Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry- Not To Be Missed!

God is always at the center of every good thing. Treha, an extraordinary girl, is gifted with a most unusual way of relating to others. Her work centers around Desert Gardens, a nursing center, and its elderly residents. Miriam watches as her life slips by, a mixture of redundancy and sameness, she longs for purpose, and reason. When Miriam recognizes Treha and what she can do for the facility and its residents, she encourages her to make full use of her potential. When Treha's life changes abruptly uncertainty lingers in the background. A very creative and original read with connectable and interesting characters, believable scenery, smooth flowing and progressive plot that will cause the reader to hang onto every word and promises to keep them reading long into the night. This is a what if.. kind of novel that men and women would enjoy. I found it to be very hard to put down with an overall inspiring message. I was entertained by this faith challenging novel and will highly recommend it to others. Very well written! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for this blog tour for my review. Author Bio
Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children. Chris's novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, and Not in the Heart, have won two Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more. He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and the Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR. Visit his Web site at Author Q & A; A Chris Fabry on Every Waking Moment 1. What was your inspiration for this book, Every Waking Moment? The question at the center of this story is “If this is as good as it gets, am I okay with life?” I find this is a universal question that hits at the heart of our outlook on life and our belief in God. The other question it raises is this: If you could bring someone back from dementia or Alzheimer’s and have a conversation, what would you ask? What would you say to that person? 2. Tell me about your main character Treha Langsam. Was this character based upon anyone in particular? She was loosely based on my own children and what they’ve gone through the past five years. This is probably my most personal story to date. We were exposed to toxic mold. Most people think you can only get a rash or have respiratory damage, but it can attack the brain. Treha’s symptoms are similar to what I’ve seen in them and others who have been exposed. 3. What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel? I love the fact that God doesn’t look at the exterior; he looks at the heart. As humans, we have a tendency to judge on first impressions, but we miss so much by doing that. Those who are disabled, those who have some kind of struggle in life, those who are older—all are lumped into a category, and this is such a disservice to them and us. 4. How do you expect Treha’s story to resonate with your readers? I think everyone feels a bit like Treha. She is the little engine that could, even if she isn’t given a chance. And it only takes one person giving someone else a chance. I’m hoping readers will give someone a chance—or maybe let someone else give them a chance. 5. As a writer, what did you particularly enjoy about crafting this story? I loved getting to know Treha better because she’s so mysterious to everyone around her. She’s also a bit scary. To crawl into her skin and walk around and see what she sees is a heartbreaking, life-affirming journey. I also liked the discovery that came with other characters who encounter Treha and see how she changes their lives. 6. What is your hope for this story? How would you like it to impact readers? My hope is that this force of nature, Treha, would empower readers to believe the truth about themselves and others. In Christ, you are stronger than you think you are. With God, you can do anything he calls you to do. 7. How has this novel helped you to grow as a storyteller? Trying to tell a complex story in a simple way is always difficult, and people’s lives are hugely complex. Trying to uncover the truth about Treha—why she is the way she is and where she might be able to go from here—helped me as a human being as well as a writer. 8. Your novels typically touch on a relevant and current topic in our culture. What topics do you weave into this novel? One thread running deeply through this story is the reliance we have on drugs. It’s much easier to take a pill than to make a lifestyle change. And this is affecting individuals, families, and our culture. It also means a great deal of money to institutions, so in tackling this, I know I’m not going to make friends in the pharmaceutical industry. I’m grateful for drugs—my son wouldn’t be alive today without insulin. But every positive thing can have a negative side as well. 9. What big questions will this novel get your reader thinking about? What is your backstory? What is the worth of an individual? Old, young, disabled, unsuccessful . . . several characters are faced with questions of their own worth as well as how they treat others. I’ve always heard that your faith is tested by how you treat someone who can’t do anything for you. This story will get you thinking about some of those deep issues of the heart. 10. How do you manage your time with such a full life, including a writing career, a radio career, and a large family? Everyone has the same amount of time each day. We simply make choices about what we invest in. Hence, I spend less time watching television than I used to. That’s a huge time waster. I get up earlier and go to bed earlier. And when you begin your day centered on God’s Word and ask him what your priorities should be, things generally fall into place. I haven’t arrived at that balance, but I’m struggling as well as I can.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

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For flight nurse Georgiana the challenges of war and love loom on the horizon. When she encounters an emotional connection she does not expect, nor is looking for, her life changes abruptly. Can the comforts of the present surpass the hopes of the future?

A war action novel set in 1943 will sure to delight historical and romance fiction fans alike. Very well written hosts personable and believable characters, authentic and realistic scenery, engaging and progressive plot, and easy to follow dialogue, this book has no dull or broken parts and one that women as well as men would enjoy. I found the overall message to be inspiring and a challenge to my faith. I was highly entertained and will recommend this hard to put down book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for my review during this blog tour.

