Write Stuff Author Spotlight — To Live Again by Unoma Nwankwor

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What happens when one is so obsessed by past pain that they become shackled by its invisible grip? That is the story of the heroine of To Live Again, Itohan Adolo.

Synopsis:

The devastation of Itohan Adolo’s tragic love story creates an anger at the world and distance from her faith. That is until Osaro Ikimi comes along. Although he wasn’t looking for love, he wasn’t one to let an opportunity pass him by.

Just when the couple tried to give love a chance. the opportunity for revenge against her ex falls in Itohan’s lap. Unable to let the opportunity go, she sets a plan in motion. However, the satisfaction she feels is short lived when she discovers that the plan will also destroy the new love she’s just realized she can’t live without.

Love isn’t supposed to keep records of wrong but that’s easier said than done. Will they lean on their faith to heal the damage or are somethings just beyond repair?

Excerpt:

“Now I see where you came up with your outlandish assumption.”

His voice caused her to stop digging in her purse for her keys and returned her gaze to him.

“May I?” He gestured toward the drawing.

She nodded, and he removed the tack that held it to the corkboard. She watched as he sauntered toward her. He stood before her. Any closer and his body would touch hers. She moved back, but he moved closer, until she was backed up against the Smart Board. Itohan decided right there and then, she was having a heart attack.

He stared down at her and she accepted his challenge holding his gaze. A vision of him taking her to the morgue because she’d died under the intensity of his gaze flashed through her mind. That could not and would not be her portion, so taking him on wasn’t in her best interest. He was testing her, and she was bound to lose. She should be running and not entering the ring with him. Warning alarms went off in her head. This was a dangerous game, so she gave in. With nowhere else to go, she stepped aside.

“Did that feel like I play for the other team?”

She was stuck. When she told her brother the story, he told her she had inadvertently questioned Osaro’s manhood. Right now, he was trying to prove a point and with the way her breath caught in her chest, he had accomplished his goal.

He bent down, putting his ear at the level of her mouth. “I didn’t hear you, Ms. Adolo.” His tone demanded an answer.

“No,” she whispered.

© Unoma Nwankwor 2018

 

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Kindle : http://bit.ly/ToLiveAgain

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Bio:

Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unoma Nwankwor is an international bestselling, award winning author of several fiction titles, and a champion of purpose. She is the recipient of the Nigerian Writers’ Award 2015 for Best Faith Based Fiction Writer. At the end of 2016, she was short listed for the Diaspora Writer of the Year. She was also recently named as one of the “100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40”
When she’s not writing fiction, she is passionate about empowering Christianprenuers to remain anchored in hope through the darkness of uncertainty by building confident expectations in the promises of God. She’s the host of the Anchor Talk Podcast, the COO of KevStel Group LLC and Founder of Living A Life of Expectancy.

Unoma resides in Atlanta with her husband and two children

 

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#FREE #EBOOK Today! — The Cure

“I started reading The Cure around 2 am. I thought I would just read a chapter to see what the book was about and then go to sleep. Well… I finished the book at 5:15 am. I could not put it down. The story is a bit like a fairy tale but so much more. We see jealousy, pain, heartache, stubbornness and love! When all is said and done love wins out. This story has a Job like feel to it. When you read it you will understand. I encourage anyone that enjoys Christian fiction with a dose of multiple cultures and the war between love and hate to read this book. You won’t be sorry! I will definitely read more from this author.” — Amazon reviewer

Savannah Woods vows to never again have anything to do with Micah Reddington after he ruins her best friend’s career. Yet, when Savannah’s niece is injured in a serious accident, the one man she can’t trust is the one she needs.

Micah can barely contain his satisfaction when he sees Savannah’s message pleading for him to come to her side. Her disloyalty nearly cost his career and he’ll never forgive her for leaving him at the lowest point in his life.

Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Savannah keeps seeing glimpses of the Micah she once loved behind his cool exterior. Micah fights an ongoing battle to not succumb to the sweetness of the woman he once cared for beyond anything else. But Savannah and Micah’s hearts remain sick with the pangs of betrayal. What, if anything, is the cure?

