Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas On The Run by Shirlee McCoy

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Bachelor Missions by Jes Drew

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About the Book:

Bachelor MissionsName of book: The Bachelor Missions
Author: Jes Drew
Genre: Christian speculative spy fiction
Release Date: February 18, 2017
The good-guys, the bad-guys, and the wild card- it’s the ultimate game of cloak and dagger…
Kristian Clark, private eye, thought his days as a special agent were behind him, but when he’s drafted into action, he finds himself reunited with his old team- and painful memories of why they broke up in the first place. But as he plunges into mission after mission- from a ‘holy heist’ to babysitting a young hacker to going undercover in a cult- Kristian find that everything he tried to leave behind is coming back to haunt him with a vengeance, and then some. First there’s the mysterious woman who knows more about Kristian- and his past- than makes sense while using science fiction weapons that don’t make sense period. Then there are the shady powers-that-be who are responsible for drafting him back into this world to satisfy their own nefarious agendas. It’s all Kristian can do to keep from being pulled into their games as he tries to figure out who to trust and what to fight for, even as the trap put in place to destroy him is set with a ticking clock.
When did espionage get so complicated?
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My Thoughts:
This is absolutely an original book.  I've gotta admit it isn't what I was expecting but it was pretty good.  Kristian is a character that I liked.  He isn't what you would expect from a PI.  I guess the best word is quirky? Absolutely not average!  The book is a good mix that appealed to me.  It had humor (loved the 'dry' humor), scifi, romance, suspense, and more.  I got a little lost in the story, but overall I enjoyed it.  
Kristian is a guy I would like to sit and have a conversation with, he is just that intriguing.  The bad people are bad, but are they good? and are the good guys really good or are they bad? Those were the questions I kept asking myself.  The action kept me going and I really liked the message that was crafted into the story.
It was a 4/5.  I can't wait to see what comes next.  
Than you to Celebrate Lit for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

IMG_0231About the Author:

Jes Drew lives with her mom, dad, younger sister (the illustrious Nicki Chapelway), four younger brothers (yes, four), and two dogs. She is the author of both the Ninja and Hunter trilogy and the Howling Twenty trilogy. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, daydreaming, and her day job. There is also a possibility that she may or may not be a secret agent, but that’s classified. Still, you can contact her at http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/

Guest Post from Jes Drew

I began writing at a very young age. I don’t think I even started school yet when I came out with my first children’s titles. The Swan Princess and Flamingo Queen was followed by a sequel The Duck Prince and Unicorn King (because I thought it was unfair that only the mom and sister had to go through transformations), and Julian and Juliette had many reprints- all carefully printed and illustrated by myself before moving to their final destination: safekeeping in my mom’s possession.
Years later, I resumed my writing craft near the end of elementary school with two series of chapter books I wrote and then read aloud to my family. However, it was not until I watched Marvel’s Avengers that I found my true muse (Captain America, obviously). The story was so enthralling, I could do nothing but pick up the pen and compose my first published trilogy: The Ninja and Hunter Series published when I was sixteen. This was followed by the tree books of The Howling Twenties two years later.
But, no longer a ‘young adult’ I’ve moved on beyond that genre to the next age group: New Adult. That genre infamously known for its many vices and sins. However, we as Christians are called to “Take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b), and a genre targeted toward twenty-somethings should be no exception.
So this is my first release in the New Adult genre. Kristian Clark might be a secret-agent-turned-private-investigator-turned-secret-agent again, but he still deals with the same problems all twenty-somethings face: adapting to a career, longing for a soul mate, and searching for deeper meaning in all the noise. With a little intrigue and cool gadgets on the side because, well, he is a secret-agent-turned-private-investigator-turned-secret-agent after all.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile ReviewsNovember 2
BigreadersiteNovember 3
Fiction Aficionado, November 4
Aryn the Libraryan, November 6
Blogging With Carol, November 8
Multifarious, November 9
Carpe Diem, November 10
A Reader’s Brain, November 11
Karen Sue HadleyNovember 11
Neverending Stories, November 12
margaretkazmierczak, November 13
Mary Hake, November 13
Daysong ReflectionsNovember 14
Ashley’s BookshelfNovember 15

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To celebrate her tour, Jes is giving away a
Grand Prize of the Howling Twenties trilogy, signed, and a fifteen dollar Amazon gift card
and a
1st Place Prize of The Time I Saved the Day, also signed, and a ten dollar Amazon gift card!!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Red's Tangled Tale Release



Official Release! Hear the story of Red and her adventure to help Captain Hook in this Audible version of "Red's Tangled Tale."

