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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Christmas Extravaganza 2016 - Delia Latham and Lucy Nel

Happy Thursday Morning Readers!

Today, we continue our 
Christmas Extravaganza 2016 showcase.
Each Thursday in the month of December two Christmas titles are featured on Lagniappe!


The First Noelle by Delia Latham

Noelle Joy stopped celebrating Christmas ten years ago, when Trevor Holden skipped out on their long-planned Christmas Eve wedding. He destroyed her trust in men, crushed her belief in God, and left her cynical about love. Gone is the bright, cheery spirit of the girl she thinks of now as “the first Noelle.” Stronger and savvier, the new Noelle would never be found waiting at the altar for a groom who didn’t show.

When a famous-but-mysterious architect commissions her to decorate his mansion for a holiday event, Noelle finally returns to her hometown. Even as she finds an unexpected peace in facing ghosts from the past, her fiercely private client disturbs her. Michael Holliday is kind and considerate, but far too handsome…and hauntingly familiar.

Holliday didn’t choose Noelle to make his home a Christmas wonderland by accident. She’s the only one who can do the job he has in mind—and once she’s in his mansion, he never wants to let her go. But he’s hiding a secret that could destroy any chance of a relationship with the beautiful decorator.

A false persona. A shattering secret. Can love break down these insurmountable walls?

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Writing Heaven’s touch into earthly tales, Delia Latham puts her characters through the fire of earthly trials to bring them out victorious by the hand of God, His heavenly messengers, and good, old-fashioned love. You’ll always find a touch of the divine in this author’s sweet tales of romance.

Delia lives in East Texas with her husband Johnny. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author of inspirational romance…with a finger or two immersed in the design pool, where she creates beautiful marketing material for other authors. Delia treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. She’s got a “thing” for Dr. Pepper and loves hearing from readers.

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The Widow's Captive by Lucette Nel

On the run with two small children and a third due within weeks, Adeline Spencer fears the approaching blizzard will seal their fate. An abandoned cabin is an answer to her prayers. She hopes it will shield them from both the storm and the enraged brother-in-law hot on her tail. But when a stranger knocks at the door, she is convinced they have been found by one of Ward’s lackeys.

Blamed for the death of his friend, Sheriff Jonah Hale is determined to prove himself worthy of his badge, even if it means riding into a blizzard to check on a crazy miner. When Jonah reaches the cabin, he’s caught off guard by a pretty and very pregnant young woman wielding a skillet. Bound to a chair while the storm rages, and as Christmas settles in around them, he must find a way to earn Adeline’s trust…and perhaps her heart.

Lucy Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She's a mommy to a
rambunctious toddler and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with three spoiled Pugs, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

During the day, she's a bookkeeper. At night when the world sleeps, she delves into her passion, creating interesting characters in historical settings.

She's a member of American Christian Fiction and her dream came true when she recently signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for her Christmas themed novella, The Widow's Captive.

One of her favorite quotes about writing is by C.S. Lewis: You can make anything by writing.
Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Readers I hope you find 
"a little something extra" 
in your life this Christmas Season!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Christmas Extravaganza 2016 - Marianne Evans & LoRee Peery

Happy Thursday Morning Readers!

Today, we begin our 
Christmas Extravaganza 2016 showcase.
Each Thursday in the month of December 2-3 Christmas titles are featured on Lagniappe!


Bella Natale by Marianne Evans

When the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true…

Ashley Coratini is bucking her family, and the odds, by embracing the chance to pursue a dream. During a three-week trip to Florence, Italy, she’s determined to immerse herself in the world of art and to explore the gifts God has given her.

Widower Luca DeRosa owns and operates a premiere art gallery at the heart of Florence. He’s just over a year away from turning forty, but doesn’t mind the milestone. He enjoys a life spent raising his five-year-old son and scouting artistic talent. When he comes upon Ashley, he’s captivated by her artistic skills and fluid grace, and he sees to it that Ashley’s dreams take off at high velocity.

But as love blooms, questions mount. Will Ashley embrace her gifts and a life in Italy that’s worlds different than the one waiting at home in America? Can Luca trust his heart and instincts enough to embrace the love of a vibrant young woman whose spirit speaks to him so deeply?

What comes next when the dreams they dare to dream really might come true…?


Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create.
Readers laude her work as “Riveting,” “Realistic and true to heart,” “Compelling.” Her Christian women’s fiction debut, Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Hearts Communion earned a win for Best Romance from the Christian Small Publisher's Association. She is also a two-time recipient of the Selah Award for her books Then & Now and Finding Home.
Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. You can connect with Marianne at

Twitter: MarEvansAuthor

Christmas 'Couragment by LoRee Peery

Liam once approved of helping others, but not anymore. He lost his mother due to a crazed street person, and he's hardened his heart. Now a successful photographer, he’s returned to set up shop in his hometown--directly across the courtyard from his sister’s best friend. 

Zoe runs an outreach center and encourages the homeless and needy, especially at Christmas. Nursing a soft spot for Liam that started as a girlhood crush, she sets out to help him by creating her unique brand of encouragement cards. Her hope is to reignite the fire and love for Christmas and God, which Liam once had. The cards and ornaments countdown to Christmas, but what if Liam doesn’t want to be one of Zoe’s projects?

What happens when her crush grows into something more?

What if they both receive more than expected?

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Christian romance author LoRee Peery attempts to see God’s presence every day. Often that gift comes from nature, when the call of a cardinal draws her to look for the distinctive flash of crimson. A meadowlark’s melody always transports her to the farm where she grew up. A rainbow holds special significance, since one appeared over her father’s grave the day of his funeral, assuring her of the Lord’s presence. She clings to 1 John 5:4 and prays her blended family and dozen grandchildren see that faith. Find LoRee at Pelican Book Group Amazon:

Readers I hope you find 
"a little something extra" 
in your life this Christmas Season!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Candice Sue Patterson - How to Charm a Beekeeper's Heart

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Candice Sue Patterson 
visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, 
How to Charm A Beekeeper's Heart.

Welcome, Candice!

Tell us a little about How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart.

How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is about Huck Anderson, a beekeeper who inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique. He aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store, until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s indebted to from a mistake made years ago.
When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers a compromise to keep her boutique, and her life, out of bankruptcy—she’ll aid in his lengthy recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces.
Amidst a battle-of-wills, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, providing opportunity to overcome their pasts and start anew. Will this confirmed bachelor consider holy-matrimony, or will Huck’s choices sting them a second time?


Favorite smell or fragrance?
Country Apple scent from Bath & Body Works

Favorite food?
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Movie?
Gone With the Wind


Socks or slippers or both?

Women’s Fiction or Romance?
Romance (all sub-genres)

Coffee or Tea?

eReader or Paper book?

Steel Magnolias or Fried Green Tomatoes?
Fried Green Tomatoes

What is the best WRITING advice you’ve received?
The best writing advice I’ve received is to read. Read books in the genre I’m writing, read books on how to strengthen my craft, read books that challenge and strengthen my faith. Just read. This has helped me find my niche and broadened my perspective.

Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
My brand is “Modern-vintage romance—where the past and present collide with faith.” I chose that because all of my books hold some treasure from the past, whether it’s classic cars and vintage clothing, a modern dilemma that revolves around an important event in history, or restoration of an old house. The past is always present in my contemporary romances.

If you weren't a writer, what would be another dream job?
I would love to be the host of my own travel show so I could see the world without the cost. I’ve also always thought it would be fun to be a character at Disney World that walks around and takes pictures with people. I love making people smile.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Reading, scrapbooking, baking, and hanging out with my husband and kids.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Leave a positive review. It can even be a simple as “I really enjoyed it.” The more reviews an author has the more it helps us sell.

 What are the biggest misconception people have about your subject/genre?
I think a lot of readers who don’t normally read Christian romance believe if it’s absent of explicit scenes, it’s boring. I also think readers expect that the characters will always do the right thing and the story line will won’t hold their attention because it’s unrealistic. These things are further from the truth. We work that much harder to create a gripping story line that’s also clean. And in reality, as Christians, we don’t always make the right choices. Sometimes we get ourselves into some big messes. Many Christian romances deal with realistic issues from flawed, realistic characters.

What can we expect from you in the future?

My next contemporary romance Preserving Liberty is set to release in 2017. It’s about a Historic Preservation Specialist at the Library of Congress who finds herself on a dangerous treasure hunt with an undercover FBI agent. There’s lots of fun twists and turns. I’m really excited to share this story.

What is your favorite setting for a book?

Candice Sue Patterson studied at The Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in southern Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern-Vintage romance--where the past and present collide with faith. Visit her website at

How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart
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Candice, thanks for sharing!

Readers thanks for stopping by Lagniappe.

I pray you find
"a little something extra"
in each of your days.