 

 

Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robison

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one month book tour for Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs January 26-February 26, 2018.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.

About The Author


Cheryl Robinson has the Until Ray trilogy set in her beloved hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Cheryl currently resides in Central Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. This is her eleventh book.

















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ISBN-10: 098471104X

ISBN-13: 978-0984711048

ASIN: B0778P6N72

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

In this journey into second-chance love, author Cheryl Robinson invites us to ponder whether we would rekindle a romance with someone who had broken a promise to forsake all others.
Meet Ray and Sarita Saint. In 1987, they pledged to love, honor, and cherish each other until death. When Ray goes missing a year later, Sarita wonders whether he’s dead or alive. While she was dreaming of their happily ever after, Ray was exploring greener pastures, a new relationship. Sarita—a virgin until marriage—took her vows seriously and believed Ray did, too. Instead, he left their marriage and their life in Detroit to reinvent himself. Sarita always held out hope that he would return one day. And he does. It’s twenty-seven years later, and Ray is determined to find his one true love. What he discovers has him question everything he thought he knew about Sarita, as well as himself.

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Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Quiet Time to Pray with Pamela Smith

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one week CD tour for Quiet Time To Pray by Pamela Smith. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs January 29-February 2,2018. 

Genre:  Inspirational/Christian
    


Evangelist, Life Coach, Author, and Speaker Pamela D. Smith has dedicated her diverse pursuits to elevate the spiritual lives of women around the world. Born in Northern Louisiana, and now residing in Arlington, Texas-she’s affectionately known as the “Prayer Plug” to many. It is through fervent prayer that she has created a multifaceted ministry that connects with people through a plethora of platforms and projects. Such would include the release of the prayer cd, Quiet Time To Pray, and an effort called Divinely Domesticated which empowers women in four core areas: Marriage, Motherhood, Ministry, and Money. She’s also self-published inspirational devotionals entitled: E3:Encouraged, Equipped, Empowered and Life, Love, Liberty: A 21-Day Spiritual Life Coaching Journey.
In addition to a Life Coaching audio and workbook titled: Inwardly: The Set Free Life, she’s also published the E-book: Effectual Prayer and has been featured on The Sharvette Mitchell radio show, Diva Talk Radio, The Authors Show, Jubilee Magazine, Elite Magazine, and Glambitious Online. She was a 2017 Pink Carpet Honoree at LaShae’s Business Women Expo. Having an undergraduate degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Business Management, Pamela will soon channel her business savvy into additional efforts including the release of more prayer CDs, the launch of Divinely Domesticated podcast and a collaborative book effort. Additionally, her services that include life-coaching, consulting, keynote speaking, panel speaking, and workshop facilitators; will continue to help pave her road of success as a ministry maven.
A Quiet Time to Pray is an inspirational prayer audio that enhances listeners quiet time with God. These prayers, along with inspirational sounds, connects listeners with God and empowers them to demonstrate their faith in God. Included are prayers for your spouse, children, business, peace, relationships, forgiveness, the world and many more. The words in these prayers will help listeners to deal with everyday life in a positive way. In addition, these prayers helps one to understand their rightful authority as a believer.
“God will never bring you to what He is not going to bring you through. If you do what you can, God will do what you can’t.”-Pamela D. Smith
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Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two week book tour for Burnt Orange by Meiah Shaun. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs December 18-29,2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL

ASIN: B076DF8KR2
ISBN-10: 1683143728
ISBN-13: 1683143727

Genre: AA Christian Fiction

About The Author

Meiah Shaun pens fiction, non-fiction and plays with faith-based messages linking her personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons. She launched A Crown of Beauty Ministries. She’s a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area. She is a graduate of LeTourneau University. Her anticipated new release “Burnt Orange” is an inspirational coming-of-age story. In addition to writing, she’s an avid reader, a foodie, loves flowers and shoe shopping.

About The Book

A coming-of-age story of Erin and Erika, Texas twins in an abusive home in a town segregated by white and black color lines, who are wounded by the revealing of a shocking family secret and long to escape their circumstances and erase what they have been labeled. Follow their journey in this compelling novel filled with inspiration and triumph.

