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Deborah Heal’s New Rewinding Time Series: inspirational novels of history, mystery & romance

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Deborah Heal’s new Rewinding Time Series features some of the same characters from her Time and Again trilogy, but it takes place fifteen years after that amazing summer Abby came to tutor Merrideth. (Note: You can snag Time and Again FREE for Kindle. OR get the whole boxed trilogy at a discount.)

It is not necessary to read the trilogy in order read the new Rewinding Time Series, but those who did will enjoy revisiting Merrideth Randall, who is all grown up with “history mysteries” of her own to solve. Her day job is teaching history at a small college. But after hours she turns to her first love, historical research. And she has a tool other historians can only dream of—a computer program that rewinds time!

Once Again
Once Again (book 1)

Field Research Location:
Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois.

Discover where Fort Piggot was located on the Kaskaskia Trail, while staying clear of attractive, single colleagues (ie. Brett!) so as not to commit career suicide, while also keeping the “rewinding time” program secret, so Uncle Sam doesn’t turn into Big Brother.

Merrideth makes a virtual visit to the 1780s, hoping to be the first to locate an ancient pioneer fort. Along the way, she gets a first-hand look at the lives of the courageous settlers of the Illinois Country, who withstood Indian attacks, hardship, and loneliness to settle the rich land.

One of the settlers is James Garretson, who risks his life to take the Gospel to the very tribe that wreaked havoc on his family. Merrideth is amazed that he could forgive a crime so huge. Hero or fool, James Garretson is the ancestor of her colleague Brett, a physics professor at her college

With her findings, Merrideth is able to help Brett with his genealogy, but she can’t tell him everything she learned—like that he inherited his black hair and green eyes from James Garretson, or that his aunt’s poetry is eerily similar to the verse Garretson’s wife Isabelle used to compose at her spinning wheel.

Brett has rock-star status on campus, but amazingly enough, he seems to be pursuing Merrideth—in spite of her firm policy against dating co-workers. She would love to tell him about her amazing program, but discretion is not his strong suit. She has secrets about herself that she’d just as soon he didn’t find out either. One virtue Brett does have is patience, and he’s quite willing to wait for Merrideth to figure things out.

Only One Way Home

Only One Way Home (book 2)
from Professor Randall’s Notebook…

FIELD RESEARCH SITE: Golconda, Illinois.
GOAL: Trace client’s Frailey ancestors—back to Scotland if possible—and get home in time for dinner.

NOTE TO SELF: Do NOT fall in love with Matthias Frailey—even though he is was quite wonderful. Remember, idiot, he’s been dead for over 175 years.

Professor Merrideth Randall’s latest after-hours genealogy consulting gig takes her and friends Abby and John to the small southern Illinois town of Golconda on the Ohio River. She expects to have to research the old-fashioned way at the courthouse. But thankfully, her client’s ancestor Matthias Frailey once hung out in Golconda’s ancient Ferry House Inn, and that means Beautiful Houses, Merrideth’s time-rewinding software, will work after all.

It doesn’t take Merrideth and her friends long to time-surf back to find out what they need to know about Matthias Frailey and his family. But when they become eyewitnesses to the arrival of the Cherokee on the Golconda Ferry on December 3, 1838, they cannot tear their eyes away from the tragedy that unfolds—nor from Matthias Frailey’s heroic response to it. The people are herded down Main Street on their Trail of Tears, bound for the Oklahoma Country, while the townsfolk only watch, or even cheer. But not Matthias Frailey. He does what he can to help them, especially a very spirited—and very pregnant—woman named White Dove who insists on walking so others may ride in the wagons.

Spending so much time inside Matthias’ head, Merrideth has no doubt that he is the kind, selfless man he appears to be. It’s impossible not to fall a little in love with him—despite the fact that he’s from another century. Meanwhile, in the here and now, handsome Golconda historian Aaron Landis is doggedly pursuing her. And back home her colleague Brett Garrison keeps calling while he waits for her return. But are they—or any man—worthy of her trust? Too bad there isn’t a way to time-surf in their heads. Now that would be a dating tool she could really put to good use.

