Review: COURAGEOUS / by Dina Sleiman

Courageous, / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, #3)
Bethany     ISBN9780764213144
Young Adult     Rating:     5

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Dina L. Sleiman  continues her young adult series with a story about a young woman who is inspired to join a crusade. Dauntless and Chivalrous, earlier books in this series, were reviewed in Christian Library Journal  and on this blog in May/June 2015 and November/December 2015.

In Courageous, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a crusade to free captives from a Tripoli prison. Haunted by a mistake in her past, Rosalind feels she is unworthy to even consider marriage and a family. She is joined by Sir Randel Penigree, who dreams of becoming a Templar knight, even though he flees humiliation at home. Together they train a group of older children, are faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy, on their journey to set prisoners free. Will they find redemption from their past? Will they be successful in their attempt to rescue the prisoners?

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Carol R. Gehringer

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New Reviews Posted! CLOSE TO YOU, KING’S FOLLY, and A FOOL & MONET

NEW REVIEWS POSTED!

 

 

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WHAT I’M READING / REVIEWING NOW

What I’m READING & REVIEWING next:

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Carol R. Gehringer

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.

Newbery 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena

Newbery Honor 2016

  • The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan

Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honor 2015

Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick

Caldecott Honor 2016

Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat

Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca

Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner

 

CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS

CHRISTY AWARD 2015

Contemporary / Romance – Finalists

Contemporary Series Finalist

Visionary Winner

Visionary Finalists

Young Adult Winner

Young Adult Finalist

CAROL AWARD 2016

Contemporary
Speculative
Young Adult
  • Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

CLIVE STAPLES AWARD 2013-2015

2015:  The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson

2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr

2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

 

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COVER REVEAL: Wild Montana Skies / Susan May Warren

Cover Reveal:

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Wild Montana Skies / by Susan May Warren (Montana Rescue, 1)
Revell     ISBN 978-0800727437

Publisher’s Summary:

Bestselling Author’s New Series Delivers Romance and Adventure as an SAR Team Searches for Others–and Finds Themselves

Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

Can’t wait to read this new series!!!

If you want to read her earlier series, here are links to my reviews:

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Review Posted: ALWAYS WATCHING / by Lynette Eason

Always Watching / by Lynette Eason (Elite Guardians, 1)
Revell     ISBN     9780807723262
Adult     Rating: 5

always watching

Bestselling author Lynette Eason kicks off a new romantic suspense series featuring a female-owned agency of female bodyguards.

In Always Watching, Olivia Edwards, part owner of the agency, learns one of her employee bodyguards is severely injured in the line of duty. Her employee was protecting Wade Savage, a radio psychiatrist, from a stalker, possibly a rabid fan. Olivia takes over bodyguard duty and tries to discover the stalker’s identity before the violence against Wade turns deadly.

As always, Eason is a superb storyteller, weaving plot twists with her character development. Her fast-paced action keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seat, with a realistic plot, grabbing the reader’s attention until the very end.

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Other books by Lynette Eason:

 Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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Review: COLD SHOT / Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

cold shot

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

In Cold Shot, Griffin McCray – former SWAT team sniper – lives a quiet existence as a park ranger at Gettysburg. When a present-day body is uncovered in the Civil War cemetery, forensic anthropologist Finley Gray is called in. But someone doesn’t want the body identified and will stop at nothing, putting them all in danger. Can they unravel this mystery before it turns deadly?

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The plot is intriguing, filled with twists that will keep the reader up late — until the final page is read. Suspense, romance, action, and danger – it all adds up to a thrilling read!

Want to participate in a giveaway and learn some facts about the Chesapeake Harbor area? Check out this blog post at Christian Bookshelf Reviews!

Recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Fans of Irene Hannon, DiAnn Mills,  and Lynette Eason will enjoy this new series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Want to read other books by Dani Pettrey? Check out my reviews for the Alaskan Courage series below:

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Review: A SPY’S DEVOTION / Melanie Dickerson

A Spy’s Devotion, / by Melanie Dickerson (The Regency Spies of London, 1)
Waterfall Press     ISBN     9781503950511
Adult      (HS)     Rating: 5

spys devotion

Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era — Regency — after penning numerous award-winning medieval fairy tale retellings.

In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend.

However, shortly after the ball where he meets Julia, the diary is stolen — and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft.

Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert the disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?

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KUDOS to Ms. Dickerson for her newest endeavor. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT / Susan May Warren

You’re the One That I Want, / by Susan May Warren (A Christiansen Family Novel, 6)
Tyndale House     ISBN 9781414378466
Adult     Rating: 4

YoureOneIWant

Susan May Warren concludes her series set in Deep Haven, Minnesota, featuring the six adult children in the Christiansen family and their relationships. Each book opens with a letter from their mother, giving insight into the main character. Owen has been the prodigal since the second book in the series, but he is “more than the sum of his mistakes” (back cover).

In You’re the One That I Want, Owen Christiansen works on an Alaskan crabbing boat, and becomes attracted to the no-nonsense Elisa “Scotty” McFlynn, the captain’s daughter and former police officer. A near-death accident at sea changes their relationship.

