Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Princess and I Cover Reveal



I am so excited for my friend Rebekah Eddy. She is releasing her latest book, The Princess and I, and I am happy to take part in her cover reveal. I beta read for her a few months ago, and can't wait to see the finished product.


Synopsis:
Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

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About the Author:
Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Martin Hospitality Blog Tour and Review






Martin Hospitality Summary:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?
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Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.

But in 2015, a story grabbed her—one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.

Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime—all of which prove that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.







Review:

I was super excited to sign up to review Abi's book, as a lot of other fellow readers who beta read it were raving about the book. I have gotten to know Abi in the past few months, and am excited that her book is now out in the world.
It has been so long since I have read a book like Martin Hospitality and I have missed reading this style of book. The book was just so homey and had such a sweet story line. I loved all the characters, and it had a great message as well. It reminded me a lot of one of my favorite author's writing style, and I have to say it made me love Martin Hospitality even more.
Gemma and Josiah were just so sweet, and I loved them so much, as well as the whole Martin family. The book had some very sweet and comical humor, and I look forward to reading the next Martin story.


Quote:  "Why have you been here for three days?"
                      "Because I've been here for one day more than two."



Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I was given a copy from the author for an honest review

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Question of Honor Cover Reveal!!!


I am super excited for my author friend Jesseca. Her newest novel comes out this year, and her stories are so sweet and amazing. I was privileged to be able to beta for her, and can't wait for her book to come out this spring. It was just awesome, and I could not stop reading it. Below is the summary, and the cover!


About the Book:
Releases March 3rd, 2017.

A man. A child. A war.
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.




About the Author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.
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So, without further ado I give you

A Question of Honor!


It's amazing, and you need to add it to your TBR list. All her characters and the story is just amazing!!! And it's only the first book! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Martin Hospitality Cover Reveal












I am super excited for my friend Abi whose first book is releasing Feb 4. Martin Hospitality is such a sweet and amazing read, and one I would definitely recommend. I have a review coming in just a few weeks.


Martin Hospitality Summary:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?
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Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.

But in 2015, a story grabbed her—one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.

Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime—all of which prove that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.













And now for the reveal!




I hope you will check out Abi's blog and get a copy of her book when it comes out February 4th! It is worth the read.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Returning

The Returning (A Seer Novel Book 3) by [Dekker, Rachelle]

Summary:
They say the Awakening is coming.
That she’s the key.
But can she find her identity in the light
Before she perishes in the dark?


Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”—one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.

But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned—a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.

Review:
When I first began to read the Seer books, I was a bit hesitant, but overall excited. With each book Rachelle writes, you can see two things. Her growth as a writer, and how each book is better than the last. I enjoyed the Choosing. It had a message young girls need to hear, and then with the Calling and finally the Returning, each message and story got better and better. Yes it may be set in a dystopian world, but it is not the old cliche type setting that's story has been told in similar and plentiful ways, It is in its own area of writing. Rachelle has created an amazing new world, where the cliche just doesn't even fit in. I found myself quite enjoying it.
So when I saw that the third book in the series was finally coming out, I was stoked to be able to get my hands on it. Set 20 years after the second book, so much has happened, yet not so much that you feel left in confusion. When Carrington and Remko had to leave their newborn child, you were left with such heartbreak, but now you are able to see her and what has happened to her.
I loved the character development with Elise and Willis, and then Jesse. Rachelle did such a good job with each of her characters, making you grow attached to them, secretly rooting for some while totally despising others.
I also loved how the authoress showed the spiritual warfare going on. I love stories that show the Light vs. the dark, and I feel like Rachelle did a wonderful job showing what was going on.
Is the Seer series one I would recommned? Yes it is. The series is a new dystopian world and has a creative and captivating storyline, as well as amazing characters,




Genre: Christian dystopian
I received this book from the publishers for an honest review.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Monday, December 26, 2016

Shadows of the Storm

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt Book #2) by [Cossette, Connilyn]




















Summary:

In the Depth of the Storm's Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way
Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?




