Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Story Cartel - and fun!

I know I almost never post a blog that doesn't have a book review. This is an exception.
I addition to my regular places that I work with, I have been getting a few books from a place called
Story Cartel. You can find them here: www.storycartel.com

This will be important later for other reason that I'm not sharing just yet! (VERY BIG GRIN!)

Over at Story Cartel there is a wide range of books, some are even amazing Christian Fiction. You download books for free, and review them. Leaving a review in one or more places, enters you in that month's give-away. The monthly prizes vairy greatly. I was not even thinking about that when I wound up winning! WOW! I won the Readers's Retreat In A Box. Super cool.

That means I have to share what I won with you, because it is neat, fun, and well --- thrilling to win.
I wanted to share this with everyone reading my blog so they can see how cool this is, as a big THANK YOU to Joe and Story Cartel!

One box that I can recover and use for storing things. Inside - all kinds of good stuff! That is a Thank You card they sent me too! Small items were wrapped in black paper, matching my box, and to keep things safe. I'm impressed!

The coffee, well, we used that up already! LOL! It is was an organic that comes from a grocery store that we have in our are. Nice to know about that! The little tea pot, is now my spoon holder next to the coffee pot for coffee and tea in the kitchen. The cookie is large, I've saved it up for now, but that will get eaten! My candles are waiting a slightly cooler night, probably when I'm in a book writing mood! The book is Twelve Years a Slave, something that is popular right now I'm told, and it is a hard back. (Awww, that was kind!) 

One of the two chocolate's is already eaten! The Moleskin books are really nifty. I'm pondering what I am going to write or drawn inside of them! The Kindle Card - you know that is going to get used too! And you see that box that  says "Italia" - it is shaped like a book but is a storage box. I have it on my book shelves right now. I haven't used the ear buds... but I will! 

This is the inside of my super neat little box. The moleskin books will fit in it, but they aren't  just what I want in there. I'm thinking over that too. Something super cool needs to be in this box. 

So there you have it! This Reader's Retreat in a Box gave me all kinds of gift ideas, thoughts, inspiration, and just flat out fun! I hope you enjoy seeing it, and knowing about Story Cartel. I think you'll find it is going be important soon! 

Carol :) 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Thunder and Tremors by Bonnie S. Calhoun (Prequel and Book 1 of the Stone Braide Chronicles)

Wait, what? Didn't you just review this in another post? Yes! So why are you here with this again??
Because this book and this author deserves to be seen and read! :D That is why. So here is my disclaimer. I got my copy of this book from Baker Publishing --- and I'm not trying to get duplicate books. ;) I sort of jumped the "gun" with that so guess what? You can read that review at this link HERE.

In this review I will talk more about Tremors - the prequel to Thunder. You can see the cover and get it FREE, so after you read this, I hope your off reading Tremors! (Check the bottom of this post.. but read the rest of this too please!)

Three boys are out surfing when something happens. They have vanished. Gone. The ocean has taken them somewhere. Meanwhile, Selah Rishon Chavez is having dreams. Dreams of something called The Sorrows, which were horrible indeed, but happened 150 years prior. 

More complicated than just those puzzles, Selah is about to be married. An arranged marriage, to Jericho Kingston from Waterside Borough, who she hasn't seen since they were 7 years old! Selah would like to sort out more of how she feels about this, but in doing so, she starts to reveal secrets and plans. Things that are far past what she thought her 18th Birth Remembrance would bring. These things she has just learned could have considerable impact on her brothers and the rest of her family, and yet they don't all add up. Is this why her Father wants her under guard until she is married? Why will her family not answer questions? What is going on with the Landers and how fast can I start reading Thunder?


This was a thoroughly fantastic prequel to a new series and I am so glad I didn't miss it! Please keep in mind, as a prequel it is short, and leaves you with lots of questions and wanting to read more, just as it should.

Are you reading yet? You should be!
Carol :)


This week, the


is introducing


Revell (October 7, 2014)

by


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.”

She love to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also have mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. And she live in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. Bonnie shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!

Her sites are:
http://bonniescalhoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/bscalhoun
https://www.facebook.com/bonniescalhoun
https://www.goodreads.com/BonnieSCalhoun
http://www.pinterest.com/bonniecalhoun/
https://www.youtube.com/user/BonnieCalhoun

ABOUT THE BOOK

In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.



With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.

You can read Tremors, the prequel to the series for FREE on Amazon HERE.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles), go HERE


The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800723767

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun (The Stone Braide Chronicles Book 1)

Oh my goodness! This dystopian book will keep you turning page after page as you read about all the mysteries it holds inside! I'm going to start with Selah's name, I really like that. I know this word, from the Bible. I was taught the meaning of that name was like saying Amen or So Be It. I had to look it up though, and I found that it has been said that selah is a pause to praise, to praise and lift up, and or to be valued. The greatest feed back on it seems to be to seriously consider the important of what was said. That has bearing because in this book Selah is uplifting and she is definitely of great, great value. Also, the Celtic trinity knot image that is the emblem, it is fantastic how it is worked into the covers! The Trinity Knot speaks of Christianity right from the cover forward.

