Wednesday, May 17, 2017
MARKED BEAUTY by S.A. Larsen, Digital Cover Reveal Information
Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017
Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.
Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.
As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.
About the Author
S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.
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The giveaway begins May 17th and will be open until May 23rd. Winners will be announced May 24th via social media.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I received a copy of NEVER GIVE UP: YOU’RE
STRONGER THAN YOU THINK by John Mason from Revell in exchange for an honest
I didn’t expect to read it as fast as I
did. The book flies by and feels as if
the author is having a personal conversation with you.
Parts of this really resonated with
me. Ever since having my baby, at times
I feel overwhelmed by everything I want to do, need to do, and just being
exhausted in general. Many parts spoke
to me, such as about procrastination. I’ve
found myself procrastinating more now than ever before. I blame the exhaustion – but I can’t let
exhaustion stop me. Sometimes things are
obvious, like that saying, but we need someone else to say them to us to really
make them click.
Other sections in this book are perfect for
me to use for other people. There are
many people in my life who struggle to get things done. This book provided tools for my tool belt so
I can assist them and know just what to say.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Another excellent read from Grace M. DeLeesie. The writing flows and you can tell she cares about her characters. She cares about her setting and her creations. She loves all of it. If you’re looking for an easy read about magic and romance, check this book out.My only complaint is the title. It certainly is unique, but hard to say, even in my mind. I started just thinking of the book as “Ag.”
Friday, April 28, 2017
CAUGHT IN BETWEEN by Alison L. Perry is an interesting take on vampires. For one thing, Sadie faints at the sight of blood. I do that too! My best moment was passing out at work when they did biometric screening.
If you’re worried this is just another Twilight knockoff, don’t worry, it isn’t. The writing is fresh and Sadie is interesting. This is a fast read that takes you back to what it feels like to be a “different” teenager. The emotion is raw. Alison Perry does an excellent job in making her characters real and her situations engaging.
I’m glad this is book 1. I look forward to seeing what happens in book 2!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I received a copy of ALABASTER by Chris Aslan from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, as the back of the book was a little vague. I went into it, then, with an open mind, and it blew me away. It isn’t just the research that makes this novel shine. The characters themselves makes this story so heart wrenching and beautiful. They are all so real. The setting itself feels like a character.
It took me a while to realize this was historical fiction. That may sound odd, but if you read the book, you’ll see what I mean.
This is Christian fiction, but it doesn’t quite feel that well. Sometimes Christian fiction can eel preachy, whereas this is smooth. The lesson come to you as your eyes open wide and you don’t realize you are learning about life.
I would love to see this made into a movie, but I fear that would lose some of the wonder of the words.
I recommend this book if you are looking for something beautiful and captivating to read. It is a short book at only 202 pages, so it is a fast read. If you’re like me, you will be able to read it in one sitting.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Looking for something fun and creepy to do this summer? If nature walks where the paranormal breathes down your neck is right up your alley, then check out Witchwood Hollow. Legend has it that the woods are haunted by the spirit of a witch. If you step inside this dark, shadowed crop of trees, you may never exit.
Travelers have been coming to Witchwood Hollow for years to test this legend. Beware – this is private property, so do tread lightly. Plus, you don’t want the witch to catch you!
I caught up with a local teen, who wishes to remain anonymous, about her trip into Witchwood Hollow.
“It was scary, you know?” She kept glancing behind her during our interview. “You have to go at night for the witch to catch you. I swear I heard someone call my name and my cousin thought someone grabbed her ankle.”
Many locals dare each other to see how long they can last in the woods. If you’re up for the dare, then visit Witchwood Hollow in Arnn, New York. Anyone you ask there can point you in the right direction.
If you’re looking for a fictionalized account of what happens within Witchwood Hollow, check out ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth, published by Curiosity Quills Press.
Overall, I recommend this for its overall good fun and the bit of creepiness thrown in. This is perfect for escapism reading.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
At first, I was a little daunted by it being a collection of 4 books. I only get to read at night on my computer, so I worried how long it would take me to get through them. Wellll – I flew through the collection! Oh my goodness. These are books where you can see everything. They feel more like a movie than a book. You’re in there with the characters.
With some books I’ve read lately, the sequels just falter while book one shines, or book one falters and the sequels are amazing. Rest assured that the writing in these books stays steady.
Be warned: This isn’t your typical angels and demons story. Be prepared to be sucked in.
Monday, April 17, 2017
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Saturday, April 8, 2017
I received a copy of SANDPIPER COVE by Irene Hannon in exchange for an honest review from 0Revell. This is part of the “Hope Harbor” series.
