Friday, June 22, 2018

To Claim Her Heart by Jodie Wolfe

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About the Book


To claim her heart
Title: To Claim Her Heart  
Author: Jodie Wolfe  
Release Date: May 14, 2018  
Genre: Historical Romance

In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land’. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancee, but he didn’t count on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he sadly lacks. Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, but not just any plot will do. She has a specific one in mind. The plot’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. Elsie’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and she determined to keep it, but she wasn’t planning on a kind, handsome preacher standing in her way. Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has not intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land … or her heart.

My Thoughts:
I truly enjoyed this book.  Elsie is a spitfire and I just loved her.  I didn't necessarily
agree with everything she did but she was a great character.  Benjamin, I absolutely
loved!  He was such a sweetheart and tried his best to do what God wanted him
to do.  The loving your neighbor part may have been gradual but it was there :) 
The nighbors overall were great.  I loved the one part with Benjamin and John, it
made me giggle just a bit.  The other neighbors were wonderful examples of how
we should treat each other.  I completely enjoyed watching Elsie grow and change
as a character.  Benjamin changed too but Elsie's change was the biggest.
It was a 5/5.  I really enjoyed it and loved the characters!

Thank you to the author for the review copy (via Celebrate Lit).  I received this book in exchange
for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.



About the Author

Jodie
Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

Guest Post from Jodie Wolfe

The Heart of a Book

I think there’s always a little bit of the author in each book they write, but sometimes something deeper and very close to the author is wrapped up in the pages of a story. That’s the case for To Claim Her Heart. This is the tale that my mother-in-law always wanted me to write. She was so proud of her family heritage and almost twenty years ago, she was anxious to share it with me. We visited Oklahoma where several of her relatives had staked claims in the last great race for land in our country – the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. This September will mark the 125th anniversary of the land race. While it saddens me that my dear mother-in-law never lived long enough to see this story in print, I’m thankful that she shared her rich heritage with me. In To Claim Her Heart I was able to mention a recipe passed down through her family for prune cake. I also made sure the heroine had a Rose of Sharon quilt that was given to her. My mother-in-law gave me this quilt dating back as early as 1834 when it was stitched by my husband’s great, great, great, great grandmother. It’s been passed down to the oldest daughter for generations. But, I think one of my favorite memories is the one that concerns outlaws and how my husband’s great, great, great grandmother dealt with them. To find out more about this actual encounter, you’ll have to read To Claim Her Heart. I hope your heart will be as touched by these stories as mine was when my mother-in-law shared them. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Seraphina's Revolution Cover Reveal

Title: Seraphina’s Revolution
Author: Sheena Hutchinson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Cover Me, Darling
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Blurb: Seraphina Cross had always wished for the life she’d always dreamed of. One must be careful what they wish for. Unfortunately, she’s gotten all she’s ever dreamed of and more.
Seraphina has gone head to head with Lucifer and his minions. Now, she’s feeling the casualties of siding against him. All her intense power is useless against grief and remorse. Struggling to keep her emotions in check, Nate once again comes to her rescue to keep her head above water. Keeping her darkness at bay, he resumes his position as the one pillar of strength in Seraphina’s life.
But, what happens when he too disappears?
Seraphina’s life is once again thrown into a whirlwind of chaos. As the darkness within her returns, new friends appear and an old friend returns home. Seraphina must figure out who can be trusted. On top of everything, those pesky dreams return. But, what she sees cannot be unseen. Will Seraphina be strong enough to resist temptation? Can she keep her Demons under control long enough to save the world or will it define her?
The time has come. Seraphina’s Revolution is here. Alliances will be forged. Sacrifices must be made. In the fight between good and evil—there are no more rules. This is war.
Will her dreams turn out to be her salvation or her damnation?
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny lead her to writing again. She constantly strives to be a positive role model and write stories that empower and inspire.  
Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after. While God is currently writing her love story she continues to put all her time into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more on Sheena and her books visit her website www.SheenaHutchinson.com.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Awakening Dreamers' Realm One by Karen Arnpriester

About the Book:
Awakening (Dreamers' Realm Book 1)
Title: AWAKENING: DREAMER’S REALM ONE
Author: Karen Arnpriester
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 344
Genre: Christian Fantasy
BOOK BLURB:
The horror of her sister's abduction and Lucinda's guilt manifest into years of acute insomnia. She appears to be miraculously healed when she participates in a test program that provides restful sleep but awakens a new dream realm ... an alternative existence where Lucinda can create and manipulate any fantasy inspired by her imagination. 

Lucinda's new realm is shattered by a dark evil that lurks there. Evil that is not confined to nightmares, but a sinister foe that also hunts for victims in the real world. 

Lucinda's discarded spiritual beliefs resurface and prompt her to begin a perilous journey against this very real threat; a heartless creature that destroys innocent lives. The dream realm, spiritual domain and Lucinda's physical reality integrate and twist together as Lucinda rediscovers her faith and confronts the monster that threatens her very life and those she loves.