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I love Biblical Fiction. I especially am a fan of the Exodus, so getting my hands on Connilyn's new books were a must. The detail she put in her books were amazing. I felt like I was right there with the Israelites as they traveled, and experienced it in a new way. And her characters were amazing. A lot of the characters from the previous book were in Shadow of the Storm as well as new ones. I really enjoyed Connilyn's writing style. She wrote in a way I hope to one day write when I try my hand at biblical fiction. A lot of the biblical fiction I read, I don't always enjoy. There are some things that I just don't fully grasp, or am not particularly excited about. But Connilyn's books were amazing. Out of the books I have read, these have been my favorite. It could be because of the time the stories are set in, or just her writing style. Either way, I am excited to read more of her writing.

There was a lot of things going on during the story. It is set during the time right after the Israelites have left Egypt, and are in the desert. The main character, Shira, was one of my favorites. She was a minor character in the previous book, and it was exciting to read what her story was. She had a lot of things she went through, and because of an event that happened, she is even more hurt and confused. Not telling anyone what is truly going on. But despite all that happened to her, I loved her in the book. She had people who greatly disliked her continually putting her down, a mother who didn't fully understand what her hopes where, a man who lied to her, and children and pregnant mothers who depended on her. Despite all, she still forgave. She learned to continue on despite her problems and to learn from her mistakes.


Do I suggest this book? Definitely. If anyone loves Biblical fiction, than this series is one you must read.





Genre: Biblical Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Storm by Bonnie Calhoun

                                            Storm (Stone Braide Chronicles Book #3): A Novel by [Calhoun, Bonnie S.]



Summary: Now That Glade, Selah's Protecting Force, Is Gone, the Hunt Is On to Capture Her

Selah has survived the forces of both man and nature to reunite her family. But her happiness is short-lived as they are forced into a barren world of volcanic ash that conceals the storm boiling beneath. The clock is ticking and Selah's abilities are growing--along with the list of those out for her blood. 

Selah feels unworthy of her status as a novarium and is tortured by the knowledge of lives lost to protect her. Her physical and mental abilities will tempt her to be reckless, but she must learn to wield such power responsibly. Time is running out as more lives are tragically cut short and the search for the Third Protocol takes Selah into lands that have fallen into legend. Can Selah follow the trail of ancient artifacts and finish the quest? Or have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a fanciful story?

Calhoun's characters race headlong into an explosive combination of futuristic technology, age-old greed, and the sacrifices for love that drive them to impossible choices.


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This is the third book in the Stone Braide Chronicles, and I must say it was a good read. I enjoyed the characters. Seleh, Rylla, Bodhi, and the others. There were some awesome minor characters. I have not read any of the other books in the series, so I was a little bit confused (my own fault XD)  Seleh is the main character, and a novariom. She has to complete the Third Protocal, or she will break. (basically when she will go insane.) She is traveling with her sister, brother, and mom, as well as other companions, and meets new people along the way. Though she is being hunted. Many are seeking her out because they think she is the cure- and in a way, she is- but instead of helping her, many just want to use her. She goes through many trials, and has only so much time before she breaks, thus adding to the suspense.

 I liked how it was set in a futuristic America. There were a lot of cool gadgets and stuff, and had some really creative tech. The U.S. had been seperated because of the event, Sorrows, and the middle had recently been breached so people could travel through. It's sort've dystopian, but not really. It is more futuristic. One of the things that I thought could have used some more storyline was Selah's sister. There were times it just didn't feel like it, but they did have a lot of different circumstances that they went through before this book. I just feel like the author could have devoloped that relationship a bit more.
Overall, it was a fun read, and I hope at some point I'll be able to read the first two to understand more of Selah's world.
If you've read any of the Stone Braide chronicles, what did you think of them?




I received this book free for an honest review
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars