The Tox Files Trilogy Winner

Wow! That was fun! Thank you all who entered The Tox Files giveaway. I loved celebrating the release of Ronie Kendig’s Thirst of Steel with you. How fun to read your answers and the reasons some of you provided!

I wish I could send each of you a set of the trilogy — alas, that’s not possible. So Rafflecopter must randomly choose one name. However, before I announce lucky winner, let’s clear up another question first…

What drink did Cole and Haven order at the Aroma Café in Jerusalem?

**Drum roll please.**

An iced cappuccino!!

Did you guess correctly?

Some of you even mentioned that little but crucial piece of chocolate that comes into play. (You can see it in the picture.) But for those who haven’t read Crown of Souls yet, I’ll leave it at that. I don’t want to spoil anything!

If you missed the Ram Khalon’s character spotlight or watching the on-location video of the Aroma Cafe and Mamilla Mall, you can catch both here.

Now for the much-awaited announcement, the winner is…

Jessica A.

**Please claim your prize within 72 hours or another random winner will be selected.**

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Character Spotlight + Giveaway: Ronie Kendig’s Ram Khalon

About the Story:

Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.

Meet Ram Khalon

Physical description: Ram has brown hair that is curly and shoulder-length, one of the reasons he’s often found wearing a beanie.

Age: Ram is 32

Nationality:  Israeli

Job: Ram is basically the “team daddy” for the Wraith team; he’s also Tox’s best friend.

Strength (skill/job related): A strategist and team player.

Strength (life in general): Slow to anger.

Weakness (life in general): He can be unbending on things he believes and hard to convince otherwise.

Ties/affiliations: A former Special Forces member, current Wraith team member, and hazy connections to Mossad.

Biggest struggle: Forgiving those who have wronged him.

Family history: Father vanished when he was a boy; he went to live in the States; sister is an archaeologist expert.

Other: Ram is so careful and deliberate in choosing his friends and/or girlfriends that his ties to them are not easily broken. But when they are, it’s very hard for him to forgive and move on.

Giveaway:

Only my love for Ronie Kendig tops my dislike of crowds and video-making. I recently made my way to a place in Jerusalem that makes an appearance in book 2 of The Tox Files — Crown of Souls. Watch the video and answer the important question for a chance to win an incredible prize (the entire Tox Files series for a US winner or $20 Amazon Gift Card for an international winner).

If you haven’t read Crown of Souls, don’t worry, just guess, then go remedy that. 😉

Giveaway ends Friday, August 3 at 11:59pm.

Enter the giveaway at the link below:

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About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs–a a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.

Connect with Ronie through her Website, FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Spotlight + Giveaway: Persuaded by Andrea Boyd

About the Story:

Eighteen years ago, Felicity Sutton made the biggest mistake of her life when she broke off her engagement to Jaylon Briggs. Her father had pointed out that a year after graduating high school Jay still didn’t have a steady job, a sure indication that he’d likely never amount to anything. So despite her love for the boy, she ended their relationship and headed to college—to a life that would finally make her father proud. Biggest. Mistake. Of. Her. Life.

After years of hard work, Jaylon Briggs now operates a multi-million dollar shipping enterprise. He’s poured everything into his business, and for what? It all means nothing without the woman he loves by his side, sharing a life together. Some days, he longs to be that teenage boy again. The one with only his beat-up old surf board headed to the beach in a borrowed car, his girl beside him.

Persuaded is a Southern romance loosely based on a Jane Austen classic that shows what can happen when we choose pleasing man over pleasing God.

Giveaway:

Click on the image or Rafflecopter link to enter.


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**The winner is Sonnetta J.! Please claim your prize within 72 hours or another random winner will be selected.**

About the Author:

Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God.

Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible.

Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.

Connect with Andrea through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham

About the Story:

Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane’s plans and sends her out of her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart. The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life – and his latest novel – nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.

As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?

A hero who is an author, a mystery to solve, and romance. Sign me up please!

Let’s be honest, would it be a Pepper book without kissing? HA! Now that’s a dumb question.

Okay, I know, I know, I’ve teased you long enough.

Now what you really came here for…

Isn’t it a beauty? You can find Jane by the Book this JULY in the Once Upon a Laugh Novella Collection.

Giveaway:

As part of this Cover Reveal Blitz, Pepper is giving away one ebook copy of Second Impressions. To enter, click on the image or link below. Giveaway ends June 6.

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About the Author:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. You can connect with Pepper through her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

Character Spotlight + Giveaway: Lindsay Harrel’s Megan and Caleb

About the Story:

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

Meet Megan Jacobs

Resembles: Rachel McAdams

Age: 32

Occupation: Library aide

Megan has always wanted to be a travel writer. When she decides to complete Amanda’s bucket list, she does it as much for Amanda as for herself. With her donor’s parents’ blessing, she starts a blog and writes an entry for every location she visits.

Of course, nothing in life is ever easy. Megan faces several challenges before she even begins: she’s never traveled anywhere before (so she’s rather naïve!), she constantly worries about relapsing (so she’s a health nut to the extreme), and her estranged sister Crystal—who once-upon-a-time was her best friend and now is a virtual stranger—wants to come along for her own reasons.

Despite all of that, Megan remains positive and friendly. She has not let life steal her light, even in the darkest of times. Though she doesn’t realize it, she’s an inspiration to everyone who knows her.

But will she ever be able to take a leap of faith and learn to live her life—the one she never thought she’d have—to the fullest?

Meet Caleb Watkins

Resembles: David Giuntoli

Age: 34

Occupation: Travel Photographer

He spent years in the hospital as a teen and 20-something. In fact, that’s how he met Megan. They were often in the hospital at the same time, and together they watched the Travel Channel and flipped through countless issues of National Geographic, deciding that someday they’d travel the world together—he would take the photos and she’d write the articles.

When he finally got a heart transplant a few years before Megan did, he decided he wouldn’t waste another day not pursuing his dream. Now he spends most of his time out on safari in Africa, attending festivals in Denmark, trekking through Tibet, and pursuing any other adventure he can.

The way he lives life takes courage—something Megan desperately wants, but is afraid to pursue. In fact, Caleb is the one who inspires Megan to take the first step toward her own adventure. He doesn’t seem afraid of anything.

But he’s got a secret. He’s crazy about her.

When they meet up during Megan’s trip around the world, will he finally have the courage to pursue something more—with her?

Read The Heart Between Us, which releases March 13, and FIND OUT!

Giveaway:

Click on the image or Rafflecopter link to enter.

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**The winner is Linda B.! Please claim your prize within 72 hours or another random winner will be selected.**

About the Author:

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time.

Connect with her through her websiteFacebook, or Twitter.