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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Vigilante's Bride

Emily McCarthy has just learned that the orphanage she has been with for as long as she can remember is having her shipped to Montana as an answer to an ad for a mail order bride for a wealthy rancher named Bart Axel.

Only being 18, she is told that her prospects of finding a man where she is currently is slim at best and seeing as she would most likely be well cared for by Mr. Axel the arrangements for her trip have already been made.

Bart Axel is a very wealthy rancher, but not an honest one. He's made most of his money swindling honest people out of their land, cattle and anything else in order to make a buck and gain the potential for making even more money if the railroad decides to buy the rights to the land. He's even been accused of killing his last wife, but no one has been able to prove that except to say the "accident" seems suspicious. However when he learns he is about to gain an 18 year old wife, he is more than content with his latest conquest.

Luke Sullivan has spent most of his life as an orphan being raised by Miss Molly. Now for the past few years he has joined Grant Stuarts vigilance committee in order to keep law and order on the open ranges. Whenever cattle is stolen or breaking the law occurs, the committee is the one to deal the swift hand of justice. When Luke Sullivan learns that his family had been swindled out of the land in a bad game of cards, courtesy of Bart Axel, Luke is going to settle the score once and for all.
Upon seeing Axle's banker in Montana taking his latest "treasure" back to the ranch, Luke finds that this is the time to settle the score. However when he learns that the "treasure" is the mail order bride for Bart Axel on the stage, he isn't about to let this one go.

I received the book, The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This was such a great western romance book for me to read. I loved getting to know the characters Ms. Harris brings to life on the pages of her latest novel. This one will not disappoint readers. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars for the way the story draws you in from the first page. If you would like to know more about the book, the author or even catch a first glimpse at chapter one, read further.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Vigilante's Bride
Bethany House (August 1, 2010)

Yvonne Harris


Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a winner and three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante's Bride, which is her debut novel.


Montana Territory, 1884...Is Her Kidnapper the Only Man Who Can Keep Her Safe?

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ended up rescuing a feisty copper-haired woman who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy. Emily McCarthy doesn't take kindly to her so-called rescue. Still, she's hoping Providence will turn her situation for good, especially when it seems Luke Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Luke has crossed a vicious man, a powerful rancher not used to losing, and Emily is the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Vigilante's Bride, go HERE

Monday, August 30, 2010

Love Finds You In Victory Heights, Washington

Imagine you are living in Victory Heights, Washington in 1942 just as the WW1 was beginning. This is the time where men were being drafted into service as the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. Rations were in effect and people were busy selling war bonds and gathering items to help with the war efforts. As men left their homes, women stepped up to take their places in the workplaces that were now being used for supplying the war with planes.

One of these jobs was working for the Boeing plant in helping to create the Flying Fortresses, which are the latest in B-17 bombers that the US is hoping to destroy the enemy. Here we meet Rosalie Madison who has hidden herself away as a riveter at the plant. She has been creating an inner turmoil of her own when her fiancee leaves to fight in the war, and learns that he has died a hero. Unfortunately Rosalie realizes that she never really loved Vic like a woman should who wants to get married, and thus the reason for delaying marrying him before he left. Now a year later she feels the guilt of well wishers who express their heart-felt sympathy to her for losing her future husband. No one knows however what Rosalies true feelings are.

Late for work on her way to pay her respects to the memorial in the center of town to honor Vic and those that have lost their lives in the war, she runs headlong into a news reporter, Kenny Davenport who is on his way to capture Lana Turners speech to encourage the town. When he doesn't apologize for nearly running her down and seems only concerned with his camera she fires off just how she feels to Kenny in the middle of a crowded town square.
Suddenly the crowd grows silent as Lana Turner takes the stand and addresses the arguing couple who have appeared to have taken center stage and addresses them by saying, "Well? Are you two lovebirds coming up here or what?" Shocked that the entire town has now been listening to them argue, they encourage them both to make their way up to the stage to address Lana Turner, what happens to them next is where the story really gets interesting.

See just where this story and the headlines it is going to create will take both Rosalie and Kenny in Love Finds You In Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss. I received this book compliments of Litfuse Publicity and must say I loved it. A perfect 5 out of 5 stars for keeping the reader engaged in the story of both Rosalie and the reporter Kenny as well as all the local supporting characters. Love truly does find them with God's help to realize the forgiveness is something that can keep you stuck in your past if you let it, but with God's grace you can move forward and find love once more.

For more information on this book, the author and where to get a copy for yourself, click on the title below:

Coming Home Review

Neither of them were looking for love but then again when love happens are we really looking for it? That's exactly what happened to Vanessa Keaton and Grady Shields the night of the prewedding party between Vanessa's brother, Beck and Grady's sister Mia. One look was all it took and both of them were hooked. Yet both of them vowed that this would go no further than being nice to one another during the week long wedding plans in St. Dennis along the Chesapeake Bay.

Grady was trying to get over the loss of his wife Melissa and his brother Brendan who all worked for the FBI at one time. Grady now spends his time alone in the mountains of Montana trying to find a way to make his life work again.

Vanessa Keaton is the owner of a shop called Bling in St. Dennis that sells all things girly, from accessories to clothes. She has vowed that she will never let another man into her life ever again and after two failed marriages, we can understand why not.

