Monday, April 27, 2015

Secret Refuge

Title: SECRET REFUGE
Author: Dana Mentink
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
April 2015
ISBN: 978-0-373-44661-2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Wings of Danger

HIS CHANCE AT REDEMPTION

Former parole officer Mick Hudson blames himself for the death of Keeley Stevens's sister. If he hadn't paroled a criminal, she might still be alive. When he hears that the suspected killer has been spotted in Keeley's hometown, he worries she might be the next victim.

Keeley doesn't want to take help from the man who could have prevented her sister's death, but she has more than herself to worry about. She'll do anything it takes to protect her family. And Mick will risk his life to make sure that the past does not repeat itself.

Wings of Danger: The path to love is treacherous

SECRET REFUGE is the second book in Ms. Mentink’s Wings of Danger series, but it easily stands alone. Fans will want to read the first book, Hazardous Homecoming, though.

SECRET REFUGE wasn’t as scary as some Love Inspired suspense I’ve read. It did take a while to get a handle characters. Mick blames himself for Keeley’s sister’s death, as he allowed for the parole of her murderer. Keeley seems to be living out her sister’s dream, photographing birds, sort of “dating” her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and raising her sister’s daughter. I wondered how these two very hurt individuals would get past all their issues to fall in love.

Mick wasn’t the typical “cop” hero. He is a retired parole officer. Used to dealing with criminals, but not the tough guy. Keeley on the other hand was very tough. One had to admire her bravo—even though she made some mistakes as a result.

I thought I had the suspense figured out—but then Ms. Mentink threw in a twist I never saw coming at all. Great read. Recommended.

4 stars. Available in ebook and paperback. 224 pages.


This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Every Bride Needs a Groom

Title: EVERY BRIDE NEEDS A GROOM
Author: Janice Thompson         
Publisher: Revell
April 2015
ASIN:   978-0800723996
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Series: A Brides with Style Novel, book 1


Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

EVERY BRIDE NEEDS A GROOM is the first book in Ms. Thompson’s newest series, Brides with Style. I know I say this about every one of Ms. Thompson’s books, but this is my favorite of her books yet. Katie is small town, sweet, innocent, lovable and centered in family. Brady, too, is centered in family. He is over-the-top kind, even to pushy fans, and intrusive agents. I couldn’t help but fall in love with all the characters in this book and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this collection!

Quirky, funny, with great one-liners. And quotes from Country Western legends start each chapter. If you like contemporary romance with a massive dose of humor, you will love EVERY BRIDE NEEDS A GROOM.
  
5 stars. Available in ebook and paperback. 336 pages.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Unplanned - book spotlight

A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who's far too young to be pregnant.



UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

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    Synopsis: When Kennedy Stern’s childhood pastor asks her to volunteer at his new pregnancy center, she carves time out of her rigorous college schedule to promote the cause of the unborn.

    After receiving a disturbing call from someone far too young to carry a child in the first place, Kennedy can no longer blindly hide behind the pro-life platitudes she grew up believing. She resolves to locate the unknown girl but winds up entrenched in a mystery that grows more convoluted as it unfolds.

    Soon, Kennedy finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay in exchange for personal and political victory.

    Alana Terry has won awards from Women of Faith, the Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers' Favorite, and more. Unplanned was a finalist in the Deep River Books writing contest.

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    NIV Gift Bible for Kids

    Title: NIV GIFT BIBLE FOR KIDS     
    Publisher: Zonderkidz
    February 2015
    ISBN:  978-0310748458
    Genre:  NIV Bible

    The NIV Gift Bible for Kids is the perfect gift for graduations, confirmations, and other special achievements. The bonus content explores the teachings, ministry, miracles, and parables of Jesus, as well as life in New Testament times, enhancing and enriching the reading of Scripture.

    Features include:

    • Words of Christ in red
    • Presentation page
    • Bible dictionary concordance
    • Book introductions
    • Presentation page for personalizing and gift giving

    The NIV GIFT BIBLE FOR KIDS has an absolutely gorgeous imitation leather cover. It is pink, with hearts and flowers. Both of my young daughters wanted this Bible.

