Monday, October 24, 2016

Free fiction ebook: "Salt Water Taffie" by Janice Thompson

Salt Water Taffie (Boardwalk Brides Book 1) by [Thompson, Janice]

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Free ebook: "Not So Fast" by Ann Kroeker

Not So Fast - eBook

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Friday, October 21, 2016

J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s ‘Cold-Case Christianity for Kids’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace's Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie's new book.


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Inspiring historical fiction: "This Road We Traveled" by Jane Kirkpatrick

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about the book....

Tabitha Brown refuses to be left behind in Missouri when her son makes the decision to strike out for Oregon--even if she has to hire her own wagon to join the party. After all, family ties are stronger than fear.

Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. The trials they face along the way will severely test her faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history.

With her signature attention to detail and epic style, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites you to travel the deadly and enticing Oregon Trail. Based on actual events, This Road We Traveled inspires the pioneer in all of us.

my review....

Once again, Kirkpatrick has succeeded at bringing history to life in her latest historical fiction novel, "This Road We Traveled". It is hard to believe that this book is based on a true story, simply because I cannot imagine how a woman of Tabitha's age accomplished what she did, when I don't think I could have done that journey and I am half of her age! Tabitha is a woman that is truly inspirational to read about, a woman of faith and remarkable courage, someone who uses the headstrong nature God gave her to truly accomplish remarkable things. Female readers of all ages will especially appreciate getting to know Tabby and will learn from the successes and mistakes that she makes in her life and on her journey across the country to Oregon. Kirkpatrick has done a wonderful job at fleshing out all of the characters that populate the characters of this story, capturing the historical flavor of the time period they lived in, and exploring their strengths and weaknesses, traits that make these characters utterly accessible to all of us. The novel moves at a steady pace, and though there were a couple of sections that I found slower than others, overall my attention was held from start to finish. Novels like this prove why Kirkpatrick is such a popular author, because she has proven once again that she is able to take history (which some people consider boring, if you can believe it!) and turn it into an entertaining, moving story that will stay with you long after you finish reading the final page.

"This Road We Traveled" is a wonderful tale that absolutely sets itself apart from other stories about travellers of the Oregon trail, with its depth of historical detail and its basis upon a woman who actually lived and breathed on the stage of history. I quite enjoyed this story and award it a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including DecisionPrivate Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Even better than the first book in the series: "Flash Point" by Thomas Locke

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about the book....

Will they shatter the boundaries of time and space? 

Lena Fennan is a low-level financial analyst with a high-powered conviction. Just as she's on the verge of a life-transforming windfall, a mysterious invitation draws her into a series of events that threatens to crush her. But captivated by a glimpse into a breathtaking future, Lena refuses to give in.

Reese Clawson emerges from prison gripped by the slow burn of revenge. She aims to track down everyone who had a hand in destroying her--and take them out. First on the list is Charlie Hazard, who will be snared by their shared secret.

As events and places become tangled, Lena and Reese are pulled into a collision course that could redefine everything--even the limits of human possibilities.

my review....

If Thomas Locke is going to continue offering up books like this one, I may be in trouble. The moment I cracked open the cover of "Flash Point" I was swept up into this action-packed, thrilling story and I found it impossible to walk away until I came to the final chapter. Although I loved the first book in the series, "Trial Run", this second instalment seems to ramp up the thrills even more. Quite amazingly, although this is an epic battle between good and evil, I found myself feeling utter sympathy for Reese (not on the team I would typically cheer for), such that my loyalties between characters were blurred much more than with Trial Run. Locke has done a fantastic job at fleshing out the characters, and yet he does so in a way that doesn't detract from the pacing of the book in any way. The concept of Lena's journey is particularly fascinating, as she encounters a voice that gives direction that is utterly life changing to her. I don't want to reveal the origin of the voice, but let me tell you that it is quite a twist in the story! Although the story is not overtly Christian per se, both Reese and her team and Lena and her group encounter beings from beyond the veil that clearly point to demonic beings. Indeed, "Fault Lines" raises interesting possibilities of what people would encounter if they transcended time and space, and how God and angels and demons would fit into that reality.

At the end of the novel, things collide in a heart-stopping manner, and I am left eager to find out what the future holds for the various factions who are pushing the boundaries of good and evil, of what is real and of what isn't. Trial Run already introduced readers to a whole new type of fiction, and Flash Point succeeds at taking those concepts even further, in a way that makes for riveting reading.

If you loved Trial Run, you are going to greatly enjoy "Flash Point". And if you haven't yet read a Fault Lines novel, then what on earth are you waiting for? Make sure you add this one to your reading list! I award this book a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Thomas Locke

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

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