Yet, something draws Grady and Vanessa together besides the festivities of the wedding between their families and something about both of their pasts is soon to bring them together in a very unexpected way. You'll need to read Coming Home by Mariah Stewart, the first in the Chesapeake Diaries series.
I must admit I fell in love with all the people who live in St. Dennis besides Vanessa and Grady. There is Grace, who runs the town's local paper but herself has many secrets to hide, Beck the chief of police as well as Vanessa's brother who is getting married, Mia, her newest sister in law, and of course Steffie her best friend, who runs the busiest ice cream store in the town. I fell in love with the story behind this wonderful book and now can't wait to begin reading the sequel Home Again.

I received this book, compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I must say this is a great summer read and would easily rate it 5 out of 5 stars. The characters are real and likeable and you really get to know them through Mariah's writing style. For more information on this book, the author and where to pick up a copy of Coming Home, click on the link below:

Animal Sound Mix Up

What would happen if a cat were to moo? Or a dog croaked like a frog?

This is exactly the questions that are posed throughout the colorful and whimsical pages of the latest children's book called Animal Sound Mix-Ups by Connie Arnold.

The book takes you through domestic, farm and jungle animals with colorful pictures on every page to illustrate how silly things would be if the animals we have come to know and love today really made all together different sounds than they do now.

At the conclusion of the book, we learn as always that God's perfect plan really does work out the very best. I would highly recommend this book to new parents of toddlers that are getting into their first words and sounds as a perfect way to teach them what sound goes with what animal in a fun and biblical way. This book is recommended for ages 2 and up and I would easily rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book compliments of Connie Arnold for my honest review and can't recommend it enough to new parents or perfect for the church for the toddler's. For more information on the author and where you can purchase a copy of her latest book, click on the title of the book below or visit Connie at her website at:

Home Again Giveaway and Review

Picking up just where Coming Home left off, Mariah Stewart takes us on the second part of our journey in the book, Home Again, part of the Chesapeake Diaries series. This time the story that takes place within the small seaside community of St. Dennis, involves Dallas MacGregor, a famous Hollywood movie star seeking solace among her friends and family while waiting for her divorce to be final from her husband Emilio, who has turned up in the tabloids with being seen with other woman in a sex scandal nightmare. Dallas takes her son Cody with her to St. Dennis after seeing that even she can't protect him from the rumors circulating about his father even at summer camp. She feels that they both can use a break while things simmer down in Hollywood.

Dallas returns to her Aunt Berry's house, who herself is a retired long famous starlet from the silver screen as well, but since changing her last name, the press haven't been able to bother her in this small seaside town. Berry is delighted to have Dallas and Cody stay with her since she has been lonely for so long. After she herself gave up happiness and love since returning back to St. Dennis herself, Berry still finds herself remembering her long lost love, Archer and the memories of what could have been.
Grant Wyler has also returned to St. Dennis after his divorce with his daughter Paige to take over the local veterinary practice. He shares a history with Dallas of a summer romance that lasted through their high school years only to find himself left broken hearted when Dallas left to find her life's passion in Hollywood on the silver screen, never looking back at what her life could have been with Grant. Since this is such a small town, odds are highly likely that Dallas and Grant as destined to bump into one another. Will the sparks from their past love still warm their hearts, or has the past really been left as water under the bridge? Read, Home Again by Mariah Stewart and find out!!! There is even another book coming out in the Spring of 2011 to continue this saga of love.

I received this book compliments from TLC book tours for my honest review. If you are looking for a great summertime romance novel that will completely immerse you in the lives of a long lost romance, than this is truly a great book for you. For more information on this book, the author and where you can purchase the book, please click on the book title below:

You can also visit Mariah Stewart's website at

For one lucky follower of my blog, TLC is providing a copy of the book as a giveaway. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog.

2. Must reside in the US or Canada and NO P.O. Boxes please.

3. Winners will be notified by email so please include it with your comment. You may use (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. The giveaway will end on September 7th. I will close the comments and notify the winner. You will have 5 business days to respond. If I don't hear from you I will select another winner.

5. Leave a comment and tell me what you idea is of romance!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rise Up And Sing Giveaway and Review

Practical advice and encouragement to help you Rise Up and Sing!

Rise Up and Sing by Lex Buckley is both practical and inspirational - designed to help you discover your call, work with musicians, pastor a worship team, write songs, and work effectively with your fellow worshippers, including your pastor and bandmates.

Sharing from the Bible and from her heart, Lex Buckley write to encourage you, empower you, equip you, and provide practical help with all aspects of leading worship. Invaluable advice from worship leaders and songwriters Beth Redman, Christy Nockels, and Kathryn Scott helps this book fill the role of the female mentor you need and probably don't have.

Rise Up and Sing will help you lead with confidence, secure in the knowledge that there is a role for women to lead worship and pastor a worship team.

Women are being called to lead worship in larger numbers than ever before, but many may feel ill equipped to do so. Buckley recognizes the unique challenges that women face as they enter positions that have been held primarily by men for many years. She offers practical, down-to-earth advice for women who feel called to lead in this area of church ministry.

Drawing from the Bible, her heart, and her own experiences, Buckley begins by defining the many areas of worship ranging from worship leader and musician to worship team pastor and songwriter. She defines each role and discusses the differences that exist between men and women within these positions. She wants women who feel called to serve as worship leaders to be confident in their ability to lead and offers practical suggestions on songwriting, how to work with a worship band, and even ways to recruit members for and pastor a worship team.

