Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Kill Devil"

"Kill Devil" is the second book in Mike Dellosso's Jed Patrick series and it is one that will keep you breathlessly turning the pages all the way to the end.  Although I have read in a few places that this book can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend that you do read book 1 first as it really gives you the background on Jed and the premise of this book.  Jed thought he was done with Centralia, but in fact he's not. 
Jed thought he was fine, he has a completely brand-new life with his wife and daughter, but when he realizes that Karen and Lilly are in danger he knows things are not fine.  This book takes you on a journey and a race against time as Jed tries to protect himself and his family, but also uphold his beliefs at the same time.  As tension builds, you will not know who Jed can trust as he does not know either. 
I found this book to be completely intriguing as I was kept guessing among the twists and turns and I found myself completely engrossed in the story and in Jed's life and did not want to stop reading until I was all the way to the end.  I am hoping for a book 3 in the near future!

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Take Hold of the Faith You Long For"

"Take Hold of the Faith You Long For - let go, move forward, live bold" by Sharon Jaynes is an excellent read for women, women of any age, at any stage in their lives.  I loved the first part of the book blurb that says: "On the outside, many of us are well-put-together churchgoers with trendy shoes, beautiful families, and wide, white smiles.  On the inside, we're little girls hesitating at the edge of the playground, wishing we could join in but feeling something's not quite right."  I admit that I feel insecure and inadequate time after time again and felt that those few sentences described me and I just HAD to read this book.  I loved how this book is divided and presented as each chapter really tackles individual pieces, pieces that build upon each other resulting in these feelings of not being enough and not living life as boldly as we would like to.  Sharon takes feeling worried, feeling bitter and the constant need to compare ourselves to others, just to name a few.  Each chapter is written in a conversational style that really drew me right in.  At the end of the book there is a Bible study guide that can be used along with the chapters for further study.  I have read the book, just straight through the chapters and now I plan to go back through and tie in the study part of it; this worked well for me as I did not want to feel overwhelmed or rushing through either part of this book.  I highly recommend this book, it will leave you with much to think about and ready to live life differently.  



*Thank you to the Baker Books Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Friday, May 20, 2016

Study Bible


Book Description from the publisher:

The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now available in a handy personal size with words of Christ in red! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.
Features include: • NEW attractive new full-color page design • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics • NEW in-text maps and charts • Full cross-references with textual notes • Word studies and indexes • Bible Times and Culture Notes • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
NKJV Study Bibles sold to date: More than 1.3 million
The New King James Version®—More than 60 million copies sold


My Review:
This is an excellent Bible, truly one that has so many "extras" that you will become lost in the stories and transported back to Biblical times.  Each book of the Bible begins with a detailed description and timeline; this has to be my favorite feature of this Bible.  There are colorful pictures included throughout the Bible as well as descriptions as far as meanings of words, events, and things.  There are also verses included on each page that are cross references.  All in all this is the ultimate study Bible and it is a nice size for taking with you and comfortable to hold onto.  I highly recommend this Bible if you are looking for one to really help you to dive into studying God's word. 


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

"Silence in the Dark"

Patricia Bradley's latest book in her Logan Point series is here and one that cannot be missed if you have read the first 3 books!  "Silence in the Dark" is a fast-paced and thrilling read and one that takes the reader from Mexico to Mississippi with danger all along the way.  Bailey does not know who to trust or whom she is running from, all she knows is that she is in danger.  Danny is there to try and help her, but with their past, it is awkward to say the least.  I love how the story is laid out and the characters are forced to face their past and work together to survive, but also face the future.  Bailey is such a great main character and has such a big heart to help others, unfortunately she finds herself in trouble and in danger, which is all too real for so many kids and adults alike in today's society.  This is a book that will draw you into the story and keep you turning pages to the end.  


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

Melanie Dickerson’s ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ Once Upon a Kindle Giveaway

The Beautiful Pretender Melanie Dickerson
Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie's blog.

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Book info
About the book:
The Beautiful Pretender
(Thomas Nelson, May 2016)

What happens when a margrave realizes he's fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave's bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse---far deadlier---consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost? 

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1NZuPiD
 
About the author:


Melanie Dickerson
is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.





My Review:
"The Beautiful Pretender" is Melanie's second  Medieval Fairy Tale book and I am hoping for so many more.  I absolutely loved this story as it took me back to feeling like a child when I first heard my first fairy tale.  Avelina has clear directions given to her and she does not think she will have any problem carrying them out as there is absolutely no way, in her mind, that she would be chosen to be the Margrave's wife.  However, as we all know things do not always go as planned, especially when deceit is at the core of it.  Avelina is such a spunky character, and she was full of spirit and heart.   I found myself transported back in time and in the midst of the drama and the lure of the castle and the hopes of the right one being chosen.  This is a fun read and journey for the reader as there is deception, romance and suspense all woven throughout.  


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 in exchange for a honest review.*

Thursday, May 19, 2016

"Murder Comes by Mail"

"Murder Comes By Mail" is the second book in The Hidden Springs Mysteries series; I enjoyed this return to this charming town and quirky characters.  Ann has once again done a fabulous job with tying together small town charm, loveable characters, humor and mystery to create a fun, and engaging read.  Much to Michael's chagrin he is the town hero, but then things take a spin and he is no longer concerned with that after receiving disturbing mail.  Suddenly, Michael finds himself in a race against a killer, one whom may harm others.  This is a quick read and one that keeps you guessing and turning the pages all the way to the end as you try to figure out who is behind it all.  I highly recommend book #1 in the series as you will be introduced to the town and characters whom appear again in this book.  I am looking forward to book #3!  




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


Will Julia and Zeke's history put up walls between them or bring them together?



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Book info
About the book:

Someone Like You (Bethany House, May 2016)

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1TPfW3k
 
About the author:


Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.


My Review:
"Someone Like You" is Victoria Bylin's latest novel and it is one that I loved from the very first page!  So much is learned of Zeke's character in the very first few pages as he is trying to save his business, for the sake of his employees.  Julia is trying to stay afloat in her business and in her personal life as a mother and trying to raise her son with her ex-husband.  Julia and Zeke have a history and now their lives are becoming intertwined again.  Victoria has created characters whom are so relatable and it is so easy to become completely caught up in their lives as they could be one of us or the neighbors next door.    This is such a sweet story, but also one that is so real- life with issues that must be addressed and are not just smoothed over and easily fixed.  Victoria writes with the perfect mix of love, and hope along with family relationships and trails that come with everyday life.  I have to add too that I just absolutely love this cover!

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 in exchange for a honest review.*