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About Michelle Massaro
MICHELLE MASSARO writes contemporary fiction soaked in grace. She makes her home in Southern California with her husband of over two decades and their four children. She’s dabbled in homeschooling, teaching Creation Science, Jr. High Bible studies, and leading worship. She has a wide range of tastes and among her favorite stories are C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and Francine Rivers’ The Mark of the Lion series. When she isn’t tinkering with words, she enjoys old Rogers and Hammerstein movies, making kefir, and Sudoku. A new lipstick and a good French roast always make her happy.
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About Grace in the Flames
Grace in the Flames. wrestles with faith-breaking circumstances that redefine the meaning of family and true friendship, while delivering a heady, toe-curling love story.
What readers are saying:
"Hands down, the best Christian book I've read in years!"
"Incredible book of surprises, but an inspiration beyond words!"
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"With delicacy and nuance, Massaro loads the story with heavy issues...the message of God’s grace and the hope available to those who love him will connect with readers of faith." — Publisher's Weekly
"...emotionally evocative and profoundly moving...Highly recommended." — Cheryl Wyatt, USA TODAY bestselling author of award-winning Wings of Refuge series.
Social worker Alli Johnson has built her identity around helping foster kids navigate the system she grew up in. But when one of her clients is placed at a religious group home, she’s forced to face the trauma that robbed her of her sense of self. And a too-hot pastor who sees past her defenses.
Delivered from years of pent-up rage, youth pastor David Porter wants to help others find the sense of peace God’s given him—especially the hurting seven-year-old and his spirited social worker. But he’s out of his depth with one, and dangerously attracted to the other.
As Alli and David’s mutual concern for the boy’s well-being draws them together, their differences—in background, perspective, and faith—tear them apart. They’ve both been shaped by terrible pasts. When pain devours a soul, it takes a limitless love to heal the hollow places left behind.
“Hollow Places by Michelle Massaro offers heart-wrenching angst along with beautiful redemption. I wanted to rescue every one of her characters, but she didn't need my help. Will appeal to fans of Nicole Deese.”
—Angela Ruth Strong, author of Husband Auditions
“Hollow Places brings together the beauty of a sweet romance with the heart-tugging emotional experience you’ll find in the best social justice stories. Michelle Massaro brings her characters to life, from the hunky pastor with the speckled past to the haunted heroine searching for meaning. And let’s not forget the charming and precious Thomas, a little boy desperate for a family to call his own. If you like stories that both warm your heart and keep you turning the pages, you’ll love Hollow Places. This is one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in years.”
—Robin Patchen, USA Today bestselling author
of Glimmer in the Darkness
"...inspirational and emotional and swoony! 💕 A Keeper"
"Deep. Tender. Thought-provoking. Emotional. I will remember this brilliant story for a long time. I found myself holding back tears in parts, smiling at others as I binge read, not wanting to put it down."
"This is the perfect addition to the Grace series. I absolutely loved it. The characters are real. You will cheer for them. You will cry for them. There are unexpected twists and turns. Michelle does an excellent job of bringing it all together. I anxiously waited for this book after reading the first two. It was well worth the wait." ~ Amazon reviewer
"This is a story that will tug on your heart as you root for main character Melody, in her journey to freedom and healing. Highly recommend!" ~Rosemary Hines, author of the Sandy Cove series
Quick to serve her church and community, Melody Harrison is a ray of sunshine wherever she goes. Secretly, though, fear shadows her spirit. Her drive to do more, to serve, to never say no, has become a slave master. If she stops, her guilt will obliterate her ministry, her marriage, her family. She knows she’s not worthy, but losing them is a price she isn’t willing to pay.
Councilman Shane Harrison leads a picture-perfect life—an image he is both proud and protective of. He has an adoring wife and son, and a reputation built on impeccable ethics. One interview at a time, Shane is solidifying his place as a pillar in the community—until a series of startling revelations sends a hammer crashing down on everything he knows.
The mirage of their charmed life gives way to the ugly truth—they are, in fact, broken vessels, lost in a great expanse of rubble. Is there hope that God’s grace might be greater still?
