Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Murder for the Time Being" by Joanie Bruce

About the Book

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Book: Murder for the Time Being
Author: Joanie Bruce
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2016
“You’ll pay for this. I’ll get you both.”
Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn’t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?
Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.
Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

About the Author

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Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with nail-biting suspense, inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.

My Thoughts

I have not read any books by Joanie Bruce before, so I didn't know what to expect, but wow, the book starts right off with suspense and action! The book kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. I kept coming up with theories of what was going on and then something else would happen and I would revise what I was thinking. The faith element was nicely done and a good presentation of the Gospel is given. There were a lot of different point of view characters. In order of their first personal point of view, they were: Cindi Grover, Lexi Wynn, Drew Sheffield, "Fizz", Craig Patrick, Diana Wynn, "DQ", Travis Wynn, Joe Kellogg, Marcus Powers, Sid Barlow, Dr. Abel Cassidy, and Jacob Wynn. Some of them had more "screen time" than other characters, but they each had at least a section told from their view point. Even when you were following the "bad guys", you still didn't know what was going on, which added to the suspense and mystery. There were a few things that seemed a bit too coincidental, especially near the end of the book, but it did wrap up the story and give it a happily ever after. I look forward to reading more books by Joanie Bruce.
Guest Post from Joanie Bruce
Have you ever been devastated by a certain event in your life, and later it turned out to the best thing that ever happened to you? That’s what happened to Lexi Wyn in this book, “Murder for the Time Being.” Something unthinkable happened to her family, but in the end, it changes Lexi’s life forever and introduces her to the love of her life.
In this story, both Lexi and Drew have things in their past that discourage them from seeking a lasting relationship. However, God has a plan for them both, and through His Divine engineering, they are thrown together in circumstances that nurture a growing appreciation and affection for each other.
This book was fun to write because I anchored the story in my sweet little town of Madison, Georgia. I wasn’t raised in Madison, but I’ve called it home for much longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. While growing up in the big city of Memphis, Tennessee, I had definite plans for my future. All I ever wanted was to “marry a country boy and live in the country.” The Lord heard the desires of my heart and gave me what I wanted … a country boy, born and raised here in Morgan County on a dairy farm.
After we married, I adopted Madison as my home, and I love it so much that I wanted to feature some of the fun spots in Madison as the backdrops for the scenes in my books. I hope when you read through the pages of my book, you will get an idea of what a sweet little town Madison is and enjoy reading about Lexi and Drew and how they let God guide them in discovering that murder CAN be “for the Time Being.”

Blog Stops

March 15: autism mom
March 16: A Reader’s Brain
March 17: A Greater Yes
March 18: Radiant Light
March 20: Karen Sue Hadley
March 24: Pause for Tales
March 24: 2014 and Beyond!
March 26: Carpe Diem


To celebrate her tour, Joanie is giving away a Kindle Fire!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
"Murder for the Time Being" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ambassador International (November 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620205777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620205778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1389 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ambassador International (November 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M5GV05N

I got a free copy of this book for the tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received. 


JB said...

Wow, Becky! Thank you for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and thank you for participating in the blog tour. Happy Reading!

Melissa Breusch said...

Love suspense novels.