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow. 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. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Gone South by Meg Moseley- A Thoroughly Enjoyable Book!

Gone South by Moseley, Meg

Old enemies and old hurts lie in repose to foster a prejudice in the heart.

Tish McComb becomes the new owner of her Great Great Great Grandparents home in the deep south. She longs to escape the hurtful past that seems to plague her, a past that harbors feelings of inadequacy and unwelcome. As in every situation hope for change seeks a quiet ending.
When an unexpected visitor of the furry kind shows up at her front door finding the owner George Zorbas of Antiques on Main was not a challenge.
Mel a girl without a home to claim as her own befriends Tish, who takes her into her Grandparents home and creates within Mel a new persona.

Understanding, Reality, Bitterness, Sacrifice and Love creatively brings the reader a novel that can be savored and enjoyed from the first chapter forward. Well developed connectable characters grace the storyline, well flowing plot that contains no dull or broken parts, authentic scenery and easy to follow dialogue round out this hard to put down book. I loved George's character so down to earth! I thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring and faith challenging read and will recommend this book to others. 5 Stars! I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review.

Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she's lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she's the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias- Recommended!

A secret involving one of the authors children shakes the family and brings them to reality. As a result of this discovery the author devises a cross country family adventure complete with roadblocks, breathtaking scenery, and challenges unseemingly setting the stage for connection, discovery and faith. I was able to connect to the characters personalities very quickly as the author showed his readers the faith and core of each member of his family including himself. Differing and interesting journal entries by his wife and children show how each perceives their experiences in fright, calm, and becoming in touch with nature, self and each other.

The book offers much for each reader promising interesting and engaging storyline for the adventurer in us all. Road Trip to Redemption was inspiring yielding hope to those who suffer from family troubles, those with lost faith or those who read biographies. I was entertained by this faith challenging read and will recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

Brad Mathias
Brad Mathias
Brad Mathias is president of Bema Media LLC, the parent company of iShine, the world's largest preteen Christian media group. He also serves as copastor of the Four Winds Anglican Mission in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Survivors of an almost-divorce, Brad and his wife, Paige, have been married for over twenty-two years and are the parents of three teenagers. Blessed with a redeemed marriage and a restored home, Brad is actively engaged in public ministry to families in crisis. At his blog,, Brad shares from his life experiences as a pastor, husband, father, and Christian media executive. An ardent outdoorsman, adventurer, and lifelong fan of road-tripping, Brad loves to explore hidden country trails and roads less traveled. Through his unique background and personal testimony, Brad provides an insightful and practical perspective on the challenges of modern-day parenting and family life.  

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Claudia by Diana Wallis Taylor- Loved This Book!

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At a time of great unrest and challenges a light brings much peace.

Claudia, when at a young age, is unwillingly subjected to much upheaval. She meets Lucius Pontius Pilate at the request of the one who is in charge of her wellbeing and marries him. As they tenderly learn to adjust to each other can their future be certain?

A chronicle of the lives of Lucius and Claudia are encapulated perfectly offering Faith, Action, Tenderness, Romance and Strife that will guarantee to captivate readers putting them into first century history! Impossible to put down, this book has it all, complete with vividly portrayed biblical characters, authentic and believable scenery, progressive plot and a book that contains absolutely no dull or dragging parts. If you love historical biblical fiction this book is for you and is my favorite to date of all of the authors books! Extremely well written and one that I will highly recommend to others! 5 Stars!!! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.

Diana Wallis Taylor

Diana Wallis Taylor

Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at

Friday, June 21, 2013

Secrets to a Happy Life by Bill Giovannetti- Worthwhile Read!

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Enrich your life with Secrets to a Happy Life! This book is full with eleven helpful chapters ie: Trust, Identity, Wisdom among others. Subchapters include: God doesn't forget, Complaint free waiting, A person of destiny, Baggage and so many more useful suggestions and tips that can be applied to the readers life. Also included are self help questions for reflection and discussion. Taken from the story of Joseph this book ties his life with our own. A true keeper book that can be read and contemplated in a long session or split between many sessions. I gained knowledge of many ways of retaining a happy  disposition to myself and others. Well researched and written I will recommend this easy and fun to read book! I received a complimentary copy for this blog tour for my review.
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Touching Heaven by Leanne Hadley- Excellent

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This book contains twelve true stories of children facing slim odds at life, highlighting their remarkable bravery and unwavering faith. Very enlightening, and one that will tear at your heart and will bring a sense of hightened spirituality to the readers life as a journey of reading each story. A work of excellent writing and description I felt as if I connected with each child. Well written and hard to put down book that although I felt sad when reading I also felt joy from their journey of acceptance. I will recommend this spiritually filled read to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers for this blog tour for my review.
Leanne Hadley

Leanne Hadley

Leanne Hadley is minister to children and families at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. President and founder of First Steps Spirituality Center, a nonprofit that provides hurting children with spiritual support, Hadley also served as a chaplain at a children's hospital in Ohio.