“Red wasn't your average girl. Discover the real story of Little Red Riding Hood." ~ Red's Tangled Tale

 
Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Well, at least they think they do. History would have many believe Red was a naïve little girl who brought treats to her grandmother in the dark of the forest. History had it wrong.

After the curse of the wolves came to Timbergard, Red’s father was the only soul brave enough to enter Blakx Forest. However, when the wolves claimed his life, his young daughter took up his bow and began hunting the beasts to fill her need for revenge.

When Captain Hook shows up in the village in search of the rare burning ash that lies on the far borders of the cursed forest, Red agrees to help get him safely through the dangerous land.

The trek through the forest becomes precarious when the group is cornered by a pack of wolves. Red is forced to make a decision that will alter the lives of everyone, including individuals she has yet to meet.








"I loved this book just as much as the first. I can’t wait for the 3rd book took come out. I love how the author uses a different light on fairy tales that we all grow up with in a different way.~ Kaci

"Oh what an enjoyable clean teen read! I loved this authors version of little red riding hood! I really enjoyed all the fairytale characters who made an appearance in this story! I'm always excited to learn where the titles comes from in each story and this one did not disappoint! Suzanna Lynn put a unique twist on this story and I had fun reading it!" ~ Ashley C.

"Red's tale rejoins us with old friends and introduces us to new while setting up many more stories to come complete with a glimpse at yet another antagonist.
The book is a quick read, perfect for a lazy day, and brings the nostalgia of childhood to us with unique twists. Fans of re-imagined fairy tales spun together (such as The Lunar Chronicles) will enjoy The Untold Stories immensely.
~ Fiction Floozy




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Monday, October 30, 2017

Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer

Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that? 

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that--if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

FAIRY TALES OF THE MAGICORUM
1. Wolves And Roses (Fall 2017)
1.5. Moonlight and Midtown (Spring 2018)
2. Shifters And Glyphs (Fall 2018)
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Perfect for readers who love young adult books, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales, satire/comedy, paranormal romance, fairies, magic users, shapeshifters, and coming of age stories.

My thoughts:
This authors’s writing style always pulls me in and this was no exception!  I love the concept of people following a fairytale life, but someone has to break the pattern right? Bryar Rose is a human in a magical world where the magical and human are together. She wants to live a normal human life but her template is sleeping beauty. All the way down to the prince she is supposed to end up with!
Bryar is more interested in researching her own thing. Her best friend was awesome. Her ‘dream nan’ Is completely an amazing book boyfriend. I wasn’t a great fan of the prince. The aunts are great. I liked the magical/paranormal world that we were in.  Bryar is a snarky, sarcastic and just all around awesome chick. I have lots of questions I still want answered so I must have the next book in this series soon!
This was a 5/5 for me. I can’t wait for more. 
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chosen by R.S. Broadhead

ChosenBook Description:
Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness.
Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things.
Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense.
As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening.
After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason. 
A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner things become darker and scarier.
Can she escape what is coming for her?

My Thoughts:
This is not a book I would read at night!!!  Piper's past is a sad story but then her grandfather came into her life and things changed.   Getting away from her past was what her grandfather encouraged and exactly what she did.  Now, things are happening to her that make her think she is crazy.  When she gets the call that her grandfather has passed away, she goes to his hometown called Hell.  It is a place he never spoke about, she never visited and she wants to get as far away from as fast as she can.  Something is after her and no matter what she does, it seems to always be right there.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I scared myself reading it and really enjoyed it!
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport



About the Book

Colors of Christmas coverName of book: Colors of Christmas
Author: Olivia Newport
Genre: Contemporary Christmas
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Christmas in Blue
Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself?
Christmas in Gold
When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.
My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed these two novellas.  Both are about ladies and the adversities they have at Christmas time.  Though the stories were short, both were touching.  The friendships shown, the love, the hurt and just how people deal with hard things in life.  There is history and most of all, there is hope!  I would recommend this to anyone just wanting a good, quick Christmas read.  Both stories are good!
4/5 for me.  
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Olivia NewportOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

We All Have a Story

I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people.

