Thursday, November 15, 2018

Behold, a Blog Tour is Coming!

(*smirks* See what I did there?)



As you've probably already guessed, the release of the short story collection y'all have been hearing about for months is rapidly approaching! I absolutely adore Christmas stories and releasing this collection has me super hyped.

What is a indie book release without a blog tour, you ask? I'm not entirely sure, because I haven't ever saw one.... ;) Okay, slightly kidding.

But seriously—blog tours are so much fun. I'm having a three day, weekend blog tour for Behold. There will be a post on my blog each day, spotlighting a different aspect of the book's journey, and a Christmas themed giveaway.

Interested in joining the blog tour? :D Details and sign-up form below!



A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior

From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US…
From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family... 
You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond.

Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart. 



Are you excited for the new release? Can you believe it's only one until Thanksgiving, and 40 days until Christmas?! 
~Faith

Monday, November 12, 2018

Seek by Angela R. Watts // Cover Reveal

Happy Monday, lovelies! =D

I'm popping in this morning to participate in my friend Angela's cover reveal for her novel, Seek! (And being the dear that I am, I'm sticking it in right here *points* instead of making y'all scroll...like I kinda wanted to...) 

I had the pleasure of reading this fast-paced hunk of words earlier this year and it was fabulous. Enjoyable prose, amazing characters, heart-pounding plot—you don't want to miss this one. 

Releasing the first week of December, I give you...Seek! <3



BLURB

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel’s faith in God protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to protect his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.



AUTHOR BIO

Angela R. Watts is a Christian who writes fiction to glorify the King. She’s a homeschooled highschooler who lives with her family at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee. She’s been writing stories since she was little but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.

Website | Reveries Co.
Facebook | AngelaRWattsauthor
Twitter | PeculiarAngela
Instagram | angiewatts



Are you excited for this book? Thoughts on the coolio cover? Doesn't it look—as my bro would say—hard-core!? xD
~Faith

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Ones Who Didn't Make it Back Home {a short story}



A few weeks ago, I was wandering around a cemetery with my mom and aunt. We were looking for the graves of my grandma's parents and sister, but I came across the headstones of twin brothers, both Marines, who fought in the Korean War. Neither of them died in war, but from the moment I stood over those graves, I knew I'd be writing a story about a brother who did.

Justin Moore's latest song already had story ideas scrambling around my brain, and the two inspirations combined nicely. As for the song, I'm imbedding the music video below, because obviously y'all need this, too. (Pardon the mentions of alcohol.)

Knowing the lyrics and having written this story, now just hearing the opening of this song makes my heart squeeze inside my chest. It's so beautiful, so strong, so real. While writing the story, I would pull up the song, put it on repeat, and write the words as they came.

Hope y'all enjoy. <3



It was a beautiful morning for a funeral. 


I rise early after hours of fitful sleep. Come to think of it, I haven’t slept much at all since I heard the news. I walk across the room and press my forehead to the screen door to watch the sunrise. Jake loved summer sunrises. 

Private Jacob Kemper. Small town hero. Twin to Justin. My date to prom. Everybody’s friend at the high school where our group of twenty-five graduated one rainy May afternoon. 

But today we’ll bury him. 

In a different room of the house, a staticky radio cuts on. Dad’s awake. The local broadcaster shares the details of Jacob’s memorial as I listen through the wall. Everyone who knew him loved him—and few didn’t know him. 

Just when I’m sure there isn’t another tear left in me, another round of sobs wracks my shoulders. The pain is just too much. 

Pressing a fisted hand to my mouth, I slide down the doorjamb to the floor, my face dropping to my pajama-clad knees. Jacob’s voice filters through my mind, followed by his laidback, free laughter. 

“Why?” My cracked voice demands, as my foot shoots out and slams into the other side of the doorjamb. 

He was too young to die. 


*


One last glance in the rearview mirror—to check the makeup that’s doing a pitiful job of disguising my bloodshot eyes—and I step out of the car into the oppressive heat. A cold day, complete with rain and cutting wind, would better suit the ache in my heart. 

But as I look around me, watch the droves of people walking solemnly toward the little white church and filing up the stairs, I decide maybe today’s sunniness does fit. Jake was the sunshine in all our lives. 

During the service many spoke or sang for the wonderful young man we’ve all lost, and everyone cried their tissues full. When a mutual friend steps up to the podium, he tells a story from the teenage years, when a dozen of us were caught in the yard of an abandoned house at two a.m. with no legitimate-sounding excuse. He imitates Jake’s unsuccessful attempts to convince the cops we were innocent, and I shake with laughter even as tears course down my face. Jake would want us to laugh. 

We stand as the pallbearers carry his closed casket down the aisle. They’re all from our graduating class, guys who knew Jake most of his life. Some were outcasts until he drew them in. Some thought of themselves too highly, until he taught them by example that all are equal.

Directly following the casket is Jacob’s twin, Justin, in his dress blues, with his mother clinging to his arm and his father on her other side. 

Fresh tears spring to my eyes as I behold Jake’s parents. I spent so much time at the Kemper home during my troubled high school years that the boys started calling me “Sis.” Not that I minded. I loved being welcomed into their happy home, where I was loved for who I was instead of judged for who I wasn’t. 

In the graveyard, I end up near the center of the circle a few yards from Jake’s immediate family. After seating his mother, Justin ducks out from under the tent and approaches me. 
When his eyes meet mine, I give up on holding myself together and just wrap my arms around his neck. He holds me, wordlessly, being the strong one although he’s even more broken-hearted than the rest of us. 

When he releases me, I keep my hand on his arm. “Are you okay?” 

Justin shakes his head without looking at me. “The preacher talked about sacrifice in there. Saying a bunch of words he isn’t even sure he believes himself. But he isn’t the one who rode in the belly of a plane with his brother’s body last week. He won’t walk into a house full of memories tonight and listen to his mother cry herself to sleep. He knows nothing about sacrifice.” 

I don’t draw away—just let him talk. The sharpness of his words is from pain, not anger. He just needs to let it out. 

The graveside service commences and we silently observe from the center of the crowd. More than once during the final words, I hear Justin’s jagged breathing. He’s trying so hard to hold it all in. 

The first volley of gunshots rings through the air. I jerk, even though I knew it was coming. Although I was closest to Jake, I grab Justin’s hand and squeeze my eyes shut as the second round rocks the ground. 

In the silence that follows the third shots, Justin’s soft cries cut to my heart. He’s letting himself grieve. Tears skid down my eyes, as happy memories of Jake fill my mind.

After the pastor says a final prayer and the gathering of friends disperses across the grass, I twist to look up at Justin. “You’re going to be okay.” 

He’s tugging the brave front back into place, but his eyes tell me he doesn’t believe it. He forces a smile that brings tears to my eyes. “Someday.” 

“You and Jake were the best friends I ever had.” I blurt the words out before I have time to over think them. And by the look that clouds his eyes and how quickly he pulls me back into his hug, I’m glad I did. 

“Ya know…” His eyes rove my face as I wipe my eyes. “Jake loved you as more than a little sister.” 

Fresh tears spill over and I’m draw back into Justin’s embrace. “I think I loved him, too.”

“Justin…” 

At his father’s voice, Justin draws away and turns to follow his parents out of the graveyard. “Stay in touch, Sis. I might need to just talk memories of him sometime.” 

“I’ll hold you to that,” I manage. 

I cross the grass and drop to my knees beside the open grave. As the voices of the remaining mourners drift away, I blow a kiss into the breeze. “I did love you, sweet Jake,” I whisper over his final resting place. “And I always will.” 

The ache is still in my heart and it may always be. But maybe that’s what being ‘okay’ means. Living with the hurt without letting it rule you. He’s a hero who deserves to be remembered. 



Thoughts on the story? The song? 
~Faith

Monday, November 5, 2018

May I Interest You in a Book? {+ A Party is Coming! }

Yeah, I know. Weird title. But it fits, because this post is going to be a weird compilation of a bunch of...stuff.



