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Courting Calla Now Available

Courting Calla is the introductory book to my Dixon Brothers Series. It is the first book in the Out of the Blue Bouquet Collection. You can get the entire 5-book series for just 99 cents.

Can Ian and Calla find love together, or will the secret she is keeping rip them apart?

CALLA VAUGHN has spent the last three years desperately trying to get her life in order so that she can go back to culinary school. No matter how hard she works, though, she feels like she is just treading water and can’t see any way out of the hole dug for her by a con artist who stole her identity.

When flowers she sends to her best friend with a dinner invitation accidentally get delivered to IAN JONES, she decides to cook him the best meal he’s ever had. By the time she admits that the flowers were never for him, he is as convinced as she is that God orchestrated the mistake in the first place.

All that’s left is to tell him the dark secret about her father’s widow. She waits a little too long, though, and is carted off to jail for questioning on felony charges before she gets a chance.

Will Ian understand her situation, or will the deception surrounding Calla destroy any trust he has in her?

OUT OF THE BLUE BOUQUET is now available at any of the following eBook retailers:

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Out of the Blue Bouquet Releases Today!!

Five of today’s Best-selling Christian Authors weave five unique yet connected stories together in this collection where misdirected floral deliveries lead to lives changed.

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All of these stories are brand-new, never before published! The entire set is just 99 cents!

Courting Calla, by Hallee Bridgeman.
Ian knows Calla is the woman God has chosen for him, but Calla is hiding something big. Can Calla trust Ian with her secret, or will she let it destroy any possible hope they may have for a future?

Seoul in Love, by Alana Terry.
Love was lost a long time ago. A chance meeting in Seoul might change all that forever.

A Kærasti for Clari, by Carol Moncado

Joel Christiansen delivered flowers to the palace and found his life turned upside down.
Clari Sørenson’s job as social media manager for Eyjania’s Queen Mother keeps her busy. An unexpected treasure hunt with a cute guy might be the vacation she needs.

Between clues and a snow storm, they’re drawn to each other. Her grandparents, and even the Queen Mother, have been after her to find a boyfriend, but is Joel the Kærasti for Clari?

Premeditated Serendipity, by Chautona Havig

When Wayne Farrell hears about his niece’s floral fiasco, it sparks a plan to mix up his own orders in an attempt to play matchmaker. Reid has his reasons for not pursuing Kelsey… yet, and Wayne’s interference only makes an already difficult situation even more awkward. Premeditated Serendipity—because romance sometimes needs a little shove.

Out of the Blue Bouquet, by Amanda Tru
When Brooke is left in charge of Crossroads Floral, she accidentally sends the flower deliveries to the wrong people. Unfortunately, some of those wrong people include all of the ex-girlfriends of the most eligible bachelor in town. Are Brooke’s mistakes a complete disaster, or can there be something beautiful in an out-of-the-blue bouquet?

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Release Day! SIX “New Adult” Romance for Just 99 Cents!

I’m so thrilled to be a part of the CROSSROADS collection with six “New Adult” romances by today’s bestselling Christian authors. Every novella centers around a college or university. My CHRISTMAS STAR SAPPHIRE is my contribution to the set. I think Madeline Viscolli and Joe Westcott are the perfect addition to this amazing collection.

This set will only be available for a limited time and is only on Amazon! I hope you enjoy all of the stories and pray they bless you in some way!

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THE BLURB:

Six clean-read New Adult contemporary romance novels by Amazon best-selling Christian authors (including USA Today best-selling author, Staci Stallings) in one collection. Prepare to go on a journey to the crossroads, where pasts fall away and new lives begin. There will be romance, suspense, and real issues facing women today. Novels include …

ONE NIGHT WITH A ROCK STAR, by Chana Keefer
It’s Anne of Green Gables Meets Rattle & Hum. Worlds collide.
When Esther was a young teen with frizzy hair and too-skinny legs, Sky’s music soothed her through awkwardness and pain. During the Glam-Rock 80s, Esther is a College Journalism student and fledgling Print Model. One chance meeting with her Superstar crush rocks both their worlds.
Will Esther’s deep roots in Family and Faith keep her feet on the ground when a tornado named Sky blows her world apart?

christmas star sapphire smallCHRISTMAS STAR SAPPHIRE, by Hallee Bridgeman
Madeline Viscolli meets Joe Westcott during a campus ministry meeting as she begins graduate school in Alabama. Joe’s personal rule of not dating students starts to fade until he discovers Madeline’s destiny lay in running her father’s massive corporation. After rejecting wealth and all its trappings, Joe struggles against the attraction he feels for Madeline. Madeline knows she loves Joe but is not willing to throw away her destiny of taking over the helm of Viscolli Enterprises. A Christmas Eve funeral washes all Joe’s plans away. Will their love succumb to the rising tide caused by their differences in lifestyles, or will raging seas calm and allow them to sail off into the sunset?”

