A Kindle Fire Giveaway!

It’s vacation time!
Whether you’re going someplace new or old, planning an exotic trip or a staycation, chances are booklovers like us will be packing a new title or two for those leisure moments of rest and relaxation. And I have just the contest to help!

This summer, I’m thrilled to be included in not one but TWO novella collections. Those quick reads you can enjoy on a beach or on a plane ride, or just before going to bed at night. Quick, romantic, positive stories to uplift and entertain!

Convenient_Brides_RafflecopterI’ve teamed with the nine authors from The Convenient Bride Collection to offer a fun giveaway, starting today and ending on July 10th. We’re giving away a 7″ Kindle Fire, loaded with (what else?) the ebook version of our book, along with several titles including my other novella, The Summer Harvest Bride.

12BridesSummerNovella2_SocialMediaPostsThe 12 Brides of Summer are releasing three stories at a time, and my story, The Summer Harvest Bride, is featured with my wonderful colleagues Mary Coneally and Amanda Cabot. Three romantic novellas for only $2.99!

The Convenient Bride Collection is available in ebook or print, featuring nine different stories where the wedding comes before the romance!

And now for the contest details. Prize Package Includes:

7″ Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire Cover (You’ll have a choice of colors)

The Convenient Bride Collection ebook – OF COURSE!

Kindle Versions of:

The Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch

A Secret Hope by Renee Yancy

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

Two Brides Too Many by Mona Hodgson

The Oregon Trail Romance Collection with Jennifer Uhlarik

The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection with Gabrielle Meyer, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

12 Brides of Summer Collection #2 with Maureen Lang

Just click below to enter!

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If you don’t like Rafflecopter, you may email mjagears AT gmail DOT com for an entry; put Loaded Kindle Fire Giveaway in the subject line to be entered.

Happy Reading!

Maureen Lang’s The Cranbury Papermaker by Vicki Hinze

Christians Read congratulations CR author, Maureen Lang on the release of her new novel:

Maureen Lang

Maureen Lang


Will he steal her inheritance . . . or save it?Arianne Casterton is devastated when her father and his new wife are killed in a train accident. Despite her faith in God, Arianne’s grief soon turns to despair when she discovers one-third of everything her father owned has been transferred automatically to his wife’s son and heir, Jonas Prestwich—someone Arianne never knew existed.Jonas’s mother married a backwoods papermaker much too soon after becoming a widow, embarrassing Jonas who lives among Philadelphia’s elite. Though he’s distressed by his mother’s death within a year after losing his father, receiving a portion of the papermaker’s inheritance feels like justice.God has blessed Arianne with the passion and talent for papermaking in her family’s tradition, but the demands of keeping the business going are nearly overwhelming. When Jonas offers to expand her efforts into something more modern and profitable, Arianne is suspicious, reluctant to give up the art of handmade papermaking. But she realizes without his unwanted help she might lose everything anyway.The Cranbury Papermaker is the 2015 release from award winning writer Maureen Lang, author of thirteen previous Christian romance novels and novellas.

Review: (Courtesy of Amazon.com)
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Old-Fashioned Romance Wrapped in Hand-Made Paper April 17, 2015
Once again Maureen Lang has illumined a slice of life in a bygone period of American history in such a way that the reader can picture what life was life in those days. Before reading this book, I took paper for granted, thinking of hand-made paper as an artsy thing that you see in special greeting cards or fancy invitations. It never occurred to me that at one time all paper was made by hand. So that part of the book was fascinating in and of itself, as well as the advent of machine-made paper which was just at that time coming on the scene.But that is just icing on the cake because the real joy of reading this book in the story itself. I really enjoyed it. We get a glimpse into small-town life in the late 1800’s with a romance that has all the essential elements: a beautiful heroine, a handsome and appealing man of questionable motives, rising tension and a satisfying conclusion. This is a typical Maureen Lang book with her usual use of vivid details, bringing the setting and characters to life in such a way that we can really picture them as we become engrossed in the story. She gives us lots of interesting characters to watch as we go along.Yes, this is entertaining, educational, and inspiring. It’s a delightful read.

