First Line Fridays — Dolce Vita (mini interview + giveaway)

Hello, reader friends! We have a special guest author and giveaway today so let’s hop right in!

Dolce Vita

by Autumn Macarthur

Dolce Vita by Autumn Macarthur Goodreads | Amazon 

 

Rachel Golding stiffened as the master of ceremonies straightened his red tailcoat and tapped his gavel against its sounding block to request silence. Easy to guess what came next.

 

Oops, I got a little distracted there (for a chapter and a half) before I remembered we have an interview and giveaway to get to yet! 😉 Join me in welcoming today’s featured author, Autumn Macarthur!

Hi Autumn! What books (and/or authors) do YOU hoard?

Autumn: I have a confession – I hoard free Christian romances! My Kindle is packed with more books than I could ever read! And I added at least four more today. I justify it, tell myself by downloading their free book, I’m helping the author. And that’s true. Every book downloaded lifts the Amazon ranking of the book a little and helps more readers see it. It’s my duty to support other authors, right?

Uh, somehow I think it might be a little more than that!

Here’s a screenshot of a fairly typical section of my Kindle bookshelf. Christian fiction, mostly romances, and Christian nonfiction. Almost certain all the fiction was free! I’ve only read one of the books on that page, and it’s nonfiction.

Because we live in a very small house, almost all my books are ebooks. I used to have a wonderful “real” book collection. All of L M Montgomery’s books. I have those now – in a single ebook compilation! Many old Harlequin romances from the 60s, 70s, and early 80s by Essie Summers, a Christian author from New Zealand, near impossible to get now as her books are out of print since her death and for copyright reasons aren’t released in ebook. All of Georgette Heyer’s books. A fab collection of vintage homemaking books. A lot of antique children’s books.

Losing all those and more when my one year working holiday in England turned into a decision to sell my house in Australia and move here permanently was a big ouch!

Beth: Oh my reader heart aches for your literary loss!

Do you have a favorite reading spot?

pixabay.comAutumn: Bed, propped up with lots of pillows. Though I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like. My one regret since I started writing seriously is that it chews into my reading time.

As a kid, I read anywhere and everywhere. I’d walk around reading a book. Even once, I somehow managed to read in the shower, holding the book out a narrow gap I left in the shower screen. Not sure how clean I got, but far more important was making sure I didn’t splash a drop of water on the book!

Beth: I know what you mean! My reading time has dwindled since I started blogging.

What can you tell us about your experience with the Tuscan Legacy series and authors?

Autumn: It’s been an amazing journey from the first throwaway comment “Why don’t we write a multi-author series?” I made to Marion Ueckermann in September 2016, through to publication of the final book. As we brainstormed ideas and prayed over which authors to invite, I felt sure God would bring us the right authors to work with, and I still feel sure He did. Every author added something uniquely theirs to the series. It’s like a patchwork quilt where every fabric is completely different, yet they come together to make a beautiful and unified whole.

There are definitely challenges in writing a closely linked multi-author series. Issues that don’t arise writing a single-author series. A lot more time decision making, planning, ensuring the timelines of all the books work together, and asking “Would your character do this?” and “Would they say that?” But the final result was worth it!

Beth: What a great experience! (Readers you can find out more in this series of spotlights on Faithfully Bookish!)

Tell us a little bit about your featured book.

Autumn: Dolce Vita (Sweet Life) is book 8 in the series, and my first A Tuscan Legacy book. The only two characters Marion and I knew when we began planning the series were Rachel Golding, the heroine of this story, who’d appeared in one of my other books, and Rafaele Rossi from Book 1, who’d appeared in one of hers. I’d waited a while to give Rachel and Jon their own story, and I’m glad I finally got to write it. They deserved their happy-ever-after! It’s a sweet friends-to-more story, with a core theme of family and forgiveness, like many of the other books in the series.

Beth: It was certainly hard to put down just a moment ago! Friends-to-more is one of my favorite romance tropes.

What are you working on now?

Autumn: Choose Again, a second chance romance with a difference! The hero and heroine are both in their early seventies and haven’t seen each other in almost fifty years, since Meg chose career over marriage. It’s Book 4 in my Huckleberry Lake series, and will be part of a boxed set of older-couple romances, due to release in late August.

Beth: Fifty years seems like a long time but life has a way of slipping by quicker then we realize.

 

About the Author

Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of clean Christian inspirational romances with a strong touch of faith. If you love happy-ever-afters, sweet romance, and Hallmark movies, chances are you’ll enjoy her stories!

Originally from Sydney, Australia, she now lives in a small town not far from London, England, with her husband (aka The Cat Magnet), and way too many rescue cats for their tiny house! You can visit her at her website or on social media. She’d love to hear from you!

