Thursday, February 15, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: a familiar fear by Kathi Oram Peterson


ABOUT THE BOOK

Ex-FBI agent Riley Scott lives each day with the scars of her former career. After the murder of her husband and the recent attempt on her own life by the Russian mafia, her heart is irrevocably broken. Agate Island seems like the perfect place to begin building a new future for herself and her teenage son, yet even before the ferry docks at their new home, Riley realizes there will be no escape for her. There, on the boat, is mafia boss Maksimillian Petruso—the man who took everything from her. The man she killed.

Matthew Taggart knows who Riley is and understands her reaction to his resemblance to Maksimillian Petruso. But Matthew is nothing like his estranged criminal father. So far, he has been able to hide from that evil world. However, he's afraid Riley's appearance on the island may lead his family's mafia connections to his doorstep. After all, she is the agent who took down his father. Matthew needs to leave town. Fast. Unfortunately, when the family wants to find him, there is nowhere he can hide. Now he and Riley are thrown together in a dangerous connection, and learning to trust each other is their only hope of survival.

REVIEW

This romantic suspense has a rather unusual twist to it.  When Riley Scott, former FBI agent, arrives on Agate Island looking to build a new future for herself and her son, the last person she expects to see is Maksimilian Petruso, the Russian mobster that murdered her husband and nearly took her own life.  Especially since she already killed him.  Turns out Matthew Taggart is Petruso's son and has been hiding from the rest of the family for years.  Unfortunately, being so close to each other doesn't work out well for either one.  Only by working together can they find a way to defeat the crime family and save themselves and their children.  This suspenseful novel is full of twists and turns, not all of which are unexpected.  Still, the book contains plenty of tension both life-threatening and romantic.

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*Feb. 16th: http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/


Thursday, February 1, 2018

TREK Movie Trailer Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

TREK the MOVIE TRAILER!


MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 

Written by Hollywood screenwriter David Howard and Jon Enos, and directed by Alan Peterson, TREK is a family comedy that follows a group of LDS teens as they stumble their way through the sagebrush looking for their pioneer heritage as well as their own testimonies.

Watch as Tom, a young Mormon teenager and his friends try to smuggle in unsanctioned food, battle sibling rivalry, encounter a “special ops” Young Mens leader, ponder doctrinal brain teasers, and match wits with a Twinkie-loving skunk.  Through all of the ups and downs, they are revealed to be “real” LDS youth who are struggling with real challenges—doubts, divorce, relationships.  When they encounter unexpected trouble, their faith is tested much like their pioneer ancestors.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Six Days to Live by Kenneth M. Page


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sometimes disaster is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Take Addison Roberts, for example: it is a deadly coincidence that in a crowded parking lot one day, she catches the eye of a dangerous criminal on the run. In his desperation to evade the police, what he needs is a way out—and Addison and her car are his ticket to escape.

Lieutenant Chase Roberts, on leave from his military assignment, is anxious to be reunited with his wife. Yet as night falls and Addison fails to appear, Chase feels a rising sense of foreboding. Hours quickly become days as he desperately works with authorities to find the woman he loves. But after being named a person of interest, Chase is warned away from the investigation—a mandate he ignores. Chase will stop at nothing to find his wife, and what he ultimately discovers is terrifying: Addison has been carjacked by a man who has killed before and has no scruples against killing again ...

REVIEW

Page has written a compelling, suspenseful story of desperation and fate playing out against love and survival.  After falling victim to a desperate man, Addison struggles to survive, knowing full well, that her captor is volatile and unpredictable.  Chase, meanwhile, is also desperate, desperate to get his wife back.  This leads both to do things they might not otherwise do.  And who knows what sacrifices might have to be made in order for Addison to live another day.  I enjoyed this one, although it was quite intense and I had to stop and take a deep breath now and then.

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*Jan. 26th: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/


 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank


ABOUT THE BOOK

Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue's wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiance. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper and seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiance she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate's mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.

REVIEW

An entertaining account of a courageous woman who sets out to find a life where she can be herself.  As a medical doctor, she's finding it difficult to find people willing to let her treat them.  But she's determined to succeed.  She's also not particularly interested in getting married especially after one bullying fiance.  But the heart likes to do its own thing sometimes, and Kate finds herself interested in one Lucas McCurdy.  But she isn't fully prepared for the trouble this causes in an already precarious situation with cattle ranchers on one side and sheep farmers on the other.  Frank has written an entertaining and enlightening book about life as a female doctor on the western frontier.

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*Jan 12th: http://reviewsfromtheheart.blogspot.com, http://www.wishfulendings.com, http://www.kindleandme.com, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com, http://fireandicereads.com


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Fisherman's Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez


ABOUT THE BOOK

Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.

In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.