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More than just romances, these are stories of flawed individuals with very messy lives and life-changing mistakes. God teaches them about forgiveness of others and themselves. Warren uses these imperfect lives to teach the reader about God’s gift of grace and that strength it takes to live a life of faith.

Have you read the other books in this series? Here are my reviews:

Watch for Susan May Warren’s new series, coming in Fall 2016.

 

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Cover Reveal: THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN / Dawn Crandall

COVER REVEAL!

The Cautious Maiden / by Dawn Crandall
Whitaker House (October 2016)The Cautious Maiden

Publisher’s Summary:

Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother transforms her deceased parents’ respectable country inn into a brothel to accommodate the lumberjacks in the area. When her reputation is compromised, she finds herself forced to enter into an engagement with Vance Everstone. Can she trust this man she hardly knows who has a scandalous reputation in his own right?

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Have you read the other books by Dawn Crandall? If not, check out my reviews linked below:

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600

hesitant heiress bound heart captive imposter

Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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My 16 Anticipated Reads for 2016

I am excited for the following 16 titles coming out in 2016. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I will read and review more than the 16 titles listed here, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here are my top 16:

JANUARY

thin ice YoureOneIWant undaunted hope

FEBRUARY

cold shot

spys devotion always watching

MARCH

daring sacrifice kings folly sirenssong

APRIL

sound emeralds

three wishes

MAY

beautiful pretender

courageous

OCTOBER

  • Cautious Maiden (Everstone Chronicles, #4) / by Dawn Crandall (Historical)
  • A Time to Rise (Out of Time, #3) / by Nadine Brandes (Young Adult/Dystopian)
  • Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue #1) / by Susan May Warren (Contemporary)
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Review: THE PAINTER’S DAUGHTER / by Julie Klassen

The Painter’s Daughter / by Julie Klassen
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764210723
Adult (HS)     Rating: 5

painters daughter

Award-winning author Julie Klassen pens her newest inspirational Regency novel, filled with love and redemption, and family relationships.

In The Painter’s Daughter, Sophie Dupont helps her father by painting the backgrounds in his work, unbeknownst to others. When not painting, Sophie wanders the Devon coast where she meets fellow artist Wesley Overtree, and her life is changed.

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Klassen is known for her excellent plot and character development. Elements of a gothic novel — family secrets and secret passages – enrich the storyline. Her addition of battle scenes capture the danger faced by the soldiers during the Napoleonic War.

Have you read other books by Julie Klassen? Check out my reviews!

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Review: THIN ICE / by Irene Hannon

Thin Ice / by Irene Hannon (Men of Valor, Book 2)
Revell (January 2016)       ISBN 9780800724535
Adult       Rating: 5

thin iceAward-winning author Irene Hannon releases the next installment in her romantic suspense series featuring the former military McGregor brothers as they settle into civilian life.

In Thin Ice, Christy Reed lost her parents in a car accident eight months ago and her sister in a house fire two months ago. When Christy receives a note from someone claiming her sister is still alive and is a hostage, she turns to Lance McGregor, a new FBI agent and a former Delta Force operator, for help. Can Christy, a former ice skater, trust Lance to protect her and find out the truth? Or is she skating on thin ice?

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Hannon writes edge-of-your seat inspirational romantic suspense that will keep the reader engaged until the final page. Unexpected plot twists are a Hannon trademark as the villain’s identity and sinister motives are unveiled.

Have you read other books by Irene Hannon? If not, check out my reviews for

 

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CSFF TOUR: The Shock of Night / Patrick W. Carr

The Shock of Night / Patrick W. Carr (Darkwater Saga, 1)
Bethany House Publishers (November 3, 2015)     ISBN 978-0764213465
Adult     Rating: 4

shock of night

Publisher’s Summary:

Patrick Carr Launches a New Suspense-filled Fantasy Epic

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it’s as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

Just finished this book last night! Carr pens an epic adult fantasy, rich in character development and plot twists. It is darker than his previous series and definitely for adults.

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While it is well-written, I admit to mixed feelings about it because it is darker. Still I look forward to reading the second installment,  The Shattered Vigil (The Darkwater Saga, #2),  published in 2016.

Want to read more Patrick Carr books? Check out my review of his earlier series, The Staff and Sword: CAST OF STONES, A HERO’S LOT, and A DRAW OF KINGS.

A prequel novella — BY DIVINE RIGHT — is available for FREE on AMAZON for your Kindle and Barnes and Noble for your nook (as of yesterday, December  6, 2015).

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Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about THE SHOCK OF NIGHT ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Beckie Burnham
Carol Bruce Collett
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rani Grant
Rebekah Gyger
Bruce Hennigan
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas
Robert Treskillard
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Michelle R. Wood

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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THE GOLDEN BRAID / Melanie Dickerson

The Golden Braid / by  Melanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson      ISBN 978-0718026264
Young Adult / HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

golden braid

Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson, a masterful storyteller, continues her medieval retelling of fairy tales, this time using the story of Rapunzel.

