Becky Wade’s True To You review and $100 Giveaway


About the book:

It’s the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.
The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.
Learn more and purchase a copy.

My Review

Courtesy Disclaimer: You’re about to venture into the portion of this post consisting of excessive gushing and extreme fangirling. Consider yourself warned. 😉

Okay. Now that the caution is out of the way – here goes.

True to You is my favorite Becky Wade story to date! It is! And trust me, my declaration is not unfounded. There are several reasons that uphold my claim.

One- Nora!

Who doesn’t love a librarian as a heroine? But what seals my adoration is how relatable her character is. For me, if I can identify with a main character early on, then I’m excited for the reading journey ahead. Nora Bradford was one I could see me being friends with. She’s sweet-natured, caring, and—my personal favorite—obsessed with British television. We’d get along great! I love her awkwardness with the hero at early encounters and the transformation to ease and fun banter with the giant navy seal as the story progresses.

Two- John!

As if I wasn’t going to mention the Navy Seal! Here’s my favorite thing about John–HIS JOURNEY. (Yes all caps were necessary 😉 ) He embarks on the sensitive task of discovering his birth mother with Nora’s assistance, and along the way he uncovers truth about himself. It was intriguing and out of this revelation came the most important element of the story. (besides the romance)

The Spiritual Theme.

Becky weaves strong spiritual themes into all her novels, and this one is no exception. It is one that stuck with me. And that is—our identity is in Christ. It doesn’t matter what your background is or even who your natural parents are. If you’re a Christian, you’re a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things have become new. This surety keeps us stable through rough circumstances. So glad Becky brought this truth out in her story. After reading this novel, I even saw the title in a whole new light. True to You. Yes, there’s that beautiful romancey tone about being true and loyal to the one your heart loves, but there is also another meaning. Being true to “you” – the individual. True to the person God created in His image, to recognize your true identity in Jesus.

And now, do you think I could finish this review without mentioning the romance? Umm, never. The tender relationship between Nora and John was heartfelt, beautiful, and, at moments, humorous. The chemistry between the two characters were tangible and fun to read. Becky has such talent in bringing a fresh love story that touches your heart and leaves you in anticipation for the next story.

*I was provided a copy from Litfuse Publicity Group. All opinions are my own.

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Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

Visit Becky at her Website, on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Celebrate the launch of Becky Wade’s new series by entering to win a fabulous prize pack and $100 cash card!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of True to You
  • A $100 Visa cash card
  • A prize pack hand-picked by Becky

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30. The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.

I’m Overwhelmed!


Show of hands—Who’s had enough of this month? ME!!! Between meetings, evaluations, appointments, school programs and specials, these past few weeks have been a busy blur. I’m constantly thinking. Okay, what’s on the agenda today? Where do I have to be at what time? I get nervous thinking I’m going to miss something important like a kid’s awards assembly or an appointment. Little sleep and lots of coffee. I’m overwhelmed.

But…God wants me to be overwhelmed, just not in the manner I’m in. A different overwhelmed. He knows I’m not doing this right. I’m not supposed to be frustrated. Should never lose my peace. Nope. I’m living life in my own strength and that’s not what God told me to do.

Eph. 6:10 Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

His strength not mine. His power.

Then I thought about how- when God does things – He goes BIG! He’s an overwhelming God. When He thinks of me, His thoughts outnumber the sand.  When He forgives my wrong-doings, He casts them into the sea of forgetfulness. He gives me life, and it’s everlasting. He lavishes me with love, and it’s unfailing. He overwhelms me.

So whatever is burdening you, remember that when God shows up, He goes BIG. You’re not forgotten, He’s engraved you on the palms of His hands. (Isaiah 49:16) You’re not alone. Even when your feel foundation is trembling, He’s the Rock of Ages and will uphold you.

Be overwhelmed, friend.

Behind The Scenes Review and Author Interview


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Book: Behind the Scenes

Author: Jen Turano

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Release Date: April, 2017

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.

When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .


My Thoughts

Haven’t read this author previously, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I soon found out. Within the first chapter I was smiling, chuckling, and drawn to this awkward, yet precious wallflower.

Permilia’s confident and witty personality earned my attention from the start. (Side note- The author began the story at a costumed ball hosted by Alva Vanderbilt which is historically accurate and totally awesome!) What I loved most about Permilia is the fact that she wasn’t a glamorous socialite, but a spunky misfit with an enormous heart. Top that off with her antics to save Mr. Asher Rutherford from a devilish plot, and you have a fun story!