REVIEW

Falling in love during war complicates things for Marianna and Massimo, two young Italians.  Which is why they try not to fall for each other.  But they can't seem to help it.  But Massimo has secrets that won't allow him to be with Marianna, leaving her with a broken heart.  And unfortunately, when war strikes home leaving Marianna further devastated, she can't stay out of it any longer.  As Marianna and Massimo struggle to survive the war and their place in it, they must face the possibility of never seeing each other again.

I think the thing I enjoyed the most about this book is the beautiful Italian setting.  I really wanted to jump into the book and see the places the author describes (without the warfare of course).  It was also very easy to empathize with the struggles that Marianna and Massimo face in both their feelings for each other and their love of their country.  And I couldn't help but admire the courage they muster to fight for those whom they love.  The story line is compelling and interesting.  I enjoyed the book.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Ruth by H.B. Moore


ABOUT THE BOOK

Master storyteller and best-selling author H. B. Moore brings to life the biblical account of Ruth as never before in this vivid retelling of her courageous and faithful life.

Following the death of Ruth's husband, she finds herself at a crossroads. Rather than return to her family and hometown, they young widow makes a remarkable decision: she will remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, as her caretaker and companion.

Together, the two widows boldly leave behind the lives they knew in the land of Moab and make their way to Bethlehem, arriving downtrodden and destitute. Though Ruth works day and night to provide for Naomi, it is ultimately through the kindness and generosity of Boaz that the two women find respite from their trials. As Ruth comes to know Boaz, she fins that her broken heart is beginning to heal in ways she could never have imagined. But when a question of inheritance threatens any hope of a life with Boaz, Ruth may have to give up the last piece o her heart in order to secure her future.

REVIEW

Sigh.  The last couple of weeks have been so busy that I just haven't had time to read this.  But I'm very much looking forward to it.  Ruth is one of my favorite scripture stories and Moore always does a fabulous job.

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*Dec. 15th: https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com, http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com


 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS: The Little Match Girl/Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas Children's Edition


ABOUT THE BOOK

It is Christmas Eve, but for one little girl, there will be no stockings hung lovingly above the fireplace or shiny presents wrapped under the tree. The best that the little match girl can hope for is a warm, dry corner of the street to protect her against the freezing snow that has been falling for hours.

Helpless and cold, the child seeks a bit of comfort from the only source she has—the bundle of matches in her apron pocket. She had struggled all day to sell even one, but the crowds of people had only hurried past her with hardly a glance as they finished up their holiday shopping and rushed home to begin their feasts. Alas, at least she has the matches now, each one holding the promise of a few short seconds of warmth and light.

But as she strikes each match, she discovers a truth that sets her heart soaring—all along, even in times when she has felt most alone, she has been lovingly watched over by those who have gone before her and have anxiously awaited a joyous reunion. She learns she is not forgotten, and in the learning shares a poignant message of love and service. The tender tale of the little match girl reminds each of us to take notice of the least of those among us and to do our part to extend a kindly hand—at Christmastime and always.

REVIEW

This story has always broken my heart.  A young child alone and cast out in the streets to survive as best she can.  And yet the story is not intended to be one of sadness alone, but of joy as the little girl uses the few matches she has to imagine the most magnificent Christmas possible.  And while the early world had forgotten her, the heavenly one had not as she is joyfully welcomed home.  And while the focus of the story is on the faith and hope the child maintained despite her desperate circumstances, I can't help but ponder how her life would have been different if someone had stepped in to help. To me that is one of the important things that Christmas reminds us of, the need to be kind and loving towards one another as He, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings was.

This magnificent version of a classic tale was first told at the 2016 Christmas Concert of the Mormon Tabernacle choir.  The book includes the story along with some gorgeous illustrations and the words to the song the choir sang with the book.  A video of the storytelling and choir performance can be found at www.motab.org/littlematchgirl.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Discover how each figure of the Nativity can lead your family closer to Christ this Christmas season. This children's edition of Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas will guide you through seven meaningful traditions inspired by the Nativity setting. These simple experiences are not meant to add more to an already crowded holiday season but to offer something different. They will give your family an opportunity to escape from the frantic bustle of the Christmas season and spend time reflecting on the baby Jesus and the miracle of His birth.

This interactive book invites children to watch each figure approach the waiting manger and encourages them to ask what they might have done if they had been there on the night Jesus was born. Seven beautiful ornaments have been created to accompany the lesson each figure teaches. Displaying the ornaments throughout the Christmas holiday will remind your children of the lessons they are learning about the baby Jesus.

