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8.27.2016

Accidentally Me ~ Review

Accidentally Me
By Kim Karras

Sabrina wants to go away to college ~ specifically Caltech. There's just one small problem ~ her parents are insisting she attend Boise State.  But when you are yours parents midlife accident you have to be the perfect child.

And Sabrina has just come up with the perfect plan to convince her parents to let her go to Caltech ~ She's going to hire her very own stalker.  Now she just has to find one...

Operation Stalker begins when she finds a former classmate who fits her idea of the ideal creepy stalker.  Now she just needs to convince him to be a stalker.

Nothing seems to work quite according to Sabrina's plan and in a strange twist she may be developing a crush on her stalker.  And when her mother decides they need to take action against this threat Sabrina finds herself getting deeper into the lie she's dug herself in.

This is a fun story that teens and adults will enjoy, as Sabrina works through her insecurities and dealing with growing up.  The prospect of facing the world on one's own can be both exciting and scary at the same time.

This is clean fiction reading that you will enjoy laughing over and even shed a tear or two over. This is a book in which the importance of family is appreciated.  Altogether a highly enjoyable and recommended book.

I was provided a copy of this book by Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review.


About the book:
WANTED: Pretend stalker. No experience required.
        Tall, dark, and quirky preferred.


Sabrina is desperate to go to her dream college, but her parents want her to stay close to home. If she wants to maintain her perfect child image, Sabrina must break rules that even her rebel sister keeps.

About the author:

Kim Karras writes contemporary fiction for adults and teens. Follow her at kimkarras.blogspot.com for notes on life, writing, and motherhood.


8.23.2016

Eyes of Elisha ~ Review

Eyes of Elisha
Chelsea Adams series #1
By Brandilyn Collins

Chelsea Adams has discovered that she possess a gift - the ability to observe events that she is not present for.  This time she observes a horrific murder - a murder that has yet to be unearthed.  But can she come forward with what she knows with no evidence except what she glimpsed through the victims eyes?

Believing her gift is from God, Chelsea must decide how to best present her story to the police so that she is not viewed as a religious nut.  But the possibility of a killer wandering the streets and coming in contact with those she holds near and dear is something she can't keep to herself.  As the case takes unexpected turns Chelsea learns that she needs to wait on God's timing and leading.

For readers who love crime fiction this is a book you'll enjoy. Just remember that appearances can be deceiving and the guilty can live with their guilt as long as it is not discovered... The question is what will the guilty do once their crime is exposed.  Get ready for some interesting twists on this quest for the truth.

I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review. 


About the Book:
The murder was ugly.

The killer was sure no one saw him.

Someone did.

In a horrifying vision God allows her to see, Chelsea Adams relives the victim's last moments. But who will believe her? Certainly not the police, who must rely on hard evidence. Nor her husband, who barely tolerates Chelsea's newfound Christian faith. Besides, he's about to hire the man who Chelsea is certain is the killer to be a vice president in his company.

Torn between what she knows and the burden of proof, Chelsea must follow God's leading and trust him for protection. Meanwhile, the murderer is still on the streets. And he's not about to take Chelsea's involvement lying down.

About the Author:
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. 

Her first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer's Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.

Haven ~ Review and Giveaway

Haven
Chronicles of Warshard #1
By Katherine Bogle

War has come to the Six Kingdoms of Warshard and the Kingdom of Rythern is the latest victim of Queen Kadia's insanity.  With the murder of her parents and her brothers Haven Fyre is now queen of Rythern, a role she was never suppose to hold.  But her people need a queen, and in Haven they will have one that cannot be killed.

Going to war against Kadia seems suicide with the kingdoms various armies having suffered losses to her shadow soldiers. With this seeming impossibility the Royals are faced with an impossible decision - fight, flee, or do nothing.

Does Haven commit her remaining soldiers to aid King Corrin in his plan to retake his fallen capital? Or are her troops needed first and foremost in defense of Rythern?  Or does she offer Rythern as a place of sanctuary for those who are fleeing Kadia's aggression?