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Write Stuff Author Spotlight — Daniel and the Triune Quest by Nathan Lumbatis & GIVEAWAY!

DTQ Cover 2d with seal.jpgThe past year of Daniel’s life has been anything but normal. Adoption by his Heavenly Father? Check. Become the Vessel for the mystical Sun Sword? Check. Charged with a quest to fight the source of all evil? Check. But hey, he made it look good. 

Now it’s his best friend, Ben’s, turn to become the Vessel for the Triune Shield, and Daniel’s ready to lead the charge on another adventure. But, they only have three days to find the shield before the Enemy catches up, and obtaining it will require the last thing either of the boys is ready for: self-sacrifice. Daniel must die to his pride, and Ben must pay the ultimate price. They’ll need a miracle if they hope to survive.


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Nathan grew up in the woods of Alabama, where he spent his time exploring, hiking, and dreaming up stories. Now, as a child/adolescent therapist and author, he’s teaching kids and teens how to redeem their stories using Biblical principles. He still lives in Alabama, where you will find him with his wife and three kids every chance he gets.

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unnamed (1).jpgThirteen-year-old Daniel is about to be adopted. But when he learns his new family wants him as a slave, he runs away with the help of his new neighbors, the naïve and cowardly Ben, and Raylin, a mysterious girl with a shady past. He begins to second-guess his decision, however, when the cave they hide in transports them to the ruins of Machu Picchu, where they find themselves embroiled in a battle between ancient gods of Life and Death. To top things off, the God of Life draws Daniel into the fray by adopting him as his son and setting him on a quest to complete a broken, mystical sword, a task that will pit him against the god of the underworld.

Now, Daniel and his friends have just one weekend to find the shards before a horde of supernatural enemies catch up. But that’s not all they face. A trap has been set that even Daniel wouldn’t expect, and he just took the bait. Will the power of his Heavenly Father be enough to save them?


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 The Wild Spirit (or Zombie Christianity)

(Random Sappy Christian Movie or Book Scene)

“Good afternoon, Timmy.” Mr. Heartsworth waved to Timmy from his garden, his face framed by the red roses he was planting in the dark, rich earth. “How was school today?” He stood and ambled to the fence, his knees creaking with each step.

Timmy shook his head, his curly, blond hair bouncing as he did. “Not good. Anger got the best of me again, Mr. Heartsworth. Kicked a teacher in the shin and stole a candy bar from a friend. I wish I wasn’t so bad! If I don’t get a handle on myself, I’ll probably end up being a drug-dealer, atheist, and maybe a human trafficker. What is wrong with me, Mr. Heartsworth?”

The old man brushed off dirty hands and waved for Timmy to follow him into the garden. With one quick movement, he took his phone out of his pocket, opened Spotify, and turned on Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Just As I Am.

“Timmy, sounds like a problem that only Jesus can fix.”

“Jesus? I’ve heard of him before.” A cool, fresh wind began to blow, and Timmy took a deep breath. “Every time someone says that name, I get a funny feeling in my chest.”

Mr. Heartsworth walked down the garden path, reaching out to pluck some blueberries off a bush. He handed them to Timmy. “That’s because he’s calling to you to become a Christian. He’ll fix all your problems, Timmy. Just turn your life over to him, and your anger will melt away. Repeat after me: Heavenly Father, please save me from my sins and make me a Christian.”

Timmy fell to his knees and shouted the prayer at the top of his lungs. When finished, he jumped to his feet and ran into Mr. Heartsworth’s arms. “It’s gone! My anger is gone! I can be a good boy now!”

Mr. Heartsworth’s eyes brimmed with tears. “That’s right, Timmy. Now you’re a Christian and the Devil can’t stoke that old anger of yours. Now, let’s baptize you in the birdbath, and we’ll be all done.”

“Hooray!” Timmy did a little jig, then popped the blueberries into his mouth. “Hmm! Even food tastes better now! I can’t wait to tell all my friends about Jesus. And you know, I don’t think I’m going to be a drug dealer anymore. I want to be a preacher.”

