Friday, July 10, 2020

Cleansed by Death by Catherine Finger

About the Book

Book:  Cleansed by Death
Author: Catherine Finger
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: June 2016
Haunted by an evil presence she can’t quite grasp, Police Chief Josie Oliver finds herself drawn into the crosshairs of a vicious serial killer. Fighting for her marriage, faith, and fate, Chief Josie is confronted by an Adversary that only God can conquer–if she decides to let Him in.
 My Thoughts:
This was an good book.  The action and suspense starts at page one and doesn't stop until the last page.  There is really something great about the characters being so realistic.  They aren't perfect, they are flawed, and have their issues to deal with.  They seem like people you could actually go out and meet.
The book kept my attention and the suspense was great.  I love the faith aspect that is woven in.  Seeing that done well in Christian Fiction always makes me happy.  I will definitely look for more from this author.
It was a 4/5 for me.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via CelebrateLit.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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About the Author

Catherine Finger loves to dream, write, and tell stories. Recently retired from a wonderful career in public education, she celebrates the ability to choose how to spend her time in a new way during the second half of life. So far, she chooses to write books, ride horses, serve others, and generally find her way into and out of trouble both on the road and at home.  She lives in the Midwest with a warm and wonderful combination of family and friends.
Capsized by Death, the fourth novel in her Jo Oliver Thriller series, was released by Elk Lake Publishing in December, 2019. Anchored by Death, the third of her Jo Oliver novels, was a Bronze Medal winner at the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards; a 2018 Selah Awards finalist; and a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards. Her second Jo Oliver Thriller, Shattered by Death, was a finalist in the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Catherine and her novels have been featured on radio stations, blogs, and in numerous articles—all posted at www.CatherineFinger.com.
Catherine loves to interact with her readers at www.CatherineFinger.com Follow her on Facebook at Catherine Finger, Author, and on Twitter at CatherineFinger@BeJoOliver.


More from Catherine

Welcome to our Jo Oliver Thriller series Celebrate Lit Tour!

Cleansed by Death, the first book in the series of four novels, began with an idea to write a book about strong women struggling with life, love, and loss while embedded in traditional male roles. I wanted to show real women dealing with difficult internal and external struggles and create tension for my readers. Playing with the question of whether such challenges make our characters better—or bitter—added depth and twists to my story.
It took a long time to get this story to the point of releasing it into the world. I stopped writing it twice, shelving it for about a year each time. Every summer as I percolated over the story, I read it cover to cover and realized I still loved both the voice and the bones of the story. Adding the faith piece in a way that felt authentic and edgy was the frosting on the cake and it happened as a half vision, half spiritual warfare experience in Jo Oliver’s head and heart. This experience developed her unique brand of conversation with God as she understands Him and added a spiritual dimension to my stories.

My Midwestern roots showed themselves with reckless abandon in this debut—becoming a cornerstone of future installments. As I write this kick-off note to you, I sit in front of my computer facing a wilderness scene that features prominently in this story. Writing in the midst of the corona virus leads me back to some of my favorite places for comfort—the woods and lakes of Wisconsin.

Enjoy the read!


Blog Stops

Bigreadersite, June 30
Betti Mace, July 1
Emily Yager, July 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Catherine is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Dragon School Episodes 16-20 by Sarah K.L. Wilson and Narrated by Jigisha Patel

Dragon School: Episodes 16 - 20 audiobook cover artBook Description:
Can dragons and humans win against the Ifrit scourge?
From USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, comes an epic tale of a disabled teen and her beloved dragon. Perfect for lovers of dragon-riding fiction and anyone with a heart for adventure.

This omnibus edition contains episodes 16-20 of the popular novella series:
Dragon School: Dragon Piper Time is running out.
Dragon School: Dust of Death Will Amel arrive in time?
Dragon School: Troubled War War has come.
Dragon School: Starie Night In the black of night, hope shines.
Dragon School: Ascendant Light The end has come.

