Monday, August 7, 2017

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

 Chasing Secrets, by Lynette Eason, is the fourth in the Elite Guardians series, and my favorite of the series thus far. This author has another winner. Haley Callaghan's story is one that goes back farther than her memory and as it begins to unfold so do her memories of a past she'd thought was real only in her dreams. This one was very  hard to put down. I whipped through it so fast I felt guilty. Full of twists and surprises, you don't want to miss it. 
This book provided for review by Revell

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Reading List

Books I've read in 2017
Favorites are in bold

January
1. Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
2. Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
3. Random Acts of Greed by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
4. Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble
5. Sugar by Kimberly Stuart
6. Random Acts of Scrooge by Christy Barritt (Kindle, Novella)
7. Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes
8. Ready to Fumble by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
9. Pounced by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
10. If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
11. The Memory of You by Catherine West

February
12. Life After by Katie Ganshert
13. Hunted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
14. Rattled by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
15. Tear Down and Die by Joanna Campbell Slan (Kindle)
16. Home at Last by Deborah Raney
17. A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
18. Moving Target by Lynette Eason

March

19. Finding Healing  by Adessa Holden (Kindle)
20. Reign of Error by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
21. Starboard Secrets by Hope Callaghan (Kindle)
22. Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Ted Dekker (Kindle)
23. Death of a Dapper Snowman by Cozy Cat Parker (Kindle)
24. Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan (Kindle)
25. Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr David Jeremiah
26. Home by Ginny L. Yttrup
27. Pursued by Lisa Harris

April

28. Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones (Kindle)
29. Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon
30. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
31. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
32. Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

May

33. Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray
34. Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
35. Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
36. Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll
37. Illusion by Frank Peretti (Kindle)
38. Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden
39. Beyond Justice by Cara Putman 
40. Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks
41. Random Acts of Fraud by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
42. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

June

43. Distorted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
44. Glimpses of Paradise by James Scott Bell
45. The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
46. Scrappy by Brandi Temple
47. Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
48. Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Kindle)
49. Class Pictures by Marilyn Sachs (reread from the 80s)
50. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (reread from the 80s)
51. A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)
52. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (reread from the 80s)
53. The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)
54. Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

July

55. When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)
56. Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard
57. Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon (Kindle)
58. P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin (reread from the 80s)
59. Falling in Love Again by Barbara Conklin (reread from the 80s)
60. Looking Into You by Chris Fabry (kindle)
61. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
62. Balancing Act by Kimberly Stuart (Kindle, reread)

August

63. Short Stories: A Mix Tape by Jenny B Jones (Kindle)
64. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

65. Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason
66. Perennials by Julie Cantrell
67. Petite Suzanne by Marguerite de Angeli
68. The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert
69. Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter




















Thursday, July 6, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

 The Serena Jones Mystery series by Sandra Orchard has been a fun ride. I enjoyed the first two books in the series and was really looking forward to Over Maya Dead Body, the third. Unfortunately this one fell a little flat for me. I just couldn't get into the story and after days of reading finally put the book down because I never connected with it. I will, however, keep reading this author because I've enjoyed her other books. Her Port Aster series kept me on the edge of my seat. 
In this book Serena leaves St Louis and heads to the beach where she finds herself smack dab in the middle of two murder investigations. Our favorite FBI agent is also smack dab in the middle of two attractive young men vying for her attention. It's light reading, no gory scenes, no sex scenes. Clean read. 
Learn more about Sandra here.

This book provided for review by Revell

Friday, June 30, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer is back with another historical novel from Bethany House. Heart on the Line is the second in the Ladies of Harper Station series and I loved it as much as the first. I've not read a story of a telegraph operator before so I loved that angle. It had mystery, suspense, and love. 

This author continues to delight me with her works. This book is a clean read and captures the imagination from the first page. I enjoyed the story of Grace and Amos and also enjoyed seeing Emma and Malachi again. Don't miss this one!



