Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Spotlighting ~ "The Thirteenth Guardian" by K.M. Lewis ~ Blog tour with a #giveaway

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The Thirteenth Guardian
(The Thirteenth Guardian #1)
By K.M. Lewis
Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Thriller
Paperback & ebook, 307 Pages
June 11th 2019

DA VINCI'S SECRET PALES. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Eve did not cause the fall of man. She carried a far more devastating secret for millennia—one that will change the world forever.

As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt,” Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation. Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.

The Thirteenth Guardian is Book One of a daring new Trilogy that will shake you to your core.

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As he approached the Sant’Angelo Bridge, he stopped for a moment and looked left at Castel Sant’Angelo, which was once the tallest building in Rome. Castel SantAngelo was built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, around 125 AD, as a mausoleum for him and his family. At the top of the castle is a statue of the Archangel Michael—renowned for leading God’s armies against Satan’s army in the final battle in the Book of Revelation.
Something about standing in the shadow of the Archangel Michael this evening caused Eli to stop and stare at the statue. He noticed, for the first time, that Archangel Michael appeared to have just unsheathed his sword—as if the time for that final battle, prophesied in the Bible, had finally arrived. Eli observed that Michael had a calmness etched on his face that evoked both sadness and resolve.


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K.M. Lewis has lived in multiple countries around the world and speaks several languages. Lewis holds a graduate degree from one of the Universities featured in his book. When he is not writing, Lewis doubles as a management consultant, with clients in just about every continent. He does much of his writing while on long flights and at farflung airports around the globe. He currently resides on the East Coast of the United States with his family.


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gloved Heart by Charlotte Brentwood ~ Book Review

Gloved Heart  (Hearts of Amberley, #2)Gloved Heart by Charlotte Brentwood
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:  Can she ever trust again? 

Amy Miller is struggling to come to terms with her new life as a mother, while being a reluctant guest in a rigid gentry household. A victim of abuse, she is determined to never trust a man again. 

Henry Russell has loved Amy for as long as he can remember, but his family want nothing to do with her. A chance encounter with Amy rekindles a friendship which might save both of them. 

The discovery of a secret which holds the key to Amy’s past will change them both forever, and jeopardise any chance they have for happiness. Can Henry show Amy that true love will give her everything she could ever need? 

Sensuality level: sweet (only kissing) 
Some content may challenge sensitive readers.

My thoughtsGloved Heart had a lot of depth to the plot. Amy is a young single mother. She was violated and kept the baby. Her circumstances are not ideal, her adopted parents had passed away and now she is the ward of a wealthy couple. She is not sure why they have taken pity on her and helped her out in her time of need.
Henry is the son of a farmer and has loved Amy for a long time. He doesn't care that she has a child. He knows she is blameless in his conception and longs to give her and her son a home.

This book is an emotional one. You have a young woman who feels abandoned and has a hard time believing in and trusting another. She doesn't know if she will ever be able to stand to let a man touch her and find the love she longs for. I found this book to be one of healing. There are a few plot points that surround Amy and Henry that also deal with relationships and healing. They are a wonderful addition to this emotionally driven book.

This is the second book in a series but can be read as stand-alone. I plan on reading The Vagabond Vicar in the future. I have already added to my Kindle Unlimited wish list.

This book contains content that is not graphic but sensitive to victims of sexual abuse. I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.



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Charlotte Brentwood
About the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  Charlotte developed serious crushes on a series of men from age fifteen: Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth and Brandon. A bookworm and scribbler for as long as she can remember, Charlotte always dreamed of sharing her stories with the world.


Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the internet and in marketing. She lives with her husband in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand.

Now mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Between Two ShoresBetween Two Shores by Jocelyn Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:  The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel's life convince her he's in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She's risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?



My thoughts: This book is rich in detail. I was taken on a journey to a time in history that I was not familiar with. The author did a wonderful job of describing the differences in the culture of the British/Mohawk/French/Canadian conflict. I LOVED how she was able to explain the customs and why they reacted differently to situations.

This book is not what I expected. For some reason, I thought it was a romance, but it is not. Love is a central part of the book and the different ways to care about another. Catherine comes to a better understanding of her part in the love of the people she cares about.

I could picture myself there with the characters. Jocelyn Green paints a picture that I could visualize. I don't get that experience with many books that I read.

I give this book a solid recommendation. There is war violence, but it is not described in detail. It also alludes to torture and the taking of scalps.


