Thursday, June 23, 2022

Shadow of the Gypsy by Shelly Frome

 


Book Description:

A nemesis out of the past suddenly returns, forcing Josh Bartlett to come to terms with his true identity.


Josh Bartlett had figured all the angles, changed his name, holed up as a small-town features writer in the seclusion of the Blue Ridge. Only a few weeks more and he'd begin anew, return to the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Molly (if she'd have him) and, at long last, live a normal life. After all, it was a matter of record that Zharko had been deported well over a year ago. The shadowy form Josh had glimpsed yesterday at the lake was only that—a hazy shadow under the eaves of the activities building. It stood to reason his old nemesis was still ensconced overseas in Bucharest or thereabouts well out of the way. And no matter where he was, he wouldn't travel thousands of miles to track Josh down. Surely that couldn't be, not now, not after all this.

My Thoughts:
Such a good, good read.  If you like mystery and suspense, you will love this book.  There are so many twists and turns that I wasn’t sure which way it was going.  I LOVE that.  It wasn’t a cookie cutter mystery but a well written one.

The characters were great.  I liked the authors writing style and descriptions.  This is one of those books that you are going to read and sit there afterwords saying wow.   Such a good read.  

5/5

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw by D. A. Mucci


Book Description:

Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw is the first in an action-packed series perfect for readers who love an impossible mission led by an unlikely hero.

The coming-of-age story follows teenager Ignatius (nicknamed “Iggy”) who finds himself transported to a medieval world filled with magic. In the Kingdom of Skye, Iggy develops special powers and accomplishes quests in an effort to find his way home, fighting the evildoers along the way. While the genre is fantasy and the setting includes magic, mythological creatures, celestial races, and different lands, action-adventure is the undercurrent of the writing style, unveiling clues and surprises as the plot unfolds.

This YA fantasy is perfect for both teens and adults, as it gently reminds us that we are responsible for our destiny - and the most unexpected people can be the best teachers.


My Thoughts:

This was a really good read.  Iggy isn't having the best of times in high school and there are some uncomfortable issues going on.  But he doesn't know who he truly is and suddenly he is in the Kingdom of Skye.  There is a lot going on in this book and it has plenty of action.

I loved that the author put a lot of thought and effort into the Kingdom of Skye.  You can tell the world building here was done well and I enjoyed it.  There are twists and turns in the plot and it kept me guessing and reading.  I loved that it was a larger book so I didn't feel that the story was rushed at all.  I'm ready to read the next one!

4/5

Thank you to the author/publisher 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.






Tuesday, May 31, 2022

GO MVMT

 

The GO MVMT is all about helping Christians develop the confidence to share the Gospel by resourcing them with an action kit.  This digital action kit is free and has amazing tools inside.  


You can download your free kit to join this amazing movement:  https://bit.ly/3NlHaPP


#JESUSSAYSGO #sharethegospel #gospel #jesussaves #salvation #gomovement #evangelism #evangelist #jesus


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Kids Faith Krate

My Thoughts on This:

This was a super fun thing to get for my 7 year old.  He enjoyed opening it and sorting through it with me.  He was really into the crafts and I loved the Bible lessons.  We did have some good discussions from them too.  It is absolutely something I would continue for him!  

Description:

Kids Faith Krate was created by parents and church leaders who know that teaching your children about God can be a challenging task. What started as a personal new year’s resolution for our founder, quickly turned into a calling from the Lord to create a tool for families to grow in their faith. We pray that Kids Faith Krate does just that for your family!


What’s Inside?

Our Kids Faith Krate crafts change from month to month and are best suited for ages 4-10.
 

1. Four weekly Bible lessons to do with your child!

2. Four crafts to go along with each week's lessons.

3. A new stamp every month to add to your Stamp Collection for scripture memorization!


Use the code campinabox for $10 off

Purchase link:  https://bit.ly/3sdfapK

#kidsfaithkrate #disciplechildren #raisethemup #kidsbiblestudy #subscriptionbox

Monday, May 9, 2022

A More Beautiful Life by Whitney English

 


Book Description:

A More Beautiful Life  walks readers through setting HEART Goals, a proven framework that starts with helping you better understand yourself not by tracking and measuring everything to death but by meeting you right where you are.   

Traditional goal setting sets us up for failure. Starting from a place of desired outcomes, we attempt to answer the question, “Where do I want to end up in life?”   

Then we attempt to follow a plan that tells us to run in this direction and track our progress with journals, spreadsheets, and complicated tools. Often the plan is too long, too hard, and too elaborate. It’s not flexible, fluid, or dynamic­–in other words, nothing like real life. We focus too much on outcomes, letting the end justify the means, and often forget who we are in the process, missing the point of goal setting altogether. We need a system that allows us to embrace who we are and let that understanding guide us toward a better life. 