I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and could see this book being so useful to any woman currently in the church worship or considering entering into one.

For one lucky follower of my blog, I am offering an opportunity to win a copy of this book. Simply live in the US and No P.O. Boxes please. I will notify the winner via email, so please include your email address in your comment box. Feel free to use (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols. This giveaway will end on September 6th.

Simply leave me a comment and let me know how this book would benefit you. That's all there is to it.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Have you ever experienced the nudge of the Holy Spirit in your life? Are you able to recognize that God is alive and active in every moment of your life and that He is actively working in every circumstance of your particular situation? Leonard Sweet’s latest book, Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who’s Already There, encourages all believers to live every moment of their lives in holy awareness of Jesus’ activity all around them. Sweet contends that most people who claim to follow Christ are more adept at gaining attention than at paying attention, furiously beating bushes that advance their personal interests while not paying attention to the burning bushes all around them that showcase God’s activities. When believers begin to focus upon God’s activity all around them rather than on their own needs and desires, they will begin to not only notice what God is doing all around them, but will also be able to interpret and respond.

Nudge explores and explains a method of evangelism that causes believers to have all five senses fine-tuned to Christ’s active work in their lives. Sweet believes “nudgers” live their lives believing in the present-tense of Jesus, where Jesus is perceptible—able to be felt and sensed and experienced. Scripture study enables believers to actively recognize Jesus where He is appearing all the time–in situations, in people, in creation. Life then becomes filled with opportunities to “nudge” others to wake up to the alive and acting Jesus.

“Jesus spent His time creating a new sensory regime of the Spirit by telling stories (sound and sight), sharing meals (taste and smell), healing people (touch), and traveling the countryside building His team while connecting and praying with people (all five senses) that they might have life more sensational in all its dimensions, in all its senses,” explains Sweet.

Nudge reminds us that what we see is not all that IS, and that the nudge we feel reminds us to remain firmly present in the awareness of both. Living life in tune with Christ’s presence and activity all around us opens up hearts and minds to respond to others in ways that reflect Jesus. Sharing a hug, offering to pray for someone, or enjoying a meal with friends are all opportunities that become active encounters with the living Christ. If believers are paying attention instead of trying to gain attention, then they will be able to hear, see, taste, smell, and feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit and then, in turn, be able to nudge those who are seeking Christ toward an eternity filled with Christ’s presence. Nudge expresses Sweet’s hope that “someday we’ll trust [God] enough to know what He’s going to do so that we can be like Jesus and just show up where God wants to perform a miracle.”

I received Nudge by Leonard Sweet compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review. I would easily rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and a must read for any Christian who is currently experiencing a dry spell in their spiritual life.

Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who’s Already There by Leonard Sweet

David C Cook/August 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6474-4/256 pages/Hardcover with jacket/$19.99

Beyond The Brady Bunch

Here's the story - the real story - about what it takes to make a blended family work.

Any parent who has been through a divorce knows that a blended family is far more messy and complicated than any television show portrays. Leftover anger and lack of trust can make moving ahead an overwhelming challenge.

Beyond the Brady Bunch by Ray and Debbie Alsdorf, was written by a couple that has survived the ups and downs of bringing children from previous marriages together to form a new family.

Ray and Debbie understand the frustration and sense of failure that can often accompany a parent's best efforts. Together, they tell their story and offer perspective on the emotional land mines that can undo the parent-child relationship postdivorce.

Honest yet unfailingly hopeful, their message is clear: God loves families - no matter what they've been through - and wants to take them to a loving future together. Beyond the Brady Bunch can help you get there. (Excerpt from back cover).

My Review:

With this book being especially relevant to me personally I couldn't wait to read this book. My family is that blended family. My husband and I currently share raising a daughter together from a previous marriage of mine and we do struggle with the same issues that are covered in this book.

From how to deal with the Ex-spouses, child custody arrangements, making new family traditions while keeping some of the old ones, and how to deal with discipline make this book well worth reading or for buying for anyone who is dealing with these situations in their own home and wondering if marrying their partner was the right decision after all.

I also see this as a great resource for those families considering marriage that would blend their existing families together to discuss how they will handle some of the situations that will undoubtedly come up.

I was provided with this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and would easily rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars for the resources and guidance it provides in every area a blended family is likely to deal with.

For more information on this book, the authors and where to purchase a copy, please click on the title below:

Friday, August 27, 2010

She's Gone Country - Giveaway and Review

What do you get with a New York fashion model who finds herself recently on the verge of a divorce after finding out her husband of 17 years is gay?

You do what Shey Lynn Darcy does, you take your three teenage boys and leave New York for the comforts of moving in to your old ranch house in Texas and figure things out. Here you have the love and comfort of your older brothers Brick and Blue who want nothing more than to help you out and make sure that you are well taken care of.

However what complicates things even more besides trying to raise three teenage boys on her own, is the fact that the one man she has loved her entire life, has moved back to town, now recently divorced and looking far better than he does at 45 than when you were 16.

Twenty two years have passed since Shey and Dane Kelly have seen one another. When she does happen to run into him at the local diner, this one rugged three time championship bull rider, now walks with a limp and a cane after a horrible accident in the ring one night ends his career as a pro bull rider on the circuit.