My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure what I was expecting with this book, but it wasn't this.  Lucinda's dreams are a fantasy world for her to escape real life and I was entertained from the start.  I wasn't expecting the story to go as dark as it did, but the author did a good job with it. At the first I thought it was just going to be a steady read but it really picked up at the midway/end and made it to where I didn't want to put the book down.
The author did such a good job with her imagery that you could read and just 'see' a picture being painted before you.  There is a mix of fantasy, suspense, thriller, romance and more wrapped up in this story. I really did enjoy the book and was pleasantly surprised several times throughout!
It was a 4/5 for me.  I saw there is a sequel already that I look forward to reading.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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Book Excerpt:
Lucinda woke to a serenade of singing birds. She was lying on her back in soft grass, facing a sky filled
with clouds and each was a shape she recognized. There was an elephant, a pirate ship and a smiling
face just above her. She giggled with delight as the childhood memories of searching the clouds for
shapes with her little sister flooded in. The sky was brilliant blue directly in front of her, but when she
turned her head to the sides, she could see deeper into the sky. The blue blended to a vibrant purple,
filled with stars and swirling galaxies. She didn’t understand how she could see the layers of the
atmosphere, but she didn’t care. Lucinda sat up and looked around her. This place she found herself in
was beautiful and shimmered with light. It was as if an opalescent sheen had been applied to all
surfaces.


When she stood up, she realized that she was next to the center hub of stone walkways, fanning out like
legs of an octopus. She stepped onto one of the walkways and viewed her surroundings. The landscape
was magical in every direction. She suddenly heard a scraping sound behind her and turned to see a
large ostrich with a peacock tail waddling towards her, positioning its face right in hers. The bird’s face
was tan with huge turquoise eyes framed in lush black eyelashes. The tan feathers blended into shades
of lavender and sky blue, which then blended into deep jewel tones of the peacock. Lucinda began to
feel uncomfortable with the intensity of the bird’s penetrating stare into her eyes.


“You are in my way, madam, please get out of the flow of traffic if you are going to dally about.” the
bird disdainfully said with a British accent. He could have moved around her, but it was clear that he
expected her to give him the right-of-way.


Lucinda gasped in shock when she realized that the bird could talk. She stepped to the right side of the
pathway and allowed the “peatrich,” her name for the mash-up of creatures, to continue past her,
watching the luxurious mixture of jewel tones in the plumage that dragged behind the bird. Once the
intimidating peatrich was a safe distance away, she allowed herself to relax and actually laughed. She
had always loved the face of an ostrich, especially the soulful eyes, and the beauty of the male
peacock’s tail was one of nature’s breathtaking displays. Had her imagination blended these two
creatures into one for her delight? she thought to herself. The peatrich turned and faced Lucinda,
extending his tail plumage into a massive fan. He then humpfed at her, appearing to show distain for
her presumption that she had created him, as if he could read her mind. He turned away and strutted
down the path, with his fully extended tail swaying behind him.


Lucinda considered which path to take, and decided not to follow the peatrich, as he appeared to be
rather grumpy and she didn’t want to aggravate him. She chose the path to her immediate left, which
led to a village off in the distance. It felt like she traveled for hours to reach the gathering of buildings
that were clearly from the Renaissance period. The quaint homes were made of stone with thatched
roofs, and cobblestone paths ribboned throughout the buildings. The trees were covered in clusters of
delicate lavender and yellow flowers, as well as dusty green moss that dangled from the branches.
Lucinda was startled to see dragons flying above the village, effortlessly gliding above the treetops,
seemingly unaware of her presence … at first.


As she stepped into the village square, she saw a large shadow covering her, and when she looked up, a
magnificent ebony dragon hovered above her. The dragon had positioned his head so that one bright
yellow eye could watch her every move. Lucinda felt her heart clench up and her breathing became
rapid and panicked. She could not outrun his flames if he decided to incinerate her.


The village appeared to be uninhabited and the understanding that no one could save her created bile
that churned in her stomach. The dragon appeared to give her a knowing leer and she saw his belly
begin to glow until it was bright red with leathery veins of ebony running through the hot flesh. It
reminded her of pictures she had seen of glowing lava beneath a black cracking charcoal surface.
Lucinda dropped down into a crouch and wrapped herself into a ball, waiting for the searing heat to
melt her to the bone.


“Ebony, desist or I shall thwart you,” a deep male voice suddenly bellowed out.


Lucinda looked up in the direction of the voice and saw a knight dressed in gold armor coming toward
her. He shook his massive jeweled sword threateningly at the dragon that hesitated in his attack,
apparently weighing his choices and the possible outcomes. The dragon slowly rose; the red fire in his
belly cooling into glowing embers.


“Henceforth, she is mine. Any harm comes to this wench and thou shalt die,” the knight threatened with
authority.


A rush of gratitude and relief swept over Lucinda.  She would not die by flames that would devour her
flesh.