In The Golden Braid, seventeen-year-old Rapunzel lives with her mother Gothel in medieval Hagenheim. Rapunzel dreams of learning to read and marrying one day — dreams Gothel continues to prevent from happening . . .

As in her earlier books, Dickerson’s tales feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers.

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Cover Reveal: THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER / Melanie Dickerson

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THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER / by Melanie Dickerson (A Medieval Fairy Tale, 2)
Thomas Nelson      ISBN  978-0718026288

COMING MAY 2016

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Publisher’s summary:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Can’t wait til spring!  Recommended for adult collections in school and public libraries.

I reviewed the first book in this adult series: THE HUNTRESS OF THORNBECKE FOREST    – check it out!

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EVERSTONE CHRONICLES / Dawn Crandall – NEW GIVEAWAY! & Now available in print!

Now available in print! Previously issued only as eBooks!

The Hesitant Heiress / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 1)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116587

The Bound Heart / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 2)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629112305
Adult     Rating:      4 (Book 1 & 2)

The Captive Imposter / by Dawn Crandall (The Everstone Chronicles, Book 3)
Whitaker House      ISBN     9781629116600
Adult     Rating:      5 (Book 3)

hesitant heiress bound heart captive imposter

Dawn Crandall makes her debut with the Hesitant Heiress, the first book in her Everstone Chronicles series set during America’s Gilded Age (19th century). She follows it with two excellent sequels, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter.

In The Hesitant Heiress, Amaryllis Brigham dreams of opening a music academy in her hometown of Seattle, but her dreams crumble when she is unjustly expelled from the Boston Conservatory. Just when things look the worst, she discovers that if she marries within the year, she inherits her estranged grandmother’s fortune.

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In The Bound Heart, Meredyth Summercourt is convinced Vance Everstone will finally notice she is a grown woman, now that she is nineteen years old. One kiss leads to an indiscretion but not to marriage. Vance leaves her to travel abroad for five years.

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In her most recent book, The Captive Imposter, Estella Everstone is sent away for her own protection after her brother’s murder. She ends up as a companion to an elderly widow at one of her father’s hotels — where she meets Dexter Blakely, the handsome hotel manager who has no use for privileged socialites like Estella but develops a friendship with Elle Stoneburner (Estella’s false identity).

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Crandall’s books are filled with light but evident faith elements, intriguing characters, and a solid plot engaging the reader until the very last page. Told from the first-person perspective, her books combines the elements of inspirational romance with detailed historical elements, mysterious circumstances, plot twists, drama and intrigue. Each book is better than the previous one. Like her first book which won the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, her latest book is sure to be an award winner!

And if that isn’t enough, there are 3 giveaways for this series:

Thrilled to be able to share that these books are award winners:

  • 2015 ACFW Carol Award Finalist for Debut Novel (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers’ Award (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)
  • 2015 winner, The Clash of the Titles Laurel Award (THE BOUND HEART)
  • 2012 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest
  • 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational Category (THE HESITANT HEIRESS)

Carol R. Gehringer

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Cover Reveal: THE SOUND OF EMERALDS

COVER REVEAL:

The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (COMING February 2016)

sound emeralds

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Books 1 and 2 in this series were reviewed earlier this month:

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Review: THE SOUND OF DIAMOND (and) THE SOUND OF SILVER / Rachelle Rea

The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023599

The Sound of  Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781
Young Adult     Rating: 4

Rachelle Rea makes her debut with a medieval young adult series about a Catholic maiden and a Protestant former rogue in the midst of the 16th century Protestant-Catholic conflict.

Sound-of-Diamonds sound silence

In The Sound of Diamonds, Gwyneth, an eighteen year old  Catholic woman,  has hidden in a Dutch convent after the murder of her parents in England. Suddenly one night, Dirk — the man she accused of their murder — breaks into her convent to abduct her. In truth, he is trying to rescue her from the imminent attacks on the Catholics in the area. Can she trust this Protestant rogue, even when he says he has reformed? Can she afford not to?

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The Sound of Diamonds is filled with plenty of plot twists. At its conclusion, there are a number of unanswered questions, laying the groundwork for The Sound of  Silver the second book.

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The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (February 2016)

Watch for the Cover Reveal coming later this month!

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher or author in exchange for a honest review. 

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Review: THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN [and] A SPARROW IN TEREZIN / Kristy Cambron

The butterfly and the violin, / by Kristy Cambron (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel)
Zondervan          ISBN 9781401690595

A sparrow in Terezin, / by Kristy Cambron (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel)
Zondervan     ISBN 9781401690618
Adult     Rating:     5

butterfly and violin sparrow in terezin

Kristy Cambron presents two World War II historical novels with alternating points of view.

In The Butterfly and the Violin, a contemporary woman and high-ranking Nazi officer’s daughter are connected to a painting.

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The Butterfly and the Violin is a juxtaposition of Adele’s life in Auschwitz and Sera’s contemporary life. Although Adele and Sera are separated by decades, both suffer from heartbreak and broken dreams until they find God’s peace.

In A Sparrow in Terezin, the art dealer shares a connection with an imprisoned Polish reporter in Terezin.