This is a romance
with Christian undertones. The story
involves a police chief falling in love with an ex-convict, and vice
versa. That intrigued me when I read the
synopsis. I read quite a bit of romance,
and I haven’t seen that dynamic before.
I couldn’t wait to see how the author carried it out (and hoped it
wouldn’t be weak).
characters stood out to me the most.
Everyone felt real, as if I would meet them if I traveled to Oregon. Many of the characters reminded me of someone
I know in real life. (I’m not mentioning
names so no one takes offense!) Even the secondary characters stand out. Some authors don’t spend time developing
them, but you can tell Irene Hannon loves each and every one of them.
Did I mention how in love I am with the setting and want to go there on vacation?
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Something that really stood out to me was when his mother taught him to hold photographs by the edges. My grandmother always stressed that to me!
Friday, March 24, 2017
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
I received a copy of COURAGOEUS LOVE by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is part of the Circle C Milestones series. This is a young adult series depicting the further adventures of Andrea Carter.
I am a huge fan of every Andrea Carter book that I’ve read so far. The books take place in the 1800s, and I am a sucker for historical fiction, especially when it is geared toward a youthful audience. Andrea is a bit of a tomboy. She lives on a ranch and would rather help out her brothers than be a lady like her mother and sisters. However, Andrea is full of heart. She loves her family and her animals. Andrea has her faults, which makes her relatable and an awesome heroine to root for.
In this adventure, horrible things begin to happen on the ranch and leads point to criminals from her brother’s past. Andrea handles everything realistically, and I loved seeing Riley play a role in this story. This might actually be my favorite of the Circle C Milestones books, apart from the first in the series.
Like all the books, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys religious historical fiction. Susan K. Marlow is a strong writer, so you know you won’t be disappointed.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I received a copy of the WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW COLLECTION in exchange for an honest review from Lion Hudson via Kregel. This is a set of six small books for children that teach the reader about different religious topics. The books in this collection are: WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT GOD, WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE BIBLE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW JESUS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO PRAY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS, and WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW THE STORY OF EASTER. The books are beautifully illustrated and the sentences are simple enough for children to understand, and to spark their imaginations so that they turn to parents and guardians for more information. I read them to my son, who is four months old, and he enjoyed them, even though they are too advanced for him. It will be fun reading these with him again when he’s older.
Overall, I do like the collection. I think it is a great teaching tool for children, and would be perfect in a Sunday school classroom or a bedroom library. However, there was something that bothered me. It talked about how even if we are bad, God will forgive us. It didn’t say to be a good person, though. This is probably just something that perturbed me.
Monday, February 27, 2017
I received a copy of KING’S BLOOD by Jill Williamson in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House. It is the second book in the Kingsman Chronicles. This is a thick, monstrous book, and that makes it all the better. You get to fully immerse yourself in this fantasy world of magic and danger. It isn’t so fast that you start to become involved and then it’s over. This sucks you in and refuses to let you go.
I hadn’t read book one, so a few places I felt a little lost; however, it wasn’t enough to diminish my pleasure in KING’S BLOOD. It has been a while since I’ve read an epic fantasy, and this filled that void. I used to be obsessed with them in high school and this brought back all those memories of curling up in the old living room chair.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so I’ll just say that you’ll find plenty of plot twists. The characters and world are well developed. You can tell that the author spent a great deal of time plotting her world, and that she truly loves this series. I recommend this for fantasy lovers, or anyone who wants to take the time to lose themselves in a magical world.
Monday, February 20, 2017
When Arionna Jacobs fled town in a desperate bid to save Dace Matthews, she never expected the chaos she would leave in her wake. Now her closest friend is dead, and another is missing, forcing Ari to return to face the devastating consequences of her actions and the broken boy she left behind.
Her problems are only just beginning.
Even as her bond with Dace grows stronger, Arionna finds herself weakening when Freki's cage shatters. Fighting the wolf for control is tearing her apart piece by piece. And at every turn, she finds that those she's put her faith in aren't who they seem, bringing her face to face with Sköll and Hati. As the depth of their betrayal is revealed, Freki spirals out of control, and Arionna must face her greatest fear: losing herself to the fierce wolf within.
The world balances on the edge of a blade, and one wrong move will destroy it all.
With few allies she can trust and little choice left, Arionna must decide between the lives of her friends and her own future with the alpha she loves. Will she be able to stand firm for the sake of the world, or will she falter in the face of defeat?