Friday, August 28, 2015

Travel back in time to 2450 B.C. Egypt in @ContrerasSonya's new book! Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation?

Book info
About the book:
Until My Name is Known
(Bull Head Press, July 2015)

The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend?

See God free His people from Egypt's bonds before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The time: 2450 BC. The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt where Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel's God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom.

Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today's historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth.

Purchase a copy:
http://bit.ly/1MFE5Iz
About the author:
Growing up with five sisters, Sonya Contreras asked God many questions, even when she did not like His answers. Graduating from Cedarville University and Institute for Creation Research with a Masters Degree in Science Education did not stop her questions. Marrying her best friend and homeschooling their eight sons, she found that dreams do come true, in spite of unanswered questions.

Find Sonya online:
website, Twitter


My Review:
Sonya Contreras' book, "Until My Name Is Known" is book #1 in her Tell of My Kingdom's Glory series.  This book is a detailed account of Moses and Pharaoh and their interactions when Moses comes to free God's people.  I love how this book gives a more detailed account of this portion of the Bible.  What I especially loved about this book is told from multiple points of view so it gives a more thorough telling of the story.  This time period along with the events, such as the plagues and just the hardships everyday that were suffered, but then also the moments of rejoicing and hope.  The amount of details that are included create such a complete picture and really brought these people and this Biblical account to life.  I am eager to read more in this series. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book Review - "Trial Run"

"Somewhere between spectacular and astonishingly compelling. After I finished, I could not let it go."--Phyllis Tickle, former senior editor, Publishers Weekly

Cutting-edge research requiring controversial experiments. Startling dreams delivering cryptic communication from the dreamer's future self. Ruthless rivals determined to control mind-bending new technology. When you're balancing on the edge of what's possible, trouble awaits, ready to push you into the abyss.

This daring psychological journey into the very nature of causation and consciousness will leave you turning the pages and grasping for solid ground--especially when it becomes clear just how much fact lies within the fiction.

"Truly remarkable. Extremely vivid and very well crafted. A wonderful read."--Keith Hazard, Acting Deputy Director (ret), Central Intelligence Agency


Dr. Gabriella Speciale has assembled an international team of elite scientists with one goal in mind--to create and control out-of-body experiences that transcend the limits of time and space. Reese Clawson's mind-bending experiments aim to explode the boundaries of human consciousness--and annihilate the opposition in the process.

When a terrifying discovery and a string of failed tests threaten to dismantle both programs, the key to survival may reside in the mind of a gifted grad student whose unsettling dreams have thrust him into the center of a dangerous battle for control.

As the threads of perception and reality become tangled and time itself twists in unexpected directions, one warning remains clear: what you don't know can kill you.


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. As Thomas Locke, Davis is also the author of Emissary. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.


My Review:
"Trial Run" is a thrilling read that will consume your thoughts and keep you trying to figure things out until the end.  This book is a mix of suspense and science fiction and I have to admit I felt a little lost at first while reading it.  There were so many things going on and so many players in the story that I had trouble keeping everything and everyone straight, but once I got further into it, things became to make more sense and become clearer.  This book is a mix of real life and also psychological and out of the body experiences, which added a fascinating aspect to the book.  I am interested to read the second book as now I am into the story and curious as to what will happen next.


*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*


Susan Anne Mason’s ‘Irish Meadows’ Kindle Fire Giveaway and Author Chat


Irish Meadows
Will Brianna and Colleen have the courage to stand up to their father's schemes to save their horse farm and instead pursue true love? Don't miss Irish Meadows, the newest book by Susan Anne Mason! As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, their father grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

Join Susan in celebrating the release of Irish Meadows by entering to win her Kindle Fire giveaway and RSVPing to her September 1st author chat party!

irishmeadows-400 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • One copy of Irish Meadows
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 9/1. The winner will be announced at the Irish Meadows Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Susan and other readers, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

irishmeadows-enterbanner

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 1st!


Book info
About the book:
Irish Meadows
(Bethany House, July 2015)

Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.

Brianna and Colleen O'Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he's put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry---as long as her father's choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men
quickly complicate everyone's plans.

As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O'Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father's machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

Purchase a copy:
http://bit.ly/1Mi7dDS
About the author:
Susan Anne Mason's debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Find Susan online:
website, Facebook, Twitter














My Review:
I was excited to read Susan Anne Mason's debut novel, "Irish Meadows" and I enjoyed the novel and am eager for novel #2 as I am curious to see which characters will play prominent roles and if the story will continue.  James has expectations for his daughters' futures; however, the girls, Brianna and Colleen, do not have quite the same ideas.  Set in 1911, things were much different than now as far as marriage, arrangements that go along with that and the family's role in this whole thing.  I thought that the author did a great job with setting the scene and bringing the time period to life.  I enjoyed all of the historical details in this book and the relationships and the development of the characters.  The sisters are alike, yet so very different as is the journey they are both on.  I loved the additions of Rylan and Gilbert to the story and to their lives and the twists and turns throughout.  I recommend this book to historical fiction fans and Susan Anne Mason is an author I am going to follow. 


To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!


*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.* 

Pre-Order ‘Glory Days,’ Max Lucado’s New Book, and Receive Free Gifts


Glory Days
Are you stuck in the wilderness known as midlife misery? Can you name the day you became a Christian but can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer? Find encouragement in Max Lucado's new book, Glory Days. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!

glorydays-pinterest2 

There are two pre-order options:

Option 1:

Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format), and receive a free digital download of the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado.

After you've pre-ordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at GloryDaysBook.com.

Option 2:

Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format) AND one copy of God is With You Every Day (Max's brand-new, 365-day devotional—any format), and receive both the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace and a paperback copy of Traveling Light by Max Lucado (U.S. addresses only). 

