Friday, February 18, 2011

February Romance Novel Event: By the Book by JoAnn Carter

Perky 24 year old police dispatcher, Sarah Murphy, is held captive by images of her past. She doesn't trust men and is determined to hold onto her heart at all costs. Lieutenant Dylan Eldredge of the Hampton Police Department believes she’s the woman God has intended for him and is equally determined to have her for his wife. But can he prove he’s the man for her?

Read the excerpt!

Dylan gestured toward Sarah. "Do you see that woman in line?"

Matt looked over his shoulder. "Yup."

"If she’s a Christian, that’s the woman I’m going to marry."

Matt’s elbow slipped off the table. "What? Love at first sight? Aw, come on!" Dylan laughed. "You heard me."

"Yeah, right, Dylan. Even you’re not that crazy. After all, you don’t even know her."

Dylan wiped his mouth with the napkin, not bothering to answer Matt’s statement.

"Oh, come on, you can’t be serious." Dylan merely raised an eyebrow. Matt thumped the table in astonishment. "You are!"

Dylan smiled his confirmation.

"But this is crazy. You don’t even date all that much."

Dylan sipped his Pepsi and glanced back at Sarah. "Somehow, she’s different. I just know." After daydreaming for a moment, he hit his friend on the shoulder and teased, "So, what do you say? Are you up for a bet?"

Matt choked on his soda. "Bet? You never bet. Are you sick or something?"

Dylan shook his head. "How can I resist, then? This is too good of an opportunity to see you eat crow."

Dylan said in a dry tone, "Ah, what are friends for?" He sat back, folded his arms across his chest, and looked back to Sarah at the checkout counter.

Read the reviews!

"This fast-paced read is wonderfully written and presents a dreamy love story! The actions and characters truly project a love of God; it also quotes enough scripture for the book to be life-changing! I loved, and recommend highly, this amazing book!"

--The Romance Studio (5-heart review)

"This is a must read book that will lift the readers' heart."

--Long and Short Romance Reviews

"Ms. Carter penned a truly moving story with this gem of a read. I liked Sarah immediately and understood her pain of trusting any man to be in her life. I felt bad for her that she wouldn’t let a man get close to her and because of this, was missing out on so much she could have shared with that someone special. I fell in love with Dylan and I applauded his strength and determination that he didn’t give up on Sarah. I thought they were perfectly matched for each other, but I was hoping that Sarah would finally see it that way also. This was an enjoyable inspirational read for me and I would recommend it to other readers in a heartbeat."

--Night Owl Romance

This short inspirational romance is available at for only $2.00! It is also available in a Kindle edition

JoAnn Carter lives in Vermont with her wonderful husband of 18 years, four children and Ginger, the best dog in the world. She enjoys being with her family & friends, writing, reading, and cooking.

In the past JoAnn has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, an apple orchard guide and as a substitute teacher. She is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women's ministry events, school events and church retreats.

Her next book, The Floating Palace, will be released July 15th through Desert Breeze Publishing. You can access the book trailer here:  

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Ellen said...

Thanks for sharing. It sounds like a great read!

Mary Manners said...

Hey JoAnn,

By the Book is a great read...I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't know you were once a substitiute teacher, Wow, that's a tough job. I commend you!

Tanya Stowe said...

It was a great read, Ellen. What I loved about the book was watching the romance unfold. Sarah was so closed off, I didn't know how she could find and accept love. But JoAnn skillfully showed how God can heal even the most difficult situations!

Doc Nani said...

Thank you for the invitation to come and read the blog and excerpt.


Morgan Mandel said...

First impressions are generally correct. Often you can tell if a person is someone you want to know better.

Morgan Mandel

Marianne Evans said...

By the Book is another great read from JoAnn Carter! Enjoy!! JoAnn, continue on in His name and glory and blessings to you, my friend.

JoAnn said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by! I hope you all have a blessed weekend~

V.R. Leavitt said...

Thanks for sharing this excerpt! Good luck with your book JoAnn!

Joylene Butler said...

Excellent book review, Cheryl. JoAnn's novel sounds incredibly romantic. Does the boy get the girl? Guess I'll have to read it to find out. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle V said...

It looks great! And those $2 Kindle downloads are hard to pass up!

Michelle V

JoAnn said...

It's always good to meet new friends. V.R, Joylene,and Michelle it's great to have you here. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Donna M. McDine said...

Terrific excerpt and congratulations on the wonderful reviews!!

JoAnn said...

Thanks you, Donna.

JoAnn said...

Oops... that should have been "THANK YOU." :)

April said...

Ohhh, this sounds so great! Love the excerpt and it makes me want to grab a copy right now!!! lol