Sunday, January 31, 2016

Where She Belongs - Misty Willow 1 - by Johnnie Alexander

Cover Art

About the book:

Can love redeem a broken past?
Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby's family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he's let it fall into ruin. AJ's more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can't get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

My review:

This was a wonderfully written romance about letting go of the past and second chances!  There were so many sweet romantic moments, but AJ and Shelby both fought against the pull toward each other. Shelby's blamed the Sullivan family for the loss of her heritage for years and can't accept that she could be attracted to a Sullivan.  AJ has felt such guilt over an event in his past that he doesn't feel he can trust or love again.  It was beautiful seeing how their story evolved.  I loved both of their characters and was really rooting for AJ while his cousin Brett tried to woo her, too.  Brett was a real piece of work, but I liked the change we started to see in him and look forward to reading book two, which focuses on his story.  The setting was beautiful and I definitely found myself wanting to move there.  I loved the history involving the Underground Railroad that was brought in.  The faith element was wonderful, too, and we were shown the struggles they were both dealing with in trying to trust and know God's will.  I highly recommend this wonderful story and this is an author going on my watch list!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.


 The Author

  1. Johnnie Alexander
    © Jodie Westfall Photography

    Johnnie Alexander

    Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to...
    Continue reading about Johnnie Alexander 

Thin Ice - Men of Valor 2 - by Irene Hannon

Cover Art

About the book:

If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave?
After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again--until an envelope addressed in her sister's handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case . . . but he's coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon pulls out all the stops in this high-stakes thriller that races to a bone-chilling finish.

My review:

This was an enjoyable suspenseful story!  I loved that Christy was smart and strong.  She made a great match with Lance.  I also liked that she had been a figure skater; it made for a unique backstory.  It was interesting to see Lance learning the ropes of his new job with the FBI, especially with a case as confusing as this one.  There were a few cute hints at romance, but I liked that they didn't want to mix business and pleasure.  It was interesting seeing the bad guy's viewpoint and the way we learned more about him as the story went on.  There were some good suspenseful moments.  Christy had a strong faith, even through all of her trials while Lance had wandered from God after seeing some terrible things while with the Delta Force.  There were a few conversations about faith and mentions of prayer, but I wished we would have seen a little more of Lance's journey.  This book works well as a stand-alone, though there are characters here from her previous book.  I recommend it for fans of suspense!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

 The Author

  1. Irene Hannon
    © DeWeesePhotography.com

    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain Summer, One Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with three coveted...
    Continue reading about Irene Hannon 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Celebrate Colleen Coble’s ‘Mermaid Moon’ with a Mystery e-Reader Prize Pack + Review!

About the book:

Mermaid Moon (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Mallory's mother died fifteen years ago. But her father's last words on the phone were unmistakable: "Find . . . mother."

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn't have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O'Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart---and left---without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life---and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie---their search intensifies. There's a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father's killer---it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My review:
I really enjoyed this suspenseful romance!  I liked Mallory and Kevin and found it fascinating to see them thrown back together after years apart.  I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery and wondered why Mallory and Kevin weren't putting the clues together.  There were a few things that seemed pretty obvious that they seemed clueless about (forgive the pun!)  There were some nice romantic moments and I appreciated that Kevin was the one to pull back when they got carried away.  It's nice to see an honorable and respectful man who puts a woman before himself.  I loved revisiting the beautiful setting of coastal Maine as this is book two in the Sunset Cove series.  This worked as a stand-alone novel, though characters from book one were in this book and I wouldn't recommend missing their story!  There was one thing that didn't seem to get resolved in the story, but maybe we'll see that in book three, which is due out later this year.   There were a few characters who really got on my nerves, Kevin's parents and Mallory's teenage daughter.  His parents blamed her for everything and were so hateful, while Mallory's daughter had such an attitude and seemed really spoiled.  I liked the inclusion of a blind child as Kevin's daughter and learning more about the her seeing eye dog and the challenges she faced.  There were some spiritual references, from prayer to mentions of God, but nothing very deep.  Forgiveness of yourself was a main theme, along with letting go of the past and moving forward.  I would recommend this interesting suspense!

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.

Connect with Coble: website, Twitter, Facebook










To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Celebrate the release of Mermaid Moon with Colleen and a mystery e-reader prize pack giveaway!

mermaid moon-400 

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 1st. The winner will be announced February 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

mermaid moon-enterbanner



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Regina Jennings’ ‘At Love’s Bidding’ Cozy Winter Night Giveaway + Review!


 

 About the book:



At Love's Bidding (Bethany House, December 2015)

She sells priceless antiques. He sells livestock by the pound. Is he really the man to make a bid for her heart?

After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.

Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count---but no mysterious painting---Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.
My review:
This was a very enjoyable and amusing story I had a hard time putting down!  I loved the characters, from shy Miranda who doesn't want attention drawn to herself to impetuous Wyatt who sometimes acts without thinking, yet cares a lot about his family and friends.  I also loved how he encouraged Miranda to trust God and also to believe in herself.  Miranda also questioned why bad things happen and how God could allow them, but ultimately she had to decide whether she would trust God and what her own response would be to circumstances she couldn't control.  The setting of an auction house was unique and it was pretty funny to see Miranda and her grandfather try to figure out how to sell livestock when they're used to selling antiques.  Her grandfather was definitely a character and got into all sorts of trouble.  There were some great romantic moments.  I would definitely recommend this wonderfully written story for fans of historical and romantic fiction!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.


Purchase a copy:
http://bit.ly/1QJGxOK
About the author:

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.

Connect with Regina: website, Twitter, Facebook

After a cross-country trip to track down a sold painting that could ruin her family's business forever, Miranda Wimplegate forms an unlikely but charged partnership with livestock auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine in Regina Jennings' At Love's Bidding. Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt must try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

Join Regina in celebrating the release of At Love's Bidding by entering to win her Cozy Winter Night giveaway and RSVPing to her January 5th author chat party!

at love's bidding - 400 

One grand prize winner will receive everything you need for a cozy winter night:
at love's bidding - collage 

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 1/5. The winner will be announced at the At Love's Bidding Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Regina and other readers, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

at love's bidding-enterbanner

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

 

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Cultural Battle for Human Dignity | Evangelicals for Life

EFL Button

Clear your schedules January 21–22, 2016, because Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.


Readers of this blog will receive 15% off their registration by using the code FocusLife.





Russell Moore will be speaking at Evangelicals for Life. He is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a theologian, ethicist, frequent cultural commentator, and author of several books. In the guest post below, he speaks to the importance of hosting the conference in the midst of the cultural battle for human dignity.


Why We’re Hosting the Evangelicals For Life Conference

By Russell Moore

As many Christians sat at their computer and watched a casual dinner conversation over the price of dismembered children, a lot of us probably thought: “But what can I do about this?” This is a question I hear often from pro-life evangelicals. Many Christians are utterly convinced in their heart of the personhood and dignity of the unborn, yet don’t know how to faithfully effectively advocate for life.

It’s important to understand that the cultural battle for human dignity doesn’t begin on Capitol Hill or on CNN. It begins in your family, in your local church, and in your neighborhood. In fact, many of the people we know most vulnerable to the abortionist’s rhetoric are not actually pro-choice, they’re just scared, scared to scandalize a church with their secret. The false gospel of the abortion clinic, which says, “We can make all your trouble go away for you,” is overwhelmingly seductive.

What these people need more than a lesson in embryonic development is to have the Gospel preached to their conscience. This means much more than simply offering “The Romans Road” or prompting a sinner’s prayer; it means speaking directly with the message of Jesus’ complete sovereignty of the universe, his righteous indignation on the murder of the unborn, and most importantly, his complete absorption of God’s wrath on the cross, and his invitation to mercy and fellowship and the imputed righteousness of the Son of God.

The Gospel disarms the appeal of the abortion clinic because it offers truth with love, judgment with mercy, and righteousness with grace. The consciences around us don’t believe what they’re telling themselves. They’re scared and confused. Shine a light on their conscience, and then present the Gospel of reconciliation.

Moreover, the pro-life movement has set an example worthy of our imitation when it comes to practical, holistic mercy ministry. For over 40 years since Roe v. Wade, those committed to defending unborn life have done much more than preach and teach; they have welcomed the scared, the vulnerable, and the wounded and loved them. This has looked like the establishment of crisis pregnancy centers all around cities. It has looked like adoption advocacy and building a culture of adoption in local churches. It’s true that our pro-life witness has a long way to go, but we do not, thankfully, conform to the caricature that says we believe life “begins at conception and ends at birth.”

FOTF-EFL 

Questions like these are why I am excited to be a part of the Evangelicals For Life Conference in January. This conference exists to help evangelicals articulate a truly Christian doctrine on the dignity of all human life. Being pro-life, after all, means much more than being against abortion on demand; it means believing in the dignity of the elderly and infirm, and advocating for compassion and inclusion of the poor, the orphan, and the widow. No doctrine of human dignity that fails to speak to these cases is fully “pro-life.”

Sometimes Christians are encouraged to leave issues like this behind. Sometimes the fight for human dignity is portrayed as “culture war” baggage. For those of us that watched an executive from Planned Parenthood talk about the most valuable anatomy of dead children, we know this to be false. The stakes for human life and human dignity could not be higher, and the plight of those ignored by the world does not go unnoticed by our heavenly Father.

We have a Gospel word to speak to the abortionist and the unborn, to the orphan and those not considering adoption. Will you join me in Washington, on January 21-22, as we seek to speak this word?

This article was adapted from the original article posted on Russell Moore's website.

Free E-Books!

Thunder A Hearth in Candlewood When Love Calls

1st 2 free until 2/29!  I read and enjoyed Thunder!  When Love Calls free until 3/31!  I really liked this one, as well.

All plus many more at this site: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/ebookdeals

 Becoming FearlessBe Basic (Genesis 1-11)  Both free from multiple vendors!  http://www.dccebooks.com/free