I have books to sell, a blog party to promote, and a full to-do list staring up at me for today. And the rest of the week. So let's get a move on!


// Books. 

As you may or may not have gathered, I'm really terrible at promoting myself and my books. Which...is really bad when you realize that I'm an indie author, so if I don't do this stuff...well, it ain't gonna happen.

(Seriously, though. There's got to be others out there that feel weird saying "hey, buy my books so I can make money!" C'mon. I know you're out there, kindred soul.)

Complaints aside, I realized the other day that I have a literal treasure trunk of books shoved under a piece of furniture in my room. (Okay, it's not that big...) Nearly twenty copies of Dandelion Dust and a handful of copies of Love Needs No Words.

Sure, I could just leave them there and sell them a little along and/or use them for giveaways, but I figured this may be the perfect time to amp up my game and attempt to sell some signed copies! So here goes.
Dandelion Dust —> $10
Love Needs No Words —> $5
Shipping —> $3
If you buy up to four copies, I'll combine the shipping—provided they're going to the same address. (I'm assuming they would be, unless you're one of those epic people that mails books to others. And if you are, allow me to give you my address, new friend.)

Payment can now be accepted through PayPal or a check in the mail. To order, you can shoot me an email at hischosenfirefly@gmail.com and we'll work out all the details. :)


// Party. 

Something I've been asked about a few times recently was whether or not I'll be hosting the 12 Days of Christmas blog party again this year or if I'm too busy. The answer is yes. Yes, I'm hosting the party. And yes, I'm probably too busy. But since when has that stopped me?

As it has the past three years, the party will run December 14th–25th again this year. There will be a post on this blog each day—with links to the participants of the day—and a book review on Chosen Vessels every day.

Participating bloggers are welcome to post as many or as few times as they like, on any topic or article related to Christmas. Popular choices in the past have been reviews and recommendations of Christmas books and movies, the stories behind your favorite Christmas carols, gift ideas, family traditions, and recipes. All I ask is that you keep it God-honoring and remember the true Reason we celebrate. :)

Comment below with any questions and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible! For those interested, please submit your information through this form.

Looking forward to a great party! <3



Are you interested in books? Want to take part in the party? Can you believe Christmas is SO close?
~Faith

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Homemade Gravestone, Cover Reveal, & Christmas Comes Early || October Recap

Okay, yes, "click-bait" may have popped into my head when I titled this post. But since it's true...that's okay, right?



|| Life. ||


>> After not doing anything with it since spring, I got a couple inches of hair whacked off. It's still below my shoulders, but easier to manage. And cuter, in my opinion. xD



>> So I almost accidentally got two copies of the same book from the library and it wasn't even my fault...

I was reading the If I Live series by Terri Blackstock, (I'm still recovering, by the way. If you've read those, let's chat. Or maybe start a survivors club.) and I needed books #2 and #3. I'd placed #2 on hold, but when I get to the library, I checked the shelves to see if #3 had been returned. It hadn't been...but #2 was still on the shelf.

Faith's brain assumed that it was actually #3 that I had placed a hold on (honestly, who doesn't confuse those titles?!), so I nabbed #2 and went to the front desk. And when the librarian went to get my hold from behind the counter...it was #2 as well.

They'd literally brought another copy of the same book from a different location when there was a perfectly fine copy sitting on a shelf, only a few yards from the desk. I laughed all the way home.


>> The Potts family plowed potatoes! Yes, it was kinda late in the season to finally get around to it. And yes, that's a hand plow. Don't judge. We're traditional. ;P



>> Two girls who I've recently come to know through the blogging world, Maddy and Lillian, started a business to aid indie authors in getting reviews for their books! Stellae Books is an awesome—not to mention, beautiful—website. If you've been wanting to read Dandelion Dust, here's your chance to grab a free copy! Hop on over to their site for details. :)


>> The Potts family also cut and shipped out Christmas trees and I'm still in denial that it's already time for such shenanigans...




>> I spent a day last week wandering around cemeteries with my mom and great-aunt. And if that freaks you out, well, you don't know what you're missing. Check out these....