Relying on the advise of her closest friends and her desire to protect her people, Haven makes a decision that will forever change her life and the future of the Six Kingdoms.

Haven is a book that takes the reader on a journey - a journey of emotion, of loss, of friendship, of betrayal, and of promise.  And this is a journey of growth as Haven becomes the queen she never expected to be by facing her fears and learning to live life.

 This is the first (per the title) in a series and I for one am looking forward to additional books in this series.  Though the book is complete in the story it is telling there is most definitely plenty of material from which more could come.  The writing style of Katherine Bogle is steady and flowing.  There are periods of endless action mixed with those of waiting which is true to what one would experience in one's own life if one were in a similar situation.

This book is definitely aimed at older teens and adults due to the subject matter of a few scenes - this book after all deals with war and the violence that comes with such a state of affairs.  Overall I highly recommend this book and this author's work.

I was provided a copy of this book through iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.





About the Book:
Haven (Chronicles of Warshard #1) is the 2nd place winner of World's Best Story!


Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.


Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.


With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven's neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia's shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven's only home. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.

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Author's Bio:
Katherine Bogle's debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World's Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.


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8.19.2016

GREATER star Chris Severio shares character building tips

Sports, and especially football, is a favorite pastime for so many, either in watching or in participating.  With determination Brandon Burlsworth overcame obstacles through dedication and hard work to achieve his dream of playing for the Arkansas Razerbacks.  Take a moment to examine and even share the lessons that Chris Severio took away from his role as Brandon Burlsworth.

GREATER Offers Great Life Lessons
By Chris Severio

Actors wait their entire lives to play a role as meaty and meaningful as Brandon Burlsworth. I was blessed to get that opportunity in my first movie, bringing Brandon to the big screen in GREATER, in theaters everywhere Aug. 26.

Brandon was a true champion and role model for so many, and I hope this movie entertains and inspires you and your family. For all the young athletes, new athletes, struggling athletes and dreamers out there (and their parents), these three lessons from Brandon’s life hold the key to building character and finding your destiny.

•         Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t:
Brandon was not the most physically gifted athlete. He struggled with being overweight, wasn’t naturally graceful, was a pretty unlikely candidate to be a college football All-American and then drafted into the NFL. He was able to do it all because he refused to listen to those who doubted him or his abilities. He always believed in himself, knew that through hard work and dedication,
he could be anything he wanted to be. The only thing standing between you and your dreams is how passionately you’re willing to produce them.

•         Dedicate yourself to something greater:
It’s no coincidence the film of Brandon’s life is called GREATER. As a Christian, he believed he was called to be a man of integrity and honor off the field as well as on – he dedicated himself, first and foremost, to God. Your faith can strengthen you, and like Brandon you can choose to be a role
model on and off the field.

•         Help others:
Brandon Burlsworth was a giver. He didn’t just play football, or live his life, focused exclusively on his wants. He made others’ needs a top priority – family, teammates, friends and fans. As he dug in deep to reach his potential as an athlete and a man, he encouraged and supported those who were taking that same journey alongside him. Brandon didn’t just make himself better; he made others better, too, because he was intentional about finding ways to help them.

Below, I’m privileged to share a clip from the movie that shows how dedication, persistence and helping others can contribute to your character and destiny.




I hope you enjoy GREATER – and are as inspired by Brandon’s story as much as I and so many others who knew him and know of him have been. He was a remarkable young man, and having the privilege of bringing his life to the big screen was a remarkable experience.

8.15.2016

Traces of Guilt ~ Review

Traces of Guilt
An Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1
By Dee Henderson

Evie Blackwell is dedicated to her job and is embarking on new chapter in her career as a detective. She's testing the waters in a new task force that Ann Falcon is overseeing - one that is focused on unsolved missing-person cases across the state of Illinois.  At Ann's direction Evie targeted Carin County as her beta site.