“That sounds mighty fine, Timmy. Mighty fine.”

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Okay, so most mainstream Christian movies and books aren’t quite this bad, but let’s face it, we’ve all seen some that are so unrealistic that it makes you cringe. As speculative Christian writing has grown as a genre over the last ten years, things have gotten better in the writing area, but Christian movies and music have a way to come, I think. I’m always curious as to why, though. What makes the most exciting and soul-shaking story in the universe become so sterile that it hardly bears a resemblance to reality? I could blame the three enemies: the world, the flesh, and Satan. But I’ll take those as a given and focus on a tool that all three use: man-centered religion.

Religion, absent the leading of the Holy Spirit, has a way of sucking the life out of anything it turns its hands to. It doesn’t matter what religion it is, when humans are the driving force rather than God, there is always a loss of imagination and creativity. Why? Volumes could be written on the subject. Allow me to indulge in some oversimplification: we like to control things, keep them the same, and make them predictable. It helps us feel safe. The result? Zombie Christianity: a nightmarish, brain-eating, shell of a faith. Western Christianity has a profound struggle with this.

~ The secret word is “DIE” ~

What’s the cure? A bit of oversimplification is due here as well. Anyone attempting to represent God through literature, art, or media should take a good, long look at his true nature. The Trinity, and everything about them, is wild.  When characters in the Bible meet God or his angelic servants, it’s a harrowing, mind-blowing experience. Strange creatures, displays of awesome supernatural power, holy fear, glimpses into the future, mystery, talking animals, blessings, curses, foreknowledge. I could go on and on. There is nothing about Christianity or God that is boring or sterile, drab or clownish. Yes, God is accessible: we can cry, “Abba, Father.” But the reason that was so amazing to Paul was because he knew that God is a Consuming Fire. To give you the Nathan Paraphrase, Paul writes, “It’s awesome that we don’t have to fear and worship God from a distance. He has literally adopted us even though he is a universe-creating, all-powerful, terrifying-but-loving Spirit of Fire and Life.” His words were not to take the awe away, but to give assurance.

I leave you with a passage from my new book, Daniel and the Triune Quest. I hope it shows the nature of God faithfully.

~Chapter 20: The Son~

If Daniel could’ve fallen to his knees, he would have. It was a man. But he was unlike any man he’d ever seen….Light emanated from his entire body, but it was more concentrated near the center of his forehead where he wore a diadem of white-hot stars. An intricate web of cracks began snaking through the rock faces of the chamber walls as the room strained to withstand his power.

 

With each step he took, Daniel’s heart beat harder, as if more Life were being pumped into his body the closer the man came. He all but forgot the encompassing pressure of the three galaxies flitting around him.

 

Flowers, grass, and even small shrubs burst up through the rocks under the man’s bare feet, leaving a trail of footprint-sized meadows in his wake.

 

And his face—Daniel couldn’t tell what he looked like. Not exactly, anyway. In Peru, the Enemy’s appearance constantly shifted from angelic to demonic, and back again. This man’s face didn’t change like that, but rather appeared to have the features of every loving person Daniel had ever met. There was Mr. Jones’s steady gaze. And Gabriela—the gleam in her eyes and her cryptic smile. Inti, Granny, Chandra, Candi—it wasn’t just their power or spirits that were similar to his. Somehow, each form they’d ever taken seemed to come from him. Ms. Julie’s expression of kindness and pity was right there when his eyebrows moved. And Mrs. Jones’s knowing glance. Even Raylin’s mannerisms were perfectly captured in the subtle movement of his arms and the calm sense of absolute confidence he exuded as he stopped and looked up at Daniel. How could he encompass so many characteristics all at once? But Daniel already knew the answer. It was because all things came from him. All Good Things.

 

Behind and around him spun a giant halo of colored light. It was so large that as it turned, part of it disappeared into the ground before rotating up again. To call it a rainbow wouldn’t have done it justice. For one, it was infused with fire, electricity, water, earth, wood, and a myriad of other materials Daniel couldn’t name. For another, instead of the usual spectrum, every hue, tone, and shade of color Daniel had ever seen in nature was there.

