Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas


About the Book (From Back Cover):

From the world's best-loved spiritual writers, a reading for every day of the holiday season...

Unparalleled both in concept and scope, this new collection of readings for Advent and Christmas offers wisdom, beauty, and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary sources.

Containing a selection for each day of the Christmas season, from the last week of November through the first week of January, Watch for the Light can be dipped into at leisure or followed as a guide to daily devotions.  Either way, it will give new meaning to the phrase "holiday preparations."

My take on the Book:

This book is a collection of advent readings from some of the most intellectual people I can think of: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Aquinas, Sylvia Plath, Madeline L'Engle, C.S. Lewis and more.  That being said, it is a very cerebral book.  I was excited when I received the book... some of my favorite authors are in this book, but when I started reading.... I was very overwhelmed and felt stupid.  I think it was because I started reading at a time when life was crazy-busy and my brain was going a million different directions with life, that I couldn't focus.  My brain was definitely overwhelmed by the words I tried to read on the page.  

The set up of the book is good.  You have an entire Advent-worth of readings from brilliant minds.  One entry a day, that can be read daily or just picked up as you can.  I would definitely recommend this book, but I would also recommend you set aside the time to focus, read and enjoy.  


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quilts of Love: Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven, a review



About the Book:

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned. Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter. Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever. 










ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


 


Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.





A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas. 








My Take on the Book:

Swept Away by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven was a wonderful read!  It thoroughly pulled me in with a sweet story that was both humorous and sad.   I am amazed how flawlessly the story runs... Two people wrote this?? Really?  I don't know how they did it, but it's excellently written.  The electricity between Sara Jane and Andrew is inescapable and palpable.  No matter how much they try, they can't get around the attraction.  It oozes through the pages as well.  The precious back story of Andrew and why he is a "mountain man" and hobby broom maker is heartrending and Sara Jane's discomfort with having close relationships and trusting someone is also hard, but God is in the business of healing.  Swept Away is a wonderful story of God's faithfulness... no matter what we are going through... and of course, there is the romance-- sweet, pure and a little steamy.  Just right!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wisdomantics: "Where Wisdom is Power"


WISDOMANTICS: AN INTERACTIVE DVD BOARD GAME (TV Plug & Play)
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For 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up)
(Average time of play 40 - 60 minutes)
Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! We are currently developing Wisdomantics-New International Version (NIV), a variation of the original game. This version of the Holy Bible is considered by some to be more mainstream and will allow us to reach a broader scope of consumers. The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment.
 
Wisdomantics utilizes 2 DVDs which contain 400 multiple-choice questions/proverbs. There is a built-in variable timer which automatically adjusts for
1st, 2nd and final attempt questions. The DVD will grade your response and King Solomon will quote the proverb when you answer correctly. 
Finally, the DVD will instruct players when to draw a specialty card which will enable them to navigate the game board.
 
The game board illustrations chronicle Solomon’s life! They begin with his most notable acts and achievements and end with a divided kingdom through disobedience and rebellion. Hear King Solomon quote his wise biblical truths. The audio-visual element is a huge plus and adds greater depth to the game. Players may also strategize with specialty cards, which can skip or detain opponents, recover lost assets, and provide protection from adverse scenarios. To replicate Solomon’s temple, players receive colored tiles (gold, cypress and cedar) as they navigate the game board. The first player to complete their Solomon’s temple scorecard wins!

For some introductory videos click here: Wisdomantics Game


My Review:

My family sat down to play this game tonight.  It's for 2-4 players and there are 7 of us in our family.  Tonight the oldest 4 sat down to play and the others went away or watched. :)  In theory, you could play as teams with bigger groups, I think that would work.

We pulled out all the parts and pieces.  The game box includes:

50 Advancement Cards                                     1 Game Board
50 Blessing Cards                                             2 Double-sided interactive DVDs (interactive)
1 Question Card                                                1 Tile Holder Tray & 132 Colored Tiles
4 Scorecards
4 Custom Game Tokens(Angel, Cross, Dove and Ten Commandments)


After setting the game up and reading through the instructions, we decided to dive right in to the game.  


Now, my husband is a pastor... so, we've been in church a LOT and read the Bible a lot and taught Scriptures to our children... and we actually did pretty well answering the questions.  




There were some verses we didn't know (maybe my husband did, but he wasn't helping us out on our turns).  So, we were actually able to try out the "second attempt," "third attempt," and "final attempt" options.  The daughter that is in the pictures won the game... it did last around 40 minutes (which might be a little long for younger kids, but the game is for 12years and older).  