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Cambron weaves the multiple plot lines and characters expertly. Both character and plot development are intricate and complex.

Kudos to the author of  this debut novel and its sequel!

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Review: DESPERATE MEASURES / Sandra Orchard

Review: Port Aster Secret series  / Sandra Orchard

Desperate Measures, / by Sandra Orchard (Port Aster Secrets, 3)
Revell (June 2, 2015)     ISBN: 9780800722241

Blind Trust, / by Sandra Orchard (Port Aster Secrets, 2)
Revell (June 17, 2014)     ISBN 9780800722234

Deadly Devotion, /  by Sandra Orchard (Port Aster Secrets, 1)
Revell (June 1, 2013)     ISBN 9780800722227
Adult     Rating:   4

deadly devotion blind trust Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures is the latest installment in award-winning Canadian author Sandra Orchard’s contemporary mystery series. Unlike many other series, Port Aster Secrets features the same main characters, revealing more layers of secrets in each of her books.

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Sandra Orchard presents an edge-of-your-seat series for suspense fans where plot twists and mysteries abound. Like any good mystery, red herrings and suspects abound. As evidence of Orchard’s writing excellence, Blind Trust is a finalist in the 2014 Selah Awards and won the 2014 The Word Award (Canadian national award).

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Review: HIDDEN IDENTITY series / by Lynette Eason

No place to hideLynette Eason (Hidden Identity, 3)
Revell     ISBN 9780800722104

Nowhere to turnLynette Eason (Hidden Identity, 2)
Revell     ISBN 9780800722098

No one to trustLynette Eason (Hidden Identity, 1)
Revell      ISBN 9780800722081
Adult     Rating:  4

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Lynette Eason kicks off a new contemporary romantic suspense series with No One to Trust, where a wife finds out that her husband is not the man she thought he was — not his name, not his background, and definitely not his relationships.

In No One to Trust, family lawyer Summer Abernathy wakes up to find a gun pointed at her as three men demand to know the location of her husband, Kyle Abernathy, although they ask for him by another name, David Hackett. She is unaware he is in the Witness Protection Program and a key witness  at a crime boss’ trial in three weeks, if he lives that long. While she discovers the truth, others are trying to find him and will use any means to prevent him from testifying.

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She continues her new contemporary romantic suspense series with Nowhere to Turn, where a wife finds out that her abusive husband has built a web of relationships to entangle her even after his death.

In Nowhere to Turn, Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son Simon with her as she tries to escape from her abusive husband. When her husband Kurt is killed that same day, she believes her worries are over. But Kurt’s brother Stuart begins stalking her with unwanted attention.

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The final installment in this series is No Place to Hide where a man is framed for a terrorism and his childhood friend helps him prove his innocence while running from law enforcement and the bad guys.

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Lynette Eason is an excellent storyteller, weaving plot twists and character development. Just when the reader thinks the story is almost done, there is another plot twist, a knot in the story line to untangle. Violence in the story is appropriate but not graphic, and the faith element is light not overpowering. Eason’s book will be of interest to fans of Dee Henderson, DiAnn Mills, and Irene Hannon.

 

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Review Posted: BURIED SECRETS / by Irene Hannon

Buried Secrets / by Irene Hannon (Men of Valor, Book 1)
Revell (April 7, 2015)     ISBN   9780800721268
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Irene Hannon pens a new romantic suspense series featuring the McGregor brothers settling into civilian life after their stint in the military.

In Buried Secrets, Mac McGregor – a former Navy SEAL — is a county detective sent to assist a small-town police chief, Lisa Grant. They meet when a construction crew finds human skeleton remains.

Will the killer be desperate enough to create another deadly accident to end their investigation?

Hannon writes edge-of-your seat inspirational romantic suspense that will keep the reader engaged until the final page. Unexpected plot twists will keep the reader on their toes.

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Fans of Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and DiAnn Mills will clamor for this new series!

Carol R. Gehringer

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Review: HEIR OF HOPE / Morgan L. Busse

Heir of Hope / by Morgan L. Busse (Follower of the Word, 3)
Enclave     ISBN 9781621840398
Adult     Rating: 4

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Morgan L. Busse concludes the Follower of the Word series with Heir of Hope, as the Eldarans head toward the final battle with their enemies.

In Heir of Hope, Rowen Mar — the last Truthsayer – is captured and taken before the Shadonae . . . Meanwhile, Caleb Tala — former assassin, now Guardian of Mankind — wanders in the desert looking for clues to answer his questions.

<See MY FULL REVIEW>

Busse excels at world-building in this character-driven adult fantasy. Her flawed but relatable characters continue to face obstacles. Heir of Hope speaks of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice. One finds it especially appropriate that the author’s website is “In Darkness There is Light,” for that is the theme of this series: no matter how dark it is, God’s light is there.

