Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Firewall by Diann Mills (FBI Houston Book 1)

First I must say, thank you SO MUCH DiAnn Mills for sending me a SIGNED copy of your book! That was such a thrill to open this up and read that! :D

Firewall starts of with a bang, well more of a bang then a major drama and action that doesn't let up! Taryn Young aka Mrs. Francis Shepherd is in love. Three months ago this man changed her life. Now they are on their way to start their honeymoon trip. The flight is going to be a long one and she will not be comfy if she doesn't grab a pit stop before boarding. That is when everything started changing! BOOM!!! The bathroom exploded! This was a bomb that went off, before Taryn could ever board her flight and marry the man of her dreams.

Worse yet, while she is alive, though in a coma, he is gone. Flat out left the airport, with very little footage to go on to find him. Taryn and her brand-new husband Shep, are prime suspects in the eyes of Spacial Agent Grayson Hall. She works for Gated-Labs, and in her line of top-secret government contracts, everything makes her look guilty. Where is Shep, and why did he leave his bride to die? Who is he if he isn't the name and the man she just married?

It's the very very tip start of a mole in th FBI office and of Grayson, and the rest of us trying to decide if Taryn was as played as she acts, or if she was in on this act of terrorism. Taryn know something, because those closest to her keep dying. She has a best friend's daughter to protect that is caught up in all this, and hopefully you will not see the ending coming. Full of suspense this book will keep you turning pages to solve the crime, clear the innocent, keep faith intact, and bring the guilty to justice!

I'm looking for the next book in this series!
Carol :)



This week, the


is introducing


Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)

by



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills


ABOUT THE BOOK

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firewall, go HERE.

DiAnn can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414389930 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson (Book 4 The Wingfeather Saga)

Oh my goodness! How could this be the last book in this series, and yet, how can it not be? I have to read them again soon, something that is rare for me to do! I will surely never forget Toothy Cows, just to name one reason for reading this series. This series started as a story that the Author and Father was making for his sons. It bloomed into an epic adventure that you will not want to put down! You should read the entire series so you don't miss anything!

Our group was left with a pending war against Gnag the Nameless, and the Fangs of Dang. Fangs come in two colors, and both the Gray ones and the Green ones are in on this. Thus, War. That would have been ok, had those horrible Fangs not got the jump on them and attacked prior to full readiness. Janner's family is all split up and separated, as well as them still being in shock over the revelation of who their father is.

Can they find their way back to each other? Will one of them die or be lost forever? Can you PLEASE understand that I adore the REAL Seadragons so don't be mean to seadragons unless you must *must"!

To try to cram this into a post, a solid review of this book, and not give away things I shouldn't, isn't easy this time. The action is far from lacking. The issues of the heart are prevalent. The ending, oh my. I do hate endings, but I hate non-endings more! Don't be afraid to share this series with your children, and park a set in the library of your Kindle or your home so that you can share them with those who can appreciate fine creative works that have an underlying Christ like theme deeply embedded into their core.

Carol :)

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. 

The Warden and the Wolf King - 
http://www.amazon.com/Warden-Wolf-King-Wingfeather-Saga/dp/0988963256/

Author Website http://wingfeathersaga.com 

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Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney (The Cate Kinkaid Files book 3)

I do so enjoy this series, and Death Takes a Ride just makes it more fun!
Dying to Read came first, and Dolled up to Die was next.

Cate is back getting herself innocently involved in major issues, just by being in the right place and the most awkward of times. She is waiting for her PI license to come in, and meanwhile, she keeps trying to remind herself that they don't do murder cases! Keep on thinking that honey, because it isn't working so far! She was just picking up a gal to take her to the Fit and Fabulous meeting, when a murder happened before they could leave! The wounded man is her friend's crush, and it seems like some folks might have had a reason to want him dead.

Mitch is considering relocating, and Cate doesn't want him to, but can't quite mange to say so. Then there is Clancy. He is the wounded man's dog. A large, hairy, skinny tailed, adorable fellow! If I had to guess Clancy's  breed I'd say he is an Irish Wolfhound! However, Cate has Olivia, her cat, and she isn't overly fond of Clancy. Thankfully, for now, Mitch is fond of him. After all, with his owner nearly murdered they had better figure this out or walk away from it, and walking away doesn't seem to work. Besides, what will Shirley do if they can't solve who tried to kill her crush? It will effect her job and a lot more!