Slow Moon Rising by Eva Marie Everson- Realistic Fiction

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Does one really know the implications that secrets possess?

Ross Claybourne, widower has four daughters Kimberly, Jayme-Leigh, Heather and Ami. His fate is approached with great thought and reasoning.
Anise Kelly, owner of Calla Lilly, a floral shoppe specializing in the creation of equisite floral designs, is in search of that which holds no barrier, but what she finds is something quite different indeed.

When a secret arises from the dusty memories the family is shaken. Will they surpass the challenges or succumb to its reality?

A novel of faith, secrets, family, strength, and unquestionable love Slow Moon Rising shines with personable characters, believeable dialogue, and realistic scenery. Although it did not hold my attention throughout as the previous two books in the series I did enjoy this one as well. I was challenged in my faith by this inspiring fiction novel and will recommend it to others. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for this blog tour for my review.

Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, and Chasing Sunsets. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club books and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Season of Mysteries by Rusty Whitener- My Review

In the summer of 1976 Richard and his close friends experience life in a way that no one has been able to forget. Discussions and discoveries pertaining to the unknown and supernatural surface leaving mystery at the forefront. Richard, at a mid point in his life, find his thoughts and reminiscing carry him back to his youth, of baseball, boy scouts, friendship, faith and fun.

A coming of age story where forces of darkness and evil are introduced. This book was a strange yet creative read that reintroduced the characters from A Season of Miracles and adds an element of more imagination. This could possibly be a stand alone novel although it is the second book in a series. Character development was excellent and scenery was highly descriptive. At times however, the storyline drug in several places and the plot shifted slightly. I found the overall message inspiring and faith challenging. I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications for this blog tour for my review.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Invisible by Ginny L Yttrup- Heartfelt and Original!

In the struggle with insecurity fear feeds doubt.

Ellyn, restaurant owner who often hides her emotions behind her physique. She feels inadequate to her counterparts and cannot bring herself to acceptance.

Twila, a prisoner to the complications of food longs to fill her heart with something to take the hurt away.

Sabina looks for healing from confining darkness.

All three struggle with inevitable emotion and inner turmoil. Can each find that which seems unreachable or will fear confine the heart?

Self Doubt, Regret, Love and Acceptance pepper a novel written in first person for each character portrayed and in each chapter progress. With easy to connect with characters and realistic scenery this faith challenging read has it all. A book for readers who are searching for a different kind of read. I was entertained and will recommend this book to others. Thanks to B&H Publishing Group and Win Books Weekly for the review copy for my review.

A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund- Fantastic!

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Far from Germany soil Annalisa Werner, her husband Hans and daughter Gretchen settle in America. When Hans is found dead it is decided that Annalisa must have a new husband. Her land is of great value to others and there are some who would go to great lengths to obtain it.

Disguised, on a mission and looking for an escape Carl refuses to marry a girl without love.

Uri takes care of that which is entrusted to him and is wary of anything and anyone.

At a time when nobility captures the heart of its readers, bringing with it a story that has many charming elements. Romance, faith, hope, hardship and love come together promising an extremely hard to put down read that captured my attention from the beginning and held it until the end. Twists that were unexpected glazed the progressive storyline, dialogue was easy to follow, characters were well developed and very likeable, I really connected with Carl's character whom was down to earth, and scenery was authentic. I was entertained by this well written and faith challenging book and will recommend A Noble Groom to others! I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Artist's Daughter by Alexandra Kuykendall- Enjoyable!

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On travel with her mother and anxious to finally meet her father in Barcelona she anticipated the perfect image but instead encountered someone far different.
Childhood, spirituality, youth, marriage and family is strong within these pages. With her heart exposed the struggles, experiences, joys, thoughts, expectations and disappointments defined her. Her fascinating story in her own words captured my heart and I felt as if I knew her like a friend by the end of the book. Her life as a mother, daughter, wife and sister is written with honesty and grace. I was glued to the pages as I dove in to read her memoir. I heartily recommend this book to others as it has touched my life. I enjoyed and was entertained by this hard to put down book that I will recommend to others. 4 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.

Alexandra Kuykendall

Alexandra Kuykendall

Alexandra Kuykendall lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Derek and their four daughters. She is on staff at MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she is a regular contributor and consulting editor to various publications and a frequent speaker for the organization. While she spends most days buckling and unbuckling car seats and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma, she manages to snatch minutes here and there to write about the quest for purpose in it all

When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad- A Great Book!

