06 February 2023

Songs for a Sunday | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


Two sets of sisters, generations apart--can one big sister's sacrifice teach the other about love and forgiveness?

1963: Twenty-year-old Annie dreams of managing the dance studio where she has trained since childhood and of marrying her high-society boyfriend. But when her younger sister with special needs gets pregnant, Annie is forced to set her dreams aside for the sake of family.

Present Day: Missy Robbins has always lived in her younger sister's shadow. When given the opportunity, Missy steps out of her comfort zone as stay-at-home mom of four to prove she's as good a singer as Erica. Missy's new pursuit puts her on a path to self-discovery and reclaiming her discarded faith. Until she discovers her grandmother has a sixty-year-old secret.

Will Missy conceal Grandma Annie's deception or will she be forced to reveal the hidden truth?

Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction
Release Date: February 7, 2023


The melodic notes of the classic song’s introduction made Missy’s stomach tighten. Such a balance of beauty and pain in that moment. Art met panic there. The desire to create music faced down fear. The meaning of the song and the beauty of its lyrics collided with her doubt. In that moment before she opened her mouth, something stirred deep inside her.

I see you, Melissa Jo. I see you.


Heather Norman Smith is a Christian fiction and devotions author. Her goal is to use the written word to entertain and encourage while illuminating the redemptive love of God. She also enjoys singing about Jesus. Heather is a proud life-long North Carolinian and aims to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her fiction. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, N.C., where she lives with her husband and their four children, and several pets.

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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight February 6, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 13, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.



  1. Sounds like a good book.

  2. Great cover & blurb! Sounds like a great book!

  3. I like the book blurb and dual timeline concept, and the excerpt leads me to want to know the identity of Melissa Jo.

  4. Anonymous7/2/23 17:09

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. that excerpt was very intriguing. thank you