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The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea October 29, 2015

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The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

My thoughts:

Rachelle’s writing has gotten even better with this book. Her words soar off the page with grace.

Dirk is such a strong character and cares for Gwyn so much he is willing to sacrifice his feelings for her. The way he tries to push back his feelings broke my heart every time.

Gwyn is searching for who God really is. What can she believe? What can she trust? She thought she could trust her uncle and she was hurt by him.

If you enjoyed Rachelle first book you will love catching up with these characters again and joining them on this new journey. However, I do think you could read the second book and figure out what is going without reading the first if you didn’t get around to it.

Visit Rachelle here.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

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

 

Write to the Point with Rachelle Rea October 28, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Rachelle Rea. Her second books has just released. Read on to learn more about her. 

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.

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

Some fun facts: I’ve lived in the same town my whole life, I got my dream car (a silver pick-up truck) at seventeen, and my name is pronounced like Ruh-shell. 😉 I’ve been writing stories since middle school, although I didn’t finish my first full-length novel until my freshman year of high school. The Sound of Diamonds is my first historical novel.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mama, who taught us who Jesus is by story and example. J

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

The Sound of Diamonds follows Gwyneth, a girl who wears glasses and believes in the God she’s been told about all her life, through the adventure of the Dutch Revolution and the Protestant Reformation. All she thinks she knows as truth is tested—mostly due to Dirk appearing to rescue her from a convent ablaze. I won’t give the rest away, but my hope is that all who read Gwyneth’s story are inspired to hold to hope no matter what might be crumbling around them.

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

Inspiring Daring is my online journal where I like to talk about daring, courage, and going for your dreams. I also blog regularly on the books I’m reading and writing. The common theme is great fiction because I’m a big believer in the power of story

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

Recently I finished The Lost Heiress by my favorite author and one of my editors, Roseanna M. White. I really enjoyed the look into the Downton-era—and how the heroine, Brook, felt like a friend as I read her story.

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

Two years ago I entered a big writing contest, hopeful that my entry would place and that would be how my publishing journey began. Instead, I didn’t even semi-final. I considered quitting writing, but I’m so very glad that instead I started talking to my publisher, WhiteFire. Months later, I signed a contract with them!

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

I just love Isaiah 30:18 because those words remind me that God loves me so much He will rise up off His throne in order to be gracious to me, to show me love, to remind me He is with me, and to inspire me to live my life for His glory.

Where can we find you on the web?

I love social media! J

Facebook: http://facebook.com/InspiringDaring/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RachelleRea/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/RachelleRea/

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Rea/e/B00RZHIL1Q/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea

 

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

Thank you, Melissa, for having me today!

ABOUT The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…sound of silver

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Thanks so much for visiting with my readers today. May God continue to bless your writing journey. 

Readers, come back tomorrow when I will review Rachelle’s book.

 

God, Please Rewire my MADFATs by James Bar October 27, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK (237 pages):  You, my friend, are a unique and wonder-filled creation.

You are valuable beyond your ability to comprehend treasure. In the entire universe, for all eternity, there is, and will always be, only one you. You were designed for, and placed on, planet earth to complete a mission that only you can complete.

Yes, it’s true—you are a unique and wonder-filled creation. Here’s the downside—you don’t believe it.

Do you know why? It has to do with your heritage as a human being—you’re broken.

You are not to blame. It is not your fault.

Ever wonder why you don’t understand your true worth?

Ever wonder where your beliefs about you came from? Ever wonder why you are the way you are? Ever wonder where the Motives that inspire you originated? Or, why certain Affections rule your heart—why your Desires are sometimes darker than you would care to admit—why you experience negative Feelings that regularly bring unwanted grief—why your Actions can, at times, be a source of confusion and loss—and, why you are haunted by negative and persistent Thoughts you wish would just go away?

These are the primary questions God’s system for success addresses in this book.

God will rewire and restore your Motives, Affections, Desires, Feelings, Actions and Thoughts (MADFATs).

You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind as you follow the Biblically based and simple system outlined within. You will possess a clearer vision of your purpose and realize your soul’s restoration.

Your heaven-guided, spiritual vision will clear and you will fully discern, grasp and assume the fullness of your unquestioned and royal place in the kingdom of light. 

JamesBarsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” — Nikki Giovanni That certainly describes James Bars as he came to the end of self-sufficiency. When life became meaningless and desperation consumed him, James began a search for hope, purpose, meaning and wholeness. It is not by any virtue that James Bars has discovered how to help others. Rather his failures are the bedrock upon which God began to reach him and move him to share the hard lessons learned. You are on planet earth. You know many of the same struggles. But do you know the Way up? Do you have a system for success?

My thoughts:

This book hits at the heart (or mind) of a lot of our issues in life. And this was a great book for me to read on the heals of Joyce Meyer’s Mind Connection. It’s like a deeper look into the tricks your mind can play on you.

People who enjoy a more scientific approach to things will like this book especially because the author talked about the brain and the way it functions. I am not a scientific type of person so I did have trouble focusing at times because that’s just not how I learn but that’s okay.

There are a lot of good things in this book. Early on, on page 15, the author writes, “Homeostasis is your system’s tendency and ability to maintain internal stability. Anxiety, worry, fear, resentment and anger, as well as negative motives, affections, desires, feelings, actions and thoughts of any type, contribute to a lack of homeostasis and thus add to your level of stress.” I found that to be extremely interesting.