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At times, a mystery can form a common bond.

Hannah is looking for a new job adventure to call home. After reading an ad for a switchboard operator she decided that perhaps this would become a perfect fit for her and a way to provide for her and her sisters, Tessa and Charlotte. When she meets an attorney who was hired to assist with monetary affairs an unrecognizable spark captures the attention between the two. Is patience enough to ignite the chemistry? While dreams are hung on a limb what will become of the sisters?

Offering a perfect mix of fun, humor, history and romance When Love Calls shines. I was drawn into the storyline from the beginning and connected right away with these well formed, personable and spunky characters. Life walking into a history book the scenery was reminiscent of the period and the dialogue fitting, charming and easy to follow. The book has no dull or dragging parts and is a read that historical fiction lovers will enjoy and savor. I was entertained by this inspirational and spiritually challenged novel and will recommend it to others. Well written! 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for this blog tour for my review.

Lorna Seilstad

Lorna Seilstad

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with her husband. Find out more at

It is Finished by David Wilkerson- Well Worth The Read!

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This informative book instructs a reader on taking up your personal cross tained in this useful volume.
to follow Jesus. Sections such as Abolishing your fears, What are strongholds, Lessons from the depths, From conviction to comfort are but a few of the many that will equip the believer with the knowledge to be able to resist Satan's lies, traps and strongholds. Many bible passages along with meaning and explanation, along with discussion questions and life stories pertaining to the chapters are contained in this useful volume.

When I picked up It is Finished I eagerly dove into the content. I learned much from this well written, researched and explained in detail book. This will be a go to read from time to time when questions I or someone I know has because I know that the dependable answers lie within. 4 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Chosen Books for my review.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

When A Secret Kills by Lynette Eason- Suspenseful!

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Jillian witnesses a murder ten years ago and is in danger. Someone is watching and waiting for justice. Every move she makes is being clocked as time runs short.
Colton Brady looking for answers from Jillian after ten years concerning his family searches hard to discover the truth. What he finds is something far greater indeed.

Hold onto your chair as you dive into this climactic book! Suspense, action, secrets laced with romance, offering numerous twists, turns and high action that will dramatize this impossible to put down explosive read. Although it is part of a series it can be read as a stand alone novel and will satisfy either way. Will be enjoyed by men and women alike. Progressive interactive and engaging plot, easy to follow dialogue and realistic scenery come together to offer a book with no broken or dull parts. I was entertained by this faith challenging read and will recommend it to others. 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.

Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, A Killer Among Us, and When the Smoke Clears. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

Though My Heart Is Torn by Joanne Bischof- I Loved This Book!

Though My Heart Is Torn

Does the implication of choice really have consequences?

Gideon O'Reilly, wife Lonnie and baby Jacob set off on travel to visit Lonnie's ailing mother. It was then that it was discovered that Gideon actually had two wives. In the inkling of thought he is torn between love and duty, yet he cherishes the quiet peacefulness of a spare moment afforded to him. Can hope mend that which broken, and can that truly be enough?

Sacrifice, Heartbreak, Love, Faithfulness, Forgiveness along with plot twists bring readers into the lives of some unforgettable and realistically well balanced characters. I loved this touching, well crafted story that quickly became impossible to put down. I enjoyed the
first novel in the series "Be Still My Soul", but "Though My Heart Is Torn" was phenomenal, and one that promises a storyline that has absolutely no broken or dull parts, dialogue that is easy to follow, and realistic scenery, this one captured my heart and attention. I definately look forward to catching back up with the O'Reilly's in the next in the series. This book can be read as a stand alone novel, however, it does start where the last one left off. I found the overall message inspiring and will definately recommend this faith challenging entertaining book to others. 5 Stars! I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Company for this review.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Poison by Jordyn Redwood- Exciting, Riveting and Mysterious!

In the mask of inescapable darkness fear feeds the unknown.

Keelyn, volunteer for a domestic violence shelter, is warned not to search for her missing sister Raven or Raven's young daughter.
Nathan Long, FBI Agent, works diligently to solve the puzzle that has long been unsolved. Lives hang while the clock constantly ticks leaving in its wake the relentless work of one evil entity. While Keelyn meets once again with the object of much frustration and horror, clear frustration arises. Will the detectives crack the case or will the crime remain a mystery?

A novel of high suspense, intrigue and mystery. Could not put this book down and although it is part of a series it can certainly be read as a stand alone novel, as I have not read the first one to date, Proof. Unending twists, turns and readblocks tantalize and delight mystery and suspense fans alike. Well formed characters were easy to get to know, balanced and smooth flowing progressive polt, and true to life scenery bring readers an extremely well written novel and one that ultimately promises no dull or broken parts. Well done! I was entertained by this book and will recommend it to others. I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications for my review.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

In Broken Places by Michele Phoenix

Sometimes worthwhile blessings come in tiny measurements.

