Just Jenny by Sandra Owens
Publication date: June 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:The small mountain town of Blue Ridge Valley is the home of three best friends, Jenny, Autumn, and Savannah. Each woman believes she has her life perfectly planned, but there is a saying in the mountains… If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
In Just Jenny, Jenny Nance has a plan—save enough money to tour the world. The desire to traipse the globe is a dream she once shared with her twin sister. Jenny made a deathbed promise to her sister that she would go to all the places they had fantasized visiting together. Nothing will entice her to break her vow to Natalie, not even the sexy new Blue Ridge Valley police chief . . . No matter how attracted she is to him.
Dylan Conrad left the Chicago Police Department to accept the position as Chief of Police in Blue Ridge Valley. Burned out and haunted by a tragedy of his own, he needs to get away from the memories tormenting him. He’s hoping to find peace in the small mountain town, but the quirky residents, an infamous moonshiner, an errant prized bull, and a feisty redhead by the name of Jenny weren’t quite what he had in mind.
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We’d just ordered our drinks when Dylan Conrad walked into the lounge. He paused in the entryway, his gaze scanning the room. The man was so freaking hot. At seeing me, he smiled, making my heart thump in my chest.
“Mind if I join you?” he said, coming to a stop behind the empty chair at our table for four. “Unless you’re expecting someone.”
That was said to me. “Nope. Have a seat, Chief.” I had a sudden fantasy of playing cop and criminal with him, me being the bad guy and him having to frisk me. I hoped my cheeks weren’t as red as they felt. He sat next to me, and I caught a whiff of man and something spicy. I also hoped I didn’t start drooling.
His eyes danced with amusement. “Introduce me to your friends, Red.”
Oh. Right. I was sitting here staring at him like an idiot, and now I knew for sure my face was beet red. “Ahem, this is my best friend, Autumn Archer, and her soon-to-be husband, Brian Stratton. Guys, this is Dylan Conrad, Blue Ridge Valley’s new police chief.”
“Welcome to Blue Ridge Valley,” Autumn said. “I’ve heard great things about you.”
Dylan sat back in his chair. “Oh?”
I kicked her under the table. That devilish gleam in her eyes meant she was up to no good.
“Yep. You have really pretty eyes, by the way. Jenn said they were the color of Tennessee whiskey, and she’s right.”
I kicked her again. Harder.
Dylan turned those beautiful eyes on me. “You been talking about me, Red?”
A best selling, award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.
A member of Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll, Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR HER. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.
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Spotlight Tour for Through a Broken Heart by Colleen Meissner + Guest Post & Giveaway! [Ends 7/21/18]
Book Title: Through a Broken Heart: Finding Hope and Healing After a Breakup
Author: Colleen Meissner
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 144 pages
Genre: Christian non-fiction, self-help, devotional
Publisher: A Book's Mind
Release date: April 19, 2018
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13
Dear Broken Heart ~
You must be hurting deeply. Perhaps you're also feeling overwhelmed and completely alone in this place of emptiness and grief. I’ve been where you are and my heart aches with yours. I want you to know there is someone who sees and someone who cares. His name is Jesus. The journey right now is dark and painful, but if you will travel with me using God’s word as our guide, it will eventually lead to a place of hope and restoration. A destination where God’s love ushers you into wholeness. Where His healing hand won’t just repair your shattered soul, but will establish you in the truth that you are deeply loved and understood. In contrast to your current sorrow, this may seem too good to be true. I get that, I’ve been there. At this point, I’m only asking you to trust that He is able. I invite you to spend these next six weeks at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to enter into your wounded heart through this very place of brokenness. Will you give Him permission to transform you in a way that far exceeds your own expectations?
~ Colleen Meissner Married for the first time at 42. Colleen knows firsthand the pain of heartbreak, being single longer than expected, and the battle against fear and insecurity. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has spent over 10 years sharing her own experience and knowledge as a coach and mentor. She now has a vision to share the wisdom she’s been given with you.
Guest Post: Through a Broken Heart
A Funny, sad or stressful Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published and or completing your book
“Aren’t you excited!” is the question I am getting asked the most by people when they learn I am publishing for the first time. I smile at their reaction when I say with complete honesty, “no – I’m absolutely terrified!” You see, at some point, as a little girl I developed a life mantra and didn’t even know it: “stay small, stay hidden and stay safe.” Not one I recommend, by the way.
