It's the first full week of October, and I have another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway from the upcoming 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. As soon as we can reschedule the authors and I will get tote bags to the three Fisher Houses. But until then, enjoy these books from the authors who will be sponsoring the 2020 Mother's Day thermal bags for three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver. They will also be participating in the big readers giveaway at the end of the project!

In this week's spotlight is ONCE DISHONORED by Mary Jo Putney. This is the newest title in her Rogues Redeemed series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about the book:

“With superbly drawn characters (including historical figures such as Francis Scott Key); a setting so vivid one can taste the lemonade and smell the gunpowder; and a gripping plot that addresses the harsh realities of slavery, prejudice, cruelty, and abuse. . . . A story that deftly balances fascinating historical detail, adventure, and menace with a passionate romance.”—Library Journal

Here's the blurb for ONCE DISHONORED:

A man who has lost his honor has nothing . . .

London, 1816. As a Royal Navy officer, Lucas Mandeville, Lord Foxton, has fought his share of battles on the high seas, followed by long years of imprisonment. But on this night, he’d rather be on the burning deck of a ship than in a ballroom, where it is just a matter of time before someone challenges him because of what happened on the Continent.

A woman who has lost her reputation is nothing . . .

When dark-haired beauty Kendra Douglas arrives, a whisper of scandal ripples through the ton. The disgraced divorcee’s entrance is an act of daring. Which is exactly why Lucas asks her to dance . . .

A couple who stands together has everything . . .

Unexpectedly, Lucas offers Kendra his aid in finding the evidence to regain her good name—and her beloved young son. Together they investigate the wicked conspiracy that destroyed her life, and in the midst of danger, find a deep love that will redeem them both—if only they can live long enough to build a future together.

To read the book, click here!

There's lots to love about Mary Jo's work, but I appreciate the research she puts into her historical novels. I really like that he asks her to dance. I'm curious to know more about that as well as her son. What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (October 12th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, October 19h to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Mya Murphy. Please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, October 6th to Monday, October 12th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 10/19/20. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Mary Jo for sponsoring a tote bag and for donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.