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Paula Rose Michelson’s Review of Sin, Secrets, and Salvation by Lynn Hobbs

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Bravo! Biblical Christian Recovery in a Fictional Context!

Sins, Secrets, and Salvation

For those who are being abused in Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, Susan (the heroine of this story) becomes an important mentor and role model. For as the reader watches Susan becomes strong enough to leave her abusive, demeaning husband, allowing the reader to take their own journey and claim victory in Messiah! My prayer is that those reading this book who need to do as Susan did discover that blessings can be theirs as they work though their situation and more-so after the abuse ends.

As someone who works with and writes about the abuse of girls and women, and knows that Gods Words is the only healing balm I can offer, I was delighted and surprised to that find author, Lynn Hobbs and I are on the same page. Surprised because for several years, I have found Christian authors setting up situations where biblical solutions happened but found that the use of Scripture was spars or lacking. And delighted to see that in each instance in this well-crafted story, the characters `sweet spot’ the spot they will treasure and never want to leave is reached when worldly issues that cause incredible pain became Christ’s gain.

If you think Christian books are pabulum and have nothing to offer you by way of reality, compassion, or a real world view, in author Lynn Hobbs’ Sin, Secrets, and Salvation you will discover a real life gripping drama that can be shared and discussed with your daughter, mother, best friend, or someone you suspect may be experiencing what Susan does.

About the Author of the Book:

Lynn Hobbs


The Texas Association of Authors awarded Lynn Hobbs 1st Place in Religious Fiction in 2013 for Sin, Secrets, and Salvation.

The Texas Association of Authors awarded Lynn Hobbs 1st place in Religious Fiction for 2014 for River Town.

Worldwide Who’s Who awarded Lynn Hobbs “Professional of the Year 2012-2013 in Authorship.” While inclusion in Worldwide Who’s Who is an honor, only a small selection of the 500,000 members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction.

About the Author of the Review:

Paula Rose Michelson


As a Messianic Jew, I wanted to write about life, love, choices, and forgiveness. I researched what befell the Jews baptized into the Catholic faith to survive the Inquisition. When I began writing, Naomi started talking to me.

Though her story is unique, Naomi’s issues of fear and hiding are universal. Having an extensive background in recovery as a Chemical Dependency – Lifestyle Disorder Councilor, worked with The Rubicon Center, and founded LAMB Ministries in 1988 to mentor women suffering from trauma and abuse, I know the issues Naomi has are those seen in anyone who is masking their real pain. That is why six inspirational romances were written, three of which have been published.

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More Than ThisMore Than This
By Staci Stallings

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Liz Savoy has no plans to date anyone—least of all the dark handsome mystery man who sometimes inhabits the corner table at the coffee shop where she’s working to get through school. But plans change, sometimes in ways no one expected.

Jake McCoy is the next mega-millionaire author, or at least he would be if he could get the stories in his head down on the ether. With no good place to write, he resorts to dark corners in Wi-Fi hotspots, knowing no one in the world cares about him or his comings and goings one way or the other. However, there is one waitress at The Grind coffee shop with a cute smile and kind eyes who doesn’t seem to think he is as invisible as he likes to think he is. Can reality with her ever hope to match the fantasy world where his imagination has him living?


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Now a #1 Best Selling Christian and Inspirational Romance author, Staci Stallings, a stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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Paula Rose Michelson’s Review of Ark of Rest by Jimmy Garland

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Ark of Rest

An incredible literary accomplishment! A modern masterpiece! Ark of Rest by Jimmy Garland is a heartfelt insightful MUST READ for any who wonder what might precede the end times spoken of in Scripture. Beginning with the times we are living in, the author shows us how the rapture might occur as he weaves our 12st century technologies and way of life, the reality of rural America, the FBI Special Cult Unit, science fiction, biblical prophecy, and personal choices made by those who believe in themselves and those who know and trust God. This astounding wordsmith takes the reader on a never imagined journey where people who chose to either believe in themselves or Gods only anointed Messiah, Jesus deal with events as they unfold leading them to their final, eternal destination!

