Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blog Tour: Book Spotlight: Deliver by Tricia Mingerink


It's time to spotlight the next book for one of my favorite series ever! Book Four of THE BLADES OF ACKTAR by Tricia Mingerink, Deliver, is now releasing.

If you haven't read Dare, Deny, and Defy, do pick up these incredible Christian fantasy novels. Geared toward new adult, they're thrilling, thoughtful, humorous, tender, and impacting reads. And Leith, Renna, Brandi, Jamie, and Martyn are characters you're going to want to know better! Not to be missed. *smiles*


About the Book

Can something broken ever heal?

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever outrun his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.

Peace.


About the Author

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.




Intrigued yet? You definitely should be! *winks* Don't miss the Facebook Party on April 28th! It's sure to be lots of fun, and I hope to be there myself!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Another Post Concerning Book Covers

What do you think of these book covers? Have you read any of these books? Which are you excited to? ^_^


Marrying Miss Marshal by Lacy Williams

Published: August 2nd 2011
(appears it's been given a new cover recently. *smiles*)


Land Uncharted {Uncharted #1} by Keely Brooke Keith

PublishedOctober 21st 2016


Only the Heart Knows {The Brides #4} by Lena Goldfinch

PublishedDecember 13th 2016


Secrets and Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff

PublishedMarch 15th 2017


The Vicar's Daughter {A Proper Romance} by Josi S. Kilpack

PublishedApril 4th 2017


As Time Goes By {The Mulligan Sisters #2} by Melody Carlson

Expected PublicationApril 15th 2017


Deliver {The Blades of Acktar #4} by Tricia Mingerink

Expected Publication: April 25th 2017


A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

Expected PublicationMay 9th 2017



Expected PublicationJune 13th 2017


My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring {My Heart Belongs} by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Expected PublicationJuly 1st 2017



Expected Publication: July 2017


The Innkeeper's Sister by Linda Goodnight

Expected PublicationSeptember 2017


A Daring Escape {The London Chronicles #2} by Tricia Goyer

Expected PublicationJanuary 1st 2018

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Book Spotlight: Ashen City by Sara Baysinger


I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for Ashen City today! Ashen City is book two in a thrilling, YA dystopian series by Sara Baysinger. You won't want to miss! *smiles*

Scroll down for an incredible giveaway!


About the Book

Make your choice, Ember Carter. And make it count.

Ember Carter has escaped the flames of death. But will she ever be free from Chief Titus? When the orchard goes up in smoke and her family turns up missing, Ember returns to Frankfort hoping to find her brother and father, and to get Titus to drop the death wish he has against her.

But Titus is always one step ahead. When Ember faces him head-on, she’s captured, only to receive another death sentence. But on her way to her execution, plans go a little askew, and Ember finds herself traveling to the one place no one dares travel: Louisville. If the outskirts of Ky were a ghost town, the ashen city is the borderline of hell itself, but it’s the one place Ember can find refuge from the people who want her dead.

In the ashen city, Ember must learn that being a hero is more than doing what is right because she can, but doing it for the good of the people. And when plans take a turn for the worst, she must decide if it’s worth risking her life to save her country.




About the Author

Sara Baysinger grew up in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her childhood exploring uncharted lands and reading all things magical. She now lives among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two young children. Sara enjoys writing and reading anything out of the ordinary, and has a bad habit of zoning out at the most inopportune moments. She is currently considering seeking medical attention for her potentially life-threatening coffee addiction.

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Giveaway:

Sara has generously offered to give away a paperback of either BLACK TIGER or ASHEN CITY with a Louisville skyline bookmark (two winners) as well as a grand prize of a paperback of either BLACK TIGER or ASHEN CITY, Louisville skyline bookmark, adjustable ring that says "inhale/exhale," and journal (one winner). Open to US only.

Blog Tour Schedule:

April 6th – Holly’s Little Book Reviews – Book Review

April 7thkindred-he4rts – Book Reivew // Midwest Ladies Who Lit – Book Review

April 8thLands Uncharted – Guest Post // She Reads Many Books – Book Review

April 10thBrie Donning – Book Review & Interview

April 11thLooseleaf Reviews – Book Review & Guest Post // Books Before Bandaids– Book Review

April 12th Quills and Inkblotts– Book Spotlight

April 13thRJ Metcalf – Book Review // Between the Pages of this Bookish Life – Book Spotlight

April 14thHope Perch – Book Review

April 17thSomewhere Between the Nebulae – Book Review

April 18th Jannette Fuller – Book Spotlight

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review: Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky


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Title: Shine Like the Dawn

Author: Carrie Turansky

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical (Edwardian era)

Audience: Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart as she begins to wonder if what happened that day on the lake ... might not have been an accident.