In A More Beautiful Life, Whitney English shares HEART Goals–a system that starts with what matters most to you, never forcing you to adopt arbitrary goals and rules. The process matters, not just the outcomes. This system frees you from comparison and allows you to be authentically yourself. It helps you gain confidence as you make the progress that comes from having done your best instead of the depressing discouragement that comes from comparing yourself to the performances of others. You won’t have to become someone else to get what you want.  


H – Help Yourself
E – Empower Yourself
A – All Your People
R – Resources and Responsibilities
T – Trade
This is an integrative approach to help you create a more meaningful life that is all yours. You won’t feel imbalanced or off-center as you pursue one area of success, fearing it will cost you somewhere else. Without any striving, your goals will be aligned with where you want to go in life. You won’t need to completely change who you are to follow the system. No more deadlines. No more tracking. No more nonsense. 


My Thoughts:

Such a good good book.  From the start I was thrilled to have gotten it.  We are so busy in life that we neglect ourselves and she just does a great job of pointing out and helping you be your best self.  I easily admit that I'm focused more on taking care of everyone else and not myself so this system seems to make it easier to fit in so everyone is happier.  I think all women should read this!

5/5

Thank you 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, April 1, 2022

Touch of Innocence by Robin Patchen

  

About the Book

Book: Touch of Innocence

Author: Robin Patchen

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: January 25, 2022

From a USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping story of mystery, romance, and pulse-pounding suspense.

How can she save the little girl next door from being exploited if nobody believes her?

Grace used to try to save people, but that was before she realized how powerless she is. Now, she avoids emotional ties, working from her secluded cabin, content with her aloneness. When eight-year-old Lily starts hanging around, Grace enjoys her company but carefully keeps her distance—until she discovers the girl is being exploited. Little though she wants to, she must get involved, even if it means risking her own safety to secure Lily’s.

Andrew can’t help but be drawn to his new neighbor and her beautiful foster child. When he learns about Lily’s disturbing history, he offers to help Grace prove her suspicions about the girl’s father. But the more they learn, the more puzzling Lily’s history seems. They work together to unravel the mystery, determined to ensure Lily ends up with a family who loves her.

But Lily’s father isn’t giving up his muse—or his obsession—that easily. He believes Lily is rightfully his, and he’ll do anything to get her back.

Don’t miss this thrilling page-turner, the latest in the addictive Coventry Saga.

 My Thoughts:

This book is part of a series, but it stands alone well.  Romantic suspense is my fav and this author did a good job with this one.  Such tough, tough subjects to deal with and the author did a good job with them.  There may be some scenes that people have issues with so just know that is in there.  The author doesn't shy away from the tough stuff and make if 'fluff', she is realistic.

Lilly, Grace, and Andrew all got into my heart in different ways.  There is such heartbreak and lies but meant for good.  I just can't imagine Grace's situation and her options.  I mean, seeing it in this book, I understand how and why she did what she did.  I'm just truly impressed with how the author did this book and I will be sharing this and looking for more from the author.

5/5

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

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic
suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

 

More from Robin

I love everyman-hero stories.

I know detectives and FBI agents and other law enforcement officers are fighting crime and solving mysteries all the time, but I love stories where regular folks—the kind who live next door and work in supermarkets or sell insurance—suddenly find themselves in the middle of a mystery—one only they can solve.

Maybe it’s my own longing for adventure (while living a life that consists largely of sitting in my office wearing yoga pants and tapping away on a keyboard) that leads me to write these kinds of stories

Touch of Innocence has that everyman… er, woman character, a reclusive former child therapist who wants nothing more than to be left alone. The problem is, Grace has a gift (which she calls a curse) that enables her to “see” that her eight-year-old neighbor, Lily, is being exploited by her child-pornographer father. But since Grace doesn’t have any proof, only the impressions she received when she touched the child’s palm, the police don’t do anything to rescue little Lily.

So Grace takes matters into her own hands.

As the villain so aptly puts it, she “blows up her entire life for the sake of a girl she barely knows.”

And that all happens in the first chapter. Then it gets really interesting.

There’s so much talk in the world about doing things for the greater good, for the benefit of the many, not the few, but that wasn’t Jesus’s way, was it?

Jesus didn’t die for the collective good. He died for you and me. He left the ninety-nine to seek out the one.

In a way, Touch of Innocence asks if one forgotten little girl is worth the cost of the heroine’s security, maybe even her life?

What is the value of one life, and how much are we as believers willing to sacrifice to save?

I think it’s a question worth exploring.