My Thoughts:
All our favorites are back in this final set.  There is literally too much going on to get into.  Blood sisters, traitors, evil, good, true love, sacrifice, revenge, ifrits....and so much more.  I can't say enough about how the author wrapped up this series.  There were some seriously good twists, and some things that I expected.  Even the things that I expected didn't happen exactly as I expected them to.
I love the conclusion to several aspects of this that I cannot say.  The romance angle was great, the salvation was heartbreakingly wonderful, the usurping amazingly done.  There were lots of losses and plenty of heart stopping moments.  The end battle was wonderfully horrible and so well described that I could see it playing out in front of my eyes.  There isn't anything about this book that I can complain about.  My kids and I listened to the whole series, start to finish and when it was over, we were all a little lost and sad.
Absolutely a 5/5.

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dragon School: Episodes 11-15 by Sarah K. L. Wilson and Narrated by Jigisha Patel


Dragon School: Episodes 11-15 audiobook cover artPublisher's Summary

Counterfeit magic, flights through the dark, a war that can't be avoided.
From USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, comes an epic tale of a disabled teen and her beloved dragon. Perfect for lovers of dragon-riding fiction and anyone with a heart for adventure. 
This omnibus edition contains episodes 11-15 of the popular novella series:
  • Dragon School: Bright Hopes Only Amel knows the truth.
  • Dragon School: Mark of Loyalty Who is the true Chosen One?
  • Dragon School: Dire Quest Can the Dominion find allies?
  • Dragon School: Ancient Allies Does an ancient artifact hold the key to defeating the Ifrit invasion?
  • Dragon School: Pipe of Wings Can Amel turn old friends into new allies? 
My Thoughts:
Oh my.  This series is amazing.  My kids and I are still reading through and will finish the last set soon.  There is so much going on with Amel, Roc, Huberic, Sevet, Lang....I love them all.  We even meet some scary crazy new characters.  There are some seriously ingenious things that the author comes up with to save the day at times, but that being said, our hero doesn't always win.  There is a ton going on including travel to a different country.
I love the twists the author throws in and some of the new characters are really great.  Some of them not so much but it does make things even more interesting to see how Amel is going to get out of certain scrapes.  I love how devoted she is to her friends, her cause, and her dragon.  I can't believe I haven't mentioned Reyolken (sp?) yet.  He is still amazing and really the one who keeps Amel alive more often than not, but she does return the favor occasionally.
It is a solid 5/5 for my family.

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Jane Doe by Lillian Duncan

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About the Book

Book:  Jane Doe
Author: Lillian Duncan
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 26, 2020
A Broken Body. A Broken Mind. What If She Wasn’t The Last Victim?Jane Doe
Raven Marks survives a brutal kidnapping but just barely. Along with a broken body, her mind is broken. She wants to put the past behind her, but nightmarish memories won’t let her. . .At first because she doesn’t have them, and then because she does.
Even though her fractured memory can’t recall every detail, she’s haunted by one thought: What if she wasn’t the last victim? Her search for answers leads her to the highest politicians in the land. Each reclaimed memory brings her closer to the truth—and to even more danger.
 My Thoughts:
This was a good read.  The start of it was so hard to read but it was a necessity.  Raven is such a strong woman and I really enjoyed how the author brought back her memories.  It was handled really well and made it believable (and suspenseful!).
I loved how God was brought up and at the forefront of the book.  It was a dark book overall but showed God's love shining through.  The author did a great job with the suspense, it started on page one, and didn't let up.  Once I started the book, there was no putting it down.  Overall, it was just truly a good, deep, thought provoking book.
It was a 3/5 for me.  I will look for more from this author.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via CelebrateLit.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via CelebrateLit.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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About the Author


Lillian Duncan… turning faith into fiction.
Lillian lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband. She writes the types of books she loves to read. Even though her books cross genres, they have one thing in common, faith-based stories that demonstrate God’s love—and lots of action. OK, that’s two things.
She was a school speech pathologist for over 30 years but retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a rare genetic disease.
Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit:www.lillianduncan.com.

