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Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue by Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, and Denise Weimer–Book Review

About the Book

Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce

When Paige overhears her husband’s disturbing conversation, she begins to think her husband is plotting to kill her. To add to her growing doubts of her husband, a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a break-in make her wonder if her husband really loves her or if he’s behind it all.

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

Brianna’s troubled brother has a hard time resisting the urge to steal cars, however his latest joyride may have dire consequences when he accidentally finds a murdered corpse in the trunk. After Liam runs for his life three days before Christmas, Brianna is desperate to find him before something happens to him and solve the case with the help of her foster brother Richard. Will they be able to crack the case before she or her brother get into grave danger?

A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer

Kelsey Jordan is trying to make ends meet while running her antique store, and bringing old antiques back to life. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old family mystery, and two handsome men vying for her affections when her store is broken into and robbed. Will they be able to catch the robber? Will she fall for one of two possible suitors?

Book Review

I am honored to have been a part of the launch team for this collection of Christmas novellas. I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put it down, and so I read it in one weekend! They are short novellas, but the suspense is gripping. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters were well developed, and I fell in love with each one!  I love Christmas, and I love suspense so this collection was perfect for me. For all the suspense lovers on your list this season, this would be a great Christmas gift! You cannot go wrong with this book, I highly recommend it.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be sure to check out the upcoming blog tour stops for this book starting December 3 through CelebrateLit!

Upcoming Blog Tour Stops!

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 3

Reflections From My Bookshelves, December 4

History, Mystery & Faith, December 4

Zerina Blossom’s Books, December 5

proud to be an autism mom, December 5

Mommynificent, December 6

Inklings and notions, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 6

Allofakindmom, December 7

Blogging With Carol, December 7

Blossoms and Blessings, December 8

Have A Wonderful Day, December 8

Janices book reviews, December 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 9

Carpe Diem, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

A Baker’s Perspective, December 11

Daysong Reflections, December 12

Avid Reader Book Reviews, December 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, December 13

Remembrancy, December 13

Multifarious, December 14

Margaret Kazmierczak, December 14

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15

Pursuing Stacie, December 15

Vicky Sluiter, December 16

Bigreadersite, December 16

 

 

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Do you need a great planner, but don’t want to break the bank?

momsbusyyearLast year, I decided I wanted to be a little more organized. Now if you know me, organization is not my strong suit. But at the beginning of last year, I thought I need a place where I can write down appointments, play dates, special occasions, holidays, birthdays, field trips, etc. especially since my oldest started Kindergarten this year. So I set out to find a planner that had a weekly spread so I could write down what I needed to do each day. I went in to the Dollar General just to find a cheap one that would work, what I hit was the jackpot (well at least to me!). I have looked at those beautiful planners that cost $20+, but while I would love to have one of those, I did not want to fork out that much money to write down my appointments and play dates. I found the “Mom’s Busy Year 17-month Planner” for $3! It not only has a weekly spread, it has tear off To-Do Lists, Grocery lists, a Weekly Menu section, and an Activites section for each week. For me, this planner not only helped me keep track of all the appointments and activities I needed, but also helped me to have my weekly menu plan and grocery list all in one place. Plus it fits in my purse! See I told you…JACKPOT! So obviously I wanted to find it again for this coming year, and I thought I was not going to find my dream planner, but I scoured my Dollar General and finally found it on a random shelf in the clearance aisle for $3. So while, yes, I would love to have one of those beautiful expensive planners, my $3 find is exactly what I need! Plus did I mention it has stickers! 😉 So if you’re looking for an excellent planner that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend going to your Dollar General and scouring your shelves for the 2018 “Mom’s Busy Year 17-month Planner.”

Here’s an example of what the pages look like (this is a picture of last year’s, but the 2018 is the same just pink instead of purple):

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp–Book Review

 

We all know stories of women in the Bible, and are familiar with the more popular ones. There’s so many lessons that can be gleaned from each one. In this book, Aaron and Elaina Sharp take the most important women in the Bible, and share their stories and then point you to their role in the bigger picture–God’s plan of redemption. They don’t just write about the popular ones like Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Mary, etc.; they also write about the more obscure or unpopular women suchas, Rahab, Zipporah, Bathsheba, the Woman Sinner. We can learn from each woman and the choices they made. Because just like we aren’t perfect, neither were the women mentioned in the Bible. They were human just like us, and despite their faults God chose to use them in some way.

