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Review and Giveaway: Trapped by Lillian Duncan September 30, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Trapped

Author: Lillian Duncan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (Christian)/Stand Alone

Release Date: September 27, 2019

TrappedAngelina Matthews has everything—rich, famous and beautiful—until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God. Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman. When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped—not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped. As an ex-Chicago cop he’s had his own demons to wrestle, but his faith helped him to move forward. He reaches out to Angelina whose paranoid delusions have her trapped still. But are they delusions?

 

 

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Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Her goal is to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us. To learn more about her, visit www.lillian-duncan.com as well as her devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.

 

More from Lillian

TRAPPED is my latest suspense novel. And suspenseful, it is! With just the right about of romance to make it even better.

You can’t help but love Nate Goodman—small-town policeman, believer in truth, justice, and Jesus—comes back home to the sleepy town of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio to work because nothing ever happens—until it does.

Angelina Matthews has everything. She’s rich, famous and beautiful until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God.

Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman.

When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped, not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. As an ex-Chicago policeman, Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped so he reaches out to help. Between the two of them, they have more than their fair share of problems. But that’s what makes the story exciting.

I have a philosophy when it comes to writing. If I find it boring so will the readers! That means I cut out the boring parts and focus on the action. I loved writing this story with all its twists and turns.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 28

Babbling Becky L’ Book Impressions, September 28

Livin’ Lit, September 29

Genesis 5020, September 30

Through the Fire Blogs, October 1

Inspires by fiction, October 1

Spoken from the Heart, October 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 3

Avid Reader Nurse , October 3

Maureen’s Musings, October 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 4

For Him and My Family, October 5

CarpeDiem, October 6

Blogging With Carol, October 6

Bigreadersite , October 7

Betti Mace, October 7

Texas Book-aholic, October 8

janicesbookreviews, October 9

Inklings and notions , October 9

Mary Hake, October 10

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 10

A Reader’s Brain, October 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and one of her eBook (readers choice)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/e958/trapped-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This book is full action, something always happening. We open with an action packed scene that is disturbing.

With that being said I didn’t really love this book. I don’t know if it was the style of writing that just didn’t resonant with me or something else. I do know I noticed a phrase that was repeat at least twice on the same page and then later as well, “if you say so.” It just didn’t seem to fit, I even reread it to see what was going on.

Also, when Nate comes to rescue Ange the immediate talk about God seemed fake to me. Most people wouldn’t just jump right into that when they are working and meeting someone they don’t know. But Nate’s faith was very strong.

I still liked this book it just wasn’t a book I loved. As always, these are my opinions and if the book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read it and form your own opinion.

Grab you copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Raising Successful Teens by Jeffrey Dean September 27, 2019

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“This revised and updated edition of The Fight of Your Life features a new title, refreshed design, and 70% new content.

From every side–the Internet, social media, interactions with friends, in both their public and private lives–teens are persuaded to follow the world’s way over God’s every day. Culture’s mantra “live for today” has become the slogan of this generation! But, one thing remains true–mom and dad are still the greatest influence in the life of their child.

Based on timeless biblical truths, Raising Successful Teens equips parents with positive, encouraging, and practical advice. A family and teen culture expert with more than 25 years of ministry experience, Jeffrey Dean gives parents the street-level approach they need to help their teens wisely and safely navigate technology, friendships, dating relationships, social media, and more. Parents will learn how to keep the lines of communication open and stay involved in their teens’ lives.”

My thoughts:

This book will definitely inspire you to have real conversations with your kids. I started asking my kids some of the question the author suggested. They kind of laughed at me, like I’m weird but I’m okay with that.

As much as I liked this book I wonder how realistic some of the suggestions are. The author sounds like a perfect parent, doing all the right things, having all the right conversations. It made me feel like a failure at times. I’m sure that wasn’t the author’s intent, but that was how I felt.  I wonder, does anyone have those kind of conversations regularly with their kids without their kids thinking you are pushing it on them?

I definitely think these conversations need to take place, you need to know you kids and what will push them away and what will open the doors of communication. Read with an open mind and know that every family is different.

Visit Jeffrey here.

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

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Frost Heaves by Alana Terry September 26, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:09 pm
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Book: Frost Heaves

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Contemporary Christian mystery/suspense

Release Date: March 15, 2019

Frost-Heaves-ebook-cover-200x300.jpgJade will do anything to rescue her daughter.
Even risk her own life.
Or take someone else’s…

Jade’s a single mom with one goal: to give her daughter a happy childhood, free from the fears and abuse Jade experienced growing up in a cult.

Even though she broke free from her traumatic and dangerous past, Jade is still haunted by fiends … both seen and unseen … and by secrets some people will try to silence forever.

