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Friday, September 29, 2023

My Thoughts - Jacob’s Well Author: Urcelia Teixeira


About the Book

Book: Jacob’s Well

Author: Urcelia Teixeira

Genre: Christian Mystery & Suspense

Release Date: April 28, 2023

“A mother knows. At least, that’s what everyone told her. That she’d know when something was wrong. Feel it. Deep inside as if there was an invisible cord that had stayed behind the day she brought her son into this life.

Well, they were wrong. Dead wrong.

She didn’t know her son at all. But then, he didn’t know her either.”

©Urcelia Teixeira – Excerpt Jacob’s Well. All rights reserved.

Dark secrets swirl around the small coastal town of Weyport as Mary-Jean Foley discovers just how far she would go to protect her son.

Even with a new sheriff in town. Even when her husband doesn’t agree. Even when she thinks God isn’t looking.

But how far is too far and at what cost?

As newly appointed small-town Sheriff Angus Reid settles into Weyport, it doesn’t take him long to discover just how corrupt his new town is. With a desk full of suspicious open cases and too much to prove, he is determined to rid his town of crime and win the hearts of his people.

But when two teenagers suddenly go missing, it lays bare sinister secrets and emotional ties that threaten to derail his investigation.

And as the case untangles, the secrets buried deep within the coastal borders of the tight-knit community slowly bubble to the surface.

Determined to find justice for the missing boys and their families, he races against the clock to find them. Unbeknownst of the dark forces that rage against him.

Then he gets a call that a body has been found…

If you enjoy suspenseful, twisty secrets and lies mystery novels that are rooted in faith and leave your heart in your throat, you will have a hard time putting down this page-turning Christian mystery and suspense novel.

Get ready to be taken on an emotional journey through a town where it seems everyone has a secret.


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About the Author

As the author of a dozen plus Christian suspense thrillers, Urcelia Teixeirawrites to first and foremost, bring glory to God. Then, to delight, entertain, and encourage her readers by creating pulse-pounding stories that are infused with inspiration and biblical truths.

Readers have said her books are “addictive and impossible to put down!”

They describe her work as being “prolific and well written stories that keep you in suspense,” and love her “imagery and attention to detail” that swoop them into the minds of her characters ” as if watching a blockbuster movie!”

Many of her readers appreciate the clean action scenes and love that her “faith shines through in her writing as she stays true to herself, giving pause to contemplate.”


More from Urcelia

Many years ago God gave me a prophetic scripture through which He named me Hephzibah (meaning ‘My delight is in her’). Some time after that, life happened and for a long while I felt unworthy of that name.  But, God showed me grace in this area for the nearly ten years that followed and, although I never aspired to be a writer, I wrote my first ever book on a bucket list whim in December 2017. Somehow it evolved into a series, but, while writing the fifth book in my Alex Hunt adventure thriller series, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging and directing me into using my God-given talent for enhancing His Kingdom instead.  I obeyed and wrote the final book in that series, The Caiaphas Code, as my statement of faith before switching to writing Christian mystery and suspense instead.  Two days later, the idea for Every Good Gift was born and the day I finished writing the last sentence of this book, I heard the Lord whisper in my ear, Hephzibah, Hephzibah, over and over.  That has been the most noteworthy highlight of my short career so far: knowing that I have pleased God.

My heart and soul went into writing Jacob’s Well. I have three teenage sons, and raising them in a world filled with all kinds of temptation is not easy. They have to cope with so much more than we had to as kids: social media bullying, peer pressure to fit into a pretentious world that seems to intensify overnight, the lure of riches through online gaming or videos instead of education, to name but a few. But through the years, the pull of narcotics has remained the primary evil that threatens to destroy our children. I am blessed to have boys who aren’t scared to share their struggles with us and upon hearing a few of the stories about kids in their schools and our town, one of the main characters in Jacob’s Well was born. On the flip side, I have a mother’s heart and imagining what it would be like to watch your child go down the wrong path added in an entirely different element to the story, especially if that mother was a Christian. The spiritual and emotional battles that would rage within, the helplessness and desperation that come with wanting to do whatever it takes to save your son, the pride within your church community––these are all human responses. And that is how Mary-Jean Foley’s character was born.

Throw in a lawman and a villain in a coastal town where everyone has a secret and Jacob’s Well spilled out onto the pages!

My Thoughts


Jacob’s Well is written by Urcelia Teixeira. This is book one in the Angus Reid Series. I love how this author writes. She draws you in immediately and doesn’t let go. The characters are well written and the storyline is packed full of suspense. 

Sheriff Angus Reid settles into Weyport, it doesn’t take him long to discover just how corrupt his new town is. He soon realizes that everyone has secrets and it could cost someone their life. 

Jacob has seen how much his younger brothers health has affected his mom and step dad. Drowning in medical debt he wants to help. However he gets caught up in some things that he finds out he’s soon over his head. His mother will risk everything to save her son. 