Shelby enroute to Germany begins a new life with relatives to pursue a teaching career. She longs to escape the life in her past, the hurt and the haunting pain of impossibilities. Trey, Shelby's brother who creates art with food is a lighted reality in the shattered darkness. Shelby has been named guardian for 4 yr old Shayla, a child who hold secrets, as together they both discover challenges as well as joys can lie ahead.

Heartbreak, uncertainty, humor, love and reality pepper this unforgettable and hard to put down book. Included in the storyline are flashbacks and glimses into the abusive life that surrounded Shelby and Trey bringing their characters full circle. I found this book brought emotions to life for me as the characters took on meaningful and easy to relate to status. Very descriptive scenery and smooth flowing plot with absolutely no dull or broken parts. Enjoyed every minute spent in this faith challenging and realistic read. Very well written and I will recommend this book to others and especially to those who cope with challenging memories. I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.
Mich�le Phoenix

Born in France to an American mother and a Canadian father, Michele Phoenix is an international writer with multi-cultural sensitivities. A graduate of Wheaton College, she taught writing, music, and theater at the boarding school for missionaries' children she attended as a teenager. She currently works for Global Outreach Mission as an advocate for Third Culture Kids, helping them transition back into North American culture and educating stateside churches and missions about the special needs of this people group.
Michele lives in Wheaton, Illinois.
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The Gate by Dann A Stouten- Unforgettable Read!

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In this point of time can one really know what the future holds?

On a trip excursion with his wife Carol, and their two daughters, Sky sets off alone to explore. He happens upon a open house with a welcoming front door and a charming gate. He hesitates but decides to attend. Someone opens the door to welcome him whom he thinks is a real estate agent, but in reality the person was someone else indeed. A once in a lifetime encounter, or is it?

A journey of not expecting the unexpected. Sky's experiences could be lessons for us as well. A hard to put down novel from the beginning will cause the reader to ponder and think. Contains reminiscing, a bit of family history and great faith from some unforgettable personalities. Excellent character representations and formation they seem very real, storyline was easy to follow and contains well written shifts from the present to the past, plot contained no dull or dragging parts, and scenery was very descriptive and could be thought of as an actual place would make a fantastic movie! I was moved and entertained by this faith challenging and inspiring real. A novel that could be enjoyed by male and female and one that I will recommend to others. Well done first novel! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.

Dann A. Stouten

Dann A. Stouten

Dann A. Stouten is senior pastor of Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan, one of the fastest-growing churches on the West Michigan lakeshore. After a highly successful career in the auto industry, Dann returned to school and earned his DMin in narrative preaching. This is his first novel.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman- Simply Delightful!

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Sometimes in desperation the heart works to change the mind.

Spunky Cassidy McClure has a chance encounter of the "bumping into" kind by handsome attorney Jamie MacKenna on the way to see his sister off on the train.
Heiress to the wealth that oil brings Cassie finds herself on the other side of the stable. When Jamie decides that he might want to get to know Cassie better she is not receptive to his plans. Will the heart be softened or will the past great the present?
Cassie's aunt Caitlyn and Logan have a history together but can familiar hearts and lives be rekindled?

Secrets, surprises, romance and heartbreak make up this simply delightful and fun to read novel. Complete with a sassy bird named Miss B. the author will have you laughing, contemplating, hanging onto every word and connecting with down to earth and lovable characters who come to life in an impossible to put down read that is guaranteed to satisfy! The plot moved right along with no dull or dragging parts and the scenery seemed realistic. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I was highly entertained and will recommend this inspiring and faith challenging book! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.

Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of "Passion with a Purpose" underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as "Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction." Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year, and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her family and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series whose first book, A Hope Undaunted, ranked #5 on Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at

Thursday, April 11, 2013

One Glorious Ambition by Jane Kirkpatrick- Interesting!

One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix, a Novel

Dorothea boards with relatives while in search of her Grandmother. She is eager to keep her family together (she and her brothers) while filling her earlier days writing and acquiring students to teach, welcoming the window to her true purpose in life. With reoccurant illness to battle she became a voice for the mentally challenged, those suffering behind the cold metal of confining bars. Her contributions to their welfare would be essential in bringing about later change to the conditions they endured.