“Unbound by Grace kept me up until the wee hours... Massaro’s characters stepped off the pages and into my heart... You won’t be disappointed!” ―Deborah Raney, RITA® Award-winning author of Beneath a Southern Sky and the Chandler Sisters Novels series
Tori Bishop has carved out a safe circle of friends from church who know nothing of her privileged status. But when a good cause compels her to use her connections, one friend gets a little closer to her secret. Derek proves to be a strong and steadfast ally and as long as he doesn’t discover her background, she never has to question his motives.
Derek Miller wants his life to count for something, to make a difference—especially in the life of Tori Bishop, the spunky smart-mouth who loves razzing him. Their friend group is tight, but if his criminal past comes to light, she’s sure to take off running.
When Tori and Derek join their buddies in building a local women’s shelter, the extra time together stirs more than an ember of attraction. Haunted by the fear of exposure, each must wrestle with the chains of their pasts to experience freedom, love, and the full depths of God’s grace.
About Unbound by Grace
This inspirational Christian novel explores the ways in which our pasts—mistakes, betrayals, wounds—can keep us from experiencing the blessings God has for us now. But releasing our pasts to Him can free us to receive new life and love. A follow-up to Grace in the Flames, this story delivers a meaningful faith journey as well as a fun, flirty, and heart-pounding love story.
Romance novelist Meghan Townsend’s marriage is slipping, and no amount of prayer seems to help. She aims to recapture her husband’s waning attention by getting in shape and finds escape by crafting her own fictional love story. Taking inspiration for the hero from a new friend—the attractive, spiritual, and attentive Curtis Jameson—she pours her yearnings onto the page, and craves the kind of pulse-pounding romance found in her book, Racing Hearts...
In 1916 Corona, California, motorcars are all the rage, and racing them is what Meghan’s hero, Russell Keegan, does best. But when his competition vandalizes his car, the only mechanic available is a greasy woman in a man’s overalls.
After a racing accident claimed her father’s life, Winifred became the sole breadwinner for her family. She is disdained as a female mechanic, but her daddy's trade is all she has left. Can she swallow her hatred of the races and take up Russell's offer of big bucks to fix his car, or will she lose everything to mounting debt?
Under Meghan's skillful pen, these two embark on a thrilling, adventurous romance. But she finds that writing those love scenes with Curtis’s face in mind takes her heart places it shouldn’t go. Will she realize in time that real life can be better than fiction?
About Better than Fiction
Better than Fiction is a unique, fun blend of Christian women's fiction and turn-of-the 20th century historical romance. It has given two best writer buddies an excuse to work together, laugh together, create together. It’s given them an opportunity to spotlight the colorful town of Corona, California in this lighthearted romance, while sharing their burden for the woman tempted by infidelity or struggling with an affair of the heart.
Russell watched as Winifred left the Ford and approached with slow, almost reverent steps. As she walked the circumference, studying every angle of his car, he studied her.
Washed in light, patches of clean skin glowed pale through the grime on her face and neck. A single curl hung forgotten against the side of her gaping mouth. Having made a complete circle, she came around the back of the Cat and took measured strides along its side. Her fingers hovered above the wheel and followed the curve in a worshipful caress.
If he didn’t know her to be an unfeminine creature, he might think she were trying to seduce him.
Unbidden, the feel of her fingers ran a similar trail along his bare shoulders. He swallowed hard and squirmed in his seat. Something was wrong with him if a figureless woman in filthy coveralls set his mind on such an unchristian path. With a grunt, he shook off the images, jammed the handbrake into place, and jumped from the vehicle.
Steve’s game had ended long ago and Meghan was still tapping away on the laptop. Smiling, she closed her computer and nestled into her propped pillows with a dreamy sigh.
There was something about historical romance. A different time, a different way of life, but the same spark between a man and a woman.
A sharp snorting broke her from her reverie. Her gaze traveled to her husband―snoring loud enough to send the city into evacuation.
Meghan turned and studied the strong angle of his nose, the outline of his lips―even if they were hanging slack and flapping with every rattling breath.