Where other authors have shown a possible fulfillment of the end time prophetic Scriptures in such notable works as the Left Behind Series, Pastor Garland’s masterpiece, not only shows a uniquely spirit-filled view of the rapture, but while looking back in anguish, the non-believer experiences ever increasing agony over choices he wished he could undo, the faithful Pastor looks back at his life and faith failures in horror but instead of hearing condemnation sees how God used those situations to draw people to himself.

About the Author of Ark of Rest:

Jimmy Garland

Jimmy A. Garland is the middle child of five. He grew up in the North Georgia Mountains on a small farm.

“As a child I struggled at school. My siblings made good grades, and I struggled to pass. I was called lazy, stupid, and a dreamer as I battled to spell and write. When my parents bragged about the other siblings’ intelligence, they would turn to me and say, ‘Well, Jimmy has common sense.’

“In the second grade, I jumped from reading children’s books to novels. My older brother finished a fiction chapter book, and I begged the school librarian to let me read it next. James and the Giant Peach took me to an amazing world of imagination. I never looked back as a hunger grew that could only be fed by being immersed in a book. In High School, I passed English each year during the Literature half of the class mostly by oral participation.

“In elementary school, I got into a lot of trouble for having to sharpen my pencil. As an adult, I learned that when I broke a pencil’s lead, I misspelled words. Today, I am so thankful for the word processor’s spellchecker with the results of no broken pencils.

“While attending Bible College, I realized I struggled with a writing disability. I could read and understand very well, but to put things on paper was agony. The letters and words got scrambled, and I never got out the communication I desired.

“The writing of Ark of Rest was a personal challenge to accomplish the impossible. The idea for this book grew during my seminary days as I studied various Bible doctrines and read fiction to entertain my mind.”

Jimmy has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity from Liberty University.

With his wife, Vanessa, he has served as pastor of churches in Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia since 1998. They have one son, a daughter-in-law and two cats.

About the Author of the Review:

Paula Rose Michelson

As the wife of Pastor Ron Michelson, Paula Rose Michelson, who is also is a field missionary with Chosen People Ministries, a writer of Messianic Bible studies and stories, I must share that this novel about an important topic was so well written that I gifted my husband a kindle download. I look forward to the discussions we will continue to have long after the book has been read.

Paula Rose Michelson’s Review of Hidden Creek (Running Forward Book 3) by Lynn Hobbs

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Title: A Template for the Christian Life!

The third book and final book in Lynn Hobbs’ Running Forward Saga is a template for how we Christians can handle the joys and sorrows of life when we rely upon the Lord.

Here we meet characters who are not concerned to let others see their joy in Messiah, and this, I believe, was the authors’ purpose in writing the two books that preceded it, for if we don’t see the struggles and experience all that Susan had to deal with this book might seem trite. Instead, having skillfully laid a foundation of pain, abuse, divorce and all that each of these issues entailed and there negative impact on our heroine we would not be able to walk and rejoice with her as she fully lives this life while looking forward to the next, blessed to know that her pain is being used by God to help others as she reaches out to them.

Author, Lynn Hobbs has not given us a ‘Pollyanna’ look at life in this sage. And because there are still issues…battles with sin and self as well as the consequences of poor choices in ‘Hidden Creek’, this is a real and uplifting read, I do recommend. http://amzn.to/1DQ0W0f 

About the Author:

