13 January 2023

A Life Renewed | Excerpt + Giveaway

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In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, “The Nine Days’ Queen” was executed for high treason. But what if, instead of feeling the blade on her neck she secretly survived?

Escaping execution, Lady Jane hides as a peasant girl in a principality in Germany. She loves the simple life and never wants to return to England. But her benefactor, a power-hungry German prince, wants to march on London and place her on the English throne again, thereby increasing his dominance in Europe. If she doesn’t agree with his plan, her beloved childhood nurse will be put to death. Desperate for help, Jane must put her trust in the mysterious spy Asher Hayes.

Asher Hayes is done rounding up Protestants for “Bloody Mary” and wants nothing more than to live a quiet life as a farmer and expunge the blood of many from his hands. Except Queen Mary isn’t done with him yet. She throws his father, mother, and sister into prison on false charges in order to force him to accept one last mission – find and kill Lady Jane Grey. But when Asher discovers Lady Jane isn’t a threat to the throne as he believed her to be, he faces a devastating decision – does he sacrifice his family for the woman who reigns in his heart?

Publisher: HopeKnight Press
Release Date: April 2, 2020



A cruel smile splayed across Mary’s lips as she gained her composure. “Such a pity.” She shrugged. “I guess your father, mother, and sister will have to be sold into servitude.”

Dread and wariness flooded Asher’s body. “I have long paid their debts.”

Mary made her way to the table and poured a goblet of wine but did not lift the glass to her lips. “Aye, but your father could not resist the temptation to enter into an unsavory transaction with Lord Allerton. Unfortunately, the deal did not turn out as expected.”

Asher fisted his hands as anger infused every muscle in his body. “You did this. Why? Have I not served you faithfully? Why would you do such a revolting thing?”

Mary pressed her back into the table. “I knew you would refuse me. I could not publicly force you to continue your service without raising eyebrows. I want no

more scandal. Do this for me and I will release your parents and raise your sister to prominence at court. I will find her a good and profitable match. I promise, before

God, this will be done. All you must do is bring back the head of that traitor Jane.”


Olivia Rae is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary inspirational romance. She spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories by adding in what she’s learned as an adult living in a small town on the edge of a big city. When not writing, she loves to travel, dragging her family to old castles and forts all across the world.

Olivia is the winner of the Angel Awards, New England Readers’ Choice Award, Golden Quill Award, American Fiction Award, Illumination Book Awards, and the Southern Magic Award. She has also been a finalist in many other contests including the National Readers’ Choice Awards. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

Connect with Olivia by visiting oliviaraebooks.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a Book Gift Box including the books A Life Renewed & Salvation, a $25 Amazon gift card, 3-pack notebooks, CCB cheese dip mix, English Holdsworth chocolates, Lavender Essential Oils, Sandalwood-scented wax cubes, Handmade soap, Red Current Cassis Candle, Silk Scarf, and Olivia Rae Swag!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 11, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 18, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. No shipping restrictions. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Great excerpt and cover.

    1. Rita, I am glad you like them. I'm hoping you will read more of the book.

  2. the excerpt hooked me!!

  3. Sounds like a great read.

  4. I look forward to reading this

  5. At one time Lady Jane was one of my favorite historical figures, so I'm curious about this alternate history fiction book.

  6. What inspires your main character ideas?

  7. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, A Life Renewed sounds like a wonderful story and I will be reading the previous titles in the series as well. Thank you for sharing the author's info and book details

  8. I am a fan of all Olivia Rae books. I also love exploring castles and I have a few forts in my hometown of Charleston, SC.

  9. This sounds like a book that I am really going to enjoy!

  10. Hallie, Thank you for sharing! Olivia Rae is a new author for me.