Love Stories GIVEAWAY: Sweet Melody

Posted February 8, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Heidi McCahan, Love Stories 2020, romance / 34 Comments


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Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.

Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s first book is Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan – plus the author’s 7 favorite book boyfriends!


SWEET MELODY
SERIES:
Seabrook #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Snug Corner Cove Press
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2019
PAGES: 244

When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.

 

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Seven Favorite Book Boyfriends in Christian Fiction

by Heidi McCahan, author of Sweet Melody

When I was nine years old, my best friend’s family opened a Christian bookstore in their garage. I begged my mother to buy a copy of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly. She agreed and as I read the story of Clark and Marty on the Canadian frontier, my affection for novels written from a Christian worldview blossomed.

I grew up in rural Alaska, a place known for both its breathtaking scenery and significant absence of sunlight. Sadly, that natural phenomenon undergirds a tremendous amount of spiritual darkness. I’m grateful for books that introduced me to the possibility of something more outside our small community and inspired me to dream big dreams. More importantly, Christian fiction illuminated the darkness. These novels reminded me of the truth of God’s love my parents and grandparents had faithfully instilled in my sister and me.

The publishing industry has changed a lot since I first read Love Comes Softly. One thing that remains true: these stories endeavor to reflect the love God has for each of His children. While we expect a satisfactory conclusion and a happily ever after when we read Christian romance, it’s the redemptive story arc and the hope infused within the pages that keeps me reading this genre.

In this month that’s all about love, I feel it’s only fitting we celebrate the book boyfriends and the happiness they bring to our reading lives. In the interest of brevity, I’ve narrowed my list of favorites to seven.

   

Beau Callahan
Falling Like Snowflakes (A Summer Harbor Novel) by Denise Hunter

Beau Callahan made such an impact on me as a reader that when I drive past our local Christmas tree farm every holiday season, I’m not ashamed to admit I imagine he’s there—selling Christmas trees, falling in love with Eden and keeping his brothers in line. His commitment to his family and his desire to protect Eden and her son make Beau one of my all-time favorite heroes.

Davis Carter
A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox) by Nicole Deese

Davis is a veterinarian, a single dad with a slightly rebellious middle schooler, and the heroine’s polar opposite. I felt tremendous empathy for Davis, which made it easy to root for him. While his best friend Shep has nothing to do with the romance in this novel, their friendship and guy banter is so great. I’m a huge fan of Nicole’s writing and the romance that unfolds between Davis and Callie is delightful.

Ben Delaney
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

From the minute Ben and Sarah collide in the hallway of Mercy Point Church, I was #TeamBenForever. Bethany has a knack for creating unique, well-developed characters and Ben strode onto the page fully alive and easy to love.

 

Gage Frasier
The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby (Colorado Grooms) by Jill Lynn

Gage is bummed about his failed marriage, blind-sided by his role as guardian of a friend’s infant and definitely not interested in a relationship with his friend Emma. I love a friends-to- happily ever after story! Gage can’t possibly resist Emma, especially when she cares for baby Hudson so well and patiently waits for Gage to come to his senses. Such a fun book!

Wyatt Marshall
Wyatt (The Montana Marshalls) by Susan May Warren

I almost feel guilty choosing one of Susan May Warren’s heroes as my favorite. It feels so unfair to all the other Marshall brothers (and the Christiansens too). And yet, I must say that Wyatt currently maintains his reign as super swooniest. He’s wounded, his past mistakes haunt him, yet his relentless pursuit of Coco is amazing.

 

Hollis McGuire
If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh

This is a new release and to be honest I’m not even finished reading it yet, but that doesn’t matter because Hollis McGuire is a former professional baseball player (swoon!) and a single dad (swoon again!) and he drives a Jeep (swoon one more time!)

Needless to say he is an instant favorite book boyfriend.

Jake Porter
A Love Like Ours (A Porter Family Novel) Becky Wade

Becky has created several heroes whom I adore, yet Jake remains my favorite. He’s struggling with PTSD, emotionally unavailable and determined to keep everyone at a distance. I love a romance featuring characters who were childhood friends. Lyndie’s ability to break through Jake’s walls is fantastic and their relationship blossoms in a way that makes you sigh with delight at the conclusion.

Thanks for the opportunity to hear all about my favorite book boyfriends. Leave a comment and tell me which heroes in Christian fiction you adore.


Heidi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband, Steve. They live in North Carolina with their three boys.

When Heidi isn’t avoiding the laundry pile or chauffeuring the boys around suburbia, she loves to read and write heartwarming romance. She’s also a huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate and one awesome Goldendoodle named Finn.

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Heidi McCahan is offering a 20 ounce insulated tumbler, an autographed paperback of Sweet Melody, a bookmark and a chocolate bar from Moonstruck chocolate to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Sweet Melody? Which heroes in Christian fiction do you adore?

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34 responses to “Love Stories GIVEAWAY: Sweet Melody

  1. Ohhhh! I really want to read this one! How did I not know about this wonderful author with the best book boyfriends??? Off to my library to request all of these books I haven’t read yet!?

  2. Melissa Andres

    First off, I love this cover! It’s so cute! And the story sounds good. I look forward to reading it!

  3. Pam K

    The cover of Sweet Melody indicates this will be a fun book to read. Knowing it’s Christian fiction makes it even better. It would be impossible for me to start listing favorite book heroes. I wouldn’t know when to stop! There are so many good ones.

  4. Chanel M.

    My favorite book boyfriends (so far) are: Stone Hammond from A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, Daniel Dawson from Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter, Ryan McKinley from Married til Monday by Denise Hunter and Weston James from A Cliche Christmas by Nicole Deese. How these men pursued the women they loved makes me swoon just thinking about it. I love their integrity, character, charms and willingness to put others before themselves. All the heart eyes for these guys!

  5. Patty

    I have family in Washington state and always enjoy reading books set in the area.

    Jeremiah Crawford from A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey is a recent favorite of mine=)

  6. Haley Resseguie

    Oh this book sounds amazing! And I love your book boyfriends. Hollis McGuire recently was added to my list as well. And I love Jake Porter the most of all the Porter brothers! And someone already mentioned Thor who is the swooniest. I would also add Travis Archer from Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer, Josh Dixon in Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh, Justin from The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White, Colin McCrae from An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter, Caleb Murphy from All Made Up by Kara Isaac, and Jon Noble from A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham. I could go on but I better stop!

  7. Carolyn Tye

    I’m looking forward to reading about the food in Sweet Melody. I wish I could remember their names, but I adored the suitors in The Lady and the Lionheart and in Janette Oke’s the Bluebird and the Sparrow.

  8. Melissa Wenger

    I love the food truck part of the story! I always enjoy books about women entrepreneurs saving their businesses!

  9. Arletta

    I love bakery/foodie books and this sounds like another one I’d enjoy. I haven’t heard of Heidi before so thank you for your review and introducing me to her.

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