 

I really enjoyed this study. I loved how it was laid out in 31 short chapters making it perfect for a devotional. I learned things I never knew before about women I’ve heard of, but may have just passed over before. Each chapter has a short synopsis of the woman’s story in the Bible, the passages where you can find her story, and her role in the plan of redemption. I love how at the end of each chapter there are questions for you to ponder. I loved each and every chapter, and I highly recommend it to all Christian women.

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**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

Declan Gray knows there’s a terrorist attack coming for U.S. soil, but he needs help figuring out the details. Tanner Shaw has just signed on to the FBI as a crisis counselor, and is assigned to work the case with Declan in his partner’s absence. As they work through the case and get closer and closer to getting the bad guys and stopping the attack, Tanner and Declan are pulled closer and closer to each other. But do they both feel the same way about each other? Will they be able to find all the pieces to the puzzle before anybody else dies or will all their work be in vain?

 

Another page-turning suspense from Dani Pettrey, Blind Spot will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one! If you haven’t read any of the Chesapeake Valor Series books, now is the time to start! This is book three in the series, and you’re going to want to read these in order. I haven’t read the first one yet, but this one closely follows the second book, so you may feel like you’re missing a few details if you haven’t read the book before it. I had a hard time putting this one down! You will quickly fall in love with the characters, they are very relatable and each has his or her own flaws which makes them seem more real.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck–Book Review

After Tenley Roth writes a bestseller, she is challenged to write her next book. However, she is overcome with writer’s block. When her estranged mother asks her to come to Cocoa Beach to help her through her chemotherapy treatments, she thinks this may be what she needs to get her inspiration back. When Tenley arrives at her mother’s house she falls in love with an antique desk and gains inspiration from the desk. Little did Tenley know that years before Birdie Shehorn had sat at the same desk wanting two things, to be a published author and to marry for love. Will Tenley shake her writer’s block and find her inspiration? Will Birdie be able to go against her mother’s wishes and marry for love and finally get her name on a book?

 

This story was very intriguing. I fell in love with both Tenley and Birdie. It kept me wondering how each of their stories would end. I could not put the book down, and when I had to my !Ind kept wondering what was going to happen next. This is another amazing story by Rachel Hauck, and I highly recommend it. I love the way she writes two separate stories of women from two completely different ages and weaves them back together.

**I received this book for free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hope Unashamed (When It’s Time Book 2) by Nadine Keels–Book Review

Hope UnashamedArthur was a bookworm, good at school, and had his life all planned out. He had no room or time for romance. However, from the first time he laid eyes on Lorraine, that changed. He suddenly wanted to get to know this girl better. He soon started making time to go out with this girl, to pursue her. However, as the years fly by, and life happens, he realizes his pursuit of this woman he has grown to love is not going to end the way he’d like. Will Arthur learn to love again? Or will he swear off love forever?

In the sequel to Love Unfeigned, this book starts in the middle of the storyline of the last book, but from the perspective of Arthur Simmons. I thought it was such a cool way to go into the book to find out more about the story we read in book 1 from a different perspective. As with the first book, I was captivated by the storyline and characters. I loved the quirks of Arthur’s character. Because of his chivalrous ways, I couldn’t help but think of King Arthur when he would give his handkerchief to a lady to use, or hold a door open for a lady, etc.

**I received this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

nadine-c-keels-squareNadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

Prismatic Prospects: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/

Join Nadine’s new readers’ group, Faith, Hope, and Book Love on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/

Love Unfeigned (When It’s Time Book 1) by Nadine Keels–Book Review

 

Lorraine and Isaiah were friends from elementary school, but as they grow older, their friendship starts to become something more. However, just as their relationship starts to bud, Isaiah’s family starts to fall apart and causes him to pull back. Years pass, but can their love be rekindled, even after all they’ve been through? Or will it be lost forever?

 

This series was amazing. It’s perfect for teens and young adults. Loved the storyline, and felt like I could relate to the characters. I felt like a lot of young people can relate to Lorraine and Isaiah as they navigate the dating world. So many books for young people today show the your typical knight in shining armor, and depicts love as all hearts and flowers with no flaws. I love how in this book, the characters have flaws and you can see the real life struggles and how each character deals with their struggles. Because we all know that falling in love, while it is amazing, is hard work, and there are real struggles that we all have to deal with, whether it’s an unexpected family issue, an illness, a trauma, etc. It’s something we have to work through in our relationships. I definitely recommend this whole series!

**I received a copy of this book free from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

Find Nadine online at Prismatic Prospects: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/

Join Nadine’s new readers’ group, Faith, Hope, and Book Love on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/