Asher Rutherford is kind, dashing, and the most sought-after bachelor in the high-class society. As much as Permilia was on the outer fringe of their inner circle, he was smack dab in the center of everyone’s enthrallment. And that, folks, makes a beautiful backdrop for a romance to begin. Permilia and Asher had a relationship that involved humorous arguing, playful banter, an intriguing mystery, and—my personal favorite—an amusing dance. The entire book was entertaining with twists and turns that kept me guessing!

The major theme of the story—my takeaway—was that God’s plan for us may not be what we think or imagine, but it is indeed beautiful and perfect. I don’t want to give away any spoilers here, but I will say Permilia had dreams and goals that God answered in a manner that superseded anything she’d conjured in her mind. It reminded me of the verse in Ephesians 3:20- Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above al that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

 If you enjoy the gilded age and love to laugh then I recommend this book. 🙂

*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

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Jen Turano, author of nine books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at


Interview With Jen Turano

  • What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you personally?

Amusing things happen to me all the time, but I think my favorite was back in college when I was a lifeguard. You see, there’s a lifeguard code – You will be cool at all times, especially when you’re sitting in a lifeguard chair, twirling your whistle exactly so, and, you know…looking cool. So, there I was, in my black lifeguard bathing suit – swinging my whistle. It was an unusually hot day, so I’d angled my umbrella exactly right as I watched the diving-board section. Now, I know this might come as a surprise, but being a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool isn’t exactly thrilling. It’s rare that anything exciting happens, and that particular day was no exception…until a large gust of wind came out of nowhere and the umbrella took it upon itself to close – right over me. And because it was now really gusty, the umbrella then lifted up, taking me with it right off the chair and into the depths of the deep end of the pool. From all accounts, it was quite the sight. First, there I was, swinging my whistle and looking groovy. Then all you could see were my legs flailing about as the umbrella covered the rest of me, and then…I was plummeting toward the pool, hit the water with the umbrella over me, and promptly sank. Obviously I managed to get out of the umbrella, but in the process, part of my bathing suit came off, and…well, that’s a story for another day.


  • What is your favorite book from your childhood?

“Andrew Henry’s Meadow.” It was actually my little brother’s book, gotten from one of those book of the month clubs, but I loved it. I recently found a copy on an e-site and ordered it, and it’s just as delightful today as it was back in my childhood.


  • Who does the cooking and cleaning in your house when you are on a deadline?

I don’t actually cook much even when I’m not on deadline, so that’s not really an issue. Al and I do a lot of salads or throw some chicken on the grill. We also have a lot of grocery stores that have wonderful deli and gourmet foods, so we get a lot of things there. As for cleaning, I’m one of those neurotic people who can’t work without everything being in place, so I do a lot of tidying up before I go to bed. And, because I do some of my best thinking when I clean, I’ve been known to abandon my writing when I get stuck and pick up a mop or cleaning rag, which means my house is rarely a disaster since I need to get unstuck a lot.


  • Where is your favorite place to write?

I do the majority of my writing in my office, although I will occasionally take a pad of paper and a pen outside to handwrite when I get bored of my office or it’s a really nice day and I don’t feel like being trapped inside. It’s not that my office is my favorite place to write, it’s more that my writing is my job and I’m more focused on that writing when I approach it as such.


  • What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I really like when characters and new story ideas begin to fester. That normally happens when I’m in the midst of another series. By the time I’m done with whatever series I’m working on, the next series is pretty firmly set in my mind, which means I can jump right in as I wait for edits on recently completed work. My absolute favorite part of writing, though, is when I turn in the very final edit on a book and don’t see it again until it comes out in print. Although, I must admit, I’ve never, not once, read one of my books after it has gone to print. Seems rather pointless since I do always know how the book is going to end.


  • Why did you choose the timeframe or setting this book is written in?

I’ve been wanting to set a book during Alva Vanderbilt’s famous costume ball of March, 1883, for years. Since I decided to slowly travel through the Gilded Age, I just reached 1883 on my plot timeline, so knew I was finally going to get to throw some characters into the very midst of Alva’s ball. It was a blast to write, loved going back to all my books on this particular ball and seeing the pictures, and only wish the Vanderbilt house at 660 Fifth Avenue was still standing so I could visit it in person to visualize the splendors located inside a little more clearly.


  • What inspires you?