A fast-paced, can’t-stop-reading Christian thriller set in the heart of rural Alaska, Frost Heaves is real, relevant, and almost impossible to put down.

Just like you’d expect from award-winning author Alana Terry.

Grab your copy today.

(But you might want to read it with your lights on.)

 

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About the Author

alana-terry-150x150Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

 

More from Alana

While my childhood was spent in the lower 48 states, my husband and I moved to Alaska and this beautiful state has now become the place I call home. Even though adjusting to rural living (we moved to a town with only 400 residents) took some getting used to, I have grown to love everything about Alaska.

In fact, I love it so much, I thought to myself, “I want to share the beauty of where we live with my readers.” And the best way I could think of to do that was to write a three-book, standalone series showcasing some of the wonderful things about Alaska living.

However, it wouldn’t be an Alana Terry series without a lot of exciting, fast-paced suspense readers have grown to love. Identity Theft, Termination Dust, and Frost Heaves are filled with action, adventure, mystery and even a little bit of romance.

Three different stories. All set in my beautiful state of Alaska. With all the action, adventure, suspense, and underlying hope that readers have come to love.

One reviewer described Frost Heaves as “… full of suspense, covered with faith and truth, and sweetened with a touch of romance.”

I wrote these books to share my love of Alaska as well as God’s love and redemption with others. And I hope you’ll turn the last page satisfied, but ready for more.

If the Alaska Refuge Christian Suspense series is your introduction to Alana Terry books, you’ve read all three in the series (in any order), and you’re ready for more action, I’d like to introduce you to Kennedy Stern. Read Unplanned, Book 1 in the 9 book series. Once you get started, I’m sure you won’t want to put it down.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 24

Robin’s Nest, September 24

Livin’ Lit, September 25

Avid Reader Nurse, September 25

Genesis 5020, September 26

Betti Mace, September 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 27

Carla Loves To Read, September 28

Quiet Quilter, September 28

For Him and My Family, September 29

Mary Hake, September 29

The Becca Files, September 30

Blogging With Carol, September 30

Godly Book Reviews, October 1

April Hayman, Author, October 1

Inklings and notions , October 2

CarpeDiem, October 2

A Reader’s Brain, October 3

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 3

janicesbookreviews, October 4

As He Leads is Joy, October 4

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 5

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, October 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 6

Texas Book-aholic, October 7

Maureen’s Musings, October 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/e954/frost-heaves-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I’m enjoying this series. We get to meet each character a bit in the previous books but you don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy the current one.

Jade’s story is very heartbreaking and scary to read. She has to overcome some obstacles in order to get the help she needs. Her own family was torn apart by a white police officer and the man offering her help is a white police officer. It is very difficult for her to trust him. This is a great lesson in seeing each person for who they are as individuals.

This is a short book as well, so you can read this very quickly.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker September 25, 2019

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Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history.

When a terrible scourge is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red rope.

Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will cause Grace to question everything she has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides–but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Not sure why I have never read anything by Ted or Rachel Dekker but I’m sure glad I finally have.

What a great book. So many questions, I had no idea what was really going on, who Grace could really trust? Who was speaking the truth or twisting it? I had my suspicions but it was convincing and I think that it the point. We have to be careful who we believe and what we believe.

There are moments of heart-pounding action, I was on the edge of my seat reading and moment of reflection, but never a dull moment.

If you like books that a bit different then I highly recommend this read.

Visit Ted here.

Visit Rachelle here.

Leave a comment by October 9th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

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

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Loving Like Jane by Connie E. Sokols September 23, 2019

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Allie’s dream of writing a best-selling novel for a top literary agent is finally coming true. Except, she has already agreed to go on a bucket list Jane Austen Tour for three weeks with her newly-divorced aunt and widowed mother. To complicate matters, Allie can’t decide what the Best Novel Ever idea should be, and the first three chapters are due in, what else, three weeks. Determined to buckle down, Allie devotes her time to writing while refusing to engage in the trip’s delights, or gorgeous but enigmatic Beckett, the assistant tour director. Despite her attempts to stay focused, Allie is drawn to Beckett’s quick wit, Jane Austen wisdom, and deciding if his help will further her dreams or get in the way. Join Allie on her inspiring, hilarious, and romantic adventure as she learns how loving like Jane Austen creates unexpected changes that could lead to the life she loves.

My thoughts:

What a fun story. I really enjoyed Allie’s journey with her aunt and her mom.

Her struggle to determined what is real love, what should it look like, feel like will resonant with readers. Whether you are a Jane Austen fan or not you will also love the setting for this sweet romance.

Beckett is a great character with some secrets that are slowly revealed, leaving the reader wondering what his story is and where does his hidden talent come from. I had some suspicions but I wasn’t sure if I was right until the end.