The most challenging part of being a new author is the exposure – having my thoughts and my heart out there for everyone to read and to critique. This is an incredibly vulnerable place to be. I feel raw and exposed.
My poor husband has had to deal with my temporary freak-outs where I suddenly stop and say, “what the heck am I doing, I can’t do this!” My husband, who is an entrepreneur and fearless in this way, just can’t understand it. But I know some of you will get it.
The easy thing to do would be to continue mentoring, coaching and teaching in my small community where I am already known and have earned a reputation as being “wise” or “impactful.” A place, that is known and safe. A place I am comfortable in. There was just one problem – for the past several years, I have known that the Lord was calling me out and asking me to step up and to be seen. There comes a time in everyone’s faith journey where he will ask you to do this:
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Here is the honest truth – I finished the first draft of this devotion in May of 2015. Yes, it has taken me three years to get it published. Now, I can give you a very justifiable list of reasons that it’s taken so long for me to get this to print. But the truth is, I have been simply too scared to take the leap.
In fact, I wouldn’t be here at this moment if I weren’t suddenly thrown in to it (like being pushed into the deep end of a swimming pool!) when my hybrid-publisher “accidentally” listed my book on Amazon without my knowledge. The day my publicist (Monic Kelly, MK Marketing) told me that it was already up, I literally got dizzy! She had to spend over an hour just talking me down. I was frustrated, angry… but mostly I was afraid.
Sometimes it’s good to get pushed into the pool. I had been standing on the edge deciding if the water was safe, wondering if I could swim, contemplating how cold the water was. Had I not been pushed, I’d likely still be there, standing on the edge saying, someday I’ll be brave. Someday I’ll publish.
If you can relate, trust me. Even though it’s scary – take the leap or get someone to push you!
About the Author:
I earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2010 and have been mentoring women for over a decade. The most common area of counsel I provide is to single women not ashamed to admit they want to be married and have someone to share their life with. These women often without realizing it, are battling soul wounds (emotional and heart wounds) from their past that are preventing them from fulfilling this deeply held desire of marriage and family.
I consider there to be no greater privilege than to have women trust me with their deepest struggles and fears and to travel along side of them on their journey from a place of being held in bondage by lies (“I am fat, ugly, a loser, unlovable…”) to a place of freedom and victory. I know this journey well, I have traveled it; it is hard and it is long, and you cannot do it alone. There are seemingly impossible hills to climb, valleys to crawl out of and side-roads leading to nowhere. Perhaps more than a mentor, I am a tour-guide, leading you as you navigate your way to healing and overcoming those things that have kept you from embracing the fullness of life that the Lord came to give you (John 10:10).
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Arms of Mercy (Amish Mercies) by Ruth Reid
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 071808246X (ISBN13: 9780718082468)
He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.
On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.
Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.
Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Catherine Glick was certain that after six years of courting, Zack would propose. It was the Eve of the New Year. A storm came in so the celebration was cut short. A surprise visit by Elijah - the one who broke her heart over six years ago - further ruined the evening.
After making a huge, Faux Pas a few days later, Catherine just had to get away!
She made sure she got her ticket to visit her cousin in Florida. As she was leaving, she bumped into her nemeses, Elijah Graber! She was startled to discover he was accompanying her.
Little did either know the devastating adventures they would each encounter on their journey.
This is a very touching, yet at the sane time, inspiring story of one Amish woman's And one Amish man's plight after leaving their small, Amish community.
The characters were very well-described, as were the scenes. Both were easily visualized.
The Book cover image depicted the story very-well, and the Title was also a good "fit".
The ending was quite predictable, but there was plenty of adventure in between to captivate the reader's interest.
I offer Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
^Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
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Hot off her first mission as a Unit 28 contractor agent, Alex Thornton wants nothing more than to focus on building a life with Jabir al-Omri, her best friend and boyfriend of five months.
A secret chains Jabir, one with such dire consequences that seeking freedom from it will cost him dearly. He finds himself caught between honoring those he cares about and being completely truthful with Alex.
Hashim al-Hassan craves vengeance against the woman who deceived him ten years before. The target of his wrath? Alex.
When Alex and Jabir receive an assignment to find the murderers of a shipping executive, their investigation brings them to the attention of Hashim. He begins stalking her. The bodies pile up, and people disappear.
