Delicious Devotion Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Melissa Wardwell)

About the Book

Book: Delicious Devotion

Author: Melissa Wardwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: August 30, 2022

Why do weddings do their best to ruin relationships? Friends, family—even the couple!

Beth Stevens didn’t come to the Independence Islands to find a guy, but thanks to her beloved Gram, she had a place to go and the skills to start a business she loves. Meeting Scott again and getting engaged was a bonus she only dreamed of.

Now, in the final weeks before their Christmas Eve wedding, she can’t imagine not having him in her life. They have endured one hurdle after another in their two-year relationship and have remained devoted through it all.

And then months of wedding planning begins to fall apart as one person continues to undermine Beth’s choices.

Scott has waited for this day to come but as he witnesses Beth unravel, he does everything he knows to do to protect and stand by her.

The question is, will things ever come together enough to get them both to the altar before it’s too late?

This Breakers Head novel is Melissa Wardwell’s final novel in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Melissa Wardwell resides in Owosso, Michigan with her husband and three teen-aged children.

She doesn’t mind alternating between the world of writing and the reality of being a mother, but she would rather sit with a good book or a good friend and a cup of coffee.

When she isn’t penning works of fiction, she is busy reviewing books for her blog, Back Porch Reads.

To see more from Melissa Wardwell, visit www.melissawardwell.com

More from Melissa

For five books I have tormented and teased readers. Some have even emailed me asking when they were going to see a wedding for Beth and Scott. Now I can say, this is your chance.

I cannot tell you how fun this book was to write. Every plot line, great or small, that I left hanging in the previous four books will come together here. I know some didn’t like it, and I’m sorry, but that was the way the characters told me their stories.

See, my books for The Independence Islands run together like that of a television series. Not every plot is resolved at the end of the season and the characters come back in the next season. We know someone is ill at the end of season four, but will they survive through season five? And if it involves legal issues, well those don’t resolve in a short amount of time, no matter what. Then, there is the slow burn romance. I mean, come on, not every romance is a flash in the pan. The good ones build over the span of months, or in Beth and Scott’s case, years.

Throughout this series, these characters have faced their demons while learning to trust God’s hand in their lives. They have lost and loved, married and buried, celebrated and cried all while searching for something more. I don’t know about you, but finishing Delicious Devotion was like saying good-bye to dear friends. Of course, the hardest was Gram’s final piece of wisdom to the bride and groom…

“Be vulnerable with each other, in every way. If you cannot be vulnerable and open with your spouse, then there is no trust in your foundations. When you pray together, pray openly. When you talk about those private things that only spouses talk about, be willing to listen to your spouse and act accordingly. Remember to keep everything stated in those moments of vulnerability between the two of you. No bed is big enough for three people.”

That lady was so smart.

Thank you for going on this journey of self-discovery and growth in faith. Beth was not the only one who went through some changes over the last two years. I’d like to think that she and I grew together as we processed loss, success, new friendships, and healing of old wounds.

If you stuck with it through all five of my contributions and loved every minute, then you are welcome. If you wanted to lay hands on my swiftly and repeatedly, I apologize. Stories like this have minds of their own.

I hope you will continue to follow me as I publish more books with the wonderful people at Celebrate Lit and integrate a couple of these characters in future books.

Grace and peace be with you all your days,

Melissa Wardwell

Interview with Melissa

What book is currently on your bedside table? The Heart of the Mountain by Pepper Basham. It has been a nice change of pace from my usual contemporary or mystery/suspense reading.

What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey? Until The Independence Islands, I was self-published. I’d been hesitant to go with a publishing house because, well… I’m a control freak (but God is dealing with me on that). Working with Celebrate Lit and their team of editors has been a Godsend for sure. My favorite part is the storytelling. I love telling a good story and it is almost always infused with bits of my journey in Christ.

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb? Something not in the book… well, Scott has an old college buddy come for a visit. They hadn’t seen each other in years, and I think Scott preferred it that way. The old friend, Ike, comes baring information about Scott’s family. If only Ike can get Scott to look past his blinding rage, to sit and listen.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books? You can always find out more on my website, but I am on almost every main social media outlet. Even TikTok. Just look up @mwardwellwrites

Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about? I have a Christmas book anthology coming in October 2022 called “Keeping Christmas: Volume 2”. I just turned in my first book for a new island series that takes place in the South Pacific. The series is called Suamalie Islands and my first book, “An Unexpected Gift” will publish in 2023. Now I am writing the second book called “All an Act” which will be available in 2024. Then, there is the monthly publication #BecasueFiction Magazine and my book reviews blog, Back Porch Reads, that keep me busy.

Blog Stops

An Author’s Take, September 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 22

lakesidelivingsite, September 23

She Lives To Read, September 24

Texas Book-aholic, September 24

Inklings and notions, September 25

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 26

deb’s Book Review, September 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 27

Aryn the Libraryan, September 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 30

For Him and My Family, September 30

Blossoms and Blessings, October 1

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 2 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, October 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3

Blogging With Carol, October 3

Sylvan Musings, October 4

Christina’s Corner, October 4

Simple Harvest Reads, October 5 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/21a63/delicious-devotion-celebration-tour-giveaway

8 thoughts on “Delicious Devotion Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Melissa Wardwell)

  1. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for being part of the Celebrate Lit book tour for “Delicious Devotion” by Melissa Wardwell.

    Enjoyed the interview with Melissa and learning more about both book and author. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  2. Eva Millien says:

    Interesting interview, Melissa, Delicious Devotion sounds like a great romance for me to enjoy and I am looking forward to reading it!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a sunshiny day!

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