Genesis 5020

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Review: Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy April 9, 2013

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Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy

From the back cover of Fugitive:

“Help me.”
 
When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow’s help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney’s unswerving faith in Logan’s innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney’s heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.
 

My thoughts:

Fugitive is from Love Inspired Suspense. I have to be honest, I continue to be impressed with the work Love Inspired is putting out.

I had a pre-conceived idea of what Love Inspired was like. I thought, well, it’s a mass market book, they are short, they can’t be very good. But I was wrong.

This is the second Love Inspired Suspense novel I have read and enjoyed the first one as well.

Because the books are shorter this is a quick read and because it is suspense you will want to keep turning the pages. Shirlee McCoy has crafted a pulse-racing story that will keep you guessing.

The characters in this book are very likeable (at least the ones you are supposed to like). I can’t wait to get my hands on more of  her books.

The other great thing about Love Inspired is they are very reasonably priced, you gotta love that.

The only downside is that the book doesn’t release until May 7. So add this book to your wish list or pre-order it on your Kindle or Nook and it will just show up on your device the day of release.

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An egalley of this book was given to me by Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: The Survivor by DiAnn Mills April 8, 2013

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The Survivor by DiAnn Mills

From the back cover of The Survivor:

Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into a viper’s pit of danger.

Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss’s new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold-case?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the first book I have ever read by DiAnn Mills, but I have to say it won’t be my last.

Wow. What a fantastic author. This book will keep you up at night both with wanting to read more and with heart pumping fright. I know a suspense book is good if I want to get to the end because I need closure and The Survivor is such a book.

I did not read the first book in the series and didn’t feel at all lost, you can read this book and still enjoy it. But after reading this book I want to read the first and see what happened with the characters earlier.

DiAnn has two crimes that need to be solved and I kept thinking there has to be a connection, but what is it? Oh, you’ll have to read to find out. And there are so many suspects you will be guessing until the end.

Okay, I don’t want to say too much so I will stop with that. I highly recommend this book. I have heard wonderful things about DiAnn and now I know why.

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A copy of this book was given to me from the publisher through the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Deborah M. Piccurelli April 3, 2013

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Proof of meToday we get write to the point with Deborah M. Piccurelli. Read to the end, she has a giveaway and a wonderful opportunity for you to support a much needed cause…fighting abortion and fetal harvesting.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons. As a former law enforcement officer, my husband is a good source of information for some of the elements I need to add while writing my romantic suspense novels. I always enjoyed writing papers for English classes when in school, and even attempted to write a couple novels as a child. No one really knew I was doing that, so there was no encouragement to follow through. I got away from that in my teens and early twenties, but took it up again after having both my children. By then, I was able to complete a full novel. I have been doing this steadily for about 20 years. Not only do I enjoy reading and writing, but I like (clean) movies, get-togethers with friends and family, walking in the park, and elliptical workouts at the gym.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I grew up Catholic, and went to Catholic school for 8 years. I didn’t agree with a lot of the rules they had, but I must have gleaned all the right things to become a born-again believer in my late twenties. I always loved God, even as a child, and knew He was my constant companion. I knew He could and would do anything, and He always came through for me. Even before I converted. I don’t ever recall hearing about why Jesus died for us, until my sister told me as an adult (she had recently converted). That’s when I came to know the Lord.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

Here is the blurb from the back cover of my novel, HUSH, LITTLE BABY:

Hush cover with text revi (FINAL - 4-17-2012)Investigative journalist, Amber Blake, is a little person bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister. Enlisted by her former partner and estranged husband, Evan, she poses as a counselor in an abortion clinic to expose the doctor responsible for fetal harvesting. As a Christian, she struggles with concealing her beliefs to maintain her cover, while the doctor’s romantic overtures tumble her stomach. Amber agrees to date him for the sake of the story . . . but nothing prepares her for what’s behind a mysterious door in his office.

The take-away value for my readers is three-fold. First, I want them to be entertained by a juicy story. Next, I write about the tough issues in order to bring about awareness, so for this one, it would be for fetal harvesting (a.k.a., baby body parts trafficking); and that, even though little people may look different than most of us, they can pretty much do everything anyone else can do. Lastly, my readers will know that if they wish to participate in helping to stop this horrendous practice, they are doing so by purchasing a copy of the book, as I am donating 10% to an organization that works toward that end.

Your book sounds like a much needed book in Christian fiction.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I barely have time to write, so I try to choose carefully what I spend my precious time on the computer doing as far as marketing and promotion. Blogging is something I choose not to do. I do, however, maintain an active website where I conduct author interviews, giveaways of their books, feature articles I’ve written, and reviews of books, movies, and television shows.

What are you reading right now?