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PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

The great city of Thyra has fallen and shadows spread across the land. Rowen Mar, the last Truthsayer, is taken before the Shadonae. But the Shadonae are not who she thought they were, and now they want to claim her as their own. Caleb Tala, former assassin and prince, is now a Guardian of mankind. Exiled from his country, Caleb wanders the desert in search of his mother’s past and clues to who he is. These are the last days of the Eldaran race. Rowen and Caleb must find their way along the dark path set before them by their ancestors: to heal what was wounded and love where hatred grows. But the road is narrow and the darkness beckons. If either of them fails, all will be lost… And the human race will be no more.

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CSFF TOUR: Storm Siren / Mary Weber

Storm Siren / by Mary Weber  (Storm Siren Trilogy, 1)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN   9781401690342
Young Adult     Rating:     4 storm siren Mary Weber debuts her fantasy series about a teen girl with special powers in a world at war. In Storm Siren, seventeen year old Nym is a slave girl whose snowy-white hair and sea-blue eyes identify her as an Elemental (one who is able to summon storms). She is unusual because other Elementals are usually male. Nym is on the auction block again. Each time she gets a new owner, she has another owner’s circle marked on her right arm. She also marks her left arm, in memory of the deaths she caused by not controlling her powers.

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Weber’s Storm Siren employs memorable secondary characters, imperfect primary characters, and a cliffhanger in the final pages – all of which will keep the reader engaged, and making the reader eager for the next book, Siren’s Fury (coming in June 2015).

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To read more about Mary Weber and her work, check out her blog at http://www.maryweber.com/ and her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/marychristineweber.

Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about STORM SIRENS ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Julie Bihn
Lauren Bombardier
Beckie Burnham
Vicky DealSharingAunt
George Duncan
April Erwin
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Simone Lilly-Egerter
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Jalynn Patterson
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Michelle R. Wood

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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Blog Tour: DOUBLE CROSS / DiAnn Mills

Double Cross / by DiAnn Mills  (FBI Houston, 2)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781414389943
Adult (HS)     Rating:      5

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Award-winning author DiAnn Mills continues her contemporary romantic suspense series featuring FBI agents in the Houston area, with a sequel to Firewall, the 2014 Genre Fiction award from Library Journal.

PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

<See MY FULL REVIEW>

If you like your romantic suspense filled with carefully researched details, pick up Firewall and Double Cross. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon will enjoy this new series.

Personal Reflection:

With a title of DOUBLE CROSS, the reader obviously knows there will be a double cross — but who will it be? Will it be the obvious choice (Morton whose claim to be a Christian might not be valid), a possible double agent in the FBI office or Houston Police Department — or someone the reader would never suspect because the story doesn’t give us a clue?

I thought I had figured it out, but I was shocked at the unexpected twist in the final chapter.  In this case, the person was someone I didn’t suspect until the very last moment. It was like riding a roller coaster when you know the car is going up a hill and will go down a hill on the other side — but you weren’t expecting to have it go suddenly at a 90-degree angle! Well done, Ms. Mills! I can’t wait to read the next installment in the Houston FBI series.

Carol R. Gehringer

 

 

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Review Posted: DAUNTLESS / Dina Sleeman

Dauntless / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, Book 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764213120
Young Adult     Grades 9+     Rating:     5

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Dina L. Sleiman  makes her debut with this young adult Middle Ages novel about a young woman who courageously steps out to do what must be done, even if it is unconventional.

In Dauntless, Merry is an outlaw as a result of her father’s failed assassination attempt against the king. She is willing to go to any length to provide for the orphaned children from her village.

Timothy Grey, Merry’s former fiancé, serves as an assistant to the earl. Timothy wants to make a name for himself by capturing the “Ghosts . . . what will he do when he discovers the leader is his childhood friend, Merry?

<See MY FULL REVIEW>

Merry Ellison is a valiant heart – one who is fearless, both feminine and strong, open to love but not defined by a man. She is a role model to other young women, both in her story and to her readers.

Recommended for public libraries and school libraries. Fans of medieval young adult books by Melanie Dickerson and Lisa Bergren will especially enjoy this new author.

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Review Posted: WEB OF DECEIT / Susan Sleimann

Web of Deceit / Susan Sleeman (Agents Under Fire, Book 1)
Howard Books     ISBN     9781476717869
Adult     Rating: 4

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Susan Sleeman kicks off a new contemporary romantic suspense series featuring 3 female FBI agents in a special cybercrime unit. This is a general market book, not specifically Christian fiction (although the author has published primarily in the Christian market over the years).

In Web of Deceit, three years have passed since FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight tried to arrest Vyper, a cyber-criminal who murdered Kaitlyn’s sister in front of her, leaving Kaitlyn to raise her motherless niece . . .

<See my FULL REVIEW>

Sleeman does an excellent job of creating tension and believeable characters in this fast-paced book of romantic suspense. However, there is no obvious faith element. Kait believes in God but that is the extent of it. Told more from the killer’s point of view, Web of Deceit is a clean read (no sex or profanity), but it does contain gritty violence as the serial killer is quite twisted (mentally unstable and shows no remorse).

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Blog Tour: MIST OF MIDNIGHT / by Sandra Byrd

MIST OF MIDNIGHT / by Sandra Byrd (Daughters of Hampshire, 1)
Howard Books     ISBN     9781476717869
Adult     Rating: 4
Pre-publication copy reviewed

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WHAT happens when you return from living in India –
following the death of your parents –
only to find someone else has arrived earlier,
claiming your identity and your inheritance??

