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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.

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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/

 

 

Under Fire by Linda Shenton Matchett–Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book title: Under Fire

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Release date: July 25, 2017

Genre: Mystery

Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.

My Review

Absolutely fabulous! This book sucked me right in. From the very beginning, I was drawn into the story. The characters were very well developed, and I quickly fell in love with Ruth and her passion to find out what happened to her sister. I couldn’t put the book down. I wondered, what’s going to happen next. Each new character she met, I wondered are they really her friend, or are they in on what happened to her sister, Jane? I found myself frequently telling myself, well just one more chapter, and then another and another. I have always been interested in World War II, which is the time period this book is set in. It gave me a different perspective of the war; it was as if you were with Ruth traveling through London and seeing the aftermath and destruction of the War through her reporter eyes.  In short, if you like a good mystery/suspense, READ this! I look forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and more books by Matchett!

 

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

 

About the Author

linda-eLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).

 

Guest Post from Linda Shenton Matchett

Writers are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character.

As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female.

In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize consisting of:
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The Assault (Harbingers Cycle Two)–Book Review

 

In The Assault the Professor, Andi, Tank, Brenda and Daniel are all back, and they are continuing on their unexplained supernatural adventures. This time however, it seems that the evil they have been following and observing is now starting to attack. They encounter many more new supernatural adventures as they race to find the spear Hitler once stole, and in the process run into a strange cave. Then they encounter a strange fungus. When they finally think they’re going to get a little break and spend some time at the seaside, a person they thought they could trust turns on them, and they once again find themselves in peril. In the final “episode” of this book, we see our team trying to figure out how to save a party of people from an unexplained fog that has deadly monsters in it, how will they save everyone before the fog reaches their floor? How will they kill the creatures without getting hurt themselves?

 

These books are so far from what I normally read, but I have to admit I am thoroughly enjoying these books. I love the whole idea of these four authors (Bill Meyers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky) coming together to write these books with the idea of a television series, with each section being a different episode, and each also coming from a different character’s perspective. While it is very supernatural and sci-fi, both books I’ve read in this series has gripped my attention, and I can’t tear myself away. They are very well written, and I have to say I’m really starting to fall in love with the characters. I highly recommend these books! I would say you definitely want to read this series in order, because you’re going to be a bit lost if you just jump into the second book.

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

 

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I Am Devotional by Diane Stortz–Book Review

 

Our God has many names that show different aspects of His character. As we learn about each name we learn to trust Him more, and ultimately love Him more and become closer to Him. As an adult I love learning about the names of God.

 

I love the idea of teaching the names of God to my children. Before I got this devotional I received a free printable in my email that had some of the names of God, the meanings and verses to learn along with them, and started that with my children. They enjoyed that so much I decided to get the devotional to go along with it. I love the way this devotional is on the level of my children, and it helps them understand it. It starts out with a Bible verse, then has a little devotional about each name and the application of it. Then it ends with a little prayer to emphasize the application and has a set of discussion questions sometimes with a little extra study in another Bible passage. My kids love it too! They have learned a lot through this particular devotional. Definitely a great devotional for your kids!

If you’re interested in the printable click here! (This was a printable sent to me from the publisher. I did not create this printable.)

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

 

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