ONE AMONG MEN, by Connie Almony
Samantha Hart’s job requires she live with 500 hard-partying college guys. She can handle the 499, but it only takes one to lead her to danger.
Though Samantha wants to find godly purpose in her life, she is forced to take a position as a resident director of an all-male party dorm at Maryland State University, essentially babysitting pampered party boys rather than changing lives. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the engaging undergrad who seems to be helping her on the sly. That is when he isn’t hanging out with the resident drug dealer.

PRINCESS, by Staci Stallings (USA Today Best-selling author)
When Heather Nolan learns she will no longer be able to pursue her college degree unless she finds a job, she is so desperate for funds, she takes a job tutoring the college’s all-star basketball player, Anthony Russell. She hates him. He hates English. But all is not as it seems as both of them will soon come to understand…

HARD TO FIND, by Traci Tyne Hilton
Isaac Daniels screwed up his romance with Jane Adler, and then a few more. Starting over at a Bible School in Sweden probably wasn’t the best idea. Especially when he manages to lose the pretty girl with the big green eyes, her crazy sister, and his boss’s diabetic nephew.
If he can find the missing students, he can probably keep his job, but the real risk in this hunt is losing his heart.

SHATTERED ROSE, by Tammy L. Gray
Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self-loathing. Then she meets him…and everything changes. Handsome, charming and self-assured, Jake Matthew sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted. She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away. Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth. Jake never really left.

CROSSROADS — exclusively on Amazon for a limited time!

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Crossroads: Six New Adult Romance Novels for Just 99 Cents!

I’m thrilled to be part of the CROSSROADS collection! I’m joining forces with some of the best Christian romance authors today to bring you six new adult Christian romances!

College is a time for discovering oneself, making life decisions, and determining the path for your life. It is truly a crossroad between adolescence and adulthood. Lives change at the CROSSROADS.

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I’ve placed my novella, Christmas Star Sapphire, in this set. I’m honored to be joining bestselling authors Connie Almony, Staci Stallings, Chana Keefer, Traci Tyne Hilton, and Tammy Gray as we each bring you a new adult romance story set in colleges and universities all over the world!

The set is available for pre-order now on Amazon at this link, and will release on August 1st!

I hope you take advantage of this great deal — the set will be available for a limited time!

crossroads boxSix clean-read New Adult contemporary romance novels by Amazon best-selling Christian authors (including USA Today best-selling author, Staci Stallings) in one collection. Prepare to go on a journey to the crossroads, where pasts fall away and new lives begin. There will be romance, suspense, and real issues facing women today. Novels include …

ONE NIGHT WITH A ROCK STAR, by Chana Keefer
It’s Anne of Green Gables Meets Rattle & Hum. Worlds collide.
When Esther was a young teen with frizzy hair and too-skinny legs, Sky’s music soothed her through awkwardness and pain. During the Glam-Rock 80s, Esther is a College Journalism student and fledgling Print Model. One chance meeting with her Superstar crush rocks both their worlds.
Will Esther’s deep roots in Family and Faith keep her feet on the ground when a tornado named Sky blows her world apart?

CHRISTMAS STAR SAPPHIRE, by Hallee Bridgeman
Madeline Viscolli meets Joe Westcott during a campus ministry meeting as she begins graduate school in Alabama. Joe’s personal rule of not dating students starts to fade until he discovers Madeline’s destiny lay in running her father’s massive corporation. After rejecting wealth and all its trappings, Joe struggles against the attraction he feels for Madeline. Madeline knows she loves Joe but is not willing to throw away her destiny of taking over the helm of Viscolli Enterprises. A Christmas Eve funeral washes all Joe’s plans away. Will their love succumb to the rising tide caused by their differences in lifestyles, or will raging seas calm and allow them to sail off into the sunset?”

ONE AMONG MEN, by Connie Almony
Samantha Hart’s job requires she live with 500 hard-partying college guys. She can handle the 499, but it only takes one to lead her to danger.
Though Samantha wants to find godly purpose in her life, she is forced to take a position as a resident director of an all-male party dorm at Maryland State University, essentially babysitting pampered party boys rather than changing lives. What she doesn’t expect is to fall for the engaging undergrad who seems to be helping her on the sly. That is when he isn’t hanging out with the resident drug dealer.