Oh the suspense. So much of it. I could not turn pages fast enough. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book.  All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 24

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Texas Book-aholic, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

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Betti Mace, September 28

Pause for Tales, September 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 29

The Book Club Network, September 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 1

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 2 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, October 2

Cover Lover Book Review, October 3

The Sacred Line, October 4

Blogging With Carol, October 5

Lily’s Book Reveiws, October 6


To celebrate her tour, Urcelia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

My Thoughts -Hunted at Christmas Series: Amish Country Justice Author: Dana R. Lynn

 Hunted at Christmas JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Hunted at Christmas by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Title: Hunted at Christmas
Series: Amish Country Justice
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: September 26, 2023
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Wanted by a bounty hunter.

Chased by a killer.

When single mother Addison Johnson is attacked by a hit man, she learns there’s a price on her head. And Isaiah Bender—the bounty hunter hired to track her down for crimes she didn’t commit—is her only hope for survival. Protecting Addison and her young son from armed assailants means seeking refuge in Amish country. But when their holiday hideout is discovered, can he clear an innocent woman’s name and keep her alive?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

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More in This Series

Deadly Amish Reunion Amish Country Threats Amish Christmas Escape Amish Cradle Conspiracy Hidden Amish Target

more Amish Country Justice series titles

About the Author

Dana R. Lynn

Dana R. Lynn is an award winning author of romantic suspense and Amish romance who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Although she grew up in Illinois, she met her husband at a wedding in Pennsylvania and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania and are entering the world of empty nesters. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray with the Steve Laube Agency. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group.

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My Thoughts

Oh. My. Goodness. Hunted at Christmas may be Dana R. Lynn's best book yet. This is book 17 in the Amish Country Justice series. This is Isaiah Bender's story. He left the Amish when he was a teen and broke all ties with his family. We have seen the other Bender brother's stories in the series - but Isaiah's reminded me of the prodigal son. Isaiah is a bounty hunter -he has been contracted to bring in a woman who is wanted for larceny and other crimes. Isaiah tracks Addison and arrives the same time that a hit man does. Not only is there a warrant out for her, but there is also a price on her head.

Addison Johnson moved far away from her previous life. She changed her name. She is a single mom after her husband was killed. Her son Ollie, has diabetes and she will do anything to protect her son. She had been the victim of a stalker. She is surprised when she finds out that there is a bounty hunter and a hitman on her tail.

After meeting Addison, Isaiah realizes quickly that someone has set her up. But he has to prove her innocence. Before it's too late. Will he keep her safe? Can he let go of the embarrassment and guilt he feels for his past?

This was such an amazing book. I am so glad that we got to see Isaiah's story unfold. This book can be read as a stand alone. I just adore the Bender Family.
Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.

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My Thoughts - Grandma’s House is Haunted Written by Stephen G. Bowling Illustrated by Vitali Dudarenka


About the Book

Grandma’s House is Haunted

Written by Stephen G. Bowling

Illustrated by Vitali Dudarenka

Ages 4+ | 34 Pages

Publisher: Valley of Mexico

: Everything is fun until nighttime comes. Are the howls in the dark only in their imaginations, or do ghosts and goblins become real when the full moon rises?

The children love visiting Grandmother. Playing great games and reading cool books goes perfectly with eating her delicious cookies and cakes. But when bedtime comes and off go the lights, things get a little scary as they say their goodnights.

The kids shiver at the creepy sounds from the attic and the strange shadows floating through the air. But Gran’s not worried at all; in fact, she has a secret to share…

Will they find a way to get over their dread, so they can finally rest their heads?

Grandma’s House is Haunted is a delightful children’s picture book, both spooky and sweet. If you like Halloween fun, bumps in the night, and doting grannies, then you’ll adore Stephen G. Bowling’s cheerfully eerie Picture Book that shows children there’s nothing to be afraid of when the lights go out.

Read Grandma’s House is Haunted to happily hide under the covers today!

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About the Author

Stephen G. Bowling is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Much like Peter Pan, Steve never wanted to grow up. Or rather, while he didn’t mind getting older, he never wanted to lose the child-like enchantment of imagination and wonder. Creating colorful worlds and stories for children has allowed Steve to both preserve his own imagination while sharing the joy of learning with children worldwide.

Steve has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brandeis University. He is an entrepreneur who has worked on and holds several U.S. Patents. He heads The Prometheum Foundation, a non-profit philosophical organization that helps teach students critical and analytical thinking, freedom of thought, and entrance into the marketplace of ideas. He is a lifelong weightlifter, an avid student of history and philosophy, and has a fascination with astrophysics.

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My Thoughts 

 Grandma’s House is Haunted Written by Stephen G. Bowling and is illustrated by Vitali Dudarenka.
This was such a fun book to read. We see a fun sleepover at Grandma's. They start off with some homemade baked goods, they laugh, they play games and have so much fun. However, then nighttime falls. Grandma's house then comes alive! They try and tell their grandma how scared they are - and Grandma tells them that it's their imagination. 

This book is so amazingly written and illustrated. I loved the details on every page. I love that the illustrations bring the author's words to life. My kids and I had a good time reading this book. It encourages prediction and reptation in reading. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Children's Book Review for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

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