Saturday, February 15, 2020

Book Review: End Game by Rachel Dylan

About the Book

Each New Clue . . .
Every Crime Scene . . .
Brings Them Closer to Discovering the End Game


When elite members of the military are murdered on the streets of Washington, DC, FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini must work together to bring the perpetrator to justice. Unfortunately, all evidence points to a Navy SEAL sniper whom Bailey refuses to believe is guilty.

When Bailey and Marco start to connect the dots between the victims, they wonder if there's a deeper cover-up at play. After Bailey is targeted, it becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep their dark secrets.

With the stakes getting higher by the moment, Bailey and Marco rush against the clock to determine whom they can really trust in this twisted conspiracy. As allies turn to enemies, the biggest secret yet to be uncovered could be the end of them all.

"Readers who love CBS's NCIS will be thrilled to discover the first book in Dylan's Capital Intrigue series . . . Dylan introduces a fascinating cast of characters in this taut, romantic suspense novel that will keep readers on the edges of their seats. Fans of Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, and Susan May Warren will be happy to add Dylan to their lists of must-read authors."--Booklist

You can purchase your copy here.

My Review

Those who enjoy investigative suspense will love End Game by Rachel Dylan.  Bailey from the FBI is paired with NCIS agent Marco to investigate the murder of a Navy SEAL.  The investigation becomes more and more complex, as well as exceedingly dangerous for them, especially for Bailey.

When I first met Marco, I didn't think I would like him, but his commitment to doing his work well and his care for and protectiveness of Bailey won me over.  Bailey was easy to like.  She was down-to-earth, warm, and honest.  Both Marco and Bailey were put through faith stretching situations, and they were brave in the face of danger.  The secondary characters were likable, and I look forward to reading more about them in subsequent novels in the Capital Intrigue series.

A book like this contains a lot of details, as the investigative team conducted interviews and followed leads to crack the case.  Readers who enjoy detective work will especially enjoy this novel, which is appropriate for men and women.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Dylan (www.racheldylan.com) was a litigator in one of the nation's most elite law firms for over eight years and now currently works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the award-winning author of the Atlanta Justice series and a number of Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Cover Reveal: A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White

Cover Reveal


Isn't this beautiful?  We met these characters in the second book of The Codebreakers series, On Wings of Devotion.  I'm looking forward to reading this book, which comes out soon!

About the Book

Zivon Marin was one of Russia’s top cryptographers, until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits.

Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera—and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and recreating photographs. With her father’s connections in propaganda, she’s recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove.

After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily. He sees patterns in what she deems chaos; she sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed. But both have secrets they’re unwilling to share, and no one is quite certain where Zivon's loyalties really lie—until his enemies are discovered to be far closer than he’d feared, and only Lily's skills can save him.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White
BESTSELLING AUTHOR - Sweeping historical tales of romance and suspense - On Wings of Devotion just released!
(Check out Roseanna's many other titles, including 2 free novellas, at:
www.RoseannaMWhite.com | www.RoseannaMWhite.blogspot.com)

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Book Review: Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

About the Book

Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others--but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way--terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there--but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack--and that her secrets go even deeper than his own--Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

My Review

Lynette Eason's previous novels have set the bar pretty high, and this book, the first in the Danger Never Sleeps series, does not disappoint.

The action begins immediately, and throughout the book, there are many heart-pounding moments.  I was very curious to find out how the events and people in Afghanistan were connected to the events and people in the U.S., and it was pretty amazing to find that out.

The author built sympathy for the characters immediately through their military experience, and the camaraderie that was developed through those shared experiences was exhibited throughout the book.  It was easy to root for the good guys in spite of their flaws.  I especially appreciated the compassion that Brook and Asher demonstrated to army widows and their children.  The bad guys were horrifically bad.