Carin County seems that your typical rural area, but it is also the site of several cold cases. And what Evie discovers could have lasting repercussions on Carin and on the Thane family.

Gabriel Thane is Carin County's sheriff, a job he loves just as his father did.  But Carin has been keeping secrets for many years as to the whereabouts of several missing people. With a knack for looking at the facts from a different angle Gabriel is hoping Evie can find that one elusive clue that will unlock the truth giving both the families and Carin the resolution they all long for.

Fans of Dee Henderson will not be disappointed - though this appears to be the first book in a new series some of Dee's other characters from previous stories make an appearance (or get a mention). Ann of course, along with her husband Paul are the most featured after Evie, Gabriel, and the Thane clan. One can easily see who both Evie and Gabriel could be friends with Ann.

Those who read Sins of the Past with Dee Henderson's Missing will have an idea of what this new task force will be like. If not you can enjoy this Romantic Suspense collection at a later date.

Suspense, tragedy, romance this book offers all of this and more.  This is the perfect book for any long week-ends that may be coming up. And I just have to say the cover is perfect for this book.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


About the Book:
She's turning up the heat on Carin County's 
cold cases . . .

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.

Gabriel Thane grew up in Carin County and is now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have. . . .

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.

8.14.2016

Without Warning ~ Review

Without Warning
Elite Guardians #2
By Lynette Eason

When Daniel Matthews and his restaurants become targeted on a single night Katie Singleton and the Elite Guardians Protection Agency are hired by his teenage niece. Someone seems determined to shutdown A Taste of Yesterday and ruin or kill Daniel.  The question is who has a grudge against the former marine and is this a case of business competition that has gotten out of hand?

Riley Matthew's fear of losing her uncle are enough to convince Katie to take the job and the rest of the Elite Guardians are willing to back her up. The list of potential suspects is short and each new attack becomes more dangerous.  If they're not careful Daniel might not be the only victim in this deadly game.

This second book in the Elite Guardians series is as intense as the first - Always Watching.  This time the story focuses mainly on Katie Singleton and the past that she is trying move beyond.  The time has come to face her demons especially if she hopes to save Daniel and Riley from the threat that has disrupted not only their lives but their peace of mind.  And when someone close to the Guardians is struck down this case becomes personal.

Lynette Eason has yet again brought to life characters of depth, heroes who are damaged and hurting, people one can relate to.  If you like suspense you'll want to read this newest addition to the Guardians series, but be warned if you read the sneak peek of book 3 you will be left on a precipice whose path has just run out (in other words ~ WOW what a peek to keep the reader in suspense).  It is not necessary to read the first before reading this one - though there is a little background info that will make a few aspects of the story easier to follow, but there is no reason one can't read the first book at a later date.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.

If you'd like to learn more about book 1 Always Watching read my review here,

About the Book:

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

At Love's Bidding ~ Review

At Love's Bidding
By Regina Jennings

Miranda Wimplegate has never crossed anyone and she's not about to start to do so now, but something about Wyatt Ballentine just brings out the worst in her and she's only just met him! But when Miranda didn't stop her grandfather from auctioning off the wrong painting she is determined to help him right the wrong and save her family from ruin.

All Wyatt has ever wanted was to be accepted by his family and own the action barn that he has worked at most of his life. But when some upper-class Bostonians buy the whole business sight unseen he is left in a quandary.  It's obvious the Wimplegates have no idea what they have gotten themselves into and the auction barn is no place to add a touch of genteel refinement.

It's obvious a new arrangement must be worked out if the Wimplegates hope to recover their investment - and where is the portrait that was rumored to be hidden away in this rural Missouri town? Time is against them in their search, but perhaps Miranda will find something of greater value in the Ozarks.

This is a delightful book that deals with the difficult issue of dementia in the elderly. But overall I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a historical fiction that will leave you with a feel-good frame of mind.  Perfect for an afternoon read.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.  

About the Book:
After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives. 

Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.

About the Author:
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.