 Historical fiction author Sandra Byrd pens a new series, this time set in Victorian England. The first book, Mist of Midnight, tells of a young Englishwoman who returns from India only to find another woman claimed her identity and inheritance.

<Read MY FULL REVIEW here>

Byrd writes an engaging story, filled with the best elements of a Gothic romance, where the reader wants the hero to be the hero, even when the circumstances might not make him appear that way. This book had just enough chills to grab the reader’s attention and keep it until the spine-tingling conclusion. Even in the midst of the building tension and plot twists, Rebecca’s faith keeps her grounded and helps her overcome her fears. Watch for Byrd’s second book in this series, Bride of Poseidon, coming in 2016.

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AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE – Review and Discussion Guide

An Uncertain Choice / by Jody Hedlund
Zondervan     ISBN     9780310749196
YA     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

One beautiful princess. Three handsome knights.
One difficult choice.

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Jody Hedlund, historical fiction author, pens her first young adult novel by telling the story of a fourteenth century young woman faced with a life-altering decision.

In An Uncertain Choice, Lady Rosemarie is one month short of her eighteenth birthday, the day she goes into the convent to fulfill her parents’ vow. She found out about the vow when her parents died from the Plague four years earlier. So she has had time to prepare for life in the convent. Rosemarie thinks she will still be able to rule her people from behind the convent walls.

 <SEE MY FULL REVIEW HERE>

Readers who are interested in using this book for their book club may want to download the discussion guide, but be forewarned, there are spoilers! Read the book first, then download the guide.

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Blog Tour: HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD [and] HEADMISTRESS OF ROSEMERE [and] A LADY AT WILLOWGROVE HALL / Sarah Ladd

The Heiress of Winterwood / by Sarah Ladd (Whispers of the Moors, book 1)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9781401688356

The Headmistress of Rosemere / by Sarah Ladd (Whispers of the Moors, book 2)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9781401688363

A Lady at Wintergrove Hall / by Sarah Ladd (Whispers of the Moors, book 3)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9781401688370
Adult     Rating: 5

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Sarah Ladd debuts a Regency series centering on themes of faithfulness, forgiveness, and family secrets in the early 1800s.

The Heiress of Winterwood tells of an heiress who promises to raise her dying friend’s baby despite others’ disapproval. Amelia Barrett defies her family, even to the point of proposing a marriage of convenience when her fiancé refuses to allow her to keep the baby when they marry.

In The Headmistress of Rosemere, Patience Creighton keeps the Rosemere School for Young Ladies going after her father’s death, but their landlord is William Sterling, Captain Sterling’s brother, who is facing financial trouble.

In A Lady at Wintergrove Hall , Cecily Faire and Nathaniel Stanton have secrets from their past that affect their future.

Ladd is a promising new author in Regency fiction; the series will appeal to fans of Julie Klassen and Jane Austen.

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CSFF TOUR: Rebels / by Jill Williamson

Christian Science Fiction Fantasy Blog Tour (CSFF)

Rebels Jill Williamson (The Safe Lands, 3)

Rebels Jill Williamson (The Safe Lands, 3)
Blink     ISBN 9780310735779
HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Jill Williamson returns with Rebels, the final book in her dystopian series. Three teen brothers – Omar, Levi, and Mason — decide how they will live in a land that is not their own, one where pleasure is valued more than human life, a land that makes it difficult to stay true to their faith in light of so many temptations.

Publisher summaries and my reviews for the earlier books are also shown below.

<READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE for REBELS>

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Publisher’s summary of Book 1 (Captives)

“In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.
Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.
Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?”

<READ MY FULL REVIEW OF CAPTIVES –Book 1 — HERE>

Publisher’s summary of Book 2 (Outcasts):

“In Outcasts, the second book in Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands series, Levi finds himself not only the leader of Glenrock’s remaining people but also the head of a new rebel force called the Messengers, intent on unmasking the Safe Lands’ lies. At the same time, Mason uncovers secrets that may be more dangerous than he ever imagined. Meanwhile, Omar decides to take matters into his own hands.”

“Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined … and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.
Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.”

<READ MY FULL REVIEW OF OUTCASTS — Book 2 — HERE>

<READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE for REBELS — Book 3>

To read more about Jill Williamson and her work, check out her blog at: www.jillwilliamson/com.

Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about REBELS ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Julie Bihn
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Vicky DealSharingAunt
April Erwin
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rebekah Gyger
Jeremy Harder
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Writer Rani
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Elizabeth Williams

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

 

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How to Stalk Your Favorite Author

Do you like a particular author? Why not follow these steps to get to know him or her better? Nichole Parks gives some good tips to “stalking” your favorite authors . . .

Bethany House Fiction

Today, we have a guest post from Nichole Parks, a BHP intern and a devoted reader. Enjoy her tips…I sure did!

