Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

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.

Visit Rachelle here.

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

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



Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun October 13, 2014

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The Time of Sorrows is long past.
The future of Selah and her people is shrouded in mystery.
And the clock is ticking.

Hidden in the tall grasses along a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city, a hunter crouches. It is the eve of her eighteenth Birth Remembrance and high time she proves to herself and her brothers that she can stand on her own two feet. Selah Rishon Chavez waits not for game but for one of the small boats that occasionally crash against the desolate shoreline. Because inside one of these boats she will find her quarry–a Lander.

These people from an unknown land across the ocean are highly prized by the Company and bring a good price–especially if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander whom Selah catches is stolen by her brothers, and Selah wakes the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her–Bodhi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell in the Mountain.

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of disturbing scientific advances, devious political conspiracy, and survival in a hostile wilderness, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a society more like our own than we may want to admit. From the tension-laced first scene to the captivating last page, Thunder is an epic journey into the heart of humankind that explores how far we are willing to go when we’re pushed to the limit.

Bonnie S. Calhoun loves to write, but it doesn’t make her happy unless there are the three Bs: body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML and website design. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass. But she’d rather buy fish, ready to eat and under plastic, at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she is waitstaff.

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My thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book. I have read one of Bonnie’s other books which I really enjoyed but knew this one would be different. And it was. In all the right ways.

This book has so many threads going through it, yet Bonnie manages to weave them together so none of them get tangled. Just when you think you have one thing figured out she throws something new at you and I couldn’t wait to see how or if she would resolve it.

She has created one messed up society yet, how different is it really from our own? Maybe not so much and that’s scary.

Selah is a very likeable character and there are many other characters in this book, some likeable some not so much.

So, who would like this book? This is geared toward young adults, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games or books that challenge your way of thinking you will enjoy this book. If you’re looking for something different and something to recommend to a teen in your life you might want to check this one out.

Visit Bonnie here.

Download Tremors (the prequel) for free here.

Grab your own copy of Thunder at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

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


Write to the Point with Laura Jackson April 23, 2014

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2013-07-08 22.35.34 (2) Today we get write to the point with Laura Jackson and her book Worth the Wait. She has a giveaway for you so read until the end!

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

I’m originally from a small swamp town in Louisiana, but since I moved to Texas when I was nine, I consider myself a Texan. I taught middle school language arts and loved writing with my students. When I became a librarian four years ago, I missed writing and attempted my first novel.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was young. My mom didn’t write down the date, but I was about five. One of my earliest memories is being on my knees at church, praying for my dad to get saved so he could go to heave with me, my mom, and my sister.

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

In Worth the Wait, Ellie has to learn that God’s plan is always worth the wait—even if it’s not what she planned. Even when life was a mess,Worth the Wait God was at work. I hope readers walk away looking at their own circumstances, even the hard ones, realizing that God is working in their lives and what He has in store is worth the wait.

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

My blog ( started as a book review blog for one of my graduate classes, and I kept doing reviews. I post randomly about life and books. My most regular day is Fridays where I link up with other blogs for Confessional Fridays, where I share a little bit about myself. It’s usually random things but sometimes I open up a little more.

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

I’m a school librarian, so I’m surrounded with fantastic books all day, and then I go home and read a lot. So, this question is almost impossible. Sold by Patricia McCormick is amazing—opened my eyes to human trafficking.

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

When my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his doctor told him it would either divide our family or bring us closer than ever. We’ve always been close, hanging out at least once or twice a week. But, it did change our relationship in that it became more intentional, more precious, and even stronger. Through his cancer, we all grew closer to each other and to Jesus, which was the only way we could walk that journey together.

Watching my parents, I learned what it means to love in sickness and in health. Watching him lose his health reminded me that each day is a gift from God to use for His glory, not my own. Being by my dad’s side when he took his last breath and the peace that filled my parents’ bedroom at that exact moment sealed my belief that at the second of death, we are with Jesus forever. What a day that will be!

I don’t want to share too many details that involve other people, but God used my dad’s cancer to bring back people to Him. Several people shared what an example he was to them, and one even came back to the Lord after years away through my dad’s testimony.

I miss my dad every day, but I’m thankful that God used even something as horrible as cancer for His glory.

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

Philippians 4:11b is on my heart/mind the last year or so. In my words it says that in all things, be content. I have certain goals/desires/dreams that seem so far off. I want to be content with where He has me even if it’s not what I would pick for myself.

Where can we find you on the web?



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

Thanks for having me. Great questions!

Thank you, Laura, for spending some time with my readers, I know they appreciate it.

Readers, Laura is giving away a copy of her book, paperback for U.S. residents or ebook for readers outside the U.S. Leave a comment by April 29th at 5:00 pm to be entered.


Captives (The Safe Lands) by Jill Williamson March 27, 2014

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Captives (The Safe Lands)


Jill Williamson

Book Description:

One choice could destroy them all.

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many—including his fiancée, Jem—taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls.

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

My thoughts:

Like the title of this book you too will be held captive by this story.

I love how the book opens with Daniel 1:1, 3-5 where King Nebuchadnezzer takes all the strong young men from Jerusalem. This sets the stage for you are about to read.

Although this book is geared for teens I really enjoyed it.  I would say if you have a teen in your life who likes the Hunger Games series they would enjoy this book but it’s even better because God is part this plot.

A word of caution. There is talk about forced pregnancy because the Safe Lands are trying to rid themselves of this disease that is going around so they are trying to have babies that are born without being infected. However, there’s nothing graphic or detail about how these girls are getting pregnant, I was not offended at all.

I always recommend reading a book before you allow your child or read it with them so you can have a conversation with him or her about the content and you can voice your thoughts in a healthy way.

The three brothers in the book were so different and Jill does a wonderful job of giving them each their own voice and personality.

I think you will enjoy this glimpse into a possible future that isn’t so good but we are always looking for the same thing….hope.

Visit Jill’s website here.

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

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