Monday, September 18, 2017

God Made the World, a cuddly baby book

Song Stuck on the Brain: Frère Jacques


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 Debbie Rivers-Moore (Author), 
Emma Haines (Illustrator)

MY TAKE:
A simple and sweet book designed to introduce the youngest of children to God's creation. Soft material, with a crinkle cover that babies just can't resist feeling. The colors are soft, but not pastel and it is only a few pages, so there aren't many illustrations, but plenty for a very young baby. The loop allowing it to be attached to strollers or car seats is a nice touch. Overall, I really liked the book, it would make a sweet baby gift. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Charming illustrations help infants and toddlers discover God's natural world, from dolphins to foxes to kittens! This squishy fabric book features crinkle cloth for sensory development and hours of baby fun. God Made the World also includes a child-safety mirror so baby can see herself and know she's a part of God's design. 

For parents, a Velcro closure keeps the book shut, and a hanging tab can attach the book to a stroller, purse, or toy so it can go wherever they do. It comes packaged in a bag to keep it clean and includes a header card for easy hanging display.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR:

Debbie Rivers-Moore is the author of several children's picture books, including Tractor Ted, Lamb Loves Springtime, and God Made the World.

Emma Haines is an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the Midlands and is the founder of Cut and Stick Design. Emma studied illustration at Loughborough University and now works at an art licensing company. Her designs are inspired by 1960's children's books and she really loves character design - she enjoys bringing a smile to someone by creating a cute character.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Captivating Regency Romance by Carolyn Miller

Song Stuck on the Brain: Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond


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MY TAKE:

If you are a fan of Regency Romance, than this is a Don't Miss book and series. If you aren't familiar with the genre, then this is a great way to discover a new style of historical novels. 

Carolyn Miller writes beautiful stories of faith and love that sparkle with wit while still bringing out deep emotions in all her characters. Lady Charlotte  and Lord Hartwell are as different as can be, at least at first look. Age and life experience doesn't appeal to Charlotte. William is wary of her beauty and youth. Maybe an obvious set up to begin with, but their journey to love and understanding is powerful. 

It's the second in a series, but reads well as a stand alone. I think you'll find that reading the series is well worth it, so be sure to check out book one The Elusive Miss Ellison too. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:


Her heart is her own--but her hand in marriage is another matter

Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.

William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.

Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace?

Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller in the tradition of Georgette Heyer and Julie Klassen. Fans of The Elusive Miss Ellison will meet compelling new characters--and a few old friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author Carolyn Miller
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. She is married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!).

A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favorite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

Her stories are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times.

Her books include:
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
The Elusive Miss Ellison
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

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

Monday, July 03, 2017

Dark Deception - Edge of Your Seat Suspense from Nancy Mehl

Song Stuck on the Brain: It's the Number of the Day sung by Count on Sesame Street. My littlest nephew loves this and we watch it on YouTube. He's only 1 but has been saying "ah, ah, ah" after counting for 6 months. It's adorable. :)


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My Take: 

Have you read any of my fellow Missourian author's books before? If you haven't, what are you waiting for! If you love suspense you have to hurry to her amazon page ASAP. Well, preferably you'll wait until you've finished this post, but then you should definitely go stock up on Nancy Mehl novels. 

When Dark Deception became available for review, I hadn't read the first book, Fatal Frost yet. I knew it would be worth it, so I purchased it and read them in order. Although not necessary, Dark Deception was readable as a stand alone, Fatal Frost was fantastic and I'm so glad I read them in order.

One of the things I loved the most about both books, was how the location was as much a character as the people. In Dark Deception it's the small town atmosphere and the treacherous storm on the mountain. I hate spoilers, so I won't give you the specifics, but the scenes on the mountain especially had me holding my breath. 

More than just a law enforcement procedural. Way more than your run of the mill romantic suspense. Inspirational and Faith challenging situations flow organically through the drama and action filled stories. Edge of your seat read is a great description. 

About the Book:

New Edge-of-Your-Seat Read from an Established Romantic Suspense Author
Kate O'Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker--along with some last-minute evidence--that convicted the suspect. 

She's been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn't the murderer and she's been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she'll only agree if the same Marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.


About the Author:

Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored fifteen books and is currently at work on a new romantic suspense series for Bethany House Publishing. 

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help." 