    The type is tiny. This could be a bad thing, especially if the child you are getting it for is a beginning or struggling reader. My middle-aged eyes struggled with it—and this cool design will definitely appeal to some women (like me).  It does have some illustrations in the concordance which will help describe things.

    If you are looking for a cool gift Bible for your favorite 8 plus year old – or just like the design and want it for yourself, this is a great idea.


    4 stars. Available in print. 736 pages. 

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Sexual Assualt Awareness FREEbook!



    Sexual Assault Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention
     

    1 out of 3 girls...
    1 out of 6 boys...

    ...are sexually abused before the age of 18.

    Know the signs of abuse and how you can help.

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    Shannon shares her remarkable story of recovery in her
    award-winning book,

    Exposed: Inexcusable Me, Irreplaceable Him

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    available April 23-24



    Houston, TX- April has been designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness month, as well as National Child Abuse Prevention month in recognition of the pervasiveness of sexual assault nationwide. Sexual violence, including child sexual abuse, spans across all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. According to a Child Maltreatment report from theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, 60,956 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in the United States in 2013.
    It is important to always pay attention to our surroundings and those we come in contact with. Someone may be crying out for help, and if we know what to look for, we can be instrumental in moving them from victim to survivor. Some things to look for include:
    • Behavioral changes
    • Behavior that is sexual in nature or more mature for their age
    • Depression (Abuse victims are three times more likely to suffer depression.)
    • Acting out inappropriately
    • Alcohol or drug abuse. Those who have been abused are 13 times more likely to become addicted to alcohol and 26 times more likely to become addicted to drugs.
    On top of the guilt and shame that abuse can bring, most victims know their attackers, which can lead them to be silent about their traumatic experience. Staying silent, however, does not lead to healing, according to Shannon Deitz, abuse survivor and founder of Hopeful Hearts Ministry.

    Deitz has the unfortunate firsthand experience of being a survivor of sexual abuse both as a child and as an adult. She sees the month of April as an opportunity to encourage other survivors to speak up and speak out, knowing that it is a crucial step towards healing. “The shame, despair and inability to cope with the painful events can lead to depression as well as dangerous behavior, as survivors tend to seek other ways to block out the memories and dull the pain.” comments Deitz. “My main goal is to help others see their worth and become the best they can be.” Through the power of her own story, she helps people see that they no longer have to live as a victim, but are worth so much more.

    For those who know someone who has been abused or assaulted, she encourages them to be good listeners. “Survivors want to know they are being heard and that they will be safe and protected,” she explains. “We do not need to be silenced because our situation makes others feel uncomfortable. To the contrary, we need people around us who are willing to listen and willing to stand up for us if we choose to go public.” April is important because the more people who become aware of just how prevalent this problem is in our country, the more beneficial it will be for everyone. Being able to share our story with others serves to help prevent future abuse from taking place. If there is a survivor in your midst, be willing to listen. Be willing to hear their story.”

    Deitz’s willingness to share her story in her award-winning book, Exposed: Inexcusable Me, Irreplaceable Him, as well as listen to other survivor’s stories through the Hopeful Hearts Ministry, has created hope and a safe place for abuse survivors of all ages and backgrounds.

    The “I Have a Voice” videos are opening new doors for outreach. After watching the video  ‘Child Sexual Abuse and Forgiveness’, a gentleman personally contacted Deitz in appreciation. “Your sharing of your story, your truth, was very powerful. It really hit home and I was moved by your honesty, courage, and willingness to stand up for and speak out on behalf of the abused child. Your ministry is powerful, important, and needed.”


    Deitz continues reaching out to those who are struggling through her speaking engagements, blog, Just Show Up, and ministry website. She recently held a gala event honoring abuse survivors that raised $27,000 to aide in these efforts.

