Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce with GIVEAWAY

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About the Book:

“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:
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.
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My Take:

I enjoyed this book from the get-go. Joanie had me hooked in the Prologue. It took me a few chapters to really get a handle on the characters in the book, though. Who they were and how they related to each other. There was a pretty large mix of good-guys/ bad-guys. 

Lexi's family has been in the Witness Protection for 18 years, when unexpectedly they end up in the middle of a bank robbery. Her mother foils the bank robbers plans, and pays dearly. This draws quite a bit of unwanted attention to the family, both positive and negative. Local police and U.S. Marshalls are not quite sure if the current situation is related to the past or not. 
Local funeral home manager, Drew, also has a past he would like to keep under tabs. But, certain circumstances seem to prevent that from happening as time and time again, he is also in the spotlight. After a slight fender bender with Lexi in a drive-through, he continues to have run ins with her until he ends up involved knee deep in her dangerous situation.
And then there's Fizz. All he wants to do is get his brother Rob, the only family he has left, out of prison. Does it really have to be this complicated. Can he do it without getting caught? A notorious gang is going to kill Rob in two weeks if he doesn't do something fast. But things just aren't going as planned.
How does it all tie together? Well... you'll have to read the book to find out.

Once you get the feel of the characters, you'll likely enjoy this novel. There were some parts that seemed a tad far fetched, but hey, it's fiction for goodness sake, so personally, I appreciated the author's creativity in the story line. Though I do enjoy authenticity, it wasn't so off the wall, that it couldn't have happened. It was just more of a believe-it-or-not type story. I also enjoyed the suspense and the touch of romance, without it being overtly mushy ( which is not my style). And figuring out who-done-it and who could be trusted was not easy! She does a wonderful job weaving in faith based elements without being too pushy with it. This is the first book I have tried by this author.  I think she has great potential and I would certainly read more of her books. 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit to read. I was not required to review this book in a positive manner. All opinions are my own. 

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

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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!


  1. Thank you, Aimee, for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and I appreciate your participation in the blog tour. Have a great day, and happy reading! :-)

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!! I look forward to reading more of your books in the near future.

  2. Thanks for a fun interview! I have all of Joanie's books and hope to read them soon. I wish my TBR list wasn't so long!

    1. Oh You will love them! She is good!

  3. This sounds like good book!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you get a chance to read it.


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