Now, with Alex squarely within Hashim’s crosshairs, Jabir yearns to tell her what he knows. Yet the truth may destroy both her and those she loves the most.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Alex and Jabir had a rough beginning to their relationship but soon discovered a deep love for the other. They had fulfilled a successful mission for the Unit 28 contractor agency and were looking forward to a restful time to cement their plans for the future...This was not to be!
Hashim al-Hassan hated Alex. She had caught his interest then humiliated him and caused him to look like a fool! He would not rest until she fulfilled his desires, was tortured and killed. He was free of prison. His brother, Tarek, and he had to eliminate a few "loose ends" before he was allowed to capture and carry out his plans wit her. She and Jabir would lead them to all and any who could testify against them.
This is an action-packed espionage story with a slight element of spirituality. The suspense will keep the reader enthralled until the last page!
The characters are described very well, enabling the reader to easily visualize the individual and feel as though he/she is experiencing the events through each character and scene. The Title and Book Cover image are both very fitting.
Reader Beware: There are very graphically violent scenes.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this novel.
I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Jennifer Haynie, worker at the Division of Water Infrastructure at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources by day, novelist by night. I’ve learned quite a bit over the years, not just in the craft of writing, but how to balance my day job, my passion for writing, my marriage, and a healthy social life. Sometimes it feels like walking on a knife’s edge.
On-the-edge suspense. On-the-edge living. I write about both of these on my website, www.jenniferhaynie.com. While I've enjoyed blogging, writing novels is my passion.
I’ve decided that I never take the easy route in things, especially when it comes to writing. As a child, I was a numbers person with mathematics as my favorite subject. In high school, I began writing, even winning a prize for a short story I wrote. Still, numbers and science called me. Rather than take the typical writer’s route of majoring in English, I majored in physics, then proceeded to graduate school in environmental management. During the twists and turns of job changes, writing became one of the constants in my life along with my faith.
One of my author friends told me that a novelist usually has to write about a million words before they get published. I have to agree with her. The vast majority of those words are locked away, never to be consumed by others. But the novel that contains probably my millionth word is the one that got published.
Since then, my life has taken more twists and turns as I’ve continued to learn the craft of writing and develop this gift God gave me. So far, I've published one novel, Exiled Heart, through a publisher, and the second one, Hunter Hunted, via indie publishing. I hope that these two are the start of many more via both routes.
I hope that my writing will speak to you and that you will learn something not only about your characters but about life as well.
Book Title: The Last Dance by Lonna Enox
Category: Adult Fiction, 226 pages
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women Sleuths
Publisher: Lonna Enox Publications | Release date: June 24, 2016
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M
Saddle Gap, a quiet little town in southwestern New Mexico, seems the perfect place for Sorrel Janes to start her life over. But within a few days she finds herself entangled in two murders, the object of harassment, and the number one suspect of a murder. Will her past terrors destroy her future dreams? Amid the evolving conflicts, she resolves to reconstruct her new life and find happiness. Detective Chris Reed is equally resolved to solve the murders as well as Sorrels secrets. Neither of them suspect where the steps of this dance will lead, but they are too stubborn to sit this one out.
Guest Post: Lonna Enox The Last Dance - Writing and Reading
As my books are sequels, I took a line about my main character (Sorrel Janes) that had made her curious in the first book, The Last Dance, and developed it into this second of the series. The books can be read in any order, so this point had been almost insignificant in the first book and became important in this one. I also had buried my mother and gone through family "stories". Sorrel had made big changes in her life also, and I explored how we deal with and adapt to life as it changes.
I do not include religion or politics in my books. However, I do not include graphic sexual content or profanity in my books as I find it unnecessary for my plot or characters. (And my two grandchildren read my books.) Religion and politics are not only personal, but also changing in our lives. I suspect they influence us more than we think, but I also hope we can keep our stories and plots focused on how the characters deal with the life they've either chosen or "stumbled into".
I am most proud of Blood Relations, which received the top award from Chanticleer Book Reviews, although I am proud ot all three.
