Friday, May 26, 2017

Top Ten Most Exquisite Titles of Coming Releases


Do you all think book titles are important? I certainly do! Some are fun, some are beautiful, some are chilling, some are mysterious. Some make your heart soar! Here are ten novels coming in 2017/2018 whose exquisite titles I simply adore! ^_^

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The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

On the eve of her wedding, Lady Elisabeth Lawson's world is shattered, as surely as the fine glass windows of her colonial Williamsburg home. In a town seething with Patriots ready for rebellion, her protection comes from an unlikely source - now if she could only protect her heart.

Series: Standalone

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018 (Revell)

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White Dawn by Sara Baysinger

This is the beginning of a new era.

The slate is clean.
A white dawning has emerged and I'm ready to face the day.

AURORA WHITCOMB has taken the place as Chief of Ky, but the ghosts of her past continue to haunt her future.
RAIN TURNER has lost the the embers that kept his hope burning, and all he’s left with is a raging desire to avenge the love of his life.

With an insatiable hatred toward each other, Aurora and Rain must learn to work together to bring the country back to its feet. In order to do so, they must be invincible. But being invincible isn’t only about conquering the battles in the physical world. When their journey to rescue Ky takes a violent turn for the worst, Aurora and Rain must learn the true meaning of forgiveness, not only for each other, but for those who haunt their pasts.

Series: Black Tiger #3

Publication Date: July 6th 2017 (StarFinder Press)

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Amber Eyes by S.D. Grimm

Series: Children of the Blood Moon #2

Publication Date: Unknown (Enclave Publishing)

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The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

As D-Day approaches, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton is teamed up with Dorothy Fairfax, a British officer. Once they piece together family and reconnaissance photos to map Normandy, will Wyatt's bombardment plans destroy what Dorothy loves most?

Series: Sunrise at Normandy #1

Publication Date: February 6th 2018 (Revell)


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Keturah by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Series: The Sugar Baron's Daughters #1

Publication Date: January 6th 2018 (Bethany House)

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Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.

Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob - renaming him Many Sparrows - keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.

Series: Standalone

Publication Date: September 19th 2017 (Waterbrook Press)

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The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

French romance. A storybook castle hidden away in the heart of the Loire Valley's vast wine country. A road for walking ... a castle's secrets for uncovering ... and a past (the French Revolution + WWII) for exploring! [taken from the author's post HERE]

Series: The Lost Castle #1

Publication Date: 2018 (Publisher unknown?)

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Unbreakable by Sara Ella

Series: Unblemished #3

Publication Date: Unknown (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins)

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A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage - until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies - and allies - she encounters on her way.

Series: Cities of Refuge #1

Publication Date: January 6th 2018 (Bethany House)

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The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

Series: Tales from Ivy Hill #3

Publication Date: December 2018 (Bethany House)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Third Blogiversary!

My lovely readers, do you know that yesterday, (May 23rd), it was the third blogiversary of Between the Pages of This Bookish Life (formally A Writer's Heart)?



That's right! Three years ago, in May of 2014, I set up a blog and wrote a review for Jaye L. Knight's Resistance, posting it as my very first blog post!

Can you believe it? Three years have past since I started my first blog, which effectively started my journey of reviewing books, publishing, and just being part of the wonderful blogger/writer/reader/fangirl world. ^_^

I've met so many amazing people! All of you who have followed my blog, commented here, shared my posts, or even followed me on other social media, you guys are the best! I appreciate it! Thanks for welcoming me and helping me become part of the blogger world! Thank you for supporting me. <3

Now, for some statistics. (Which may not be that great, but make me excited, anyway! *grins*)

Total Pageviews: 95,985

Pageviews per Month: 2,500-3,000 (approx.)

Google+ Followers: 87

Blogger Followers: 28

Blog Posts: 431

Book Review Posts: 224

I've gotten pageviews from mostly the United States (73,208), but also Russia, Germany, France, Canada, Ukraine, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan, Ireland, Portugal, Uganda, India, etc.

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I was going to do a big celebration with a fantastic giveaway and all, but it turns out May came too quickly and I'm rather too busy and money-less to do such a thing! Haha. Maybe next year. *winks*

However, in honor of my blogiversary, I did decide to make the Kindle edition of A DREAM NOT IMAGINED free on Amazon.com for today (25th) until the 29th! Download your copy today! And don't forget to leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads! (Click the cover below to be brought to the site).