A little FYI about the book: I was very careful not to have any explicit scenes. Though the reader gets the sense of what Lily’s been through, there are no descriptions or images you’ll wish you hadn’t seen. I did my very best in this story to highlight a terrible thing that’s happening all over the world while at the same time honoring my readers and, above all, the Lord.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 23

Blogging With Carol, March 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 24

Texas Book-aholic, March 25

Inklings and notions, March 26

For Him and My Family, March 27

Betti Mace, March 28

Spoken from the Heart, March 29

deb’s Book Review, March 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 30

Mary Hake, March 30

Maureen’s Musings, March 31

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 2

Blossoms and Blessings, April 3

Livin’ Lit, April 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 4

Simple Harvest Reads, April 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize package of Convenient Lies, book 1 in the Nutfield Saga, and Glimmer in the Darkness, book 1 in the Coventry Saga, along with a coffee mug!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1bc9a/touch-of-innocence-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, March 17, 2022

The Urbanboys Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith

 

Book Description:

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world. The story offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama. The story twists, turns, and grinds through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in a diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narrative.

Overview: The story’s small town of Danville Heights, a carefully crafted universe, contrasts with the dark, gloomy town of Sandry Lake, where evil abounds. Upon the boys’ mysterious incident with the energy source, they’re instinctively called to Sandry Lake to root out evil. Their senses guide them each time. However, secrecy about their mission, furious battles with evil thugs, extreme fatigue, and stress and pressure soon overwhelm the boys, but they must find a way to embrace their fate. A lurking, Dark Stranger seems to know their plight, and a strikingly beautiful, fearless girl lends way to heightened confusion. Shocking details about these two characters, and the evil antagonist, the dreaded Druth, twist and grind the story even further. Despite tension and fierce battles, will the boys hold it together long enough to fulfill their destiny? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for young and mature readers alike!
 


My Thoughts:

This was a really cool book to read!  This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I really liked the small town described in this book (I'm a small town girl myself).  Getting the powers the way the boys did wasn't anything surprising, but almost a expected thing if you read this type of book.

I think descriptions is one of the best things this author does.  When a scene or person was described, I could see them in my mind without issue.  I was happy that the main characters here were boys because there aren't enough like this that I can share with my boys and know they will enjoy it.  I am happy to share this one with family and friends while I wait for the next book.

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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Three Simple Steps to Wizarding Domination by


Book Description:

Three Simple Steps to Wizarding Domination


Step One: Find the books stolen from the magical library
Step Two: Steal back the books and bring them to New York
Step Three: Declare wizarding domination

I feel like this is a pretty solid plan.

I'm probably wrong...

My Thoughts:

We are completely loving this series.  This one was a really good one.  From Bryant thinking Elizabeth and he are done to her being caught in the middle of more issues that the three guys are determined to help her out of to finding the books.  I just love how these four keep getting themselves into one thing after another.

I'm really ready for the last book and to see what happens next.  There are lots of questions I have that need answered!  I enjoyed how much more Bryant's parents were getting involved in things even if his dad totally isn't ok with it.  There is just so much to love and enjoy about this series!

5/5

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.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Who Are You Following by Sadie Robertson Huff


 Book Description:

If influencers have power over us, who are you allowing to influence you? 

In an online world obsessed with follows and likes, it’s important to consider what you’re really searching for. When you follow someone, it’s typically because you want to be like them or live like they do­–but who have you placed as your role models? 

In Who Are You Following? bestselling author and social media personality Sadie Robertson Huff dives deep into exploring who we are allowing to influence our daily thoughts and actions. With an excellent grasp of scriptural truths, using current research, surveys, and personal and biblical stories, Sadie draws on her own experience as a social media influencer and addresses topics such as


how to go from being liked to being truly loved
our true motives for fame
being seen from the outside versus being known
comparing ourselves to others
questioning why did I post that?!

how to respond to cancel culture
wondering does God still love me?

This book is perfect for young Christians wondering how they can live a vibrant, bold, and uncompromising life of faith in God by following the Messiah–the ultimate influencer. Discover the love, purpose, and fulfillment that is found only in Jesus.
 


My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book and the accompanying journal.  They look amazing and having my hands on them, the books are quality and I love how well they are linked.  Sometimes an accompanying journal doesn't exactly fit with the book, but this one is almost seamless.  I loved and hated this book.  Ok, in all reality I loved it all, but I really hated how it made me realize some things about me and my life.

Being a Christian isn't just something I say I am, it is me.  But are others seeing that or am I being influenced by the wrong things in life?  I hate to admit how much I had to take a step back and realize I need to be more careful about what I put in my circle to be an influence.  This is a book I will be telling lots of my friends and family that they might want to pick up.  I really think it is just great.

5/5

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via FrontGateMedia.   