Yet despite his injury, Shey still has the passion once more to realize that even though so much time has passed her feelings for Dane have grown more stronger in their absence. The only thing preventing her from falling for him once again, is the fact that her brothers Blue and Brick are feuding with Dane since the death of their younger brother Cody, whom they feel Dane is to blame in his death.

Will Shey be able to handle working out the differences with her brothers and Dane? Will she fall for Dane again even after all these years? Will her ex husband John Darcy take sole custody of her kids unless she moves back to New York?

The answer to these questions and even more are found within the pages of a great new romance story by Jane Porter called She's Gone Country. I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and being a country girl at heart, I fell in love with all the characters of the book from Shey to even her sister's in law.

This book rates a solid 5 out of 5 stars and makes you realize that love isn't really gone if you are willing to give it a second chance. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats. For more information on this book, the amazing author and a first chapter glimpse, click on the title below:

For 3 lucky followers of my blog, Hachette is generously offering you the opportunity to win a copy of this newly released book. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of this blog.

2. Must live in the US or Canada, and No P.O.Boxes please!

3. I will contact the winner via email so please include it with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. The giveaway will end on September 4th, and the winners will be notified by email. You will have 5 business days to respond. If I don't hear from you, I will select another winner(s).

5. Leave me a comment and tell me if your a country girl or city girl and why.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gotta Have It

Ever feel like a two year old child at times with seeing something you just gotta have?

Are you spending so much time trying to get what you want that you have no energy left to get what you need? Each of us has a "never enough" activity, food, or behavior - and we're read to throw a grown-up tantrum when we don't get it.

Dr. Gregory L Jantz calls this phenomenon excessity - when our excesses become "necessities." Excessities are our reward, our coping mechanism, and the illusory answer to pain. We feel we need their pleasure to insulate us from a difficult world. Yet the more we starve what we really need - such as purpose, hope, and security - the greater our hunger grows for what will never satisfy.

In Gotta Have It! by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, you are invited to discover the truth that is hiding behind your secret desires. With real-life stories and sections for self-reflection, Gotta Have It! will help you see your life as never before - and delight in the ways God is longing to fulfill your true needs.

My Review:

WOW this book is a huge eye opener for anyone who has the opportunity to read it. Most of the time when we think of wants, we consider things like what we can buy, a new home, furniture, shoes, cars, video games, and electronics to name a few. Yet what this book uncovers is the wants we have convinced ourselves is just part of our nature and who we are. You discover that food cravings, lack of discipline to exercise, alcohol and prescription drugs, caffeine, work, electronics, shopping, tobacco, hobbies, gambling and even sex can also be something that literally traps us in our lives and create destructive habits.

The book takes you through all of those I mentioned above and many more and teaches you how to successfully deal with ridding yourself of the excuses and helps you to deal with them on a personal level. Some people never understand just how excessive things can literally kill them if they allow it, yet it's not something God has meant to hurt us. This excessities can become the ruling member in our homes if we let it but with the help in this book, you can begin to see just how much we let things control our lives instead of us controlling them.

I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and think that every church leader and family should read this book. I would easily rate this a 5 out of 5 stars and can even see how we have become victims unknowingly in some areas as well. For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase your copy, click on the title below:

Gotta Have It!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Surrender The Heart

Love story on the Seven Seas? Or is this a tragic ending to a marriage pre-arranged by 2 families with something to gain on each side! A knuckle biting story that leaves you wanting more as each chapter unfolds before you like a sail on the wind of a merchant ship back in 1812! I absolutely loved Surrender The Heart by MaryLu Tyndall, with its storyline of a man who is looking to make his mark in this world while at the same time make his father proud, and a woman who is honorable yet stuck working and taking care of her ailing mother while trying to find how she can continue caring for her family.

This book was a surprise for me! I did not think I would find myself so close to the characters in this book and wanting so desperately for them to get together. Did they or didn't they, I guess you will have to read the book to find out. I Rated it a 5 out of 5! I can't wait to see what MaryLu Tyndall comes up with next. I also will be searching for her other books in the Legacy of the King's Pirates series.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and can't recommend it enough. For more information on this book, the author and even a first chapter glimpse, read more below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Surrender the Heart
Barbour Publishing (August 1, 2010)

M. L. Tyndall


M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul--a longing for something more.

After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart.

Still searching for purpose, adventure and true love, she spent her late twenties and early thirties doing all the things the world told her would make her happy, and after years, her children suffered, her second marriage suffered, and she was still miserable.

One day, she picked up her old Bible, dusted it off, and began to read. Somewhere in the middle, God opened her hardened heart to see that He was real, that He still loved her, and that He had a purpose for her life, if she'd only give her heart to Him completely.

She had written stories her whole life, but never had the confidence to try and get any of them published. But as God began to change her heart, He also showed her that writing had been His wonderful plan for her all along!


For the sake of her ailing mother, Marianne Denton becomes engaged to Noah Brennin---a merchantman she despises. But as the War of 1812 escalates, Jonah's ship is captured by the British, and the ill-matched couple learns vital information that could aid America's cause.

