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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Count Me In (GIVEAWAY) - An Emerald City Romance Book 1 - Mikal Dawn

My Rating
 - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she's out of a job. 

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business and leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books—and his heart. When Allegra takes the job, sparks fly. 

It’s a case of safety zone versus danger zone, and in their minds, never the two shall meet.

My Thoughts
What a FUN and LIGHT book! This was exactly what I needed after reading a couple of really heavy books recently. An EXCELLENT story filled with humour, romance, and FAITH! This book is definitely an adventure worth taking.

Mikal Dawn's debut novel has everything that you could want in an Inspirational Romantic Comedy! Easy banter between our characters that left me snort-laughing out loud. A swoony hero that allows God to shape his heart. But most importantly (to me) a heroine that is easy to relate to with her coffee addiction, her "imperfections", a fear of risk, and scars from the past. I loved watching the Lord work in both Allegra and Tyler's hearts. I think it was significant that we go to see the difference in how God speaks to us and leads in a way that is unique to our personality. 

Allegra and Tyler are very special characters and I hope they make an appearance in book 2...(fingers crossed it is about Story and Bo...because those two need their own book!)...Between the references to places I actually knew and have been to, the coffee (did I say that already?), the hurts and the struggles, the fear, the hope, the faith, the trust...You don't want to let this ride pass you by! (Also the cover...SWOON)

I received a complimentary copy of Count Me In from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author

DSC_2718-Edit-1Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast and proud military wife. She also blogs for a local ministry and volunteers as a Key Spouse for her husband’s squadron. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.



Mikal holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an associate’s degree in Accounting (both from Liberty University), and has worked in accounting, as an assistant to a best-selling author, and currently works as a Social Media Assistant for a Christian fiction author and a Publicity Assistant for a Christian nonfiction author. (They keep her on her toes!)



Her first love is Jesus Christ, her second love is her husband, third her kids, fourth is writing, and fifth is coffee. Or reading.



Nah, it’s coffee.

Born and raised just outside of Vancouver, Canada, Mikal has lived throughout the southern United States, currently residing in Nebraska (and loving it!) with her husband, three kids, and one lazy ferocious feline.

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Giveaway!
Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva

50 comments:

  1. Besides running out of coffee!? No seriously my fear is that I will have chronic pain forever. :( Haven't overcome it but I'm doing my best to cope.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Fear is such a weighty thing to carry, but I understand your fear (And not just about the coffee!). Chronic pain is a reality in my life, too. The one thing that gives me hope is knowing one day, this body will be healed and perfect! (And skinny....) In the meantime, I'm praying you find relief from this burden, and are able to move past this fear. ❤

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    2. May you never run out of coffee! Thank you for stopping by. One day at a time right? Praying you experience God's grace and peace in this season.

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  2. Thank you so, SO much, Rachel!!! You're AMAZING!!!!!!

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  3. Wow! This book sounds awesome! I saw the cover a while back and think I was already drawn in. :)

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    1. Awww!!!! That's music to my ears!! Thank you so much, Laura!! :D

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    2. #CoverLove - I can't stop talking about this cover. It is one of my FAVORITES EVER!!!

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  4. Okay so I've already pre-ordered but I NEED this! Sounds perfect! <3 fine, if I don't win I'll wait. But not patiently. :)

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    1. LOL!!! I adore you!!! <3 You're the best!

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    2. HEHE! Thanks Amy <3 I am not a patient person...."I hate wait."

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    1. You're biased. And I'm okay with that. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Love much!!

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  6. Thanks for the review! It's made me add COUNT ME IN - AN EMERALD CITY ROMANCE BOOK 1 by MIKAL DAWN to my list of books I want to read.

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    1. I'm honored, Kay! Thank you for stopping by!

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    2. WOohoo! Thanks Kay! It really is a good one!

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  7. I am working on my fear of heights. I am better now than I use to be but still can't stand to be high up and see directly below me as in stairs that you can see through or look out towers.

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    1. Do I ever understand that fear!! My husband made me go to the very top of the Empire State Building a few years ago. Considering how much it sways at that height, it was pretty unnerving...but it was nighttime, so that helped. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There's definitely an adrenaline rush after you face a fear, though! ❤

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    2. Oooh man....I have a weird thing with heights. I can crawl on my counter and fridge to decorate/clean etc...But I can NEVER go higher than 3 rungs on a ladder. I freeze.

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  8. I was very shy growing up, so I have had to force myself to be more social. I guess the fear is just being able to have a conversation.

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    1. Connie, I really feel for you. Though I've been able to force myself out of shyness and to be "social," I still find it emotionally and mentally draining, and usually need a lot of time to recover. Even social media can drain me! I'll be praying for you as you push through your fears. <3

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    2. I hear ya. I am not "shy" but I do tend to lean towards not talking to people I don't know...especially like at the store.

