Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy June 30, 2015

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Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters!

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister–and the one who loves animals. She’s established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine…until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.

My thoughts:

I loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one. The story of these sisters grabbed me.

I love the setting of this book. The action-packed beginning is sure to have you biting your nails. I liked Shannon’s heart, her spunk and her love for her animals.

But overall I was a bit disappoint with this one. I just couldn’t really connect with the story. I felt like the first scene dragged on a little too long. Then we went from Matt Tucker thinking he would never marry anyone to pretty much convincing Shannon to marry him. It all happened a bit fast.

However, if you don’t like kissing scene described too intently you will like that part. It is quick and sweet.

It was nice to meet up with the characters from the first book and see how Kylie and Aaron were doing. And I will probably read the third book and see how that one is when it comes out.

As always, this is my opinion only and if this sounds like a book you want to pick up then give a try.

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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

 

A Prayer June 26, 2015

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By Leah Tardivel

By Leah Tardivel

Happy Friday everyone! Today I thought I would share a prayer with you I wrote in my journal a little over a month ago. Maybe you need this prayer today or maybe you will someday. Have a great weekend.

 

Jesus, I feel Your tender presence this morning, wooing me to Your side. You know my inner most self. Transform me as only You can. Humble me. Draw me close to You and change me to be more like You. A servant. Loving, kind, always putting others ahead of myself.

Let me embrace each day and the opportunities it brings to know You more, to see You at work in my surroundings. Open my eyes. You know I’m always trying to rush through the day and get to the next thing — whatever that might be. Let me see THIS day. I thank You for the gift of it.

Thank you for the birds that sings as I awake. No more beautiful song could awaken me.

 

Review and Giveaway: Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund June 25, 2015

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1865
Windmill Point, Michigan

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation–the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Jody Hedlund (sigh). I have never been disappointed with anything I have read of hers so far. I don’t know how she turns out book after book that captures me, keeps me up way past my bedtime, has me feeling so deeply for her characters but she does.

Hearts Made Whole is a wonderful story of two people dealing with different things and brought together by a lighthouse.

Ryan Chambers is introduced in the first book in this series. Don’t worry, if you didn’t read the first book you won’t feel lost. It truly can be read as a stand-alone. He is returning from the Civil War and he is broken, inside and out. We easily see his outward wounds but it’s the ones on the inside that Jody slowly reveals to the reader.

Caroline wants to take care of everybody but herself. So much is resting on her shoulders and she’s willing to sacrifice her own happiness to care for her family. But someone starts targeting her and strange things are happening at her home.

This book deals with the wounds that so many of us carry and coming to the One who can redeem and restore, who makes all things new.

Visit Jody here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Donna Robinson June 24, 2015

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SONY DSCToday we get write to the point with Donna Robinson. Read on to learn more about her and her writing journey.

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

I’ve been married to my wonderful pastor-husband for 36 years. We have four children and eleven grandchildren. We live on the north side of Denver, near the Rocky Mountains—and of course we seldom visit them! My husband and I plan to rectify that by taking a mini-vacation to the mountains at least once this summer.

My journey into writing started when my husband had a friend who was working on a book. I thought, “I’d like to write a book.” That was in 1986, and my first book wasn’t contracted until 2007! It was a long apprenticeship.

 

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

Even though I grew up in a Christian home, I didn’t accept the Lord until I was 15 years old. The Lord scared me with a pain in my chest (I have no idea what that was), but I thought for sure I was going to die, and I knew I wasn’t prepared. I had “professed” to be a Christian, but deep down in my heart, I knew I didn’t “possess” the Lord. In John 6:44, Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” I believe the Lord used that pain to draw me to Himself at the age of 15, and that’s when I was saved. Now I’m a pastor’s wife, and I praise God for the journey He’s led me on with my husband, my family, and my writing.

 

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

This book is called The God of All Tomorrows. Here’s the back cover copy:

In 1934, Launi Fairfield goes to the jungles of Peru to translate the Bible into an Indian dialect. She The God of All Tomorrows coverthought missionary work would be exciting, but her days are taken up with the tedious translation project.

 

Miles Stone has been a missionary doctor for ten years. He’s a confirmed bachelor, not wanting to be saddled with a wife and children as he moves around to the different Peruvian tribes. He’s content with his life, until he meets Launi.

