Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet Me in Barcelona


Meet Me in Barcelona 2A surprise trip to Barcelona with her boyfriend, Jake, seems like the perfect antidote to Grace Sawyer’s current woes. The city is dazzling and unpredictable, but the biggest surprise for Grace is discovering who arranged and paid for the vacation.

Carrie Ann wasn’t just Grace’s foster sister. Clever, pretty, and mercurial, she was her best friend—until everything went terribly wrong. Now, as she flees an abusive marriage, Carrie Ann has turned to the one person she hopes will come through for her. Despite her initial misgivings, Grace wants to help. But then Carrie Ann and Jake both go missing. Stunned and confused, Grace begins to realize how much of herself she’s kept from Jake—and how much of Carrie Ann she never understood. Soon Grace is baited into following a trail of scant clues across Spain, determined to find the truth, even if she must revisit her troubled past to do it.

Mary Carter’s intriguing novel delves into the complexities of childhood bonds, the corrosive weight of guilt and blame, and all the ways we try—and often fail—to truly know the ones we love.

My Impressions:

When Jake wins the vacation of a life time for him and his girlfriend Grace, Grace sees wedding bells in her future. Jake on the other hand is not so sure. When Grace's foster sister, Carrie Ann, shows up Jake and Grace are pushed to the limits and are about to discover how little they actually know about each other. With past secrets coming to life relationships are called into question and scars are torn open.

 I adored this witty, romantic, adventurous, quirky book. It was just a fun read from beginning to end. Filled with discovery, overcoming your past, finding love and childhood bonds that never end keeping you engaged and enthralled from the first page till the bitter end. Packed with imagery so wonderful it transports you right into the thick of things.

Personally, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book that Mary Carter puts out.


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About the Author: 

Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist.  Meet Me in Barcelona is her eighth novel. Her other works include:  Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthology, Summer Days, A Southern Christmas in the upcoming 2014 anthology Our First Christmas, A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Mary currently lives in Chicago, IL with a demanding labradoodle. She wishes she could thank her gorgeous husband, but she doesn’t have one. In addition to writing she leads writing workshops.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Pump Up Your Books in exchange for my honest review and opinion with I have given. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hold Still


Three men are viciously assaulting Philadelphia's prostitutes, and it's up to veteran detective Jocelyn Rush to stop them. She catches two, but they won't betray their partner, the most dangerous of all, and the attacks continue, striking closer to home. Jocelyn's only real clue comes when a monster from her past resurfaces--now she must race to connect the demons of her past with the villain of her present--before the sadistic attacker sets his sights on her.

~My Impressions~

Warning: There are some graphic scenes including rape, torture and language in this book. Not recommended for younger readers.  
 
Lisa did an amazing job breathing life into these characters. They were well rounded, imperfect and likeable. Jocelyn and her daughter, Olivia, make a wonderful duo that you do not want to mess with in this dark, creepy, mysterious thriller.  When Olivia gets kidnapped, in the seedy underbelly of Philadelphia, Jocelyn will stop at nothing to save her daughter, but at what cost?

I loved reading the unfolding of all the drama in this book. Dark family secrets, kidnapping, sex crimes, drugs and lurking danger keep this book engaging and moving at a great pace. This is not one you will want to put down once you pick it up. Filled with twists and turns you will be reading the clues right along with Jocelyn as you try to figure out who is guilty. 

With just a sprinkle of romance this book is a great read for crime lovers around the world that you wont want to miss out on. I personally cannot wait to get my hands on Lisa's next book.



~Excerpt~


“Did you Mirandize him?” Jocelyn asked.
           
Finch slipped the handcuff key into the locking mechanism. “What do you think?”
           
“I ain’t gettin’ locked up,” Martin said. “I ain’t gettin’ locked up.” Once again, his voice rose in pitch and volume.

When Finch freed the cuffs from the bedrail and reached for Martin’s other hand, the man shot upward, stumbling forward. He lashed out with one arm, knocking Finch backward, sending him flat on his ass. As he fell, Finch knocked the tray table over, remnants of the used suture kit flying everywhere. Before her brain had even completely registered what was going on, Jocelyn’s hand was reaching for her gun. She was too late. Martin lunged at her and crushed her against his chest before she could unsnap her holster. He wrapped a meaty forearm around her throat. She reached up and pulled down on it with both hands, prepared to struggle until she felt the cool blade of a knife against the flesh of her throat.

"Hold still," he breathed into her ear, the smell of alcohol burning her nostrils.

Where the hell had he gotten a knife?

She had time for one word before the forearm clenched, leaving her only enough room to breathe, nothing more. "Finch.”

Martin hollered again. She couldn't hear him because the adrenaline surging through her momentarily silenced the entire world. He kept squeezing her throat, then releasing slightly and pressing the blade against her skin. She strained her eyes, trying to see Finch in her periphery. He was getting up, slowly. His hand went to his holster, a little too slowly for her taste.
 