After you’ve preordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at GloryDaysBook.com.

Pre-order today and get your free gift by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the offer ends on August 31, 2015.

glorydays-enterbanner2


Book info
 About the book:
Glory Days
(Thomas Nelson, September 2015)

The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.

The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.

Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can't remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You're fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You're out of Egypt, but Egypt's not out of you.

Isn't the Christian life supposed to be better than this?

Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there's good news. With God's help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God's vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.

Purchase a copy:
http://bit.ly/1DH3Tku
 About the author:
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

Find Max online:
website, Facebook, Twitter










My Review:


I always find Max Lucado's books easy to read and applicable to life; his latest does not disappoint.  "Glory Days" is a study of Joshua and is a guide and an encouragement to helping the reader live the promised land life.  There are Biblical accounts shared along with personal stories throughout the book and the book flowed so nicely and it was so easy to pick it up and read when I had a few minutes.  I really enjoyed this book overall, but there were a few sections that stood out to me.  One section is the chapter that focuses on Joshua 6 and the story of Jericho.  In here, Max shares, "Keep walking.  For all you know this may be the day the walls come down.  You may be only steps from a moment like this."  The other chapter that really stood out to me was the Don't Trust Stuff chapter.  It is so easy to get caught up in things of the world and everything that is deemed important today, right this very moment; however ultimately that is not what is most important and God is the one who will be the one to always be there and catch us each and every time. 


To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!


*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*






Friday, August 21, 2015

‘A Heart’s Home’ and Conversations with Colleen Coble Giveaway


A Heart's Home
A hidden pregnancy, a promise sure to break hearts, and a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny: Don't miss the gripping conclusion in book six, A Heart's Home, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

Colleen is celebrating the final book release of her A Journey of the Heart series by giving away the entire series and the chance to host Colleen virtually at your book club, local library, or women's group to talk about the series.

heartshome-400 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Books 1–6 of A Journey of the Heart series
  • A chat with Colleen via Skype or Google Hangout
  • A custom book-club kit PDF, featuring Colleen's favorite recipes and group discussion questions
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 31st. Winner will be announced September 1st on Colleen's website.

heartshome-enterbanner


Book info
 About the book:
A Heart's Home (Thomas Nelson, August 2015)Emmie's hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn't hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie's solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart---and Isaac's? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Iyr7Im

About the author: Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter












My Review:
I have really enjoyed Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series and was a little sad to have it end as I loved this series and all of the characters.  I really liked the ending though and the character development throughout the six novellas.  Sarah and Rand faced so many trials in their lives and I loved the characters that were introduced and brought into their lives throughout the series as well especially Emmie who became a favorite of mine in the last two novellas.  Emmie has faced many trials in her life from her childhood to her late husband and now to heartbreak and loss of a close friend whom she made a promise to.  I felt like Colleen did an excellent job with setting the scene and bringing the time period to life.  The uneasiness and tension that was a part of every day life.   The characters were also so real and I felt as if I was experiencing the whole range of emotions along with them as they experienced love, new friendships, hope and welcome along with sorrow and loss.  I highly recommend this novella series for historical fiction fans. 





To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!


*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour.*






Sunday, August 16, 2015

"Falling Like Snowflakes"

Book Description from the publisher:

When the Christmas season finds Eden in Summer Harbor, Maine, she's on the run from trouble. Romance is the last thing on her mind.
Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this-fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He's recently left his job with the sheriff's department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he's flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he's shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he's been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden's also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can't seem to help himself from falling for her.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he'll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who's going to protect his heart from a woman who can't seem to trust again?
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter




My Review:
I was able to read "Falling Like Snowflakes" weeks ago as I received an electronic copy via Netgalley and when I saw the paperback version available through BookLook Bloggers, I just had to request it so that it is a part of my collection on my bookshelves, but also so I can share it with others to read.  As seems to be the case with Denise Hunter's books, I read this book in one sitting, it was impossible to put down!  First of all, I loved that this series' setting was introduced in her previous novel ("Married 'Til Monday"), which was the conclusion of her most recent series.  I felt like I already knew the town and a few of the characters and it was great to be back there in Maine.  I absolutely love Christmas and this book is set around Christmas time so I was loving that as well.  The Callahan brothers whom were introduced in "Married 'Til Monday" are main characters in this book along with Eden, a woman who finds herself in their town with nowhere to go and a son to protect.  As Eden helps out the Callahan family, she finds herself slowly relaxing and settling into life, but still finds herself on high alert, although her heart is being involved. 
I loved the storyline, and the small town feel and family business part of the story and how easy it was to relate to the characters as the brothers are trying to work together and run the business, but yet deal with personal issues in each of their lives as well (and when their personal lives intersect as well).  The suspense that is woven throughout the book adds to the story as well and keeps you turning the pages until you reach the very end.  I am looking forward to book #2!


*Thanks to the publisher for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

"Waiting for Morning"

"Waiting for Morning" is a Karen Kingsbury novel, that just like all of her others, is impossible to put down once you start reading. 
Hannah is living the perfect life with her husband and their two teenage daughters.  In an instant her world is completely turned around when they are in an accident involving a drunk driver.  Hannah becomes consumed with making sure the drunk driver is served justice. 
Karen does a great job with addressing this difficult issue.  A man chooses to drink and drive and he is survives while others are killed, where is God in this?  This is a question that Hannah struggles with and so many others do as well.  Karen does not sugarcoat the situation or Hannah's feelings and her struggle with dealing with the tragedy.  This story is so real and the characters just became a part of me while I was reading this and I shed tears along with Hannah. Continuing to have faith in God and not becoming consumed with hatred so that forgiveness is not an option is so difficult but so important. 
This is heart-wrenching and emotional read, and one not to be missed.


For more info about this book, go here!


"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."