Tuesday, September 24, 2019

"The Gryphon Heist"

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"The Gryphon Heist" is fast-paced and you need to hold on for a twisty ride filled with spies, assassins and not knowing who can be trusted.  James R. Hannibal has a true talent for writing this style as the story flows so nicely and held my attention throughout the entire nail-biting ride!
Talia is a great main character and I loved her spunk and determination.  Her job is fascinating (something I'd only ever want to read about and not deal with in real life!), and she is pushing for more, she is definitely not afraid of hard work and determination to reach her dream and goals. 
I am excited to read the next book in this series and read what happens next with Talia and what will happen next personally and professionally.

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

"The Words Between Us"

Cover ArtThis latest novel from Erin Bartels is one that will stay with me for so long.  "The Words Between Us" is such a beautifully- written story of healing, resilience and coming to terms with who we are and what makes us who we are.  Robin is such a great main character, and it was so easy to like her from the very beginning.  Her journey of having to once again face and come to terms with her past and the family she has tried to distance herself from is trying, and yet she is determined and true to herself.  What initially drew me to this book was the cover, honestly, the old books holding stories and having been read by so many throughout the years.  Then I started to read and did not want to stop as it was such an intriguing story filled with wonderful characters.  Robin owning a used bookstore of course spoke to my soul as well, what a great job to have and I love how the books bring her solace and healing.  There is so much that could be said about this book; however it is a story that you have to just read it to experience it and have the story speak to you.  I am looking forward to what Erin may write next!
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, September 23, 2019

"You Belong with Me"

Cover ArtOh my goodness, I absolutely loved this book!  Tari Faris is going to become a must-read author for me I can already tell!  "You Belong with Me" is book 1 in her Restoring Heritage series and it is an excellent start to the series and now I am eager for book 2!  Heritage, Michigan is the setting for this story, a cute town that is facing possible changes unless Hannah can fight it and help win a grant for the town.  Hannah's best friend Luke never felt like he belonged in this town, but now this may be a chance to change that.  However, he is prepared for his heart getting involved just so much as well.        This book has the feel of a  Courtney Walsh or Susan May Warren novel, two authors who I absolutely love as well!  The small town scene and the characters who could easily be your neighbors and most of them you'd want as a neighbor.  This is a really sweet story and a nice mix of romance, healing and of course some laugh out loud moments.   I really enjoyed this book and am eager to spend more time in Heritage with the great group of characters!
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"The Girl Behind the Red Rope"

Cover ArtTed Dekker and his daughter Rachelle have teamed up on this latest novel "The Girl Behind the Red Rope" and it is a thought-provoking read from start to end.  Grace has been raised a certain way, living a certain way, believing very specific things; however what is truth and what is not?  Grace finds herself questioning her entire life and what she believes as well as who can be believed and trusted and who is actually an enemy.  I found myself completely intrigued right from the start as Grace and the church filled with people saw the Fury and then the story jumps ahead 13 years.  I loved getting that glimpse of the back story and the scene being set and then such a span of years to then catch up on while at the same time in the present day story.  I really liked how this story is told and I found myself really taking my time reading as I did not want to miss a little detail as well as trying to process and think through things.  The struggle between light and dark, good and evil and the search for truth and staying strong in one's faith are the themes throughout.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.  
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Diamond in the Rough"

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When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social Season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York to help his cousin find an American heiress who can help save his family's estate. But when his very proper British manners lead Poppy's grandmother to request he teach etiquette to Poppy, he quickly finds himself in for much more than he bargained for.

And while they couldn't be more opposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they have more to teach each other than they ever could have expected.

My Review:
I am a huge fan of Jen Turano's novels - they have romance, a little bit of mystery, quirky characters and so many laugh out loud moments!  Poppy is such a fun main character and I loved how she is portrayed throughout the book.  Poppy is completely out of her element in the midst of the social season in New York and I found myself laughing so many times and also feeling sorry for her, but yet not being to not laugh.  Poppy's grandmother, Viola, is quite the lady and quite intimidating and yet Poppy has the backbone to handle her and all of the situations that arise!  I liked Reginald from the very first encounter with him and he is another great character throughout the book.  The time period and societal expectations are so vividly described that the story really does seem to come to life.  I really enjoyed reading about and learning more about the elite societal scene during this time and it's fun to learn about something so different than what I am personally used to.  I highly recommend this book, as well as all others by Jen as they are hilarious and heart-warming.  

*Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, September 16, 2019

"Hagar" blog tour~

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About the Book

Book: Hagar
Author: Shadia Hrichi
Genre: Religion / Bible Study
Release Date: October 10, 2017

You are ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God Who Sees Me.