Isn't that just the best?! xD

Apparently homemade gravestones were a thing in the '80s....
Sorry I missed that fad. 


>> I listened to oodles of songs on repeat this month. In particular, Burn the Ships and God Only Knows by For King & Country, Stuck on Me + You by Emily Ann Roberts, Die from a Broken Heart by Maddie & Tae, I'm Listening by Tenth Avenue North, and Olivia Mae by Brett Young. Someone flail over these gems with me. <33



|| Books. ||


// Reads

If I Run by Terri Blackstock -- 5 stars
Falling for You by Becky Wade -- 3.5 stars -- Review
The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- 3 stars
If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock -- 5 stars
The Christmas Child by Max Lucado -- 3 stars
Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- 3 stars
Mystery Ranch by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- 3 stars
The Waltons: The Accident by Virginia McDonnell -- 4 stars
If I Live by Terri Blackstock -- 5 stars
Plot Bunny to Novel by Kellyn Roth -- 4 stars
Never Fear Anything by Robert Terkla -- 3.5 stars
The Christmas Prayer by Wanda Brunstetter -- 2.5 stars
Kate's Dilemma by Sarah Holman -- 4 stars
The View from the Lighthouse by Melody Carlson -- 3.5 stars
In the Dark Streets Shineth by David McCullough -- 5 stars

// Short Stories

Heritage of Praise by Rebekah A. Morris -- 5 stars
True Love by R.A. Rooney -- 4 stars
A Change of Heart by Anika Walkes -- 5 stars
Unto Him by Rebekah A. Morris -- 4 stars
One December Night by Melissa Tagg -- 5 stars
The Christmas Robe by Jennifer Lamont Leo -- 4 stars


So, yeah, I kinda read a ton this month.... I also bought a ton of books. :P Eleven from a used book store and these three lovelies from a CBD sale!





|| Writing. ||


Unlike with recent previous months, I actually have something to say in this section, without rambling for 7.4 minutes, boring y'all to tears, and getting no where.

First off, I finished the final story in Behold and got the collection off to betas. Betas finished a week or so ago, and I applied their edits and then got the manuscript sent to my editor.  The December 7th deadline is quickly approaching! Meanwhile, I'm diving into editing War Tears, until it's time to do the final edit and format. :)

Another fabulous happenings this month... I got Behold's cover! Sarah Grace from Estetico Designs did an amazing job and I'm so happy with how it turned out. :D




|| Blogging. ||

// Favorite Posts 

More Precious than Gold ~ Turn to God

A Purpose and a Promise ~ Let There Be Light

Having a Heart Like His ~ You Have a Purposeful Calling

Loved Before Time ~ What is Surrender?

Twilight to Dawn ~ Give Up Ideals

Important Nothings ~ Maybe Love

Showers of Blessings ~ Words to Live By


// My Posts 








|| Goals. || 

~ October Goals

>> Read 8 books.     Several times over, yes...

>> Start working full-time.      Ha, no. Long story there. But soon. xP

>> Send Behold to betas and apply feedback.      Yup! It's in the hands of a fabulous editor. ;)

>> Edit pt.1 of War Tears.      Um, no? Behold took too much of my time. Hopefully this month I'll get into that. xD

>> Take part in the Five Fall Favorites party.      YESSS!


~ November Goals 

>> Read 8 books.

>> Do the final edit of Behold, get it formatted, and order proof.

>> Edit pt.1 of War Tears.

>> Post weekly on both blogs.



How was your October? Can you believe the holiday season is creeping up on us so quickly? What's one of your goals for the month? If you're doing NaNo, I might be jealous.
~Faith

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Language of Worlds // A Soldier's Freedom

'Sup, fellows word-lovers! Tonight I'm participating in Liv Fisher's character linkup—The Language of Worlds.

(To be perfectly honest, I thought it was The Language of WORDS for like...awhile. Thankfully, I realized it before writing this post, eh?)

(To be perfectly honest, I'm also in a sassy, sarcastic mood, so there is seriously no telling what's about to take place here. No lifeguards here, so swim proceed at your own risk.)