Relive earlier days of torment and suffering through the well researched and written story of a gifted author. Character development was strong and dialogue reminiscent of the time period.
I was not familiar with Dorothea's pilgrimage when I embarked in the reading of her story, but I now have a clear understanding of the challenges and obstacles she faced. I gained a desire to research more of her life from this book. Although the book drug a little bit in the beginning, picked up towards the middle and remained so until finish creating a memorable and fabulous ending. I did enjoy this book although The Scent of Lilacs, an earlier work of Ms. Kirkpatrick I enjoyed more. I can recommend this book to others especially to those who enjoy historical reads. I received an complimentary ARC copy from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Master Gardener Program- How To Become Involved

This rewarding and fun volunteer venture usually takes place at the beginning of the year although that can vary. Each county extension office offers a program for becoming a Master Gardener. The initial fee varies in each state and will be used for the materials to conduct classes, a test that is given at the end of the program and the general knowledge which will be obtained. The hours involved that you must clock to earn the Master Gardener title after successful completion of the classes and passing the written test is set by each state or county. Approved sites for working varies by each location. Renewal hours are new each year and most programs offer their members newsletters and/or email communication along with monthly meetings. I have enjoyed this program immensely and am able to help gardeners with their challenges by answering questions and applying general knowledge in areas ie: landscaping, weed control, when to plant and harvest and so many others. I also participate in the upkeep and planting of public gardens and displays, and learn on a continual basis through advanced training. I have met some fantastic people who share in the love of gardening as I do and there is always something "fun" to talk about. Check out your local program and become involved!

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell- One Sweet Read!

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A bit of competition stirs the heart.

Lucy's family has long been in the candy making business. Changes are sought to be made due to the declining health of her father.
Charlie, whose father also owns a family candy making business, markets a product that people cannot seem to get enough of.
When Lucy and Charlie meet the results are less than favorable. In constant odds with each other each try to make a success of their creations in the business world. Will they create a common bond or will they remain less than friends?

Hardship, Competition, Romance and Secrets come together to create a read that offers a unique topic, candy. Smooth flowing plot, easy to follow dialogue, impeccable scenery and wholesome and lovable characters creates a read that offers no dull or dragging parts. Although I rolled my eyes from time to time at Lucy's insecurities, I loved Charlie's character who seemed more down to earth, genuine and realistic. I was entertained and will recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review

Angelguard by Ian Acheson- Great Series Introduction!

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In the war of good vs evil what is the true worth of one soul?

Danger and chaos taken the lives of many, and others are left to piece together the reasoning behind the bizarre attacks. Working behind the scenes lie the efforts of those from the spirit world. The unseen battle between the fallen and unfallen has begun and the fate of the world is uncertain.
Jack widower who lost his wife and two eldest children during a terrorist attack is carried into a dangerous and important vision to stop another attack. As time runs rapidly to a close lives grow increasingly short. Will Jack be able to abort impending doom in time or will more death be a reality?

Demonic and angelic spirit world, high suspense, espionage, danger and action come together to form a highly imaginative and creative read that started out on a high note and remained so throughout the novel. Although in the beginning it was hard to get to know the characters in depth due to storyline shifting abruptly and the introduction of many characters as the story progressed the book became impossible to put down and all seems to come together in unison. Scenery was very descriptive and I could picture myself within the storyline witnessing the action. A great first novel and I look forward to reading the next in the series! I received a complimentary copy from Lion Hudson and Kregel Publications for this blog tour and my review.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley- Excellent!

  1. The Dance

Sometimes change is not always evident.

Marilyn and Jim married for 27 years are about to discover that wants and needs collide.
Marilyn Anderson alone with her thoughts and dreams decides to take a different direction in life. Her husband Jim is a workaholic businessman and owner of Anderson Development obsessed with the accumulation of wealth does not know how to deal with Marilyn's new way of life. He tries to relate but finds himself further from the truth.
Can there be a happy ending to the issues that this couple face when so many obstacles shorten the horizon?

Reality, bitterness, love, heartbreak and forgiveness take center stage in this incredible and unforgettable read. I finished this book very quickly and could recognize the lives of others I know within the pages. This impossible to put down novel offers realistic and challenging progressive driven plot, familiar down to earth and easy to relate to characters who seem as friends, along with picturesque scenery offers absolutely no dull or dragging parts. Could be a book that women as well as men would enjoy. I was entertained by this novel and will be one I will recommend to others. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishers for this blog tour for my review.

  1. Dan Walsh

    Dan Walsh

    Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

    1. Gary Smalley

      Gary Smalley

      Gary Smalley is one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of 16 books, along with several popular films and videos. He has spent over 30 years learning, teaching, and counseling, speaking to over 2 million people in live conferences. Smalley has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Extra, The Today Show, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 40 years and live in Branson, Missouri. They have three children and six grandchildren

Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner- Challenging to Get Through

Sinners and the Sea

The girl who has no name is scorned with the mark from birth and believed to be a curse derived from evil. Her father Eben was a wall of protection and trust. When Noah came to take her as his wife and bring her to his camp what lied in wait for her was challenging at the least. The people who greeted her were vile and very wicked and their taunts and hatred were hard to bear. When the flood came Noah and his wife and their sons embarked on a great journey that will take them away from all that they know.