There were parts of the game that were fun (some of the Advancement cards had options for "Passover" which was essentially a skip card, and "Restoration" which allowed the holder of the card to take blessing cards and color tiles from other players and then there were "Miracle Cards" which gave you three gold tiles and three blessing cards).  The game was fairly easy to understand and play, most of the questions were easy enough.  

There we're also parts of the game that weren't so fun.  The video made the game seem SO long and drawn out.    Also, my children haven't been brought up with the NKJV... they have been brought up with NIV, so that was interesting, but not overly hard.  

I think I misunderstood the game before I got it.  I thought it was going to be more of a Bible Trivia Game, not just a Proverbs/Solomon trivia game.  

So, I think this is a good game, just not a good fit for my family. :)  It would be great for Homeschoolers who are trying to emphasize the Proverbs in the Bible Class.  Or even someone that reads/learns from the New King James Version of the Bible. 

For more information check out the website here: Wisdomantics



Friday, December 12, 2014

Love Without End by Robing Lee Hatcher


About the Book:

Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.
Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.



About the Author:
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.
Find out more about Robin Lee at http://robinleehatcher.com
Connect with Robin : on Facebook, on Twitter or on Pinterest.


My Take:
While part of the book (Chet and Kimberly) is very predictable.... the other part... the part that surrounds Anna McKenna (aka Nana Anna) is not so predictable.  This is a sweet tale of three lives that are entangled by life circumstances. 
Robin's ability to tell the story of two, almost three, different love stories ... intertwined and separate-- is amazing!  They are all beautiful stories in their own right.  Robin draws you in to the modern tale with the struggle of Chet and his two sons who are just trying to eek out a living on their ranch.  Kimberly is reeling and trying to find her way after her husband dies and leaves her deep in debt and trying to adjust to a new way of life while her teenage daughter deals with the upheaval in a rebellious teenage way. And then there's Anna.  Anna is the heart of the story and has such a beautiful background filled with sorrow, acceptance, family, love and hope.  Her story alone is worth this read!!
This is the first book in The King's Meadow Romance series and I am looking forward to the books to come!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fire Up the Romance this Holiday with @RobinLeeHatcher’s “Love Without End” Kindle Fire Giveaway!


Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.



Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.


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 One grand prize winner will receive:


  • A Kindle Fire

  • Love Without End and the rest of the King's Meadow Romance series from Robin Lee Hatcher

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th on Robin's blog.



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

Have you read any of the Quilts of Love series yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?! 


Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey is my most recent read of the Quilts of Love series and it was GREAT!!  It's actually the first book I've read by Jodie Bailey. 

Jodie's characters are well written and the story drew me into the book.  There were parts of the book that were predictable, but the book was still VERY enjoyable.  This book goes right up into the top 10 of the Quilts of Love that I have read. It's perfect for an afternoon by the fire  cuddled up with a warm drink and blanket and it will definitely get you in the mood for Christmas!


About the Book:

A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.
Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle‑schoolers she teaches.
When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?



About the Author:

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel "Freefall" and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, "Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home." While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle‑schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

You can find more information about Jodie and her books at the following places:

Website: http://jodiebailey.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/writerjodiebailey
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodiebailey

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Too Loved to be Lost by Debora M. Coty, a review



About the Book:
In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you’ll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you’re struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave—the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.
Find out more and purchase a copy at Debora's website.


About the Author:
Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including  "Too Blessed to Be Stressed," and "More Beauty, Less Beast."  She's also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict.  Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

My Thoughts:
Most women (MOST...not all) struggle with a sense of aloneness or insecurity, whether it be about their looks, their abilities, their hopes, their hurts their relationships.  In Too Loved to be Lost, Debora Coty deals with these issues in a somewhat humorous, but biblically sound way that shows the reader the love of Papa God.  Throughout the book, she uses personal experiences to express the situation and Scriptures to back the way we need to look at ourselves and the situations when we feel alone and lost.  There are also simple-to-impement tips to attain the kind of guidance and belonging they women  worldwide desire, the kind that can only be find in Christ.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Manic Drive- VIP, a CD review and giveaway:


ABOUT THE BAND:
Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

Official Website- http://www.manicdrive.com/
Official Twitter-  http://www.twitter.com/manicdrive


My Review:
Okay, so I'm a fortysomething with four teenagers (not officially until February, but close).  My "style" of music does not always mesh with my teenagers... I guess I'm getting old. ;)  With that being said, I requested this CD because I am open to other music than what I normally listen to.  SO... the day I received the CD in my hand, I showed my 18 year old and she was ecstatic!!  She was so excited because she "loves this band."  Now, mostly we agree on music, but not always.  So, it gave me hope that she liked them. 


