Saturday, April 19, 2014

REVIEW: A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes




A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes





{About the Book}


On the cliffs of nineteenth-century Cornwall, a spirited, impetuous young woman is torn between the honor of her family and the longing of her heart. England, 1811 A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man. When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiancé, is caught in a storm, she quickly accepts the help of a dark stranger. Anything to get back to Cornwall. Rowan Curnow is not exactly a stranger. Not quite a gentleman either, class disparity once kept him from courting Elizabeth . . . even if it didn’t keep him from kissing her. The couple elude their pursuers and reach Bastian Point, Elizabeth’s future inheritance and the one place she calls home. But in the very act of spiriting her to safety, Rowan has jeopardized Elizabeth’s inheritance---if her Grandfather ever learns she spent the night, however innocently, in the company of a man. When smugglers unite the pair in a reckless, flirtatious alliance---an alliance that challenges the social norms that Elizabeth has been raised to revere and rattles Rowan’s fledgling faith in God---Elizabeth must choose between the obedience of a child and the desires of a woman: whether to cling to the safety of her family home or follow the man she loves. 'Eakes delivers beautifully written romantic suspense set in Cornwall during the Regency Era.' ---Publishers Weekly 'Beautiful nineteenth century Cornwall offers a contemplative setting for this dramatic romance that involves murder, suspense, and a surprise villain.' ---Romantic Times, 4 STARS







{My Review}

5 stars!

A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes takes place in nineteenth century Cornwall England, specifically in 1811. Elizabeth Trelawny is betrothed to someone dangerous and her reputation has been tarnished. So to escape it all, Elizabeth decides to flee London. She is pursued by her forced fiance, however, he is caught in a storm. Elizabeth meets and accepts help from a total, but handsome stranger. Through A Lady's Honor, Elizabeth Trelawny must decide to obey like a child or be with the man she loves.

A Lady's Honor is a beautifully, and poetically written historical romantic suspense. Laurie Alice Eakes has written something to cherish. A Lady's Honor is something I will keep on my bookshelf for years to come. If you are a fan of history, romance, and suspense this is the book you should pick up and enjoy. Believe me!

Monday, April 14, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Alone Yet Not Alone




Alone Yet Not Alone







{About the Book}


Autumn of 1755 bestowed to the Leiningers' world, not only its rich beauties, but also a rewarding harvest. On this particular day the whole valley seemed to rejoice in the fullness of the season---but suddenly Barbara and Regina's peaceful frontier life is changed forever. General Braddock and his army had been defeated and soon the Pennsylvania settlers would suffer the bloody effects of the French and Indian War. On October 16, 1755, a band of Indians, led by Allegheny warriors, stormed through Buffalo Valley, burned the Leiningers' log cabin, and captured the sisters. Few survived the Penn's Creek Massacre and even fewer lived to tell the story. Regina makes a promise to her older sister just before they are unwillingly separated---each to endure different fates. Barbara is taken deep into the wilderness, but holds on to the hope that she will find her little sister. Though she is adopted into the Indian tribe, there is a longing deep inside that cannot be denied. She must escape---but the penalty if caught is certain death. No one expresses Barbara's apprehensions better than her own words, written in 1759: 'If one could not believe that there is a God, who helps and saves from death, one had better let running away alone...The extreme probability that the Indians would pursue and recapture us, was two to one compared with the dim hope that, perhaps, we would get through...even if we did escape the Indians, how would we ever succeed in passing through the wilderness, unacquainted with a single path or trail..





{My Review}

Rating: 5 Stars!

Alone Yet Not Alone was a roller coaster ride of adventure and emotion. It tells the tale of the Leininger sisters and their capture and escape from the Allegheny Indian tribe. The Alleghany tribe storms through and a massacre ensues. People are killed and people are captured. Those who survive and are captured are taken back to Alleghany tribe settlement. Sisters, Regina and Barbara Leininger, unfortunately are seperated.

Alone Yet Not Alone is the perfect book for any history buff. It would also be perfect if you enjoy novelizations of true stories. Regina and Barbara Leininger's story would most definitely satisfy that craving.



GIVEAWAY

I am giving away 1 paperback copy of Alone Yet Not Alone on behalf of FlyBy Promotions.

All you have to do is comment with your favorite historical period and your email so I can get a hold of you! 

The winner will be drawn and emailed Thursday, April 17.


REVIEW: Kaleidoscope Me by Hillary K. Grigonis




Kaleidoscope Me by Hillary K. Grigonis




{About the Book}


Sometimes, my mind is a kaleidoscope. Somewhere, buried beneath a hundred different swirling colors, is the original image, but as the dial turns, the original meshes with colors and becomes something completely different. Like the letter in my hand. It reminds me of how my hand shook as I tried to read my own handwriting in front of a hundred people at Mom's funeral, which swirls into the time Mom told me to date my thoughts like a book (so I could choose only the 'book' I needed whenever it was hard to focus), which becomes the conversation I overheard when Dad decided Aunt Nadine would help look after me and my brother. And then the dial turns to the first time Aunt Nadine lost it.