Violence, Hatred and Heartbreak were woven throughout the novel. I do have mixed thoughts regarding this book the novel, although creative fiction which does have actual passages from Genesis with descriptive scenery, is far off from the real bible story and parts of it I would label as science fiction.
Although this book is published by a Christian publisher and has Biblical characters, to me, Sinners and the Sea is not Christian fiction. A novel that is only suited for an adult is hard to get through at times, laced with graphic sexual content along with much blood and great darkness and a few words of profanity made me quite uncomfortable when reading it. I can say that the last few chapters made up for much hence my 2 star rating for effort. I can recommend it for those who enjoy secular fiction but not for those who enjoy Christian Biblical fiction. Thanks to Howard Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Cast of Shadows by Patrick W Carr- Excellent!

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Errol, an apprentice, yet but a boy, is enroute to Martin Pater to deliver an important message. He is met by many dangerous obstacles including a man in black. At the tender age of 14 he is consumed by the desire for strong drink while he harbors bitter memories of his childhood. Errol is about to fight the battle of darkness in the quest of knowledge and strength against those who look for weakness. Will success find an end or will he be stopped from accomplishment?

A tale of medieval fantasy, battles and loyalty from a time not of our own. Rich with descriptive scenery, well developed and interesting characters and engaging easy to follow dialogue. I read this book in sections, due to the lengthiness, and many times I found that when reading I could picture myself within the pages witnessing the action first hand! Plot progressed slowly as high action took place, while welcoming the next book in the series. I was entertained by this faith challenging read and will highly recommend it to others especially those who enjoy a creative fantasy! Excellent first novel solid 4 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Home Run by Travis Thrasher- Recommended!!!

For a single moment locked in the present, the past seems to always follow unceasingly.

Cory Brand and his brother Clay suffer a challenging childhood. Cory is plagued by the harsh memories of an abusive father. Baseball has always been a love/hate relationship for him. When his present confronts his past Cory struggles with his life, searching for lost understanding, failing hope, and impossible dreams.

Action, baseball, reality, bitterness and understanding team together perfectly to bring a novel that will excite and satisfy readers. A progressive moving book that comes full circle and expertly blends present life of the well formed, realistic and interesting characters with frequent shifts to the past promising no broken or dull parts. I had a very hard time putting this book down as I was drawn into the storyline from the beginning. I felt as if I were at the scene getting to know the characters personalities and watching baseball at its best! Smooth flowing engaging plot, easy to follow dialogue and realistic colorful scenery make this an unforgettable novel. I was challenged in my faith and entertained and will recommend this book to others. 5 Stars! Thanks to David C Cook Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.

The Full Armor of God by Larry Richards- Powerful!

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Are you searching for a way to protect yourself and others from Satan's grip? This powerful book contains so many useful points and thought provoking levels of information. Contains prayers and exercises to confront Satan's lies, views of the spirit world in Paul's time and in our time, from the book of Ephesians a thorough explanation of each part of God's armor and so much more.

From the moment I picked up the book and started diving into the material being presented, I found myself not being able to stop reading, studying, praying and reflecting. A true treasure trove of a book that addresses anything and everything pertaining to combating evil using the Armor of God, a set of tools all believers are given using scripture to back that up. A must have book for the permanent library and one that can be helpful to all and especially for those with questions concerning the identification and expelling of demons in our lives. Brings prayer to a whole other level. Invaluable for church leaders and every believer as well. A well written and highly recommended volume that challenged my faith. 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy from Chosen Books and Bethany House Publishers for my review.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Live Chat with Mesu Andrews (Author or Love in a Broken Vessel)!

Revell is hosting an Author CafĂ©, an hour chat with Mesu, on Wednesday March 20 at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT . We’d love for you to join the party on our Facebook page (! Plus we’re giving away a signed book to one lucky participant! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

All in Good Time by Maureen Lang- Kept Me Interested

Does the heart judge what the eyes cannot see?

Henry Hawkins had a questionable career in his younger days. His current position as a banker has him thinking much on the outcome of his future, a pale existance of a life in need of revamping.

Dessa Caldwell is in search of a loan to benefit Pierson House, a home for women, is keenly aware of the many obstacles that would deter her from her plans.
When she applies for a loan at Henry's bank their initial meeting is less than memorable.
A shared secret, a desire for success and the constant ache of the heart bring two unlikely people together for one important mission. Will fortune be gained in time or will an obstacle prove to be a consequence?