Fast forward to my next trip to town. I put the CD in the player and the push play.  The music is great... it's got a great club sound and would be awesome for dancing.  But, I couldn't hear the words.  And when I did hear the words, all I could hear was paparazzi and VIP and center stage, but I couldn't hear the Christ focus.  The music was overwhelming the words.  I actually asked my daughter if this was one of those groups who weren't a "Christian band," but were Christians (i.e.- NeedToBreathe)?  She wasn't sure.  Upon further listening, I found God in the lyrics.. you just have to get past the dance beat.  In the following days and weeks, all of my kids got to hear the CD... and while I got no real comment from my 17 year old daughter or 14 year old son, my almost 13 year old son had a comment:  "Mom, I don't like this group... I can't understand what they're saying."  I was so relieved that it wasn't just me!! lol
I wouldn't say this is a bad CD... I would just say that it isn't for everyone.  If you are looking for music to help you meditate and draw closer to God by the inspiring words and soothing sounds, DON'T grab this CD.  If you are looking to relax, enjoy, release some pent up energy and praise God all at the time... this is a great CD.  Check it out. Don't just take my word for it.
Oh, and lest you think all of the songs are dance hits, here's an example of another song on the CD:



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Evergreen (A Christiansen Winter Novella) by Susan May Warren, a review

About the Book:


An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. He even has a surprise trip abroad planned. He’s sure she’ll love it. What’s more romantic than Christmas in Paris?

Before he can stop her, however, Ingrid agrees to spearhead a major church project. Then their faithful dog, Butterscotch, needs emergency surgery, draining their savings. And then—because disasters strike in threes—an unexpected guest arrives, dredging up old hurts.

As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future.



About the Author:


Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.
A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.
She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com.

My Thoughts:

If you have read any of the Susan May Warren's books about the Christiansen Family, you don't want to miss Evergreen.  If you haven't read the books about the Christansen family, then what are you waiting for!?  :)

I love the Christiansen series (Take a Chance on Me, It Had to Be You, When I Fall in Love and Always on My Mind)... Each book includes the family, but centers on one or two of the siblings.  Evergreen, on the other hand, is focused on the parents of this amazing family.  It's so good see and know more about who is the foundation of this group (well, besides Christ, obviously).  

The only drawback is that Evergreen is a novella-- it's shorter than the other books (novels), but it'll definitely get you in the mood for Christmas!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hidden in the Stars by Robin Carroll

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love seriesfocuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.


About the book: 

A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large---and who his next victim will be.
Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother's offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn't help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.
Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia's mother's "special" quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia's unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer---still at large---silence her forever?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.







About the Author: 

Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

Connect with Robin: websiteFacebookTwitter





My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was different from the other Quilts of Love books I have read in that it was a suspense and the fact that it was about ballet and gymnastics.  I wondered what in the world ballet/gymnastics had to do with quilting, but was happily surprised with the connection that was made.  

The story was not only suspenseful, but at time amusing and it definitely drew me in.  I would definitely recommend this read to a friend!!


http://litfusegroup.com/author/rcaroll

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tried & True by Mary Connealy, a review

About the book: Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister---and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk---they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"---but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?




About the author: Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Find Mary online: websiteFacebookTwitter




My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book by Mary Connealy that I have read (I read The Kincaid Bride series)... and I enjoyed it just as well as I did the first three!

The story line was one I haven't read before... beginning with women pretending to be men and fighting in the civil war and women heading west, staking claims and pretending to be men so they can get their war exemptions.  All of these things were new to me, and I LOVE that!  (I really didn't know men in the war got a couple of years knocked off their homesteading requirements for years of service).  

Anyhow, mixed in with this wonderful history lesson is a good amount of humor, mystery and romance.  Sure the romance that comes to fruition is predictable from the beginning, but it's fun seeing how they get there... we also get a peak at romances to come in future books.  We also see glimpses of how people deal (or don't deal) with war and the battle scars - both mental and physical and how God can help us through tough situations and uses us to help others.  







