Monday, October 16, 2017

"Deadly Proof"


Image result for deadly proof rachel dylan"Deadly Proof" is the first book in a new series by  Rachel Dylan and it is a must-read for those whom love suspense and/or legal thrillers!
Kate is assigned to a new case as the lead attorney and she knows this is a big deal and much at stake after a death occurs of someone closely involved.  When attacks start being geared toward her, she knows she need to do something.  Landon is hired by Kate to look into the allegations that were made about the company and he finds himself enthralled by not only the case but Kate as well and knows that he needs to help her with what he was hired for, but he needs to keep her safe as well.  
This is fast-paced and twists and turns throughout as the stakes get higher and more details are leaked to the reader bit by bit.  I absolutely loved the characters in this book and cannot wait to read book #2!  I highly recommend this book!

*Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book.*


Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' Kindle Fire Giveaway


KJV Know The Word Study Bible Thomas Nelson
Diving deeper into God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break it down book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic with the new KJV Know The Word Study Bible by Thomas Nelson. The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of the KJV Know The Word Study Bible
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A Kindle Fire case (winner's choice)
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Book info

About the book:

Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.
The study of God's Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.
The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God's Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.
Features include:
-King James Version Bible text
-Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
-Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
-Words of Jesus in red
-Beautiful two-color interior page design
-Comprehensive list of theological notes
-Concordance
-Full-color maps
-8-point type size
About the publisher:

In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.
Find out more about Thomas at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.
My Review:
I absolutely love the layout of this Bible as it is so easy to really use it how you would like to with studying the Bible and getting to know God and who He really is as far as what style you prefer.  There is the approach of reading through each book of the Bible and studying book by book, or it could be by topic.  The topical approach is nice if you are struggling in a certain area, need guidance or clarification on a specific topic or just want to learn more.  Personally, with this Bible the verse by verse approach is what I love.  I feel like a great job was done in this area as verses are really broken down word by word in most cases so that a clear understanding can really be gained and an in-depth study.  With so many notes included throughout the Bible is still a clear layout and the pages do not look/feel overwhelming at all to me, the verses and notes are spaced nicely.  I highly recommend this Bible if you are looking for a new study Bible to use in personal study or even in a group setting.  
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on the blog tour.*

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Bringing Maggie Home"


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Book info

About the book:

Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can't understand her mother's overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother's inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan-a cold case agent-cherishes her grandmother's lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel's painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that's been lost?
About the author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.
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My Review:
"Bringing Maggie Home" is such an amazing story of healing, mystery and love.  This novel spans about 70 years beginning with a horrific event when Hazel is 10 years old, and then moves on to when Hazel is a grandmother and three generations find themselves living under one roof.  What happened in just a few moments when she was so young has impacted Hazel's relationship with her daughter, but it has impacted, although seemingly in the opposite way, her relationship with her granddaughter.  When Hazel reveals why she lives life the way she does, Meghan is determined to solve this cold case and hopefully bring healing to her family.  
I loved this book, it was such a powerful read.  I loved the mystery/cold case aspect of it, but also how this one incident has molded Hazel's life and her relationships as well as leading Diane to feel and behave the way that she does.  Meghan is such a strong individual and my favorite of the three women.  This is a wonderful mix of historical and contemporary Christian fiction along with being a suspenseful novel and yet also women's fiction, a nice mix of so much, so it will appeal to all types of readers!  I highly recommend this book be added to your to be read pile!
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.*




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"Born to be Wild"


As any parent of a tween, teen or 20-something knows, adolescents take risks. In fact, those aged 12-26 are hard-wired to take risks, but how do you combat these natural impulses? In Born to Be Wild, Jess Shatkin brings more than two decades' worth of research and clinical experience to the subject, along with cutting-edge findings from brain science, evolutionary psychology, game theory, and other disciplines -- plus a widely curious mind and the perspective of a concerned dad himself. 

As Dr. Shatkin illustrates in Born to Be Wild
  • Adolescents are genetically engineered to prioritize emotions over logic: Teens make risky choices for social acceptance and to avoid emotional pain. If a peer is watching, even a peer they don’t know, adolescents are more likely to take risks. 
  • Teens know that they’re not invincible. In fact, studies have shown that, when teens engage in risky behavior, they often overestimate their chances of being harmed by that behavior.
  • Improving parenting practices and increasing parent monitoring can help halt high-risk behaviors: Shatkin shares Parent Management Training (PMT) techniques that emphasize tactful praise over remonstrations of how not to behave. 
  • Supportive families benefit the brain: Studies show teens raised by parents with low levels of conflict in their homes have less demanding brain reward centers; these teens will engage in less risk-taking behavior because their interpersonal relationships are rewarding. 
Ironically, even though adolescence is a risk-taking time, it is also a time of incredible potential. In Born to Be Wild, Shatkin shows what parents and teachers can do--in everyday interactions, teachable moments, and specially chosen activities and outings--to work with teens' need for risk, rewards and social acceptance, not against it.
 
