06 December 2018

Reason to Breathe | Spotlight & Excerpt


Phylicia thought life was passing her by, but maybe this was love’s plan all along…

At twenty-nine, Phylicia Chandler put her life on hold to care for her dying mother with her sisters, Joanna and Britt. Now Mom is gone and their father stuns them all by running off with a woman young enough to be their sister. Life is moving forward all around her, but Phylicia feels stuck—until her father’s protégé, Quinn Mitchell, presents the sisters with an intriguing business opportunity to purchase a trio of cottages just outside of Langhorne, Missouri. Joanna and Britt are convinced the three of them should launch a vacation rental venture, but Phylicia remains skeptical.

To complicate matters, Quinn soon finds himself falling hard for Phylicia. But how can he pursue this beautiful, talented woman twelve years his junior when she’s still reeling over her father’s hasty engagement to a younger woman? Quinn is determined to give Phylicia her happily-ever-after. But first, he must help her come to terms with her discovery of long-held family secrets and persuade her that true love can transcend their differences.

Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 23, 2018


Something about Dad’s tone caused Phee to grab her sisters’ hands. She and Joanna took their seats again, straining toward the phone.

“What is going on?” Phee asked again.

“If you girls want to use Mom’s inheritance money to buy the house together, there would be enough that your payment—divided by three—would be as cheap as any apartment. And I’d cut you a nice deal.” His laughter sounded forced.

“That’s not even funny, Dad.” Phee’s voice came out in a squeak.

He ignored her and continued. “Seriously though, I hope you’ll think that through carefully. Owning the house together could be a bit of a mess once you all start getting married. And you know the house is old. It has some issues that might be pretty pricey to fix down the road. I don’t think it would be the wisest plan to try to keep the house. But I’ll pay you girls to get it ready to list. Quinn can handle the details.”

Quinn Mitchell had worked for their dad for as long as Phee could remember. He was a nice man, and she trusted him. But that didn’t mean she liked Dad’s plan any better than she had five minutes ago.


Deborah Raney dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her 30-plus books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences and serves on the executive board of the 2600-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She and her husband, Ken Raney, traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deb’s novels—for life in the city of Wichita. They often travel to teach at writers conferences across the country and to visit their four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.


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a print copy of Reason to Breathe
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  1. Thank you for the spotlight on and excerpt from "Reason to Breathe". Appreciate your being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like Deborah Raney's book would be a wonderful book to read. I've placed it on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read more than the short excerpt shared.
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