Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway: The Perfect Tear


The Perfect Tear
by Connie Lansberg


Eleanor, a timid orphan, has no clue to her real purpose, but she also has no desire to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she is forced to with. Eleanor believes Edward, whom she loves, will save her from being forced to take vows. She knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her devastation is complete when she discovers Edward is a prince and heir to the throne, but it is the impetus she needs to leave the safety of the abbey and go in search of her long lost father.

She doesn’t get far before discovering her true destiny. With only her instincts to protect her, she must match wits with a powerful being intent on the destruction of her world. If she does not find The Perfect Tear and release its healing power into the land, she will become an accomplice in the destruction of all she loves.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

The Sound of Silver Book Birthday Tour!

Hello and welcome to The Sound of Silver birthday blog tour! I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s second installment in the Steadfast Love series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!

Rachelle is also the author of The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series! I’m joining in this blog tour to tell you a little more about Silver and spread the news about the rocking giveaway Rachelle is hosting—make sure you enter using the Rafflecopter form to win the lovely necklace pictured and your choice of any of the Steadfast Love titles!


The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love #2)
by Rachelle Rea

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Book Review: Shades of Doon

Hello! Emily, here! I just wanted to let you know a couple things. I am planning on making some changes to this blog in the coming weeks, namely, moving this blog to Wordpress and possibly its own website. Also, I'm currently taking a class about Adobe Photshop and Illustrator, and I'm planning on incorporating what I'm learning to make some interesting images for this blog. Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned!

Today, I have a book review for Shades of Doon, which is co-authored by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. For once, it's not a book I got specifically for review, and because of that, my review is a little bit more sporadic than usual and doesn't have a summary at the beginning for once. I hope you enjoy it.


Shades of Doon (Doon #3)
by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon


After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls' situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.

Find out more about Carey and Lorie and the Doon series at www.doonseries.com.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Tour: "Hide it In Your Heart" Coloring Book

Book Review: "Gilt Hollow" by Lorie Langdon


Gilt Hollow
by Lorie Langdon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.


Four years ago, Willow’s best friend, Ashton, was sent to Juvenile Detention for manslaughter. She hasn’t heard anything from him in all that time, though she sent him dozens of letters and defended his innocence to anyone who would listen. Now, though, Ashton has been released from prison and is coming back to their town Gilt Hollow for revenge against those who falsely accused him. What does that mean for Willow, who Ashton believes deserted him?

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon was an interesting book. It is a YA romance and mystery, the characters seniors in high school and the story revolving around the mystery of who is really the murderer. The murder mystery part of the plot was very intriguing. Someone was framing Ashton for the weird things that were happening in the town and high school—a shredded football uniform, a robbery, and more. The characters eventually started working together to discover who was framing him, and their discoveries kept me in suspense throughout. The setting was wonderfully described and used to the story’s advantage, as were the events and quirks in the town. I wasn’t always sure what to make of the romance though. We have this young man bent on revenge and this sweet girl trying to survive high school, and it was cute how everything turned out. But there were times when I wondered, with the knowledge that Willow had at the time, whether she should want a relationship with Ashton at all. He seemed creepy and cruel at times, though some of that was just her perception of him without all the facts, and made me wonder about the healthiness of their relationship. Everything turned out all right at the end, though. The characters were perfect for each other.

I enjoyed this novel and recommend it to those who enjoy YA contemporary novels.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Review: "A Lady Unrivaled" by Roseanna White


 A Lady Unrivaled (Ladies of the Manor #3)
by Roseanna M. White

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won't wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better. 

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?


The problem with the Fire Eyes (red diamonds) has not gone away, and Lady Ella is determined to work with Duke Justin, Duchess Brook, and their cousin Lord Cayton to thwart Lady Pratt and her brother Lord Rushworth once and for all. But what happens when Ella discovers that she has unknowingly had the diamonds all along, creepy Lord Rushworth decides to court her, and Lord Cayton is working as a double agent and fake-courting her also?

A Lady Unrivaled was a beautiful end to the Ladies of the Manor trilogy by Roseanna M. White. Both of the main characters had made appearances in the previous novels, and it was sweet to watch them fall in love, if rather unwillingly at first. Lady Ella had already been one of my favorites and, perhaps, the character most like me in the series. Lord Cayton was not a character I particularly cared for in the previous books, since he broke the heart of one of Brook’s cousins and married for money, but the growth that began in him in The Reluctant Duchess continued, making him a wonderful main character. Both he and Ella struggled with some insecurity issues due to some of their previous mistakes, and it was wonderful to see them change and mature in the light of God’s and each other’s love. The situation with the Fire Eyes was the other major conflict A Lady Unrivaled. Lord Rushworth was as determined as ever to get the diamonds, though he claimed the only reason was to save his sister from the “Russian mobster” who already gave them a down payment. He was dark and creepy as usual, but seeing him with a shard of humanity through his attraction to Ella somehow made him even worse. He is not an enemy I would want—much less a suitor! The conclusion of this tale was immensely satisfying and tied up a few loose ends with the other characters, including Lady Pratt’s grief over her lost son and what to do with the Fire Eyes for good.

