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Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway -- "Treacherous Trails" By Dana Mentink -- On tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book

Treacherous Trails

Title: Treacherous Trails
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspy Romanctic Suspense
Release Date: March, 2018
Falsely accused…
Can she escape the real killer?
In this second installment in the Gold Country Cowboys series, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

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About the Author

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Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, friends! I am so thrilled to be galloping into the second book in the Gold Country Cowboy series with you. This book was a hoot to write. It’s got a nice twisty mystery and plenty of danger! Our hero, twin Owen Thorn, is a Marine doing his darnedest not to fall in love with his brother’s little sister, but you know how these things go, don’t you, partners? There’s trouble ahead in cowboy country and this story will take you on a wild gallop to the happy ending! God bless and thanks for coming along!


MY THOUGHTS

Wow. That was my first reaction after finishing this book.I tend to do my reading on my hour lunch and I did not want to go back to work... I wanted to keep reading.I finished this book in about 3 hours total. 
This book starts out with a bang - and it DOES NOT STOP. There were NO pauses in the action. It just keeps on rolling.
Ella. The central character - such a lovely woman. Accused of murder she is determined to clear her name. Owen. Ella's brothers best friend. Former Marine. Hardened from war. Determined to protect and clear Ella's name at all costs. 
My favorite line of the book: "It's like trying to stop a tank with a squirt gun." 

This is book two of the Gold Country Cowboys series. It can be read as a stand alone. 
If you like action and adventure with romance and violence downplayed with a Christian theme - this is the book for you 

I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit Blogging Program -- all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Karen Sue Hadley, April 13
Book by Book, April 14
C Jane Read, April 15
Among the Reads, April 16
Genesis 5020, April 16
Carpe Diem, April 18
Cafinated Reads, April 18
Simple Harvest Reads, April 19 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 20
A Greater Yes, April 22
Artistic Nobody, April 23 (Spotlight)
Bigreadersite, April 24
margaret kazmierczak, April 25 (Interview)
Remembrancy, April 25

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, Cornbread Mix, and Cowboy Caviar Salsa!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca46

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Book REVIEW: The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Great Escapes Book 3 By M.J. Thomas

The Great Escape by M.J.  Thomas

About the Book: 
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series follows siblings Peter and Mary and their dog, Hank, as they discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to key moments in biblical history.

In The Great Escape, Peter, Mary, and Hank journey to the pyramid-studded desert of ancient Egypt. When the trio become friends with Pharaoh’s daughter, they witness first-hand as Moses petitions Pharaoh for the Israelites’ freedom. Plagues wreak havoc as the group races to decode the scroll, gets chased by a panther, and battles Pharaoh’s cunning advisor, the Great Magician. Young readers will anxiously follow along as Peter and Mary’s thrilling adventures bring the biblical story of Exodus to life.
 

My Thoughts:

This book is targeted to 6-9 year olds. This is a perfect age group for it. My 6 year old loved this book. This is the 3rd book in the series. We have not read the first two books in the series, and we had no problem following along. I loved the characters, my 6 year old loved the storyline. He was very excited to keep reading.

I received a copy of this book through Worthy Publishing, all thoughts are my own.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Happy Release day to Sharee Stover! Secret Past (Love Inspired Suspense) REVIEW


Happy Release day to Sharee Stover and her new LIS Secret Past.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Her life is a lie

She’s not who she thinks she is

With gunmen at her doorstep, Katie Tribani learns her true identity. She’s been in witness protection since childhood, and now her crime-lord father has found her. As bullets fly, US marshal Daniel Knight whisks her to safety—but not for long. Captured and held prisoner, only Katie can unearth her secret past…if she can survive long enough.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Sharee Stover
Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to transform, ignite and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd. Visit her at https://www.shareestover.com/

MY THOUGHTS 

WOW. That is what I said when I hit the end of this book. If you have not ever read an Love Inspired Suspense book, Pick this up and give it a read. This book had my heart pounding from the beginning. Sharee Stover's debut novel is going to keep you guessing until the end. I loved the story line, I loved the characters, I love everything about this book. 
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author, all thoughts are my own. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Book Review --- Colors in the Bible and Numbers in the Bible -- Courtesy of Worthy Publishing

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COLORS IN THE BIBLE
In this energetic board book, children are taken on a colorful tour of beloved Bible stories. Little ones will learn about colors and be introduced to the world of the Bible as they read about the green trees in the Garden of Eden, the orange lions in the den, and the red flames of the burning bush. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this colors primer is sure to captivate curious toddlers.

