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“Shadow of Shame” by Barbara Goss only $0.99 through December 12th

shadowofshame-1Ivy Jeffries falls hopelessly in love with Jonas Armstrong, a man who has forced himself into a somewhat reclusive lifestyle owing to his sordid past.  Ivy is elated when he finally lets his guard down, and kisses her.  She thinks they are now moving forward into a relationship, when he tells her it meant nothing to him.  How could a kiss like they shared mean nothing to him, when it meant the world to her?  Then she discovers he is pulling away for a reason, to protect her.  Is the love they share enough to withstand his past and the child he is protecting?

About Barb Goss:

Barbara Masci Goss is now just Barbara Goss. Barbara Goss lives in Western New York and to date has written 22 Christian/Clean Romance books, mostly westerns. She enjoys crossword puzzles, penny slots, reading, swimming, and her two cats, but not necessarily in that order. She tries to write exciting stories with a bit of God’s word spread within, without dominating the story.

Barbara began writing in 1988 and her first book, Forbidden Legacy, won first prize for fiction at a Christian Writers Convention in Titusville, Florida, in 1989. This won her a book contract with publishers: Fleming Revell and later Baker Books. She wrote four books for them under contract. She then took a few years off to work full time as a secretary to the county hospital and the local school system.

Retired now, she is back to writing. Her first book was written on a typewriter! Since early 2015, she’s written twenty-two more delightful romances.

Barbara’s greatest influence in writing are the 100 books written by Grace Livingston Hill. As a Christian writer, she weaves a bit of godliness into the romance and adventure, yet her books are always clean. Barbara is well on her way to catching up to Ms. Livingston.

Learn more about Barbara Goss and her writing at

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Sweet Wild West Reads is a Facebook group and a wonderful place for sweet western romance authors and readers to discuss their favorite stories, thoughts, and authors. Join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1832790870336744/

“Mail Order Mishap” by Barb Goss only $0.99 through December 5th

final-for-mishap-imageAmber Wakefield travels to Hunter’s Grove, Kansas to meet her intended and walks into a very unwelcoming atmosphere. Charles Turner, her intended, seems cool and aloof, and his brother Garrett—downright rude. She wants nothing more than to rush back to Virginia, until Edna Smith, her chaperone, falls ill, and she’s forced to stay. She knows Charles harbors a secret, and she isn’t sure whether Garrett is her hero or her enemy. When she finally discovers the truth, she wants nothing to do with either of them. One of the Turner brothers vows to win her love. But which one?

About Barbara Goss:

Barbara Masci Goss is now just Barbara Goss. Barbara Goss lives in Western New York and to date has written 22 Christian/Clean Romance books, mostly westerns. She enjoys crossword puzzles, penny slots, reading, swimming, and her two cats, but not necessarily in that order. She tries to write exciting stories with a bit of God’s word spread within, without dominating the story.

Barbara began writing in 1988 and her first book, Forbidden Legacy, won first prize for fiction at a Christian Writers Convention in Titusville, Florida, in 1989. This won her a book contract with publishers: Fleming Revell and later Baker Books. She wrote four books for them under contract. She then took a few years off to work full time as a secretary to the county hospital and the local school system.

Retired now, she is back to writing. Her first book was written on a typewriter! Since early 2015, she’s written twenty-two more delightful romances.

Barbara’s greatest influence in writing are the 100 books written by Grace Livingston Hill. As a Christian writer, she weaves a bit of godliness into the romance and adventure, yet her books are always clean. Barbara is well on her way to catching up to Ms. Livingston.

Learn more about Barbara Goss and her writing at

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Sweet Wild West Reads is a Facebook group and a wonderful place for sweet western romance authors and readers to discuss their favorite stories, thoughts, and authors. Join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1832790870336744/

“Hide It In Your Heart” Colouring Book!


More than just a coloring book, this inspirational activity book will help you relax, unwind, and enjoy some creative fun while hiding God’s Word in your heart. 

The 35 separate verses and passages are printed in colorable word art with decorative borders, blank on the back to make them easier to remove and frame or display, if desired. Each one is accompanied by two different activities or puzzles featuring the verse or key words from it. 

Hide it in Your Heart is an ideal Scripture memorization aid for Christian schools, homeschool programs, Sunday schools, or your own personal use. Children and adults will enjoy learning, practicing, and meditating on these artistically presented verses from the New International Version Bible. 

Proceeds from the sale of Hide it In Your Heart will be donated to www.Christar.org to help provide a translation of God’s Word for a particular people group in East Asia who do not yet have the Bible in their own language.

Here are a few sample coloring and activity pages from Hide it In Your Heart. If you’d like to color them or complete the word puzzles, click here to access a PDF that you can download and print.

Hide it In Your Heart is available in paperback on Amazon. Click here to order your copy for $8.99. 
HOWEVER, you can get it for 15% off if you order it here on CreateSpace with coupon code JZBVVBH8The code can be used an unlimited number of times and will not expire, so feel free to order as many copies as you like for family and friends. Hide it In Your Heart makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys word puzzles, coloring, or God’s word! 
You’re welcome to share the code with others, too.
Happy coloring!
 