REVIEW

The Christmas season always seems to be so busy and chaotic that the real meaning of Christmas gets left behind.  Emily Freeman & David Butler have created this book to help parents lead their children toward a more spiritual, joy-filled Christmas experience.  The book is intended to be used over a seven day period.  Each day focuses on one person(s) or part of the Christmas story.  For example, the first night focuses on the innkeeper providing the stable for Joseph and Mary to stay in, the second night focuses on Joseph's kind treatment of Mary, etc.  Each section begins with a scripture passage from the Christmas story told in the Bible, followed by a brief explanation of what what happening.  The question, Could you? follows each explanation.  A question related to the topic then follows such as: How could you make room for the baby Jesus as part of your Christmas celebration this year?  There is a set of Christmas ornaments and nativity scene that can be purchased to go along with the traditions and questions suggested.  For those who are looking for a new tradition to help children celebrate Christmas in a Christ-Centered way, this book is a great resource.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Gentleman's Deception by Karen Tuft


ABOUT THE BOOK

Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, the Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in a favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, Lavinia embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition.

Lucas Jennings is shocked to find the stunning redhead in his arms, but something moves him to play along with her ruse when she calls him her husband. This charade marks the start of an unpredictable journey as he escorts the lovely Lavinia and her traveling companions to Primrose Farm, far from the glaring lights of London. Soon, the tables are turned when Lucas introduces Lavinia to his family—as his fiancee. Before long, their mutual deception begins to feel all too real. But when the truth of her past is revealed, will Lavinia's dream of a happy ending slip through her fingers?

REVIEW

Having read Tuft's The Earl's Betrothal and loving it, I was eager to get my hands on this new book of her's.  And it turns out this one is related to that one.  Lucas was a friend of the main character in the other book.  I found it delightful to return to a character already known.  And like the other book, this one also has a rather unusual story line.

Lucas Jennings has bid adieu to his friend the Earl of Halford and is reluctantly making his way home.  Reluctantly, because he must face the woman he loved who married his brother, and the rest of his family without anything to show for the last seven years.  He does not at all expect a strange woman to throw herself into his arms and claim him as her husband.  Yet that is exactly what happens.  As he comes to know the beautiful Lavinia, he wonders if he's found his path after all.  At the very least, he's found a way to postpone going home.  But Lavinia is on the run from her past as a famous actress and isn't really prepared for what she finds at Primrose Farm, the property she has inherited. 

The witty banter between Lavinia and her friends added much to the book as Lavinia has to relearn how to be herself and how to trust.  Lucas makes for an honorable hero that I couldn't help but cheer for in his efforts to help Lavinia open up about her past.  Tuft has written another engaging, enjoyable regency romance.

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*Dec. 8th: https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.kindleandme.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/


 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Hunter's Son by Gregg Luke


ABOUT THE BOOK

For as long as Jarem can remember, the war between the Nephites and Lamanites has raged on. But for the young Nephite, there is security in the knowledge that the ruthless Lamanite warriors would never dare cross the border into his village—until the unthinkable happens. A Lamanite raiding party defies boundaries, destroying the village and killing Jarem’s family. Enslaved to his enemies, Jarem must rely on his faith in God as he endures unimaginable hardships at the hands of the Lamanites—including being cruelly separated from the woman he loves.

But even amid trials, there is goodness to be found. When Chemish, Master Healer of the Lamanites, takes ownership of Jarem, the young man discovers unexpected kindness. Jarem becomes the healer’s apprentice, and soon Chemish finds his soul stirred by the Christian faith of his student. But even as the bond between the two unlikely friends grows, the hatred of the Lamanites spreads. It is no longer enough for them to own the Nephites—they want to exterminate every one of them, and even personal slaves are no longer safe. Now, Jarem’s only hope of survival is a dangerous escape that will take him through the heart of Lamanite land . . .

REVIEW

Unfortunately, this week has been so busy that I haven't finished the book yet.  But I've enjoyed what I've read so far.

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Dec. 1st: https://brightlystreet.com/, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/


Friday, November 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Love & Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield


ABOUT THE BOOK

For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor—instead, Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife's deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.

Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel's husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel's husband returns, and Olivia's own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship—followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways. Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?

REVIEW

As always, Stansfield creates a heartbreaking situation for her characters and then proceeds to throw in some more difficulties before her characters find their ending.  One of the things that I enjoy most about her books is how human and easy to relate to they are.  They have weaknesses and they make mistakes that create circumstances and consequences that they then have to live with.  In this book, the two main characters, Tristan and Olivia came close to marrying, until Olivia's cousin, Muriel interfered and turned Tristan against Olivia with her charm and beauty.  But now, Muriel's true character has been revealed and Tristan has to cope with the shock of learning what she was really like in addition to her death.

And Olivia's presence doesn't make things easier, nor does his father's illness, or the smuggling going on in the neighborhood.  But as Tristan and Olivia slowly realize that their feelings for each other are still alive, it appears that given time, peace might be restored at Whitmore Manor.  Until a secret that Olivia has been keeping, threatens to divide them once more.  As always, Stansfield has written a compelling and intricate story.

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*Nov. 24th: https://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com, http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com


 
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