Relive the rich history of the War of 1812 through the eyes of Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin, who both long to please their families but neither one wishes to marry the other. Noah is determined to get his cargo to England before war breaks out, and Marianne is equally determined to have a wedding so that her inheritance can be unlocked and her destitute family saved. When their stubborn games get them captured by a British warship, can they escape and bring liberty to their country—and growing love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Surrender the Heart, go HERE.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Soul Custody

Life is about choices.

Every day we make choices that affect our lives - choices about what to eat, which job offer is best, which relationships are really worth our time. Whether we realize it or not, every choice is a decision for the life or death of our soul.

As Stephen W. Smith contends in his book, Soul Custody, Choosing to Care For The One and Only You, "Caring for your soul is about waking up to live before you die." This book is an invitation to accept life-giving choices that promise to revive your soul.

This is not a book of easy steps to a happy life. It is a book about the challenging choice to embrace God's dream for you. It's an invitation to start living - to take custody of who you truly are. (excerpt from back cover).

My Review:

What a refreshing new self help book that speaks volumes to waking up and truly living an abundant life that Jesus has promised us when He gave His life to us believers. He never meant for us to live our lives like Hell on Earth and push ourselves beyond what the human body and soul were meant to endure.

No wonder we are in the state we are in, due to over working ourselves, being able to multi-task, working more than 40 hours in a week, passing up vacations, striving for more, more wealth, better things, more vacation time, promotions, just thinking about it all makes your head spin. Yet when you go back and look at the Bible and realize God's plan for managing our days and our time wisely include not over doing it, not stressing out, and making time for more than what the material wealth of the world has to offer.

I absolutely loved this book and how much it has helped me manage my time more wisely, and seeing the Sabbath for what it's purpose really is in our lives. We are meant to take time off from what we do everyday, dealing with stressful people and family members, no technology for a day, no running errands, or over committing our time, but to rest and reflect and enjoy the life God so graciously gave up for us.

I received this wonderful book compliments from B & B Media Group for my honest review and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It's that good. Trust me, aside from a glass of water for a parched mouth, this book really does give your soul a boost!

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, click on the links below:

Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You by Stephen W. Smith

David C Cook/August 2010/ISBN: 978-1-4347-6472-0/224 pages/softcover/$14.99

Monday, August 23, 2010


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Ever find yourself wonder if somehow you could have a completely different life? What if you could arrange to switch places with someone who looks similar to you to see things from the eyes of another and the possibilities of a new life as someone else?

In the book Masquerade by Nancy Moser, that is exactly what Charlotte Gleason and Dora Connors do. Charlotte Gleason is from a up and coming, well-to-do family in England who has been promised to Conrad Tremaine in America as a way to solve the current financial crisis her family is experiencing due to her father's infidelty and her mother's failing health. Charlotte lives a live of dreaming of falling in love with men such as Mr. Darcy in the Pride and Prejudice books that she has come to adore and live her life through.

Dora Connors has worked for the Gleason family as a maid since she was twelve and has risen to the position of lady's maid for Charlotte. In the process, the two have become friends as well and when the offers becomes available to accompany Miss Gleason to America courtesy of the Tremaines and First Class tickets, this give Dora the opportunity of a lifetime to become a true lady traveling not as a maid but as a friend to Miss Gleason.

The twist begins just before their ship lands in America when Charlotte gets the idea to switch places with Dora and truly give her the life she has always imagined while Charlotte can begin a new life in America and find the love that has been eluding her in England as another person. Since Conrad has never seen Dora, they both agree that this would benefit both of them. Yet the trouble begins once they each assume new lives in America. Will the past come creeping back into the lives? Will either of them find love in the promised land?

Read, The Masquerade by Nancy Moser and find out what new lives each of the women are about to encounter. This is such a wonderful, and refreshing book that takes you back to the lives of Rose and Jack on the Titanic. It blends so many great classic romance stories together that you find yourself hoping that each of them finds what they are looking for. This book is set in 1886 and the romance that this time period offers is wonderful!

I received this book, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and part of my permanent library. If you would like to know more information about the book, the author and even gain a glimpse into the first chapter, read more below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Bethany House (August 1, 2010)

Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty inspirational novels. Her genres include contemporary stories including John 3:16 and Time Lottery, and historical novels of real women-of-history including Just Jane(Jane Austen) and Washington's Lady (Martha Washington). Her newest historical novel is Masquerade. Nancy and her husband Mark live in the Midwest. She’s earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She gives Sister Circle Seminars around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. Find out more at and


They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth...

1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason, a rich heiress from England, escapes a family crisis by traveling to America in order to marry the even wealthier Conrad Tremaine.

She soon decides that an arranged marriage is not for her and persuades her maid, Dora, to take her place. She wants a chance at "real life," even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. What begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl wanting adventure becomes a test of survival amid poverty beyond Charlotte's blackest nightmares.

As for Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions--yet is tormented by guilt from the possibility of discovery and the presence of another love that will not die. Is this what her heart truly longs for?

Will their masquerade be discovered? Will one of them have second thoughts? There is no guarantee the switch will work. It's a risk. It's the chance of a lifetime.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Masquerade, go HERE.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Be Compassionate

The world still needs His love.

The life and ministry of Christ was marked by His overwhelming compassion for people. And His heart is the same today as it was then. As believers, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ and to extend His extravagant love to a broken world. Based on the book of Luke, this study examines the very heartbeat of our Savior and explores how Jesus connects with hurting people in an authentic and powerful way.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best selling "Be" commentary series, Be Compassionate has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores the compassionate life of Jesus. Filled with moving examples of Christ's ministry to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs, this study will inspire you to share His love with the world around you.

