Reading and Writing

Good morning! How is your spring/summer/fall going so far? I hope you’re having fun despite the weather.

I have some exciting news. I finished my novel!

To celebrate, I began the second one. Woohoo!

In the middle of all this writing, I’ve been reading.

Have you read the books below? If you haven’t, why not download a sample? Downloading a sample gives you the opportunity to try a book without making a commitment. If you like it, buy it or add it to your TBR list. If not, move on to the next one. Hope you find a favorite.

Happy reading!

Annabelle’s Joy ~ Betty Thomason Owens

Yes, I know it’s Thursday. But there’s something happening that I just had to share with you. My friend and crit partner, Betty Thomason Owens has released the sequel to Annabelle’s Ruth.

I’ve followed Annabelle’s and Tom’s story through the first two books in the Kinsman Redeemer Series, and I’m excited to finally read how it all works out. Psst! You won’t be disappointed. I love these two characters!

In my Sutter’s Landing book review, I mentioned how one character’s prayer made such an impact on me that I’ll never forget that scene. That character was Tom!

Ready to learn more? Keep reading!

Annabelle’s Joy

Annabelle’s Joy – Kinsman Redeemer, Book 3

Genre: historical romance

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Book Blurb:

She’s waited too long. When Tom proposed last year, Annabelle wasn’t ready to open her heart to another man. Pain still held a thin crust around it. Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again?

Folks in town are keeping a close eye on their pharmacist, hoping to be the first to hear the good news. He’s been courting the widow Cross for nigh on two years now. Annabelle Cross better wake up and put her dancing shoes on. Mr. Tom is prime real estate.

Drift back into the simple, country life of Tennessee in 1957 with this sequel to award-winning ANNABELLE’S RUTH.

“A 1950s Clean & Wholesome Romance”

About the Author:

Betty Thomason Owens considers herself a word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. Besides her work on the KCWC planning committee, she also leads the Louisville Area ACFW group and is a co-founder of the multi-author Inspired Prompt blog. Married forty-four years, she’s a mother of three, and a grandmother of eight. A part-time bookkeeper at her day-job, she writes for Write Integrity Press, and has seven novels in publication. You can learn more about her at Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

“Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again?” @batowens @GailJohnson87 #books #amreading

Share the Love ~ October


Good morning. Yesterday, the temp was 41 degrees. A nice break from the 80s!

There was so much to choose from this month, but I finally whittled it down to the following links. I hope you’ll find a book, writing tidbit, or a little inspiration to encourage on your journey. Happy reading and writing, dear friend.



Lady of a Thousand Treasures ~ Christian Fiction Girl

The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations ~ JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews

A Daughter’s Inheritance (The Broadmoor Legacy Book 1) ~ Purely by Faith Reviews



Under-Pricing Ebooks ~ Hallee Bridgeman

Everything I Need to Know About Mysteries I Learned from Scooby Doo ~ JPC Allen

My Failure Landed on the Cover of My Book ~ Liz Johnson



Joy of Autumn ~ Angela Arndt

My Life Like a Castle ~ Peculiar Miss Darcy

Do You Love Autumn? ~ Bridget A. Thomas

Click to Tweet: Share the Love ~ October @GailJohnson87 #reading #writing


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