Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seek And Hide by Amanda Stevens - Haven Seekers Book 1

Hi Folks,

I'm rather "tough" in some areas. Most "horror" type books don't scare me. The "horror" in Christian genres tends to fascinate me or I go, "Oh yeah! That." It does not scare me. This book is an exception! Having the Bible or Christian thoughts be illegal and punishable by loosing your family, your freedom, or being reprogrammed is not an unheard of  in our world today. I have read and watched documentaries and movies about what happened to the Jews when Hitler was in power. We know this is happening now, in China and other places. Reading it the way that Amanda Steven's put it forth is terrifying. I don't know if it is because it is close to some other things that are deep inside of me, which I might write about later in my own book, or if it is because she made this so tangible. I read the first 1/4 of this book and made the mistake of falling asleep. I was NOT dreaming soundly with this in my head.

Marcus is trying to protect Christians. He is a recovering alcoholic and he is in contact/friendship with a cop. Not just a cop law and order, he is a con-cop. This man's job is to harass, jail, and reprogram those who think "wrong", aka Christian thinking. Owning a REAL Bible is a trip to jail with felony charges in this book. The problem is that Marcus sees a bit of himself in Jason.

Meanwhile, Aubrey was already re-conditioned from being in trouble for being a Christian. She has a baby boy, she loves, and a Mom who is not supportive of her transgressions of spouting Christ like things. The Con-Cops are going keep harassing her, and now they have taken her baby. What is she going to do now?

When she winds up meeting Marcus in the most horrific circumstances, things are going to keep changing.
This book will keep you turning pages, and keep you awake or dreaming of things that are scary enough to pray for this to never get this far in our current world. Once you can breath - you will want to stay tuned for the next book in this series!

Carol :)


This week, the


is introducing


David C. Cook (September 15, 2014)


by



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn. Amanda's first novel, Seek and Hide, will be available September 15, 2014 from David C Cook.






ABOUT THE BOOK


Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment--including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent.

Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she's targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she'd never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help.

When Aubrey and Marcus's lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus's life in a way he'd never expect, turning a loner into a leader.


If you'd like to read the first chapter of Seek and Hide, go HERE.

Amanda can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith - Daughters of the Promised Land

God's love never fails, but that is something that Rahab is learning, it is new to her this One True God. While our Bible doesn't tell us all about Rahab's past, this author gave us a plausible past for her. Her husband addicted to gambling, Rahab doesn't feel loved, or worthy, nor even wanted. Her pain is so clearly felt and has been felt by many women. One mistake and her whole world changed.  Is there forgiveness for such sinners? (YES!) Living through war time only made things harder, and soon it is time to decide - help the "enemy" the Israelite and cast her lot and her faith, even her very life into the hands of a God who cares.

Beautifully woven, well told, full of emotion and strength I really enjoyed this book. It's my favorite of Jill Eileen Smith's so far!

Carol :)



About The Book

"Rahab's story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cordperfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill's storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!"--Liz Curtis HiggsNew York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the NightWife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls--or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith's talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity--and a permanent place in your heart.


Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

Endorsements

"Rahab's story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cordperfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought, and following the biblical account every step of the way. Jill's thorough research and love for God's Word are both evident, and her storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!"


Liz Curtis HiggsNew York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night

Jill Eileen Smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novella The Desert Princess, book 1 in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to...
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Reviews

Praise for the Wives of the Patriarchs SeriesRachel
"A faithful portrayal of the story of Jacob and his two wives, Rachel will make you feel the agony of two sisters in love with the same man. Jealousy, betrayal, heartache, and deceit cannot prevent the invisible hand of God from leading His people inexorably toward the fulfillment of their destiny. Smith has the knack of making her fiction feel truly authentic to the world of the Bible."--Tessa Afshar, award-winning author of Harvest of Gold
Rebekah

"In her second Wives of the Patriarchs book, Smith makes biblical fiction unforgettable and worthy of our attention. This incredible author's ability to re-create biblical settings and transform dialogue delivers a God-given message that is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago."--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"With attention to detail in every aspect of her writing, Jill makes this story sing with love, human frailty, and triumph. Rebekah is a powerful story that supports the biblical account and proposes a reasoned and moving story of what could have been. Rebekah is biblical storytelling at its finest and is well worth adding to your shelves."--Rel Mollet, Relz Reviews

Sarai


"The scriptural account of Abraham and Sarah is not only a testament of God's faithfulness to His promises, it's a story of love. Smith skillfully captures both, and the essence of living in Old Testament times, by combining biblical facts with research-based interpretation and her own imagination to create a detailed drama that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the second book in the series."--CBA Retailers+Resources
"Smith is at her best in handling the triangulated relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar . . . Smith breathes new imaginative life into a well-known sacred story."--Publishers Weekly

Deadly Echos by Nancy Mehl - Finding Sanctuary Book 2

Sarah Miller is taking don't give up and look out you are in danger to a whole new level!