So yes, I'm going to ramble about my two main characters from A Soldier's Freedom for awhile today. Because I don't really have a current WIP that I'm writing, so there's that. And I just got this book back from my fabulous team of beta-readers which was exciting and slightly nerve-wracking. (They were fabulous, I'm just terribly protective of this baby.)

(I might actually cheat, bend the rules, and not answer every question...but you can find Liv's full post with all the rules and questions and such by clicking on the graphic. *points*)

James and Alex are the characters to which I'm referring, although you probably already knew that if you've been around SBF for any amount of time. I love this duo so insanely much. They're fabulous. If I do say so myself.

(I'm using "fabulous" so much it's not even funny.)


What does your character fear the most?

Failure. Well, that escalated quickly, Alfred. Seriously, though. Both James and Alex have a fear of failure. Or rather, James feels he has failed and he hates it.


How would they handle it if they were to face their fear?

They both kind of have been or are faced with their fears in the book, sooo... Alex reacts by drawing away, locking her heart up and not letting anyone in if she has any reason to think she can't trust them. James avoids the situation and those that he feels he has failed, at all costs.


Do they want to get married? Why or why not?

That sounds like a spoiler... Is that a spoiler? I think that's a spoiler. We're skipping this one, mateys.


On a scale from 1 (messy) to 5 (organized), how do they rate?

Hahaaa. xD So neither one of these two could be classified clean freaks... They aren't terribly messy either, though, I guess.

Alex may let clutter and laundry pile up around her apartment while she's gone to work all week, but she'll take care of it on the weekends. Maybe a 3 for her?

James is pretty messy, and sometimes lets his disability be his excuse for not washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, or keeping his room tidy. Not that Alex lets him get away with that...


How do they feel about debates/disagreements?

Both James and Alex avoid disagreements with friends and relations, but if its something they feel strongly about or a conviction of theirs that's being questioned, they'll stand up for themselves.

As for friendly banter, these two could go at each other all day. ;)


What do they bring to a battle (figurative or literal)?

Well, James literally did battle (can you do battle? is that proper usage of the verb??), so ya know, like a gun would probably be a good idea... *cough* Yeah, this question kind of confused me. In case you didn't know, Brett.


What's their favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

As to where James would eat anything and everything no matter the time of day, Alex doesn't often eat breakfast. Coffee, usually, but a "real" breakfast? Only if James insists.


How do they treat themself after a long day?

Hanging out together? Alex's idea of the perfect date night without going out would be pizza, a carton of ice cream, and a movie.


What do you most want readers to glean from this story?

No matter what, there is hope. You're not alone. Jesus loves you unconditionally. So don't ever, ever give up on your beautiful life. <3



Thoughts on character link-ups? Have you participated in Liv's? If not, what are you waiting for, mateys!

~Faith (who's apparently a pirate now)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Five Fall Favorites {Top 5 of 2018 + Backpacks}


Welcome to the last day of the party, friends! This week has been so much fun, and I hope y'all have had a blast as well. :D The giveaway winners will be announced on Rebekah's blog today, and we also have another sweet bookish surprise for y'all. Links at the end of the post!


We have plenty of backpacks here! Grab one in your favorite fall cover and get ready to load it up with lots of great reads.


Saturday: Top 5 of 2018




The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof


Carpe diem... 

Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.

As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.


I honestly don't know how to describe how amazing this book is. As always, Bischof's writing is beautiful, lyrical, and astounding, and her stories filled to the brim with bold love and heartfelt grace. I fell in love with this story of Charlie, Ella, and Holland. I'm already planning my next journey to the circus grounds of Roanoke. 




Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury (Angels Walking, #1)


When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on. 

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin… 


After having my mom tell me for months (or probably, years...) that I needed to read this series, I finally got around to it earlier this year...by devouring the first book in less than 24 hours. (At 380 pages, that's a record for me.) A unique and eye-opening tale of angels here on earth, this book is sure to touch the heart. The series easily claimed it's spot among my top favorite books ever. 