 

Together, they end up having more adventure than Launi ever bargained for. They battle snakes, jaguars, sickness, earthquakes, and an Indian chief who wants to add Launi to his harem. Will they trust God for all their tomorrows?

 

The God of All Tomorrows is a heart-stopping adventure story combined with a sweet romance. But more than that, it’s a story about trusting in the Lord, no matter what happens. Launi and Miles have to trust God for their very lives, and I hope my readers will realize they can trust Him for everything and in every situation.

 

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

I had a blog several years ago, and I loved it, but it was taking up too much time. I was blogging instead of writing books. Also, I felt I didn’t have enough readers to make it worthwhile, so I gave it up.

 

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

A series of books that influenced my writing was Robin Jones Gunn’s Glenbrooke series. This was a Christian contemporary romance set of eight books, set in the fictional town of Glenbrooke, Oregon. I loved reading about the new romance in each book, as well as finding out what happened to previous couples. I’m hoping to write my own set of romances in a fictional town. Maybe you’ll see it here someday.

 

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

I can’t really think of something or someone that harmed me, but I did have a light-bulb moment where I saw how God’s way was much better than mine, and He meant it for good. As I said before, I had a long apprenticeship in writing books. I eventually had three small books published by Heartsong Presents, and then they closed their book club. I tried to get published by other publishers, and I especially tried to get an agent, but nothing worked out. Other people got agents and book contracts, why couldn’t I? The only thing I could do was keep trying. Then in May 2014 I attended a writing conference, specifically to meet with an agent, hoping she would take me on. Well, we were not a good match, which was discouraging. Later that day, I attended a workshop about self publishing. A whole new world opened up to me! I suddenly realized the Lord didn’t give me an agent or a publisher because He was leading me to publish my own books. I decided to try it as an experiment, and my first eBook was “published” by Amazon in November 2014. Now I have three books out, and I hope to publish two more books in 2015. So during those long discouraging years, God was simply waiting until I was ready to publish on my own, and He intended it for good.

 

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

2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) — “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” I use this as my writing verse. The Lord called me to write Christian fiction, and He has His own plan and purpose for calling me to write. I might have dreams and desires for my books, but it’s the Lord’s purposes I want to fulfill to glorify Him.

 

Where can we find you on the web?

My website: www.DonnaRobinsonBooks.com.

Author page at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Donna-Reimel-Robinson/e/B00J43HJKI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

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

Thank you for hosting me on your interesting blog, Melissa. I enjoy reading it.

Thanks for sharing with my readers. I pray God will continue to guide your writing journey.

 

The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea June 22, 2015

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Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

My thoughts:

This is Rachelle’s debut novel. It has been exciting to read about her writing journey and celebrate with her when this book released. Although, I don’t know her personally I have enjoyed watching her writing path unfold.

This is a rich historical set in a time when it was Catholic against Protestant and vise versa. So much hate and violence from people professing to love Jesus.

I can only imagine the amount of research that had to go into this book. I truly felt like I was taken back in time, escaping from a convent under attack, boarding a ship, drowning and fighting growing feelings for a man who I should despise.

So many secrets to uncover in this book. I just kept thinking there was no way Dirk could’ve killed Gwyn’s parents but if not him then who? I also kept wondering who wanted Dirk to rescue Gwyn and why? I didn’t trust the motives.

And what is the sound of diamonds? You’ll have to read to find out.

Overall, a wonderful debut novel. If you enjoy books set in a different time I highly recommend this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

New Song For You June 19, 2015

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By Dominik Schröder

By Dominik Schröder

Happy Friday, everyone. I have a new song I am loving so I thought I would share it with you. If you listen to K-Love I’m sure you’ve heard it already. Be blessed 🙂

Click here to listen.

 

Review and Giveaway: A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer June 18, 2015

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A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is she villain or victim?

Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I so enjoy Karen’s book and this newest release just proves why.

So many things to love about this story. For me personally, is that Charlotte is gifted in music and she is a teacher. Right up my alley since I’m a music teacher. Her love her for students extends beyond the classroom which should be true of every teacher.

I loved the role the children played in this book and the different gifts they each had.

Hints are dropped that Charlotte has been hurt in the past but we don’t know why or how, but some healing needs to take place. This is one of the reasons she is so sensitive to her students.

Stone lives up to his name, sort of. Underneath his tough exterior is a softie and we get little glimpses of that early on.