This book is a great study into the compassionate side of Jesus and His ministry. Not only does the book contain a great commentary to go along with the Bible Study questions in each chapter of the book but it really does take your through the book of Luke in depth. I received this book, Be Compassionate, Let the World Know That Jesus Cares, Luke 1-13 by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review.

I would easily rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars for it's detail and in depth look into the book of Luke and the compassionate side of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For more information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, please click on the title below:

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Just what the name implies, alone, no outsiders needed or wanted. The people who come to live in the town of Solitary, North Carolina are exactly that. There are some deep, dark, evil secrets to this town that no one seems willing to talk about and anyone new that moves to town soon disappears just around Christmas time with no word on where they went.

Chris Buckley moves to the lovely small isolated town with his mother after her divorce from the father he never really wanted to know. She came to Solitary because her only remaining living relatives still live here, yet when she shows up, they have all left without a trace. They move into her brother's cabin to see if they can make it here and when Chris' mom begins have unexplained night terrors that leave her screaming, Christ wonders if this is the right town for them after all.

Being the new kid in school always presents a challenge until one day Chris meets Jocelyn Evans one of the most hottest girls in school but soon finds out that he isn't welcome to get to know her at all by the bullies roaming the halls. Even Jocelyn has seemed to have lost all hope in this town. Will Chris be able to uncover the deep secrets of the town or will he too find himself another victim of the town come December? You'll have to pick up the book and read to find out.

I received the book Solitary from Travis Thrasher compliments of B & B Media Group, and after reading his last book, Broken, I am hooked on his writing. He is a Christian blend of Stephen King meets Ted Dekker and his books hook you from the first page until the very end. Solitary is the first book in the new Solitary series and I can't wait til the next book comes out. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars for those of you that like a little mystery thriller of the Christian version.

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, simply click on the title below or visit for more of his books.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Devil In Pew Number Seven

What would you do if your small family moved to a small town to become the new preacher and you found one individual there that did not want you there? In fact, they would go out of their way to make sure you and your family got the message loud and clear that you aren't wanted and for you to pack up and go home.

Yet you felt strongly in your heart that God has called you to bring the message of love and forgiveness to a church that is being run by one man with the power in his hands to control all the towns money and property that is, except for the church.

When your father decides to stay even at a risk to his live and the lives of his family, all hell truly breaks lose when Mr. Watts decides to take matters into his own hands to make sure that you get the message to leave, dead or alive.

I received the book, The Devil in Pew Number Seven from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and found a true story behind it all. It was written by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo and Bob DeMoss, who is the daughter of the preacher, Robert Nichols who is called to the small town of Sellerstown, North Carolina, in hopes of sharing God's message of love and restoration and in the process finds her family terrified beyond what anyone thought possible. What starts off as mere threatening midnight phone calls goes into causing physical harm to the family even with children present in the home. No one is safe!

The author uses information from police reports, crime scene photos and eye witness testimony to convey the details of their story in this wonderful book.

I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars for the mind blowing reality that this could really take place in small town America even today. The violence that the enemy is willing to use to bring about the fall of the church is eye opening to the reader. For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase your copy of the book, please click on the title of the book below:

What In The World Is Going On?

If you have been reading the headlines in the newspaper or watching the latest on the news, you know that the signs that the Bible predicted for the last days are fast approaching us.

Do you really know which signs to look for?

In the book, What In The World Is Going On? 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore by Dr. David Jeremiah, you are given 10 prophecies straight out of the Bible that are predicted to in the times that lay ahead. There is also a chronological checklist and guidelines for sorting through what lies ahead in the days or months to come. The book also contains scripture references in the Bible to reflect on what the Word has to stay in regards to the prophecies yet to be fulfilled.

How is prophecy playing out in modern Europe? Why does Israel matter? How are oil reserves and Islamic terrorism related? Does the United Sates play a role in prophecy? How should we live in the end times?

Even though the times ahead appear to be dark and without hope, those of us that have Jesus Christ as our personal savior now, will not see most of these prophecies fulfilled. The book talks about the rapture of the church long before the Tribulation period begins and the Anti-Christ begins his reign here on earth.

This book is an eye opener for those that are still sitting on the fence with their choice and trust me, you don't want to be here for Earth's final days. The wars we have had in the past will seem like skirmishes in the last days.

I received this book compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review and being a huge fan of prophecy of the Bible, this one rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. For more information on the book, the author and where to purchase a copy, please click on the title of the book below:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

That's Where God Is

When a young boy questions his grandfather about God and asks just where God lives, his wise grandfather gives him the best advice possible.

He tells him to spend a week and search around and see if he can't find the answer out himself. The young boy finds out that his week of searching will lead him to the most unexpected places. Through daily discoveries the little boy finds God is in everything, from the smallest details in his life to the changes in the weather.

He soon discovers that God is everywhere at all times and it's news he can't wait to share with his loving grandfather.

I received That's Where God Is by Dan and Ali Morrow compliments of B & B Media Group and loved this wonderful classic children's book for any Christian family to own. It was something I read right when I got it with my youngest and can't wait to read it many more times with future grandkids and children that come by. This is a must for anyone who has children. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5!