I think like most writers, I simply get inspired by the world around me. I love to people watch, and I love to imagine all sorts of outlandish scenarios as I do that watching. I also get inspired by reading the headlines of the daily papers, and by the research books I read. I also love to look through old photographs of the Gilded Age, and became intrigued with Alva Vanderbilt’s ball when I saw a picture of a young lady, Miss Kate Strong, with a stuffed cat on her head and wearing a choker necklace with the name Puss engraved on it. That was all it took for me to investigate the Vanderbilt ball further, delighted to discover it truly was a ball that only comes along every blue moon.

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To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card and the four books: After a Fashion, In Good Company, Playing the Part, Behind the Scenes!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


Becky Wade’s ‘True To You’ Author Chat Party

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Becky Wade’s new series! Celebrate the release of book one, True to You, with Becky and other readers on Facebook on May 4th during a fun author chat party at 8:00 PM EDT (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)! Becky will be chatting about the book and answering your questions about the new series, and of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways too!

Pre-order your copy of True to You so you’re ready for a fun book discussion. Find out more about the book here.

Hope to see you on May 4 for Becky’s True to You Facebook Party!

To Have It All!


Too often I’ve fallen into the trap of discontentment. Never satisfied. If only I had this. If only things were this way instead of how I’m living now. If only I could accomplish this endeavor, then I’d be happy. Without realizing it, I placed a good chunk of my happiness and a bit of my self-worth on the future.


I’d adopt an extreme case of the “shouldas”. Shoulda done this. I shoulda completed this part of my schooling. I shoulda never wasted my time on this or that, etc. I’d contemplate what I could’ve done differently in the past that could’ve improved my manner of life.

But then I discovered something. Yes, God is the God of the Past and the Future, He knows the end from the beginning, but He’s the God of the present. Or like I’ve been thinking- The God of the NOW.

He wants me to live in the moment. I’m not to be absorbed in the past or consumed with the future, but to revel in the moment. It was during my pondering on this topic, that God revealed the truth of the matter—I have it ALL! And so do you!

2 Peter 1:3 ESV reads:

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. (Bold font added 🙂  )

So if God in His awesomeness has already given me everything I need, then I am enough, NOW. I have it all, NOW. Not some random time in the future. NOW!!!! (Cue the excessive exclamation points 😉 )

Jesus is ALL I need, and He’s more than enough for me.

There’s a peace in knowing this. I can rest. I don’t have to wish my life away, hinging my contentment on the future nor do I have to fill my heart with regrets on how my life could’ve been. Why? Because God said I have it all. He’s provided for me. He’s endowed me with everything I need. And the only thing I have to do is just believe Him.

So friends, I encourage you to embrace the moment. To thank God for the gift He’s bestowed on you—the present. Today. Because truly, you have it all.

This song by Joy William’s relays the theme of this post 🙂

POV Tips and Giveaway Opportunity with Traci Sanders


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Hey folks, today award-winning author and editor Traci Sanders is here with a tip derived from her new book Before You Publish: Tips on grammar, writing, and editing, which is now available in digital and paperback format.

If you’d like to purchase a copy click here!

TIP 161: First person or third person (pros and cons)

This tip is all about POV (point of view). There are about as many authors who prefer to write in first person as do third person. It’s all about writing styles and comfort zones.

My first book was written in third person, and even though I received good reviews for it, I didn’t get the compelling reactions that I’d expected. After reading several other books in my genre, which were written in first person, and the reviews for those books, I realized what a difference first-person POV made. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it.

I fell in love with this writing style, and the reviews that derived from it.
The reactions were so much stronger for my second book than my first, and I think it had a lot to do with me writing it in first person.

Some authors despise writing and reading books written in first person.
First person refers to the immediate – I, me, we, mine, and our. Third person uses words like he, she, they, it, and them.
There are two types of third-person POV:

Unlimited omniscient – a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters in the story.

Limited omniscient – a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows only the thoughts and feelings of a single character, while other characters are presented only externally.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding what POV you want to use:
Your book’s genre.

Your characters’ personalities.
Who do you want to tell the story? Do you want it to sound as if you (the narrator) or your characters are telling it?
Do you want to be able to tell the stories of various characters from their own heads or from the perspective of another character?
Do you want to keep some elements of your story/characters hidden? How much do you want to reveal?

There are some advantages to both first person and third person POV:
FIRST PERSON: (Example: Footsteps sound on my front steps. The room around me spins as my heart races. Is he finally home? I open the door and a lump forms in the back of my throat. A smile paints my face and I kiss him with every ounce of energy I can muster. My love is home.)