I was immediately drawn into this book and was hard to put down. Karen is a master storyteller using humor and many serious issues to create a wonderful book.

Overall, an excellent read I highly recommend.

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Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by June 26nd for your chance to win a copy of the book. Winner will be choosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Write to the Point with Anita Higman June 17, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Anita Higman. Read on to learn more about her and her writing journey.

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends.

Please check out Anita’s latest novel, Summer’s List, through Moody Publishers. Feel free to drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. She would love to hear from you!

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

I grew up in Western Oklahoma on a farm where we raised wheat, cattle, and hogs. Now I live near the city of Houston, Texas. I’ve been married for thirty-five years to Peter Higman, and we have two married children. I have been writing for thirty years, and I have forty books published. To be honest about my career, I have known a lot of failure before I ever knew any success, but that is a common tale among writers.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I accepted Christ when I was a wee girl, and He has been my dearest friend all these years.

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

Here’s a short blurb about my new novel entitled, Summer’s List. I am hoping readers will be entertained, challenged, and inspired.

Life and love keep going awry for Summer Snow, until her grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree—a kind and quirky young man from Summer’s past. With Laney Summer's List front coverthe Chihuahua along for the ride, a childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

 

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

I used to do a very short blog on my website, but I noticed it was taking time away from my other writing. So, eventually it got put aside just like I’ve had to lessen my time doing social media. Some things are good to do, but even the good things in life can keep us from doing what God has truly called us to do.

 

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Recently I read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. It’s a masterwork—a true story about slavery in America—and a book that everyone should read.

 

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

Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma may sound idyllic, but I had kind of a rough ride. Not because of the hard work. That part was good. I guess you could say that I was emotionally injured because I grew up in a dysfunctional family. There was a lack of normalcy, affection, and positive influences. However, God saw fit to take these hurts from my youth and redeem them, using them for good as he promises in His Word. God knew that I could be healed from these emotional afflictions by transforming my childhood pain into art and then releasing it out into the world to help others. God gave me the ability to be a writer, and this gift from Him has made all the difference.

Thanks so much for sharing that with us, Anita. And I’m so glad you were able to find good from the pain and pour that into your writing.

 

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

You could say that this scripture is my life-verse:

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

 

Where can we find you on the web?

Feel free to drop by my website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with me on my Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. I would love to hear from you!

 

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

If you have taken the time to read one of my books, I thank you with all my heart. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. I pray God will continue to bless your journey.

 

 

Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard June 15, 2015

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Kate won’t be safe until all of Port Aster’s secrets are revealed

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed “miracle plant” that tore apart her family years ago. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance. She’s willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

My thoughts:

This is the third book in the Port Aster series. I did not read the first but I have read the second and now this one.

Sandra has written another book that will have you guessing and wondering who can Kate trust, who is being honest and what do they want?

It was nice to meet up with Kate and Tom again and see how their romance would progress in this book since the last book ended not so happily-ever-after with them. Definitely some tension between them which adds to the layers in this book.

There are a lot of characters in this book and since it has been a year since I read the last one it had trouble remembering who was and who and what part they played.

I will say if you haven’t read either one of the pervious books you will probably want to pick those up before reading this one. There’s just too much going on and if you don’t have the background information you will be frustrated.

Overall, a good read that I enjoyed.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway:Reservations For Two by Hillary Manton Lodge June 11, 2015

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A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places
 
 
Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.

Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?

As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries? – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=224003#sthash.kq9fn5aw.dpuf

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. All the yummy food and fun family dynamics. I couldn’t wait to read the second book.

I’m happy to say I enjoyed this one as well. It was fun meeting up with this family again.

The book starts in France and then we go to Italy for a bit as Juliette tries to uncover family secrets and discovers bits and pieces.

Soon we are back in the states and back to reality as Juliette and Neil try to navigate their long distance relationship. The author has painted them into a corner. They both have jobs that are very much set where they live. How could things ever work out? Will they?

At the end of several chapters are recipes of what the characters were eating…yum.

I will say, if I hadn’t read the first book I think I would’ve been bored. I was invested because I knew this family and the characters but I think if I didn’t have the other information I don’t know if I would’ve cared about them that much. With that being said I think you do need to read the first book to truly appreciate this one.

Visit Hillary here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by June 22nd for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.