Right now, I’m reading WHEN LOVE COLLIDES by Michelle Sutton. Yeah, I know, it’s been out awhile, but I’m just getting to it. You should see my pile of books TBR, and the ones stored in my Kindle. LOL!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

The best thing I can think of, right now, is something from my childhood. I was teased and bullied a lot from the boys in my classes for a number of years, because I have an (ahem!) “Ethnic-sized nose.” Having gone through this, I feel it gave me the ability to have compassion for people and their feelings. I just can not bring myself to ostracize another human being, nor hurt them in any way.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

Nothing profound. At the moment, I’m standing on Matthew 8:13 where the centurion has asked Jesus to heal his servant who wasn’t there with him: “And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

I like this, because, right now, I’m believing for some things that take that strong of a faith to receive.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website: www.deborahmpiccurelli.com

Twitter: @DebPiccurelli

Facebook: www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100003395634363

Pinterest.com/DebPiccurelli

There are lots of other social networks I belong to, but too many to list here.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

I would just like to remind your visitors about my donating a portion of the proceeds from HUSH, LITTLE BABY to Life Dynamics, an organization that works to stop abortion and all it’s products, which includes fetal harvesting. Helping to spread the word about this would be much appreciated. Also, for tons of info on abortion, etc., see www.lifedynamics.org.

Thanks so much, Melissa, for featuring me on your blog!

My pleasure, Deborah.

Readers I hope you will consider supporting this worthy cause.

Time for the giveaway. Deborah is giving away one winners choice of a paperback copy or PDF copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for Deborah by April 9th at 5:00 PM to be entered.

 

Review: The Guardian by Beverly Lewis April 2, 2013

 
 

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Guardian

Bethany House Publishers

(March 26, 2013)

by

Beverly Lewis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.”

Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly’s tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, “Beverly’s books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don’t run across writing like that every day. I hope she’ll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time.”

A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction “book worms.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can’t speak a word of English. It’s as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow–and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?

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

My thoughts:

It has been a long time since I have read anything by Beverly Lewis. The first book I read by her was The Covenant from Abram’s Daughter series and I fell in love with those characters. I also haven’t read any Amish books for a few years. No reason really, just busy reading other books.

First, let’s talk about the cover. Who could look at that cover and not be drawn in by the beautiful child? She captivated me before I even opened the book.

Reading The Guardian reminded why I enjoyed reading Amish fiction. I love being swept away in the simple world of the Amish, that often isn’t as simple as we think and you will discover if you read The Guardian.

Oh, and I love when I can dig a Genesis 5020 out of a book and this book has one. When Sarah goes missing this could have been used to harm her mother, she could have grown angry at God but instead God uses that tragedy to bring Jodi Winfield into the Amish community. You will have to read the book to see what follows and how this is a Genesis 5020.

Reading this book has made me hungry for more Amish fiction again. Beverly Lewis rarely disappoints and this book is no exception.

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 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Fortress of Mist April 1, 2013

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Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer

From the back cover of Fortress of Mist:

The throne is redeemed, but the battle is just beginning.          
 
In the dark corners of an ancient land, evil lurks in the shadows. Powerful druids haunt the spaces of their lost territory. Double-minded noblemen fight for domain and influence. Invaders from the north threaten the kingdom of Magnus. This land of promise and redemption is mired in deceit and corruption.
 
The Orphan King, once victorious in conquest, appears to be losing his grip on his seat of power. Thomas rules Magnus, but does not know whom he can trust. His enemies anticipate his every move, thwarting him at each turn. Something is not right.
 
Under attack, both in the supernatural and natural worlds, Thomas must reach back into the secret layers of his past to find the strength and wisdom to fight his battles. When the mist clears, who will stand with him?

My thoughts and giveaway of both books in series:

Fortress of Mist is the second book in the Merlin’s Immortals Series. The first is The Orphan King.

This book is geared toward young adults, I would say upper middle school through high school. These are books I would definitely be excited for my children to read. If your child enjoys Lord of the Rings, Narnia, even Harry Potter, I would be willing to guess they would enjoy this series based on the adventures the characters have in these types of books.

Honestly, you might enjoy it as an adult. I did and these are not the types of books I would normally choose but because they were geared for young adult I wanted to see what was out there for my kids. I really did like the books and was pushed along with the mystery and intensity of the plot.

There is a bit of romance, but nothing mushy in either of these books, no kissing, just normal teenage feelings. I also think this book is appropriate for boys or girls. The main character is a boy but still relatable from a woman’s stand point and there are female characters that I don’t think would be too “girlie” for the boy reader.

Fortress of Mist takes you into the kingdom of Magnus and the evil that Thomas must still fight to prove himself and keep his kingdom that rightfully belongs to him but was taken from his family. Thomas doesn’t know who to trust and I was left guessing who is being honest and who is trying to trick Thomas.

Faith is woven seamlessly into this book. Thomas has questions about God and isn’t fully ready to surrender but he is searching. Again, I think great conversation for teens who themselves might be in that place in life and are trying to define their faith.

If you are looking for some new books for your teen that you don’t have to worry about Merlin’s Immortals might be a good option for you. Read it first so you can have a conversation with your child about it, how much more enriching will the experience be if you share it together?

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.