Now - more about this book!

On Selah's 18th Birth Remembrance day, her entire life changed. Nothing will ever be the same again for her. Something she can't get rid of, something she had to hide has changed her, and her life. She is now marked. Marked as one of the hunted - the Landers. In short, Selah isn't at all who she thought she was. Now she is on the run, headed to the Mountain, focused on catching the Lander who triggered the rest of this huge change in her. The things that are happening in there are page turning. Experiments with laminin and trimeric protein changes are just the start of questions we have with slowly unfolding answers, including what exactly is the Stone Braide?

As Selah finds out that she has abilities she never knew about, she is still struggling to figure out who she is, and what she can do, and why. Each new mystery leads to some answers, and each new answers, more questions. I am looking forward to the day I get to read the second book in this series. I came away from the first half of this book thinking... "His strength is make perfect when I am weak.:" I'm waiting for the next installment of this series thinking..... what if, and what comes next for these characters that are so brave and have so much to learn, to forgive and to grow through.

Please don't keep us waiting tooooo long for the second book. I have so much more I want to learn. So many questions waiting to be answered as the many mysteries of this series unfold like a flower blooming.

My copy of this book came from Revell books in exchange for my honest review, and nothing more.
Your going to see me post another review for this book, but it will focus on Tremors, the prequel to Thunder.

Carol :)

Book Trailer!!! YEAH! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.”

She love to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also have mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. And she live in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. Bonnie shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!

Her sites are:
http://bonniescalhoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/bscalhoun
https://www.facebook.com/bonniescalhoun
https://www.goodreads.com/BonnieSCalhoun
http://www.pinterest.com/bonniecalhoun/
https://www.youtube.com/user/BonnieCalhoun

ABOUT THE BOOK

In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.



With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.

You can read Tremors, the prequel to the series for FREE on Amazon HERE.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of  Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles), go HERE


The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800723767

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Child of Mine by Beverly & David Lewis

I have read several of Beverly Lewis's books. I choose this one because it was also written with her husband. I like that. I was not prepared for the depth of what this would stir up in me. This book connects more to me than Beverly's other books. It is less Amish, and has deep ties into things we deal with in the non-Amish world. 


Eight, long hard years ago, Kelly and her husband had a little girl. Her daughter was stolen, and vanished. Her precious child, sold on the black market, her girl could be anywhere including dead. Kelly's husband - he is dead. Managing to finagle DNA from a possible little girl is another dead end. That one is not her child. 
Even with all this, Kelly hasn't given up on finding her Emily, but she is about reached the end of what she is able to do. Just as all hope is about to be gone, a lead turns up. Will Kelly find Emily at long last?

Why does Jack Livingston's niece match Emily's profile? Her adoptive parents dead, Jack loves and adores the girl he has been raising. He runs a flight school called Higher Ground. Laura Mast was Amish. She has been shunned so we find her as the nanny raising Jack's niece, Nattie.

Now a slew of questions come into play. Is Nattie Emily? If so how, and why? Jack and Kelly are attracted to each other, but is that even going to work with all Kelly has been through? Or even more so, if Jack's Nattie is Emily, then what? 

Now the plot. A bit complicated in some ways with a how could someone really miss that moments. However, given a few people I have know recently I will say, ok... it is not outside of the realm of possibility! Even the things that break with Amish tradition even in some startling ways, we all know things do change a bit no matter what, and some times you need to focus on the story instead of a preconceived idea. I found this book to have a good ending and a strong message about love where it concerns children, and God's plans for lives not always being what we might have though it was prior. 

My copy of this book came from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, and nothing more. 

Carol :) 

Read a bit of this book: http://assets.bakerpublishinggroup.com/processed/book-resources/files/Excerpt_9780764212543.pdf?1398272391

From Bestselling Authors David & Beverly Lewis Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile. 

Can this be, at long last, Kelly's beloved daughter?

Author Interview:
http://assets.bakerpublishinggroup.com/processed/book-resources/files/ChildOfMine_QUES.pdf?1403729308

THE AUTHORS
  1. David Lewis

    David Lewis

    David Lewis is the bestselling author of Coming Home, his first solo novel, as well as a keyboard artist and pilot. He is the first editor for his wife, Beverly Lewis, as well as research partner and manager. David was born in Minnesota, grew up in the...
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  2. Beverly Lewis
    Photo courtesy of Gene Photography

    Beverly Lewis

    Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has...
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Deceived by Irene Hannon (Book 3 of the Private Justice Series)

Kate was about to celebrate her husband's birthday. Instead of a celebration, her husband and son are dead in a boating accident. Kate's life is torn apart by this. The loss of a husband is hard enough, but loosing her 4 year old little boy on top of that.... life is just going through the motions. Instead of New York.... it's St. Louis Missouri. God's plan already in motion.