Anyway, thanks for following my blog! Especially those of you who endeavored to find it after I took the 'h' out of the blog address, (shantellemary.blogspot.com), confusing everyone! I hope you all have found me again! *smiles*

Share your blogs and Youtube channels and such below, so I can follow YOU!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blog Tour: Spotlight: Unraveling by Sara Ella


My friends, I'm thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Unraveling by Sara Ella! This gorgeous novel is book two in a fairy tale/fantasy/realm-travel series called UNBLEMISHED. Having read, and adored, the first book, I'm quite excited to be spotlighting Unraveling and absolutely cannot wait to read it!

Scroll down for more of this loveliness called Unraveling, an excerpt, and a giveaway!


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Title: Unraveling

Author: Sara Ella

Series: Unblemished #2

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Fairy Tale

Audience: Young Adult

Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins

Release Date: July 11th, 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK

One kiss changed her future. Can another alter her past?

Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After all she’s been through between capturing the Void and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about—like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

But why does she feel like something—or someone—Is missing?

When the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, become threatened, Eliyana discovers her connection with Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. El needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can she find a way to sever her tie with Ky without killing him, and keep herself from truly falling for him in the process?



About the Author

Once upon a time, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.


Book Excerpt:

PRELUDE

   I’m not ready for this.
   My shoulder is going to rip from its socket. My bicep is a torch, igniting my forearm. His fingers are sliding from mine, and I can’t hold on any longer. All I see is the gorge below, the beads of sweat dewing his temples.
   He shouts, “Hold on!”
   But the cliff crumbles with each passing blink. If we remain this way, we’ll both be swallowed by the chasm below.
   I loosen my grip, my clammy palm slipping.
   His eyes plead. Beg. Implore. “Don’t!” His cry echoes.
   The river crashes and curls. Waiting to swallow. Devour. Obliterate anything entering its territory. But it isn’t the river I’m afraid of. It’s the black hole beyond it. The beginning of the end.
   I know if we disconnect he might be lost forever. “I love you” is what I want to say. Instead I ask him, “Find me?”
   His expression corkscrews, a mask of raw emotion. “Always.” His voice is weak, his energy drained. He’s not strong enough. Because of me.
   So my fingers splay.
   I let go.

Required text: Taken from “Unraveling” by Sara Ella Copyright © 2017 by Sara E. Larson. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.


Giveaway:

(3) Winners will each win a final hard copy of the book. US/Canada addresses only.
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Blog Tour Schedule:

5/22 - Melony Teague (Author Interview)

5/23 - 
Thorn & Vine (review) & Between the Pages of This Bookish Life (Spotlight)

5/24 - 
A Baker's Perspective (review), Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight) & YA Book Divas (Spotlight & Excerpt)

5/25 - 
My So Called Chaos (review) & Thinking Thoughts (Spotlight)

5/26 - 
Reading is My SuperPower (review)

5/27 - 
The Green Mockingbird (review)

5/28 - 
Bookworm Mama (Spotlight)

5/29 - 
Just Commonly (review)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar


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Title: Bread of Angels

Author: Tessa Afshar

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant's daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father's secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances--along with her father's precious dye--help her become one of the city's preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can't outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

~ MY REVIEW ~
**5 stars**

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar surprised me. It took my breath away. Made me weep. Made me laugh. Yes, I stayed up until the wee hours of morning to finish this; it was that good! I've enjoyed this author's previous books, but was not prepared to absolutely adore this one!

It's set in the New Testament time, following the life of a woman, named Lydia, who sells purple cloth. (She's mentioned in Acts 16.) The story spans many years flawlessly, unfolding Lydia's life tale with beauty, betrayal, grief, miracles, and grace. I was enraptured.

First off, the writing quality was spectacular! It was so easy to read each chapter, and start another! They style keeps you interested and ready to read more. I finished most of this not-so-small book in one night.
Secondly, Lydia. She was a wonderful character, whom I quite liked! I related to her struggles. Hoped for her happiness. Loved her friends. Rejoiced in her discovery of true life. Even though Lydia is in her 40s (perhaps?) for a good part of the book and there's not a steady theme of romance, I just related to and loved this story so much. There were so many interesting secondary characters too! And a villain. And some nefarious going-ons. Lydia was a creative and busy woman - and nurtured lots of people. It put hope in my heart. ^_^
Meeting Paul, Silas, Timothy, Luke, and Marcus was truly one of the highlights of the book. Perhaps my very favorite part. I loved it, my friends. *hugs them all* It felt so much like the family of God, and I could imagine myself there amongst them, accepted and cherished. There was so much faith, joy, laughter, and love! Miracles abounded. Trust was discussed and put into practice. They leaned on each other as they sought to follow God with all their hearts. (Spoiler) Because of those, I cried. And cried. And was filled with such warmth, like a bubble of peace and joy surrounded me. Perhaps I glimpsed the family of God - the bliss of heaven. It was stunningly beautiful.

