Thursday, June 22, 2017

Random Acts of Fraud

Random Acts of Fraud

A Holly Anna Paladin Mystery #5 

Paperback, ebook

May 19, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sweetbriar Cottage

Sweetbriar Cottage 

Paperback, ebook, audio,  

June 13, 2017

by Denise Hunter

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718090487

Sweetbriar Cottage is a story to fall in love with. True-to-life characters, high stakes, and powerful chemistry blend to tell an emotional story of reconciliation.” —Brenda NovakNew York Times bestselling author
When Noah and Josephine discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.
Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job and settled at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.
Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.
But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.
As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?
Sweetbriar Cottage is a wonderful story, full of emotional tension and evocative prose.” —Francine RiversNew York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

My thoughts:  SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE isn't my favorite Denise Hunter book, sadly, and I did so look forward to reading it. It is filled with sexual tension, a strong faith message, and redeeming grace, but wow. Josephine.... 

All I can say is it opened my eyes as to why the girls I went to school with who had her reputation might have gotten it. Made me wish I had been a little kinder to them, instead of keeping my distance--as all the good girls did. I never thought of things like what happened to Josephine happened back then. But maybe it did.  

I warned my fifteen year old that it is a bit graphic is places but if she wanted to read it, it would be an eye-opener. More conservative readers might be offended by some drinking, "soft" swear words, and more blatantly described scenes than most Christian writers use. But the faith message is strong. Tearfully strong. And even though I had serious trouble with Josie (though I 'get' her) I loved Noah, and understood his anger when he lost control. He is a manly man, and so wonderfully kind.  

A good book, even though it is rough, gritty, and has some parts that were offensive to me (a conservative reader).  I received a copy of this book free. My opinion is my own.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Interview with Kimberly Rose Johnson

Today we welcome Kimberly Rose Johnson to my blog. Good to have you! Please tell us about An Encore for EstelleA former A-list actress seeks to redeem herself in the most unlikely of places—a children’s theater. The writer/director didn’t anticipate a famous actress would ever show interest in his musical much less him. Will their pasts pull them apart or join them together?

Is there one particular message or “moral of the story” you hope readers walk away with? Forgiveness seems to be the moral of this story—not only the ability to forgive others, but ourselves as well.

How did An Encore for Estelle get started? The idea of writing about Estelle came to me when I was writing the first book A Love Song for Kayla.

Tell us about your research process. Normally I talk to people in the profession I’m writing about and/or I do online research, but in this case I felt like I understood the field. I also had an actress who was a childhood actor on Nickelodeon to read through it for me to make sure I got it right. J

What impact did your research have on you personally? In this particular case I didn’t need to research. I’ve always been into this profession.

How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all? I don’t think I’m anything like Estelle or Blake in personality, but I don’t enjoy the arts. I’m a singer and piano player and growing up I took several years of ballet lessons and was in many children’s ballets, so I have performance experience in that regard.

While you were writing An Encore for Estelle, do you think it mattered where the book was set? Yes, I feel like it worked best in a small town. It’s a tight community and they work together to support the arts.

Share your bio: Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.

She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Dark Deception

Dark Deception 

Defenders of Justice #2 

Paperback, ebook, hardcover

June 6, 2017

by Nancy Mehl 

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764217784

Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes 
roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin 
sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only 
Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection 
ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only 
agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

     My thoughts:  DARK DECEPTION is Ms. Mehl's latest, and the second in the 

Defenders of Justice series.  I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first, though
the action and suspense were still top notch and engaging. Kate is a hurting woman,
hidden in the witness protection program, or so she thinks. When her sister's killer 
is released from prison, he denies he did it and that the real killer is dead. But some
one is still out there and her life is in danger. 

I did like Tony, he was real, but also hurting, like Kate. He was also confused. Torn 
between attraction to Kate, the truth, and direct orders, plus under attack from an 
unknown assailant, he didn't know where to turn. 

If you like romantic suspense, pick up a copy of DARK DECEPTION. You'll be kept
up late reading until the end... 

There are a lot of unanswered questions causing this reader to wonder what's in
store in Ms. Mehl's next book. 

I received a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own 

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover, Full Color Interior: Explore the Story of the Bible---People, Places, and History 


June 6, 2017

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 1952 pages
  • Publisher:  Zonderkidz
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310758600

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.
  • Over 700 four-color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout
  • Full-color design
  • Book introductions, including important facts and an image to orient the reader
  • One-column format with side bar study notes for ease of reading
  • Presentation page
  • The complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible
  • Beautiful cover featuring gloss

My thoughts: (reviewed by  Kaeli) NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible is a heavy, hardcover Bible, with colorful yellow sidebars on each page, with plenty of room to write notes on. I like the size of the font, too, it's just the perfect size for reading. I also like that the cover is hard and it'd be hard to peel the cover apart. 

I was kind of expecting it to be pop-up pictures, for some reason, maybe it was the way I read the description. I was disappointed that it wasn't. I did like the maps and photographs though, it helps to visualize things. 