I have always been a voracious reader, starting with Nancy Drew. I love Shakespeare and the American romance novelists. But the books I tend to read for "fun" are suspense. I'm sad that Sue Grafton is nearing the end of the alphabet! I love Robert Dugoni and both of the Kellermans, to name a few. The readers who love my books inspire me to write more. My family inspire me to do what I love and I am humbled by their pride in my work. If I was only able to have 3 books, I’d want a book of Shakespearean plays, the Bible, and a collection of Emily Dickinson poems.
About the Author:
Lonna Enox is a former high school and college English instructor. She grew up on a ranch in New Mexico, where she learned to love critters, reading, and "wide open" spaces. She is a wife, mom, and grandmother, as well as the proud owner of 4 rescue pets--3 cats and a dog. Aside from an early stint as a newspaper reporter, she also spent 10 years as a freelance magazine writer. She is happiest exploring a wildlife refuge, cuddling little ones and critters, or snuggled up reading a good mystery.
Lonna is a professional writer with over 250 printed articles in a variety of national and regional magazines. She has written in several genres and The Last Dance is her debut mystery.
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Three Day Fiancée (Animal Attraction #2)
by Marissa Clarke
Published by: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication date: May 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“Some things can’t be faked…”
Helicopter pilot Taylor Blankenship’s time schedule is maxed out. Between his job, his one hundred and fifty-pound slobbering mess of a dog, and his matchmaking grandmother, he has no time for anyone or anything-especially a woman. If only there were a way to get Grams to back down.
The job of New York City dog walker suits Caitlin Ramos perfectly while she preps for her CPA exam—steady, scheduled, and requiring very little human interaction; a huge seller since she’s still on the mend from a toxic relationship. Men suck. Especially her bossy hot client with the Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a lap dog. No way will she go for his plan to pretend they’re engaged to get his grandmother off his case. Down, boy.
Offered a bargain she can’t refuse, Caitlin finds herself playing the part of fiancée to Taylor. Fortunately, it’s only for three days. All she has to do is fake a relationship with Mr. Bossy Pants in front of his entire family, survive a fierce game of truth or dare with an unscrupulous pair of octogenarians, endure a one-on-one round of Twister with Taylor, and not lose her heart to a guy who turns out to be a lot more than she’d bargained for.
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REVIEW by VICKIE:
Three Day Fiancee - Marissa Clark
I love this story. I liked the way Taylor's family had such fun together. I would love to make some fun traditions with games the way they did. Everyone should have close families like that.
The characters are well-developed and interesting.
The story flowed well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow.
There is some profanity and sexual explicitness in the book.
I recommend this book to other readers who like a good romance.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Marissa Clarke is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.
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She Walks in Moonlightby Jennifer Silverwood
Najla Qamber Designs (Cover Designer)
200 pages | Published October 28th 2017 by SilverWoodSketches
"An enthralling second-chance love story."
Globetrotter, Danica Pavlova spends her days scouring old folktales and her nights trying to forget her life is anything but a fairy tale. Ten years ago, she ran away from her best friend the night after causing his crippling accident, convinced Adam King was better off not loving her. But when her brother is diagnosed with leukemia, she resolves to come home to care for the family she abandoned and face the love she never forgot. Will she find forgiveness for the mistakes of her past, or can there be a second chance for a woman who walks in moonlight?
Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes' "Me Before You" and John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars", She Walks in Moonlight explores both redemption and romance in the face of tragedy.
*Warning-Contains Adult Situations & Some crude Language*
My Review: (LAWonder10)
She walks in Moonlight , is a captivating, poignant tale of a young woman who sees herself as someone evil and destructive. After a devastating incident, she feels it is her fault so flees. Another devastating event causes her to return.
This fast-moving, emotional roller-coaster novel.
The reader will have a very difficult time putting it down.
The Characters are very "alive" and easily visualized. The scenes were depicted well and the outfitting is aja
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it's the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series—Heaven's Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga—and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight.
Spotlight Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway for Signs in the Rearview Mirror by Kelly Smith! [Ends 7/14/18]
Book Title: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind Author: Kelly Smith
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 214 pages
Publisher: Sunny Day Publishing |Release date: April 2018
Genre: Self-help, Relationships |Tour dates: June 18 to July 7, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (This book contains real life violence, but also meant for young people who are old enough to date)
What kind of person ends up in toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest book answers both those questions head on. Coming-out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear offing alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer help.
GUEST POST: Kelly on Writing her First Book...