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  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!! :)

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    2. THanks for stopping by. It is a good one for sure!

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  10. One of my fears is heights. This past March I had the opportunity to go ziplining with some amazing cancer survivors in Costa Rica. I felt that God provided the people, place and time for me to do this. I was petrified but all I kept thinking that God was going to catch me either way. I focused on the finished line for the first 4 lines while I prayed. The last 3 lines I was able to enjoy the experience and thank God for allowing me to do it with my new friends. Will I do it again? Maybe not. It depends on why I am doing it.

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    1. Sonnetta (which is a gorgeous name, by the way!), what an AMAZING opportunity!!! That had to be so inspiring. <3

      I've been ziplining and absolutely LOVED it, despite my fear of heights. I hope to one day get to do it again, but until then, I'll let my characters have all the fun. ;)

      Thank you for stopping by!

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    2. What an incredible story! Thank you for sharing with us!!!!

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  11. So excited, and I can't wait to read this!

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  12. I have not had any serious fears. small ones like learning to free motion quit or sewing circles.

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    1. Lori, I get it!! I sew, and the first few times I used my serger, I was so scared! LOL! It seems silly, but who wants to mess up some expensive fabric?

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    2. Oh man....me and sewing don't get along at all! I bow to your awesomeness!

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  13. I've got this book on my wish list!
    As for fears, my biggest fear is losing the ability to walk completely. I already use 2 canes and a scooter most everywhere I go. I'm seriously afraid of falling again. I don't know that I would recover.

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    1. Andrea, thank you!!! <3

      I'm SO sorry to hear of this genuine fear. Please know I've added you to my prayer list, and trust that the Lord will keep you in His hands. <3

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    2. Prayers Andrea! And HUGS! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  14. You have me at snort-laughing!! Now that's the kind of read I love :-)

    I think the fear God has worked on is being rejected. He's assured me that He will never do that and He's always on my side. I can be free to be myself around others. Because no matter what, some people will like me and others won't You win some and you lose some ;-) I like the person God has shaped me to be!

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    1. Trixi, you're a woman after my own (and Rachel's!) heart. Snort-laughing is the BEST!!!

      And AMEN!!!!!! I struggled (and still do, at times, if I'm honest with myself) with the fear of rejection--of people not liking me for one reason or another (or lots of reasons!). I have to constantly remind myself I'm not hear to please others, but to please God. This is our temporary home! And hey...I've grown to like me, too. :)

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    2. Thank you for being real Trixi! I used to struggle with aspects of that too...and like Mikal said (still do at times) But after going through an intensely hard season with medical stuff with me son...I started to realise that other people's opinion of me is not what matters...God LOVES me and will ALWAYS love me...no matter what. And THAT is what is important. HUGS...and may you snort-laugh your way through Count Me In! <3

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  15. I have a fear of going to the dentist. I'm getting a little better because I have a really great dentist now and he knows that if he hurts me, I hurt him (just kidding).

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    1. LOL!!!!!!! I only laugh because I DID threaten my dentist!!! When we moved to this state, I'd come from a *very* bad experience and was leery of dentists. I found my current dentist through Googling "dentist for wimps" in my city. I KID YOU NOT! Bahahaha!!! Turns out she's fabulous. ;) But she's also very aware... Mwahaha! :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    2. I am a red-head...Apparently we can metabolize the pain killer quicker than normal...and....I DIDN'T KNOW I COULD ASK FOR MORE...needless to say I don't like the dentist either...but working on that.

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  16. Excellent review, Rachel! Mikal, congrats on your debut!

    The fear I'm working to overcome is public speaking. I'm not one to be in the spotlight.

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    1. Caryl, thank you SO MUCH!!! <3 Rachel made me look good. ;)

      Oh man. Public Speaking. I get all jittery and breathless. It's kind of funny but not. I actually do better when it's a last-minute thing and I have to speak off-the-cuff. If I have time to prepare, it means I have time to think, and that does NOT bode well. :) I've been considering joining Toastmasters, but life is just too busy right now. Maybe one day!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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    2. Thank you Caryl! You are always so encouraging! I am OK with public speaking...I guess it depends on what I am talking about and who I am talking to.

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  17. I was super shy as a kid and teen, so I've had to overcome my fear of speaking to strangers/embarrassment.

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    1. Heidi, though my friends would tell you that I'm far from shy (Rachel, I AM shy!), I totally get it. Totally. I still struggle to make friends outside of bookish people. :) One-on-one, or even two-on-one, I'm okay, but more than that? Just hand me a book and some coffee and leave me alone. ;) I'm so happy you've been able to overcome that fear!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    2. Bahaha....i still find that hard to believe Mikal. But yay Heidi. Supposedly I was SOOOO shy when I was little...I don't remember it. I still don't like talking to people I don't know...but that is just my introvert showing I think.

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