Book Release–BURIED by Elizabeth Goddard

Hope your new year is off to a great start.

I’m excited to share with you that BURIED released on New Year’s Day, the eBook form anyway. The hard copy releases January 6th. BURIED is the first book in my new series called Mountain Cove and is set in the exotic and stunning southeast Alaska. It features a family of mountain search and rescue heroes.


In BURIED, you’ll meet avalanche specialist Cade Warren, also a search and rescue volunteer, and Leah Marks, a legal investigator who witnessed a murder committed by a police detective. Where do you hide when you’re running from the police? An off-grid cabin in Alaska.


I hope you’ll join the adventure with this first installment!

BURIED cover


Fleeing to Alaska is the only option for Leah Marks after witnessing a murder. Afraid for her life, the legal investigator hopes a remote cabin will be a safe shelter. But the killer has tracked her to Mountain Cove. As he chases her into snow-packed Dead Falls Canyon, an avalanche buries them both. Saved by daring search and rescue specialist  Cade Warren, Leah longs to tell him the truth. But how can she, without bringing even more danger into Cade’s life? Especially when they discover the killer is very much alive and waiting to take them both down.

Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide



Visit my website at ElizabethGoddard.com to see multiple purchasing options, or you can purchase it for your Kindle today here.

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Many blessings!

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a twenty romantic suspense novels. goddard-LR-2 (2)



December Release

I’m excited to announce my newest book release from Harlequin Heartwarming. Honeysuckle Bride is the third book in the Business of Weddings series. It will be available on December 1.


One part happiness. Two parts love.

Relocating to the coast of Florida after becoming guardian of her best friend’s twin daughters could be the best move LA celebrity chef Jenna Monroe ever made. This is her chance to create a stable, loving home − something she never had. But can she be the mother the girls need?

Wyatt Hamilton thinks she can. The rugged charter boat captain, who came home to Cypress Pointe still grieving the death of his son, has faith in her. But the feelings he awakens in Jenna both exhilarate and frighten her. Because Wyatt no longer believes in forever… Unless she can convince him otherwise.

To receive a copy of my book, go to Goodreads and enter the giveaway.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


New Release–A GRAND TETON SLEIGH RIDE by Elizabeth Goddard and Lynette Sowell

I’m pleased to announce a new release by two Christians Read authors–Elizabeth Goddard (that’s me!) and Lynette Sowell. Lynette and I have been talking about writing a story set in Jackson Hole for years and finally got something submitted last summer that was quickly picked up by our editor. My husband and I spent many anniversaries skiing at Teton Village near Jackson. We’d stay with his aunt and uncle who lived in a beautiful cabin near the entrance to Yellowstone. She was the postmaster at Moran Junction. Many summers when I was growing up,  my parents would take us to Yellowstone National Park–one of my favorite places in the world. And one of the most famous mountain ranges—a picture of the Tetons graces many a dentist and doctor’s office. Ha!AGrandTetonSleighRide

A Grant Teton Sleigh Ride is a generational (historical) novella collection. Many changes happened in our nation over this time period–electricity and automobiles, two of the biggest changes. But Jackson Hole was often isolated when the Teton Pass was well. . .unpasseable, and folks often return to their horse-drawn sleighs in the winter well into the twentieth century.

Lynette and I loved researching these stories. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Wyoming’s spectacular mountains have drawn many—from trappers to ranchers to skiing enthusiasts. This Christmas, spend the holidays with the Covington family, who have called Wyoming home for generations. Rough, bristly rancher Zebulon sets his sights on eastern lady Belle Murray. Forward-thinking Emily would rather stay a dog musher than become a bride. Outfitter Sam wants to make his name in Wyoming—not say “I do.”  Hayley’s quest for her father’s approval goes sour when she takes an interest in a local ski bum. Will four festive sleigh rides rein in romance?

A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride releases September 1st in both electronic format (Kindle) and paperback, wherever books are sold. Pre-order your copy today!




Elizabeth Goddard

Lynette Sowell

July Release by Tara Randel

I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest Harlequin Heartwarming book, Magnolia Bride.