As a child I loved to write. As I grew up my passion for words fell to the wayside, because well, life happened. I had my oldest son in high school, so instead of working on my passion, I had to work on being a mom, student, and a proper donut server. Throughout the years of being a mom and wife, I tried to write as much as I could but again, life. So after my toxic relationship I seemed to have some time to think and be alone. I began to write, I was first published in 2015 for an online magazine. Once I tasted the flavor of seeing my name and my words published, I knew I had to continue to write, and I did. Now with the release of my debut novel, Signs in the Rearview Mirror : Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind, I feel I have accomplished a dream I never thought possible. I am what I call an uneducated author. After high school, which iI barely passed, I attended one semester of community college. I still feel I have holes in my education, but I write with what I know and how I feel. The words pour out of my fingers as if they are glasses of water being tipped over. At times I can't stop the flow and at other times I am as dry as unbuttered burned toast. But I am living the life I have always wanted. I may got to it in a roundabout way, but I got here nonetheless and I am grateful each day for my gift of words.
About the Author:
Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for the Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast Let's Get Wicked Deep.
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Book Spotlight Blog Tour & Guest Post + Giveaway, for Out of Time by Thomas William Lowrie! [Ends 6/30/18]
Book Title: Out of Time (A Ray Lafayette Novel) by Thomas William Lowrie
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Military and War
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: December 4, 2017
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13
Well, here I go again. All alone except for this suitcase of mine. I’m headed for a new place with new people. Not so bad considering it’s 1944. Lots of guys are in my shoes. We’re in the middle of World War II. Still not so bad. I’m a fireman in the Army Air Corps whatever they’re calling themselves these days. Once again, not bad at all. But I was born in 1963. There’s the bad part.
I was not born with the name Ray Lafayette, but that’s what they call me. I didn’t have kids or smoke a pipe. Hell, I didn’t even like coffee. I do now.
I was born into a different life than this, one with a lot of attachments. Now I carry my life in one bag. One really important bag.
In this time, people call me pal or buddy or sir, good lord they call me sir all the time.
I have friends in this time, and they are the best but do they know me like they think they do? Simply put, NO! Would they die for me? Every bit as much as I would die for them.
To say these folks are tough or strong is an understatement. Superhumans? I don’t think so. They were ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. I didn’t have heroes before this. I didn’t understand them until now.
Since this event has started, I have experienced many things I can’t explain. There is only one other person who has any knowledge of my situation, and I can’t find him. The last words from him were vos non unum, you are not alone.
There was a time I missed all the things that made my life easier as I thought. Here I have no cell phone, no internet, no rock music, no almost anything. As bad as that sounds, I’m not sure if I want to leave here.
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~Out of Time: Promises to Readers ~
When people ask what my book is about, I simply say it is a book about a guy in world war 2… That was born in nineteen sixty three and then I wait. I wait for the reaction. It always comes.
I have spoken to people who were confused and there were those that hoped for it to be some sort of science fiction, and in a way it is. The books put them back in a time when things were simpler and easier. Almost everybody says they relate to one character or another.
One reader refused to read book two, Out of Time, until I promised him that Rizzo didn’t die. Others say they knew a guy when they were in the service named Ray that was very much like the Ray in my books. They ask if I knew Ray Lafayette. My answer is always the same. “You have no idea how much I knew him”.
If you are looking for a sci fi book with sparkling dinosaurs that can speak English or super heroes that can change color or form and shoot ice arrows from their nostrils then this isn’t your kind of read. However, if you are looking for a real hero that can and will do anything for his fellow Americans or his family, give these books a try.
Ray was a simple man with a huge heart. He wasn’t the only guy that way, they all were that way. The difference with Ray is that he knew things. He knew how the war ended, he knew that someday America and Japan and even Germany would become the best of allies. He knew how we were going to end up in Korea and Viet Nam. He also knew about the Enola Gay before it ever dropped over a hundred thousand gravestones on Japan.
He also knew Ian. Ian was a man from a time we do not wish to see. A time when we, by our own hand, had finished depleting earth.
Everyone has a Ray or Rizzo or Ian in their life. You might know a Major Stuart or Henry or Sanderson but after reading my books you might look at people and think, “That guy looks familiar”.
About the Author:
Thomas William Lowrie is a WWII writer and author who has published two military novels, He Was and Out of Time.
