Monday, July 21, 2014

"Firewall" by DiAnn Mills (with CFBA)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Firewall
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
by
DiAnn Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills


ABOUT THE BOOK

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

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

The book can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414389930
 
 
My Review...

To be added once the book arrives in the mail.... :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Will remind you of the important things in life: "A Woman of Fortune" by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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about the book....


You never know what you're really made of until you lose everything.

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream--designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But everything comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living.

Author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers a story both poignant and emotionally gripping that celebrates the kind of fortune that lasts.



my review....

The first in what promises to be a top-notch series of books, "A Woman of Fortune" wooed me from the first page and held me captive until the satisfying conclusion. I greatly enjoyed Gilbert's first book "Mother of Pearl" and so looked forward to her next release with great anticipation - and I was duly rewarded indeed! I am thoroughly impressed that the author could tackle such weighty emotional issues and weave a character-driven novel that completely captured my interest and kept me glued to the pages. Her characters grew and changed before my very eyes, and stepped off the pages until they felt like a friend walking alongside me.

I love how "A Woman of Fortune" presents a very high calling to readers, to stand strong in our marriages no matter what storms may come. Nowadays it can seem like people can be quick to divorce when they shouldn't (where there is not infidelity or abuse that is). This book is like a breath of fresh air in a culture that seems to focus on personal happiness above all else, instead pointing to a perhaps harder road that is ultimately more fulfilling.

Gilbert deftly handles issues of betrayal and loss, and with heart-breaking realism paints a picture of how one person's actions can have devastating consequences to a family. Yet despite wading through some tough waters with these characters, I closed the pages of this book with a smile on my face, feeling like I'd been wonderfully entertained while reminded of the most important things in life.

Those readers who enjoy contemporary novels that may even leave a tear on their cheek should plan on picking up a copy of "A Woman of Fortune". It is time well spent! 4.5 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.




 about the author....

 



Kellie Coates GilbertKellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history. Her legal experience gives her an insider's view into how people react under pressure. Gilbert explores the complexity of relationships in her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances. The author of Mother of Pearl, she currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.









Thursday, July 17, 2014

A poignant historical novel: "Love Comes Home" by Ann H. Gabhart

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about the book....


When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be




my review....

Gabhart's third book set in the small town of Rosey Corner is a poignant novel that explores loss, love, hardship, and new beginnings. It was a pleasure to become reacquainted with the characters from the first two books in the series (Angel Sister and Small Town Girl Corner), and there were many moments to celebrate with the characters (such as when husbands returned from war) but also many moments to experience their heart-ache. As is her strength, Gabhart does a wonderful job at fleshing out her characters and weaving their different stories into an ultimately satisfying whole. Her characters come alive with an aching beauty, and I found myself standing in their shoes feeling the pain they feel. Something I love about this book and indeed the whole series is the way Gabhart shows what a gift family is, even when they are also a pain! One of the characters finds themselves envying the Merritt family and it is easy to see why, for despite times they disagree or drive each other crazy, they are there for each other through thick and thin. I especially liked Aunt Hattie's role in this book as the elderly spiritual giant, and someone who often pointed the characters to the Lord in their times of pain. The words she speaks are filled with wisdom, such as when she says "Every soul is burdened down with troubles from time to time....But the Good Lord is right there helping you carry that load...A body has to keep on smilin’ for yo’self same as others, else the dark can overtake you”. What a great reminder that when we experience the troubles this life brings, we aren't alone, but have God, and his family, to walk alongside us.

Those readers who first grew to love these characters in "Angel Sister" will appreciate how this novel brings things full circle. I greatly enjoyed this solid read and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.




 about the author....

 

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.









Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Don't forget to breathe! "Mindwar" by Andrew Klavan

 
 
After an accident caused him to lose his athletic prowess, his status as highschool quarterback, and his general meaning in life, Rick Dial has drowned out the pain with a new obsession with playing video games. But his world is again rocked off of its axis when Rick is suddenly taken to a secret location where he learns that a very deadly war is going on, one that threatens the very existence of society as he knows it. When he agrees to join the battle using his skills, he finds himself tested in ways he never imagined possible.
 
Andrew Klavan has again spun a clever young adult fiction tale that explodes with non-stop action and fast moving scenes. The pacing is unreal, as readers are thrust into a fantastic what-if scenario that had me thinking about how quickly life as I know it could change if this plot were possible! Klavan is an excellent author, and one who doesn’t waste any words, but quickly draws readers into the story and doesn’t let them leave. I found myself experiencing each scene alongside of Rick, with a wonderful feeling of realism that even had me feeling his claustrophobia in one of the scenes! Not only is the writing crisp, but the characters are also solidly developed, and readers will quickly grow fond of Rick as they experience his emotional turmoil and witness him dig deep to find a new purpose and a new courage for living. The book is clearly the first in the series, but resolves one of the plot lines in a very touching manner indeed. I am left craving more, and wishing that it were already 2015 so I could read the next installment!
 
I greatly enjoyed this book from start to finish and highly recommend “Mindwar” not only for young adults, but for anyone looking for an adrenaline filled summer read. 5 out of 5 stars.
 
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher via the Booklook Bloggers review program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
 
 
about the author...
 
 
Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. His latest novel for adults, The Identity Man, has been praised by Nelson Demille as “fast paced, intelligent and thought-provoking; a great read!” Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints…one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.” His last novel Empire of Lies was about media bias in the age of terror, and topped Amazon.com’s thriller list. Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series. Learn more at his website:  http://www.andrewklavan.com/
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Woohoo! Earn gift cards or cash with Swagbucks like me!!


About a year ago now I signed up for a Swagbucks account, and started earning points by searching, answering polls, doing surveys, playing games, etc. I've redeemed these points for things like Starbucks gift cards, paypal gift cards, and all sorts of other goodies.

If you haven't yet signed up for this, I encourage you to check it out. Who doesn't like a gift card now and again? Have fun!

Oh, to get you started use the sign up code “FreeGiftCards” and you will start with 50 extra SBs (the equivalent of 50 cents towards Starbucks!)