Jadyn's world twirls out of control after her mother dies in a car accident and her forgetful Great-Aunt Nadine moves in. Her dad is never home and her best friend doesn't even know half of it. Jadyn is trying to keep it all together for her little brother, Trenton. But when Aunt Nadine disappears with Trenton in the middle of a snowstorm, Jadyn's unusual way of thinking may be the only way to find them.





{My Review}

Rating: 3.5

Kaleidescope Me was a very interesting read. A lot of the story was told through flashbacks, which kind of confused me at first. Then after a bit of reading it became easier to understand. In fact, in some parts I thing the flashbacks were unecessary. Jadyn was kind of hard to sympathize with. At times Jadyn seemed to be somewhat whiney and annoying. Kaleidescope Me also needed more developement. The plot seemed underdeveloped to me, along with the characters. 

The pacing is quite slow, which for me I don't like. I much prefer fast-paced, heart-pounding reads. Also some of the characters are hard to connect with. I loved the blossoming relationship of Jadyn and her Aunt Nadine. Just to let you know, Kaleidescope Me, is not by any means a light read. After all it is about a girl dealing with the death of her mother.

While there are some things I didn't particularly like, Kaleidescope Me, is an enjoyable read. However, not a book I would read again. Kaleidescope Me, is most definitely a one time read. At least for me anyway.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

REVIEW: Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer





 Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer






{About the Book}

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn't old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.




{My Review}

5 Stars!!

Dinah Hubley, the seventeen year old daughter of a prostitute in Chicago, was raised in conditions no child should have to be involved in. Dinah escapes to fulfill her dreams of becoming a Harvey Girl. But when Dinah discovers she is too young to become a Harvey Girl, she accepts a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel. Dinah feels worthless, more so than she ever has before. However, she finds out in God's eyes she is a beautiful child of God.

Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it again. A novel full of redemption and letting go of your past to fulfill the future God has for you! This is not by any means a light read, or something to read in an afternoon and then put it down and never think about it again. This book and it's message will stay with you. Highly recommended!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Resistance by Jaye L. Knight



Resistance by Jaye L. Knight


It's time for another cover reveal!! This cover is for Book #1 in the Illyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight, who has been previously published as Molly Evangeline. The Illyon Chronicles is a series of Christian New Adult Fantasy novels. I personally have not read any books by Jaye/Molly, but the have been on my to-read list for a long time. Jaye/Molly's books have been compared to J.R.R Tolkien's works. And I am a huge Tolkien fan so I can not wait to dive in to some of the author's previous works, along with Resistance.





{About the Book}


“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair and her twin brother live every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Kindle release date: May 20, 2014




{About the Author}




JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as
Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.





DRUMROLL PLEASE..........











*FANGIRL* I LOVE this cover!!! I don't know about you, but this looks like this could be the cover for a J.R.R Tolkien novel! I can not wait to review this for the blog tour and then get my hands on a paperback copy for my personal bookshelf!



Blog Tour Announcement


Excited for this book’s release? Join us for the blog tour May 20-27, which will include reviews, interviews, a giveaway, and more! Mark your calendars, and check the blog tour page in May for more information. Hope to see you there!



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Excerpt from Resistance (©2014 Jaye L. Knight)
Just when he lowered his guard enough to relax, a grating voice sent tension knotting across his shoulders.
“Look what the excitement dragged into town.”
Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
“Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
“A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
“Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
Jace froze. His heart thundered.
“Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
An evil pang of doubt knifed through Jace’s heart, colder and more painful than the steel of any dagger, and robbed the breath from his lungs. His eyes settled on Rebekah’s face, but it was her pitying expression that caused the weak grip on his emotions to fail. Heat flared in his muscles. He spun around and smashed his fist into the side of Morden’s jaw, sending the man reeling. Regret followed, but it was too late. Morden’s friends caught him by the arms and steadied him as he shook his head to clear his vision.
Jace dragged deep breaths into his tightened lungs and waited for Morden’s next move. Just walk away. The silent plea went out in desperation. If only it would just end here. But satisfaction lit Morden’s eyes, and his lip curled in a malicious sneer.



Saturday, April 5, 2014

REVIEW: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus



Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus



{About the Book}

An Unexpected Journey from Islam to Christianity In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike. Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man's heart---and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus. 'I have seldom seen such genuine intellect combined with passion to match ... truly a 'must-read' book.' --Ravi Zacharias


{My Review}

5 stars!!!!

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus was an incredible read. It is a memoir about how the author was trying to discover his Muslim Faith, but instead he discovered Jesus, the Christian God. The one true God. I haven't heard or read very many stories from those who left Islam and became Christian's. So I thought I'd give this memoir a shot, and it was INCREDIBLE!!! I highly recommend Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus! :)