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Giveaway

Autumn is offering a giveaway prize of a Dolce Vita ebook AND a second related bonus ebook.

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First Line Fridays — Color of Danger (mini-interview + giveaway)

Hello, reader friends! We have a special guest author and giveaway today so let’s hop right in!

Color of Danger

by Alexa Verde

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Dr. Luke Goodman slammed on the brakes and jerked the car to the right. Knuckles white, he gripped the steering wheel.

 

I love it! What a great hook! Join me in welcoming today’s featured author, Alexa Verde!

Hi Alexa! What books (and/or authors) do YOU hoard?

Alexa: First and foremost, the Bible (I have Bibles in different editions and in different languages)! Though I wouldn’t use the word “hoard” here but the word “treasure.”

And as you can see from one of my bookshelves, I grew up on classics and I love languages (the reason for dictionaries). Not only I read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, but I wrote a thesis about it and other books by him, as well as about books by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

I use my Kindle way more than my bookshelves these days. I probably have hundreds of ebooks there, nearly all Christian fiction. I strive to write God-honoring books, and that’s what I read, too.

Beth: That is a pretty shelf and I love my Kindle, too!

Do you have a favorite reading spot?

Alexa: I like reading in bed. It’s super comfortable, and my back thanks me for it (though my eyes probably don’t).

Beth: I also do a lot of reading in bed. It’s usually quiet there!

What can you tell us about your experience with the Tuscan Legacy series and authors?

Alexa: I absolutely loved it! When I heard about the idea of Christian contemporary romance series with mysterious paintings thread and an international flavor, I couldn’t sign up fast enough. There’s so much talent in this group, and it was fun to see A Tuscan Legacy books come together.

And I couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful response from our readers! My contribution to the series, Rapsodia, is one of the favorite books I’ve written so far. I just don’t want to say goodbye to Marco and Samantha!

Beth: It looks like a fascinating series! (Readers you can find out more in this series of spotlights on Faithfully Bookish!)

Tell us a little bit about your featured book.

Alexa: Today I’m featuring Color of Danger, Book 1 in the Secrets of Rios Azules series. Even after publishing, I believe, 13 books after it, Color of Danger is still close to my heart. Did I mention I get attached to my characters? 🙂

Beth: Job hazard, right?!

What are you working on now?

Alexa: Thank you so much for asking! I hope to have my Christian romantic mystery, Gabriel’s Secret, available for pre-order soon. It’s part of the 12 Mysteries of Christmas multi-author series but can be read as a stand-alone.

It’s a Christmas story that features a hunky security officer, a spunky rookie cop he never stopped loving, an extravagant hotel guest (first alive and then murdered), and a pet iguana. I hope Gabriel’s Secret will make readers turn pages and leave them smiling!

Beth: Oh boy! Christmas in July! Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Alexa!

 

About the Author

Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and love. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her popular series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.

Alexa would love for you to connect with her! And if you follow her on BookBub or her Amazon page, you’ll make her day.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Giveaway

Alexa is offering a giveaway prize of a Color of Danger ebook AND the winner’s choice of one of her other ebooks (will be gifted via BookFunnel).

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First Line Fridays — The Underground Railroad Brides Collection

Hello, reader friends and welcome to June!! Today’s featured book is from my tbr and I’m really looking forward to diving in! It’s been too long since I’ve read a story set within the Underground Railroad movement and this book contains NINE!!!

The Underground Railroad Brides Collection

by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Cecelia Dowdy, Patty Smith Hall, Terri J. Haynes, Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, Penny Zeller

The Underground Railroad Brides Collection Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | ChristianBook

Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey

Emma Trebor stood with her husband, Paul, on the church steps as their youngest daughter, Catherine, sat beside her groom in the flower-bedecked carriage.

Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil

“Ah, don’t cry, Dahlia.” Edith reached out and brushed away the tear meandering down the little girl’s dusky cheek, her heart crumpling.

Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman

“Come quick,” Charlotte whispered, signaling for the runaway slaves to hide in the old childhood fort.

The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy

“Son, when are you going to get married?” Oh no, she had to go and mention that.

Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall

She was running out of time. Jorgine Emmerson stared out at the lush green fields, the white boles of cotton swaying in time with the horses’ hooves.

Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes

Pounding jarred Winnifred from the hold of a deep sleep. She bolted upright, sending a quick glance to the still-dark windows.

The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee

Carol Martin clutched the handkerchief in her hands and gritted her teeth. She swore she wouldn’t look through her hope chest ever again.

The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera

Annie Morrison and her dearest friend had not taken more than five steps past Morrison’s cabinet shop when Louisa clutched her arm and let out a startled gasp.

Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller

Annalise Van Houten followed her aunt and uncle toward the First Church of Ridge Gap, Tennessee.

 

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First Line Fridays — Pursued

Hello, reader friends and welcome to May!! My furbaby has a spa day at the groomer’s this morning so please be patient with me, she’s a bit of a diva! Let me know what your weekend plans are in the comments even if especially if it involves a good book!

 

Pursued by Linda K. Rodante

Pursued by Linda K. Rodante Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

 

Cristina straightened the strap of her attaché case and strode down the corridor. The heels of her pumps sounded in the marble hall.

 

This book is on my wishlist but you can read Carrie’s review at Reading Is My SuperPower!

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First Line Fridays — Amongst the Roses

Hello, reader friends!

We’re celebrating wishing for flowers (and spring!) with a special edition of First Line Fridays!

Fans of Civil War fiction will especially enjoy today’s featured April release.

 

Amongst the Roses by Meghan M. Gorecki

Amongst the Roses by Meghan M. Gorecki Goodreads | Amazon 

 

April 12, 1861

“Papa’s home!” A nameless shiver of dread worked its way up Margaret Bryant’s spine, causing her fingers to shake as she checked the chatelaine watch at her waist.

 

 

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First Line Fridays — A Passion Most Pure

Hello, reader friends!
We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a special edition of First Line Fridays!

Obviously, the first book to pop into my head for St. Patty’s features a big, beautiful green spine AND one of my favorite fictional families with Irish roots, the O’Connors!

No pinching allowed as we spread the luck of the Irish via books and first lines! Let’s paint the shelves green… or fill them with green books! Yeah, let’s do that!

 

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Christian Book

Boston, Massachusetts, Late Summer, 1916

Sisters are overrated, she decided. Not all of them, of course, only the beautiful ones who never let you forget it.

 

You’re invited…

Join author Julie Lessman on her Facebook page for a special St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Live
on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific!

In addition to a special free ebook sale, Julie is giving away one prize: winner’s choice of a $25 Amazon gift card OR 3 signed paperback copies (or ebooks) of ANY of her series: The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, or Isle of Hope.

Go to Julie Lessman’s Author Facebook Page

 

 

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First Line Fridays — A Light on the Hill

Hello, reader friends! Let’s find some great reads, shall we?! Today’s featured book is a fabulous new release! I love love LOVE it! 😍 Adventure, diversity, romance, suspense, scenery… experience the Promised Land like never before!

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook

 

Prologue
Jericho 1406 BC

The priest’s kohl-lined eyes glazed over as he held the iron brand in the center of cedar-fueled flames. Pressing my back against the column I was tied to, I clawed my nails into the wood.

 

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

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First Line Fridays — The Esther Paradigm

Hello, reader friends! It’s time for another special edition of First Line Fridays! This week in the United States we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to remember how far we have come, and to recognize how far we still need to press on towards the goal. As a small tribute, we are celebrating diversity with books!

Today’s featured book is one of my top favorites from 2017 and features an American heroine and Bedouin hero. The author crafts a wonderful story and knits together two cultures that often clash. I highly recommend it!

 

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah MonzonGoodreads | Amazon

 

Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest. The laughing desert flitted away in a game of tag like she used to play at recess.

 

RT Book Review 4.5 star TOP PICK The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

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First Line Fridays — The Austen Escape

Hello, reader friends! It’s time for another special edition of First Line Fridays! In our neck of the woods, winter is blowing in with a vengeance (which always makes me want to run away to someplace warm)! We’re celebrating this change of seasons with a travel theme (or winter… or summer for our friends down under)!

Today’s featured book is next up in my to-be-read stack. I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s last release and it transported me all the way to Italy so I’m looking forward to escaping into this new release over the weekend!

 

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

The Austen Escape by Katherine ReayGoodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Christianbook

 

How can I help?” The world stilled. It wasn’t the first time I wondered how one voice, one presence, could quicken the air and simultaneously stop all motion.

 

Well now, those first two lines were just teeny teasers so I tossed in another and stopped right before the who!

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First Line Fridays — Catching the Wind

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Hello, reader friends! It’s FLF time! Today’s featured book is a captivating time-slip set in WWII Germany and England and modern-day England and America. It is a beautiful, immersive story of love, loss, and belonging.

 

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Catching the Wind by Melanie DobsonGoodreads | Amazon | BookDepository | Christianbook

 

Maple leaves draped over the tree house window, the silvery fronds linked together like rings of chainmail to protect the boy and girl playing inside.

 

Doesn’t that paint a lovely picture across your reader heart?! I’ll have my review up next week over on my blog.

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