    Plain Pursuit

    Title: PLAIN PURSUIT
    Author: Alison Stone                               
    Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
    July 2012
    ASIN:  978-0310748458
    Genre:  Romantic Suspense


    Danger in Amish Country

    When her brother is killed in a small Amish town, Anna Quinn discovers she's an unwelcome outsider. But the FBI agent investigating the case is right at home—because Eli Miller was born and raised in Apple Creek's Plain community.

    Eli left his Amish faith behind long ago, but his heart is rooted in a local cold case he can't forget—a mystery with strange connections to Anna's loss. Desperate to uncover the truth, Anna and Eli are faced with stony silences and secrets…secrets that someone wants to keep buried in the past.

    PLAIN PURSUIT is a good romantic suspense. Not too scary, but enough tension to keep the pages turning. Anna knows her brother would never kill a five year old Amish girl. Eli is just as certain that Daniel did it. Or at least held the answers to who did.

    I did figure out part of the “who-dun-it” early on. On the other hand, parts of the revelation surprised me, so it wasn’t all the way cut and dried. The story was interesting. A combination of Amish and romantic suspense… combining the best of both worlds.

    If you like Amish romantic suspense and missed it when it first came out, now is your chance. Available on kindle and in large print from Amazon. Second party-sellers handle the other two options.

    4 stars. Available in ebook, large print, hardcover, and paperback. 222 pages.


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    I Can Read! Noah's Voyage and Brave Queen Esther

    Title: ADVENTURE BIBLE: NOAH’S VOYAGE    
    Illustrator: David Miles
    Publisher: Zonderkidz
    April 2015
    ISBN:  978-0310746836
    Genre:  Bible story
    Series: I Can Read! Level 2
    Ages 4 – 8
    Reviewed by Kaeli


    Noah’s Voyage tells the story of a brave and faithful hero of the Old Testament. Written in the I Can Read level two standards, with age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts, young readers read about Noah, a simple man with great faith and trust in God. When God asks Noah to follow his directions, build an ark, and put two of every animal on it, Noah and his family do what they are asked, knowing God would not steer them wrong.

    This I Can Read! series of Bible stories makes use of the unique features found in the NIV Adventure Bible such as “People in Bible Times” and “Did You Know ”.

    NOAH’S VOYAGE is the retelling of Noah’s ark in children’s language. It is easily read by beginning readers and helps to build reading skills and self-confidence when you can finish the whole book by yourself without an adult helping with the words.

    If you know a beginning reader then please consider getting any of the books in Zonderkidz I Can Read! series. I recommend it. It also helps to teach kids the real Bible stories and not the Veggie Tales version.


    5 stars. Available in ebook and print. 32 pages.

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    Title: ADVENTURE BIBLE: BRAVE QUEEN ESTHER  
    Illustrator: David Miles
    Publisher: Zonderkidz
    April 2015
    ISBN:  978-0310746669
    Genre:  Bible story
    Series: I Can Read! Level 2
    Ages 4 – 8
    Reviewed by Kaeli


    Brave Queen Esther tells the story of a brave and beautiful hero of the Old Testament. Written in the I Can Read level two standards, with age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts, young readers read about a young Jewish woman who is chosen to be a queen by a powerful king. When she hears of a plan to hurt all of the Jewish people in the kingdom, she calls on her faith and steps forward, facing certain danger to save God’s people from the evil plan.

    This I Can Read! series of Bible stories makes use of the unique features found in the NIV Adventure Bible such as “People in Bible Times” and “Words to Treasure”.

    BRAVE QUEEN ESTHER is the retelling of Esther in children’s language. It is easily read by beginning readers and helps to build reading skills and self-confidence when you can finish the whole book by yourself without an adult helping with most of the words.

    If you know a beginning reader then please consider getting any of the books in Zonderkidz I Can Read! series. I recommend it. It also helps to teach kids the real Bible stories and not the Veggie Tales version.

    5 stars. Available in ebook and print. 32 pages.