 

His hair was white. Not white like an old man’s, but white like the hottest fire Daniel could imagine. His eyes—had they reminded him of Gabriela’s? They were so much more: every person’s eyes, every animal’s eyes—they were all there. His were The Eyes from which all eyes were made. What color were they? Red? Brown? The deepest green Daniel had ever seen? The yellow of a summer sunset, and the blue of an autumn sky? All the colors were so brilliant, pure, and clear that they caught and reflected each scintillating beam of starlight from Daniel’s prison. He was staring into a crystal ocean refracting the light of a billion supernovas.

 

His raiment was power. That’s the only way Daniel could describe it. The very fabric of space around his body vibrated, radiated, and overheated. Atoms were split, the air was shattered, light was pulled in and happily stayed as close to his body as possible, draping him in a robe of glorious, mind-blasting energy that fell to the floor. Around his chest, he wore a sash of liquid gold. It undulated like a metallic river, flowing up and over his right shoulder, down and across his back, then around to his chest again.

 

Somewhere, music was playing. Daniel listened, enraptured by the sound. The melody was slow, rolling, and complicated—so slow that he wondered if the song could reach its conclusion in a thousand years. Maybe it would go on forever. Every instrument he could imagine was somewhere in there, but perfectly blended with the others. His whole body resonated with the tune—first happy and joyful, upbeat and fast and interwoven with faint forest sounds, and now slow and deep as it played alongside the wind and a chorus of voices sweet and yearning. It was ever changing, and ever beautiful.

 

The man lifted a finger and the galaxies holding Daniel flew into his “robe.” Daniel was slowly lowered to the floor, where he promptly fell flat on his face.

 

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If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of Nathan’s books, or interested in finding out more about the Sons and Daughters series, please head over to his website at: www.nathanlumbatis.com

 

Amazon link for Daniel and the Sun Sword: http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Sun-Sword-Nathan-Lumbatis/dp/1937844439/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447435948&sr=8-1&keywords=daniel+and+the+sun+sword

 

 

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Write Stuff Series Spotlight — Twelve Christmas Days of Mail Order Brides

Enjoy a new spin on an old song — Twelve Christmas Days of Mail Order Brides!


Dear Mrs. Walters,

One of my fellow clergy told me of Denver’s Benevolent Society of Lost Lambs. I believe your organization is just what our town needs to become a community of virtuous men and women. To do that, our men need to be united in holy matrimony, start families and thus build a town of pure-hearted, respectable citizens …

At least that’s what Reverend Chase Hammond hoped when he devised his marriage scheme to save the town. Unfortunately, if he didn’t get the men of Noelle married, his and every other man’s hopes of having the railroad come would die, Noelle right along with it. But planning to marry the men off to save the town and actually doing it were two different things. Some didn’t like the idea, thinking a mining town should be mining, not marrying! But that was only one of Chase Hammond’s problems. Problems that if not fixed immediately, would seal Noelle’s fate …

Felicity Partridge was in trouble. Big trouble. An active voice for Suffragettes, she’d managed to get herself arrested more than a few times. Now her father demanded she marry to keep her out of more trouble. But how could she further the cause of women shackled to a husband? But when her father gave her the choice between marriage and jail, she decided it best to further her cause elsewhere, and Noelle, Colorado seemed just the place to do it! Especially when she found out who her husband to be was …
Unfortunately, he had other ideas about marrying.
Enjoy this sweet, clean and wholesome romp about the little town of Noelle and its inhabitants. The first in a 12 book series!


Culver Daniels spent years cultivating a peaceful, orderly existence with his blacksmith shop and livery business. Then the pastor of Noelle landed upon a crazy scheme to save the town by sending for a bunch of mail-order brides. Despite his determination to remain single, Culver finds himself among those agreeing to wed. The moment he meets the beautiful gypsy woman he’s promised to marry, he realizes life will never be the same.

Widow Kezia Mirga has no desire to marry again. Yet, for the sake of her most cherished treasure, she decides to wed a man in a remote Colorado mining town. She arrives to find nothing as she expected, the town in a state of turmoil, and her intended far more handsome and charming than she imagined. Dare she dream of a future with the burly blacksmith, or should she escape back to Denver before she loses her heart?