My Review:
This book is an excellent resource for parents, and professionals working with children and teenagers.  Seriously, Shatkin addresses so many things throughout this book, including social media, the idea that teens think they are invincible and peer pressure, just to name a few topics.  Some humor is sprinkled in as well as personal anecdotes, along with the research, the lists and the facts.  This is an easy book to read as it flows so nicely and is neatly divided into chapters, making it also a great resource to go pick up and read a section that pertains to the moment or season in life.  This is such a tough time in a person's life, but it can also be rewarding and a time of learning with good supports.  I highly recommend this book! 

About the Author:
Nationally recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist Jess P. Shatkin, M.D., M.P.H., is one of the country's foremost voices in child and adolescent mental health. He serves as Vice Chair for Education at the Child Study Center and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. He has been featured in top print, radio, TV, and Internet outlets, including the New York Times, Good Morning America, Parade, New York Magazine, Health Day, CBS Evening News, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition, for the past eight years Dr. Shatkin has been the host of "About Our Kids," a two-hour call-in radio show broadcast live on SiriusXM's Doctor Radio. He lives in New York City with his wife and two teenage children.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tillie and Noah's lives have been mysteriously intertwined for years.


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The Pretender Ta'Mara Hanscom
Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah's lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years in Ta'Mara Hanscom's The Pretender. From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart-and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of The Pretender
  • A $75 Amazon gift card
  • A decorative box containing measuring cups, ten recipes from the book, a potholder, a kitchen towel, pepper and salt grinders, kitchen utensils, and an olive oil dispenser
 

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 11. The winner will be announced October 12 on the Litfuse blog.



Book info

About the book:
Set in South Dakota in 1975, where eighteen-year-olds could order 3.2 beer in a bar, and loaded guns were kept under the counter.
Frankie Valli sang "My Eyes Adored You," and American soldiers returning from Vietnam struggled with their new reality.
It's within this tumultuous season of American history that Tillie Caselli meets Noah Hansen, and they are never the same again. Their lives were mysteriously intertwined-and had been for many years-yet they had no idea. 
From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart---and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.
About the author:

Born and raised in South Dakota, Ta`Mara loves to write about the Great Plains and the beauty and people of Italia. While her husband and children manage their two pizza ristoranti, Ta`Mara works full time on The Caselli Family Series, and ministers to women. It is Ta`Mara s prayer that as the readers explore the truths in these volumes, they will come away with a new perspective on love, forgiveness, obedience, and God's plan for marriage
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My Review:
"The Pretender" is an excellent start to a brand-new series by Ta'Mara Hanscom!  Tillie "Angel" as she is nicknamed by her brothers is the youngest and only daughter of the family and she is a good girl.  However, that does not prevent her from falling for a bad boy, which happens one night when she walks into a bar to check on her friends.  There is Noah, a bad boy who has been on a downward spiral during recent years and he is trying to cope with a living a normal life after Vietnam.  Once these two meet, there lives are never the same. 
Ta'Mara does an incredible job with beginning this series and introducing the reader to the Caselli family, a seemingly typical loving family, the parents who do not want their daughter following and falling for the wrong kind of guy.  There are so many pieces to this story and I cannot wait to read more about the other members of the Caselli family as the characters all became so real to me in the book.  This is also set during such an interesting and tumultuous time, in the mid-70's, a time that I have not read many books set during, but a time that there was much unrest politically and a lot of changes in society.  This adds a historical element to the story and an additional layer to the storyline.  This is a great book to read if you are looking for a new series to become immersed in!

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

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

100 Days with Jesus


"100 Days with Jesus" is such a cute, little book that is packed with so much!  Diann shares 100 names that are connected with Jesus, names that Jesus is called, what names reflect the person of Christ.  Each name is defined, a picture is shared to go along with it, along with a verse or a few verses and a prayer.  This is the perfect sized book to tuck into your purse or bag to take with you and pull out when you have a few moments, for example, waiting for an appointment or when you need a few moments to reflect or pray or a pick me up.  This book would also make an absolutely perfect gift for someone who needs to know that there is someone who cares and loves them or maybe on your heart at the moment.  This is a wonderful book, a wonderful collection celebrating who Christ is.

*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"The Christmas Blessing"



Each year at this time of the year, I look forward to reading Melody Carlson's newest Christmas novella.  This year's novella is "The Christmas Blessing" and it is one of my favorites (although I think I say that every year as well!).  Amelia finds herself having to make a hard choice as she cannot afford to support herself and her baby Jimmy much longer.  This leads Amelia to boarding a train with her baby son and traveling to a different state to a town she has never been, to meet her baby's paternal grandparents who have no idea who Amelia is or Jimmy.   When Amelia arrives she cannot bring herself to face the couple who were to be her in-laws if not for James being shipped out and killed in the line of duty in the midst of the war.  Amelia is forced to make a decision as to what is best for Jimmy even if it breaks her heart. 