When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend.

Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate - and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?

~ MY REVIEW ~
**4 stars**

Shine Like the Dawn was such a lovely story, set in the Edwardian era, with a little romance and just a dash of mystery and suspense. The faith themes were utterly beautiful - challenging and uplifting, with depth and sincerity. I love novels where the characters are on a journey closer to God, because I can relate to that!

Speaking of characters, both Maggie and Nate were wonderful; with unique personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. It was amazing and satisfying to see them grow in character and learn about humility and forgiveness. I loved the secondary character, Maggie's grandmother! She had such wisdom to share. It was also interesting to peek into Clara's life. I think author Carrie Turansky did a lovely job with these characters and their backstories and personal struggles. But, to be honest, I believe Nathaniel Harcourt was definitely my favorite! *smiles* I just love how he is such a man of God! He does have his faults, but he actively seeks the Lord.

The romance was very sweet and gentle. A couple brief kisses are exchanged in the end ... I adore how they were waited for! Carrie Turansky unfolded this love story beautifully; her characters actually thought in depth and put up boundaries (physically and emotionally) instead of just getting caught up in a whirlwind of romantic feelings and going where it took them. It was so very meaningful to me. ^_^

Shine Like the Dawn deals with tragedy, and some parts were a little hard to read. But in this story comes healing and hope. It is truly a beautiful journey of faith.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this new novel from Carrie Turansky! She puts heart and hope and light in her stories, and I greatly look forward to reading more!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Thoughts on Tyndale Rewards

Hey there, lovely bookish people! I'm going to share my thoughts on the program Tyndale Rewards, (which includes free books and if you sign up under me, you get 25 points toward those books), so please continue reading! *winks*


So, basically, you sign up for the program and do things for them to earn points. And points get you free books. You can take a survey, share about Tyndale Rewards on social media, review a Tyndale product, answer some questions about your bookish tastes ... and you earn from 5 to 25 points for each thing completed.

The book "prices" range from 65 to 280 points. (The average is about 75 points). So when you get enough points, pick which books you want, put in your mailing address, and you'll get them in a few weeks! ^_^

To choose from, there's Fiction, Nonfiction, Bibles, Ministry Resources, and more!

In the fiction section, currently, there are books from Jan Watson, DiAnn Mills, Rachelle Dekker, Allison Pittman, Jerry B. Jenkins, Cindy Thomson, Maureen Lang, Cathy Gohlke, and more!

I've been signed up with Tyndale Rewards for a few months now and have loved it! Because ... who doesn't like free books?? I certainly do! The ways to earn points have been interesting and fun. And quite simple!

So far, I've received paperback copies of Troublesome Creek by Jan Watson, Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke, All in Good Time by Maureen Lang, and just ordered Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson! Each of these books were either 65, 70, or 75 points.




Does this sound like something you'd be interested in? If so, you can sign up using this link: www.tyndalerewards.com/signup/?pc=gu4z-f3rz-1142-gqdq

You'll receive 25 points just for signing up, and I'll receive 10 if you use that link! *smiles*

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Review: The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof


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Title: The Lady and the Lionheart

Author: Joanne Bischof

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

Two worlds collide when the circus comes to Victorian-era Virginia. 

Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.

As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.

Just then a child in the row behind Ella cried out, “Look, Mama!”

Charlie, dressed in his center ring finery, strode into the arena, as strong and strapping as ever. Face powdered and painted with two jagged teardrops under his eyes, he walked with stoic authority, tall boots forging a fresh trail straight toward his audience. Ella didn’t know a single man could hush a packed house with no words, but…then there was Charlie Lionheart.

~ MY REVIEW ~
**5 stars**

I could cry. I don't know when I've last read something so achingly beautiful ...

Is it possible to rate Joanne Bischof's books less than five stars? I don't know, because so far, I haven't been able to! She writes with such heart and depth! The Lady and the Lionheart was soul-touching, intriguing, painful, and utterly lovely. I can't even describe how I felt about that ending ... it was perfection! In fact, I was certain I was getting a glimpse of heaven on earth; with just a sprinkle of nostalgia.