Lynn Hobbs

The Texas Association of Authors awarded Lynn Hobbs 1st Place in Religious Fiction in 2013 for Sin, Secrets, and Salvation.
The Texas Association of Authors awarded Lynn Hobbs 1st place in Religious Fiction for 2014 for River Town.
Worldwide Who’s Who awarded Lynn Hobbs “Professional of the Year 2012-2013 in Authorship.” While inclusion in Worldwide Who’s Who is an honor, only a small selection of the 500,000 members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction.
A winner in the 2013 “Fifty Great Writers You Should Be Reading” contest, by The Author’s Show.com, Lynn was a finalist in the 2012 contest, a winner in 2013, and interviewed on their national radio program in the Christian category. She is National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) 2011 winner having completed the task of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.Lynn is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, East Texas Christian Writers, Pens: Crosswords Christian Writers, Texas Association of Authors, North East Texas Writers Organization, past treasurer (2011-2012) of East Texas Writers Association. GFWC-Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs- Marshall Chapter, and a Life Time Member of World Wide Who’s Who.

Lynn is a published songwriter and published poet of over twenty years.Her novel, Sin, Secrets, and Salvation debuted January, 2012 as book one of the Christian fiction “Running Forward Series”. Follow Susan Penleighs victory, through scripture, over a shaky marriage. Unequally yoked to a non-Christian husband, Susan Penleigh faces modern family issues.

Book two, River Town, debuted December, 2012, and continues with the main character moving to Texas during the 2011 historic drought and wildfires. From an arrogant boss at a high school, to troubled teens; Susan Penleigh’s actions are a compelling page turner for both men and women. A powerful faith and family saga.

Book three, Hidden Creek, debuted December 19, 2013. Two women, two men, fight the wages of sin. Who heals? Who follows God’s will? Four journeys, four friends; turn the page , let the story begin… Suspense builds as new characters emerge. Unexpected surprises, exciting twists and turns…and lessons learned make Susan’s world come alive. Through many struggles, does Susan’s faith prevail? Will this family ever bond together?

The award-winning Running Forward Series is concluded in Hidden Creek; a morally strong, and inspiring novel. Reader will have a clear understanding of a Christian viewpoint by the actions of Susan Penleigh in each book.

A new novel, and a collection of short stories are works in progress.
Recent first place award winner for short story “The Shoe Fit The Wrong Sister” published April 2012 East Texas Writers Association “The Roughdraft” newsletter. Received second place award winner for short story, “The Song That Changed Everything,” published in May 2012 ETWA “The Roughdraft.” June 2012, for short story. “Escape” published in “Angie’s Diary” a great online magazine. Go to Angie’s Diary.com, or Lynn’s website http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com and click on “other writings” to read them.

Retired from the Texas Public School system, Mrs. Hobbs was secretary to the high school principal. Lynn Hobbs received her paraprofessional certificate and completed 312 hours of credited workshop hours at Region VII in Kilgore, Tx. for Karnack I.S.D. including training for CTE and Peims Coding, Dropout/Peims Leaver, RSCCC Student Peims, RSCCC Discipline, Peims Student Data, TREx-records exchange, RSCCC Attendance Accounting, Tx. Gradebook Trainers, Para Institute, RSCCC Attendance Letters, Homeless, Peims Edit Plus, Nurses Conference, RSCCC Scheduling, Special Education, PID Enroll Tracking, Excel, Word, Power Point, File management, Peims Discipline Administrator, Windows Vista, Windows XP, CPR, etc.
A native of Houston, she moved to East Texas in 1962. Married; two sons, their spouses, three grandchildren, and one dog complete the family. When not writing, Lynn enjoys reading, church activities, scrap-booking, canning, quilting, and houseplants.
Join her uplifting Christian blog on her website at http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com Lynn may be contacted at LynnHobbs.Author@gmail.com She loves hearing from her readers and is available for speaking engagements.
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Barbara J. Shelton’s Review of Courting Cate by Leslie Gould

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(Book 1 in the Courtships of Lancaster County Series)
Courting Cate

In Paradise Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance.  Her sweet and flirty sister Betsy on the other hand seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County.
But the sister’s wealthy father  has made one hard and fast rule;  older Cate must marry first  before younger Betsy can even start courting.  Unfortunately untamable Cate has driven away  every suitor – until Pete Tregor comes to town that is.  Prodded by the men of the area Pete turns his attention on winning Cate’s hand.  But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?
Leslie Gould’s brilliant idea of an Amish twist on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” shows her unique creativity and talent to the highest degree.  My interest was quickly drawn into the story with eager anticipation as to what would happen next.

