23 May 2023

A Path to Acceptance | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


Wanton. Tainted. Immoral. These were all words that could describe Penelope. After being forced into a world of harlotry to cover her parents’ debts, Penny learned how to survive without feeling. When a mysterious man approaches Penny with an offer to free her from her situation, Penny soon discovers that leaving her tavern could not rid her of the reputation she gained as a harlot. Would anyone be able to see beyond her tainted past?

Abandoned by his father as a child, Ryland refuses to depend on anyone but himself. Surviving as a mercenary for wealthy landowners, he accepts an assignment to free a harlot from a life of slavery. Frustrated when he is forced to take her under his care, Ryland discovers there is more to this harlot than her beauty. Can her unshakeable faith bring him back to a Redeemer he has long since rejected?

Discover the story of a tainted woman in A Path to Acceptance.

Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: May 17, 2023



I thought again on her words, wondering if the woman truly desired for me to ask her to be my wife. Even as a harlot, she was a woman after all and she was only twenty-five years of age. Perhaps I had given her the wrong impression by keeping her with me. I raked my hands through my hair. Yet, I didn’t want the woman to leave my shop. I couldn’t suppress my relief when she decided to stay with me, even knowing the threats hanging over my head. Nor could I deny that what started as forced care for her these last months has slowly transformed to something else. Something more.

“You should be careful walking alone at night.” I turned sharply as three cloaked figures surrounded me. I glanced around, noticing for the first time, the eerie calm and the unusually deserted streets surrounding me. I put a hand to the sword at my side, knowing I had foolishly walked out of the shop without a weapon of faith.

“What do you want?” I asked as a deep chill embodied me as they approached.

“She’s beautiful. That woman who lives with you. It’s a pity she cannot be trusted.”


Lisa M. James is a Romantic Fantasy and Christian Fantasy author. Her novels have made the Amazon Best Sellers list for numerous categories, including: Fairy Tale Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Christian Fantasy, and Religious Romance. She is committed to creating fantastical worlds with clean romances and diverse female leads. When not writing, Lisa can most often be found watching Disney movies or enjoying homemade chai.

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(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of A Path to Acceptance & a Vera Bradley Crossbody bag (plum pansies print)!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 22, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 29, 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. Lisa, I have tried to make homemade chai and it never taste quite right.