A great Bible for tweens.  I'd like it if it were KJV or NKJV as some churches are KJV only. I was provided a free copy of this Bible by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What the Bishop Saw

What the Bishop Saw 

The Amish Bishop Mysteries #1

Paperback, ebook

May 1, 2017

by Vannetta Chapman

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736966474

Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth
A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englisch alike.

When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift—one he's tried desperately to ignore all these years—to try and set the record straight. His close friend and neighbor, Emma, encourages Henry to follow God's leading.

Could the clue to solving the case be locked somewhere deep in his memory? Will Henry find the courage to move forward in faith and put the right person behind bars? Is his friendship with Emma becoming something more?

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.

My thoughts: Wow. I can't imagine the plotting that must've gone into this book. WHAT THE BISHOP SAW was engaging, about a bishop with a brain injury I'd never even heard of, that gifted him with an amazing gift--or curse--depending on how you look at it.  

Did the bishop actually see anything to save the suspect Henry knows is innocent? If so, what... and will the police detectives be able to figure it out before there are any more fires? 

I loved Henry. A dear, sweet older gentleman. There is a hint of a relationship developing, wonderfully developed secondary characters--not to mention a sweet beagle pup who turned into a better watchdog than Henry had ever imagined. 

I love Vannetta Chapman's Amish mysteries -- can't get enough of them. She's a very talented author. 

If you love Amish mysteries or either of the two by themself, you will want to read WHAT THE BISHOP SAW.  It will keep you engaged until the last page is turned and the book is closed. I was given a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thank You For Arguing

Thank You For Arguing, Revised and Updated Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion 

Paperback, ebook 

August 6, 2013

by Jay Heinrichs

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Rev Upd edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385347754

For when you really have to get your point across…          

*Expanded and Revised: Including new chapters on leadership, Obama’s oratorical mastery, the pitfalls of apologies—and an “Argument Lab” section to put your new skills to the test.*

Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. 

The time-tested secrets this book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to action—as well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges—including The Yoda Technique, The Belushi Paradigm, and The Eddie Haskell Ploy. 

Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way.

Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion is available in e-book and paperback. It is written for teens and adults who are interested in learning the skill of debate and is recommended reading in some AP English classes

In Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can Teach Us the author Jay Heinrichs teaches readers how to win arguments and get what your point across.

Some topics discussed are:
Ø      Set Your Goals
Ø      Control the Tense
Ø      Soften Them Up
Ø      Get Them to Like You
Ø      Make Them Listen
Ø      And much more!

Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can Teach Us is relevant as it teaches through both written word and boxed footnotes teens and adults “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges—including the Yoda Technique, the Belushi Paradigm, and the Eddie Haskell Ploy.

A good, humor-filled book for any lover of language books or anyone who just wants to win a lot more arguments. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Israel - God's Heart

Israel - God's Heart


by Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett

Travel / Nonfiction

A captivating pictorial of the Holy Land and a scriptural journey through God's redemptive story.

Many of us only dream of traveling to the Holy Land. Very few, like Israel's top aerial photographer, Ron Gofni, soar above the craggy mountains ranges of Masada, the salty Dead Sea, and the iconic locations where Jesus walked. Israel - God's Heart - Landscapes and Legacy beautifully captures the ancient landscapes of this great nation, as well as presents the legacy of God's redemption plan for the world.

As you slowly turn the pages, you will find unexpected vantage points, such as the Tower of David surrounded by city lights and fast-paced cars and a hot air balloon floating over a field of cotton. From a bird's eye view, you will also experience a vibrant, bustling, modern Israel. Biblical references and thoughtful narrative by author Kathleen Barrett intertwines with awe-inspiring photography to bring you to the Holy Land time and time again.

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My thoughts:  This is a smaller book than what I thought.  Going to Israel is many believers dream, but not everyone is able to go. This book is a great pictorial of the Holy Land, which includes pictures, Bible verses, descriptions of what you see as well as significant historical events which are tied in to them. 

Jerusalem is a much more cluttered, busy city than I imagined, I guess I always thought of pastures with sheep as more of the norm than large cities. Realism hits. Israel is not all idyllic countryside, but busy bustling cities. It is also more of a rugged landscape than I thought. 

I found it interesting to look at these pictures and recommend this book to anyone who wants to go to Israel whether or not they will ever have a realistic chance of going in real life. It is also a good coffee table book for people who've been to share with their visitors. 

Great book! I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

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Israel's top aerial photographer, Ron Gafni, brings his vast experience and personal perspective through the lens of a proud Israeli citizen. His work has been featured in National Geographic, and his company,, provides books from its "Israel From Above" collection to the Israeli Government, Army, and Air Force, as well as to large corporations in Israel.

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Co-author Kathleen Barrett, a Florida resident and former pre-school teacher, shares her thoughtful point of view in Israel - God's Heart from a personal, 40-year walk of Christian faith and study. She has also authored a children's devotional and numerous articles on a variety of topics from missions outreach to political events. Her more personal and reflective work has been featured in a number of collections.

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