Men and women will both enjoy reading this book.  There is plenty of action and suspense, and the romance is genuine, but low-key compared to the dangerous situations that occur.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow and the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: God Hears Her


About the Book

Book: God Hears Her
Author: Our Daily Bread
Genre: Non-fiction / Christian / Devotional
Release Date: September, 2017
Tour Dates: February 1 – 14


When you’re having one of those days, you just want to know that someone is on your side. You have more than just someone . . . you have your Heavenly Father! He is with you. He is for you. He hears your heart’s cry. And He will reassure you of this through the beautifully designed, hardcover devotional collection, God Hears Her. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes pulled from Our Daily Bread devotionals will lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

God Hears Her is a devotional book that is for women, by women.  It is a 365-day devotional book written by female authors from Our Daily Bread.  Each devotional gives a suggested Scripture reading, followed by a key verse, and then the devotional thoughts.  Knowing that the devotionals have come from Our Daily Bread gives comfort and credibility, because as a long-time reader of Our Daily Bread, I know that they will be scripturally sound.  And knowing that they are written from the hearts of other women gives comfort.  The forward by Elisa Morgan is especially encouraging.

God Hears Her is a beautiful book.  It is a hardcover book, with a tastefully-designed cover.  Inside, the pages have a different design than what one usually finds in Our Daily Bread, which makes it appealing for women.  A ribbon bookmark adds to its charm and makes the book very appropriate for giving as a gift.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Our Daily Bread Publishing, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Our Daily Bread Publishing - Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Founded in 1938, the ministry has grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners to millions of people around the world who use our Bible-based resources, including the beloved Our Daily Bread devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.

More from Our Daily Bread

‘Feels Like Home’ Winter Recipes

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the time to pull out those tried and true winter-time recipes. You know, the ones that make us (or even keep us) warm on the inside. This is the time for the food that just feels like home.

Kirsten Holmberg and Elisa Morgan from the God Hears Her blog have shared some of their families' personal recipes. These are the ones that are good for everyone. Feel free to try them yourself, bookmark them for later, or share them with a friend.

Kirsten Holmberg

In the winter, I’m partial to any slow-cooker soup or stew because I love coming home to it in the evening. My favorite is a Vegetarian Chili with some Italian influences:

2 bell peppers, diced
2 stalks of celery, sliced
2 lb zucchini halved and sliced
1 lb fresh mushrooms, halved
1 large onion, diced
3 cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted or herbed for the most flavor)
1 can tomato sauce
1 small can black olives, sliced (or fresh in any amount desired)
1 can cannellini beans
2.5 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
½ cup water

Toss it all in a slow cooker for a few hours on high, or all day on low. Or, put it on the stove instead and simmer until the veggies are cooked through and the flavors blended (about 45 minutes). Parmesan cheese on top for an extra zing.

Elisa Morgan

A Cranberry Nut Bread recipe handed down by my mom, Paige Lee

2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ scant tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar

Sift above ingredients together twice. To the juice and grated rind of 1 large orange, add 2 tbs of melted shortening and enough boiling water to make ¾ cup. Mix with dry ingredients and add…

1 beaten egg
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup halved fresh cranberries

Bake in greased loaf pan for 75 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you double the recipe, bake a little less time and use 3 loaf pans. It also makes good muffins and can be frozen.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 1
deb’s Book Review, February 1
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 2
Texas Book-aholic, February 3
Mary Hake, February 3
God is Love, February 4
Emily Yager, February 4
Genesis 5020, February 5
A Diva’s Heart, February 5
Girls in White Dresses, February 5
Lighthouse Academy, February 6
amandainpa, February 6
For Him and My Family, February 7
For The Love of Books, February 7
Inklings and notions, February 8
Andrea Christenson, February 8
Blossoms and Blessings, February 9
CarpeDiem, February 9
Older & Smarter?, February 10
She Lives to Read, February 10
For the Love of Literature, February 11
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 11
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 12
Godly Book Reviews, February 12
Artistic Nobody, February 13
Back Porch Reads, February 13
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, February 14
Kat’s Corner Books, February 14
Giveaway


To celebrate their tour, Our Daily Bread is giving away the grand prize package of a God Hears Her hardcover, God Hears Her leather-like, God Hears Her journal, God Hears Her CD, God Hears Her pen, and God Hears Her Scripture & Encouragement cards!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Book Review: On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White

About the Book

All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster--a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But as nurse Arabelle Denler watches the so-dubbed "Black Heart" every day, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their paths twist together and he declares himself her new protector, she realizes she has her own role to play in his healing.