I really enjoyed the last two books, this one is even better. I simply love Clancy, and I already liked Olivia.
Cate is still Faith filled and determined, and Mitch might get to be her leading man if he gets himself sorted out!

Carol :)

My copy was provided by Revell in exchange for my honest review, and nothing else.
Thank you Revell!



It's official. This case is above her pay grade--and Cate's in over her head.

Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Vintage Auto Restorations to give friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense.

Despite having been merely an unfortunate bystander, Cate finds herself sucked into the case. And the deeper she gets, the more she begins to suspect that the shooting in the H&B office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtneytakes you on wild ride in this clever cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.

Praise for the Cate Kinkaid Files

"Quirky, charming, and fun."--Publishers Weekly onDying to Read

"This book has tension that is matched only by humor--you won't find a place to stop and take a breath."--The Suspense Zone on Dolled Up to Die

"An entertaining, quick-paced whodunit that's sure to keep even seasoned mystery lovers guessing."--RT Book Reviews on Dolled Up to Die

Lorena McCourtney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of dozens of novels, includingInvisible (which won a Daphne du Maurier Award from Romance Writers of America), Dying to Read, and Dolled Up to Die. She resides in Oregon. Learn more at www.lorenamccourtney.com.

The Book Link :

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Takes-Ride-Novel-Kinkaid/dp/0800721608/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (The Inn at Eagle Hill Book 3)

Seriously, I can't believe we reached the end of this series! I have really enjoyed it, and I am now totally hooked on Suzanne Woods Fisher's books. They are one of my top favorites in their genera!
Here is the book cover:


The Revealing received a 4 star review from Romantic Times!

This is the third book in this series, and while you could read it alone, you would miss out on so much! So I recommend you read the first two books before you read this one. 


Bless sweet Naomi's heart! She is going to need a lifetime supply of Tums if things don't change! Rose Schrock just got engaged to Galen King, but that is only the start of things. Tobe Schrock has secrets, and those secrets are coming out! Is he really tied to Dean, Rose's deceased husband's death? Why did he send this girl to live with Rose, other than the condition she is in that she claims has to do with Tobe. 


Mim is still doing her writing work, but how much longer can she keep that under wraps? It is having several very interesting twists coming out. 


There is a distant relative staying in town working on genealogy, or is this man someone else entirely? He is staying with The Sisters. Those who haven't read prior books have missed out on this group of five special spinster sisters. 


A new family has moved in, and Bethany Schrock and impulsive Jimmy Fisher might not be the sure thing that Bethany thought that they were. 


All kinds of secrets and questions are about to be revealed. I'm so glad God never let's go of us, even if we have to let go of some others. You don't want to miss this conclusion to a very good series. The only sad part is that we reached the "end", but the good news is you can start in on another series by this fun and gifted author! 


Carol :) 

About the book:  Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can't see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don't know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether.

When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can't ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work-- something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe.

As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments' downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.

Author's Web Site: http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/


The Book Link: 

My copy was provided by Revell in exchange for my honest review, and nothing more. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel (Quilts Of Love #19)

I know I have stated my happy "addiction" to this book series before. This book is not an exception to that! 
One man and one woman both working for the same company, in different areas, are about to have their lives changed. 

Meet Molly. She has been at this company working on articles and writing for this magazine for ages. She writes all kinds of quilting articles, and she's really senor staff. Molly runs the Quilter's Heart. Molly has a passion for connecting with people through quilting and some outreach. Her "old maid" look shouldn't fool you, this gal is feisty and backbone. 

Meet Ben. He is the guru of all things outdoor and nature that is masculine. He edits and runs Outdoor Adventures. Ben is thought of by his fans like we might thing of Indian Jones meets Marty Stouffer. Well, at least that is the impression I got. 

To via for an upgrade in position, Ben and Molly have to change rolls. Molly has to kayak! She is so not an outdoor woman! Ben, well he has to quilt! The rivalry for the job position is on, but no one was bargaining for possible love in the process. Who is going to win the job, or the heart of someone else?

Carol :) 

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rival Hearts
Abingdon Press (June 17, 2014)
by
Tara Randel


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!

Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.

When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rival Hearts, go HERE.