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy of this book, click on the title of the book below:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Whisper On The Wind

Just what price would you be willing to pay for love? What price if the country you grew to love and call home was caught up in the middle of World War 1?

That's just what Isa Lassone does in the wonderful historical romance of Whispers On The Wind by Maureen Lang. The time is 1916 in Belguim and the Germans have occupied the country while in the midst of the war. They have taken to burning down existing buildings and looting what goods they can and shipping them off to Germany. They have burned all the buildings that Isa remembered growing up in Brussels, yet her home has miraculously survived. It's contents and servant staff have also been left untouched.

Isa's family had managed to escape just before the invasion taking her back to America, but deep within her heart she has always loved one and that one is now a man, Edward, who is worth risking her own personal safety to come back in the hopes of persuading him and his family to flee with her to safety. Only Edward isn't so willing to leave even if it means risking his mother and younger brother Jonah. Just what is prompting Edward to stay? Why does he stay gone at night? You'll have to check out the book and find out.

Author Bio: Maureen Lang is the winner of several writing awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award and the American Christian Fiction Writer's Noble Theme award. You can visit her website at

I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review of the book. I loved it and the risks that some people are willing to pay for the hope that love provides. I would easily rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you love historical romantic fiction then this is the book for you.

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase your own copy, click on the title of the book below. You can even read the first chapter there as well!

Crimson Cipher

The book takes place in 1915 pre World War 1 when America was debating going to war. Spy's had been sent by Germany through people living in America, but had come from Germany and were loyal still. Emma Shuster, the main character has been working for her father Professor Shuster developing a machine that would encrypt messages in the banking industry that could not be deciphered. The sudden appearance of Naval Lieutenant John Patterson asking for where Professor Shuster's office was caused some concern. Little did she know that taking the Lieutenant up the stairs to her fathers office would put her into a whirlwind of conflict and into a war that had not yet begun.
I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter and could not put this book down. There is so much going on in the story that you are on the edge of your seat wishing you could see in on the big screen! I loved the story line and the building of each character from the first chapter to the end. I so liked this book, I wished there could have been a few more chapters on the end to see how the two main characters played out even after the ending in an epilogue. I rated this book a 4.5 out of 5 and would loved to have rated it a 5, but without more of an ending for the characters the ending came up just a wee bit short.

I received the book Crimson Cipher by Susan Watson compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. For even more information on the book including a sneak peek into the first chapter, read below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Crimson Cipher
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)

Susan Page Davis


From Susan: I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah's Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor's degree in history. I don't shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I've also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.



A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives...and uncover her father’s killers.

In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. With enemies lurking at every turn, whom can Emma trust? Is romance the true motive behind her tow suitors advances? Or could one-or both of them-have traitorous intentions in mind?

Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster’s father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer because of the expertise she gained in helping her father develop a cipher system.

Emma races to discover the nefarious plans of her country's foes and unmask their leader before others are killed. She finds new strength in her faith as she strives to outwit her adversary, known only as Kobold - German for goblin.

And yet, her greatest challenge may be deciphering the cryptic messages her heart sends whenever she encounters a certain navy lieutenant... Can Emma and John find love in the midst of turmoil as America plunges toward war?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Crimson Cipher, go HERE.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Still House Pond

The squeaky screen door slapped shut. Lilly Gray Corbett couldn't wait to start the day. Her skin tingled in the late spring's early morning chill. She could practically taste adventure waiting, urgent as an icicle against her tongue.

Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Cooper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home and help. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go.

Cooper isn't quite ready to let her young daughter travel all the way to Lexington by herself, but she reluctantly agrees to let Lilly go. When Cooper and her husband John hear news that Lilly's train crashed, they rush to find out if their daughter is injured or even alive. (excerpt back cover).

My Review:

In the book, Still House Pond by Jan Watson, we find ourselves in the following the book Sweetwater Run in the Troublesome Creek series of books. Having never read any of the books prior to this one, it was a story in itself that you can completely immerse yourself in and becoming lost in the lives of the characters.

Cooper is the local doctor of sorts who finds herself along with her friend Remy, delivering most of the towns babies as well as dealing with anything else that comes along including smallpox. Cooper has spent her years training alongside her husband Simone who was a doctor and has since passed away leaving the knowledge with Cooper to continue his work of taking care of the residents of Troublesome Creek.

Cooper also has hired Manda to help her when she is out delivering babies to care for her children Lilly, Jack and the twins Mazy and Molly and help out around the house. When Cooper is asked to care for Adie Stills, a neighbor who is highly contagious and pregnant, finds that her family is resentful for interfering in their business. They remain hostile towards Cooper even after she cares for his wife and their unborn child and keeping the remaining children safe from catching it. However when Adie dies during childbirth, the Still families anger is directed towards Cooper and her family in a most unusual way.

I received the book Still House Pond compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and absolutely loved it. I read it in a few hours and could honestly say its a cross between Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Little House on the Prairie. I would rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. Now I can't wait to go back and read the previous books in the series.

For more information on the book, the author and where you can purchase a copy of this book, click on the book title below:

The Malacca Conspiracy

In a lightning-paced thriller of political assassination and terrorism on the high seas, the Malacca Conspiracy will whisk you from Singapore to Indonesia, from Malaysia to Washington. A whirlwind mix of love, war, and high-stakes geopolitical roulette, for Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian - your favorite JAG characters from Don Brown's bestselling Navy Justice Series - it's the last chance for a longstanding romance that is now or never.

