has an idea that might help save her friends back home . . .

My Review: 

Andi Far from Home is book six from Susan K Marow's series, Circle C Stepping Stones. In this installment, Andi has to be sent away to her Aunt Rebecca's house in San Francisco, California,  because of a scarlet fever outbreak in her home town. She has quite a bit of an adjustment going from the ranch to the big city. As usual, she gets into some trouble.

Andi Far from Home is my favorite of the series so far. I give it five plus stars. 

I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Fear of Being Eaten by Ronald J Wichers



Book Details:

Book Title: The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart
Author: Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: April 26, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

​Book Description:

What if you married a man who didn’t care about you? What if there was a child in the neighborhood for whom you developed a special fondness but was nine when you were nineteen and twenty when you were thirty with two children and a husband who still didn’t care? And what if you were a boy whose only happy memories were a few soft words uttered now and again by a beautiful neighbor ten years your senior and whose voice and face and figure, back-lighted by the golden light of the setting sun, were all that would sustain you when your life was threatened every minute of every day in the mire of a squalid war nobody wanted?

This is the story of Jacqueline and Tommy, their lives stubbornly paralleling with no convergence in sight until one cold night she sees him starving to death on a crowded street filled with happy tourists.

What would you do if you saw him there almost unrecognizable, just another mass of neglected, invisible wreckage? Turn the pages of The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart and find out what happened to Jacqueline Rhondda and Tommy Middleton.

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Meet the Author:


Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.

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What made you write a book about the Vietnam War?
The weave of stories created in The Fear of Being Eaten -A Biography of the Heart are episodes in my life and those of old friends that I had wanted to describe for many years but were of a type too dark to attempt. How I could put it together at a time so painful is a mystery to me. But it helped.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
From experiences, my feelings about them, people associated with them – people and things that seem to demand to be told to grope at a possible meaning.
There are many books out there about the Vietnam War and its aftermath. What makes yours different?
With the exception of Lotus in a Sea of Fire by Thich Nhat Hanh, I haven’t read any books about the Vietnam War. I’ve written honestly and I don’t concern myself with how different The Fear of Being Eaten might or might not be. I have no control over that.

What advice would you give budding writers?
It’s best to write because you love it, because you have a story you feel must be told.

Your book is set in Vietnam, Las Vegas, Reno and other places in the high deserts of Nevada. Have you ever been there?
Yes. I fought in Vietnam. I grew up in Nevada.


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Book Tour and Giveaway: The Between Us by Tammy L Gray

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The Truth Between Us
(Bentwood #2)
By Tammy L. Gray
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
ebook, 252 Pages
July 12th 2018

Nine years to win her. Three years to love her. And one decision that destroyed it all.

April Duncan was raised with three clear truths: the family name is absolute, ambition and success rule over every emotion, and love always comes with strings attached. Image was everything in her carefully crafted world... until the mirror cracked.

Sean Taylor was April's best friend, the one man who taught her it was okay to let her guard down and to rely on someone. She trusted him. She loved him. Which made his deception the darkest kind of cruelty.

Now, nearly a year later, she’s ready to leave her failed engagement in the past and get back her life and her estranged family, even if it means dating a man solely for his connections. She’ll never again choose love over loyalty.

Sean has spent his entire life breaking barriers, facing challenges, and never giving up. Until one impossible choice destroyed his future and left him no option but to flee from the woman who annihilated his heart.

Now he’s back in Bentwood and determined to make her hear the truth and rebuild the trust he shattered. But April has become a mere shell of the woman who claimed his heart long ago.

Winning her back is more than just seizing a victory, because if he fails… the girl he’s loved for a lifetime will disappear forever.

The Truth Between Us is the second book in the Bentwood series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended that you begin with book one to get the full experience among this tight group of family and friends.

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Chapter 2 – April

She slipped away quietly and continued toward the altar as if the wedding march were playing through the wind. A melody imprinted in her soul with each careful step. 
At the front, the white wooden arbor draped with lace and held together at the corners by bouquets of pink roses, was just like the one April had seen in a magazine, but Sean had staunchly vetoed the idea of a fancy arbor, not wanting anything to distract from the beauty of their venue. 
Or the beauty of his bride, he’d said, ruining her chance to argue. He was the only person she knew who could make her cave with so little effort.
The breeze came again and she closed her eyes, the flowing silk in her blouse becoming the wedding dress she’d never had a chance to try on. The one with a classic, elegant style designed with an A-line skirt and beaded bodice. The one that only existed now in the form of a torn magazine page, locked away in her memory box hidden under her bed. A dress fit for a princess.
But her fairytale would never be written. Nobody wanted to read about a foolish girl who gave her heart away to a prince… only to have him crumble her whole world exactly ten months before they committed their lives to each other. 
Tears pushed against her eyelids, and she remained frozen, letting the breeze tangle stray pieces of hair around her face in a shield until the worst of the agony had passed. 
She’d been broken that day, damaged in a way that would now and forever define her life. Her fears had come true—her decision to love had not only destroyed her family, but every dream she’d once held.
Her eyes opened, dry now. She wasn’t the same person who nearly shattered from the grief of losing her family and her fiancĂ© in the same day. She’d persevered. Hardened herself enough to rebuild a somewhat functional life. 
At least on the outside.  

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Until I Knew Myself
(Bentwood #1)
By Tammy L. Gray
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
ebook, 264 Pages
March 8th 2018

RITA Award-winning author Tammy L. Gray delivers an unforgettable new series following five struggling friends in search of the true meaning of family through secrets, betrayal and the unexpected influence of an outsider…

Tyler Mitchell grew up an orphan, taken in by his best friend’s family when he was only sixteen. Even though ten years have passed, and he’s been given everything he should ever want—a loving home, an adoring girlfriend, a successful career, and lifelong friendships—Tyler has always felt a foreigner in his own life.

When a surprising phone call reveals the death of his biological grandfather, Tyler’s seemingly perfect life starts to unravel. The people he loves most in world have kept from him the greatest secret of all—knowledge of his father’s family.

Now hunting for more information about his past, Tyler discovers nothing is quite as it seems. And the definition of family is far more complicated than choosing between blood and loyalty.


About the Author


Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. She writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. She believes hope and healing can be found through high quality fiction that inspires and provokes change.

Her characters are real, relatable and deep, earning her a 2017 RITA award in the Romance with Religious and Spiritual Elements category.

When not chasing after her three amazing kids, Tammy can be spotted with her head in a book. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry.


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July 17th:
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Redeemed Hope Dweller
Among the Reads
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Grand Finale

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