I am excited to see what Princeton Lady we get to follow next and her adventure.

Visit Connie here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Kingdom vs. John Reid by Dillon Lunn September 19, 2019

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For centuries, the Bible has influenced lawmakers, but what if the Bible was the law?

John Reid thinks of himself as a good person, a loving husband, and a devoted father. He’s not political or religious, and he resents those who try to force their beliefs on others.

After the people elect a religious zealot as president, the new government enacts sweeping reforms. The resulting kingdom becomes a strict theocracy where even common sins are punishable by death.

Soon, John finds himself on trial for his life. As the relentless royal prosecutor presents his case, all eyes focus on John’s past. The harsh spotlight forces John to face his inner demons and reexamine his idyllic life. John’s only hope for survival is a young public defender with a radically different view of biblical justice.

Will the jury declare his sins irredeemable, or will the same Bible used to condemn him set him free?

My thoughts:

What would happen if we lived by the law and not by grace. Would you be found guilty? I would be.

Wonder if before we passed judgment on someone else we could live in their skin and find out what is going on inside of them? Would that give us more sympathy? I have to think so .

You will experience these things in this book.

I will say you have suspense disbelief. I kept asking myself why is John the only one on trail? All the people taking the stand are admitting to sin too and they aren’t on trail, what makes John so special. But you just have to go with it.

I really did enjoy this look at the grace and mercy Jesus offers us, a great reminder of why he went to the cross and that we don’t live under the law anymore.

Visit Dillon here.

Grab you copy at Amazon, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: Self-Surrerender, The Key to Dreaming Again September 18, 2019

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Book: The Key to Dreaming Again

Author: Rick Unruhkey-to-dreaming-again.jpg

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational

Release Date: July 10, 2019

“We parked our car in front of Yankton’s Federal Prison Camp and walked through the doors of the control center. ‘I’m Rick Unruh, and I’m here to self-surrender,’ I told the corrections officer. There is no way I could comprehend what those words would mean over course of the next year, as God would begin a new work in me.”

Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, Rick Unruh was called to be in the ministry. But when he lost his mother to cancer despite her unwavering faith that God would heal her, it planted seeds of doubt in his heart. He served as a traveling evangelist for years but later faded away from the ministry.

He and his wife lost their house in a fire, but a year later, far worse pain was ahead when they[dori1] , lost their twelve-year-old son in an ATV accident. Just when it seemed there was hope and recovery ahead, Rick was blindsided by a federal investigation into a mortgage consulting group he’d been involved with. He was eventually charged and then sentenced to over a year in prison, embarrassed and sure that God was done with him this time. But God wasn’t finished.

This book is a testament to the God who restores us and allows us to dream again—if we will only surrender ourselves to him.

 

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About the Author

Rick Unruh is a US MAPS missionary and is the founder of Dream Again Ministry. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Logos University (Jacksonville, FL), with a special interest in grief ministry. He lives in Kansas with his wife, Tamela, and travels the country sharing his Dream Again testimony, a message of hope and finding our purpose. He recently added workshops for the church, helping them understand and minister to the grieving. Rick also recruits full-time missionaries to serve with MAPS.

 

More from Rick

I actually wrote the first chapter of my book in 2011 and then it just sat there until December of 2018.  I continually have had people ask me to write a book about my story, since I travel nearly every weekend sharing my story.   I could just never get the desire or focus to finish it.  After writing it, I realized, that I was hesitating because I didn’t want to go back to some of those places and dig deep, stirring painful emotions, just to write about them.  I would feel the anxiety building as I was getting closer to those moments. There is great healing in writing, but the early process of writing this book caused me to shed many tears.  But, if it can help others who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or a major setback in life, and bring hope and encouragement, then it has all been worth it.

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture.com, September 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, September 14

Betti Mace, September 15

Spoken from the Heart, September 16

Older & Smarter?, September 17

Genesis 5020, September 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

Blossoms and Blessings, September 21 (Author Interview)

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 21

janicesbookreviews, September 22

A Reader’s Brain, September 23

Just the Write Escape, September 24

Inklings and notions , September 25

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Rick is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb9b/the-key-to-dreaming-again-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This was an interesting read. It is definitely more of a memoir which wasn’t what I was really expecting. The author goes into great detail about his life and the lessons he learned a long the way. I did enjoy reading that but I honestly picked up the book hoping to have more “keys” to learning to dream again and really it was about the authors ability to learn to dream again. So maybe I had the wrong impression of the book.

But if you enjoy memoirs then you will probably enjoy this book. You will glean lessons from what the author went through but not lessons in the way I was expecting. But still it was an interesting read.

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

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.