Will true love triumph over secrets and surprises in this sweet and wholesome holiday romance?


Liu Meizhen has been searching for her long-lost brother for what feels like forever. Her journey has taken her from China to San Francisco to Haskell, Wyoming, and beyond. But she’s tired of searching, and when the opportunity arises to end her wandering in Noelle, Colorado by becoming a mail-order bride, she leaps at it. Noelle is exactly what she’s been looking for, and Woody, the man she has promised to marry, is everything she could have hoped for.

Woody Burnside knows he’s not the smartest man in Noelle, but he works hard, cares deeply for the animals that are entrusted to his care, and believes with his whole heart that he could be a good husband. And the three hens that shadow him wherever he goes, Mimi, Gigi, and Fifi, seem to agree. Meizhen is more than he could have hoped for in a bride, and he is determined to make her the happiest woman in Colorado.

But just when everything looks like it’s going to be happily ever after, the ghost of Meizhen’s past shows up in the most unlikely place. She suddenly finds herself torn between her duty toward her family and the promise she made to Woody. And with time running out for Noelle, she must make a decision that she fears will hurt someone she cares for deeply.


Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.

After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled. Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?

A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold…and only nine days left to save the town.


Pearl knows she’ll only ever be a whore. Her chance to be anything more was snatched away long ago, and the bitterness has eaten at her for years. What keeps her looking to the future is the opportunity to take care of and protect the other working girls at La Maison des Chats… Well that, and one particular customer who holds her heart, even if he would never consider a life with someone like her.

On Christmas Eve, a dozen new brides arrive in Noelle and are forced to take up residence in La Maison. Pearl is happy to be able to offer comfort and support, because the poor things need her help…even if their very presence is a sharp reminder that she can never be one of them.

But when the reverend’s scheme to get the brides married off falls through on only the second day of Christmas, it looks as though the town will never be stable enough to entice the railroad spur they all desperately need. So Pearl agrees to a deception that will not only save the town, but bring her what she desperately wants: a marriage–even a pretend one–with the man she loves.

Little do they know just how dangerous this deception will turn out to be…


And on the Sixth Day of Christmas…

After a disfiguring accident leaves her on the run, Molly Norris is seeking a fresh start far away from home. Traveling with her only companion, an overly protective goose, she dreams of having a life of adventure with a new husband. When the town of Noelle does not live up to its description, she can only hope everything else about her journey is true.

Having a horse ranch in the Colorado mountains provides a comfortable life of solitude for Storm Thornton. Removing himself from society seems easier than facing the constant judgment of others due to his mixed heritage. When he is forced to choose between a life alone or one with a total stranger, hiding behind the walls he’s built around his heart seems like his best option.

Both Molly and Storm feel an immediate, unexplainable attraction to one another, but what they see on the surface may not be everything it appears. Will their scars from the past – and that darned goose – be enough to keep them from discovering a deeper love?

This book contains some mild swearing and kissing. Heat level 2 out of 5/PG


A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth…and only six days left to save the town.

Avis Smith is willing to go to Noelle to marry a man she doesn’t know in order to avenge a fourteen year wrong–her abandonment to a life of misery and abuse when she was just six years old. In order to get to Noelle, she has to lie about who she is, but her thirst for vengeance is so strong, she transforms herself into the pious, beautiful bride that JD Jones wants. Still, she never expected to be abandoned at the altar.

His work as an abolitionist and fighter for justice will not allow storekeeper Liam Fulton to turn his back on the beautiful woman his archenemy is willing to leave at the altar. He figures a way to help Avis out of her predicament, offers to showcase her in his store so that other potential grooms in Noelle will see her and might want to marry the young woman with the long and elegant neck.

When swans mate, they mate for life. When Liam offers to help Avis, he never expects that in working with her to find a resolution to her problem, he discovers a fierce need to protect her. Avis doesn’t know that she might find something better than what she was looking for–a new way to a family and bonds of a strong and life-long lasting love.


A wanted murderer, a young maid on the run…and five days left to save the town. 