I enjoyed this novel and this trilogy very much and would recommend it to those who like sweet historical romances.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Tour & Review: "Brainwalker"

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Tour & Review: "A Time to Rise"

Book Review: "Where Hope Prevails" by Oke and Logan


Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West #3)
by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. 

But the town's rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education--one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond. 

At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Review: "Land of Silence" by Tessa Afshar


Land of Silence
by Tessa Afshar

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

Book Review: "The Beautiful Pretender" by Melanie Dickerson


The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale #2)
by Melanie Dickerson

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Book Review: "Courageous" by Dina Sleiman


Courageous (Valiant Hearts #3)
by Dina L. Sleiman

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Valiant Hearts: Where Adventure and Romance Meet

Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of young adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Blog Tour & Excerpt: "Faith is the Victory"

Have  you ever felt like too much was going on and you just couldn't handle anything more? Or maybe someone has bothered you so much that you avoid them as much as you can, but they still keep coming back. David felt that way in Faith Blum's short story, Faith is the Victory, and she's here today to tell us more about her book.

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon: Conclusion

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: "Daughter of Winter" by Amber Argyle


Daughter of Winter (Fairy Queens #6)
by Amber Aargyle

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Bargains. Only the truly desperate make them. Only the truly desperate need them. And always, the desperate pay.

The silence and never-ending dark of winter are all Elice has ever known, for she is the daughter of the Winter Queen. Isolated in a northern queendom with only the seals for company, she dreams of color and music and life. So when a whaling ship crashes just offshore, she doesn't hesitate to rescue the lone survivor, Adar, who quickly becomes her friend. She must keep him hidden from her mother at all costs, for if the Winter Queen discovers him trespassing, she'll kill him. 

When her mother reveals just how dark her soul has become, Elice realizes she is as much a prisoner as Adar. To ever know true freedom—to ever become the woman she was meant to be—she must flee with him. But in their flight, she begins to see hints of something more nefarious. The darkness that has taken hold of her mother is spreading, staining the world with its influence. 

Unbeknownst to Elice, a bargain was made long ago. A bargain she was born to fulfill.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon: Update

And here is my belated update. Maybe I'll start giving you a weekly update independent of contests? I've promised things before that never came to fruition, so we shall see.

Also, don't forget to check out the contests going on for the Read-a-Thon!

Statistics for September 12-18

Books Completed: 4
Pages Read: 1220


by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo #1

Read: September 13-14
Pages: 376
Format: Audiobook
Times read: 1

Rating: 5 Stars 

by Julie Klassen

Read: September 15-17
Pages: 398
Format: Audiobook
Times Read: 1

Rating: 5 Stars

by C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia #1

Read: September 15-18
Pages: 206
Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Times Read: 3 unabridged, 7+ abridged audio drama

Rating: 5 Stars

by C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia #2

Read: September 18
Pages: 240
Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Times Read: 1 unabridged, 7+ abridged audio drama

Rating: 4 Stars

Currently Reading

by Rachel Rossano
Novels of Rhynan #2.5

Started: September 8
Progress: 8%
Format: eBook ARC

Comments: I really need to finish this book. It's been how long since I signed up to review it? Three months? Four? But I may end up restarting it to participate in one of those contests I'm involved in. 

by Nadine Brandes
Out of Time Series #3

Started: September 15
Progress: 41%
Format: eBook ARC

Comments: Eeek! So excited to read this book!!! Book three in my favorite series, following an epic cliffhanger! Thank you so much, Nadine, for letting have an ARC for review!

by Sarah E. Ladd
Whispers on the Moors #3

Started: September 17
Progress: 15%
Format: Audiobook

Comments: It's book 3, not book 2? Whoops. At least it's a standalone... I loved book one and was craving a historical romance after finishing Lady Maybe, and I chose this series.

by Julie Klassen

Started: September 17
Progress: 5%
Format: Audiobook

Comments: This was the only other audiobook by Julie Klassen I could find in my online library. What a shame there's only two! Anyway, I started it with a friend, so it could be months before we finish. But it will be worth it!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review: "Miriam" by Mesu Andrews


Miriam (Treasures of the Nile #2)
by Mesu Andrews


The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel 
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
 Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.


Miriam has been a midwife and prophetess to the Hebrew slaves in Egypt for nearly all of her eighty-six years. Then one day, everything changes. Pharaoh had a dream, Miriam cannot feel the Spirit of El Shaddai, and her brother Aaron experiences a calling to fetch his brother Moses out of Midian. Then Moses arrives, bearing news of their upcoming deliverance and a new name for their God, Yahweh.