Settled into the town of Sanctuary, she is really about to need just that! Her re-connection to her long lost sister has started leading her places she never dreamed or had nightmares about. Hannah has been murdered and has left behind her daughter, Sarah's niece. That is hard enough in and of it's own, but it turns out Hannah's murder could be tied to their parent's murder. Now Sarah has to decide who to trust, how to pray her way through this, was her sister off base or did she find out who the killer really was? Can she figure out how to trust before she or her niece find themsleves removed  as well?

A good next book in this series, I enjoyed it. It was quite mysterious for a little while.

Carol :)




About The Book

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed. 

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.
Nancy Mehl is the author of eighteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their... Continue reading about Nancy Mehl
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Reviews

Mehl is an amazing author who gives fans what they want and more in every book. The believable, smooth-running storyline features suspense, mystery and family tragedy with characters who are kind and charming...and a few who are not what they appear to be.

RT Book Reviews

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert (Texas Gold Series book 2)

Hi Everyone!

It's time for a review of this author's second book I have read. This is the second book in this series.
Dr. Juliet Ryan's job is clean water. It is her whole life, working to keep water safe and clean. When disaster strikes, e.coli included, Juliet is in trouble because now she has to deal with her Father. He has caused her so very much pain and suffering. However, a scandal is brewing and she must with with her Dad if she is going to get to the bottom of the issues at hand. Will main stream, bit time corporations pull her apart, or will she find a way to forgive her Dad and find God in all this mess? Where will she turn when she learns the truth about her boyfriend and so much more?

This book is a reality check type book. It is not a fluffy romance or a "cozy mystery". Don't just by pass it though, because this book has a strong Christ centered message that is very good.

My copy came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.
Carol :)



About The Book

Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high.
Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It's not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She's on her way up in the world, and she's not going to let anything drag her down.

But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk--including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.


  1. Kellie Coates Gilbert
    Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history. Her legal experience gives her an insider's view into how people react under pressure. Gilbert explores the complexity of...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Stitch In Crime by Cathy Elliot (Quilts Of Love Book #25)

It starts with a happy party celebrating quilts, but before long, sweet elderly Mary-Alice is laid out on the floor! She can't quite recall what happened, and though Thea was in the house, she wasn't upstairs when it happened. In fact, Thea was worrying where the guest of honor was. Why hadn't Dr. Cottle showed up yet? In the chaos of trying to figure out why someone else was upstairs and swears she didn't harm Mary Alice, a lone letter Thea and Mary-Alice were searching for is forgotten. So starts a quilting mystery that I didn't want to put down. This was a fun read, with a quilt centered Mrs. Marple style feel to this story.

Who conked Mary-Alice over the head, and why? WHERE did Dr. Cottle go? Who left the voice mails on Thea James's phone? Why has Renee, Thea's best friend for most of her life changed so much after her fancy honeymoon trip? Is she even a friend at all anymore? What do you do with the guy you like but are afraid to call your boyfriend? How do you handle a huge social quilting event when people keep quilting and there is only one of you to go around? Most of all, God help these fun loving folks find out who done it before they all come unraveled while working on their lives and their quilt mysteries.

Carol :)


This week, the


is introducing


Abingdon Press (January 20, 2015)

by



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer who lives in northern California and whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from playing her fiddle with friends to antique collecting and quilting. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antiques and is several years into recovery from her eBay addiction. UPDATE: She backslid a while back, enticed to bid on a 1945 Singer Featherweight. (She won.) But now she’s back on the wagon. Except for the recent crazy quilt pillow purchase. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel. Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds? When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Stitch in Crime, go HERE.

Cathy can be reached through Facebook 

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/142677365X


Monday, January 26, 2015

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris (Southern Crimes Series)

Micheal Hunt has been in hiding. He was undercover for 8 months until his cover was blown just one week away from closing the case. Now, you might thing that would be just go along with your life, but for Micheal that is so not the case. Instead, people want him DEAD. He knows there is corruption in the Atlanta P.D, making who to trust very, very complicated. Both the Cartel and someone else wants him out of their way. Olivia his only hope and her Dad wants him in on ice. After all her Dad is part of the Cartel. Can he stay alive, clear his name, recover from his faked death, and find love too? What is God's plan for his life while he is dealing with more than he ever dreamed of coping with at once?

