Monday, September 19, 2016

Guide Me Home #Review

Guide Me HomeGuide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Guide Me Home is a sweet Christian Historical Fiction about the power of prayer. Rebecca wants so desperately to help her family and ease the ache in her mother's heart from losing her only son. While working at Mammoth Cave, she meets the handsome Devlin Bale. Will they be able to overcome their differences? Will Cissy find the love that she desire? Will Devlin find out what is missing in his life?

I absolutely loved this book! Cissy was surprisingly self-centered. She thought that everything was about her. I enjoyed learning about Mammoth Cave and the beauty of God's creation. My favorite character is most definitely Tolly, his faith was so strong. All in all this was a fantastic novel. If you like historical fiction or even a clean romance, this is the book for you!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Crimson Tree Book #Review

Synopsis: 
Disembodied voices.

Apparitions.

Waking nightmares.

Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity.

Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn. 
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My Review: 
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Crimson Tree is a fantastic paranormal mystery to kick off the Halloween season.  Carly's life was going great, she was extremely happy and about to marry the man of her dreams.  That is until that fateful day under the crimson tree.  Will anyone believe the things she claims to see? Will she ever have a peaceful life again?


This was a great story!  I loved how Carly's best friend believed her right from the start.  This was a fast paced novel that had me on the edge of my seat.  The ending threw me for a loop and had me wanting more.  I am definitely a new fan of this amazing author and I'm sure you will be too!

About the Author:

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Land of Silence Book #Review

Land of SilenceLand of Silence by Tessa Afshar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:
Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?


My Review:
I recieved a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Land of Silence is a beautiful story of one young woman's strength and courage during difficult circumstances. Elianna suffered so much guilt and shame over the death of her little brother. It's bad enough that she blamed herself for his death, but her father not only blamed her but could not find it in his heart to forgive her. She couldn't forgive herself and did everything in her power to end the betrothal to the only young man she has ever loved. She begins delving into the scriptures shortly after her father dies and they are forced to sell the family business.

She finds a loving Heavenly Father but can He find it in his heart to forgive her? Can she ever forgive herself? This is a brilliant story about "the woman with the issue of blood." Her faith was immense! This is a novel that truly strengthen's your faith no matter what you happen to be facing.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Unchained Melody Book Blast and #Giveaway

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years. Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after she always dreamed of.

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About the Cynthia Roberts - My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior. I really don't fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre/sub­genre it will fit under. I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel. It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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Lily Grimes had it all. She was head cheerleader, the girlfriend of the All-American High School Quarterback, had been accepted to a prestige college near her hometown and the best family and friends a young woman could ask for. Just before Christmas 2004, Dr. Jethro “Jet” Manning, the doctor-in-training for the quaint little town, nearly runs over Lily, who is found unresponsive and icy cold in the middle of a backroad.

Fast forward to 2015 - Lily Grimes finally wakes up and has to face the reality of being in a coma for the past 11 years. Her life has changed but just as she feels like she is getting into the groove of things, Lily discovers secrets have been kept, lies have been told and everyone whom she considered a ‘friend’, may not be out for her best interest. Lily feels like something is missing - a piece of herself. Is it simply because she was in a coma for so long or is there literally a piece missing?

As she sets out on a mission to find the answer, Lily discovers that she’s being stalked and someone is trying to kill her. Who can she trust and will she ever find the secret to those eleven missing years?

Content Warning - Due to mature language and content, this book is recommended for ages 18+.



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“I don’t need protecting. I need the truth!” exclaimed Lily. “Yes, I understand. That’s what we are doing right now, Lily. We are discussing the truth.” Dr. Marsden walked over to the window, adjusted the blinds and returned to Lily’s bedside with her arms crossed. “Lily, you suffered a tremendous loss, I understand that, but you also need to know that someone tried to kill you several times over the eleven years. Everything your parents and Dr. Manning have done is to protect you. They love you and right now, that is all you need,” Dr. Marsden said with a softness that Lily had never heard from the rigid, cold woman before. “What do you mean that someone tried to kill me?” asked Lily. “We found numerous drugs in your system at different times, caught a man trying to smother you and your parents received several death threat letters at their home,” said Dr. Marsden. The woman seemed to age about 10 years but a softness came over here that made the woman seem less intimidating to Lily.

About the Author


July 15, 1984. Shelly Oakley (now Maynard) was born and lived in tiny Ashmore, Illinois until 1998 when her parents relocated to Manchester, Tennessee. Starting a new high school and making new friends was hard enough but it was that point in her life where it came time to make life-changing decisions in regards to college, careers, etc. Shelly had spent so much time following in others’ footsteps that she never had a plan for her career. The only dream she’d ever had was to become an author but that was laughed off by family and friends. By 2002, Shelly was in college and switched her major from nursing to teaching and finally business. One year in and she discovered that she was pregnant with her first son. He joined the world in 2004 and was followed by a brother in 2006. During the second pregnancy, Shelly fought demons of a bad marriage and started trying to rebuild her life. She met her (now) husband in the Fall of 2006 and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Her three guys are her entire heart, soul, mind and spirit! After searching for several years, Shelly decided that it was time to find a place to settle in her career. She started working for a local, family-owned steel fabrication company in 2014 and was surprised when she found more than a job – she gained an extended family and friends who provided a tremendous amount of support. Between the support of her husband, children, family and friends, Shelly started writing again. Past demons haunted her but she wanted to set an example for her children and follow her dream through to the end to prove that hard work, persistence and dedication pays off! Living in Lynchburg, Tennessee, Shelly Maynard is your typical mom –she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and for nine of the twelve months per year, you’ll find her at a ball field watching her children. She enjoys front-porch-sittin’ with a glass of sweet tea and the occasional margarita. She loves her morning coffee, a good book and writing for her blog. It’s the simple, “little” things in life that make life grand! She also blogs at www.lynchburgtnmama.com

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Chasing Freedom Book #Review

Chasing FreedomChasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Synopsis:
In 2040s America, civility is prized above truth, conformity above free expression, and “green” living above basic human needs. Most have given up, too busy trying to survive in a country where life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken spirits remain.