Thursday, September 18, 2014

Christmas Bounty, a novella by MaryLu Tyndall

Christmas Bounty is one of nine novellas included in the book The Westward Christmas Brides Collection and is written by MaryLu Tyndall.  Other authors included in this collection are Wanda E. Brunstetter, Melanie Dobson, Susan Page Davis, Cathy Liggett, Vickie McDonough, Olivia Newport, Janet Spaeth, and Jennifer Rogers Spinola.  While I hope to read them all eventually, this blog is about Christmas Bounty by MaryLu Tyndall! :)




Christmas Bounty by MaryLu Tyndall is included in The Westward Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Historical Romances Answer the Call of the American West. Since she is one of my favorite authors, I read it first and I was NOT disappointed!! When I think of the Goldrush and the westward movement, I think of all the dust and wagon trains and buffalo and Native Americans and tough terrain, but in true MaryLu fashion -- we find a PIRATE as the hero in Christmas Bounty!! While I love historical fiction... a good pirate story will get me every time! 

Dante Vega is getting ready to be hanged for crimes he is said to have committed. His only salvation? If an upstanding woman of character will marry him! WHO in her right mind would marry a pirate about to be hanged? No one... so, steps forward Caroline Moreau. She is in need of a man to help protect her family and vineyards, just until the harvest is over and Dante is in need of protection from the noose. 

You'll have to read the book to find the outcome. It definitely has twists and turns and unexpected moments. It also has some scary elements and a steamy moment or two (in the cleanest sense of the word!!). 

If this novella is any indication of how the rest of the book will be... I can't wait to read the other stories!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Grand Design, a Quilts of Love novel by Amber Stockton

About the Book: 


A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.
When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

About the Author: 
Amber Stockton is an award‑winning author, a national speaker, and a direct‑sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards. Find out why readers love her by visiting her website AmberStockton.com.

My Thoughts: 
This is the first book I have read by author Amber Stockton and it won't be the last.  I thoroughly enjoyed stepping onto Mackinac Island with Alyssa and Libby.  This was a fun book with a hint of mystery, a hint of history and some romance tossed in too.  The characters are well written, the story was intriguing and there was just the right amount of humorous flirtation between the main character and her love interest.  
I would definitely recommend this book to others!!  For more information check out Amber's website, FaceBook page, Twitter and Amazon.com.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Abandoned Memories: Escape to Paradise 3 by MaryLu Tyndall, a review

About the Book:


Something sinister lurks in the lush Brazilian jungle. . . .
It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.
Running from the law, Angeline Moore longs to make a fresh start in the Confederate colony of New Hope, Brazil. James Callaway longs to create a city founded in the strong morality he holds dear. But a series of strange happenings soon lead the colonists to believe they have been brought to this place for a divine purpose.





About the Author:



A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.


My review:

Once again, MaryLu Tyndall has come through with an amazing new book.  Abandoned Memories: Escape to Paradise book 3 is a wonderful addition to this series about a group of southerners trying to make a new life for themselves in South America.   

I love how this third book continues the stories of James, Angeline, Magnolia and Hayden, as well as, the spiritual warfare that began in book 1 (Forsaken Dreams).  At times, the relationships are frustrating as each one continues to battle their own demons, but the characters are well defined and relatable.  The spiritual warfare is suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat.  

I would highly recommend this book and actually, the entire series is a good read.  For more information about these books and more by MaryLu Tyndall, check out her website: The Cross and Cutlass . You can also find her on Amazon, Facebook and twitter.

Friday, August 15, 2014

When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren

About the Book: 

A Christiansen Family Novel
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.
Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.
Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.
Learn more and and purchase a copy at Susan’s website.

About the Author:
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.
A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.
She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com.

My Take on the When I Fall in Love:
Have you ever read a book you wish wouldn't end-- it's that good?!  When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren made me feel that way!!  I finished reading the book a couple of days ago.  Later that afternoon I was preparing supper and all I could think about was When I Fall in Love and the interactions between Grace and Max. I also enjoyed "catching up with the other Christiansen family members that I haven't "seen" in a while. :)
Max's story is tough.  He has hard decisions to make that will affect his entire future and that of those he loves.  Is it worth it to love and be loved?
Grace is a homebody and an introvert.  She's afraid to fail and at the same time, she's afraid not to try.  When Max dares her to go for her dreams, her whole world is turned upside down.
This is a beautiful story full of hope and encouragement.  I recommend you read it... again and again!! :)


Monday, August 4, 2014

The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher


About the Book:
A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin.

A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.

An arduous trek toward justice–or redemption.

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family–even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?



About the Author: 
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.


My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  This is just the kind of western romance I like. It has action, comedy, romance and God. 

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