I have really liked this series! Each book is about one of three siblings, and while they can stand alone, they are so good together! Micheal is a strong hero, and this book was fun to read.

Carol :)



His cover is blown. Now his enemies are on his heels and closing in.
Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is Olivia Hamilton--the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from Christy Award-winning Lisa Harris will leave you breathless.

Praise for Lisa Harris's Southern Crimes Series
"Readers looking for a strong female protagonist and a unique murder mystery will find much to admire in Harris's work."--Publishers Weekly on Dangerous Passage

"Harris takes you on a trail that leads straight to the worst kind of evil--and the lives of those who are determined to stop it."--bestselling author Lynette Eason on Dangerous Passage
"A thrill ride from start to finish. Full of twists and turns, this exciting story will keep readers enthralled."--RT Book Reviews on Fatal Exchange
Lisa Harris is the award-winning author of more than twenty books, including the Christy Award winner Dangerous Passage and Fatal Exchange. Winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times, Harris has spent over ten years living with her family as missionaries in Mozambique, where she leads a women's group and runs a nonprofit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. Visit www.lisaharriswrites.com for more.
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    Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has sold over thirty novels and novella collections. Along with her husband, she and her three...
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Reviews:
Praise for Dangerous Passage
"Readers looking for a strong female protagonist and a unique murder mystery will find much to admire in Harris's work."--Publishers Weekly

"Harris begins a new series with a novel that delves into the horrors of human trafficking. Although the subject seems heavy for the genre, the author deftly handles the plot while making it relevant and interesting to the reader and softening it with a sweet love story."--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"The combination of police procedural and a Christian love story is nicely plotted, and the characters are interesting, boding well for the future of the series."--Booklist 
Praise for Fatal Exchange
"The second book of Harris's Southern Crimes series is a thrill ride from start to finish. Full of twists and turns, this exciting story will keep readers enthralled--flawed characters and all. The romance is believable and fits well within the plot."--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars


"Harris's follow up to Dangerous Passage is packed with plenty of nail-biting action. Add her signature complex characters, a well-developed Southern setting, and a dash of romance and you have a compelling, quick read to satisfy the most rabid romantic suspense fan."--Library Journal

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Emissary by Thomas Locke (Legends of the Realm #1)

O.k. I have read several of Bunn's books. Since we are allowed to know that Locke is Bunn - I have to say this is the BEST book of his I have read thus far.

Hyam's mother is dying. Her request.... find your father and tell him I'm gone. Ouch. Just ouch, but this gives Hyam a mission, a quest. His dad left a long time ago. He went to live where they keep people who have wizardry and magic gifts. Three Valley's Long Hall (great name), and he use to live there. He didn't like it though and now, he is back.

It seems that his Dad has passed four years ago, and now things get crazy for Hyam. His Father, isn't his father after all. Ok then. Another whammy. Mom, isn't his Mother!! If he wants to know who he is, he has to seek out Trace, a mage who is suppose to have the answers to his past, and his future. He's about to find out about power, war, good, evil, make some friends and start on his calling. Romance, action, adventure - it is all packed in here.

Some people I have noticed are upset that they didn't feel this book pushed enough Christian views. I didn't feel that way, but I read into things deeper than many people and I know that in a trilogy there is plenty of room for things to change in the next books.

Carol :)


About the Book:

With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny--or his doom.

Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden--or face annihilation.

As Hyam's mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he--and the realm--will have a future.

In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams.

But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.


Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land--isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.

But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.

This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.




MORE about the book:
Hyam is a likeable lad who will make a fine farmer someday. But he carries a burden few can fathom. As his mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall, where he spent five years as an apprentice. It was there that Hyam's extraordinary capacity for mastering languages came to light--and soon cast him into the shadows of suspicion. How could any human learn the forbidden tongues with such ease? When Hyam dares to seek out the Mistress of the Sorceries, her revelation tears his world asunder.

He has no choice but to set out on the foreboding path--which beckons him to either his destiny or his doom. An encounter with an enchanting stranger reminds him that he is part hero and part captive. As Hyam struggles to interpret the omens and symbols, he is swept up by a great current of possibilities--and dangers. 

With lyrical prose that unveils a richly imaginative world, Thomas Locke takes readers on a journey into the Realm. There he invites them to awaken their sense of wonder. This cracking adventure moves like a contemporary thriller but harkens back to the enduring genre of classic fantasy.

About the Author:
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. Davis's screenplay adaptation of Emissary is currently under development as a feature film with a British production company. Learn more at www.davisbunn.com.

My book came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.