My Thoughts:
This is a great book - my 4 year old loved reading it. It has about 20 pages, sturdy board book. 
I love that they use the teaching of colors and apply Biblical Truth. This book is geared toward Infant - 4 ish - my 4 year old loved it. 

NUMBERS IN THE BIBLE:
In this energetic counting primer, children are taken on a number-filled tour of beloved Bible stories. Little ones will learn their numbers and be introduced to the world of the Bible as they count one ark filled with animals, five stones picked by David, and the Ten Commandments written on stone tablets. Created with fresh, modern illustrations, this educational board book is sure to captivate curious toddlers.

My Thoughts:
This is another great book. We are working on numbers with my 4 year old - and this was a helpful tool. Bright colored pictures - biblical truth - great edition to our Bible study. 


I received these books courtesy of this publisher, all thoughts are my own. 

BOOK REVIEW!!!! Secret Service Setup -- By Jessica R. Patch

Secret Service Setup (The Security Specialists) by [Patch, Jessica R.]

ABOUT THE BOOK
Can The Security Specialists protect him?

Secret Service agent Evan Novak becomes the target of multiple hit men when someone puts a two-million-dollar bounty on his head. Is it the gunrunner he’s tracking...or a traitorous agent? Framed and wanted, Evan reluctantly accepts protection from bodyguard Jody Gallagher, his former love who lost her Agency career because of him. But then the bounty is raised to include Jody…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica is the author of the contemporary romance series Seasons of Hope and several Love Inspired Suspense novels. No matter what genre she’s writing in, you’ll always find romance, adventure, some laughs, and a heap of hope. Check out her book club page for bonus features and extras, and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter to stay “Patched In.”

Jessica lives in the mid-south with her handsome husband, her college bound daughter and her middle-schooler son.

Find her on her website Here

MY THOUGHTS
I know that anything that I read by Jessica is going to have me on the edge of my seat. My heart pounds while I read through every page. Her stories are so real, it's like you can touch it. Her descriptions are tangible. I know that everything that I read I will love 
This. Book. Was. So. AMAZING. 
This book is a great reminder of God's Amazing Grace and Mercy. Secret Service Setup is the second book in  the The Security Specialist series. Although it can be read as a standalone, but trust me, the series is so good you'll want to read the first one also. 

I received this book courtesy of the author, all thoughts are my own. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Review: Fugitive Spy --- By Jordyn Redwood -

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A spy with amnesia—and a mission he can’t remember

When Casper English lands in her ER with amnesia, Dr. Ashley Drager learns he has a picture of her…and the same tattoo as her long-missing father. With a dangerous man after Casper, and his memories possibly holding the key to finding Ashley’s father, she secretly whisks him away from the hospital. But can she keep him alive long enough to help him regain his memories?



About the Author:
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Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly 25 years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.
When she discovered she also had a fondness for answering medical questions for authors, this led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge. This blog is devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction.
Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting and cross stitching.


My Thoughts:

Heart pounding, page turning, edge of your seat suspense book. You will want to keep reading and not put it down. Well writen characters, intriguing storyline, and twists and turns. The author spins a great tale This is a stand out book from the Love Inspired series. 

I received a copy of this book from the author, all thoughts are my own. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Book Review! Planet 316 Story Bible --- Worthy Publishing



An innovative Bible storybook with a free augmented reality app that brings the characters and stories to life
This innovative Bible storybook features more than 100 favorite stories from the Old and New Testaments. From the story of Creation and the Garden of Eden all the way through the life of Jesus and the acts of the Apostles, the stories are told in kid-friendly, yet biblically accurate, language and accompanied by bright and whimsical artwork. The book is paired with a free downloadable app that brings the stories to life through the use of augmented reality. By holding a smart phone or tablet over the page, the app allows characters, animals, and objects in the stories to spring up in 3-D, with audio that reveals additional character dialogue and sounds. Together, the book and its app are sure to engage children's imaginations and start them on their faith journey. Ages 4-7.







Planet 316

Planet 316 is a team of talented writers, artists, and developers who share a love for technology and a desire to make the Bible approachable and engaging for children. They create fun and interactive experiences that are infused with faith and family values. While the team members come from diverse backgrounds, many have experience in ministry as pastors, children’s ministers, and creative leaders within their churches.





MY THOUGHTS


I was very excited to get this book to review. With boys, it's hard to keep their attention for any length of time. This Bible they were excited to see the story on pages (My almost 7 year old could read MOST of what was in here :) BONUS POINTS!!!) But with the app  - they were able to see it come to life. Bright colorful pages. Bible stories tailored for the boys age. This is one they loved reading from. 

Here they are reading together 



I received a copy of this book through Worthy Publishing --- all thoughts and opinions are my own.