He has lived outside of Las Vegas most of his life, but his best memories are of the days fishing in South Texas. Summer vacations were the best. That is also where he found his best friend and wife, Tina. He could not have done any of this without her. Of course, Ray pecking at his brain for years had something to do with it too.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway for DOOM, GLOOM, AND THE PURSUIT OF THE SUN by Antoine F. Gnintedem! [Ends 6/30/18]
This is a fascinating true story of one man's life from young child through adulthood.
Book Title: Doom, Gloom, and the Pursuit of the Sun by Antoine F. Gnintedem
Category: Adult Fiction, 208 pages | Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Biographical Fiction | Release date: February 7, 2018
Content Rating: PG (One f-word and some mild. crude profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of brief, crude sexual content. No drug use or underage drinking.)
Tour dates: June 11 to 22, 2018
The town is famous in the region for its chronic stillness...Consequently, every ambitious person who grows up there eventually leaves in search of better opportunities.
Life in Mbengwi, Cameroon, is not easy for Austin--or for anyone else. While growing up, he bears witness to the worst parts of life and the cruelties of human nature. These things keep his homeland trapped in a cycle of misery and suffering. In a country overrun by poverty, death, unrest, and corruption, he sees no future for himself. The only way to escape the cycle is to flee to a place Austin believes to be free of all these troubles, a place where he hopes his dreams will come true: the United States of America.
However, when Austin arrives in this supposed promised land, he is met with a crushing revelation. He finds America to be rife with all the same problems he thought he'd escaped, merely in different forms. Rather than give in to disappointment, he decides to combat these obstacles with a firm resolve. Before long, though, these obstacles threaten to overwhelm him. This realization prompts Austin to rethink how he sees the world and the challenges it throws at him.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This is an impressive tale of an uniquely ambitious, intelligent boy who was advanced beyond is years with a thirst for learning. He lived in a small town in central Africa where his parents were able to both work and maintain an income level above poverty.
Doom, Gloom and the Pursuit of the sun is his account of what it was like to grow up and become educated in Africa. He then continues through the second half of the book, relating the unexpected situations and challenges of living in America.
This is and entertaining and enlightening non-fiction.
The author captures the reader's attention, although a few details and terms could have been withheld, which didn't really seem relevant to the main object of his story, If he had done so, he could have .enticed a wider audience to read and learn from this man's experience. He did add a few
He brings several very valid points to the reader's awareness. The one which appealed to this reviewer the most was the strong relationship he had within his family, although both parents worked. they still were very involved in his life and education. His father was a very strong influence in his life and Antoine held him in high esteem. This relationship with his family helped him through very unstable times, both in Africa and while he lived in the U.S.
The second point he made, that stood out to me, was the example he learned from his father to focus on the blessings in life, not the pain and problems that arise. Through one's determination to do his, one can feel true happiness.
I offer a Four Stars rating on this book.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement of a positive review. This is my honest review.
About the Author:
Antoine F. Gnintedem is a renowned educator both in the United States and across the world. As a linguistic consultant, he has worked for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, he has served as an educational assessment expert for leading national and international testing companies. His academic achievements include a PhD in English language and literature and another doctorate in educational leadership.
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Blood Oath (Blood Oath #2) by Amanda McCrina
Release Date: June 19, 2018 | Publisher: Month9Books
The aftermath of what happened in the capital has shaken Torien to the core. Battling self-doubt and bitterness, he must find his resolve as he is sent back to Tasso to quell a violent uprising on the Road.
But Torien will need more than resolve to navigate the deadly path before him. His troops are inexperienced and his new adjutant untrustworthy. A series of murder attempts leaves the whole camp on edge. As the threat of mutiny builds, the mission seems doomed before they even reach Tasso—and Torien is beginning to suspect it was meant that way. He and his men are being set up to fail.
With his best friend in the hands of the rebels, his commanding officer refusing to negotiate a peace treaty, and his own men ready to turn on him at any moment, Torien must decide once and for all how much he’s willing to sacrifice for an empire he no longer believes in.
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Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post
~ List your all time favorite literary characters and why you like them ~
Costis Ormentiedes, from Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series, tops my list. Before I ever read the series, a friend told me that Costis is the kind of character I love to write, and she was absolutely right. He's a soldier with a stubborn sense of honor and uprightness but with just the right amount of human failing and vulnerability (and a quiet sense of humor and a bit of a temper, too). If I'm being perfectly honest, Costis was probably at least a subconscious influence on my main character, Torien.