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com or find her newsletter at: www.nancymehl.blogspot.com. She also is active on the Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com and on FaceBook!



Don't forget to check out Fatal Frost, book 1 in the Defenders of Justice series. 

Mehl Ramps Up the Suspense in This Brand-New U.S. Marshals Series
Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety. 

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Solstice Presents: That Summer Day vol. 1 & A NEW Sadie K. Frazier story!

That Summer Day Vol. 1



A day where the sun seems to shine forever, spring gives way to summer and everyone is celebrating with picnics, playing on the beach, and just having fun. Stories about this day are yours from eight very talented authors.



Fun in the sun turns into a nightmare after a murder.

A summer reunion ignites romance.

City vs Country: which one will prevail?

Goldilocks and Baby Bear like you’ve never seen them before

A promise leaves them wondering about the future.

Summer Solstice on a distant planet provides adventure, romance, and mystery for two, star-crossed lovers.

Can a stranger save her?

The fate of the world lies with a conflicted angel.



The longest day of the year. Fun in the sun. Renewing friendships. Continuing traditions. Adventures of all sorts. K.A. Meng, Debbie De Louise, Stephy Smith, Justin Herzog, K.C. Sprayberry, Candace Sams, Margaret Scott, and Alex Pilalis bring you stories to entertain on this very special day.



And a very special story…



In a split second, the future Keaghan Graham dreamt of shattered into a million pieces, along with the remnants of his broken heart.

He escapes in search of an end to the inconceivable pain he feels after an unimaginable loss.

Will a chance meeting with a triad of Magical beings give his life purpose again? 

He learns that nothing happens, simply by chance.





Every twist in fate will reveal his destiny in the exact preordained moment in time it was meant to.
They are preparing Keaghan to become one of the twelve warriors of the Zodiac Illuminaries of Ravenokh.
Will he rise to the challenge and accept the call of the universe?
Enlightenment awaits just beyond the Cusp of Magic.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Spell Caster by Leah Hamrick - a New Voice in New Adult

Song Stuck on the Brain: Little Einstein's Theme song. Mighty Max loves this show. :)

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About the Book: 

Three paranormal short stories. One sweet, one dark, one fun. Which one will be your favorite?

Love Caster: There is nothing greater than pure, sweet love, and that’s something Anna Bowden knows all about. While trying to get the courage to kiss her boyfriend Killian, she has to deal with her overbearing dad, who will stop at nothing to tear them apart.

In the Darkness: After Anna Bowden witnesses someone—or something—lurking in her backyard, it starts a chain of frightening events that leads to a gruesome discovery.

First Holiday: Featuring the characters from Frost On My Pillow—be prepared for a sweet, fun, wild ride. While Ethan gives Lyla—who has never celebrated Christmas before— the task of finding out the true meaning of the holiday, he surreptitiously tries to tell her how he really feels, but before that can occur, a lot of decorating and snowball fights has to happen!


My Take: 

Leah Hamrick is a fresh new voice in New Adult fiction. Her unique twist includes a younger main character dealing with more adult themes. Although I enjoy fantasy, paranormal isn't usually my first choice, but I found Love Caster to be a fun first love type of story. If you enjoy stories with witchcraft, this would be for you.

In the Darkness is a sequel to Love Caster and although the story was good, it was too scary for me! LOL, I was seriously creeped out. I guess the author did her job and nailed that theme. It was an interesting twist, but a shock after Love Caster. 

First Holiday follows a different cast, and was a cute look at Christmas through the eyes of someone who has never experienced it. The romance and theme are sweet, but all of the stories stay well within the New Adult category. Nothing too steamy, but more than you might anticipate for a cast so young. 

About the Author:

Leah Hamrick lives in Michigan with her partner in crime husband Jon, young daughter Khloey, and plethora of reptiles, fish, and a tree frog named Sticky. She can always be found with her nose in a YA book, daydreaming and thinking up new ideas for a story, and trying to figure out how to make a characters chemistry clash with one another’s. She is a fan of romance, and anything paranormal. She gets the inspiration for her stories from things that have happened in her real life—except the paranormal/fantasy aspect… She wishes she were that awesome! She enjoys listening to heavy metal music, traveling, watching bad reality TV, and everything pink. She hopes that one day she can be become a well known author, and to keep writing stories for everyone to enjoy for years to come

I received a free copy of Spell Caster in return for my honest opinion.