My Review:
I absolutely love this Bible study!  Hagar is a woman who I know of from reading the Bible and hearing messages that mention her; however she has never been the focus or the main character as far as what I can remember.  She is a very significant person though and I really enjoyed this in depth look into her life and really discovering that God saw her just as she sees me and all of us, no matter how insignificant we may feel.  The layout to this is great as it is divided into 5 days for each week's lesson and there are readings, breaks to stop and think about things personally and how they apply to you, questions to answer and ample space to jot down notes.  This could be done as a group study or individually; personally I have been working through it individually.  I highly recommend this study book and am going to check out others of this series.  

”Deep and packed with surprising insights!” Francine Rivers   Click here to grab your copy. 

About the Author

shadia SHADIA HRICHI holds an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as an MA in Criminal Justice and a BA in Psychology. In addition to numerous articles, Shadia is the author of Worthy of Love and Nameless No More. Shadia is often invited onto radio programs and regularly speaks at churches and women’s events. Currently residing in northern California, Shadia serves at Venture Christian Church and loves to visit the ocean each week for ”a date with Jesus.” Visit shadiahrichi.com.  

More from Shadia

Am I known? Am I loved? Am I home? Every human heart is searching for the answers to these questions. Yet when pain and heartache enter our lives, we feel betrayed and cry out one question: God, do You see me? The answer is yes. He is Behind the Seen. Because we live in a fallen world, each of us will inevitably face hard times, even painful ones. Who among us has never seen or felt the fallout of broken homes, broken lives, or broken dreams? Hagar is a great example of someone who discovered God during a difficult time. Maybe you have never heard of her. Or perhaps you came across her name in a study of the book of Genesis. But how much do you really know about this young slave girl? We often relegate her to the backstage as a minor character in God’s redemptive story. But was she? As I explored Hagar’s story for another book I wanted to write, God continually amazed me as we journeyed together from the affluence of Egypt, into a life of slavery, to a desert of despair. It seemed the more I studied her life, the more I discovered about God. What began as a chapter evolved into a study all its own. Two years and several thousand hours of study and prayer later, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me came to be. Consider this book as your backstage pass to the life of Hagar. I have never actually gone backstage during a live event, but I know that much more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye. I invite you to come backstage with me and explore how God was involved in every detail of Hagar’s life. Her story has all the ingredients of a Hollywood tragedy: betrayal, loss, abuse, crisis pregnancy, abandonment . . . any of that sound painfully familiar? Thankfully, Hagar’s story does not end in despair. God was working Behind the Seen—just as He has in your life and mine—all along. As a matter of fact, Hagar emerges victorious! Hagar: an unsung hero if there ever was one. Beloved, is the enemy using anything in your past to try to derail you from God’s plan, or hold you back from experiencing God’s joy to the fullest? Be assured, that is not how your story will end. Just as God did for Hagar, when He enters your story, victory is already assured. So strap on your sandals and a grab a bottle of water. We’re heading into the desert. A place where we will rediscover the God Who Sees Me. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” —Isaiah 9:2

Blog Stops

amandainpa , September 9
Emily Yager, September 9
A Reader’s Brain, September 10
Lights in a Dark World, September 10
Inspired by fiction, September 11
Genesis 5020, September 11
Robin’s Nest, September 11
Quiet Workings, September 12
Mary Hake, September 13
Godly Book Reviews, September 14
Moments, September 15
Retrospective Spines, September 16
Batya’s Bits, September 16
Pause for Tales, September 17
CarpeDiem, September 17
Aryn the Libraryan ?, September 18
For The Love of Books, September 19
Texas Book-aholic, September 20
janicesbookreviews, September 20


To celebrate her tour, Shadia is giving away to TWO winners 1 book of Hagar, 1 book of Legion and a $50 gift certificate for leafwoodpublishers.com!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

"Strands of Truth" blog tour

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About the Book

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Book: Strands of Truth
Author: Colleen Coble
Genre: Suspense
Release Date: September 10, 2019

Harper Taylor is used to being alone—after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own.

So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future.

Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

My Review:
Colleen Coble has become one of my must-read authors throughout the years and I absolutely LOVED this latest novel from her!  "Strands of Truth" was such a fast-paced read and I did not want to have to pause reading, although I had to!  Harper was such a likable main character and my heart went out to her.  I admired her determination and grit as she has done so much on her own and also with the help of Oliver, and she has not forgotten that help.  Ridge grew on me as well and I found myself liking him more and more as the story went on.  I loved how the story was shared throughout this as we were in present day, yet details from the past few decades were being shared bit by bit throughout it as well. I loved stories that have all  that - romance, suspense, past stories and current issues melding together into one.  

Click here to get your copy.  

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.  