Phillip Camden would have preferred to die that day with his squadron rather than be recruited to the Admiralty's codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved. What comes as a shock is the reborn desire to truly live that Arabelle inspires in him.

But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.

You can purchase this book here.

My Review

On Wings of Devotion is an exciting book full of amazing characters and intrigue in a World War I London setting.

Arabelle Denler is a nurse who is not afraid to take charge and help those who need aid.  But she is also an independently wealthy philanthropist who uses her fortune to help those in need.  She is deeply spiritual, and uses her resources and abilities to comfort others in a  way that draws them into God's presence.  She is a lovely character.

Phillip Camden has been dubbed, "Black Heart," as the captain of a squadron of pilots on a mission that went very wrong.  Underneath his gruff, selfish facade, he is hurting and guilt-ridden, yet fiercely loyal.

Much of the story is woven around Ara and Cam getting to know each other and exploring their relationship, while the intrigue is ramped up throughout the story, until it comes to a very exciting conclusion.

Book Two of The Codebreakers series, this book picks up where The Number of Love leaves off, yet it entirely stands on its own.  It was a lovely surprise to be reunited with characters from White's previous novels.

I recommend this book for readers of historical romance, those with an interest in World War I, and readers of White's books.  This is one not to be missed!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.





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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: Broken Promises by Melody Carlson

About the Book


Book: Broken Promises
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: December 15, 2019

A school play sounds like fun…for some.

As she settles into life in the middle school of her new hometown, Zoey agrees to audition for the school play to encourage Louisa. Isn’t that what a BFF does? But she’s none too sure it’ll actually be fun—especially when she’s cast as a dog! Louisa really does need her support though when some of the older girls get upset at a sixth grader landing the lead role. Zoey does her best to be supportive and finally begins to feel really at home with her grandparents and at school.

Until someone pulls the plug on all her dreams.

Click here for your copy.

My Review

I loved this continuation of the Being Zoey series!  It definitely stands alone, but knowing what Zoey has been through makes this one all the better.  

The things that Zoey has been through have shaped her into a girl who knows who she is, and that's what I love about her.  She is a loyal friend, an industrious student, and a girl who is looking forward to a bright future.  And when she does not agree with the decisions made for her by some adults in her life, she is still respectful and obedient, even though it hurts.  It's wonderful that she has gotten to the point where she will pray about difficulties and trust God for the outcome.  There was also a theme throughout the book that highlighted how hurtful it is when people don't keep their promises.

Author Melody Carlson really knows how to write for this age level.  The plot, characters, and dialog are spot on for today's middle grade readers.  I highly recommend this book and the others in this series for middle grade girls.

I received an ARC of this book from Celebrate Lit for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.


More from Melody

For many tweens, middle school is a jungle of insecurities, mean girls, and disappointments. As usual I gave Zoey plenty to deal with. Including a BFF with high expectations and an absentee mom who still hasn’t grown up. Even though some people let her down, Zoey keeps plugging along, even playing Sandy the dog in the school play. And through her struggles she changes and matures — kind of like real life.

Blog Stops

Library Lady's Kid Lit, January 18
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Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, January 20
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deb's Book Review, January 22
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Locks, Hooks and Books, January 24
Older & Smarter?, January 25
Mary Hake, January 25
Christian Bookaholic, January 26
Inklings and notions, January 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 28
Blogging With Carol, January 29
Remembrancy, January 29
Vicky Sluiter, January 30
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Broken Promises and the classic Annie movie (DVD or digital download, winner’s choice)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock

About the Book


Book: The Gray Chamber
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Genre: Christian Historical / Suspense
Release Date: January, 2020

Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?


Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

On Blackwell’s Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.

With her late parents’ fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. And Edyth fears she will never be found.

At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

The next installment in the True Colors series, The Gray Chamber,tells a beautiful, yet disturbing story.  Author Grace Hitchcock set up the story well, and presented a main character that was easy to like and have compassion for.