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Jocelyn Green
About the Author: (Taken from Amazon)  Jocelyn Green is a former journalist who puts her investigative skills to work in writing both nonfiction and historical fiction to inspire faith and courage. 


The honors her books have received include the Christy Award in historical fiction, and gold medals from the Military Writers Society of America and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. 

Complex and nuanced characters, rich historical detail and twisting plots make her novels immersive experiences. Her fiction has been praised by Historical Novel Society, Romantic Times, Library Journal, historians specializing in her novels’ time periods, as well as popular and acclaimed authors Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin, Joanne Bischof, Julie Lessman, and more.

Jocelyn loves Broadway musicals, the color red, strawberry-rhubarb pie, Mexican food, and well-done documentaries. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two children, and two cats she should have named Catticus Finch and Purrman Meowville. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Love in Disguise by Anneka R Walker (Blog tour with a #giveaway )


Love in DisguiseLove in Disguise by Anneka R. Walker
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance


Book Description:  Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing young women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother's declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.
Until William inherits his father's title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.

My thoughts: It's wonderful when you pick up a book and genuinely like the characters. Marion and William held preconceived notions that had to be overcome, but they were good people at their core.

This book was so cute! There were moments that were "laugh-out-loud" funny. I really couldn't wait to turn the pages to see they would do next. While this book is humorous, there are moments that were serious. William is actively trying to change the lives of people less fortunate. He takes in the misfits and gives them hope and purpose. He uses his influence in less than subtle ways to help others.

Marion is tenderhearted, but she has a stubborn streak. It is hard for her to change her opinion once it has been set and William is NOT one of her favorite people. He knows her for her kind heart, but she is unaware of his. She sees him as a dandy and not worth her time. I loved reading the transformation of opinions and hearts.

This author is new to me, but I will not hesitate to pick up one of her books in the future. This is a clean regency read.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.



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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Anneka Walker was raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor's degree in English and History. When she isn't dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she's busy living her own together with her husband and adorable children.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L Busse (Blog tour with a #giveaway ) #FOTRT #BHPFiction

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Flight of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #2)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Book Description:  Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family's destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill. 

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady's offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.



My thoughts:  Wow!  This intense series picks up right where Mark of the Raven left off.  Selene left her family home to save Damien and finds herself still in the middle of intrigue, murder, and secrets.

I love this series.  It is a war between the light and the dark.  The House of Ravenwood has operated in the dark for centuries.  They are all about power and gain.  Selene learns the difference between light and dark and the warmth found in the light.  She learns of the good in people and that a ruler does not need to rule with "an iron fist."

Flight of the Raven was hard to put down.  Selene and Damien's story kept me turning the pages.  They are strong and better together.  I would suggest that you read Mark of the Raven first.  They do need to be read in order.  I'm so glad that I found this series and I am anxiously anticipating the next!

This book contains non-graphic violence and Christian themes.

Source:  I received a complimentary copy.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

My ratings:  5 of 5 stars!




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Mark of the Raven
(The Ravenwood Saga #1)
By Morgan L. Busse
Christian Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
November 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

I gave this book 4.5 stars!  See my review HERE.


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Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. She is a Christy and INSPY Award finalist and won the Carol Award in 2018 for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.


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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M Eden



The Heart of a Vicar (The Jonquil Brothers #6)




The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M Eden
Rating:5 of 5 stars
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: Received to review

Book Description:  Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired -- until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah's ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there iso only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried-- but is it too late for second chances?



My thoughts:  Whenever a new book written by Sarah Eden comes out it immediately goes on my list to read.  She writes a book that appeals to me and that I enjoy.

Harry Jonquil has always been teased about his desire to become a vicar.  His brothers refer to him as "Holy Harry".  He tries to live up to the role he has chosen, losing himself in the process.  Years ago the woman that he cared for walked out of his life, he helped the process by pushing her away.  She is back and causing him all kinds of turmoil.  She sees that Harry has lost himself in his calling and challenges him to become a better vicar.

This book is fun!  I love the Jonquil brothers and getting to know each of them.  Harry has been a bit of a mystery in the other books.  He stands apart and alone.  He's just as interesting as his brothers but has suppressed his personality.  Sarah brings out the best in him.  Like I said, this book was fun to read.

This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I don't know why you wouldn't want to read the series.  Another "well done" book by one of my favorite authors.



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Sarah M. EdenAbout the Author:  (Taken from Amazon)  Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.