PRINCESS, by Staci Stallings (USA Today Best-selling author)
When Heather Nolan learns she will no longer be able to pursue her college degree unless she finds a job, she is so desperate for funds, she takes a job tutoring the college’s all-star basketball player, Anthony Russell. She hates him. He hates English. But all is not as it seems as both of them will soon come to understand…

HARD TO FIND, by Traci Tyne Hilton
Isaac Daniels screwed up his romance with Jane Adler, and then a few more. Starting over at a Bible School in Sweden probably wasn’t the best idea. Especially when he manages to lose the pretty girl with the big green eyes, her crazy sister, and his boss’s diabetic nephew.
If he can find the missing students, he can probably keep his job, but the real risk in this hunt is losing his heart.

SHATTERED ROSE, by Tammy L. Gray
Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self-loathing. Then she meets him…and everything changes. Handsome, charming and self-assured, Jake Matthew sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted. She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away. Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth. Jake never really left.
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God’s Hand in Encouragement

It’s funny how God works. He always provides exactly what I need, even when I don’t know what that is.

moving2Over Christmas break, my family moved to Fort Knox, Kentucky. The decision to move was made right before Thanksgiving, so in a month’s time, we planned, packed, and found a new home. My husband, Gregg, started a new job that he loves — LOVES. Our family is extremely happy at Fort Knox, and we know that it was a good move for us.

But in the process of moving, unpacking, hanging pictures, deciding on room designs, buying furniture, picking out rugs, etc., etc., I had a deadline of March 1st for a romantic suspense novella for a box set. I have to be honest with you. I did NOT want to write this book. I wanted to set up my new house. I wanted to get my kids completely settled into our new community. I wanted to have coffee and tea and lunch with friends I was meeting through chapel and in the neighborhood.

But a commitment is a commitment, and a deadline is something I’ve never missed. So, I started writing it sometime in mid-February, and finished it early March. I struggled through every word. I cried. I prayed. I beat my head against the keyboard. I cried some more.

Word by agonizing word, this novella came out of me. It is a stand-alone, not connected to any series, so I had to create a whole new world with new people. I had to research human sex trade and the Russian mafia — a very dark kind of research. Nothing was enjoyable about this process.

on the ropesWhen I finished it, we discovered that Gregg did not have the time to edit it. He was settling into a new and intense job that took all of his mental reserves. By the time he came home every night, he was exhausted. National Guard took any free weekend he might have even pretended to have. However, he has always, always, been my first editor. I know I’m a good storyteller – that is my gift from God. But, I’ve never felt I was a good writer. I have always believed that Gregg is who turned my good stories into good writing. For the first time, it went to my editor without his special touch. For the first time ever, I did the cover consultation with our cover artist. I arranged the design and the deadline and provided the critique. (I also originally titled it, but Gregg did come up with a much better title. Clearly, I’d tapped my abilities.)

Smoke Mirrors FlatWhen this novella, On the Ropes, published in the Smoke and Mirrors box set, I was so stressed about it. I felt like it was the worse thing I’ve ever written and that if Gregg couldn’t (understandably) partner with me in the future, then maybe I should take a break from writing until our life had settled down around us.

I have always heard from readers on a bit of a sporadic basis. I read reviews, receive Facebook messages, and get emails, but nothing on any super large scale. Until this novella published in this box set. Suddenly, I got a deluge of emails and messages. Every day, I have received several. And they all say something similar:

Just want to say that I love the way you write. …I just read On The Ropes and again was amazed at how the story line reaches the heart. Thanks for your action packed clean books.

Another one said:

I just finished reading ON THE ROPES and LOVED it.

One reviewer said:

Thrilling, heart-stopping, hopeless but hopeful—‘On the Ropes’ is written in the past and the present until the time-frames dramatically collide. This edgy romantic suspense was so powerful; it took me a while before I could read anything afterwards. Hallee Bridgeman is a new-to-me author and I can hardly wait to read more from her!

I could continue to list the emails and reviews, but that’s not the point. The point is, this novella was ripped out of me, I had a bad attitude about even having to write it, and I was worried the entire time about the process being disrupted with Gregg’s new job. But, God, in all of His wonder and glory, has sent me DAILY confirmation that He would still have me doing what I’m doing, that HE will provide to me the talents and skill I need to do what He would have me to do, and that I CAN do this even if I can’t utilize the best editor on the planet at this time.

My mission statement remains the same:

To prayerfully craft stories as modern day parables to uplift fellow believers and minister to seekers in our fallen world.

I don’t want that to change. I don’t want to get caught up in marketing and writing and book rankings and lose the focus of my mission statement. I truly believe that the daily emails I’ve received have been God’s way of giving me a much needed confidence boost and encouragement to keep me crafting those stories. I currently feel revitalized, refreshed, and excited that I’m almost finished with another book — ready to start the next series on my list.

If you’ve read On the Ropes, or any other of my books, I’d love to hear from you. You have no idea what kind of encouragement you can give a writer by reaching out. If you have already, thank you for listening to the urging of God and being a part of His encouragement.
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Smoke and Mirrors Summer Destination Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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Welcome to you if you’ve hopped over to my blog from Connie Almony‘s! If you’re starting here, that’s wonderful! You can start anywhere in the group and make it all the way through!