Married for a day, in love for life

Nealy Grainger knew that returning to Cypress Pointe meant an inevitable encounter with her teenage crush, and momentary husband, Dane Peterson. She could handle it. She wasn’t the wounded girl who’d left Cypress Pointe years ago, heartbroken and furious when Dane had annulled their marriage the day after they’d eloped.

Now one of L.A.’s most in-demand celebrity event planners, Nealy’s only come back for a vacation and to help with her sister’s wedding—not for a reunion with her long-lost love. But the more their paths cross, the more the sparks fly! Maybe their connection isn’t over just yet…

I had such a blast with this book. Watching Nealy and Dane get over the past and find the love they had once shared was a joy to write. I love wholesome books and if you haven’t given Heartwarming a try, check out the books.

If you read Orange Blossom Brides, come back to Cypress Point and catch up with old friends and make new friends. This book is a great summer read.

Visit Goodreads now and enter the giveaway for a copy of Magnolia Bride.


New Release by Tara Randel

I’m excited for my new release, Rival Hearts, on June 17. I so enjoyed writing this book and working with Abingdon Press during the process. Here’s a overview of the book.


They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then their publisher will decide the winner.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

I’m delighted to be part of the Quilts of Love series. If you are available, we’ll be having a Quilting Bee-themed Facebook party on June 17, 8pm EST. Stop by and visit!


Book Release Day


LoveintheWindThe day a book releases is always a fun day for authors. Sometimes we throw book launch parties near the release date or schedule book-signings or participate in blog tours and other social media venues for promotion.  Sometimes we simply let the people with whom we’ve connected in cyberspace know.

Like now.

Love in the Wind is the third and last book in my series set in New Mexico.  A sweet romance and complete departure from my usual romantic suspense, I enjoyed writing the characters and exploring the world of sailing. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!


Now she’s counting on it to bring her closer to the biological father she’s just met. But her chances of winning the regatta—and his approval—are in jeopardy unless she can find a new crew mate. Enter Grady Stone, a perfect fit for Maddie’s crew in more ways than one.

Maddie and Grady grow close as they spend time together on the water. But Maddie, wary of emotional entanglement, guards her heart closely. And Grady’s here only to help Maddie win the race, then he’s off to a new job. The day of the race will test their ability to sail together—and the trueness of their love.




Wilderness Peril



Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, and have all your Christmas shopping done! If not, please consider sharing the love of reading and give a good book.

This is release weekend for Wilderness Peril!


Run off the road and left for dead, Shay Ridiker’s only hope for surviving the frozen claws of the wilderness is pilot Rick Savage. The beautiful airplane mechanic came to Alaska expecting a routine repo, but a missing coworker and a crippled plane are just the tip of the iceberg. Now held captive by ruthless killers at a derelict gold mine, Shay needs Rick’s protection more than ever. But Rick has shadows that follow him into the land of the midnight sun. With gunmen at their backs, can he be all Shay needs—a haven…and a hero?


Elizabeth Goddard

Keeping Faith by Hannah Alexander





It’s been a long time between novels  for me this last go-round, but I’ve found my writing chops again-or perhaps gums might be the better term. I love writing historical novels because it’s fun to imagine myself in that time and place, but my typical fare is contemporary women’s fiction with romance, some suspense, and some medical situation–or at least a character who works in the medical field. Mel helps me with his experience as an ER doc and family practice physician. He’s been challenged to find the best historical treatments for the time periods I choose.

I would like to introduce you to my third historical romance, Keeping Faith, which was released this month. Keeping Faith is about an independent, brave widow, Dr. Victoria Fenway, who, in an attempt to catch her late husband’s killer and protect other victims from the monster, has joined a wagon train traveling west toward Kansas Territory, Her only distraction is the wagon train captain, Joseph Rickard, whom she once loved with all her heart, but her heart was broken when she thought he abandoned her. She married an older physician and learned his skills. And now she must keep her plans to herself so Joseph won’t be able to prevent her from risking her life to save others.

Despite the misunderstanding that kept Victoria and Joseph apart, Joseph never stopped loving Victoria, and he has taken his vow seriously to protect her on this dangerous journey. He’d once decided that if he couldn’t have her love, he would never marry, and now he has an opportunity to prove his love for her, and to keep her safe, even if he has to risk his own life to do it.