Cultured, quick-witted, and occasionally foul-mouthed Verity, from Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity, is another favorite. She's a charming narrator—and so wickedly clever that neither the reader nor the Nazis realize just how sneaky she's being.
In that same vein, Pagan Kidrouk from Catherine Jinks's Pagan Chronicles is a delightfully witty narrator. As with Verity in Code Name Verity, Pagan's narration is full of depth and humanity between all the snark, and the emotional weight of the story just hits you and hurts.
And, to round it out, a throwback to one of my old favorites: Aquila, from Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers. I think some readers find Aquila difficult to like, because he's so bitter and cold after everything he's been put through, but he breaks my heart, and I just want to give him a hug—or maybe not a hug, because he'd probably stab me, but at least a beer.
About The Author:
Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.
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The Battle is O'er (The Blue Bells Chronicles #5)
By Laura Vosika
Historical Time Travel, Fantasy | Paperback & ebook, 470 pages
March 23rd 2018 by Gabriel's Horn Press
In the gripping conclusion to The Blue Bells Chronicles, just as Shawn is steadily regaining all he feared he had lost forever—his career, his son, and even Amy’s heart—he learns of MacDougall’s vengeance against Niall, for the act Shawn himself committed. He wrestles with a prophecy and an ancient letter that never changes, a letter that details the fate of his own son, if he cannot stop it—and possibly the fate of the world itself, as he learns of Simon Beaumont’s plan to use his knowledge of the future to destroy it.
Shawn’s selfishness once cost him everything. His newfound selflessness may do the same.
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Talking Points by LAWonder10;
This should not be read as a stand alone. It is full of action, danger and romance, plus more, but can be very confusing if the foundation of the first book is missing.
Other Books in the Series.
Bri's Book Nook
Among the Reads
Hearts & Scribbles
Andi's Book Reviews
Becky on Books
Rockin' Book Reviews
Two Points of Interest
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Beck Valley Books
Teatime and Books
Laura Vosika is the author of the beloved series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, a tale of time travel, action and adventure, romance and redemption, ranging across modern and medieval Scotland. She runs Gabriel’s Horn Press, and is active in poetry as a member of the League of Minnesota Poets, routinely performing at local open mics. She has appeared in The Star Tribune, and on WCCO and Channel 12, and hosted Books and Brews with Laura Vosika on AM 950.
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I Am With You (Paperback) by John Woolley
Paperback, 265 pages
Published: January 20, 2005 | ISBN: 978-1-90381-699-8
This title has been the best-selling devotional in the UK since then. During his work as a hospital chaplain, John Woolley received many words of divine encouragement from the Lord during prayer. He has passed on these words in a series of titles which have inspired and uplifted tens of thousands, even changed their lives. First published in 1985 as a hardback, but since 2005 published in paperback. This is the first in the series of devotional books of "heart whispers" which John Woolley received. Companion volumes published by O Books are "Abide in My Love", "I Am With You for Young People and the Young At Heart", "Many Mansions" and "My Burden is Light". Lifetime sales of Father Woolley's devotionals exceed 100,000, nearly 10,000 have been sold in the past year. "I Am With You" will bring peace and consolation to all who read it. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Archbishop of Westminster. 'I commend I Am With You to all persons who are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives' Cardinal George Basil Hume, former Archbishop of Westminster 'A very special book, which will bless countless people' Prebendary John Pearce 'A lovely book of devotions; we use it daily' Dr Donald English, former President Methodist Conference
This inspiring compilation of devotional thoughts, are very uplifting. This book covers most any topic, with an accompanying scriptural reference with each thought.
I Am With You is perfect for use with devotionals, daily thoughts, for anyone going through difficult times, and for just an uplifting "read" anytime!
At then end of the book there are blank "Note" pages to record a thought while reading. It is largely written as though a loving Father is speaking directly to you.
I offer a Four Star rating for this uplifting compilation of these thoughts of wisdom and consolation*This book was gifted me with no suggestion, whatsoever, of a positive review. This is my honest review.