Later, on the same page, James writes, “Fear cannot be satisfied. Satan knows this and strives to keep you fear-based and stressed, so he can steal, kill and destroy your life.”  Good stuff right there.

The end of the book has worksheets so you can work on rewiring your thought process. If your MADFATS need rewiring (and whose don’t) this might be the book for you.

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

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Vendetta by Lisa Harris October 26, 2015

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“Filled with red herrings and heart-pounding danger, Vendetta will leave readers anxiously awaiting Nikki Boyd’s next adventure.”–Irene Hannon, bestselling author of the Private Justice series

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have you holding your breath until the heart-stopping finish.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed Lisa’s previous series so I was very excited to read this new one.

I will say the first couple of chapters didn’t really grab me but then…I was hooked and I didn’t want to put the book down.

Chapter after chapter of new twists, turns and dangers. The stakes constantly being raised. And the personal connection Nikki has with the case she is working on will have you sitting at the edge of your seat and up way past your bedtime.

Lisa is a wonderful storyteller and this newest book will not disappoint.

Visit Lisa 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 November 9th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen 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 in exchange for an honest review. 

 

A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert October 23, 2015

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Sometimes the thing that keeps us from making the wrong choice is the one thing we can’t control

As an investigative reporter and the host of her own TV talk show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she’s anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she’d like to forget. By contrast, her husband Geary’s life is an open book. An easygoing pro bass fisherman, Geary is the ultimate family man–and his overbearing relatives don’t know the meaning of boundaries.

Faith and Geary haven’t been married long when their differences start to derail their tender relationship. Surely love shouldn’t be this hard. While Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes. With her life in the balance, she finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose.

Kellie Coates Gilbert takes you on an emotional roller coaster as she weaves together unexpected trial, self-discovery, and forgiveness in this profoundly honest portrait of the tensions that can break a marriage–and the ultimate healing power of love.

My thoughts:

I loved Kellie’s first two books and couldn’t wait to read this one. A Reason to Stay was another great book by Kellie.

She developed characters and a storyline that will capture your heart and mind.

Faith is a tough cookie. She is very driven by her work and right away I could see the problems that would arise in her relationship to Geary if things didn’t change with her.

Kellie did a great job hiding and revealing Faith’s past. Even though Faith is tough she is still very likeable because you know she is hurt in someway and covering up for that and working way to hard to prove something.

If you haven’t read anything by Kellie yet this is a great one.

Visit Kellie here.

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

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

 

The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer October 20, 2015

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Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, explores the power of positive thinking and the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.
Thoughts can seem random and meaningless, but they impact your life every day. It’s all connected. What you think affects your words, attitude, decisions, and emotions and influences how you relate to yourself, to other people, and to God.

In THE MIND CONNECTION, Joyce Meyer expands on the wisdom of her bestselling books Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to explain how to improve the quality of your thoughts and your life. She explores the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes, so that you can develop and maintain the right mental position–no matter what challenges you face. Through practical advice and Scriptural insights, Joyce will help you learn to think with purpose, gain greater confidence, and claim the fulfilling life you were meant to lead.

My thoughts:

It’s good to be back with Mama Joyce. I so enjoy all of her books about the mind. She really is the go-to person when it comes to learning to change the way you think.

If you have read her other two books, Battlefield of the Mind, and Power Thoughts, you will love this one. It is a refresher on those two books but also will take you a bit deeper.

For me I have read both of those books but I am not likely to read a book twice but I will read something new so The Mind Connection was great. It reminded me of all the stuff I already knew but easily forget under the craziness of life.

If you are a fan of Joyce’s other books about the mind then this is a must-read for you. It will be like sitting down with a loving mother giving you a reminder of things she taught you once before 🙂

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

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

 

Promises to Keep by Elizabeth Byler Younts October 19, 2015

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promise to Keep
Howard Books (October 13, 2015)
by
Elizabeth Younts

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from the Author:

I’m Elizabeth, a blessed child of The King. I’m a middle-born daughter, military officer’s wife, homeschooling mama, writer, closet DIYer, and, dare I say it, Downton Abbey addict. May I also mention that I love both my history and my coffee rich.

I am formerly Amish and my heritage is very dear to me and thankful to be so accepted among my still Amish family. I can still speak PA Dutch, too! You can learn more about my Amish family in my first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl.

My three book series with Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) is a dream come true. The series is titled The Promise of Sunrise. In this series you will live through World War 2 from an Amish perspective and experience their unique struggles as conscientious objectors during wartime. What happened if one of their members enlisted? What was it like to serve at the Civilian Public Service Camps for years with almost no compensation? How did Amish women and families cope when a son or father was drafted? I look forward to taking you back into the richness of these years of Amish history through fiction.

ABOUT THE BOOK

World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

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

My thoughts:

I have always enjoyed Elizabeth’s books. She has consistently delivers an interesting story line with likable characters. Although, I will say at first I wasn’t a fan of Joe.

There is a lot going on in this story with Esther’s family and some secrets there, as well.

Daisy is a sweet little girl who will capture your heart and you will wish you could hold her and give her some love.

You will easily be drawn into the town of Sunrise and the characters lives in this engaging book.

Visit Elizabeth here.

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

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