A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy.

Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself.

Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know.

Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh.

Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Blog Stops

Books N Baubles, October 17
Bukwurmzzz, October 17
Bigreadersite, October 19
Blogging With Carol, October 21
A Greater Yes, October 22
Mary Hake, October 22
Daysong Reflections, October 22
Baker Kella, October 23
Remembrancy, October 24
Carpe Diem, October 25
autism mom, October 25
Bibliophile Reviews, October 25
A Reader’s Brain, October 26
By The Book, October 26
The Power of Words, October 26
Pause for Tales, October 27
Splashes of Joy, October 27
Jeanette’s ThoughtsOctober 28
Karen Sue Hadley, October 28
Vicky Sluiter, October 29
Pursuing Stacie, October 29
Just Jo’Anne, October 30

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c319

Friday, October 20, 2017

Stolen Magic by Marina Finlayson

Stolen Magic (Shadows of the Immortals #1)Book Description:
Lexi Jardine may be a thief, but she’s not stupid. When a crooked fireshaper wants her to steal a ring from the boss of his order, she knows it’s a one-way ticket to sleeping with the fishes. Her answer is to drop off the face of the earth. 

Safely hidden in a quiet seaside town, she just needs to keep her head down and pretend to be a regular human. Since her only magical ability is the power to control animals, that should be easy, right? 

Then a new fireshaper shows up in town. He’s hot as hell but oddly hostile. With his suspicious eyes watching her every move, her safe haven starts feeling more like a trap. When her best friend disappears, Lexi knows the time for hiding is over. The fireshapers might be more powerful, but Lexi’s not one to abandon a friend. It will take everything she’s got to save them both from the flames. 

My Thoughts:
I got really into this book.  Lexi is hiding.  She should be laying low, just ask her best friend, Sil.  The quiet town they have settled in gives her peace and friends.  Since Sil is determined to stay a cat, Lexi hangs out with some good friends she has made.  The just like that, her world changes.  A man as hot as the fire he controls comes to town she wants nothing to do with him, except that she is also insanely attracted to him.
I liked Lexi's attitude.  She may be hiding but she still loves those around her.  I got annoyed at Sil several times for how self-centered she came across, but there is a back story there that makes it a little more understandable.  Steele is a guy I wouldn't have wanted to mess with but he just can't seem to stay away from Lexi.  The whole story was great, and I totally didn't expect the twist at the end.  Can't wait for book 2!
It was a 4/5 for me.  I will start book 2 as soon as it downloads!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ONE SUMMER NIGHT by Caridad Pineiro

One Summer Night (At the Shore, #1)Book Description:
Smart, mainstream contemporary romance from bestselling author Caridad Pineiro. Millions of people visit the Jersey Shore every year, for beaches, boardwalks, sand, sun, and summer fun. This romantic series features families that go back generations on the shore, their ties to New York City, and their love for the Shore, and each other.

An offer that's impossible to accept...

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family's business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey shore. But now, she's out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn't stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he's determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he's more than just trouble with a capital T...

My Thoughts:
I was pulled into this one from the start.  Starting with a wedding is always a good thing for me! I instantly liked Maggie and her friends.  Their close relationships and interactions were a joy to read.  Owen and Maggie's families have been in a feud for years.  The fact that Owen and Maggie have always been attracted to each other makes it for a good build up/back story.  The characters were realistic and people I wish I was friends with!  The romance was great, the story flowed well.  I guessed quite a bit of it but the characters still made the read completely enjoyable!
It was a 4/5 for me.  Predictable story but still oh so good to read.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

A Semi-Sweet Summer by Jan Elder


About the Book:

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Name of book: A Semi-Sweet Summer
Author: Jan Elder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Cassidy Cooper never wanted to set foot in Crystal Falls again. Ten years earlier, she’d given her heart to a boy who’d, in turn, humiliated her deeply. Now, back in town as the sole beneficiary of her sister’s estate, she’s determined to make her sister’s dream of an upscale chocolate truffle shop, come true.
Hunter Gray is very intrigued by his new neighbor. His escape artist cow, Marigold, engineers an introduction…but it’s not quite the first impression he was hoping for. Baffled by the nagging suspicion he’s seen this woman before, he plots to win Cassidy’s heart at every opportunity.
With the object of her unrequited love living within shouting distance, Cassidy prays for strength to forgive and forget. And Hunter? He just wants to get back to his own dream to grow his farm and get to know the pretty girl next door. If she’ll let him.

