Monday, May 20, 2024

Celebrate Lit Presents: Scandals and Mercies Epic Book Launch



About the Book

Book Title: Scandals and Mercies

Author Name: Kathleen Rouser

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: April 23, 2024

He’s a reporter determined to uncover the truth, but the secrets he finds could crush her family—and their second chance at love.

Taken from her family’s farm to be raised by her wealthy aunt and uncle, Nora Armstrong has accepted that not only will she never realize her dream of becoming a teacher, she’d also rather be a spinster than submit to her cruel aunt’s society selection of a suitable husband. The one man who caught her eye betrayed her best friend. And she’s got enough on her hands, hiding her sister’s shameful secret from her aunt.

When the local home for unwed mothers burns down, the arson investigation brings big-city reporter James Cooper back to Stone Creek—and back into Nora’s life. James also has a meddling aunt who raises more questions than she answers about his past. Not to mention, he can’t figure out why Nora constantly rebuffs him. When his reporting casts aspersions on the local church and lays the blame for the fire and a series of robberies at the wrong feet, he risks losing his new position at the paper.

As they seek to unravel the town’s mystery, rescue endangered mothers and children, and navigate their own family secrets forced to light, James and Nora increasingly turn to each other for help. But can they overcome James’s lack of faith and the disapproval of Nora’s guardians to find a second chance at love?

Book Excerpt

Nora made her way through the kitchen and out the side door. She only waited to close the wrought-iron gate behind her before she took off in a run, the sack swinging beside her.


James leaped off the back of the volunteer fire wagon before it barreled onto the path running alongside Hope’s Place. Smoke poured from the rear of the building, above the unforgiving flames. He steadied himself, pulled his pad from his inner suit coat pocket, and

scribbled down a description of the horrifying sight. Then he placed his pencil behind his ear. With a handkerchief, he covered his mouth and nose, seeking relief from the acrid odor of burning wood and plaster. Young women, wrapped in blankets, huddled together. They backed away when he tried to approach them.

A scream pierced the air as a girl tumbled out of the front door, coughing, her nightgown aflame. A nurse pushed her to the ground and pulled the blanket from her shoulder. She wrapped the girl, which put out the fire.

Firemen scrambled to unwind the hose, and another shoveled coal into the belly of the steam pump. A rather stout volunteer fireman pulled a ladder from the truck and hoisted it onto his shoulder.



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About the Author


Kathleen Rouser is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical and contemporary Christian romance. She is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Faith, Hope and Love Christian Writers. She resides in southeast Michigan, a location which she often uses in her novels, with her hero and husband of forty-some years and two sweet cats who found a home in

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for being part of my epic book launch and sharing this excerpt from Scandals and Mercies, Maureen. Much appreciated!


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