Stalker

“Abridged” was a new word for me. I reread the back cover of the audio book case. My thirteen-year-old heart hiccupped. “Abridged” as in someone-had-cut-out-parts-of-the-story? That abridged? I scattered the rest of the audio CD containers around me. I hadn’t heard the entire O’Malley series.

With that, I took to scouring cbd.com.

The Negotiator and The Guardian fit nicely in my shelf. But I was thirsty by then. Anything Dee Henderson wrote, I read. I even took to reading other authors simply because of her endorsements.

I studied her website.

Scoured the Internet for interviews.

I memorized her back covers. No joke. I can pop one of them out like a verse—it’s not exactly something I’m proud of.

Then I decided, “Hey, why not be a writer like…

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COLD SHOT Blog Tour

Cold Shot, / by Dani Pettrey (Chesapeake Valor, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764211973
Adult     Rating:     4

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Award-winning author Dani Pettrey pens a new romantic suspense series set in coastal Maryland, about four childhood friends who choose careers in law enforcement but drift apart when one friend disappears before graduation.

Publisher’s Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

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CSFF TOUR: THE FIRST PRINCIPLE / Marissa Shrock

The First Principle / by Marissa Shrock
Kregel     ISBN   9780825443572
HS     Grades 9-12     Rating:     4

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MY FULL REVIEW

UPDATE, 6/28/16: This book is now a finalist in the Debut Novel category for the 2016 Carol Award (ACFW).

INITIAL REACTION:

Marissa Schrock makes her debut with this dystopian novel featuring sixteen year old Vivica Wilkins, a governor’s daughter, who faces mandatory termination of her teen pregnancy or following her heart and carrying her baby to full term.

Set in a futuristic North America where the government has ruled that Christianity is illegal and considered domestic terrorism, The First Principle will appeal to readers of The Hunger Games, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Divergent series.The First Principle is filled with fast-action, espionage, religious warfare, and political intrigue.

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Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about THE FIRST PRINCIPLE ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Julie Bihn
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
April Erwin
Carol @ Worthy2Read
Victor Gentile
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Jalynn Patterson
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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Blog Tour FINALE: GUARDIANS OF THE HEART/ Loree Lough

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
We’re sharing the Grand Finale for
Guardians of the Heart
By Loree Lough
 
Nell and Asa have guarded their hearts, but to let love in, they’ll have to let go.
We hope you enjoyed finding out more about their story.
If you didn’t get a chance to get to each stop, you can go back and check them out now…
Launch – Author Interview
 
And how do you develop your deep POV?
I love living in the heads of my characters, and accomplish it (and avoid ‘head hopping’) by writing each scene from a specific character’s point of view. It’s almost as though I take up residence in their brains (like a parasite! LOL). When I’m thinking their thoughts, reacting to what other characters do and say, deep POV is a lot easier.
Bookworm Lisa – Review
 “Loree Lough has written this story in an easy to read voice. The pacing is excellent. She kept my attention and I really came to like the characters.”
 Worthy2Read – Nonna’s Authentic Spaghetti Sauce
 As any ‘on a deadline’ author can tell you, we’re really, really good at procrastinating. We tidy drawers, organize closets, poke around in our flower beds. And we cook. One of my favorite recipes was handed down by my Italian grandmother’s family. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!
 Zerina Blossom’s Books – They Called Her Shoog Guest Post
 The summer I turned ten, a pretty little redheaded girl moved into the house on the corner. Her parents and older siblings called her Shoog…and it was Shoog who introduced the kids on our block to a whole new way to spend our summer days…
 “A sweet heartfelt romance that reminds us of the importance of forgiveness – of other people and especially of ourselves. With true, likable characters and a plot brimming with all the great elements of a story, Guardians of the Heart will gently refresh your soul.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners – A Promise to Jake, Part 1
 When a mysterious package arrives shortly before Christmas, a wealthy author is forced to remember what’s truly important about the holy day…and about life.
Writing Pearls – Review
 “This was a surprising out of bounds romance. It was clean, well-written, with strong characters that become a part of your reality.”
 underneath the covers – Excerpt
 Regrettably, no one was hiring. Few things scared her more than the prospect of being homeless and destitute. Nell sat on the steps of the bank, held her head in her hands and tried to pray. She’d said countless prayers for others—in church, others on her knees before bed—but couldn’t remember the last time she’d prayed for herself. Did she remember how?
 Mel’s Shelves – Review
 “I loved Asa and Nell! Asa puts on a rough front but does care about others while trying not to. He feels guilt for some things he did in the past and needs to learn to forgive himself. Nell was sweet from the beginning! What I loved about this book is that the author didn’t just tell me; she showed me.”
 Oh, what he wouldn’t give to go back in time to the little house on the outskirts of Denver that always smelled of fresh-baked bread, where he’d never gone hungry and never felt cold, thanks to his ma’s talent for turning scraps of cloth into warm quilts.
 Babs Book Bistro – Review
 “I could not put this book down it was wonderful. . . . A nice relaxing read that brings out the love and coziness.”
Mommabears Book Blog – A Promise to Jake, Part 2
 He stared at the blinking cursor. “I’ve let you down big time, Jake,” he said, eyes on the blank white screen. Maybe telling his friend’s story would ease his conscience. Squaring his shoulders, Homer pulled out the keyboard drawer and gave his knuckles one last crack, and began to type:
Wishful Endings – A Promise to Jake, Part 3
 FIVE YEARS LATER:
“Homer, schweetheart,” Bobby said, “so what’s up with your answering machine? I’ve been trying to get hold of you for days.”
 “Don’t have one up here.” Don’t want one, don’t need one.
 Reading Is My SuperPower – Special Author Interview
 Me: You are such a prolific writer! (5,000,000 copies in circulation – 108 books, 72 short stories, and over 2500 articles in print) Where do you get your inspiration for so many new plots and characters?
Loree: Inspiration is everywhere. Literally. I’ve come up with story ideas while reading a dog-eared old magazine in the doctor’s waiting room. At the grocery store. In the movie theater. Here at home, watching the TV news or reading the Sunday paper. Sitting on a bench at the soft ice cream parlor, listening to the conversation of patrons on the next bench. Talking to a neighbor over the back fence. While on hold to make corrections to a DirecTV statement. I could go on (and on!), but I think you get the idea!
Singing Librarian Books – Review (Author Interview here)
 “Throughout the novel Loree has brought her characters to life in a true and heartwarming way. I would recommend this novel to Christian, historical fiction, romance readers.”
 Colorimetry – Excerpt
 They carried their bowls to a nearby bench and sat down to enjoy the treat, and Asa realized immediately that they were facing the wrong direction. Fifty yards due north, he had a direct line of sight to where Gus and Nell sat, munching fried chicken, corn bread, and apple slices. Oughta be you sitting there, he thought.