Thus, while eating at the mall, a child triggers everything inside of her. He is just too much like her son, Kevin. This child's voice, his looks, it's just too haunting. That kind of "what if" was just too nagging. Kate hires help. Conner's PI firm, which you will recall if you have read the other books in this series, takes her case to easy the doubts. Are Greg and Todd Sanders alive? If so, why, how and so many more questions need answers. When things are not what they seem, who do you trust, and who is really being deceived?

This book tops the other two in this series, which are Trapped and Vanished. Deceived can stand alone, but it is even better in the series. I think it also tops the other 2 books, wonderful page turner! Watch how Irene weaves changes that only God can make into the lives of the people we have come to love reading about in this book!

My copy of this book came from Revell in exchange for my honest review, and nothing more.

Carol :)




A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who's determined to solve the puzzle.

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.
As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.


Praise for Irene Hannon's Private Justice Series

"A home run."--Library Journal on Trapped

"Spine-tingling."--Booklist on Trapped

"Just the right amount of suspense, danger, and deception."--New York Journal of Books on Trapped

"An engaging, satisfying tale."--Publishers Weekly on Vanished

"A wonderful mix of suspense and romance."--RT Book Reviews on Vanished

Irene Hannon is the author of more than forty-five novels, including VanishedTrapped, and the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, andBooklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011.


Irene Hannon’s website, twitter and facebook:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rebels by Jill Williamson - Book3 The Safe Lands Trilogy

The Safe Lands series started out with a strong book in Captives. There we entered a world and met people we could relate to on some level, or many levels. We found out there are so many secrets, and in the second book, Outcasts, those issues and relationships only deepen. I fully recommend that you read these books in order, as the series they are meant to be. Not doing so would cause you to miss out on way too much! First, oh groan... as this is the end of a series, but yet such an ending it is!

Omar, Levi, Mason, Jemma - to name a few -- dealing with their world that is a well crafted parallel of our own in so many ways. Jill didn't skimp out on us or on them. Our characters face things that we face today, or that our children face today. I know some are saying, this is too young for a 14 year old to process. My thoughts on that are yes, and no. Yes if they are sheltered home-schooled children, and no if they are dealing with the world that reminds me too much of what I dealt with even at 12. I never let anyone know what I was going through in school for many many years. In these ways I can see this series being great for 14 year olds, as long as they have an adult they can talk with once the issues come up.

Drug or substance abuse, forced pregnancies, being harassed by the same gender that you are.. this is all present in this book. However, it was present in schools in the 80's, 90's and it is even more relevant now. Sin and evil didn't stop, but in some areas of our world it got buried or became common place, even "acceptable." Thankfully this writer wasn't afraid to show that, and I'm well pleased about that.

Now.....
Is Liberation what they though it was? Is it what YOU thought it was? Will the Owl really rise?? Is there an end to the plague, and if so, are you going to find out? This series has forgiveness. Rebels has redemption as well. This series has God's unconditional love embedded through out this series if are willing to see it. I'd hate for you to miss this book, but more so this series. Read it, then share it with others.

Carol :)

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

About The Book:
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The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.
Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive. He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough?
Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children … but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal.
If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

About the Author:
JillWilliamsonNewSmallJill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online atwww.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.
Connect with Jill Williamson:
Book Link - http://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Safe-Lands-Jill-Williamson/dp/0310735777/ 
Author Website http://www.jillwilliamson.com

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hidden In The Stars by Robin Caroll (Quilts of Love #21)

To start with, this cover is just lovely. I love the pastels with the quilt and the beautiful ballerina in blue folded over. That alone would make me want to read this book! It is a good page turner, as we learn more and more and wait for the mystery to be solved. 

Sophia Montgomery is having a horrible time.  She is in the hospital, she can't talk because of major damage to her larynx and throat. Her wrists, arms, and all kinds of things are broken.  Most of all her heart I'd say.  Sophia saw her own Mother's murder.  Sophia can't talk, and she can't write. That makes things extra complicated because how can she share what she feels, and what she saw in this condition? Not to forget to mention, the Olympic gymnastic team is out of the question with her injuries.  Can Sophia lean on God to get her through this horrible live changing experience? 

Julian Frazier is a detective, and right now his job is to get a statement from Sophia. He has to get creative, and calls in a lip reader to help. However, the more he learns the more his heart is wrenched, and the more secrets keep being reveled.  He and God are on the "outs", and you have read to find out the depth of why.

To find the killer, it isn't going to be simply. The clues are indeed hidden in the stars. Wait till you find out who, why, and what the plans are unfolding for all the characters in this really good book! 

Carol :) 


This week, the


is introducing


Abingdon Press (September 16, 2014)

by


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.

When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?


ABOUT THE BOOK


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?



If you would like to read the first chapter of Hidden in the Stars, go HERE.

Robin can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1426773609