Victoria, however, has other plans. She can’t allow Joseph, who is in charge of the safety of many people, turn his back on his responsibility. Can she make it to Jolly Mill, Missouri, in time to save her friends and a group of freed Africans from the murderous fury of a conscienceless slaver? Can Joseph reach her in time to save her from her own passionate determination? Life, love, and tragedy hang in the balance as Joseph and Victoria depend on God’s strength to help them battle evil.

You may find Keeping Faith at any bookstore, both brick-and-mortar or online. Read the first chapter of this novel at http://www.hannahalexander.com


Christians Read Fall Catalogue Released

(Click below to view the Christians Read Catalogue, 2013 Fall Edition, which includes Chapter Excerpts!

Love in the Air Releases today!

LoveintheAir (506x800)I’ve always wanted to write a hot air balloon story, and I finally got that chance last year. I’m pleased to share that LOVE IN THE AIR releases today! If you enjoy sweet romances–this is your kind of story. 

Back cover copy: 


He was Nikki Alexander’s first crush—until his stunts in a hot-air-balloon race led to a family tragedy. Then he disappeared, leaving her brokenhearted. Now he’s back and stirring up all her emotions.

Blaming himself for her brother’s death, Kyle stayed away. But now Nikki’s in trouble. And he knows he must step in to make it right. He’ll help save her balloon business…and prove this time he’s here to stay. But first he must win her forgiveness before he can win her heart.


The propane burner flared, torching the quiet dawn in the empty field.

Nikki Alexander never grew tired of the familiar sound she’d heard since childhood. After the fan blew enough cold morning air inside the rainbow-colored envelope to give it shape, she aimed the flames inside the balloon, which still rested on its side. Once the air began to heat, it would become lighter than the surrounding cooler air.

After a few minutes of hot-air bursts, the envelope lifted upright. “Lenny, stay with the basket and hold it down with me,” she said.

The new kid on the crew, a local high-school student, worked in exchange for learning everything he could about balloons so he could eventually pilot his own. “Okay, boss!”

Nikki smiled and nodded at the freckle-faced kid. She figured anyone willing to get up before dawn to crew a balloon ride deserved the chance. Balloons were typically launched during the early-morning hours or late evening because the winds were lighter, making for easier takeoffs and landings, and she could avoid thermals—when the ground heated up and caused vertical air currents.

She’d already experienced difficulty in controlling her balloon on such an occasion, an experience she didn’t want to repeat. Nor would her passengers appreciate a downdraft that could force the balloon into a hard landing—that and power lines were a balloon’s greatest dangers. That was why even though some people requested more convenient ride hours, Nikki had to turn them down.

She glanced at the scene around her, making sure the rest of the three-man crew—David and Richard—were in position to keep the envelope from rising too soon. The field she typically used for launch was situated next to Sky High Rides, perfect for the winds from the west, which would urge the balloon slowly toward the east and several wide-open fields, where Nikki had arrangements with the landowners.

Her soon-to-be passengers—a man, his wife and their two children—stood back, all eyes wide with amazement, except for the teenage daughter, who focused on an electronic device, probably texting her boyfriend because she wasn’t happy about having to get up before sunrise. Or she was angry because she’d had to leave him behind. The younger of the siblings, the boy, looked about seven or eight, which was her nephew Michael’s age. Already, Nikki could see the light in his eyes and knew he’d never forget this experience. Often one ride was enough to turn someone into a lifelong enthusiast.

Nikki had grown up in the balloon-ride business. Her father, the founder of Sky High, had created a successful business before he died eight years ago. She’d begun her career on the balloon crew and eventually she’d learned to fly and gotten her balloon pilot’s license. At twenty-eight, she had thousands of flight hours to her credit.

The balloon finally ready, she turned to the family and beckoned them forward. She’d already debriefed them on safety. Now they could climb into the basket.

Except that she spotted two familiar figures standing next to a white town car. Her mother stood behind Michael, gripping his shoulders as if holding him back.

“Richard, would you and Lenny mind assisting the family into the basket and wait for me.” Nikki trotted over to the car, tension building at the base of her head.

