Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce–Blog Tour

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Lexi Wynn finds herself in trouble after her and her mother were hostages in a bank robbery. Now someone is after her and she doesn’t know why. When she first meets Drew, it’s because he ran into her truck in the drive-through, but after he saves her from a would-be kidnapper, she suddenly finds herself attracted to this man. After an attempt on her mother’s life, she decides to use her computer skills to try to help the police. Can she put her feelings for Drew aside to fully focus on finding the robbers and figure out if this has anything to do with her past? Or will she find herself in more trouble?

I was sucked into this story from the very beginning. The chapters are pretty short and concise, so it makes it very hard to stop reading. I could not put it down. I’d tell myself one more chapter and an hour later, I’m still reading. Very suspenseful, which is something I love in a good book. Also, I very much appreciated, how when the characters were scared or in danger, they looked to God whether saying a quick prayer, or encouraging one another to trust God. The characters were well developed with their own little quirks or secrets. Overall, an amazing read, and I highly recommend it! Since this is Book 1 in the Murders in Madison series, I’m looking forward to reading more in this series to see what happens next!

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**I received this book free through the Celebrate Lit Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Book

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Book: Murder for the Time Being

Author: Joanie Bruce

Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance

Release Date: November 29, 2016

“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.

Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

 

About the Author

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Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

 

Guest Post from Joanie Bruce

Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.

In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.

This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.

After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”

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March 24: 2014 and Beyond!

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March 26: Carpe Diem

March 26: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

March 27: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses

March 27: His Grace is Sufficient

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Thank God for Grandpa by Amy Parker–Book Review

Most children love their Grandpas, so I’m sure they’d love this story devoted to Grandpas everywhere. This adorable children’s book is told in rhyme, and tells about all the wonderful things Grandpas do for their grandchildren.  It’s perfect for children of all ages.

I loved this book and so did my children. It was very colorful, and the story kept my children’s attention. It talks about how grandpas are called different things like Pops, Grandpa, Grandfather, and Grandpappies, it tells of all the fun things Grandpas do as well as the spiritual things. I definitely recommend it! 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review through the BookLook Bloggers Review program. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thank you God for Grandma by Amy Parker–Book Review

Grandmas are special! This book is perfect for kids of all ages especially with the rhyming format throughout the book. It discusses all the different aspects of Grandmas and what makes them great!

I really loved this book and so did my kids. I also love that in the beginning it gives different names that kids may call their Grandma like Mimi or Gigi. I also loved the illustrations, they were very cute with a little bear family. It kept both my 5-year-old and my 2-year-old’s attention.

Preorder your copy today!

*I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook bloggers program in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Still Life by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

When Avery Tate decides to go to her first gallery opening since being ousted by the photography community, it was only to support her friend, Skylar. However, she soon finds herself thrown into the midst of an investigation to find her friend, Skylar, who is no where to be found, and one of the photographer’s photos had been replaced with an eerie photo of her posing as if she’s dead. As Avery and her friends begin to dig into the case to find her friend, things quickly turn and they find themselves in some very precarious situations. Will they find Skylar? Will they be able to find who photographed her and catch him? Are they too late?

Pettrey will keep you intrigued until the very end. You’ll be guessing the entire time! I was enthralled from the very beginning, and couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t figure out who did it until the very end. This story was very well written. I felt like I was right there with them as they were investigating, finding leads, and falling in love. If you like suspense and a splash of romance, this is a great book for you. While this is the second book in the series, I feel as though it can stand alone because I didn’t feel like I was missing anything too crucial (I haven’t read the first one yet, but now I want to.) So go grab your copy today, you won’t regret it!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner–Book Review

whengodmade-youChildren are always trying to figure out where they fit in the big world. From a very young age, they are learning what they’re good at, how they can help, what their talents are, etc. We, as parents, need to encourage our children to be all that they can be for God. To do things for His glory. We need to make sure they know God made them just the way they are, and has plans to use them. They are unique, and no one is exactly like them.

I was honored to be a part of the launch team for this book! It was an amazing story that held my children’s interest. It has a powerful message; one that I believe all of us could learn from, not just children. The illustrations are just beautiful. I’ve read books similar to this one, but I just love the way this one is written. It is written in a rhyme, so even the youngest children will enjoy it. I love how Turner points out that even before children know who they are and what they can do, God knew who they were going to be and gave them the talents they have to use for Him. Grab it for the little ones in your life today! You won’t regret it.

**I received this book free from the publisher as part of the book launch team. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents by Gary Chapman–Book Review

 

Author of The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman wrote this amazing book to help you get ready as you embark on the journey of parenthood. Each chapter discusses an aspect of parenting that Chapman wishes he and his wife would have known about before they had children, things he thought you would benefit if you knew them before your children were born.

 

I learned so much from this book even though I’ve already had children. Parenting is a daily learning experience. You learn new things every day as your children learn things. If you are expecting, or if you have young children, or know someone expecting or with young children, you need this book. It is chock full of practical advice for young parents. I was blessed by this book, and I believe you will be too.

**I received this book free from the publisher through the blogging program at mpnewsroom.com. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck–

 

Four women, one dress. It fit them all perfectly. When Charlotte Malone, a wedding dress salesperson, stumbled upon a trunk at the Ludlow auction little did she know that she would find a wedding dress inside, let alone a wedding dress that would change her life. Intrigued by the mystery of where the dress came from, and how it got in the trunk, Charlotte begins investigating. But will she hit a dead end, or will she finally find the secrets of the dress? Will she have her happily ever after?

 

This whole story reminded me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. You know the story I’m sure, the group of girls take turns having the pants for a few weeks, and they fit each girl perfectly. However, this story is so much better! Each woman in this book has her own story of how she got the dress, and how it fit them each perfectly without any alterations! Stories of romance, and some tragedy. It brings all of them together to unravel the secret history of the dress Charlotte has found. I absolutely loved it.  This is the first book in the series that includes The Wedding Chapel and The Wedding Shop, so I read it out of order, and they can each stand alone. Brilliant, brilliant book! I highly recommend getting this one, and while your at it, get the whole series, because none of them will disappoint if you love a good romance!

**I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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