Carolyn Miller’s ‘The Elusive Miss Ellison’ Kindle Giveaway

I’ll be reviewing The Elusive Miss Ellison later this month but, in the meantime, here’s information regarding a giveaway from my friends at Litfuse.


Regency romance fans have another must-read novel to add to their lists: Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison. Enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love. These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

Settle in for a cozy night of reading with a cuppa and a Kindle from Carolyn!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on March 22. The winner will be announced March 23 on the Litfuse blog.

The Mark of the King, by Jocelyn N. Green (with TWO giveaways)

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

Life in This New World Requires More Strength Than She Ever Imagined

After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict.

New Orleans is nothing like Julianne expects. The settlement is steeped in mud and mosquitoes, and there is no news of her brother, Benjamin. When tragedy strikes, she turns to military officer Marc-Paul Girard for help, but does he know more about her brother than he will admit?

With her dreams shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous land, where only grace–and love–can overcome the stigma of the king’s mark upon her shoulder.

First Thoughts:

I enjoyed Jocelyn Green’s Civil War books, and was offered the opportunity to read and review her newest novel. I was attracted by the plot and the location, and it’ll be interesting to see how Green interprets this era of history.

My Take:

I don’t think I’d ever thought about how the French colonized the Louisiana Territory prior to it becoming part of the United States. Who knew that some of the colonists were convicted criminals, sent to populate the area for France? Before leaving, they were forced to marry someone they’d never met. Then, they were force marched to a port and herded like cattle on to ships bound for New France.

mark-of-the-king-400This, then, is how The Mark of the King begins. Julianne initially sees the transport as a way out of prison, and persuades her jailers that her midwifery skills would be useful in the new world. The early chapters read like a dystopian nightmare, however, as she’s forced to marry a man whose name she doesn’t know, and the soldiers make it clear that they’re nothing but guinea pigs in a colonization and population program. Julianne faces tragedy early on but, while the reader knows the truth, she’s unaware of the duplicity and treachery surrounding those circumstances.  Despite her criminal status, she makes friends and also attracts the attention of one French soldier who goes out of his way to protect her.

Jocelyn Green has given her readers a vivid portrait of life on the French colonial frontier, especially for the women sent there. It’s a mix of hope and despair, and trust and mistrust. Loosely based on historical events, The Mark of the King steadily builds up the tension until it culminates in a ferocious storm and a fight between life and death. Will Julianne survive with all her hopes and dreams intact? Read the book and decide for yourself.

Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary copy of The Mark of the King, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

This review is part of a Litfuse Publicity blog tour

Have you read The Mark of the King? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.


Author Q and A

Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 03 January 2017

Page Count: 416


Read more on:   Jocelyn Green’s Website   Bethany House’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million

Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker | Book-Set Giveaway

Due to time constraints, I’m not able to review this second novel in the Father Gilbert series. (Although you can read my review for The Body Under the Bridge.) So I thought I’d share this giveaway opportunity instead.

Can Father Gilbert, who traded in his detective’s badge for an Anglican priest’s collar, champion the truth in time to stop more people from dying? Find out in Death in the Shadows, Paul McCusker’s new book releasing November 27. Pre-order a copy of Death in the Shadows and check the mystery-lover off of your Christmas list.

Join Paul in anticipation of Death in the Shadows by entering to win two books in the A Father Gilbert Mystery series (The Body Under the Bridge and Death in the Shadows)! Five winners will be chosen to receive the two-book sets. Click the image below to enter to win.


About the Book


When Father Gilbert became Anglican priest, he never expected he would be pulled into a different kind of mystery—the mystery of the spiritual world.

Attending a conference in a seaside town, he has yet another supernatural encounter, this time with a murdered girl who worked at a local massage parlor. Details of the murder lead Father Gilbert to approach the police with clues in common with other cases, bringing him into contact with a detective from his days with Scotland Yard.

Meanwhile, a local monastery has been vandalized, with grotesque images and profane graffiti defacing the altar and walls. The head of the monastery accuses the local sex-trade industry of retaliating against his outspoken stand against it. Then, one of the brothers at the monastery is found dead in the local red-light district. All evidence points to his having been a regular at a massage parlor—the same one where the murdered girl had worked. (Kregel, November 2016)

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

About the Author

Paul McCusker is creative director at Focus on the Family. He has sold more than a million books and twenty million audio dramas. His name is also heard daily on radio stations all over the world, and by at least two million listeners every weekend through the Adventures in Odyssey series. Learn more about him on his website and connect with him via Facebook.