More from Lillian

JANE DOE is my latest novel and it’s a doozy!
What’s the genre you ask? It’s suspense with lots of drama and action…but it also a political thriller…but it also has a lot of mystery components…but there’s the romance element as well… and let’s not forget the spiritual message! No matter what genre you classify it as, it’s one I think you’ll enjoy!
So how did JANE DOE come about?
I’d finished all my edits on a current book and was feeling very uninspired. I had no idea for my next story, so I went on FB and asked people to send me an idea for my next suspense novel. An old high school friend sent me the suggestion to write a story where the main character struggled with memory loss.
Mmmm… but the old amnesia plot has been done and it’s a big no-no that writing experts warn against. I took the challenge and wrote JANE DOE. It’s definitely not your typical amnesia plot, but the main character is haunted by her memories.
First, because she doesn’t have them and then because she does!
Raven Marks survives a brutal kidnapping but just barely. Along with a broken body, her mind is broken. Even though she can’t remember the details of her kidnapping, she’s haunted by the thought that someone else is being victimized by the kidnapper she can’t remember.
Her journey to discover the truth leads her to the highest politicians in the state and then the country. Each reclaimed memory brings her closer to the truth—and to even more danger.
I’m not going to give away the plot, but there’s plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading late into the night!

Blog Stops

By The Book, July 4 (Author Interview)
Betti Mace, July 6
Andrea Christenson, July 7 (Author Interview)
For the Love of Literature, July 12 (Author Interview)
Bigreadersite, July 12
Artistic Nobody, July 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Winter King: A Faeted Mates Omnibus Audiobook by Ariel Hunter Narrated by Amber Lee Connors and Kieran Flitton

The Winter King audiobook cover artBook Summary

A bounty hunter down on her luck. A fae king looking for a reason to live. A mate bond neither can deny.
Mara Wylde is a small-time bounty hunter who just can’t seem to catch a break, no matter how hard she tries. Her rent’s two months overdue. Her antiques shop is failing. She’s eaten ramen five nights in a row now, and is desperate for a way out of debt.
When Mara’s offered a hundred grand to nab a high fae right out of Faerie, she knows she can’t turn down the job, no matter the risks. Even if it means catching the eye of the elusive Winter King.
Tortured by his past and not wanting to rule anymore, Vareck Blackthorne is ready to cede his crown and journey to the nether to escape his torment. Minutes from delivering this news to all of Faerie, he sees her - a fae woman with hair like the dawn and eyes that remind him of summer. A summer that has been gone for centuries.
After 600 years of suffering, he’s finally found her - his fated mate.
The only problem?
She has no idea.
The Winter King is the first Faeted Mates omnibus that includes the entirety of Mara and Vareck’s story. It was initially released in three installments, titled: Hunted by the Winter King, Taken from the Winter King, and Taming the Winter King. This is a fast-paced, hot paranormal romance series with dominant fae males and their sassy, spitfire women.
Warning: Beware of cursing and steamy scenes. This is an adult series.

My Thoughts:
This was an intriguing book from the start.  Mara needs rent money and a slimy leprechaun comes to her with a job she can't pass up.  I liked Mara.  She is strong, determined, and relentless.  There are things about her past that are slowly revealed that make things so much clearer as the story progressed.  None of it was a surprise, but it was well written.
Vareck is a tyrant.  I wasn't certain if I would like him or not at the start of the book.  He is determined to hand over his kingdom until he sees Mara.  Then everything changes and she becomes his obsession.  The way everything unfolds, I was rooting for Mara and the king's best friend (she is also a kick butt warrior).  There are quite a few unanswered questions and the last book ends setting up the prince and Mara's sister for a book all their own.  I'm intrigued to see where that goes.
Overall, it was a fun, solid story.  4/5.  