Ella was darling. Charlie was wonderful. Holland was adorable. The story was crushing pain, thrilling hope, and raw beauty entwined together ... all set against the magical background of the early 1900s circus.

The setting was intriguing, with gypsies, lions, circus tents, mystery, and not to mention, the dashing lion trainer with a twinkle in his eyes. I was captivated - this book almost has a magical feel. Whimsical, at least. It was fantastic, and set your heart aflutter. It was also dark and hurtful. Our two lovable POV character both have haunted and extremely painful pasts. Some parts of The Lady and the Lionheart were a little hard to read, so terrible it was. But in this book - slowly - comes hope and healing and laughter. It was such a beautiful journey, that's all I can really say! And can I just mention how much I love how Joanne Bischof expounded a little on one of the secondary character's life? The character is a broken woman ... only mentioned about twice ... you'll know who she is. She plays a bit of a bigger part in the end of the book, and I simply loved it so much. Brought tears to my eyes.

The Lady and the Lionheart is written with such emotional depth. Joanne Bischof talks a little bit more about the story ... the inspiration for it, and the symbolism behind Charlie Lionheart's character ... and I so appreciated that! I might have cried there too, even though it wasn't part of the actual novel. Well done, Joanne Bischof! This was such a touching story!

The romance was incredible, by the way. So many moments! Charlie. Ella. Ah, I can't even. You have have to read it for yourself.

There were so many parts worthy of tears, and such a deep, soul-felt tale, and such a perfect ending. People, I recommend you read this book! Be you historical-fiction lovers or not, you must pick it up! ^_^ The Lady and the Lionheart is written for adults, but I think older teens could enjoy it as well. I must repeat myself - it's a simply beautiful story.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund


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Title: For Love and Honor

Author: Jody Hedlund

Series: An Uncertain Choice #3

Genre: Historical

Audience: Young Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

~ MY REVIEW ~
**3 stars**

In the final installment of the AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE series by Jody Hedlund, we follow the stories of a girl, called Lady Sabine, with a secret blemish; and the last knight of this trilogy, Sir Bennet, who is being forced to take drastic measures in order to save his home and family. I enjoyed For Love and Honor. Medieval is always interesting - and this one has a fairy tale feel; you know, with knights and fair ladies and daring rescues. Bennet and Sabine had some fun banter, which was humorous and entertaining to read. Overall, it was a fast-paced and easy-to-read tale.

I, personally, am not always fond of the almost-instant love stories, which was definitely how For Love and Honor unfolded. And there were a couple other themes and things that just weren't to my taste. At the time I read it, I loved the first book in this series, An Uncertain Choice, but the last two haven't been for me so much.

That being said, this book still held a serious note and touched on some important topics/lessons. Those who enjoy a light, medieval, teen romance - though with some danger and gruesomeness - might want to pick up this series.

I received a copy of For Love and Honor from Booklookbloggers.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cover Candy Fun

Time for cover candy! Which ones are your favorites? I've not read by most of these authors (just Melissa Tagg and Mesu Andrews) ... have you? If so, what did you think?


To Win a Lady's Heart by Sian Ann Bessey

Published: November 1st, 2016


The False Prophet {Stonegate #2} by Harry James Fox

Published: January 15th, 2017


Tea Shop Folly by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Published: March 2nd, 2017


With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall

Published: March 7th, 2017


A Rose So Fair {Flowers of Eden #3} by Myra Johnson

Expected Publication: April 4th, 2017



Expected Publication: April 2017


A Broken Kingdom {Order of the Moonstone #5} by JC Morrows

Expected Publication: May 2017


The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

Expected Publication: June 1st, 2017


Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson

Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017


All This Time {Walker Family #3} by Melissa Tagg

Expected Publication: August 2017


Loving Luther by Allison Pittman

Expected Publication: September 1st, 2017


Before She Ignites {Fallen Isles Trilogy #1} by Jodi Meadows

Expected Publication: September 26th, 2017


Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Expected Publication: October 3rd, 2017


Love Held Captive {A Lone Star Hero's Love Story #3} by Shelley Shepard Gray

Expected Publication: October 10th, 2017


Masquerade by Kimberly A. Rogers

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The Green Ember {The Green Ember #1} by S.D. Smith

Published: December 12th, 2014


The Black Star of Kingston {The Green Ember #0.5} by S.D. Smith

Published: July 13th, 2015


Ember Falls {The Green Ember #2} by S.D. Grimm

Published: September 13th, 2016