Hope, Romance and Fate collide together to form an easy flowing novel just right for a reader yearning for a lite romance with a bit of suspense. Characters were well developed, scenery was fitting and realistic for the storyline and plot offered very few dull and dragging parts. Although part of a series All in Good Time can be read as a stand alone book. I was entertained by this faith challenging and inspiring book and would recommend it to others. 4 Stars.
I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

Maureen Lang

Maureen Lang
Maureen Lang is the award-winning author of more than ten novels. She's always had a passion for writing, particularly stories that combine romance and history. After writing for the general market for several years, she wrote her debut inspirational novel, Pieces of Silver, which was a Christy Award finalist in the historical category. She has since written seven novels, including a recent trilogy of romances set against the dramatic backdrop of WWI—Look to the East, Whisper on the Wind, and Springtime of the Spirit. She turns to more peaceful (though no less dramatic) times in Bees in the Butterfly Garden, her upcoming release set among Fifth Avenue's finest during the Gilded Age of New York.
In addition to critical acclaim, Maureen's writing has garnered numerous industry honors. She has won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award, the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, and a Holt Medallion, and has been a finalist for Romance Writers of America's Rita, the American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol awards, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Visit her online at

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews- Hard to Put Down!

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In the shadow of silence betrayals of the heart formulate, harboring long kept secrets.

 Hosea longs to please Yahweh. His fond remembrances shift frequently to the past and to the friendship he had while a child with Gomer, the girl he protected. Many years have brought change for both, and Gomer plans to escape the rule of Tamir and from the life she has been dealt as a victim of circumstances from a young age. God tells Hosea he must take a wife but one involved in harlotry. In a chance encounter both Hosea and Gomer discover that what was once left behind without nary a glance can be found again. Hosea's duties frequently call him to journey and to leave Gomer and all that is familiar behind. Gomer discovers many challenges including surfacing insecurities. Can faith and love be enough to conquer and overcome the obstacles or will all be broken unable to salvage the pieces?

 History, Betrayal, Romance and Suspenseful Action come together to produce an accurately written and fascinating read and one that is sure not to be missed. As an admirer of biblical fiction, I was drawn into the storyline from the beginning and found that throughout, the book soon became impossible to put down. Interesting easy to relate to and well developed characters, historically accurate descriptive scenery, and smooth flowing plot creates a story that promises no dull or broken parts. This is a book I feel that all audiences, women and men alike would enjoy. The overall message is inspiring and I was highly entertained by this well written and faith challenging book. 5 Stars! I received a complimentary copy of Love in a Broken Vessel for this blog tour for my review. “Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and Love's Sacred Song. She is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer- A Medieval Masterpiece!

Fortress of Mist, Merlin's Immortals Series #2   -     
        By: Sigmund Brouwer

Symbols are but secrets within the confines of darkness.

Thomas through loyalty with the Earl of York longs to fulfill his destiny to conquer the well armed and manned Scottish Army but is plagued by many questions to the riddles placed before him. With time growing short by each rotation of the day, many lives and hopes depend on Thomas. Will he be able to successfully master his obstacles?

Travel back to the time of 1312, to lands of conquerors, kings and wizards through the imaginative journeys of a master storyteller.
High action and unending adventure, very descriptive storyline and scenery along with multiple twists, turns, and surprises await the reader. This journey is not too quick a read and so as to not miss details I advise the reader to take time as I did absorbing the engaging and engrossing plot. This book picks up where the Orphan King left off and though part of a series could possibly be a stand alone novel but will make more sense when read in succession with the previous one. The storyline flowed well and from the beginning of reading I found I could not put it down. The characters were well developed and interesting and I felt as if I were there witnessing history. Extremely well written and creative and I will highly recommend this book to others. 5 Stars!!! I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my review.
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell- My Review

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Within a time of unrest and disguise, the heart unfolds.

Rees, butler is on assignment to discover the history of this employer Lady Celine, who is thought to be a spy for the French. Celine has many tasks to accomplish, whether it be the giving of dinner parties, the care of an aging relative, or perhaps missions of a different nature, she finds that life indeed is anything but monotonous.
Her daily interactions lead to questions unanswered and Rees is sure that he will soon have the answers he seeks, or will he?
Within the scope of a broader lens can romance be sought after in the most unexpected of times?

Romance, Action, Danger and Suspense grace the pages of this regency novel. Characters were well developed, I loved Rees' character, so real and gentlemanly! Plot was smooth flowing although I did find that it drug very briefly in a few places, dialogue was believable and easy to follow and scenery was captivating. Overall a great read and I enjoyed this compelling and faith challenging novel and will recommend it to others and especially to those who love a regency romance with action ingrained within the storyline. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.

“Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Ruth Axtell

Ruth Axtell is the author of thirteen novels, including Wild Rose, one of Booklist's Top Ten in Christian Fiction. Currently a resident of Downeast Maine, Axtell has lived in the Canary Islands, Miami, and the Netherlands.