I absolutely loved this book!  I enjoy books set during the World War II era anyways and I love Christmas stories so even before starting to read I knew I was going to love it and I did!  I cannot even imagine having to deal with what Amelia had to with losing her fiancee, giving birth and raising a baby on her own and then having to face people who she is afraid will be disappointed and not like her and maybe not believe her.  Amelia is such a strong character and does what she believes to be the best for her son even though she is terrified.  As a mom, I get that as strength just seems to be there when needed for something for your kids, but also Amelia does not have a supportive family herself and that just adds to her anxiety and concern of meeting James' family.  I love how the storyline plays out and the characters in this story as they all play such important roles.  I highly recommend this to put you in the Christmas spirit!

*Thanks so the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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"The Day the Angels Fell" by Shawn Smucker is classified as a young adult book, but it is one that adults will enjoy and leave all the readers thinking about it long after they finish reading.  Samuel's summer is one that is the worst as a spiral of events have taken place, one being that his mother has died.  This sets Samuel on a journey to find the Tree of Life to see if there is a possibility of bringing his mother back to life.  However, is death really so devastating or is death a gift?

This is a really well-written book and I loved how the style of it reminded me of books that I read years ago, when I really was a teenager/young adult!  The mythical part of the story is interwoven in nicely so that it adds to the storyline and yet there is so much realness there that is a nice balance.  "The Day the Angels Fell" will completely draw the reader in and give you a nice story with thought-provoking questions and moments that will leave you smiling. 


*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

beautiful, comforting coloring book


"Picturing Heaven" is a new coloring book that will occupy you for hours.  However, this is so much more than another coloring book that is the latest craze!  This is a coloring book plus a devotional book!  There are 40 devotionals with coloring pages to go along with them that fill this book.  Each picture is an intricate design that describes Heaven in some way.  What a better way to spend time with Jesus and learn about Heaven?!  The pages are a nice, thick quality for coloring on and this is such a wonderful book.  This would make an excellent gift for someone whom has recently lost a loved one here on Earth as a way to think about and remember with joy that the loved one is now in the presence of God. 

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"All This Time"





















"All This Time" is the conclusion to Melissa Tagg's Walker Family series and it is an amazing story, but one I was so sad to finish as I want to read more!  Raegan has always felt more for Bear than just friendship, and when he left a piece of heart went with him.  However, fear and a secret she has been hiding from everyone kept her from flying out of the country to see him.   Raegan has also been keeping another secret that is discovered when Bear returns back in town suddenly.   Bear and Raegan both have things from their past to work through, and family is at a root of this as well.  Raegan's family is so close-knit and Bear is yearning for a better family tie.  As Bear settles back into life in Maple Valley and adjusting to his new normal, the past comes closer than he had imagined and leads him to question what he has been holding onto and what he has allowed to hold him back. 



I absolutely loved this book and really this entire series!  I love how this story focused on Raegan and Bear (finally!), but the rest of the Walker family were all a part of it as well.  Both Raegan and Bear are dealing with a lot and Melissa does a great job with addressing these issues and working through them, even with some humorous moments sprinkled in.  The characters, the town, everything just comes so alive in Melissa's books that it is as if I am a part of the story and it is like saying goodbye to real friends at the end of the book.  I am looking forward to what Melissa will write next, maybe a new family and town to draw us all into?!"
All This Time (Walker Family Book 4) by [Tagg, Melissa]


"All She Left Behind"


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Jane Kirkpatrick's "All She Left Behind" is a historical romance and is based on a true story.  Jennie is a natural healer, meaning she uses herbs, plants, things of this kind to help out her patients.  However, her ultimate dream is to be a doctor; however this is not really accepted at this time and the path is not really going smooth for pursuing her dream. 
This is such a well-written story filled with so many vivid details and emotions.  Jennie has not given up on her dreams and she perseveres through trials and is an inspiring main character throughout the book.  I love the detail with which Jane writes and found everything with the plants and herbs, the natural healing fascinating to read and learn about.  This is a great read and one not to be missed for historical romance fans!
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

coloring book!

 
 

This is such a great coloring book!  It is a nice size, small enough to easily toss into a bag to take with you to color in on the go, but not so small that it is hard to color or lacking detail.  The pages are nice, thicker quality as well.  I love the details included in the pictures, some are more intricate than others giving this a nice variety overall to the book.  I have the Paris copy as well and this is another great addition of the kind! 


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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Travel back in time to the Ohio-Kentucky frontier in 1774


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Book info

About the book:


Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob's life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do-be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

About the author:


Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn't writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of "Burning Sky," recipient of three Christy Awards, "The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn," Christy-nominee "The Wood's Edge," and "A Flight of Arrows."
Find out more about Lori at http://loribenton.blogspot.com.
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My Review:
Lori Benton has created a beautiful story of adventure and heartache as well as one that is inspiring and filled with hope.  It was so easy to become completely engrossed in the story and transported to a different era and completely different world from today. Clare is an amazing main character, she displays strength in the mdist of intense trials.  Jeremiah's life has not been easy as well and yet he displays strength and compassion toward others.  It would be so easy to wallow in despair over hard times, but these two characters are great examples for pushing through and having faith.
I absolutely loved this book, it is excellent historical fiction and one not to be missed for fans of this time period.

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.*