Friday, April 29, 2016

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm going to start doing a Friday Giveaway so for our first of these, I am giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky person.  To enter, all you have to do is comment with your email addy!  Giveaway ends at midnight CST and will be announced & contacted Saturday morning.  Good luck :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter by Nicole L. Rivera

Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry PotterBook Description:
The Harry Potter story as a guide to life's deepest truths, offering inspiration about faith, friendship, courage, loyalty, love, and other wisdom of the Bible. Advice on how to to live like Christ and Harry Potter heroes.

My Thoughts:
I was completely intrigued when I saw this book and have to say that it didn't disappoint in the least!  Nicole Rivera's book takes the Harry Potter books and links them to Bible Passages in a devotional book.  The devotional is easy to read and follow.  There are links between scripture and what she is telling.  While this is a devotional, it is not written from a 'high and mighty' standpoint but from a humble one and I completely and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I adore the Harry Potter books and while there was a lot of controversy and such, I had never read any of the books about it one way or the other.  I had seen the good qualities of the characters but I had never actually linked it to the Bible.  That being said, now that I've read this book, I can completely agree with the author (Nicole Rivera) in her comparisons.  I love the passages of the stories (yes she uses all the HP books) and then follows it up with scriptures that make you say 'oh, yeah'!  I think everyone needs to read this devotional because 1. you will enjoy it and 2. it will make you take a look at yourself and the world around you.
Absolutely a 5/5.  This is staying on my bookshelf!
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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Elijah, God's Mighty Prophet

Book Description:
When Elijah tries to convince the Israelites to stop worshipping idols, King Ahab won’t hear of it. In this Level 2 I Can Read written and illustrated in the tradition of the bestselling NIV Adventure Bible, beginning readers learn about the epic challenge between Elijah and King Ahab and the false god, Baal.

My Thoughts:
This is a good telling of the story of Elijah.  I liked that my 8 year old had little to no trouble with the words used so he understood the story.  He read it out loud to me and liked it.  The story went through the drought, the lady that helped who had only enough for her and her son bread one more time, the alters and prophets of baal.  I think the story is well laid out and follows the Bible story quite well.  
God's miracles are still awesome and I love these books and listening to my children read them for themselves.
It was a 4/5.  Good telling of this Bible story on a child's level. 

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dark Hearts by Sharon Sala

Book Description

Friday, April 22, 2016

Soulspark by Eliza Tilton

SoulsparkBook Description:
Dealing with the loss of her mother, seventeen-year-old Jessica Stone tries to find an escape from pain by secretly medicating herself with Xanax, but the anxiety increases, crushing her and her grades.
Then she meets Caleb Jonas, the pastor’s son at her mother’s church. Between his cute dimples and love of fast cars, Jessica is completely smitten, and the feeling is mutual. But dating a Christian boy isn’t easy. He doesn’t party, and he never goes past first base. Jessica struggles with his faith, since it makes her question her own, but for the first time since her mother’s death, she can breathe. Life is finally shifting into a state of happiness.
But the differences between them grow until one act of betrayal forces to rip them apart forever. Hurt and love collide into a storm neither can break free from, and Jessica must decide if she’s ready to trust her heart, one last time.

My Thoughts:
This was a good, quick read.  Jessica is lost after her mother dies.  Panic attacks, depression and hanging out with people that aren't exactly a great influence are the new norm for her.  Then she meets Caleb.  He is the new preacher's son and on the 'straight and narrow'.  Her life slowly levels out and she is happy, until the unthinkable happens and sends her into another downward spiral.
I liked Jessica.  She felt such deep emotions and had so many problems that it was hard not to feel bad for her.  Caleb was a good, calming influence on her and I really liked Ray as well.  Ray was much better than I anticipated him being.  I wasn't a Jason fan and his attitude really stunk.  The story line was a roller-coaster and it was a fast ride.  The author does a great job of making you feel the characters' emotions.
It was a 3/5 for me.  I enjoyed the writers style and the way she made you feel what the characters did.
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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Avalon Relics Lailan Crown by J.L. Clark

Lailan Crown (The Avalon Relics, #2)Book Description:
Sophia Bennett has barely come to terms with the aftermath of her battle with the Dark Ones when she receives word that the Council of Elders has requested her presence in Avalon. Once there, Sophia finds herself contending with more than just an impending quering with the realm's most powerful faeids when Ariella and Nathaniel Fey extend an offer to host her during her stay. 

A series of unexpected and threatening events unfold before Sophia can meet with the Elders, and soon she is tasked with discovering the location of the second sacred relic, the Lailan Crown. Armed with the first piece of the Origo key, Sophia and her friends must race to find the remaining five pieces and retrieve the crown before the Dark Ones make their move. 