~Giveaway~
Lisa will be awarding an eCopy of Hold Still to five randomly drawn commenters during the tour and a print book of Hold Still to five randomly drawn commenters (US & Canada ONLY). A grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

~About the Author~



Lisa Regan is a crime fiction author.  Her first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards 2013.  It was runner-up for Best Novel.  It was also a Digital Book Today Best of 2013 ebook selection.  In December 2013, Finding Claire Fletcher and her second novel, Aberration were #1 Amazon bestsellers in the Kidnapping and Serial Killers categories, respectively.

Lisa is a member of Sisters In Crime.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. 

Her third novel, Hold Still is due out late March 2014!

~Links~

Author Website:  www.lisaregan.com





~Buy Links~





Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest review and opinion which I have given. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

How Do We Know the Bible is True? Vol.1

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890516332
  • ASIN: B00CF6GO8O
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

    Can you defend the authority of the Bible?

    Government and media leaders have been eliminating the Bible and its teachings from society for years. Now there are Christian professors, pastors, and other church leaders who cast doubt on the reality of Adam, the age of the earth, and the inerrancy of the Bible. This cultural disregard for the Word of God demands that we focus on educating ourselves and defending the truth.

    General editors Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis along with a team of biblical scholars and Christian apologists present answers to twenty relevant debates. This all-star lineup of authors include Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Steve Ham, Jobe Martin, Steve Fazekas, Terry Mortenson, Tim Chaffey, Roger Patterson, Bob McCabe, Georgia Purdom, and John MacArthur. Guard your family, your church, and future generations from vague notions of truth and authority. Be prepared to give a reason for your faith in God!

    In the growing “biblical authority” debate—which often encompasses the creation-evolution controversy—we usually get a host of questions about science and the Bible. But as soon as we answer those questions (for example in our popular New Answers Book series), skeptics realize their defeat and quickly change their line of attack and go after the Bible itself or the character of God.

    Over 20 relevant issues discussed include:
    • Is the Bible totally without error?
    • Did the resurrection really happen?
    • How do we know that the 66 books of the Bible are from God?
    • Does the Bible contradict itself?
    • How were people saved before Jesus came?
    • What is the purpose and meaning of life?
    • Did miracles really happen?
    • Was Genesis derived from ancient myths?
    • How should we interpret the Bible; should Genesis be literal?
    • Do you have to believe in a young earth to be saved?
    • What about the factual claims in The Da Vinci Code?
    • Is the age of the earth a salvation issue?

    This first book of a new series, simply entitled How Do We Know the Bible Is True? is lay-friendly, yet hard hitting where it needs to be. This is an excellent new tool when it comes to defending against the shifting attacks on God’s Holy Word.
My Impressions:
With so many important biblical questions I could not turn this book away. My daughter and I have been using this book as part of our homeschool curriculum for the last month.  Everyone at some point in time must make the decision to abandon the faith of their parents and find their own faith. This is the point my daughter is at. The older she gets the more questions she has regarding the authenticity of the Word of God and how reliable is the Bible. Simply put she is trying to discover if my faith is her faith or if she even has faith right now. 

We are all told to be able to give an explanation for our faith. To be able to stand firm and defend the truth. This book will help in your search to equip yourself with knowledge to do just that. Part of that knowledge comes from being able to rely on scripture and to dig deep into discovering the meaning of each passage using past information and not using fragmented methods by taking scripture out of context to suit your own personal purpose. 

I really appreciated the discussion on  the constrictions that people say are in the Bible. If yu take pone verse without looking at all scripture and the context behind that verse, yes it may seem as though the Bible contradicts itself. This is where you actually need to look at the whole context of the passage and past messages surrounding the topic. Who is being spoken to, under what context, what is the writer trying to convey, etc. Take for instance the case of salvation  through faith or works. We are saved by grace, through faith, not by what we do. BUT, we show that faith through our works. We are not saved by them, but we want to show Gods love, grace, mercy and forgiveness by the way we live our lives and that comes by our faith walk. Our fruits. That is why we are told a faith without works is a dead faith. Its a heart issue, not what saves us.

With that said, I think the authors did a wonderful job laying out the framework on how to properly and with respect answer some tough theological questions that can come up when sharing our faith with nonbelievers. It is not always what you say that is wrong, but the approach that we use that comes across as attacking and closed minded. 

This is an excellent resource that you can use as part of your curriculum, or as a group or individual study to really dig into Gods word and to equip yourself to be ready to share your faith in a respectful, but truthful way that is filled with Christs love.



About the Authors
Authors include Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Terry Mortenson, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Jobe Martin, Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, Roger Patterson, and many others.



Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from Master Books in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Quote of the Week

“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”
Albert Camus

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
Plato

“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?”
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Clothed With Thunder Book #3 in The Sonrise Stable Horse Books For Children


ISBN: 978-0-9847242-2-2 | List Price: $9.99 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 136

After sitting through a 4-H demonstration on the evolution of the horse, Rosie and Carrie are determined to present the arguments for creation at the club’s next meeting. The demonstration proves harder to put together than they imagined as everyone offers the girls their opinions. The lessons Rosie learns about creation extend into her life in surprising ways as she faces her old adversary, Billy King, who cheated her out of her first trophy with her pony, Scamper.


 My Impressions: This is the 2nd book in this series that I have read with my kids and we are so impressed. I actually ended up reading the last book in the series Tender Mercies first.  My daughter loves that the main characters are homeschooled girls just like her. Plus, its  a book about horses, I just don't think you can go wrong there with girls especially. The only thing she did not like about this book  was that she wished the illustrator would have added in a few more photos at the beginning of the chapters.

I really enjoyed watching Billy grow as he accepted Christ. Changing your ways from who you were to who you want to be in Christ is not always easy, especially when people want to still judge you by who you have been and not who you are becoming. Rosie witnessed this first hand within herself. She wanted to condemn Billy for who he was when she first met, instead of seeing who he was becoming in Christ.

There are two main themes running through this book. First, several times thoughout the book there is the mention of evolution verses creation. At the end there is a debate between evolution and creation in the design of horses that was interesting, showing how their had to be a Creators hand in the design of these magnificent animals. The other theme you see consequentially is forgiveness verses past sins. Time and again you see several characters that are wither confronted with their past sins such as Billy , or those who talk about overcoming their past and being a forgiven person through God. Overall this was a another great book by Vicki that took on some tough subjects that teens deal with daily.


Note: When I received the book it came with a book marker, a pamphlet from Sonrise Stables listing out a description of the books in this series along with a code to receive 15% off the total purchase of 20 books or more which is great for teachers. Along with a pamphlet to Vicki's store Love2Ridehorses.com. Which has T-Shirts, books and gifts for all those horse lovers out there.



 About the Author: Vicki Watson
My love of horses began when a teenage neighbor offered me my first ride, on the back of her horse. From my 8-year-old perspective, it seemed like the biggest horse in the world. From that moment on, I was addicted. Horses were to become a very important part of my life, although I never could have imagined, at the time, how much God would teach me about Himself and my relationship to Him through these wonderful animals.
The Sonrise Stable series combines my love of God and horses in stories that I hope will help children learn more about both. I have a vision for ten initial books in the series, taking the main characters through one year. Beyond that I'll see where God leads me.
I have been blessed with three daughters and homeschooled each of them through high school. I enjoy trail riding my Rocky Mountain mare, Nikki, hiking, photography, and playing guitar. I work from home as a  and computer programmer and enjoy the variety and flexibility that allows.

Links to Enjoy!

Link to Main Website: http://www.sonrisestable.com/
Facts about the Series: http://www.sonrisestable.com/sonrise-stable-faq.php
Link to a Bio for an Author: http://www.sonrisestable.com/horse-books-author.php
Twitter: http://twitter.com/christ_cowgirl
Linkedin URL: http://www.linkedin.com/in/vwebwebdesign
Purchasing Product directly from Vicki or on Amazon
Subscribe to Vicki's Youtube channel which features great horse-related videos.

Disclaimer:
I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.



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Friday, August 8, 2014

In Perfect Time: A Novel (Wings of the Nightingale)

In Perfect Time (August 8th- 15th)

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

My Impressions: 

I adore historical pieces and this little gem is based around WWII. It is the third book in the Wings of Nightingale series and stands on its own merits easily. This is also the first book I have read by Sarah Sundin so I was not sure what to expect from her. 

When we meet up with Kay and Roger they are both very broken people trying to figure out life. Roger has had his heart ripped out by so many women he is distrustful and skeptical of all women. Kay shows her brokenness by conquering man after man to try and fill an emptiness and desire deep within her she cannot place. When these two meet Kay is dumbfounded that Roger does not appear to be interested in her at all, while Roger tries to side step Kay in hopes of saving his heart. As the book progresses both are left with making a choice to face their past demons or to keep running from them, decisions that will affect both of them. 

I adored the writing, the characters and the plot of this wonderful story. Sarah writes with such vigor and detail that you feel immediately drawn into and invested in the lives of the characters. Wonderful Christian themes throughout the book that are gently inserted without sounding preachy so even a secularist would enjoy this one, but still grasp that it all points back to God’s grace and redemption. 

I can recommend this book for adults only. Although it is not a steamy book, I think Kate’s nonchalant behavior towards men and the way she treats them and I feel that sets a bad president for teenage girls in particular.



Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Baker Publishing via  Revell Blog Tour.