Against the exotic background of the Straits of Malacca, a daring plot is hatched to finance a nuclear attack against American cities, and Zack and Diane are thrust into the midst of a sizzling race against the clock to foil the conspiracy before disaster strikes.

The President of the United States orders ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet towards the Malacca Straits to reassert control over the sea lanes, but with time quickly ticking away, will they arrive in time for Zack and Diane to survive this dangerous and final high-stakes drama of life and death? (excerpt back cover).

My Review:

The Malacca Conspiracy by Don Brown is a thrilling page turner from the very first page. The "Malacca Conspiracy" is actually the name of the plans that the terrorists that are based in Indonesia format in order to finally gain control of the worlds financial markets and destroy the United States in a nuclear war. This book picks up where 9/11 left off as these terrorists will stop at nothing including killing their countries own president to remove the barriers to take control of becoming the next super power.

There is so much action taking place in this book all over the world at the same time with calculated plots to drive up the price of oil to finance their terrorist plans. In today's world you could definitely see this type of scenario being played out for real and that is why the book is so exceptional in keeping your interest in every detail.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say it rates a 5 out of 5. Along the lines of NCIS and JAG, this is a perfect book for anyone who loves plots involving military black ops, and the fight against terrorism against the United States.

For more information on the book, the author and even a first glance at the first chapter of the book, read more below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Malacca Conspiracy
Zondervan (June 4, 2010)

Don Brown


DON BROWN, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES. a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. In 2003, Don began writing Treason, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES.

Paying no homage to political correctness, DON BROWN’S writing style is described as “gripping,” casting an entertaining and educational spin on a wide-range of current issues, from radical Islamic infiltration of the military, to the explosive issue of gays in the military, to the modern day issues of presidential politics in the early 21st Century.

In November of 2009, four years after it was released, and in the wake of Fort Hood, TREASON rocketed to the top-selling in the nation on the bestseller list for fiction, and remained there for over a week. On Thanksgiving Day of 2009, all four of Don’s novels were ranked in the top 5 on the Amazon bestseller list for fiction!

DON BROWN graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and after finishing law school, continued his post-graduate studies through the Naval War College, earning the Navy’s nonresident certificate in International Law.

During his five years on active duty in the Navy, Don served in the Pentagon, was published in the Naval Law Review, and was also a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.


A rogue Indonesian general and his army of terrorists attack oil tankers in the Strait of Malacca in order to profit from oil futures and buy nuclear weapons to establish an Islamic superpower.

Navy JAG officers Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian race against the odds and a 24-hour deadline before nuclear attacks hit the United States. Departing from the sea of books barely better than soap opera romance and using the frantic pacing of suspense fiction, Brown glides flawlessly among global hotspots of terrorism--including the United States--and the book's principal settings in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The President of the United States orders ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet towards the Malacca Straits to reassert control over the sea lanes, but with time quickly ticking away, will they arrive in time for Zack and Diane to survive this dangerous and final high-stakes drama of life and death?

Sign up for the contest above! And if you would like to read the first chapter of Malacca Conspiracy, go HERE

Monday, August 16, 2010

What We Have - Giveaway and Review

How do you begin to deal with the knowledge that the women on your side of the family have a history of getting cancer and then dying at a very early age?

That's just what the book, What We Have, One Family's Inspiring Story About Love, Loss and Survival by Amy Boesky does in a memoir that reads like a novel.

I've known people in my life but none of them family members who have had to deal with cancer, or the loss of someone due to cancer. Some are winners in their battles but unfortunately most aren't and the ending of their chapter in life isn't the best part of the book.

In this true story of Amy Boesky's family, we learn what its like to live in the shadow of fear wondering if every rash, mole or lump could be the dread cancer the women in her family have come to fear. Most of them dying before the age of 45.

She has lived her whole life knowing with certainty that the old black and white photos that are on her mothers wall are just reminders of that fact. She plans and dreads her 35th birthday when she knows with 100% confidence that she will have a complete hysterectomy to save herself from possible ovarian cancer that you truly see how far this fear has motivated all her decisions in life.

When fate strikes back in the form of a breast cancer instead of what they were suspecting, it completely turns the plans of betting back cancer on end. How far will she go to prevent cancer from taking her life like all the women before her.

I received this wonderful heartwarming memoir from TLC Book Tours for my honest review and understand how devastating cancer can take a human life. I would recommend this book for anyone who has lived that life of fear or knows someone who is as a reminder of just how fear can take your life away. I would rate this book a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing missing in this book is what faith in God could have done to salvage her family and given them a sense of peace and calm in a turmoil.

For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, please click on the link below:

For one lucky follower of my blog, TLC has graciously offered a giveaway copy of this book. Here are the guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog.

2. You must reside in the US or Canada or if you want be willing to have a book shipped to a US or Canada address.

3. I must have a way to contact you via email. Please leave your email in the comment box. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. I will close the comment box on August 23rd and notify the winner by email. You will have 5 business days to respond. If I don't hear from you, I will select another winner.

5. Leave me a comment and tell me what winning a copy of this book would mean to you or someone you know.