My Thoughts:
I'm fairly certain I gained 5 pounds just reading this book!  The author did a wonderful job with the descriptions and made me so hungry.  I liked the characters the author created here.  Hunter and Cassidy are realistic and have quite a few issues to deal with.  Faith is woven through the story. It is a short book but entirely packed with second chances.  The romance was sweet and not overdone.  I'm not sure I would have handled the situation as well as Cassidy did, but it was intriguing to read about!
It was a 4/5 for me.  I enjoyed it and will look for more from this author.

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Click here to purchase your copy of Jan's wonderful book
 

About the Author

Jan Elder with Pink FlowersJAN ELDER is an inspirational romance writer with a passion for telling stories other women can relate to on a deep level. She strives to write the kind of book that will strengthen the reader’s faith, introducing the reader to a loving and forgiving Lord who walks beside us in our daily lives, while also providing an entertaining and engrossing love story.
Happily married for fourteen years to loving (and supportive) husband, Steve, the two live in central Maryland along with Jamie (a chubby black and white tuxedo cat), and Shu-Shu (a willowy tortoiseshell cat). On the weekends, Jan and Steve comb the nearby countryside in search of the perfect ice cream flavor.

Guest Post from Jan Elder

How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind your book? How did the story evolve?
When I first parked myself in front of my laptop, preparing to write A Semi-Sweet Summer, I was waxing nostalgic. Shortly before that, I joined a Facebook group, people from a church I had attended when I was a teenager. Memories flooded through me and a myriad of feelings, some quite strong, rose up to assault me. There were a great many pleasant remembrances, but what I recall the most about being in those “stuck in the middle” years was that there was a great deal of anxiety, the sensation of being so very different—certainly not part of the “in” crowd.
A large part of this book harkens back to my teenage years, my thoughts swinging to a boy I had the biggest crush on in high school. He was three and a half years older (I still remember his birthday) and he was definitely in the “elite” segment of our church youth group—the cool kids I so longed to be a part of. Sorry to say, I followed him around like a puppy, learned all of his favorite foods, chosen hobbies, etc. I try not to think I actually stalked him, but I was very aware of his presence, and searched for ways to be near him.
In A Semi-Sweet Summer, I tried to transfer some of that raging angst into fodder for Cassidy’s discomfort in finding her unrequited love living right next door. Cassidy never really fit in, hardly that enviable cheerleader, not a person that anyone would notice. Rather, she sees herself as sort of an ugly duckling. Now she’s back ten years later and it’s a tough situation. By this time, my characters have grown and changed from the people they were in high school. They are well on their way to the path God has set before them. And by the end, they are very different—kinder, gentler folks who have learned a bit more of what it means to truly love.
I like to think that God can use our experiences to help others through similar situations. Maybe this novel will provide some hope or closure for those who have been in the same boat, and spur them on to get past the pain. And hey, who doesn’t love a good story about baked goods, happy cows, and chocolate truffles?
As for me? The funny thing is, my husband has the same first name as my first love. He even has the same color hair, the same easy grin as that other guy. I guess one could say I am attracted to a certain type. But oh, my sweetheart is so much better. My guy is the man God had waiting for me. The other was only a pale imitation, just practice for the real thing.

Blog Stops

ASC Book Reviews, October 12
Remembrancy, October 16
A Greater YesOctober 19
Carpe Diem, October 19
autism momOctober 20
Quiet Quilter, October 23
Karen Sue HadleyOctober 24
Reading Is My SuperPower, October 25 (Interview)

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jan is giving away a 12 piece box of Godiva Chocolates and a Kindle Fire HD Tablet with Alexa (Valued at over $100)!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!https://promosimple.com/ps/c1fd