The writer only has to deal with one character’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.
It feels comfortable for some writers – to “tell it like I see it, feel it, hear it…”
This style can pull readers closer to the personal thoughts, feelings, and actions of the character.

It can be a challenge to find various ways to start sentences without “I” each time.
You can’t get inside the heads of other characters. You only tell it from one character’s POV.
You (the writer) are constantly in the middle of the action and must describe it without letting the reader know who you are.

THIRD PERSON UNLIMITED OMNISCIENT: (Example: Drake didn’t remember much about the night before, but the soreness in his cheek warned him to choose his words very carefully around Amber for the next few moments.
Occasionally during dinner, Amber glanced over at him subtly and noticed a few small welts on his face. She smiled a little guilty, but satisfied, smile inside for a moment.)
{This style tells the actions and thoughts of each character in a way that doesn’t allow us to step inside their heads, but we know how they are both feeling by their actions or reactions.}

You (the writer) can offer varying viewpoints in depth.
You can allow the reader to live “another life” so to speak, through varying characters.
You don’t have to step inside the head of every character.

You run the risk of head-hopping – moving from the POV of one character to the next without a smooth transition for the reader.
Your writing can become lazy – not enough description, or too much description and not enough action. You must learn to balance the two.
You can fall into the trap of too much narration.

THIRD-PERSON LIMITED OMNISCIENT: Example: Without Janie in yoga class today, as much as she missed her friend’s company, she was able to focus on each move completely.
Amber thought she noticed Paul deliberately make eye contact a few times. He’s just probably wondering where Janie is.
{We don’t know what Paul is feeling or thinking, but we can guess by how Amber is perceiving him.}

This POV basically has all the same advantages of third-person POV.
You can keep the story interesting and flowing well by focusing on just the main characters’ thoughts, feelings, and actions.

*There aren’t many disadvantages to this style. If you choose to write in third person, this is the way to go.

No matter which style you choose to write your novel in, be sure to write with authenticity. If you choose first person, incorporate as many senses as possible to let readers step inside the character’s head—since we can’t “know” what the other characters or this person is feeling, we need to see, hear, feel their reactions. If you choose any type of third-person POV, make sure you don’t jump from one character’s head to another without creating a smooth bridge between them. Readers should never have to guess who the speaker is. And remember, you don’t have to describe every single character’s thoughts or feelings. You can simply use action/reaction to tell their stories.

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Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies. An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children’s, romance, and nonfiction guides.

Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.

For more about Traci, her books, and editing services visit 

Enter the Giveaway

*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Before You Publish– Volume I
*ONE unsigned paperback copy of Beyond The Book –Volume II
To enter, all you have to do is email Traci a proof of purchase of a digital copy of either of these two books during the tour.
Traci will draw TWO winners total, at the end of the tour.
Please email your proof of purchase (can be a screenshot) to

What’s your favorite point of view to read from? Write from? Join the discussion below 🙂

When The Tides Turn Review



I’ve followed author Sarah Sundin through her Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingales series, and now through the Waves of Freedom with When The Tides Turn being the final story. It’s been such a fabulous journey, and I can’t wait for more from this talented author.

Here’s the Blurb:

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston–both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

My Take:

Okay, this review may be a tad bias due to the undeniable fact that the 40s era is my absolute favorite! But really, this story is so well-written and the plot kept me guessing. As with each novel penned by Sarah Sundin, I’m dropped right in the midst of the intriguing action of WWII. I’m still in amazement at the precision of her research—she really knows her stuff—and how she sews these historical gems into a vivid plot with true-to-life characters. Dan and Tess have a way of leaping off the page and into the heart.

Adventure is mixed with a mind-boggling mystery, topped with a tender romance, and all wrapped with a refreshing and strengthening spiritual theme of perseverance, trusting God even when you’re wading in troubled waters. I enjoyed the development of the main characters, and experienced some growth of my own. “When times get tough—and they will—stay the course.” What a tremendous heart-fortifier that line is!

So you get mystery, adventure, love, and yes, a few giggles that all lead to a satisfying read worth every bit of your time. I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but I’ll keep the Avery family and company tucked in a special place in my heart.


About the Author:

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of nine novels, including the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn, March 2017).

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novel Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist, won the INSPY Award, and Booklist named it to the 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years and the Top 10 Inspirational Fiction: 2015. Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards, and in 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Please visit Sarah at, on Facebook at Sarah Sundin Author, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

Interested in purchasing a copy of When The Tides Turn click here.

*I was given a copy by the publisher. All opinions are my own.