The Rev. John Woolley was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1964 and served parishes in Liverpool Diocese for many years before becoming a chaplain in hospitals in Sunderland and Hertfordshire. He died in 2008. Find more on Father Woolley and his work at http://www.iamwithyou.co.uk/about.php London United Kingdom
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What should have been a grand adventure in Africa ends in heartbreak for Enid Hawthorne, following her husband's untimely death. Bereft, the young widow bravely boards a ship for home with precious cargo—her unborn child. She hopes to find refuge in England in the only place she can—Thornewell Hall, the estate of her late husband's family. But upon her arrival, she finds a bleak home in the depths of mourning. It is clear that hers is not the only tragedy, but Enid is unprepared for the hostility that meets her arrival.
Sebastian, Earl of Thornewell, is grief-stricken following the loss of his wife and child. The news that his brother is dead is simply more than he can take—and he knows who is to blame: his sister-inlaw, Enid. So when she arrives on his doorstep, seeking asylum, he does his duty in allowing her to stay—and nothing more. Yet fate has other plans, and as they face joys and trials alongside each other, their broken hearts begin to heal. But there is a cloud over their future, for Enid harbors a secret that may drive them apart forever.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Author Anita Stansfield's new Historical Fiction novel is a surprisingly different novel than her usual style. It is a touching tale of a woman who, reservedly followed her husband to Africa as a missionary, only to be left alone a few months later through her husband's sudden death by a disease. She had only one option, get herself back to a port in Africa and return to England. There she would have to throw herself on the mercies of her departed husband's dastardly elder brother. Although he strongly disliked her, his wife was a friend to her.
Enid Hawthorne was pregnant ( a state of which possibly saved her and her unborn child's life), disowned by her own family, now, she was penniless, and unwanted by the brother, Alistair Hawthorne.
Alistair was dealing with his own tragedy and now the loss of his only sibling, only Family.
This is a heartrending story of a torn fragment of family striving to survive tragedy and of self-discovery. It is a story of misjudgment of others and in moving forward when all odds seem against you.
This is not only a relaxing, inspiring "Summer Read" but also a great novel for anyone who is struggling with - or has struggled with- devastating hardships and loss.
The characters feel so alive and real! The background scenes are portrayed in a way, easily visualized by the reader.
The Book Cover image and Title are attractive, eye-catching and very "fitting"The only negative though I had with this novel is that the drama was slightly drawn out and felt remotely repetitive.
I rate this with a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review.This is my honest review.
Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J23ZXF8.
Paperback, 264 pages | Published March 3rd 2014 by Fickle Wind
ISBN: 0991241703 (ISBN13: 9780991241705)
A rags to riches story, chronicled initially through the eyes of a child born into war-torn Britain who refused to accept that the lackluster life she knew would be all she possibly could expect. The escape route was via Canada, where the impossible seemed possible and her hopes were nourished and thrived. These were the transitional years, so different from England into which she had been born, and preparing her for what was to come-a life well lived, in the miracle called America.
A page-turning journey with strong characters strewn with joy, sorrow, laughter and tears; a first novel that is compelling to the last sentence. Inspirational: when you don’t know where to turn and difficult challenges are blown in by a fickle wind, hold on for dear life and you will weather the storm. You will awaken one morning to an azure, cloudless sky, and a zephyr will gently stir the leaves and open your heart to a new beginning.
REVIEW by Sabrina
I found the book to be interesting. The best way I can think to describe it is an overview of the main characters life. It tells of her life from childhood through three marriages and divorces, multiple career choices and traveling.
While interesting I am not sure what the point of the story is. There was no real climax or structure. It did have a nice flow and was well written. It could be a self realization book but I am just not sure. That being said I think the title fit and is summed up in the last few pages. A fickle wind is based on the idea that our lives are made up of choices and is not decided upon by a fickle wind. The cover fit as well as any.
Overall I would give this book a 3.5 because it is a unique style, covers interesting topics and events and is well written. I can't rate it higher because although interesting isn't really the style I enjoy a great deal and there were little things that bothered me over time such as the attitude of the main character that all the problems in her relationships were others fault and she always was happy and a glass half full person.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Bourne left England as a young woman and now divides her time between California and Canada. Travel is still an important priority but she also enjoys participating in family life with her two daughters and her grandchildren. The seed to write was planted many years ago but it was not until recently, when Bourne had the uninterrupted time to devote to it, that she decided to fulfill her long-time ambition to be a writer. This is her debut novel.
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