Thank you to the author/publisher 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.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Things That Should Stay Buried Cover Reveal

Title: Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy/Mythology
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover & Trailer Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Publication Date: August 28th, 2020
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:  Some destinies are written in the stars. Others must be bought with blood…
The Zodia are real. Clawing their way from a long-forgotten tomb, they emerge, ravenous to claim everyone born under their star signs. Plotting to resurrect kingdoms no human knew existed, they are driven by a hunger for vengeance against the one who buried them: Aries.
Larken is a natural born sprinter, but even she can’t outrun the darkness closing in. A shelter-in-place order has been issued, causing widespread panic. Some brush the alarm off as a drill, until people begin to disappear... vanishing without a trace. Left with only one option, Larken’s brother does what he must to save her life... and calls forth Aries.
Considered a traitor by his own kind, only Aries has the power to stand against the Zodia. But he can’t do it alone. Mystically bonded to Larken, the pair must band together for the fight to come if either hope to make it out alive. Neither anticipated the passion that would ignite between them. Yet, in a world suddenly thrust into chaos, it may be the key to their survival.
The Zodia are out for blood with their attentions inexplicably focused on Larken. When long buried truths finally come to light, will their love be their salvation or their curse?
“A mesmerizing and haunting twist on a familiar tale you don’t want to miss. “ - Cameo Renae, USA Today bestselling author of the Hidden Wings Series
“Casey L. Bond reaches for the stars to bring us Things That Should Stay Buried. The Zodia are beautiful, dangerous and to die for.”- New York Times Bestselling Author Chanda Hahn
Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fantasy books, letting her imaginary friends spill onto the blank page.
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, the Frenzy series, and fairy tale retellings such as Riches to Rags, Savage Beauty, Unlocked and Brutal Curse. Learn more about her work at www.authorcaseybond.com.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

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About the Book

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Book:  The Killing Tide
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 2019

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

My Thoughts:
This was a pretty good book.  Gabby is completely dedicated to her job as an investigative reporter and it consistently puts her in harm's way.  Finn is also dedicated to his job and adds on the job of trying to keep Gabby alive.  There was action galore though the book.
Finn and Gabby have a history but her safety is important and may reignite their chemistry.  I really think Finn was my favorite character just because of how he is portrayed.  He is a strong, tough man.  The author introduced a lot of characters and set up the next book really well.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
It was a 3/5 for me.  I am looking forward to the next book. 

Thank you to the publisher 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.

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About the Author

Dani Pettrey
Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.
Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).
She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland. For more information visit www.danipettrey.com

 

 

More from Dani


Pettrey kicks off her new Coastal Guardians series with an intense blend of suspense, love, and faith. The Killing Tide features romance that’s as thrilling as the action, and faithful characters integrated seamlessly into a complex web of crime.
— Kate Campos BookList

The Killing Tide is the first book in my Coastal Guardian series. My husband was Navy, so why am I writing about the Coast Guard? Because I think their mission to keep our waters and our country safe should be highlighted more. Before I started writing The Killing Tide, I’ll admit I knew little about the Coast Guard. I had a friend in high school who joined the Guard right after graduation, but that’s about the depth of my experience with them. Then, my husband and I watched a movie called The Finest Hour.

If you haven’t seen it, I highly urge you to. It’s the true story of one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber takes a small team to rescue the crew of the Pendleton T2 oil tanker, which split in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a brutal nor’easter in 1952. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but let’s just say it’s a wonderful testament to courage in adversity. After watching it, I knew I had to write a series about the Coast Guard. I began researching and came across the Coast Guard Investigative Service and my interest was highly peaked. After talking with Coast Guardsmen, both newly in the service and those long retired, I began to see the story weaving together like a movie in my mind. I hope you enjoy reading the CGIS Wilmington teams’ adventures, cases and…of course, romances.

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, June 18
Worthy2Read, June 19
Pause for Tales, June 21
Betti Mace, June 22
KarenSueHadley, June 23
Emily Yager, June 26
Splashes of Joy, June 26
Moments, June 27
Stories By Gina, June 28
Cathe Swanson, June 28
Mary Hake, June 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle, $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of The Crushing Depths!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.