Filled with intrigue. And interesting facts about the dyeing process. Action. Betrayal. Wonderful and spirited people. The good news of Jesus Christ.

I sorrowed with Lydia. I rejoiced with her. I healed with her. And at the end of Bread of Angels, I was filled with hope. Tessa Afshar has written a phenomenal novel, and it is definitely not to be missed!

I received a copy of Bread of Angels from Tyndale House Publishers through the Tyndale Blog Network.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Spotlight: The Evaporation of Sofia Snow by Mary Weber


I'm happy to be participating in the blog tour of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber! I haven't read this book, but it sounds like a unique and intriguing tale!

So without further ado, here's a spotlight of the book, excerpt, and giveaway! ^_^


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Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

Author: Mary Weber

Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Young Adult

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: June 6th, 2017

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.



About the Author:

Mary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series (all by HarperCollins). An avid high school, middle school, and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Mary’s debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic Book Fair, and her novels have been endorsed by New York Times bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, Shannon Messenger, and Jonathan Maberry.

You can also find Mary’s fun interviews in the paperback of Marissa Meyer’s NYT bestselling, CRESS, and in Jay Asher’s 13 REASONS WHY movie tie-in edition. Most recently, you can see her and her family as extras in the NETFLIX Original Series, 13 REASONS WHY.

{Facebook: marychristineweber, Twitter @mchristineweber, Blog: maryweber.com, Instagram: MaryWeberAuthor}

Book Excerpt:

THE PLANET

   The ice-planet arrived in the dusky heat of summer twilight during Earth’s Fourth World War. Just when the moon’s jeweled fingers were slipping through that one broken slat in the barn roof that Papa always said he’d fix but never did. The same slat through which he’d pointed out Ella’s favorite star to Sofi and her brother, Shilo.
   As if everything within Papa’s wrecked heart was trying to keep their focus off Earth’s brutality by reminding them of their half sister’s spot in the heavenly skies. As if their forsaken little hearts needed any reminding of where her spot—or their mother’s—should be.
   “Shh.” Papa put a finger to his lips and beckoned Sofi over to watch the planet settle in place. “I won’t let anyone harm you. See how it’s moving across the moon?”
   Six-year-old Sofi mimicked him to her brother, putting her own finger to her lips. “Shh. They’re coming, Shi, but we won’t let them harm you.” To which baby Shilo spit and giggled before swatting at a firefly.
   Sofi pulled his tiny hand into hers as the sinister globe stopped a good distance beyond the moon—and
uncomfortably too close to Earth. To them. To their little broken-slatted barn that sat planted like a patch of sumac right on the decimated border of Old North Carolina and the rest of the starving, war-ravaged world.
   “Planet Delon” the broadcasters had called it.
   “The Delonese Death” was what her expatriate neighbor, Mr. Watte, was calling it.
   “The blasted planet from the pit of you know where” was what Sofi had decided to call it . . .
   That had been years ago.
   Eleven to be exact.
   But now here she was . . .
   Standing in the same place, same barn—just missing a few walls—with Shilo.
   Still calling it that.
   A sudden rustling emerged from the overgrown bushes, causing Sofi to glance around.
   “You think it’s the tech buyer?” Shilo’s twelve-year-old voice cracked mid whisper.
   She peered into the dark. “I don’t know, but if I tell you to run for the hover, you run.”
   He looked insulted. “And ditch? More like I’ll kick whoever’s sorry bu—”
   A boy emerged. Two boys in fact, each barely older than she was. Clearly drugged up. Skin and bones. Like many in the populations being “overseen” by the United World Corporations. The bigger kid held out a broken-tipped knife and Shilo slid in front of Sofi—never mind she was half-a-head taller than her brother.
   Sofi scowled. She shouldn’t have let him coerce her into bringing him. Especially for the thrill of earning a few extra bucks off her old tech devices.

Taken from “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow” by Mary Wever Copyright © 2017 by Mary Christine Weber. Used by permission of http://www.thomasnelson.com/.

Giveaway:

(3) Winners will each win a final hard copy of the book. US/Canada addresses only. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour Schedule:

5/15 - Reading is My SuperPower (review)

5/16 - Thorn & Vine (review) & A Baker's Perspective (review)


5/18 - Bibliophile Reviews (Review),  Singing Librarian Books (Spotlight) & Thinking Thoughts (Spotlight)

5/19 - Bookworm Mama (review) & YA Book Divas (Spotlight & Excerpt)

5/20 - Just Commonly (review)