Accused of murder and shunned by his former peers, Colin Deane tells himself he doesn’t want a wife but will take one to save his hometown of Noelle. He owes Noelle. The town came to his rescue all those years ago, after the war, when the country was still a seething mass.
Cara Donnelly is on the run from the marriage her domineering Mama has arranged to a senator triple her age. Leaving her Boston family behind after they discover she was working as a maid at the local orphanage, she heads first for Denver. But when she finds out that she isn’t yet free of the senator’s clutches, she opts for a mail order husband and sanctuary in the mountains of Colorado.
Sparks fly when both Colin and Cara discover lies have been told, secrets are about to unfold and everything they once believed in is threatened. Can they come together to defeat the mistakes of the past or will it keep them apart forever?


A flamenco dancer in disguise and a driven diner owner fighting his own desires.
What could possible go wrong?

Her dream was to become a celebrated entertainer. So, how did Josefina de Zapatero end up with the life of a sporting lady? Determined to escape a repulsive past and oppressive future, her salvation appears in the form of a mail order bride request for a domesticated cook. The fact that she can barely boil water shouldn’t matter too much, though. She has learned to dance circles around her competition. Surely, she can cook up something to please the man. Right?

Having suffered a life of lies and loss, Ignacio Villanueva has learned the importance of making wise choices. He’s determined to find an upstanding woman who will be the helpmate he needs to make his restaurant successful. Honesty and the ability to cook well. That’s all any man really needs. Isn’t it?

It’s a match of stubborn wills and unexpected thrills when the two of them pair up. Will the new menu at Noelle’s favorite Mexican restaurant include a marriage meal made for two… or a recipe for disaster?


On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Desperately trying to avoid an arranged marriage to a cruel lord, an heiress takes on Minnie Gold’s identity to marry a man she hopes will be kind. He has to be better than what her parents have planned.

Hugh Montgomery is proud of the life he’s built in Noelle, and he’s determined to help Noelle survive- even if it means taking on a mail-order bride. Burned by love, he knows marriage is about commitment and companionship, and is looking forward to sharing his life with someone who doesn’t expect his heart.

However, when a woman from Hugh’s past arrives, she reveals secrets that Hugh and Minnie were desperate to hide. Hugh can’t marry Minnie, knowing her true identity, but he also can’t let her return home. As Hugh and Minnie fight to save their respective futures, will the growing affection between them ruin everything? Or can they find a way to build a future together?


Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.

A young war widow, a secret confession from the soldier chosen to return her deceased husbands belongings, and a forbidden kiss. Genevieve Walters has spent the last decade delving into her matchmaking mission work to quell the unsettled emotions the solider stirred within her. But a new mission will take her on a journey to Noelle, Colorado, where the magic of the season and fate will challenge her to face the past in the form of a mysterious mountain man. When his identity is revealed will she consider him her perfect match?

Making the promise to his Captain to return both his watch and letters to his wife should the unthinkable happen, wasn’t supposed to occur. Just like his midnight confession and the kiss he’d shared with the new widow that fateful night ten years ago. Zeke Kinnsion has survived the worst that life has thrown at him and has since found his peace as a fur trapper in mountains of Noelle. But fate is about to rattle his life when a familiar matchmaker breezes into town determined to marry off her twelve mail-order brides. Suddenly facing down a four-hundred-pound bear pales in comparison of once again facing the only woman he’s ever loved.


On the 12th day of Christmas, will love overcome a lifetime of bad luck?

Behind her back, they call her Bad Luck Penny. After being twice widowed before the age of thirty, misfortune follows her all the way to Colorado, culminating in humiliation when the third groom skips town on the day they’re to be wed.

Mayor Charles Hardt will do anything to save Noelle, the town he founded, as long as it doesn’t involve taking a wife. But then a jilted bride shows up at his door, begging for a ride out of town on the day before the town must deliver twelve married couples as part of a deal to secure Noelle’s survival.

Under no circumstances will Charlie allow the last bride to escape, even if Penny is certain Noelle can’t take any more of her bad luck. For that matter, neither can Charlie…

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