Spotlight: En busca de Perséfone de Sarah M. Eden

Sobre la historia:

Perséfone Lancaster recibe una propuesta de matrimonio del duque de Kielder, un hombre con fama de tener mal genio y ser arisco, así que la rechaza. Sin embargo, la delicada situación financiera de su familia hace que reconsidere su decisión, pues ese matrimonio les salvaría de la ruina. Así que acepta.

Al llegar al castillo del duque, un edificio frío y oscuro como su propietario, rodeado de un bosque tenebroso plagado de lobos, descubre que el hombre tiene la mitad de la cara desfigurada. Y que no solo tiene cicatrices en la cara, sino en el alma. No obstante, ella espera, con su amabilidad y su encanto, romper la coraza con la que el duque protege su corazón. Pero, una y otra vez, recibe rechazos y desaires. Sin embargo, cuando un grave peligro la acecha, el duque se dará cuenta de que, si no admite que la ama, la perderá y, en realidad, ya no puede vivir sin ella. ¿Lo hará?

Sobre la autora:

Sarah M. Eden es una de las autoras más vendidas del USA Today. Escribe romántica histórica y lo hace con encanto e ingenio. Ha ganado el premio INDIE en la categoría de romance con Forget Me Not y fue finalista de los premios Holt Medallion de 2020 con Healing Hearts. Ha ganado la medalla de oro Best of State tres veces, en la categoría de ficción, y también el premio Whitney, otras tres veces. Aparte de gustarle la Historia y los relatos románticos, busca crear personajes profundos y ambientar bien las historias en la época en que esté narrando. Es licenciada en Investigación y se pasa las horas en la biblioteca de su localidad buscando libros.

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Spotlight: Willow by Ronie Kendig

About the Story:

Aftercare specialist Willow Metcalfe joined Mission: Liberate Everyone to help trafficking survivors navigate the healing process. When MiLE’s Obiora Compound is attacked by the Nigerian mafia, she’s taken hostage. Against nightmarish odds, she and the victims attempt an escape—and are thwarted.

A decade after leaving his beloved homeland, Chijioke “Chiji” Okorie returns to find his sister and fight for his own country. Believing a global trafficking ring behind her abduction and a string of kidnappings across Nigeria, he goes undercover to find the head of the serpent and his sister. Chiji is stunned to discover among the hostages a familiar face—a friend’s sister, Willow. The woman he vowed years ago to marry.

The man who has interfered with her escape attempts seems … familiar, kind—but Willow knows better. He reeks of the warrior ethos that has devoured many a good man. Engaged in an impossible battle and losing at every turn, Chiji is determined to complete his missions—all of them. Even if it kills him.

About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is an bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a nearly ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share–sometimes–with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

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Spotlight: A Perilous Perspective by Anna Lee Huber

About the Story:

Argyll, Scotland. July 1832. After a trying few months in Edinburgh, Kiera and her husband and investigative partner, Sebastian Gage, are eager to escape to the Highlands with their three-month-old child. Kiera is overjoyed for her cousin Rye and her detractor-turned-friend Charlotte who are being wed in a private ceremony at the estate of Rye’s great-uncle, the Marquess of Barbreck, in what seems to be the perfect wedding party.

But when Kiera is invited to peruse Barbreck’s extensive art collection, she is disturbed to discover that one of his most priceless paintings seems to be a forgery. The marquess’s furious reaction when she dares to mention it leaves her shaken and the entire house shocked. For it turns out that this is not the first time the word forgery has been uttered in connection with the Barbreck household.

Matters turn more ominous when a maid from a neighboring estate is found murdered  where the forged painting hangs. Is her death connected to the forgeries, perhaps a grisly warning of what awaits those who dare to probe deeper? With unknown entities aligned against them, Kiera and Gage are forced to confront the fact that they may have underestimated their opponent. For they are swiftly made to realize that Charlotte’s and Rye’s future happiness is not the only issue at stake, and this stealthy game of cat and mouse could prove to have deadly consequences.

About the Author:

Anna Lee Huber is the USA Today bestselling & Daphne award-winning author of the Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, the Gothic Myths series, and the anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at .

