Meant to Be Mine Blog Tour and Giveaway

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A book tour hosted by Prism Book Tours.

 Welcome to my tour stop for

Meant to Be Mine 

by Becky Wade

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Meant to Be Mine
(A Porter Family Novel #2)
by Becky Wade
Christian Romance
May 2014 by Bethany House Publishers

 Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school—irresistible. When their paths cross again after college—still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

 The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

 Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

 How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

My Review 

– I’ve been a huge Becky Wade fan ever since I read My Stubborn Heart. I loved Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine is even better! It’s romance with just the right touch of faith at it’s heart. The characters are spot on and the pacing is fantastic. Typically when I read romance novels I want to hit the heroine over the head with a 2 x 4 before the 5th chapter, but I was right there with Celia every step of the way. (Of course that meant I spent some time wanting to hit the hero over the head with the aforementioned 2 x 4…) It’s Celia’s daughter Addie who’s the real showstopper in this story and her desire for her family to be whole again will tug at your heart. Meant to Be Mine feels like a story about real people. Often a fictional characters struggles feel forced or manufactured, but Celia and Ty’s emotions feel so genuine they practically jump off the page. Becky Wade has officially made it to my ‘”Top Five Inspy Romance Authors” list and I’m sure she’ll make yours as well. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait too long for more about the Porter Family! –Claire

Amazon *  Barnes & Noble * Book Depository

 About the Author

 During her childhood in California, Becky Wade frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards.Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

 Website * Goodreads * Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

 Tour-Wide Giveaway

 Prize #1: $50 Visa gift card and a paperback or ebook copy of Meant to Be Mine (open internationally)
Prize #2: 1 lb. of Starbucks coffee and signed copies of Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine (US Only)
Prize #3 Box of See’s Chocolates and signed copies of Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine (US Only)
May 4 – 18

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May 6
The Wonderings of One Person
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May 7
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Little Lisa

May 8
Katie ‘ Clean Book Collection
Christy’s Cozy Corners
Tell Tale Book Reviews
The Written Adventure
Elle in Organic Shoes
Life Isn’t Always a Fairytale

May 9
My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
Reviews By Molly
Batch of Books
Getting Your Read On
Coffee Books and Me

May 11 – Grand Finale

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Jimmy Fallon Must Be Reading My Blog

Remember, you heard about Amish Vampires in Space here first! That means Jimmy Fallon totally reads my blog right?

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Steve Laube Buys Marcher Lord Press. Drama Ensues.

So last week, when I posted about Amish Vampires in Space, I didn’t realize what a hot mess of controversy I’d stumbled into! If you would like a crash course in Inspy publishing drama, this story will give you a great idea of what is driving some of the hot button issues in Christian Publishing.

Turns out Amish Vampires in Space, originally published by Marcher Lord Press, was not part of the deal when owner Jeff Gerke recently sold Marcher Lord Press to Steve Laube, a publishing agent who has stong ties to CBA publishing, which means the Big Bad CBA is trying to destroy Christian Speculative fiction!
…Ok, that was an exaggeration. For real this time.

Jeff Gerke started Marcher Lord Press 5 years ago because he was frustrated by mainstream CBA’s (Christian Booksellers Association) lack of interest in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy. As “the premier publisher of Christian Speculative Fiction” MLP has been sucessful, producing award-winning titles and introducing new authors such as Jill Williamson. Gerke has sold Marcher Lord Press to Steve Laube, a publishing veteran and agent with strong ties to the CBA publishing industry. Some fans worry that MLP has “sold out,” while others believe Laube is an excellent choice. Karen Hancock, Kathy Tyers, Bryan Davis, Tosca Lee, and Donita K. Paul are just a few of the authors Laube has worked with in the past, all of whom are major pioneers in the Christian Spec-Fic genre.

And you thought Inspirational publishing was all smooth sailing across the prairie!

Click through the links below for more.
Blog post from speculativefaith.com with lots of fun comments from some of the big names.
Laube’s official press release with a Q&A
Kerry Nietz talks about Amish Vampires in Space being dropped
Another blog post with more great links on the subject

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The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki

TraitorsWife3D260Inspirational historical title The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki is garnering a lot of great buzz. It’s exciting to see an inspirational title get this much attention! It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List on Wednesday and was mentioned on the TODAY show on Monday.

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Amish Vampires in Space!

So you’ve missed hearing about Amish Vampire fiction from me right? C’mon, you know you have! Well you’re in luck because I ran across this delightful title from Kerry Nietz today. 18623959

Priceless. I don’t really like Amish fiction, but I might check this one out. Click here for more Christian fiction about vampires. You know you want to!

Kerry Nietz is the author of the Dark Trench saga, Christian sci-fi from Marcher Lord Press. I just finished book 1, A Star Curiously Singing, and while it took some time for me to figure out what was going on, I don’t typically enjoy sci-fi as much as fantasy, so that may have been just me. I did enjoy it enough to want to read the rest of the series, so that’s a good sign.

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Free eBooks from Bethany House!

MyStubbornHeart_mockup.inddMy Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade is free today! It’s romance. I loved this one. Girl rehabs a house and a washed up hockey player at the same time. Don’t miss out on this deal! Also, check out these other specials from Bethany House! I’ve listed my  personal favorites for your convenience below.

9781441261021A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr which I really, really, really, really, really liked. Fantasy.

Prophet-TP_Cover(PH).inddProphet by R. J. Larson is book 1 in a FABULOUS series that I reviewed here.

9781441207579She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell. Siri is consistently awesome, plus she’s on my readalike list for Francine Rivers, so you know she’s going to be worth checking out!

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Finally!

51aSxlenOkL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A Draw of Kings is FINALLY available on Netgalley! I thought this day would never come! Now if Bethany House will just approve my request…

* For why I’m so excited see previous blog posts here, here, or here.

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Free eBook Today Only!

Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman is FREE in eBook format TODAY ONLY!!! Get it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Christianbook.com.

If you haven’t read anything by Julie Lessman and are wondering why you should download Love at Any Cost, well, first of all it’s free, second, it’s excellent, and it’s the first book in a new series, with #2, Dare to Love Again, coming out January 2nd. In my (somewhat) humble opinion, Julie Lessman is THE author of Inspirational Romance. Give Love at Any Cost a try. If you’re not a fan you will be.

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Coming Soon and a Link-up

51bA3IvESzL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Catch up with the illustrious Jill Williamson over on blinkyabooks where she’s talking about Dystopian fiction. (Blink is Zondervan’s YA imprint.) Outcasts, book 2 in Williamson’s dystopian Safe Lands series, comes out January 7th!

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