Tara can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard (Port Aster Secrets book 2)

The first book in this series is Deadly Devotion. You can see my review HERE

I really didn't want to put this book down, I was quite interested in what was going on. Kate has gotten herself into more hot water than she did just dealing with who killed Daisy. Now that she lives in Daisy's house, her job has taken some odd turns, that keep getting more and more odd and distressing each day! While this book stands along, it is more fun to have read the first book, as this series just keeps getting better!  

She was at the store for her sweet elderly neighbor when she gets accused of passing counterfeit money! Detective Tom shows up, and makes sure she isn't put in jail, but even so Kate is very puzzled. Something not status-quo is happening with sweet Verna's son, and it is really effecting Verna. It sure seems like they are the ones creating the counterfeit money, but nothing turns up when the police search. Even so, some major things are being hidden by this folks it would seem.  Things don't EVEN start to stop there! Kate's being followed, by a very strange man, but then Tom says it isn't an issue. How is being stalked not an issue? Virus's on PC, fake e-mails and letters that Kate didn't send to the Mayor and other major players complicated matters! There are some strange plants that need protecting, and it could tie into her job, but the answers are so deeply buried. As they start to come to light, the answers could separate her and Tom. It could also rock her family, her job, and the entire town. For Kate, figuring out who to trust has never been so complicated, or so filled with prayer and danger. 

I can't wait for book three! 
Carol :) 



Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for comfort.

As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

"A fun, sometimes quirky whodunit, full of everything a mystery lover is looking for, including a dash of romance."--Lisa Harris, Christy Award finalist and author of Dangerous Passage

"Sandra Orchard weaves a clever web of suspense in this story of secrets, betrayal, and small-town intrigue.Blind Trust will keep readers on the edge of their seats--and impatient for book three!"--Susan May Warren, award-winning, bestselling author of It Had to Be You.

Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several novels, including Deadly Devotion, book 1 in the Port Aster Secrets series. She is a two-time winner of the Canadian Christian Writing Award for romance, winner of the 2012 Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times, and winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Her debut novel, Deep Cover, was recognized as one of the top five novels of the year by Family Fiction magazine. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband. Learn more at www.sandraorchard.com.

http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Trust-Novel-Aster-Secrets/dp/080072223X

I received my copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing else. 


Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert (Texas Gold Collection)

Claire Massey is beyond rich. Her husband, Tuck, is into cattle and has made it so lucrative that they lack nothing that money can buy. Think past millions, into the billions and beyond. Huge party extravaganzas are just another fun party for these people and their circle. Her daughter, Lainie, is about to marry the up and coming new Senator from Texas. Both Lainie and Claire are secretly dreaming of Lainie being in the White House one day. She has one son doing great, and is his Dad's "favorite. That is Garrett. Then Max is the son that that needs some help. He is more prone to feel like a failure and drink too much, and cause embarrassments to the family.

When in the middle of their posh party, the police arrive, make accusations haul Tuck off in handcuffs,it leaves the perfect life that Claire has always know in total upheaval! Claire refuses to think that Tuck is guilty of what he is accused of, but if their mass fortune is stripped away, what does she really have left?

So is this wealthy beyond words woman going to pick her self up and follow her dreams, or just shrivel up in a pile when her life is stripped bare and the tides of fortune are turned against her? Claire has a "fortune" in her best friend, Jana Rae, but is that and God going to be enough for her to work through this?  Enough to heal her broken life, and help her children who's lives are now broken also from this horrible scandal and turn of events?

Written by an author who is a former legal investigator, and a paralegal, the legal aspects of this real life based story are not neglected at all, and only add to the depth of the situation these folks are going through.
I thought this book was very interesting, and it was my first book by Kellie Coates Gilbert.

Carol :)



Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream. Her world is filled with designer clothes, luxury cars, and stunning homes. But her Neiman-Marcus lifestyle comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly, she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must start over against incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living.

Poignant and emotionally gripping, A Woman of Fortune reveals the many ways we deceive ourselves and how resilience of the heart is essential to authentic living. Drawing on her experiences as a legal investigator, author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters. Readers will love Claire's unbending determination as she strives to keep her family from falling apart and learns to embrace the kind of fortune that lasts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4KfPyw-FwE&feature=youtu.be



Biography

Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who writes with a sympathetic, intimate knowledge of how people react under pressure. Kellie's books tell emotionally poignant stories about women in life-changing circumstances. She writes about messy lives . . . and eternal hope.

Kellie currently makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a very spoiled 2.7 lb. Yorkie named Emmie Sweetpea.

Please visit her online at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com