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Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble. Strands of Harper Taylor’s childhood are resurfacing—but will the truth save her . . . or pull her under?  Harper Taylor is used to being alone— after all, she grew up in one foster home after another. Oliver Jackson finally took her under his wing when she was a runaway teenager, and now Harper pours her marine biology knowledge into Oliver’s pen shell research. But she’s never stopped wishing for a family of her own. So when a DNA test reveals a half-sister living just two hours away, Harper is both hopeful and nervous. Over warm cinnamon rolls, Harper and Annabelle find striking similarities in their stories. Is it just a coincidence that both their mothers died tragically, without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name? Oliver’s son Ridge still sees Harper as a troubled teen even all these years later. But when Oliver is attacked, Ridge and Harper find themselves working together to uncover dangerous secrets that threaten to destroy them all. They must unravel her past before they can have any hope for the future. Suspense, romance, and generational secrets meld in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble. “Free-dive into a romantic suspense that will leave you breathless and craving for more.” –DiAnn Mills, bestselling author “As always, Colleen Coble never disappoints. Strands of Truth is no exception. I was hooked from the first page. Trying to read this story slowly is impossible. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself flipping the pages in a hurry to find out what happens next! This one is for your keeper shelf.” –Lynette Eason, bestselling, award-winning author of the Blue Justice Series “Colleen Coble’s latest book, Strands of Truth, grips you on page one with a heart-pounding opening and doesn’t let go until the last satisfying word. I love her skill in pulling the reader in with believable, likable characters, interesting locations, and a mystery just waiting to be untangled. Highly recommended.” –Carrie Stuart Parks, bestselling author of Formula of Deception “Once again, Colleen Coble delivers an intriguing, suspenseful tale in Strands of Truth. The mystery and tension mount toward an explosive and satisfying finish. Well done.” –Creston Mapes, bestselling author “Just when I think Colleen Coble’s stories can’t get any better, she proves me wrong. In Strands of Truth, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The characterization of Ridge and Harper and their relationship pulled me immediately into the story. Fast paced, with so many unexpected twists and turns, I read this book in one sitting. Coble has pushed the bar higher than I’d imagined. This book is one not to be missed.” –Robin Caroll, best-selling author of the Darkwater Inn series “It’s in her blood! Colleen Coble once again shows her suspense prowess with a thriller as intricate and beautiful as a strand of DNA. Strands of Truth dives into an unusual profession involving mollusks and shell beds that weaves a unique, silky thread throughout the story. So fascinating I couldn’t stop reading!” –Ronie Kendig, bestselling author of The Tox Files

Blog Stops

Inspired by fiction, September 3
EmpowerMoms, September 3
Blogging With Carol, September 3
Christian bookaholic, September 4
KarenSueHadley , September 4
Susan Cornwell, September 5
Inside the Wong Mind, September 5
Godly Book Reviews, September 5
Emily Yager, September 6
Older & Smarter?, September 6
Blessed & Bookish, September 6
Andrea Christenson, September 6
Avid Reader Nurse, September 7
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 7
The Becca Files, September 8
Mary Hake, September 8
Spoken from the Heart, September 9
Betti Mace, September 9
Back Porch Reads, September 9
Moments, September 10
All-of-a-kind Mom, September 10
For Him and my Family, September 10
Texas Book-aholic, September 11
Retrospective Spines, September 11
Daysong Reflections, September 11
SusanLovesBooks, September 11
Remembrancy, September 12
Worthy2Read, September 12
Just the Write Escape, September 12
Bigreadersite , September 13
janicesbookreviews, September 13
As He Leads is Joy, September 13
Livin’ Lit, September 13
To Everything A Season, September 13
Simple Harvest Reads, September 14
Pause for Tales, September 14
A Reader’s Brain, September 15
Quiet Quilter , September 15
Hallie Reads, September 15
Inklings and notions , September 16
By The Book, September 16
Real World Bible Study, September 16
Patiently Waiting, September 16

Monday, September 9, 2019

"Surf Smugglers" blog tour!

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About the Book

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Book: Surf Smugglers
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: August 15, 2019

In the summer of 1917, US troops join the allied forces in the Great War. Back in Sunset Cove, Oregon, other battles wage. Anna McDowell continues to fight old fashioned stereotypes as she runs a newspaper committed to truth. Despite opposition, she’s determined to expose ongoing rum-running and prohibition lawlessness.

Adding to Anna’s frustrations, her good friend Dr. Daniel seems to run hot and cold. He loves Oregon, and maybe Anna too, but he’s pulled by his East Coast family responsibilities. Even the lure of a new modern Sunset Cove hospital doesn’t seem enough to keep him in Sunset Cove.