My first impressions toward Cate’s personality were a bit negative as I found her irritating and stubborn, causing her own problems for the most part.  That is…until I learned that her problems were very real to her, trapping her into an existence brought on by her mother’s death giving birth to her younger sister, Betsy.  Cate was turning shrewish through the responsibilities thrown on her to raise her sister and help with her father’s business, let alone the duties and chores of being of the Amish faith in the household where she lived with her father and sister.Leslie’s story became more enthralling as I could easily relate to Cate’s ever changing moods caused by frustrations, dashed hopes, self doubts and ongoing problems with those around her causing her feistiness.  Her defensive side could quickly change to a soft heart, compassion, understanding, empathy and sympathy to another’s predictaments and situations; and as quickly again to a hot temper and harsh judgments toward other characters she disliked.Cate was hurt deeply by the betrayal of her betrothed when he dumped her and married another.  She was left without the hope of a marriage and children at an age when young Amish women were already married and having families.  She had decided to accept her lot in life and make the best of her situation when things began changing faster than she was able to adjust to them.Reading was the joy in Cate’s personal life, and dreaming of becoming a writer.  Of course, she day dreamed of marrying, romance, and all the things she had missed, but found it best to avoid these thoughts as they were much too depressing.

Betsy, Cate’s younger sister, was young, beautiful, spoiled, sweet, manipulative and very interested in a fellow……..and then – the crux of the story changed dramatically.  Their dat set a hard and fast rule that Cate must marry first before allowing Betsy to be courted.

Then, a young handsome Amish man arrived in Paradise, Pennsylvania from New York state that caused Cates heart to flutter, however unsure as to his motives when he began to show signs of wanting to court her – she suspected he might be a “gold digger” and wanted her dat’s wealth for himself.

The plot thickens and gives the reader much to laugh and cry about.  The metamorphosis in all the characters one way or another was incredible and only enabled through faith in God and wanting to do His will.  Leslie developed each character thoughtfully and I loved her approach to bring them alive in one’s mind.

Overall, I give Leslie’s Courting Cate a 5+.

Readers, get this book, you’ll love yourself for it!

Leslie Gould
LESLIE GOULD is the co-author with MINDY STARNS CLARK of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny.  She is also the author of numerous novels, including Garden of Dreams, Beyond the Blue (winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice for best inspirational novel of 2006) and Scrap Everything.  She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor.  She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon.  Learn more at www.lesliegould.com

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No Other Choice: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One
By Paula Rose Michelson

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Naomi will be sent back! She left her family and all she held dear, traveled half way around the word while accompanying a blind, old grandmother because they promised to help her enter America and find her uncle. Instead they handed her over to immigration.

What she does now, she does because there is no other choice!

This is Naomi’s journey from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation and captivity to the noble status of heiress. Trapped in a life where all who know her think her a saint, saddled with a mission and responsibility many would shirk from placed upon her shoulders, Naomi agrees to marry because that seems to be the easiest way to sidestep more issues.

As timely as the immigration debate of today is, author, William Struse’s endorsement says, “Duty, sacrifice, and faith are carried in the arms of love by a courageous young woman, who rises above her own flaws to help others.”


Paula Rose Michelson0011Paula Rose Michelson
As a Messianic Jew, Paula Rose Michelson wanted to write about life, love, choices, and forgiveness. She researched what befell the Jews baptized into the Catholic faith to survive the Inquisition, and when she began to write The Naomi Chronicles, Naomi told her the story you are about to read.

Because of her extensive background in recovery as a Chemical Dependency – Lifestyle Disorder Councilor, her work with The Rubicon Center, and as the founded LAMB Ministries in 1988, where she continues to mentor women suffering from trauma and abuse the way God mentored her, the author knows that though her heroine’s story is unique, Naomi’s issues of fear and hiding are universal, for they are seen in anyone who is masking their real pain.

