02 May 2024

walking on hidden wings | excerpt + giveaway

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about the book

Geneva Ashcroft Hayes’s marriage to a newspaper mogul might have been arranged, but the New York socialite is devastated when her husband’s plane crashes a few short months after their nuptials. When the authorities suspect murder, Geneva sets out on a wild mission to find his killer–and to prove it wasn’t her!

When mysterious notes surface pointing to Geneva’s guilt in his death, they only strengthen her resolve. She has little to go on except for a detective friend’s cryptic list of locations connected to her dead spouse. When the friend also disappears, she trades her sparkling gowns for coveralls and pilot goggles.

Armed with a new name and career as a wingwalker and barnstormer, she travels from town to town in hopes of unearthing clues and locating her missing friend. But Geneva discovers that her past may not belong to her . . . what she once believed as truth may be nothing more than lies and deception.

“A tangled web, a sleuthing adventure, a rekindled romance . . . Walking on Hidden Wings has it all.”

–Rachel Fordham, author of The Letter Tree

“Fans of intelligent mysteries, butterfly-inducing romance, and the Roaring Twenties, prepare yourselves–Walking on Hidden Wings will sweep you away to the skies! McDaniel’s lyrical prose is a delight, and readers will be fascinated by the daring beginnings of aviation. A true gem.”

–Joanna Barker, author of A Heart Worth Stealing

publisher: kregel publications
release date: april 23, 2024


“You’re sacrificing me on the matrimonial altar.” All for the sake of politics and power. I tugged the silver-plated brush through my long golden hair, wincing when it tugged a snarl.

“What a notion, Geneva.” Mother’s laugh was forced, her mouth pinching at the edges. “You always have a flair for the dramatic, my love.”


Even though that particular topic terrified me, it’d be nice to be given a choice. But that sort of pettiness appeared to be last on my parents’ list of requirements in pawning off their child. Only it wasn’t to the highest bidder. No, my family didn’t need to fatten their already gorged bank accounts. They craved influence. And apparently Warren Hayes, with his newspaper empire, held the golden key to Father’s political hopes.

Mother’s pale features seemed almost ghostly in the mirror’s reflection. She stood like a porcelain sentinel beside my open oak bookcase. I never knew what version of Mother to expect. Sometimes she assumed the role of dutiful parent, instructing me in long-winded monologues of the unbending ways of society. Other days she remained tight-lipped and begrudging, as if she felt obligated to visit me. Another task on her lengthy list. The only other time Mother approached, and my least favorite, was on assignment from Father.

I presumed today would be a blend of all three.

about the author

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids.

Connect with Rachel by visiting rachelmcdaniel.net to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of the book plus book-related extras!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 1, 2024 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on May 8, 2024. 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.

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  1. thanks for spotlighting Walking on Hidden Wings today!

  2. I adore Rachel Scott McDaniel's novels. Thank you for sharing.