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The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Publisher:
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: April 2022

Present Day.

Many would consider Wren Blythe’s life, helping her family manage a youth camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, idyllic. However, the disappearance of a young girl resurrects the old, campfire tale of the child-murderess Ava Coons. While on the search, Wren comes across the remains of the Coonses’ cabin and discovers there might be more to the haunting story — something more real and terrifying than she ever imagined.

1930.

An outcast, Ava Coons has spent years under the weight of the unknown. As a thirteen-year-old, she emerged from the woods, covered in blood, dragging a logger’s ax. The town of Tempter’s Creek believe she annihilated her family before hiding their bodies. She has no memories of anything that happened before that day that could confirm or deny those accusations. When a town member is murdered, folks quickly cast the blame at her feet once more, and this time they have no intention of letting her get away with it.

The queen of spooky, Jaime Jo Wright delivers her most eerie story to date in The Souls of Lost Lake. A master at world building, the woods around Tempter’s Creek come to life with a spine-tingling vividness that has the reader peeking around trees, sensing invisible gazes — or in my case, running for the next light switch after I accidentally left myself in the dark.

Flawless characterization and shocking twists gripped me, making the book impossible to set aside. Not that I tried. Though my polar opposite, Ava Coons’ plight captured me completely as the world around us shrank as the bloodthirsty townsfolk closed in. Honestly, I don’t know what else to say other than, if you love surprising mysteries set to breath-snatching settings, read The Souls of Lost Lake! Every time I think Wright can’t possibly do anything to outdo herself or surprise me, she goes and does just that.

Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!

Interview: Courtney Walsh

What inspired you to write What Matters Most?

I’ve been carrying around this story idea for a very long time, and I was thrilled to finally get to write it. I think the moment I started thinking of the characters and scenario I’d already created living in Nantucket, the whole thing finally came together for me. It was like the missing piece the story needed.

Emma, the protagonist of What Matters Most, is a young widow. How was writing her story different from writing your previous main characters?

I tend to give all my main characters deep wounds in their backstory. However, Emma’s was especially emotional, but the approach I took to writing her was the same as always, which is pretty in-depth. Character creation is truly my favorite part of writing, so I take great care at that stage and just fall in love with my heroes and heroines!

The main characters in this novel are keeping secrets about their pasts— is it challenging as a writer to gradually reveal these things within the story? If so, in what ways?

I think it’s important to a story to have secrets that are gradually revealed because that keeps the reader wanting to turn the pages. I DO think knowing when to reveal these secrets is the challenging thing, simply because there are so many different ways to do that. You want to make sure it makes sense to the story and you don’t want to drag it out too long or it will frustrate your reader. I tend to stop in the middle of writing every single book and go back to the beginning to read simply to get a handle on the pacing. Then I finish the last third of the novel with that in mind. For some reason, this always helps!

Who is your favorite minor character in this story?

Emma’s father-in-law. I love writing older, wiser characters because I think there is so much to be gained from listening to their perspectives. I loved their relationship and the way he helped her navigate her faith journey, and I loved that he ultimately wanted her to be happy.

What did you learn from writing this story?

That I really want to go back to Nantucket! But also, I think writing a book like this reminds me how important grace is. Not only for other people, but for ourselves and our mistakes. We can so easily convince ourselves that we are beyond redemption, but that’s never, ever the case.

About the Story:

Emma Woodson is hoping the cobblestone streets of Nantucket and the charm of her late husband’s family cottage will be the fresh start she and her young son, CJ, need. Securing a dream job at an art gallery is one more step along the path to a new life . . . and away from a piece of her history she hopes will never be revealed. Falling in love with the kind and handsome guy she hires to clean out the rental apartment above the garage wasn’t part of the plan.

Jameson Shaw came to Nantucket for one reason: deliver his letter to Emma and never return. But when he sees an opportunity to help her, he takes a chance, desperate to atone for his past. He never planned to keep his connection to her husband a secret or to fall in love with her. After all, he knows that their new relationship might not survive the discovery of who he really is.

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