The Pursued by Willowy Whisper (Hills of Innocence Trilogy, #3)


Fawn Wendell has no choice but to flee. Her life depends on it. She has no where to go, but that doesn’t matter. She has to disappear. She has to get lost, never to be found again, before her pursuer attacks. 

Adam Preston loves his children. They’re all he has left. But with the ranch to run, is there any way he can give them what they need, especially when he’s hurting himself? 

Jake Sumner returns to an old house, a place that arouses too many memories. If he decides to stay, he may have trouble on his hands . . . trouble a whole lot bigger than him. 

Sadie is an injured, silent bird, locked in a cage she can’t free herself from. Her nightmares are real. The fear kills her voice. Will she ever fly again?


Hey, look, another book I read in less than 24 hours—and this one is over 450 pages! I've reviewed every book in the Hills of Innocence trilogy and enjoyed each of them, but The Pursued is my favorite. Each of the four main characters captured a special part of my heart, but Sadie and Jake's story was my favorite. <3 





A Question of Loyalty by Jesseca Wheaton (Questions of War, #3)


A Man. A Brother. A Traitor. 



The war has taken everything Micah Wilson has ever held dear, and with all his being he wishes he could do something to stop the heartache. But he often wonders if he'll ever be able to move on after the war, or forget the brother who left six years before. How can God still have a plan, when it seems that the world around him is falling to pieces, to say nothing of his own heart? 



Ann Wilson has seen two brothers changed by the war. And she's resolved to do something to stop the pain she sees in their eyes from becoming a reality for so many others. The world is on the brink of Normandy when her nursing unit is shipped to England, and while there, an unexpected encounter promises to change her own life . . . Forever. But it's only the beginning. As the war in Europe rages on, Ann is caught in the crossfires. And when the unthinkable happens, she comes face to face with the evil of the Third Reich. Is it possible that the reality of it all is more deadly than even her worst nightmares? 



Erich Essler never questioned his duty to his country. All his life he's struggled to live up to his father's expectations, and bring honor to the Essler name. But when the man he thought of as his only friend turns out to be the enemy, he can no longer rid himself of the questions that continue to torment him. Is what he's doing really honorable? And does he owe his loyalty to his country . . . Or a higher power?



Freedom for Europe dawns on the distant horizon. But in the midst of the fight, four lives will be forever changed, and their loyalty to God and Country brought into question.


Yeah, yeah, it's not published yet... (Was that a requirement?) But it will be soon and this is definitely one of my favorite books of the year. If you're in need of a book that will make you cry, keep an eye out for this release. The conclusion to the Questions of War series is heartbreakingly beautiful and sure to be a favorite among fans of the series. 




The Prisoner's Wife by Susan Page Davis (Maine Brides, #1)


1720: Lucy lost Jack years ago. Jack Hunter's father was a drunk and a criminal, and Lucy Hamblin's father believed the apple lay near the tree. When her father forbade their love, Lucy buried her heart out of obedience, but she never stopped loving Jack. 

On a strange evening four years later, she's summoned to the local jail. Jack has been accused of murder and has a request to make of Lucy. It appears Jack Hunter will hang in the morning, and to preserve his property and provide for the woman he loves, he asks Lucy to marry him. 

When his trial is postponed and ultimately dismissed, Jack has new worries: Lucy agreed to become a prisoner's widow, not the wife of a man her father despised. Can Lucy and Jack accept he Lord's miracle of preservation—of Jack's life and reputation...and the love they believed they'd lost?


I recently spotted this book listed as a free Christian ebook and promptly downloaded it when the synopsis caught my interest. When reading the book shortly thereafter, I was surprised by how much I loved it! Jack and Lucy's love story was so sweet, and the unexpected air of mystery surrounding the murder made the book even better. 




Many of the Five Fall Favs bloggers are also authors—with books on sale this weekend! Click the buttons above to be directed to an assortment of free and $0.99 ebooks. :D

After you grab some reads to get you through the weekend, trek on over to the Literary Lodge for your last visit to each room of the party!



What's your top 5 books of 2018, thus far? Have you read any of my favorites? 
~Faith