“Mom, what are you doing here?” She crouched to eye level with Michael and hugged him.

“As soon as you left this morning, he started at me again, begging to go with you.” Her silver-haired mother hadn’t bothered to paint on her usual makeup this early in the morning and looked at least ten years older than usual. “Nikki, you’ve got enough room in the basket.”

The Sky High baskets were commercial size. This particular basket could carry up to fifteen people, but Nikki shook her head anyway. “We’ve talked about this, Mom.”

“Can I ride in the chase car?” Michael looked so much like Nikki’s brother with his blue-gray eyes. He stared at her now, pleading just the way she’d seen Jordan do so many times growing up.

Her heart kinked at the reminder. None of them had recovered from losing Jordan in a balloon accident three years before, least of all Michael, who’d lost his father that day.

Although what happened to her brother was an unusual accident, flying still presented dangers, especially if the pilot was a risk-taker. Nikki would do everything in her power to send Michael on another path. She wouldn’t stand by to watch him follow in his father’s daredevil footsteps.

But right now, she could hardly fight the pleading she saw in her nephew’s gaze, especially if her mother wasn’t strong enough to keep from making the drive over.

She stood up. She’d have another talk with her mother about this later. “Michael can ride with David in the chase car this time.”

“Yippee!” Michael threw his arms up and jumped in victory. He took off running, but Nikki snatched him back.

“Hold on there. I’ll walk you over.” Nikki spotted the family already waiting in the basket, and her crew at the ropes, keeping the balloon earthbound. Of course she’d need to heat the air inside even more to send it floating skyward.

Nikki buckled Michael into the van pulling the equipment trailer. David would drive the van and meet her at the agreed-upon location unless her landing coordinates changed. From there, they would load the equipment on the trailer and bring the family back to their vehicle.

Once she was inside the basket and her passengers prepared, she ignited the flame in the burner, heating the air. Her crew let go of the tether lines.

Slowly, the basket drifted upward.

Nikki looked down and waved at Michael, who watched her from the van. David, Richard and Lenny loaded the rest of the equipment on the trailer and prepared for the chase. She would soon become a tour guide, telling the family about the various sights they would encounter along the ride.

But for the moment, the group was held captive by the fact they were floating in the air, far above the earth.

“It feels like we’re dangling here, not moving.” Finally, the teenager’s attention was stolen from her focus on texting.

Nikki smiled. “That’s because we’re drifting with the current. You won’t sense movement or even that we’re very high, but of course, you can see that we are.”

When the father took it upon himself to explain balloon flight to his children, Nikki allowed him the task. She held back when he got a few things wrong. By the smile on his face, he enjoyed impressing his kids, and she wouldn’t ruin that for him. She allowed her thoughts to drift with the balloon, back to the girl’s words.

It feels like we ‘re dangling here, not moving.

Unfortunately, that was exactly how Nikki felt about her life these days. After her brother’s tragic death while participating in the world’s oldest balloon race, Nikki wanted to sell the family business, to move her little family, which consisted of Michael and her mother, far from the memories. And far from the reminders of the man she once loved.

But there always seemed to be something or someone standing in her way.


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Elizabeth Goddard

New Releases–Because You Asked

Hi, everyone.

At your request, we’re adding a new feature at Christians Read.  You asked to be notified when one of the Christians Read Authors has a new book being released, so we’re going to add that to our program.

If you join us via:

The website:  the notice will appear on the weekend in a regular post on the website.  You can also check under New Releases on the categories (right sidebar) and see all releases posted.

Email:  A notice will be emailed to you on the weekend.  You don’t have to do a thing.

Widget:  No action required.  The notice will appear on your widget on the weekend it’s posted.

Newspaper:  No notice required.  The notice will appear when posted.

Social Media:  Notices will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.  So whichever is where you typically read the Christians Read posts, you’ll find the notices there.

Thank you so much for requesting this feature, and know that we sincerely appreciate your interest in our books as well as our blog posts.  We also appreciate you telling us what you want, so know that your suggestions and recommendations are always welcome.



by Vicki Hinze

For the Christians Read Authors




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