Meanwhile, Anna’s strong-willed daughter Katy continues to develop her dress shop by inviting family friend Sarah Rose to help out. But the woman’s presence tests the small town’s tolerance. And Anna’s concern that her daughter is growing up too fast is confirmed when Katy’s romantic life takes an unexpected turn, which Anna fears is influenced by the pressure of a devastating war that is not only changing the entire world but Sunset Cove as well.

My Review:
"Surf Smugglers" was the third book in this series and I was so happy that I only had to wait about six months for this book to come out as books 1 and 2 were so good and I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  Now, I am left wondering if there will be a book 4?!  Melody brings the early 1900s to life in this series and sets the scene so vividly.  World War 1 is happening, societal views toward women and individuals of different skin color are changing, yet there is still so much prejudice, and the country as a whole is shifting and constantly changing.  Anna is caught up in this whirlwind as she is running the local newspaper, even when many want the truth kept uncover. At the same time Anna is trying to raise her daughter and deal with relationship issues of her own.  I loved Katy's heart toward Sarah Rose and with not even thinking about other factors just the fact that she needed help and Katy could help her.  Sarah became one of my favorite characters throughout this book along with Anna and Katy.  I highly recommend this book for those whom enjoy historical fiction; however you must read the series in order as they are all so good and the story builds in each book.  

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About the Author

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.  

More from Melody

My favorite way to learn history is through historical fiction—both by reading and by writing it. And I’ve discovered that World War 1 (previously known as the Great War, since WW2 had yet to happen) is quite fascinating. As well as incredibly sad. But I’m amazed at how science and technology evolved so quickly in this era. Whether it was advancement in automotive, communication, medicine . . . the culture was rapidly changing. And the war pushed it along at an even faster pace.
Another factor that makes this era interesting is prohibition. Oregon, my home state and where I set my series, was one of the earliest states to adopt prohibition of alcohol—in 1914. As a result, Oregon became ripe territory for bootlegging and rum-running along the coastline. And because my series involves a small town coastal newspaper that’s run (gasp!) by a woman, it gets even more interesting—and exciting!
Speaking of women, the suffrage movement was approved in Oregon in 1912—also well ahead of the rest of the nation (and the main reason that prohibition passed). My theory on why this happened is that the brave women who’d made the arduous journey West (via perilous wagon train or long hard voyages on clipper ships) were strong and opinionated and tough. And many of them were sick and tired of drunken slacker husbands. Also, thanks to Oregon’s amazing land donation act of 1850, many of these women were equal landowners to their husbands—and land equaled power.
Of course, what these suffragette-prohibition supporters didn’t realize is that banning alcohol would make matters worse because bootlegging and rum-running suddenly became a very lucrative business. The crime rate soared and the booze continued to flow freely. But all this makes for good newspaper stories, keeping our female editor in chief rather busy. In the first two books of the series, Anna McDowell has her hands full with trying to run her ailing father’s newspaper, restoring family relationships, and staying ahead of the growing crime element in Sunset Cove.
By book three, Surf Smugglers, Anna has her feet under her and doing a good job of standing up to the criminal element in their region. But by now the Great War is really heating up and the United States must get involved. Of course, this means that many young men, as well as Anna’s very good friend Dr. Daniel Hollister, are being shipped overseas to serve. Meanwhile, there is plenty of trouble at home. And the rum-runners, who despise the newspaper’s support of prohibition, target Anna’s good friend Sarah Rose because she’s a woman of color who’s sought refuge from the big city . . . and naturally things get dicey.
I’m currently finishing up the fourth and final book of the Legacy if Sunset Cove series, and I’m sad to think my ‘history lesson’ in this interesting era is drawing to an end. Not only have I learned a lot, I’ve really come to love the McDowell family . . . and I’m getting worried that not all the men from Sunset Cove will survive the brutal war. Of course, this is fiction . . . but the war was very real and the losses were great. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the war to end all wars like they’d hoped, but I appreciate the sentiment . . . and continue to pray for world peace.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, August 31
Connect in Fiction, August 31
Among the Reads, September 1
She Lives To Read, September 1
For Him and My Family, September 2
Just the Write Escape, September 3
Patiently Waiting, September 3
Blogging With Carol , September 3
CarpeDiem, September 4
Betti Mace, September 4
Wishful Endings, September 5
Remembrancy, September 5
Maureen’s Musings, September 6
Bigreadersite , September 7
Hallie Reads, September 8
Moments, September 9
Simple Harvest Reads, September 9
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 10
Pause for Tales, September 10
To Everything A Season, September 10
Retrospective Spines, September 11
Texas Book-aholic, September 11
Older & Smarter?, September 12
janicesbookreviews, September 13
A Reader’s Brain, September 13
Inklings and notions , September 13


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize of three of her books: Harbor Secrets, Riptide Rumors, and Surf Smugglers!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.