Julie is a girl who has everything, including a plan to ignite the spark of resistance. Randy dreams of winning Julie’s love and escaping the emptiness of over-regulated life. Joseph seeks revenge on the system for a family tragedy. Daniel is a young artist, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Chris is an orphan prepared to do the unthinkable to protect his younger sister. Whether by choice or by accident, each will take a path on a collision course with the oppressive regime. Will they find the freedom they desire? Or will the cost of defiance prove too high to bear?

Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.
 


My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Chasing Freedom is an intriguing dystopian novel. Randy and Julie are the leaders of the Rebels as they fight against the government. The government has taken away all freedoms, everyone lives in poverty, food is rationed, and free thinking is forbidden.

This dystopian was as intriguing as it was disturbing. It's extremely plausible, and the continual struggle for a happy life felt real. This novel has lots of action and although there is torture, it isn't graphic descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think anyone that enjoyed The Hunger Games will enjoy reading this.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Brooklyn on Fire Book #Review

Synopsis:

After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office— convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered and desperate for answers—Mary’s second assignment begins.

As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John’s death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York's elite.

Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt family, Brooklyn on Fire takes Mary on a wild journey from New York City to North Carolina to uncover not only the truth of one man's death, but to unravel the mystery in three murders – with links tied perilously close to her own personal world.
 


My Review:

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

It's the late 1800s, and Mary Handley is a woman ahead of her time. To her parents' dismay, Mary wants to be a detective.  After solving Goodrich case, things have died down and Mary begins to wonder if she will ever get another case...until she is visited by Emily Worsham.  Emily wants to find out the truth about her Uncle's death.  But when Emily turns up dead, Mary begins to unravel a mystery that puts everyone she loves in danger.


This was a great mystery that reminded me of Sherlock Holmes. Mary was a strong independent woman. I enjoyed how realistic her family dynamic was and there's even a budding romance.   I look forward to reading more from this author.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A.D. 33 Book #Review

Synopsis:
They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.

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My Review:








I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

A.D. 33 is the sequel to A.D. 30.  Two years has passed and Judah is still Saman's prisoner.  Maviah has become an integral part of of the leadership of the Thaemond, and has amassed an army of ten thousand.  They plan to attack Kahil and save Judah, but they require a larger army.  Maviah has adopted a little boy that she has saved in the desert and Saba has been teaching him about Jesus.  Now he has been taken and Maviah must bring Jesus' power back to Petra or lose her son.

This was an awesome story of God's forgiveness and how much he truly loves us. I loved the way it was explained that we are in the world but not of it. I learned a lot from this novel, there were some really deep moments.  I think this is a great series to reaffirm your faith in God.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Calling Book #Review

Synopsis :

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels--he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.With dissension in his own camp--and the CityWatch soldiers closing in--Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Calling is book two of The Seer series.  In this portion, a bit of time has passed.  Remko and Carrington are happily married with a sweet little baby girl.  Damien has started experimenting on some of it's citizens and Remko and the others rush in to rescue the believers of Aaron before they are executed.  When the Authority begin to change the execution locations, Remko begins having a crisis of faith as he questions putting his family in danger for something he isn't sure he believes in.


Rachelle Dekker has written a wonderful dystopian series.  I love how Remko's doubts were dealt with.  There are lots of heartbreaking moments, but this series teaches us about God's grace, unconditional love, and to have faith through all circumstances.  This is a great fast paced novel with action, romance, and even a mad scientist! All in all, this was a fantastic book that has something for everyone!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Whispers of the Skyborne book #review




The world has changed. The Great Families are no longer in power. Queen Nix of the Hands of Tarot has been stripped of her title and incarcerated. The League of Cities has been formed to provide a new line of defense to the smaller tribal nations.

Not without consequences, though. Another of the original Great Families has been destroyed. As the new leaders rise from the ashes, a new threat comes to light; something no one saw coming, something that had been lurking under the surface of their society.

The Skyborne. As they discover just how deep the Skyborne’s influences are, they realize the war they thought they’d been fighting . . . . . . wasn’t the real one.

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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Whispers of the Skyborne is the third book in The Devices War trilogy.  In this final portion, Synn has returned to save his people.  Many questions are answered about the origin of the mark.  But has Synn matured enough to take on Ino Nami and Sky City?  His crew is inexperienced and must gain the courage to win the battle.



This was an awesome science fiction novel.  I thought the explanation of how everyone's mark came to be was very creative and quite a surprise.  There's non-stop action and you are easily drawn in and captivated by this intriguing story.  This is a series that all lovers of sci-fi will enjoy.



Meet the Author:


SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!


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