Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Posted September 1, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, historical, Rachel Scott McDaniel, romance / 13 Comments

Undercurrent of Secrets JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading for an excerpt!

Undercurrent of Secrets

Series: Doors to the Past
Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel
Publisher: Barbour Fiction
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Genre: Dual Timeline / Romance

Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.

As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.

A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.


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The ballroom was a floor below, but Devyn was aware of passengers sneaking to this spot to steal a dance. To be under the moonlight, to sway to the rhythmic swish of the paddlewheel. It blossomed something in her, something Devyn had thought all but dead since Travis broke up with her.

Knowing not another soul was around, she allowed her mind to drift. Peeling back the years in her imagination to a different time. An era where social media hadn’t existed. Cell phones weren’t a thought. When the thrill of the moment was a shriek of the steam whistle. Or a waltz on this roof with a dashing gentleman.

With one arm hugging the books to her chest, she stretched out her other and mimicked the stance of that vintage ballroom dance. Stepping back and forth with an invisible partner, she kept in perfect tempo with the waves lapping the hull. Sliding her eyes shut, she could envision the ambiance of a starlit waltz. Almost hear the hushed voices of love between a young couple.

“May I have the next dance?”

Devyn shrieked at the deep male voice. The books in her arms tumbled to the floor, scattering.

A man with impossibly black hair stood only a few yards away. His hands were stuffed in his faded jeans and his sharp jaw tucked a bit, but the gleam in his eyes totally said his abashed stance was a farce. As if realizing he’d been caught, he unleashed a rogue smile, revealing how highly amused he was at her ridiculous scene.

And here Devyn had thought the coffee stain on her ivory shirt from her stumble in the parking lot earlier had been embarrassing.

Rachel McDaniel

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. Rachel can be found online at and on all social media platforms. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. Rachel resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

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Undercurrent of Secrets JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Undercurrent of Secrets and a $15 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 1, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on September 8, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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