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!


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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.

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Spotlight: The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma

About the Story:

By 1943, Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost everything, including her career as a concert violinist and almost her entire family. The only person she has left is her beloved grandmother, and she’s determined to keep her safe. But protecting Grandmother won’t be easy–not with a Nazi officer billeted below them.

Anna must keep a low profile. There’s one thing she refuses to give up, though. Despite instruments being declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to practice her violin. She has to believe that the war will end someday and her career will be waiting. Fortunately for Anna, the officer, Horst Engel, enjoys her soothing music. It distracts him from his dissatisfaction with Nazi ideology and reminds him that beauty still exists in an increasingly ugly world.

When his neighbors face deportation, Horst is moved to risk everything to hide them. Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals to her might break her trust and stop the music forever. . . .

About the Author:

Liz Tolsma’s specialty is historical fiction―from WWII to prairie romance. Her debut novel was a finalist for the 2014 Selah and Carol Award. She prides herself in excellent storytelling, presenting accurate historical details, and creating persevering characters.

Liz is also a popular speaker on topics such as writing, marriage, living with courage, and adoption. She and her husband have adopted all their children internationally. Liz resides in semi-rural Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters; her son currently serves as a U.S. Marine. Liz is a breast cancer survivor and lives her life to the fullest. In her free time, she enjoys reading, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family.

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Spotlight: I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark

I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark releases on April 3rd. My birthday is the 4th. See the connection? Best birthday present ever!

Doesn’t the title sound deliciously creepy and sinister? The suspense and mystery fan in me is itching to read this book.

About the Story:

After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool.

The immediate suspect is her boyfriend who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a twenty-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn’t invite him to the party.

Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar?

Kerry’s older sister Aline, a twenty-eight-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the Prosecutor’s Office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger…

About the Author:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-seven suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, and Every Breath You Take with bestselling author Alafair Burke. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.

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Spotlight: Hallmark’s Enchanted Christmas

I love Hallmark movies! I mark the passing year with their fun, season-oriented stories and count down the minutes until their next release. I can even list my favorite Hallmark Channel films and actors in less time than it takes to polish off a cup of hot chocolate. Conversations on and off social media have shown me I’m not alone in this, which is why I’m excited to share with you Enchanted Christmas*, one of the new holiday features premiering on the network’s “Countdown to Christmas.”

Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Fred Hayes

Young widow, Laura Trudeau (played by Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. Now working as a project manager in LA, she is tasked to renovate a rundown hotel lodge, in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas eve. She is stunned to run into her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta, (Carlos PenaVega) who she discovers is in rehearsals for The Christmas Eve shows grand finale, with his new dance partner Taylor (Chelsie Hightower, “Dancing with the Stars”).  When Taylor has an audition abroad, Laura once again finds herself back in Ricardo’s arms. Feelings are rekindled, and with both the hotel opening and the show in jeopardy, Laura has to make some difficult decisions, both personally and professionally.

Interest piqued? Wait till you check out the trailer:

Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Fred Hayes

Does the main character, Laura, look familiar? You might recognize Alexa PenaVega who skyrocketed to fame when she starred in Spy Kids with none other than my fellow-countryman Antonio Banderas. In many ways, I feel like I’ve grown up with Alexa, so I’m thrilled to see her talents now gracing these heart-warming stories. But it gets better! Hallmark is known for romance, right? Well, Alexa co-stars with none other than her real-life husband, Carlos PenaVega. How sweet is that? The couple even recorded one of the songs for the movie.

Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Fred Hayes


Enchanted Christmas airs on November 12th on Hallmark Channel at 8:00 pm/7:00 central. Don’t miss it!

*Enchanted Christmas is a Mission Pictures International and Gabriel Productions, LLC production. Cindy Bond and Gene Davis serve as Executive producers. James Wilberger and Jarrod Phillips are producers. Terry Cunningham directed from a script by Rick Garman and Catherine Y. Friday.  #HallmarkChannel #EnchantedChristmas #CountdowntoChristmas #Missionpicturesintl



Spotlight: Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

It’s no secret I love Israel. Just this summer, I spent three months there and, among other places, I visited Tiberias, Acre, and Jerusalem. All three cities play a role in Ronie Kendig’s latest novel, Crown of Souls. While in the Old City, I actually went to the very cafe Cole and Haven go to and even ordered the same drink!! Purely by coincidence, I promise! I hadn’t read that scene yet, but you can imagine my excitement when I finally did.

I thought it would be fun to take a quick tour of the cities and learn some interesting facts about each one. So grab your passport!


View of Tiberias from the Sea of Galilee

  • Built along the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) it sits 682 ft (208 m) below sea level.
  • It is one of the four holy cities of Judaism along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed.
  • Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, built the city in 17 BC, naming it in honor of the Roman emperor Tiberius.
  • The city was erected in a beautiful location near natural mineral hot springs. However, it was also the site of an ancient cemetery. As such it was ritually unclean, and Jews refused to live there.
  • With the Crusaders’ first conquest of the Holy Land in 1099, they demolished the ancient city of Tiberias and built a new one just a few kilometers to the north, the site of modern-day Tiberias.


Acre Port

  • Acre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating back to Pharaoh Thutmose III.
  • It manufactures iron and steel, chemicals, and textiles.
  • Saladin conquered the city in 1187. Keep your eyes open, you just may meet him in Crown of Souls.
  • The city holds significance in four religions: Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Bahai.
  • Acre’s fort was converted into a jail. The same one from the notorious 1947 jail break carried out by the Irgun (dramatized in the Paul Newman film Exodus).


Jaffa Gate (AKA David’s Gate) makes an appearance in Crown of Souls.

  • The city has been conquered more than 40 times including by the Persians, the Romans, the Ottoman Turks, and the British Empire.
  • More than 100 battles have been fought for control of Jerusalem over the course of its history.
  • It has more than 2,000 archeological sites and 60 museums. That’s a lot of history!
  • Jerusalem is the focal point of three Jewish holidays: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Pesach (Passover), and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost).
  • In the days of Abraham, it was called Shalem.

About the Story:

Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.

Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.

Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating–he’s using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.

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.

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