 About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since  her childhood, and to date has published thirteen books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, five anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Scripture coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),
scrapbooking, and international travel.


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Fast-paced and Entertaining

andrea and the 5-day challengeWhen Andrea promises to complete a 5-day bible study and journal, she isn’t sure if she will be successful or how it will affect her life. But as the week wears on, she faces a number of seemingly insurmountable challenges, most of them concerning school and her crush on new guy Luke Ryan, not to mention Luke’s crush on her. Then there’s the piano recital and the potential to be scouted for Julliard. To make matters worse, mean girl Stephanie is also interested in Luke. Will Andrea survive the week, let alone see her 5-day challenge through to the end?

Cindy K. Green’s Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge is a quick and entertaining read, one which I finished over the course of 4 days. The story is fast-paced and the characters are believable. Poor Andrea is stuck feeling like such a hopeless failure as she tries to please everyone around her: her parents, whose only dream is to see her be a successful pianist, her friends who want her to let loose and have fun with Luke, she neglects to please herself. Rather than embrace a chaste relationship with Luke, she spurns him several times, but by the end of her 5-day challenge, she learns how to communicate and negotiate and that, if she’s simply honest with the people in her life, there is a way to make everyone, including herself, happy.

Though I’ll admit I was a bit wary of the religious aspect of this text, Green manages to work in the importance of prayer and God in one’s life without hitting the reader over the head with it. The Bible passages are short and relevant to what’s happening in Andrea’s life. In addition, Andrea uses the passages she chooses on each day of the challenge to find solace in her life and to become a better person, which is kind of cool. Young girls will be able to identify with Andrea’s search for her identity, her soul, and for a way to have it all.

Mamabear gives this book:

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Note: I was gifted an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge” – Book Excerpt

Author Cindy Green is featured in today’s author spotlight with an excerpt from her novel, Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge.

andrea-5-day-challenge-coverDescription:
High school junior Andrea Jamison, self-proclaimed change-o-phobic and, incidentally, a fabulous pianist in her own right has lost faith in herself and her abilities. At the exact moment when her parents begin pressuring her about an opportunity that just might lead to Julliard, Andrea’s friend Amy meddles in her personal life trying to pair her up with the cute, transfer jock Luke Ryan. Will Andrea learn to accept her parents often repeated word FOCUS or will she finally start trusting in God’s strength instead of cowering in her own weaknesses?

Buy Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, and KoboBooks.

Excerpt from Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge by Cindy K. Green

I felt a little nervous with the door shut. Why had he shut it? What did he plan to do to me? “It’s OK for me to be in your room, isn’t it?” It seemed like a stupid question since his mother didn’t seem all that worried about us, but still I wondered. I mean, I’m not allowed to have boys in my room.

“You know, it’s never really come up. I’ve never had a girl in my room before.” He sounded angry again, as if my question reminded him of the whole stupid situation which had brought us to fight earlier. I guess it’s not really a fight but definitely tension.

“Well, that’s good to know.” It was a lame response, but I didn’t know what else to say.

“What part—that it’s OK for you to be here or that I’ve never had a girl in my room?” He stepped close.

Even though I’m unusually tall for a female, he towered over me and I felt really small. I didn’t like arguing with him. I hated confrontation and tension.

The doorbell rang in the front of the house, but Luke didn’t seem all that interested in who it might be. Maybe his mom ordered pizza.

“You know, Luke, why don’t you just give me that assignment and I’ll go. You don’t even have to drive me home because I’ve lived here all my life and I can get there on my own.

”Don’t be like that.” His voice softened.

“I’m not being like anything.” My eyes started to mist over. “I…” But I couldn’t say anything else.

“Andrea, please, I’m sorry…” He didn’t finish what he was going to say (and I think it would have been good because his eyes were doing that emotional swirling thing), but it was then that we heard raised voices.

About the Author:

Cindy picCindy K. Green has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she’s a multi-published, award-winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two cats named Chloe & Kassey. Visit her website www.cindykgreen.com

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Author Interview with Jamie Adams

Britbear’s Book Reviews welcomes Jamie Adams, author of the newly published The River of Gold for an interview in today’s author spotlight.

river-of-gold-jamie-adams-coverFrom the Goodreads book description:

The River of Gold is set in Colorado during the 1890s. When a prospector’s spirited daughter sets out to finish her father’s work she encounters a rugged cowboy and a southern gentleman. Both vie for her heart, but which one will she choose?

Buy The River of Gold on Amazon.

Welcome, Jamie. Your books are about pioneer settlers. What draws you to that particular time in history?