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Friday, May 31, 2019

Draw Your Way Through the Book of Mormon by Annie Poon (Book Blog tour with a giveaway)


Draw Your Way Through the Book of MormonDraw Your Way Through the Book of Mormon by Annie Poon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Children's Inspirational Picture Book


Book Description:  Everyone can be an illustrator with well-known artist Annie Poon in Draw Your Way through the Book of Mormon, an innovative art adventure for people of all ages who want to delve into the Book of Mormon as they never have before. Featuring engaging illustrations, ideas, and step-by-step instructions, this doodle book invites budding artists to bring scriptural scenes to life—with no limit on what can be imagined!
What do you think the Liahona looked like? Draw it!
Draw yourself sneaking past the sleeping Lamanite guards.
Captain Moroni carried the title of liberty into battle—draw what you would fight for.
Packed with dozens of creative prompts, this delightful activity book will provide hours of entertainment and thought, offering students of the gospel an opportunity to express their personal impressions of the Book of Mormon through art.





My thoughts: This book is a great idea! It's a fun way to get children engaged with the Book of Mormon. The author gives basic drawing instructions. She then takes stories and principles from the Book of Mormon and lets kids use their imagination by drawing images from the prompts given. It helps children visualize the stories. Brilliant!

I think this will be a great book for me too! I can't wait to try to learn how to draw better, I missed that talent gene. It's a fun book for children of all ages.



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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In the Pursuit of Eden by Stephanie Fowers

In the Pursuit of EdenIn the Pursuit of Eden by Stephanie Fowers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Action/Romance



Book Description:  Everyone wants to find Eden’s Paradise. Except Ivy. 

Ivy is a city girl through and through. So when she follows her twin brother into the forests of the Uintas to make a documentary about looking for a treasure that’s plagued her family for generations, she’s a little out of her element. It's the same treasure that ended her father's life. Add to that her run-ins with the dashing, but infuriating Aiden Hunter. The Southern hottie has rescued her so many times that it’s getting embarrassing. Of course, she’d be more grateful if she didn’t suspect him of putting her in danger in the first place—a danger that keeps growing the closer they get to the truth. 

Forced to be allies, the two are thrown into each other’s paths, and she realizes that she has more in common with him than she thought. While Ivy searches for clues in the journal of a wayward saloon girl, Eden, to discover a life that mirrors her own, Hunter fights the demons in a past that seems tangled up in hers. His secrets are hers. The only way to get at the truth is to find an uneasy truce… and maybe something more because Hunter may not be the enemy. In fact, he may be the one who needs rescuing. Now, Ivy has to figure out who she wants by her side, and what she’s willing to give up for love. 

After all, Paradise was never meant to be found alone.



My thoughts: The Payne family has searched for Eden's treasure for generations. An ancestor left a woman to die in search of the treasure and it's almost as if there is a treasure hunting illness that propels the family to find it. When their ancestor left Eden he took her journal with him, the family has clues that lead them to the Uintah Mountains and an approximate location of the treasure. Brekker talks his twin sister, Ivy, into joining him in the search.

This story is about two "down on their luck" twins who need a break in their life. Brekker has been given an opportunity to redeem himself by finding the treasure for his backer. His sister has lived a life of monotony and he needs her to fulfill the quest.

This story has action, adventure, treasure hunting, romance, treachery, run-ins with wildlife, and a mysterious "bone man" who lives in the forest and frightens people who enter. I found myself turning the pages and needing to know how this book resolves.

There are two teams looking for the treasure and competing to see who can find it first. The leader is a dashing Southern Gentleman who immediately catches Ivy's eye. I loved, loved, loved their interactions. They were full of fun, banter, and shameless flirting. The problem is that they couldn't trust each other to give up whatever advantage the possessed. Both are lacking important information to solve the puzzle. It's very interesting to see how they worked it out!d

I was honestly surprised by this book. I don't know why exactly, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.



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Stephanie FowersAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  Stephanie Fowers loves bringing stories to life, and depending on her latest madcap ideas will do it through written word, song, and/ or film. She absolutely adores Bollywood and bonnet movies; i.e., BBC (which she supposes includes non-bonnet movies Sherlock and Dr. Who). Presently, she lives in Salt Lake where she's living the life of the starving artist. Stephanie plans to bring more of her novels out to greet the light of day. Be sure to watch for her upcoming books, including YA fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, steampunk, regency Greek fantasy, and more--many more--romantic comedies in her line of sweet romances called "Hopeless Romantics." May the adventures begin.
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