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Nicole Deese: Difference Makers, Adoption, Rewrites, a Giveaway & More

I’m fan girling this week as I host multi award-winning author, Nicole Deese. I discovered Nicole last year and have read two of her books so far. Both are amazing and went straight to my Goodreads favorites list. I can’t wait to read her new release, All That it Takes.

She’s offered a paperback copy as a giveaway, so be sure to comment on this post by April 26 to enter the drawing!

Join the conversation. Have you read any of Nicole’s books? What’s your favorite? Does the premise for All That it Takes resonate with you? What does it do for you when someone says, “I was wrong.”

Be sure to comment by April 26 for a chance to win a copy of All That it Takes! (Keep scrolling to find the comments section)

All That it Takes by Nicole Deese

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When the ever-cautious Val Locklier moves cross-country with her son for a secure job, everything she’d planned unravels within the first week. After Val reluctantly agrees to rent an apartment from her best friend’s brother, an unexpected chance at an elite filmmakers’ mentorship ignites fresh hope for a dream career. But as Val’s community begins to expand, so do her insecurities, especially those heightened by her growing attraction to a certain friendly landlord. 

Pastor Miles McKenzie returns home from a short-term mission trip to discover that not only does he have an intriguing new tenant living upstairs, he’s also been reassigned to a local ministry on life support. Disillusioned and restless, he distracts himself by throwing his energy into a host of new projects–not the least of which is pursuing Val–without stopping to consider the future. 

As Val struggles to stop hiding behind the camera and Miles wrestles with shattered expectations, they’ll find that authentic love and sacrifice must go hand in hand.

Nicole Deese’s sixteen bestselling humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award-winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and INSPY Awards. When she’s not working on her next contemporary romance, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Inland Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

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If you missed last week’s interview with Jaime Jo Wright, find it here.

As a Jesus girl for more than thirty years, Deena Adams understands how important hope is to daily life, which fuels her passion to inspire others through hope-filled fiction based on true to life stories. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and is a multi-award-winning writer, an active ACFW member, and ACFW Virginia president. Connect with Deena through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Jeanette Davis

    Hi Deena

    I have never read the featured author’s books but All That it Takes sounds amazing. Thank you for this opportunity to win her book!

    Jeanette Davis

  • Leah Williams

    Great interview, I really enjoyed it! I look forward to reading Nicole’s new book.

  • Teri DiVincenzo

    I have so enjoyed Nicole’s books in the past, and really look forward to reading this one too. I especially like the theme of authentic relationships, and I’m already rooting for Miles and Val! As for when someone says “I was wrong”, that’s worth a little more reflection…I’d like to think it’s all about the other person’s growth, but the implication of “I was wrong” is “you were right” and those are very different things!

  • Donna

    I have read Thee Promise of Rayne, and am starting All That Really Matters on audiobook, excited about this new one!

    • Deena Adams

      Hi, Donna. I read All That Really Matters last year and loved it. This new one is amazing, too! Thanks so much for watching and commenting.

  • Laura Spelliscy

    I haven’t read any of Nicole’s books yet, but she is in list of books to find. This book sounds great.

    • Deena Adams

      Sarah, I didn’t read any of her books until last year, and now I want to read them all! You don’t have to read All That Really Matters before this one, but if you wanted to read them in order of publication, you could start with that one. Thanks for watching and commenting!

    • Deena Adams

      I just discovered her last year, and I’m so glad I did! I hope you enjoy her books when you get a chance to read them. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Perrianne Askew

    I have Read All that Really Matters and loved it! When my TBR stack gets uncluttered, I will definitely be reading more of her work.

    • Deena Adams

      Hi, Perrianne. I know you’ll love this new book, too. I understand about the huge TBR pile. I’ll never get through all the books I want to read! Thanks so much for watching and joining the conversation.

    • Nicole Deese

      Thank you, Janet! All That It Takes (along with All That Really Matters) is actually available now 🙂

  • Janet D.

    I read Before You We’re Mine last year and enjoyed it. I look forward to reading Nicole’s new
    Book when it is released.

    • Deena Adams

      Hi, Janet. Nicole’s book is out and available now! I’m about halfway through it and it’s just as good as I knew it would be. Thanks so much for watching and commenting.

  • Traci Winget

    I read “Before You Were Mine” and loved it! Thoroughly enjoyed this interview, and the 2nd quote you read was so good! “I was wrong” is powerful indeed. I anticipate reading your new book, and will be sure to find a list of your other books and add to my TBR list.

    • Deena Adams

      Hi, Traci. Thanks so much for watching and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the interview! I’m about halfway through Nicole’s new book so you can borrow it when I’m done. 🙂

    • Nicole Deese

      Nice to “meet” you, Traci! And thank you! <3 So glad you enjoyed Before I Called You Mine.

  • Paula Shreckhise

    I read Nicole’s book a few weeks ago and loved it as much as All That really Matters! Wonderful books!
    I also read your novella Behind the Scenes and hope you find a publisher for the follow up book…. because I want to read it! It looks so interesting!

    • Deena Adams

      Hi, Paula. I just discovered Nicole and her books last year and I’m in love with her writing. So good!

      Thank you so much for your kind words about Behind the Scenes. You have no idea how much that encourages me. And thanks for watching and commenting on the interview.