I think maybe I was born in the wrong century. Actually, I was 11 when the television series The Little House on the Prairie started. the Ingalls family and The Waltons were weekly staples in our home. Also, my father was a John Wayne fan and if one of his shows was on, you can bet we were watching. As a writer I’ve found the standards and morals I identify with [were] more acceptable during that time in history. I’m old fashioned and swoon at the idea of the cowboy riding of into the sunset with his lady. I can’t help it. I know readers prefer strong female characters, so I strive to make them brave and bold, but who doesn’t want to be rescued by a handsome hero?

How much research do you have to conduct before writing a historic novel? What is the most interesting thing you learned as a result of your research?

I love researching the past. While working on my first book, Love’s Golden Quest, I spent hours/days researching wagon trains and loved every moment. It was very interesting to learn how families survived while part of a wagon train. Our countries history is so fascinating, the pioneering spirit admirable. I do most of my research as I go. I’ll write something and wonder if a particular item was available at that time in history or how something as simple as washing dishes was done in the 19th century.

How does Christian romance differ from mainstream romance?

There really isn’t that much of a difference. A mainstream novel will most likely reach a broader audience than its Christian counterpart because of the inspirational value. To me a Christian romance does not imply a love story with a sermon. The story should not be preachy. In any romance your characters have internal and external struggles that they must overcome to be free to love fully. Only in a Christian romance, you expect less emphasis on the physical elements of the relationship and more on the emotional. Of course that’s only my opinion, but I like to think a Christian romance is a satisfying love story that I can pass on to my teenage daughter. I have a core group of readers that let me know they appreciate the work I do and I keep them in mind as I write.

On your Amazon author page you say, “Little Women by Louisa May Alcott opened [your] imagination and sparked a dream to be a writer.” What, exactly, was it about that book in particular that made you want to be a writer? How has Little Women influenced your writing style?

I’ve always been a dreamer, both day and night. I have vivid dreams and recall most of what took place in my head while sleeping. I remember waking up one night at the age of ten and thinking ‘Wow, that one would have made a great movie.’ Little Women was the first novels I read as a young reader and I identified with Jo. I felt a connection with her need to put her words on paper. With that said, the book had more of an influence on my desire to write than my style of writing. I read a lot of western romances and imagine my voice is a blend of several of my favorite authors.

I know exactly what you mean with the movie thing. Some of my best stories come from a seed planted while asleep and dreaming.

On one of your blog posts you say you collaborated with two other authors. That sounds like an interesting experience. Can you explain a bit about the collaboration process?

Yes, it was so much fun. My critique partners all live in the next state over. When we decided to work on a project together we chose a town within driving distance of all of us – Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. We read up on the town’s history and plotted a three book series about sisters whose parents owned a hotel during the Victorian era. The concept is based on two real life competitive hotels that no longer exist. Each book centers on one of the three sisters. My writing partners and I met in Mammoth Spring and explored to get a feel for the location. I had the middle sister and her story appears in Wishes and Whims. I’m also the middle sister and like me, my character was a daydreamer. It was so much fun we did a second series based in Warsaw, MO, and are now plotting a third series.

On your booklookbloggers.com page you say, “Recently I have become swept up by the Amish Fiction movement.” What is it you find interesting about this genre?

I admire their strong faith and hard work ethics. I wouldn’t want to go without electricity or indoor plumbing, but love the value they place on family.

You are a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. What was it like being a part of this program? If you could describe one lesson you took away from the experience, what would it be?

I enrolled before we had the Internet. The lessons came in the mail and I had a writer/teacher who scored my lessons and showed me where I needed to improve. This was my first attempt to become an author and I had a lot to learn. The most important thing I learned was to show the reader what the character is experiencing.

In your opinion, what is the hardest part of writing?

It’s not really hard, except for maybe the most important part – getting the story from my head to the ‘paper’ in such a way the reader can see what I see.

Besides Alcott, from which books and authors do you take inspiration and why?

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read almost all of his books. He takes the impossible and makes it believable. I also like to read Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy. They both know what it takes to keep the reader entertained in a western romance.

Before we sign off, is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you and your books?

The River of Gold is my newest release and has a very strong heroine. She’s taken over her prospecting father’s work and runs into road blocks when she meets two men. One’s a cowboy who thinks she’s got no business being out on her own and the other a gentleman who wants to help her find the gold. One isn’t what he seems and her life is in danger. Right now I’m working on a time travel western. It’s a bit different than my other books and I’m loving every moment of it. A modern day hike sends a group of young woman back to a ranch in the year 1881. It’s full of twist and turns that I hope readers will enjoy.

Sounds really interesting. Sign me up for a review copy!

While we’re waiting for Jamie’s next book, here’s how you can find out more about her and her writing:

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About Jamie Adams:

jamie adams author photoFrom her Amazon Author Page: Jamie Adams fell in love with books at an early age. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott opened her imagination and sparked a dream to be a writer. She wrote her first book as a school project in 6th grade.

A graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature as well as member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Writing Desk and several critique groups she spends most of her time writing, reading or learning more about the craft near to her heart.

The parents of three very active children, she and her husband live in the Ozarks surrounded by forest and wild life.