Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together

30896308 Kingdom Family Devotional: 52 Weeks of Growing Together by Tony Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(I received a complementary copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!)

Blurb:
This new devotional from Dr. Tony Evans and his son Jonathan Evans will provide both single and married parents with a resource tool to maximize those family devotional times, such as the dinner hour or bedtime. The family virtues?based devotional provides 52 separate topics, one for each week of the year, and five devotionals within each topic that will guide devotional times Monday through Friday. This is a wonderful way to build a spiritually strong family week by week, day after day?a perfect way to head into the weekend. Topics range from the basics of the faith 'such as salvation, spiritual warfare, prayer, forgiveness, and discipleship' to essentials of living as followers of Christ: money, prayer, family, friends, and priorities. The subject matter is simplified so even young children can grasp important concepts. This is a perfect resource for busy families.


Blog Tour: The Truth Will Out (Review & Giveaway)












The Truth Will Out by Karen J Mossman
Genre: Thriller, Suspense




Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she's terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.
Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah's secret past be kept from Ryan?
In the end The Truth Will Out.



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Review: I really enjoyed The Truth Will Out! I loved the characters, and the suspense was just right! This one kept me guessing, and I read it in one big gulp! While I would of loved more scenes with Sarah and Ryan, for they type of story this is, their relationship flowed smoothly and they worked well together. I loved how the story unfolded, and the plot was well paced.











Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.
 
Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections.
Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, "It's especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books."

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

"I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website."
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blitz Tour: Halayda


We’re scheduling a release blitz for mythology / steampunk “Halayda” on March 23.
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About the Book

Title: Halayda
Author: Sarah Delena White
Genre: Mythology / Steampunk
A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.
Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.
King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.
Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.
Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.

Author Bio

Sarah Delena White writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the Benevolent Firebird (acquisitions editor) for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, drinking tea, and working a variety of odd jobs. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blog Tour: The Perfect Tear



The Perfect Tear
by Connie Lansberg
Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: November 11th 2015



Summary from Goodreads:
Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves.


But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.

 

 Except:
The new soldiers, fresh off the ship, marched into the men’s camp. They looked
lean and mean, and carried with them several barrels of rum. The youngest was a skinny lad who’s ill-fitting uniform made him look like he was playing dress-up. He had a snarl on his lips, but his eyes betrayed him as they darted to and fro. Charles rested his hands on his hips and tried to ignore the knots in his stomach
. The original four, who had become slack over the years, had finally earned their passage home. What would they find when they returned? And why were he and these men still here, separated from their families and the home they loved?
He shifted his gaze to the small group of bedraggled conscripts. His chest felt tight and something inside him broke. These unfortunates would share this ongoing nightmare with him and it wasn’t fair. A flood of rage burned his throat and threatened to overwhelm him. He gritted his teeth. He must try something, anything to get these men back home, to find their families.
Charles forced himself to calm down. An idea flashed through his mind, not fully
formed, but he could work out the details later. Charles stepped forward and saluted the soldiers. The soldiers stuttered to a stop in front of him.
“Sir,” Charles said to the lieutenant,“I am charged with keeping your fires burning and the rum flowing. Do you wish for me to continue?”
He heard a murmur from the men behind him, for they knew the second half of this statement to be untrue. He hoped they wouldn’t give him away.
The soldiers looked at each other before the lieutenant barked at him.
“Yes. Continue. Now step back in line.” Charles obeyed, looking straight ahead. A young soldier approached the lieutenant with a question. Charles used the distraction to lean toward the man next to him. He lowered his voice to a whisper. “Back me up in all I say and do,” he said.“I have a plan.”
 
Review:
Characters - I liked most of the characters for the most part. I often felt confused when introduced to new characters, but soon figured out where they fit in the story. While I didn't 'love' any of them, I did enjoy reading about Eleanor and her friends. 
 
Plot - This is what I enjoyed the most about this book. I loved how unique and unusual the plot was! As an alternative creation story for humanity, it drew me in, and kept me wanting more! While much more sci-fi that I had expected going in, I still enjoyed it, and loved how it unfolded! 
 
Overall - While not what I expected from the blurb, I did enjoy this story, and plan to read the next one! It was a nice change of pace, and refreshingly different! My one ... well two complaints. First it did take me a while to get into this one. I reach about 20% before things started to pick up at all, before that a lot happened, but didn't really fit together, that was the point when things started making sense to me. Second, there are some errors that make reading difficult in places. While I understand they happen, the combination of the slow plot and the grammer error made it difficult to follow in a few places. Other than those two things, it was a great story, and I an interested to see what happens in the next book!




About the Author
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon.
Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017
"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same."
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Ruby in the Water

33916133 Ruby in the Water by J.P. Sterling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: A musical prodigy's search for his true identity . . . And the mystery woman who holds the life-saving key.

When Peter Arnold, a teen-age musical prodigy, collapses on the biggest night of his career, he receives crippling news and the prognosis is grim.

While in a coma, Peter experiences dream-like flashbacks revealing his journey to piano stardom, the people who have impacted his life and that of his family’s, including Peter’s strange connection to a mysterious woman who lives behind his church. Peter’s life changes forever when the mystery woman steps forward with a secret that could be the key to his recovery.