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.


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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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

Purchase HERE

Title: Shine Like the Dawn

Author: Carrie Turansky

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical (Edwardian era)

Audience: Adult


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?

**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!