Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Suspended in the Stars UPDATE + GIVEAWAY

I announced some big news yesterday about the Limited Edition Hardcovers for my Kickstarter campaign plus there's an awesome giveaway running. 

Friday, March 17, 2023

Adventures in Plotting | Suspended in the Stars

 As I mentioned in this post my book Suspended in the Stars (which I blogged here during August 2020) was really only half way finished when I hit the end of August...but it was at the "end" of my plot. 

I thought it might be interesting for writers to see some of how I combatted that odd plot format to get the book from where it ended (50,000 words) to where it is today (108,000 words). 

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Suspended in the Stars LIVE on Kickstarter now

I have GOOD news! Do you remember back in 2020 when I blogged a book in a month? Well, it's OUT on Kickstarter now!

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Cold Dead Night Tour + Excerpt

Cold Dead Night JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Cold Dead Night by Lisa Phillips, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Emilie here: 

I am so excited to be sharing about this amazing book! It's thrilling, tension-filled, and has a stand-out main character in Kenna who makes you want to keep turning pages. If you're a fan of thrillers and suspense, this needs to be your next book. 

Some of you may recognize that Lisa is my mentor and the lead author for my book with Sunrise Publishing and it has been a joy to get to know her. I love the fact that I've had the chance to work with her on my own book but also that I'm getting to cheer on her books too. She's a powerhouse and believe me, you're going to want to start in on this series ASAP because you'll be in for an amazing ride!

Read below for a fun excerpt!


Cold Dead Night

Title: Cold Dead Night 
Series: Brand of Justice #1 
Author: Lisa Phillips 
Publisher: Two Dogs Publishing&nbsp
Release Date: August 25, 2022 
Genre: Christian Suspense

The FBI betrayed her. Now they need her.

Private Investigator Kenna Banbury lost everything two years ago at the hands of a serial killer. From the ashes of that encounter, she’s built a life she believes in, searching for the lost and forgotten all over the western US. 

Bringing her own brand of justice.

When a series of murders drags her into an FBI investigation, Kenna finds herself back in the place where it all went wrong. Struggling to make sense of the case, Kenna’s past and present collide in a deadly plot that risks another betrayal and threatens to shatter everything she’s built. 

Kenna faces the ultimate test in this first book of a brand-new series from Lisa Phillips. 

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub


Lisa Phillips

USA Today and Publisher's Weekly Bestselling Author Lisa Phillips is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London. It wasn't until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). Since then she's discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Connect with Lisa by visiting authorlisaphillips.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


She stood in that basement stairwell and the ice crept over her again. It always came over her the same way. First, the memories. Then, she’d become almost paralyzed. Not able to move or even breathe. After, the most frigid chill would swallow her whole until the hope of ever getting warm again seemed futile. One day, tomorrow or years from now, she would be found frozen to death somewhere. Whether that foreknowledge portended a peaceful end, or a horrific one, she didn’t yet know.

Either way, the outcome would be the same. Time was going to run out, and Kenna would have to give an account for her life. What would they say about her? She’d faced her fears and done her best,or she’d let a sick man take everything away? Again.


(1) winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Cold Dead Night and merch including a custom pen and chapstick. (3) additional winners will receive an ebook copy of Cold Dead Night.

Cold Dead Night JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 5, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 12, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only except books available internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

JustRead Publicity Tours

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Revived & Renovated by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien | RE:View

“But to revive is not necessarily attaining that Instagram perfection, but to take the first step in the direction of what your version of that is. And we don’t talk about that enough; at the beginning is just one small step.”⁣

- Revived & Renovated by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien

I’m a sucker for home renovation - shows, reels, stories, before & after pics - you name it and I’ll watch it. So, when I got the chance to get a gifted copy of this book from Front Gate Media and End Game Press I jumped at the chance! ⁣

I’m only part of the way into it (so no rating on this yet) but I can tell I going to like it! It feels like reading a conversation between Victoria and Paige that’s filled with some great wisdom. I especially love how it connects back to home renovation and design as well, bringing in scripture and their own personal experiences to help illustrate what they are talking about.

If you’re like me, you might be looking to fill in some of the quiet time for the rest of this year with reading. I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy design & home shows but to those who are also interested in deepening their faith - no matter where you’re at with God. I love how honest they are about the fact it’s daily commitment to Him - no quick fixes or easy “one time” solutions but a daily surrendering to Him. ⁣

Purchase: Revived and Renovated by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien

Revived and Renovated 

Revived & Renovated is a conversation on well-loved topics between two great friends.

Victoria and Paige delight in all the dovetails found among the parallels of the work we do in our homes and our souls. Covering topics of home renovation with corresponding Biblical wisdom and perspectives from their personal walks with God, Revived and Renovated will be an encouragement to young and old alike.

There is also a GIVEAWAY for this book!!! It’s as simple as filling out a quick form:⁣


Monday, November 29, 2021

Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon | Re:View

Staying true to it's name, Labyrinth of Lies is just that - a twisted mix of "who is who" in the very best way.

I really enjoyed this second book in the Triple Threat series. I like that the sisters are still involved in each book though in a subdued degree to allow each sister their own story. In this one, Cate goes undercover in an unlikely situation in order to discover the culprit behind the disseverance of a student at a private boarding school.

I really liked the (very slight) creepy situation of Ivy Hall - it was a great read for the fall time - and how Cate and Zeke found themselves working together without knowing they would be. With their past looming, it's a great opportunity for them to decide how they will move forward after their assignments are over.

I was curious how it would work knowing that Cate was posing as a student and Zeke was a teacher--a situation rife for troubling things if you don't know Cate is in her 30s - but Hannon handled it really well.

While there wasn't quite as much romance in this, for the reasons I stated above, I still felt like it progressed well and at the right pace considering their past.

If you enjoy Christian romantic suspense books I think you'd like this one and solving the mystery of who is behind the nefarious things going on.

My rating: 4*

Purchase: Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

Labyrinth of Lies

From my Instagram

When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.

Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?

Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.

I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Birthstone Claddagh Ring - RE:View


What is your heritage? I'm talking about that as well as this amazing ring I received from The Irish Jewelry Company for review in todays post.