Guardians of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance

Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited.

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

 

Currency of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance

Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?

 

Yes, it’s true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the “grandorables,” but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that’s FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree’s books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she’ll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL — which she has elected to donate to her local library –for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and “wolf stuff.”

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Blog Tour: GUARDIANS OF THE HEART/ Loree Lough

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

 

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited.

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

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The First Book in the Series

  Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015†by Whitaker House

 

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to   keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She is unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?

Or will secrets and the cost of exposing them drive them apart forever?

With 105 books (5,000,000+ copies in circulation!), best-selling author Loree Lough’s stories have been compared to those by Nicholas Sparks, and she has been dubbed by readers and reviewers as is a gifted writer whose stories touch hearts and change lives.

With a long list of industry awards, it isn’t likely this prolific author will ever retire . . . not even to her cozy li’l cabin in the Allegheny Mountains. She loves to hear from her readers and personally answers every letter sent to http://www.loreelough.com/.

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Guest Post – Loree Lough

As any ‘on a deadline’ author can tell you, we’re really, really good at procrastinating. We tidy drawers, organize closets, poke around in our flower beds. And we cook. One of my favorite recipes was handed down by my Italian grandmother’s family. I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

NONNA’S AUTHENTIC SPAGHETTI SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

2 – 6 oz. cans tomato paste
1 – 28 oz. can tomato puree
1 – 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, crushed½ cup chopped onion
2 ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. lightly-salted butter
2 ½ tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
½ tsp. thyme leaves
½ tsp. rosemary leaves
½ cup dry red wine (optional)½ lb. lean ground beef (optional)
¾ cup water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. First, you’ll need a large stockpot.
  2. Melt butter over low to medium heat, and add olive oil.
  3. Sauté onions until opaque (about 4 minutes).
  4. Add garlic and sauté an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add water tomato paste and puree, and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the spices and herbs, making sure to mix well.
  7. Simmer, loosely covered, for 2 ½ hours.
  8. IF YOU’RE ADDING GROUND BEEF, brown it in a medium-sized frying pan. When it’s well-crumbled, drain fat and add meat to sauce.
  9. IF YOU’RE ADDING WINE, do it now.
  10. IF YOU PREFER YOUR SAUCE ON THE THIN SIDE, ADD ¼ TO ½ CUP WATER.
  11. Simmer an additional 30-45 minutes.

Serve over your choice of cooked pasta, with or without sides, top with shredded Mozzarella or Parmesan, and enjoy!

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Cover Reveal: THE SOUND OF SILVER / Rachelle Rea

COVER REVEAL:

The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing (COMING October 2015)

sound silence

I just finished Book 1, The Sound of Diamonds, by Rachelle Rea — and I LOVED it! I’ll be posting a review of this YA historical fiction in the next few weeks. Until then, I am happy to share the cover for the second book, coming out in the fall.

For more information on this series, see the publisher summaries below, and look for my review in the next few weeks.

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The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing (June 15, 2015)     ISBN 9781939023599
Young Adult     Rating: 4
Sound-of-Diamonds
Publisher’s Summary:

Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

MY REACTION — Love this new YA series! Can’t wait to read the next book from this new author. How many books are written about this time period (1500s, during Catholic/Protestant conflict)? How many YA titles? I certainly can’t remember any others?

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The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing (October 2015)

sound silencePublisher’s Summary:

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God?  Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

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The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (February 2016)

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

 

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