Monday, December 11, 2017

Rondi Bauer Olson's 'All Things Now Living' Blog Tour and Giveaway


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All Things Now Living Rondi Bauer Olson
While on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle in Rondi Bauer Olson's All Things Now Living. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are. Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer. Time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.

Stay up all night reading this thrilling new book from Rondi and enter to win a Kindle Fire!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of All Things Now Living
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 14. The winner will be announced December 15 on the Litfuse blog.




Book info

About the book:

Her whole life Amy has been taught the people of New Lithisle deserve to die, but when she falls for Daniel, she determines to save him.
Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn't like anything to die, she won't even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can't let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it's God's will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God's curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.
Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.
Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.
Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.
About the author:
Rondi Bauer Olson is a reader and writer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she lives on a hobby farm with her husband, Kurt. She has four grown children, works as a nurse, and also owns a gift shop within view of beautiful Lake Superior.
Find out more about Rondi at http://rondibauerolson.weebly.com.
 
 
My Review:
"All Things Now Living" is an interesting read that veers from the usual genre I typically read as it fits in the young adult dystopian genre.  However, I really liked the storyline and the characters.  Amy has grown up believing what she has been taught, that is just how life was and she thought was true. When she meets some of the New LIthisle community and learns her father's believes, she is faced with choices to make.  Does Amy stick with what she has been taught or does she side with her heart and is what she has learned change her worldview and to what extent?  This is a pretty quick read, and the storyline moves right although, although it is pretty deep at points and will have you thinking about beliefs and why we believe what we do.  This will appeal to young adults and older adults both and is a nice change of pace and a great start to a new series!
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary  copy of this book.*
 

Friday, December 8, 2017

"Out of the Ordinary"

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Jen Turano has become one of my favorite and must-read authors!  "Out of the Ordinary" is book #2 in Jen's Apart from the Crowd series and it is another great book by her! Each of her books are so sweet and entertaining and filled with quirky characters!  I know you don't judge a book by the cover, but Jen's books always have amazing covers as well as an added perk!  Gertrude thinks that her job is just ordinary, as she is a paid companion.  However, she is not prepared as her employer is quite eccentric and makes life interesting to say the least.  Gertrude finds herself doing tasks that she never would have guessed and finds herself in peculiar and uncomfortable situations at times, one leading her being wrongly accused. 
I absolutely loved this story and found myself laughing out loud at times!  Gertrude and Harrison are both great main characters and I loved their interactions as well as with Harrison's mother.  The storyline is great and fast moving, and I did not want the book to end!  I am looking forward to book #3 coming out  mid-next year! 

*Thanks to the Bethany House Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*




Trust

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Trust is such a vital part of relationships whether it be personal or work-related, it is needed to have strong, healthy relationships.  Mac Richard dives into this concept in his new book, "The Trust Protocol: the key to building stronger families, teams, and businesses."  Mac does a thorough job of discussing trust and what happens when trust is broken or why trust needs to be made stronger or how to know when it is best to move on after trust is broken.  This is really a great read for everyone as it pertains to so many areas in our lives and can provide guidance and clarity into the murkiness that sometimes takes over making it difficult to see and know clearly how to best move forward.  I highly recommend this book to read through and think about various relationships and how  you are being affected by them. 

*Thanks to the Baker Books Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*












Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Awaken"


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Priscilla Shirer's devotional book, "Awaken: 90 days with the God who speaks," is a great choice for anyone whom wanted a guided devotional to work through and help to find and focus on tidbits of truth each day.
This is a nice hardcover edition with a beautiful cover and design to the pages.  Each reading for each of the 90 days is only 1-2 pages long and focuses on a couple of verses.  Following the devotional reading, there is a "He speaks to me" section with a question or two to read, think about and answer and there is ample space to really journal your thoughts and responses down.  I love this feature as it helps to really apply the reading to your life.  I love the variety of devotional readings in this book and the layout of the book.  A great choice to personally use and a great choice to give as a gift as well!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"No One Ever Asked"


I was so excited to see this book available to read and review since it is not being released until April, which is so long to wait for a book! Katie Ganshert has become one of my must-read authors and this book did not disappoint in the least. Three different women, living three very different lives, yet their lives become intertwined and they have a common interest.  Jen, Anaya and Camillle are all affiliated with Crystal Ridge and they each have a varying role they play and a different investment with the school. Jen is new to the community and is adjusting to her new normal as a new mom and finding her place and what is perceived of her and what role is expected.   Anaya is a brand-new teacher although she doesn't really quite fit in she has a reason for wanting this to work and the school has a reason for hiring her.  Camille is content with her life and her affluent position in the school community and has worked hard for her position and has a certain fa├žade to maintain. 
I really enjoyed this book and how the story was told.  It starts out with a bang literally and then jumps back to a year earlier leading up to the event and the chapters vary with who's point of view the story is being told.  I love this layout and it was very easy to follow and become completely engrossed in the story and these women's lives and have me questioning what I would do in their positions.  This will be one of the top books of 2018 guaranteed!

To read more about this book, go here!

To learn more about the author, go here!

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

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

This Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation the guests of Grey Sage Inn expected.


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Book info

About the book:

This Christmas, there's plenty of room at the inn.

Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There's plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn's owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year's guests from across the country.

But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues-and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.

In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends-proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.

About the author:
Phyllis Clark Nichols believes everyone could use a little more hope and light. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions from within the simple lives of small town communities you just know you've visited before. With a love for nature, art, faith and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment, often through surprisingly serendipitous events. Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Now she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband, where red birds and axis deer are her ever-ravenous neighbors. She is an English major and classically-trained musician, seminary graduate, concert artist and co-founder of a national cable network for the health and disability-related programming. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three non-profit boards where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most.

Find out more about Phyllis at http://www.phyllisclarknichols.com.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, it is the perfect mix of so many feelings and emotions that the characters and reader alike will experience.  Maude and Silas have escaped Christmas at home for so many years and have made it their personal quest to experience as many different tropical locations as possible during the Christmas holiday, but it is also an escape for them.  This year their vacation is planned and set, but first they are hosting a group at the inn.  While reading over the RSVP list, Maude notes it is quite a group of varying interests and careers; however they are all sharing a common thing, Christmas at this inn.  The weather interferes and things do not quite go according to plans, but maybe this is helping each person get exactly what their soul needs.  
This story was well-written and the characters were all well-developed.  I could completely picture the setting and this group of people at the inn, being snowed in and the coziness, yet also the tension as plans are changed and so many personalities.  I highly recommend this book and it is one that I will read again each year at this 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 and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Friday, December 1, 2017

Take a break from the holiday busyness and settle in for a story of young love lost and second chances


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Book info

About the book:

Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
About the author:
Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline" and the "Wall Street Journal." Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. 


Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book. 


Find out more about Cindy and Erin at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.
My Review:
This was such a great read, short, sweet and relatable.  I was curious about this book when I saw that Cindy Woodsmall was one of the authors as she writes so many Amish novels and this is such a change and also her co-writing this.  I love how we get the history on Hadley and Monroe and the situation and then how things are for each of them 10 years later when they once again come into contact through a mutual contact for work.  This story is a quick read, but it is so full of heart and depth as far as the characters.  Some heavier topics are addressed and the characters are easy to relate to.  This is a great read and a sweet story as an escape during the busyness of the Christmas season.
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*