The knight reached down his hand and pulled Lucinda to her feet. He placed his sword in his scabbard
and then removed his helmet. The knight was tall with long blonde hair blowing in the same breeze that
also caressed her skin. Her eyes scanned his beautiful face and she knew him, she had history with this
man, and she felt her face flush and become a deep shade of crimson when he grinned at her with
impossibly white, perfect teeth. He was her secret heartthrob for as long as she could remember … the
supermodel Fabio. She felt a wave of embarrassment and lust sweep over her.


The knight took her hand and pressed his full, warm lips against her skin. She felt the tingles of
excitement begin to build within her. After his enticing kiss, he lifted her hand up to his shoulder, which
pulled her up against him. She could see the intricate carvings on his gold armor, scrolls and vines
twisting and weaving over the surface. Her eyes focused on his chest and there was an etched heart
formed with vines and flowers. In the center of the heart was her name, Lucinda, clearly engraved in
beautiful script lettering. He was hers and she was his. She slid her tongue over her lips to moisten
them, and then she lifted her face to accept the kiss that she knew was awaiting her. She closed her eyes
and anticipated the warm softness of his desire.


WAHHH, WAHHH, WAHHH blasted into her conscious mind through her ears as Fabio burst into a
showering of gold particles. Lucinda ran from the village, onto the path that had led her to her secret
love, trying to locate the source of the obnoxious sound that interrupted her interlude with Sir Fabio.
She found herself at the hub of paths. How could that be? It had taken her hours to get to the village,
and only moments to return to the hub. Again she heard WAHHH, WAHHH, WAHHH as her eyes
fluttered open.


~

Lucinda was lying on her back staring at the ceiling fan that spun in her bedroom. It took her a few
moments to realize that she had actually been dreaming. Lucinda wrapped her arms around herself and
squealed with delight.  It had worked, the doctor was right. Not only had she slept, she had dreamed, a
wonderfully delicious dream that was too quickly interrupted by her alarm.

About the Author
Karen Slimick Arnpriester (October 1953) was born in Alton, Illinois and moved to California when
she was eight. Karen has owned her own graphic art business for twenty years. Anessia's Quest is her
first book. Her second book is titled Raider's Vendetta. Her new release, Slimy, is a non-fiction account
of her years as a bullied and isolated child.

Please visit Karen's website karenskoncepts.com. You will find pages for both books with synopsis,
reviews and first twelve chapters as free download. Karen's blog page "My Thoughts" is also available
at her site.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Points Worth by DC Marino

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About the Book


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Title: Points Worth  
Author: D.C. Marino  
Genre: Fantasy  
Release Date: March 30 For centuries the small port town of Points Worth has been able to communicate with the ocean in its own language. But the water has just gone silent and its last word has shaken those able to translate it. A knowledge of sea-script won’t be enough to mend the broken relationship between man and the deep. Gil, a young nautical linguist, will have to break rules and search the past to discover why the ocean ceased its tides—or had them stolen. Points Worth is a novelette set in the world of Kingdom of Ruins, and is a prequel to the first book in the series.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this quick little novella.  The whole idea of the Ocean speaking to humans is cool to me.  The fact that humans had upset the Ocean was intriguing and pulled me in right away.  I really liked the author's setup for this series.  Gil was a smart guy, I mean he picked up on an error when the 'experts' didn't.  He was persistent and didn't just give up when he was told no.
I look forward to seeing the book the author has setup with this prequel and where they will take the story.
It was a 4/5 for me. I will be reading the next book.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

About the Author

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D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.

Guest post from D.C. Marino

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Points Worth with you! To start, I’ll share a funny secret: this little novelette was never in the plan. The idea came at the last moment, at the suggestion of my publisher. I had never intended to write a prequel to the Kingdom of Ruins series, but when I began fleshing out this small story, it took on a personality I couldn’t ignore. Not only did I fall in love with the sea-salt setting and gutsy characters, but Points Worth is now planned to continue as a mini-series of novellas, each one to be released between the full-length novels! Gil, the main character and hero, is who I blame for the speed of my commitment to this storyline. He inspires me. Calamity has befallen his small port town and fear is driving even the wisest of the townsfolk to make dangerous decisions. Instead of swallowing the easiest explanation for the disaster, Gil goes in search of the truth against one of the most powerful men in the town. He’s scrappy, inventive and knows his history. Though born in the hills, he’s a natural seafarer. I wanted to keep following him right off the page. And so, his story has only just begun to sail the unknown ocean. On the flip side, the Kingdom of Ruins series takes place on land. But this isn’t a default setting. The land is a character in itself and interacts with those that live upon its soil. It even takes sides in war. This same concept was extended to the sea in Points Worth. Which is appropriate, as they are part of the same world. In fact, the town of Points Worth is only a few days’ ride away from where the main novel takes place. Which leads me to the last thing I wanted to share with you. Gil will show up as a supporting character in one of the main novels. I love this because, though the reader will know Gil very well, the main characters in Kingdom of Ruins will not. You’ll suddenly see Gil from another’s perspective, which should be interesting and sometimes comical. I will say no more. Land and sea must tell the rest of the story. Thank you for coming! I hope you enjoy the ocean-air and the adventure it inspires! D.C. Marino

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