#WhoAreYouFollowingBook


Get Your Copy Here:  https://bit.ly/WhoAreYouFollowingSadie

Friday, February 25, 2022

Song of the Rockies by Angela Breidenbach

  


About the Book

Book: Song of the Rockies

Author: Angela Breidenbach

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: October 1, 2021

1890, Helena MT Song of the Rockies is the story of a sweet music teacher and eleven boys given one chance or else! Evan Russell lost everything—his ranch, his wife, and now, after trusting relatives with his young son, even the little boy is missing. How can a beautiful symphony of the heart come from such chaos?

Mirielle Sheehan, a music teacher at an exclusive boys’ school, believes scholarships for disadvantaged boys will solve the plight of hopeless homeless children. Mirielle’s challenge is to turn eleven street ruffians of various ages into stellar, disciplined boys with a future. Most think guttersnipes like this should be sold into indenture to learn a trade or pressed into the military. Get those miscreants off the streets!

Evan Russell, new mining millionaire, lost everything in the disastrous winter of 1886. Then his wife died leaving him with a son. Relatives in Helena offer a safe home for the child while Evan must find work in the mines. When he returns, he’s devastated to learn the entire family perished in a fire, and his son has never been found. Though he gained a fortune, he’s lost everything he valued! Romantic, sweet adventure set in picturesque Helena, Montana written by a bestselling author who is also a professional genealogist.

 My Thoughts:

This is the second book in this series and I was excited to get my hands on it.  They are short, quick reads and I do suggest reading them in order as the first book is the set up for this one to continue on.  I love the way the author writes these characters and the idea of the 11 orphans is still making me smile and want to cry at the same time.

Evan and Mirielle's relationship was sweet, but fast.  The story of his looking for his son was a heart-touching one.  I enjoyed the history I learned and I truly want to go back and visit Montana again.  It is a state I've always loved and wanted to live in.  The author does a great job with the story and I'm ready for the next one.

4/5

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

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, bestselling author, and screenwriter. She’s also the Christian Authors Network president. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Catch her show and podcast, Genealogy Publishing Coach!

http://AngelaBreidenbach.com

 

More from Angela

Song of the Rockies idea came from the need to continue deepen the experience from Queen of the Rockies to share more about the orphaned children on the streets of Helena MT in the late 1800s. A lot of readers asked a lot of questions that kept me fired up and involved in the story. That led to the full six-book series because I just couldn’t stop once the first book sparked all the curiosity.

 

The people of Montana are very civic-minded, committed to volunteerism, and helping those who can’t help themselves. And that’s the modern society. But that kind of a “personality” of a place doesn’t come from a void. The people of Montana have a reputation of being intensely independent. But the heart of the people isn’t about independence, that’s just the way we are because life here is spread out and requires a lot of individual effort to survive and thrive. The result of such a spread-out population is the opposite of intense independence—devout and loyal support of one another. So, though Montanans are independent, we’re also fiercely supportive.

 

An ironic history tidbit I ran into on my research for this series, but couldn’t use, was the famous Thomas Meagher who was originally from Ireland. We have a massive, gorgeous statue of him on his horse in front of the Montana State Capital Building in Helena because of his contributions toward Montana becoming a state. He was educated in Ireland by the Jesuits and then in England. He spent time in France as well. His last name is pronounced like the planet, “Mar”. The irony is that Thomas Meagher escaped from imprisonment in Australia, banished there by the British for crime of sedition. He believed in Irish independence. Thomas was a hero to the Irish independent movement, a Civil War hero who flipped from supporting the Confederate South to the Union when the Catholic Church put their support behind the North, and after a successful military career he moved to Montana. Evidently, he put all those skills to good use as Montana became a state. But he was also a well-known scoundrel whose stories didn’t always add up. He met his end in a murky manner, well that’s what they say… Thomas was purportedly drinking and playing cards on a paddle boat up the Missouri River near Fort Benton. Somehow, though he was supposedly a good swimmer, he managed to fall overboard and drowned. Was he drunk? Was he cheating and murdered? Did he run into those he’d flipped on during the war? Was he pushed over? He did have a bad knee… No one knows. His body was never found. Hmm… We have a bar/pub in Missoula called the The Meagher Bar that serves delicious Irish fare. So, if you visit Montana, please don’t ask for the “Meeger” Bar, not a soul will understand what you’re looking for. But now, you know how to pronounce his name.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 18

Bizwings Blog, February 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 19

For Him and My Family, February 20

Mary Hake, February 20

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 21

Lighthouse Academy Blog, February 21 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Betti Mace, February 22

Inklings and notions, February 22

deb’s Book Review, February 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 24

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 25

Blogging With Carol, February 25

Connie’s History Classroom, February 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 27

Blossoms and Blessings, February 27

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 1

Austen’s Angle, March 1

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 3

Pause for Tales, March 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Angela is giving away the grand prize 20-minute genealogy consultation to a winner via Zoom!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1ab2b/song-of-the-rockies-celebration-tour-giveaway