Miriam by Mesu Andrews takes up the story of the Exodus begun in Pharoah’s Daughter, and I must say I enjoyed it very much. It takes a new look at the story of Israel’s deliverance, the ten plagues, and the Red Sea crossing through the view of some of the normal people in Israel. After all, not everyone would have seen Moses talking to Pharaoh and would not understand at first why a few dozen frogs suddenly invaded their house. Miriam was a rather fascinating look at some of the physical and spiritual effects of the events in Exodus.

A second main character, other than Miriam, was Eleazar, her brother Aaron’s son. Eleazar, as the bodyguard for one of Pharaoh’s sons, gave insight into what occurred in the palace, since neither Moses nor Aaron were ever POV characters. Also, Miriam told of Eleazar’s growing relationship with a young woman under his care. It amused and frustrated me as I realized how little Eleazar understood women.

The spiritual journey of the various characters was a major focus of the novel. As mentioned in the synopsis, Miriam had held a close relationship with God, having a distinct and unusual sense of God. But she lost that particular sense around the same time Moses received his calling to rescue the Israelites, and she struggled from that point on, feeling deserted. It wasn’t that God deserted her but that the relationship between them had changed. Miriam was no longer alone in her calling to minister to the Israelites, and Moses took her place as spiritual leader. It made the character who I had worried about being able to relate to, due to my age being a fraction of her own, and made her relatable and dynamic.

The historical facts seemed as accurate as they could be, considering how little is known about ancient Egypt. Watching the plagues ensue and the scientists of the time trying to explain away the extreme forces of nature was fascinating. Also, I had never thought about the fact that Pharaoh would have several first-born sons because of his many wives. How horrible it would have been to have lost all of them at once.

In all, Miriam was a fascinating look into the Exodus of the Bible. It touched on the characters and the spiritual and physical effects the plagues would have on them and the way Pharaoh could have reacted as he did. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to anyone who enjoys an interesting, accurate retelling of Biblical history.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon

I just wanted to let you know that the blog Wishful Endings is beginning its annual "Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon" Challenge. As you can see from the image, it is from today through September 26. The idea is to take these weeks to read as many books from your To-Be-Read pile as possible in corroboration with the many other people doing this challenge and the minor challenges on other blogs. I will be participating, so you will be seeing a few updates in the coming weeks. 

And I am pretty sure the sign-ups are still open if you want to participate, so if you do, follow this link to get to the official sign-up page and this link to the Goodreads group. There will be a launch post and giveaways beginning today, so be sure to check the sign-up page. And check the bottom of this post for the schedule!

For my part, I have hundreds of books on my TBR list, but the first ones on my list for these coming weeks will begin with:
  • A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes
  • Shades of Doon (#3) by Lori Langdon and Carey Corp
  • Forever Doon (#4) by Lori Langdon and Carey Corp
  • Three Wishes by Lisa T Bergren
  • Tainted by Morgan L. Busse
  • Waking Beauty by Sarah E Morin
  • The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischoff
  • A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Kingdom at Sea by Jill Williamson

We will see how many I get done.

Challenge Schedule

9/12: Kick-Off with giveaways. Giveaways will include:
  • $15 Amazon gift card (INT)
  • Book of winner's choice from their TBR (INT)
9/13: Wishful Endings First Line Challenge
9/14: Jemima Pett & Janette Rallison
9/15: Wishful Endings Duo Color Challenge
9/16: Katherine Reay on Wishful Endings
9/17: Hidden Worlds Books
9/18: Operation Awesome
9/19: Mid-Point Check-In & Twitter Chat
9/20: Wishful Endings Name Challenge
9/21: J. Lenni Dorner
9/22: Wishful Endings Fall Colors Challenge
9/23: The Book Monsters
9/24: Wishful Endings Random Book Challenge
9/25: Katie Teller's Stories
9/25: Challenge giveaway ends (for the challenges I'm hosting)
9/26: Read-a-thon Ends (no challenge)
9/27: Wrap-Up (giveaway won't close until the end of day to allow everyone to link up)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Reviews: "A Time to Die" and "A Time to Speak" (and link to Author's Giveaway!)

I decided it was finally time to review a couple of my favorite books: A Time To Die and A Time to Speak. After all, book three just release for pre-order and is released on October 14!!!


A Time to Die (Out of Time Series #1)
by Nadine Brandes

Synopsis from Goodreads:

How would you live if you knew the day you'd die?

Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. 

In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall -- her people's death sentence. 

What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.

Buy Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Book Review: "One Paris Summer" by Denise Grover Swank


One Paris Summer
by Denise Grover Swank


Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.
Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.
Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.
Books published under the Blink imprint are intended for a general readership without being overtly Christian.
Buy Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: "A Time to Rise" by Nadine Brandes

(Cover done by Kirk DouPonce, DogEaredDesign)
Eeek! Super excited for this book! October 14 can't come soon enough!


What more can you sacrifice than your life?
Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least…that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?


Nadine Links:

Order Links & Info:

Sadly, the pre-order set-up is a bit late so we aren’t able to include the pre-order link in the cover reveal posts. :/ Oh well!

Links to previous books in the series:

A Time to Die

A Time to Speak

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