Will Sophia succeed in recovering the Lailan Crown, or will the strain of being the electus drive her past the point of no return?

My Thoughts:
I couldn't wait to read this book.  Sophia and her friends are still at the school but her presence has been demanded by the Counsel of Elders for a quering.  While she and those with her are not comfortable with it, they go to Avalon.  There she finds there are a lot of things she doesn't know about her faeid life and those of her friends and family.  Her life is in danger from a number of sources and her heart even more so.  She now must find all the pieces of the Lailan Crown to save her people, but the Dark Ones are after it too.  
This book was exactly what I wanted it to be.  There was love, anger, fear, romance, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and more.  Sophia feels isolated and like she is having to do everything by herself, and I think that was part of the test.  There were times I wanted to hug her and times I wanted to smack her (Michael too for that matter)!  I still love the world that the author created and want to visit again really soon to see how it all ends.
This was a 5/5 for me.  I cannot wait to see what happens next to Sophia and her friends.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Lost Ones Cover Reveal!

TITLE: The Lost Ones
SERIES: Intertwined Seduction (Book 3)
AUTHOR: H.S. Strickland
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
RELEASES: May 24th, 2016



I've ran away from the horrid, sad things of my past for nearly a decade. All of that changes when my past, specifically Caden, re-enters my life. There is something he doesn't know, but how do I tell him? How do I tell a man that he lost someone he didn't even know existed? How am I supposed to tell him something that will break him? And how do I get over him crushing my heart? 


I've been running from the pain of heartache for a decade. Running is no longer an option when my battle buddy's girl introduces me to the woman that caused all of my heartache. She tries talking to me, but I want nothing to do with her. After all, she is the one that caused me years of pain. But all of that changes with two simple letters. I can no longer run, but face the truth head on.

Two letters changed their fate. 

Two letters tore them apart for ten years. 

When they finally reconnect, old secrets are brought to life and test their strength. 

Can they push past the secrets together or will it tear them apart again? And what happens when an old, nasty enemy is out for blood?


H.S. Strickland is from a small town in South GA called Brunswick, but moved to SC when she was in her early teens. She has three daughters, a husband and too many animals to count. H.S. has always had a passion for reading, but recently starting writing, although it has always been a dream. Her Nanny always told her to follow her dreams, which is how she got into writing. That and her characters were nagging to have their stories told. If you can’t find H.S. behind the keyboard making magic, you will find her chasing her daughters around the house. If not that then curled in her big red comfy chair reading. She loves alpha-males who are almost ass holes, but still have a sweet spot for their woman. She has loved the entire journey to where she is now and couldn’t thank y’all enough!





Cupid's Quest by Lori Soard

Cupid's Quest (Cupid's Crossing Book 1)Book Description:
The only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business.
Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees.
While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.

My Thoughts:
This was a good one.  Gracie loves the people in the nursing home like family.  It crushes her that in the next 60 days, she has to come up with the money to make good on her debt or these people will have to find somewhere else to go.  Brandt has plenty to do without his mother's crazy idea he needs to go on the scavenger hunt.  With both Gracie and Brandt need the money from the scavenger hunt to keep their lives afloat, they keep running into each other.  Maybe they will find more than just money along the way though.
Brandt is a very family oriented man, taking care of his mom and I love that.  Also the way Gracie loves her charges at the nursing home is warming.  Each of them have their own place in her heart and some of them quite a bit of attitude! The fact that God and faith is woven through the story was wonderful to me. Watching the story unfold made me smile.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Thank you to the publisher/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.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Inspired by Frost Cover Reveal!



Book 3 in The Crystal Frost Series

by Alicia Rades

Crystal Frost has grown accustomed to the supernatural, but months of passive paranormal activity have left her believing her mother’s wedding will be a breeze. That changes when a ghost named Melissa shows up in Crystal’s dressing room while she’s picking out her maid of honor dress. Crystal takes on this new psychic mission without question, immediately determined to save Sage, the girl Melissa warned her about. But how do you save a girl from a deadly fate when you don’t know how she’s going to die?

Releases June 14th, 2016

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If you haven't started the Crystal Frost Series you can start now for FREE! All are available on Kindle Unlimited as well.

Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost #1)

Desire in Frost

Fire in Frost - Permafree

Desire in Frost - $2.99

Inspired by Frost Releases June 14th - Pre order

About The Author

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Alicia Rades is an award-winning young adult paranormal author with a love for supernatural stories set in the modern world. When she's not plotting out fiction novels, she's running her own professional writing business, plowing her way through her never-ending reading list, or preparing for the backpacking trips she takes every summer. In college, Alicia majored in communications with an emphasis on professional writing. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.
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