I’m so happy you’ve joined me for the Smoke and Mirrors Summer Destination Blog Hop & Giveaway! To celebrate the release of the Smoke and Mirrors Box Set, the authors have banned together to bring you an amazing giveaway! One winner will win The Book Lover’s Grand Prize. This prize will include a $25 Starbucks gift card, as well as the following signed paperbacks by the Smoke and Mirrors authors:

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And another winner will win THE KINDLE FIRE GRAND PRIZE, which includes one brand new Kindle Fire and the following ebooks by the Smoke and Mirrors authors:

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What an amazing giveaway! But, to win, you have to comment on each blog in the blog hop. Here’s a list of the blogs:

Connie Almony

Hallee Bridgeman

Heather Day Gilbert

Kelli Hughett

Alana Terry

Rachel Trautmiller

Alexa Verde

(Author Sally Bradley is not participating in this hop, but she is an author in the boxed set!)

PLEASE NOTE: ***You will need to visit each of the 7 blogs above and comment on each one by 5 pm EST on May 30th to be eligible for a chance to win one of our grand prizes.***

Since all of the books in this box set take place in the summertime, the theme of this blog hop is “My Favorite Summer Vacation Destination.” My family travels a lot. We love to back our bags and hit the road together. We live in Kentucky, which is rather central to so many places, that it gives us a chance to just go. A couple of weekends ago, we enjoyed a trip up to the shores of Lake Huron. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading to Kansas City.

But my favorite summer destination is the Pacific Northwest. (I won’t get there this year until September). As an Army brat, my “home” in the Willamette Valley is a place I’ve only lived for a few years of my life, but most of my family lives there or around there. My father was stationed at Fort Lewis and then did ROTC duty in Eugene Oregon, so for a good chunk of my childhood, we had easy access to my family. So many childhood memories are wrapped up in camping and fishing near Crater Lake, visiting the coast of Florence, Oregon, and heading on up into the Mount Saint Helens region of Washington. Even though we moved to Florida when I was 13, summertime means grilling salmon on the grill in my grandparents’ backyard while we played on the slip-n-slide next to the garden under the apple tree.

My grandfather Hal (yes, I'm named after him) working in his garden in Springfield, Oregon
My grandfather Hal (yes, I’m named after him) working in his garden in Springfield, Oregon

on the ropesMy summertime story contained in the Smoke and Mirrors box set, On the Ropes, takes place in Florida, New York, and South Carolina — three of my favorite places to visit. As I was writing On the Ropes, I wrote a scene where my character Ruth was racing through the streets of New York City during a heat wave, and I remembered my honeymoon 4th of July weekend in NYC during a heat wave and the temperature on the street at 10PM was over 100 degrees. It’s a crazy heat that you can’t understand until you feel it.

What is your favorite summer destination? Comment below and let me know! *Please remember that you must comment on each of the 7 blogs in this blog hop to be eligible for either of the grand prizes!*

If you’re looking for a good read for this coming holiday weekend, check out the Smoke and Mirrors Collection. Right romantic suspense novellas set in summertime — the perfect kickoff to the beginning of summer!

Here is the blurb to my novella, On the Ropes: Doctor Ruth Burnette is placed in witness protection after witnessing a Russian mafia execution. Just a week before the trial, Victor Kovalev finds her. Memories of planning her wedding with Victor are wiped clean by the vision of his father executing three men. Does he want to help her survive to her testimony, or is he trying to stop it all together?

Next stop in this blog hop is Heather Day Gilbert! As a teaser, there’s the blurb to her book, Out of Circulation: When Russian mobsters threaten small-town librarian Katie McClure, she is forced to accept an offer of protection from Manhattan bodyguard Ace Calhoun. As they race the clock to find a long-hidden bank stash, Katie discovers too late that Ace might be the wrong man to trust with her life…and her heart. Click here to hop to her blog!

Thank you for visiting and enjoy the rest of the blog hop! Don’t forget that you will need to visit each of the 7 blogs above and comment on each one by 5 pm EST on May 30th to be eligible for a chance to win one of our grand prizes. We will email the winners on May 31, but first, come visit us on May 30th starting at 7 pm EST on Facebook here for the announcement of the winners and a Week-Long Virtual Cruise to the destinations in our collection!

cruise memeDuring the Facebook cruise, readers will ask the eight Smoke and Mirrors authors questions and we’ll be asking our readers questions! It is a leisurely pace, so you can drop in and out, leaving questions and reading up on the answers later, if you like. It’s a great chance to fellowship with some of your fave romantic suspense authors–and some of your soon-to-be-faves!
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