Paula Rose Michelson is the wife of Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Field Missionary, Ron Michelson. The mother of two married daughters, and grandmother of seven grandchildren, when not involved in ministry, writing, speaking, or teaching the effective use of scripture, you will find Paula researching her next book or meeting with friends.


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Paula Rose Michelson’s Review of Gathering Storm by Y. I. Lee

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This Captivating Enthralling Magical Medieval Fantasy is a MUST READ!

Gathering Storm

Entering abruptly into a stressful reality, the prologue read so much like a part of the fiction that only upon seeing “Chapter One” did; I realize I hadn’t been where I thought I was! And knowing Y.I. Lee books are like this, I dove into the read and couldn’t gobble the words up fast enough for the author juxtaposes tension artfully and seamlessly as the author wove reality and allegory into a fantasy beyond any I have read since finishing my read of Y. I. Lee’s “Through a Glass”, which was the first book in this saga.

Here, I found myself simultaneously at odds than righted as the story wove its magic around my heart while transporting me to a place so real that it rivaled any fiction fantasy set in Medieval times because I felt I was there. There is so much to praise about this book, but not wanting to not spoil the book for others, I will focuses on the subplot of intrigue and deception that ensnares an unwitting innocent and kills the sister of our hero, who is also the sister of the villain. Aghast at what has transpired the villain must blame another. And herein he seals his doom. However, restitution of the unwitting servant shows that God is Lord, though the Prince, upon marrying his true love, will become King.

For Christian’s who love stories within stories this is a must read yet so well done that Y. I. Lee has again left me wanting more, and as an author of fiction, I do not say this lightly, for I seldom read other fiction authors work unless I know it will take me where this authors work does. Well done indeed, author Y. I. Lee! I eagerly await the next book in your amazing saga!

About the Author:

Y I Lee

Yvonne was born in Swindon Wiltshire, the eldest of three children.
From a young age her greatest joy, was to curl up with a good book. And over time she naturally progressed into writing.

At the age of ten, she ambitiously attempted her first novel, but quickly gave up. However, the seed was planted. And in the coming years, in between a successful singing career, she continued to put pen to paper.

Yvonne’s genre is Y/A Fantasy. ‘The Shadowed Valley’ her first book was published Sept 29 2011.

Followed by ‘A Rat and a Ransom,’ published 23 Jan 2012.

Her third novel ‘Through a Glass’ is in the process of being re-edited, and is due to be published in Oct 2012.

Yvonne lives in Warwickshire with her husband Keith.

Book Spotlight: Decended: Aaro by Dana Pratola

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Book 3 of the Decended Series AARO releases on New Years Day!

Decended: Aaro

A bit about AARO which releases on January 1st!!

AARO is the third book in the 4-part DESCENDED series. Aaro Highlander, like his “brothers,” is a special breed—not quite angel, not quite human—with spectacular gifts, deep running passions and strength of character that makes him the ideal man for our heroine, Darcy.

This part of the journey reveals prophetic secrets unknown to the other men (Jett & Sebastian) until now. While searching for a serial killer, they also await the discovery of the fourth of their kind to come together for a greater purpose.


George didn’t bother to conceal his irritation when Aaro approached. He crumpled his napkin and dropped it next to his plate. “You’re food isn’t ready yet?”

Oh, how Aaro loved arrogant blow-hards. He grinned, and pulled out an empty chair. “No. So I’ll just sit with you guys for a minute. You don’t mind, right?” he asked George, then turned to Darcy.

He caught the quick snicker she tried to mask with a delicate cough and a sip of iced tea. She was something. Reaching onto her plate, Aaro stole an olive. He didn’t like olives, but it served to move her eyes to his face where he could send her a not-so-subtle wink.

George made a show of tugging up the sleeve of his Armani shirt to look at his three thousand dollar watch, even though there was a wall clock mounted less than five feet away.

“You have to get back to work,” he said, signaling their waiter for the check.

