Dauntless (Valiant Hearts Book #1) by Dina Sleiman






Dauntless by Dina Sleiman is a delightful Christian fiction novel filled with adventure, love and redemption. Ms. Sleiman is a new author for me, but I am excited to read and review the other books in this series. I picked up the first book in this series because I love Robin Hood and this looked like a version of that iconic story. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was so much more than what I expected.

The writing is fantastic, characters memorable and the historical details will pull you into this story and hold you captive to the very end. It is a novel of faith and the characters accomplish this without the story becoming preachy. However, there is one scene which seemed a bit too supernatural for me toward the end when a small child is miraculously healed. Other than that, I absolutely loved this book!  You definitely will want to read this one before the others in the series as the characters introduced in this book will show up as the central characters in other books in the series.


It's free right now. Grab yourself a copy.
https://www.amazon.com/Dauntless-Valiant-Hearts-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00MBTYK8G

Author Showcase


Had a wonderful time at the author event at the Wilson Library on Saturday. I must have spoken to about 100 people about my books. And I even took part in a live Facebook interview of all the authors. Here are a couple screenshots from that interview. Which expression is your favorite?




I met a lot of great people, but the most poignant moment had to be when a middle aged man in a wheel chair approached my table. He picked up a copy of my YA novel and appeared to be reading the back cover blurb. Looking at him, I couldn't imagine he would enjoy my teen girl coming of age novel, but I began to engage him in conversation and I asked him the question: "what kind of books do you like to read?" He looked me right in the eye and replied, "Actually, I can't read." That started a whole other conversation about trying to help him figure out a place locally he could receive adult reading classes. Before he left my table, he told me, "I'm not giving up." He so dearly wants to learn to read and he's not giving up. I took away much from that conversation. Immediately after he told me he could't read, my heart hurt to see that shameful look in his eye but by the time he left I felt as elated as him. He wasn't going to give up. Learning to read was so important to him and he wasn't going to let it defeat him. I wished him well and he continued on his way. Of the hundred people that I spoke with that day, I will never forget him. 

Cover Reveal: Kisses, Kids and Bundles of Joy

Cover Reveal!!
I'm excited to share more about my big secret project! 
Back in January, I was asked to take part in a Christian Romance Boxset with six other authors. Today I can share more about that project. The title of the boxset is KISSES, KIDS and BUNDLES of JOY. 
Snuggle up with seven brand new, never before published Christian winter romances from bestselling and award-winning authors. Kids and babies abound in this collection of novellas that will warm your heart all winter long.
Available for preorder in August for only $.99 including all 7 stories and releases in September.



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I'm so excited that I finally have some nice bookmarks for my Aubrey YA series and my new romance Challenging Miss Valentine. If you'd like to win a few of these, just enter the Rafflecopter to be entered into the giveaway. I'll be sending out some signed swag to five winners. Contest ends April 24th at midnight.




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Book Review: Fire & Ice by Mary Conneally



Can I tell you how excited I was to see that the 3rd book in this series was available for review!! I loved it and I think you will too. Here's the review:


Over time, Mary Connealy has easily become one of my favorite authors. She writes fun adventure stories filled with authentic characters with humor and wit that pulls me into the story time after time. Fire and Ice is the 3rd book in the Wild at Heart series which focuses on the three Wilde sisters who fought in the Civil War and have now claimed land out west as part of the government exemption for homesteaded property due to their military service.

In this third novel, Bailey Wilde is the central heroine, and she is the oldest and strongest willed of the three. She’s also the one who has kept up the ruse of living as a man the longest. And boy does she get under the skin of ranch owner Gage Coulter. These two are most definitely the true Fire and Ice combination. I loved every minute of this final installment in the series and look forward to Mary's next series.


While this is the 3rd in the series, it is easily read as a stand alone although it will mean so much more if you've read the other two books and gotten to know all these characters. I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

New Year ~ New Resolutions



Welcome 2016! Can you believe a new year has come? With each January, people make resolutions for the coming year and they will inevitably break those resolutions by the end of the first month. I've never been much for resolutions though I am goal oriented. However, over the last couple years, I have been less focused on goals, and I need to get back to that because I feel as though I'm spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. Do you know that feeling?


This year I received Sarah Young's devotional Jesus Calling. It had been recommended to me by a dear friend and pastor's wife. So my resolution this year is to spend more time in God's Word, attempt to visit this devotional on a daily basis and utilize my time more efficiently and with less tunnel vision (too focused on one thing and abandoning the rest). 

Thoughts on devotional #1 January 1st. "Do not cling to the old ways as you step into a new year." This of course brings to mind Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

How often do we cling to the old instead of moving on to the new? It's time to transform our minds and cast off those things which keep us down, that keep us from serving God to the fullest. 

Let me close with one of my favorite verses. Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. So enter 2016 with hope knowing God is in charge of your future and give it all to His glory!
 

Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed New Year,
Cindy


 

My Author Anniversary--9 Years an Author!



I missed it but yesterday was my AUTHOR BIRTHDAY! On December 15, 2006 my very first book (The Spirit of Christmas) released with By Grace Publishing. Nine years an author!

When that book released, I was so pleased. I didn't care if I published anything else but of course it was all just the beginning. When that publisher went out of business, I rewrote the book and submitted it to another publisher. It was renamed All I Want for Christmas and came out in 2009. In 2011, I pulled the book and it's just been sitting on my computer ever since. I plan to do another rewrite and Indy publish it myself in the future.

In the meantime, I've written a prequel to that book, and I'm including in my newsletter this week. Have you signed up? http://eepurl.com/bgISMz