More from Karen Witemeyer:
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Monday, June 26, 2017

Solveig Leithhaug CD- Time

I hadn't heard of Solveig Leithaug until I was approached about joining a blog tour for her latest CD, Time. Once I received the album (yes, I still call them albums) I was immediately drawn to the music and her voice. I haven't  heard a voice this lovely and calming since Michelle Tumes. This is simply beautiful music. 
An added bonus for me is that Cindy Morgan has a guest appearance on this CD and is a co-writer. I've been a Cindy fan since her first album in the early 90s. Solveig also covers one of Cindy's songs, Do You Know Jesus?, on this CD.

I'm pretty sure Simple Things is my favorite cut from this work. You can listen to it here:




If you're looking for new music with an uplifting message then I suggest Time. It is calming and soothing in a world that is anything but.

Time highlights guest vocals by Anthony Skinner, Cindy Morgan, Kelly Willard and Solveig's daughter Kari Julianna. Eight of the project's eleven songs are new and were written by Solveig with award-winning songwriters such as: Reba Rambo-McGuire, Cindy Morgan, Sarah Hart, Anthony Skinner, and Kelly Willard.

Time was produced by Steve Hindalong and features some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Jeff Taylor, Stu Garrard, Matt Slocum, and others along with Solveig's signature acoustic guitars.



An interview with Solveig:



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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Distorted by Christy Barritt

Christy Barritt is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I've read most of  her books and she releases more than any other author I read works from. I love that she's always got new stories for me. 
Distorted is her newest release. This follows the story of Mallory Baldwin, a young woman rescued from being kept in captivity by her kidnapper and the murderer of her parents. Mallory finds herself in the middle of mystery and suspense as she realizes she is being hunted once again. 
As with her other novels, Distorted had me captivated from beginning to end. I loved how Mallory's character used her past to help others and was dedicated to fight human trafficking. 

As with her other novels, Distorted has a strong Christian theme and will point the reader to the Author of Life. 

About the book:

Mallory Baldwin is a survivor. A former victim of human trafficking, she’s been given a second chance, yet not a night goes by that she doesn’t remember being a slave to weapons dealer Dante Torres. Despite being afraid of the dark and wary of strangers, Mallory is trying to rebuild her life by turning her tragedy into redemption.To former Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker, Mallory seems nothing like the shattered woman he rescued two years ago, and he can’t help but be inspired by her strength and resilience. So when a stalker suddenly makes Mallory vulnerable once again, Tennyson steps up as her bodyguard to keep her safe.
Mallory and Tennyson’s mutual attraction can’t be ignored, but neither can Mallory’s suspicion that Tennyson is keeping a terrible secret about her past. As the nightmare closes in, it’s not only Mallory and Tennyson’s love that comes under fire but their very lives as well. Will their faith sustain them? Or will the darkness win once and for all?




For more about Distorted please click here to visit Christy's website.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs

 Look at this darling book! The Lemonade Stand Cookbook by Kathy Strahs has every detail you need for a successful lemonade stand for your kids. It's so much more than a cookbook. Lemonade stands can be for charity, personal use, or just as a way to relieve the summer boredom. What a great way to show kids how to make money and be responsible while getting the parents involved alongside them. This even has pricing suggestions for the drinks and snacks. 
Inside you'll find recipes for not only regular lemonade but a bunch of other fun drinks as well. You'll even learn how to make fancy straws for your drinks. If it's cold and your kids want to set up they'll find a yummy hot cocoa recipe. This book really does have it all. 
Brownies, mini muffins, banana bread, and even instructions on how to zest a lime for a special drink. This is good for kids of any skill level (though some may need adult supervision). This is available from Burnt Cheese Press.

Kathy Strahs is the award-winning author of The 8x8 Cookbook and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, the voice behind the blogs PaniniHappy.com and CookingOnTheSide.com , and the founder of Burnt Cheese Press. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com , Today.com , and in numerous national publications. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Silicon Valley. 



This book provided for review by PR By the Book