Aaro took Darcy’s hand, rubbing her wrist with his thumb. Her breath caught, an action that was mimicked by her pulse under his touch. “Do you have to leave so soon?”

She nodded, dumbly, as the waiter set down the leather check folder, thanked them for coming, and strode away. George stood, pulled a money clip from his pocket and slapped down a wad of cash, without seeming to count it.

“In that case, let me say goodbye,” Aaro said.

He leaned from his chair to hers, sliding his hand beneath her sleek ponytail and behind her neck, gently pulling her toward his waiting mouth.

The touch of her warm, flavorful lips had him pressing closer, flexing his fingers against the smoothness of her neck, resisting the desire to slide his hand down her back or to open her mouth to his probing tongue.

He’d thought he knew what he was doing. He’d meant for it to be a sweet peck on the lips, just a harmless show—

No he hadn’t. He’d meant it to be hot and searing, meant it to put that pansy, George, in his place and let him know he would never kiss Darcy like this, never evoke the response she was giving now. Only he didn’t expect his own response to be quite so urgent. Didn’t expect it to induce visions of clearing the table off with one swipe and taking her there in a crowded restaurant.

And he certainly didn’t expect the absolute silence when he reined himself in enough to back slowly away, brushing his thumb over her flushed cheek. Darcy’s eyes shimmered with heat, her breath coming in shallow gasps as she reached for her drink.

But, George didn’t give her time to sip. Moving around Aaro’s still recovering form, he took Darcy by the hand and shuffled her outside.

Aaro sat there a few more seconds, working out in his own mind what just happened. He felt…possessive. What was that about? He swallowed, hard, and looked around. Every eye in the place was focused on him, including Kate’s, her cheeks deep pink as she fanned a white cloth in front of her face.

Embarrassed, he tried a half smile as he walked back to the counter. He’d never been out of control in public before.

“So, that steak done?”

Kate chuckled. “Yes. And it’s on the house.”


Dana Pratola

So, here’s the gist of who I am: Christian first (don’t run away, I don’t write bland, “holy roller” books), Wife, Mother and Writer. Sometimes the order shuffles or I add/remove Advisor, Chef, Companion as situations change, but that’s generally me.

I live in New Jersey with my husband, and aside from three children, I have two dogs and several grand-pups. I refer to writing as blissful agony, but while writing is work, I love it more than anything. That said, I LOVE every reader who spends time in one of my books. I pray you’ll enjoy reading each page as much as I enjoyed writing them <3


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All the Angels Stood, A YA Novella by Laura J. Marshall

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This is the last week in Staci Schofield’s life. Her birthday is on Monday, which is also the day she plans to die. Poetic, seeing as her mother disappeared on the night of her own birthday. But when a popular guy from school, Rush, befriends Staci, will her plans change?

Rush sees demons clinging to Staci and nothing has worked so far to help her. What will make a difference in her life? A friend, an intercessor? How do you help someone move from ‘take my life’ to ‘Lord, preserve me’?

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It was easier to hope for death than for life. Death was quick, easy, permanent. Life expected too much. Too many moments, hours, and days. They stretched out like the threat of unending pain and torture. Why should I care? Why should I want to care? My God, to live with myself that long, to struggle with doubts of my own sanity, always with the feeling of impending doom and overanalyzing each thought for signs of Mom’s illness. Dad would probably feel relief, in the end.

God. What of God? Where was He? This Jesus they had talked about at Grace Youth. Wow, they were really gung-ho about Him.

I laughed aloud but suddenly sobered. The wind picked up and blew my hair across my eyes. I heard a whisper. Was it my name on the wind?

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All The Angels Stood

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Laura J. Marshall

Laura J. Marshall is a full-time mom of five boys. When not on active duty, she is the best-selling author of The Battle Cry Devotional series and inspirational fiction. She operates a popular blog called The Old Stone Wall which hosts and promotes Christian and clean books and encourages interaction between authors and readers. See more at http://www.LauraJMarshall.com