Edyth Foster has chosen a past time that doesn't  fit in with society's expectations for a young woman of her class-fencing.  That has made her physically and mentally strong.  She is well-educated, brave, and well-spoken, but she continues to be haunted by the tragic deaths of her parents.  Edyth does have her idiosyncrasies, but she is a thoughtful person.

Edyth's best friend Bane, is the owner of a fencing club.  He is honest and hardworking.  I enjoyed Edyth and Bane's story.  It was well-developed before Edyth's troubles began.

This book was well-written throughout.  The descriptions of vile treatment and dialog of depraved people was authentic, but not overly graphic.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy historical romance and historical fiction.  Anyone who has been following this series will not want to miss The Gray Chamber.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Barbour Books, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Grace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. The White City is her debut novel and releases March 2019 with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.



More from Grace

I am thrilled to share with you my second novel in the True Colors series, The Gray Chamber, which is set in New York City in 1887. I loved writing about Edyth Foster, our cat-rescuing, spunky heroine who spends her days painting, fencing with her dreamy instructor, and avoiding society at all costs, which as you can imagine, comes back to haunt her before the end. I’ve never written about a character who despised reading, so that was a new one for me. Edyth just doesn’t like to sit still long enough to finish a book, but you’ll find out why later.

I am pretty certain the librarians at my local branch are wondering what in the world my hobbies are, judging from the stacks of fencing books for beginners, histories of New York crime in the 19th century, and Nellie Bly’s Ten Days in a Mad-House, and more that I have continuously checked out since moving back to Louisiana.

The inspiration for this book came from Nellie Bly’s scandalous exposé for Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper, The World. In reading Nellie’s articles, I was shocked at the grounds by which the asylum would commit women and that’s when I discovered a tiny mention about an heiress with family members who had her tucked away so they could have her fortune. . .and Edyth Foster was born.

I hope you will enjoy reading about our eccentric leading lady and her fencing master hero, Raoul “Bane” Banebridge. If you are interested in seeing pictures of the asylum and to see what I pictured the characters looking like, check out my Pinterest board here.

Thank you for joining the fun for the Celebrate Lit tour! Join my author newsletter for more bookish news and to find out what is coming next! Just enter your e-mail address and name here. Happy Reading!

“With beautiful description and shiver-worthy scenes, Grace Hitchcock has penned an incredible fiction story based on true history. The Gray Chamber was a fascinating and chilling read. Edyth’s story had me glued to the pages. But as I journeyed with the heiress and her eccentricities, the greed of her family which saw her locked up in an asylum against her will made me grateful for the freedoms I have today. And made me pray that my voice would never be silenced. The nightmare was brought to life so vividly that I found myself holding my breath and then cheering on Bane as he never gave up on Edyth. This is a story that will stick with me for a long time…”     ~Kimberley Woodhouse – Carol-Award winning and Best-Selling Author of more than twenty books, including: MissTaken Identity, The Express Bride, The Golden Bride, The Patriot Bride, and The Mayflower Bride.

Blog Stops

A Reader’s Brain, January 20
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Emily Yager, January 21
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Older & Smarter?, January 21
Bigreadersite, January 22
Inklings and notions, January 22
For Him and My Family, January 22
Genesis 5020, January 23
deb’s Book Review, January 23
Blogging with Carol, January 23
Christian Bookaholic, January 24
KarenSueHadley , January 24
Mary Hake, January 24
For the Love of Literature, January 25
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 25
Godly Book Reviews, January 26
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, January 26
The Becca Files, January 26
Through the Fire Blogs, January 27
Daysong Reflections, January 27
Back Porch Reads, January 28
Robin’s Nest, January 28
Connie’s History Classroom, January 28
Betti Mace, January 29
Rebecca Tews, January 29
Vicky Sluiter, January 29
By The Book, January 30
Hallie Reads, January 30
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 30
Blossoms and Blessings, January 31
A Baker’s Perspective, January 31
Remembrancy, February 1
To Everything There Is A Season, February 1
With a Joyful Noise, February 1
Locks, Hooks and Books, February 2
Pause for Tales , February 2

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Grace is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of The Gray Chamber!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f4a2/the-gray-chamber-celebration-tour-giveaway