Monday, June 30, 2014

Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble

Don’t miss Colleen Coble‘s latest release in the Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier. The book releases July 1st, and Colleen's publisher is offering the ebook at a special pre-order price of just $4.99 between now and 6/30 everywhere ebooks are sold.

PLUS . . . between 6/9 – 6/30 Colleen will be hosting a Kindle giveaway.
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One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Seagrass Pier and the rest of the Hope Beach series by Colleen Coble
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 30th. Winner will be announced on Colleen's blog on July 1st.

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning and be sure to stop by Colleen's blog on July 1st to see if you won!


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Colleen Coble and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Seagrass Pier" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

When “Seagrass Pier” by Colleen Coble reached the top of my “to be read” pile of books, I wasn’t really in the mood to start reading it.  But my blog tour date was looming, so I pressed forward.  This incredibly gifted author captured my attention in the first few phrases of this second suspenseful offering in the Hope Beach series.  Colleen Coble certainly knows how to begin telling a story!

Elin is having nightmares.  Normally that wouldn’t be an extraordinary occurrence, but she believes she’s reliving the murder of the woman from whom she received a donor heart!  Marc finds himself back in Elin’s life as he uses his vacation time away from the FBI to unofficially investigate the murder of a friend, during which he learns that Elin believes she is being stalked by her heart donor’s murderer.  Surprisingly, things become even more complicated when Marc learns that he and Elin have a daughter together, resulting from a regrettable one-night-stand several years ago.  Now the stakes are even higher to catch the killer and protect his daughter and her mother from harm.  Especially when his feelings for Elin begin to deepen.

Every time I pick up one of Colleen Coble’s books, it seems that she has become an even better writer.  Her narrative and dialogue flow more smoothly with each novel.  She builds meaty characters and has a gift for writing romantic suspense.  I am a diehard armchair sleuth, and it was both gratifying and frustrating to figure out the whodunit at the point in the novel that I did.  But “Seagrass Pier” is still an enjoyable way to get away for the weekend.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.

The authors are celebrating with a "Sweet on Love" iPad Mini Giveaway and rip-roarin' Facebook party.
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  One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings and a Kiss 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 8th. Winner will be announced at the Four Weddings and a Kiss Facebook Author Chat Party. Connect with Western Brides Collection authors Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton for an evening of fun book chat, western-themed trivia, and prizes. The authors will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in the collection!

So grab your copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss and join the authors on the evening of July 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!





First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Four Weddings and a Kiss" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Five preachers sitting around a campfire talking about love sets the stage for this terrific anthology: “Four Weddings and a Kiss”, with stories by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher.  This entertaining and thought-provoking set of stories is a worthwhile way to spend a long weekend.

*****“Spitfire Sweetheart” by Mary Connealy is a truly sweet story with a strong female lead.  Maizy is quite the tomboy, helping out on her father’s ranch since she was a child.  When she’s caught trespassing on their neighbor’s ranch, XXX is seriously injured trying to protect her.  To make amends, she puts aside her tomboyish ways and dons a dress to care for XXX while he recovers.  What she learns is that he’s been pushing her away for a very different reason than she originally suspected.

****In Robin Lee Hatcher’s “A Love Letter to the Editor”, Molly wants to be editor of her father’s newspaper.  When she learns that he’s hired Jack for the position, she is determined to run him off so she might claim the spot for herself.  She never counted on falling in love with her new boss.  This is a touching tale of changing priorities.

*****“A Cowboy for Katie” by Debra Clopton is the story of Katie, who finds herself alone in the world after a tornado claims her father.  The sole heir of her father’s ranch, she does what she can to repair the damage from the storm, but has earned the nickname “Crazy Katie” for running off less than savory suitors.  She hires Treb, a newcomer to town, to help her with the repairs.  After he earns enough to buy a horse, he plans to continue his tour of the country, but he may have just found a reason to settle down.  This sweet story is a wonderful addition to this collection.

*****Margaret Brownley’s “Courting Trouble” is the love story of a Philadelphia attorney and the woman he’s hired to defend.  But when the “Black Widow” trial is done, Grace may have found the man of her dreams but doesn’t feel she deserves him.  This is an enjoyable story with courtroom drama and a whodunit for the armchair sleuth.



The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 10 – Revelation 4-5


This week’s lesson took us to the throne room of God in Heaven.  We looked at the Harpazo (Rapture) and saw that the churches are before the throne in Heaven in chapter 4 of Revelation.  The fulfillment of the Jewish wedding is perfectly displayed in the relationship between Christ and His bride (the church).

It wasn’t in this lesson, but rather in Chuck Missler’s 2 hour teaching on the Rapture where he said something like the following in support of a pre-tribulation rapture:  Christ wouldn’t say let’s get married then I’ll beat you for a while and then we’ll go out to dinner!  WOW!  If I weren’t already a pre-tribulationist, I would be now.

We discussed the seven raptures in the Scriptures and the physics of immortality.  We also talked about the doctrine of imminency – Are you prepared for Christ’s return at any moment?  That’s what imminence is all about.

Dr. Missler provides a sizable list of Scriptures having to do with the Rapture and with the Second Coming.  Were you aware that these are two different events?

Probably my favorite part of the lesson this week was about the identity of the 24 elders.  Do you know who they are?  They’re a completed group.  They aren’t tribulation believers, angels or the nation of Israel.  They sit on thrones, wear white raiment, have crowns of gold, sing the song of the redeemed and are called “Elders” (“Kings and Priests”).  Any guesses who they might be?

This lesson touches on so much, including a quick look at the book of Ruth and the epitaph that Pilate wrote for Jesus.  This study is so challenging and enlightening.  I highly recommend it for your small group or an individual student.

Homework for next time:  Read Daniel 9.  Outline the “70 Weeks”.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, Rival Hearts, by Tara Randel. Who doesn't like a friendly competition, every now and then? You'll be sure to love this fun tale of unexpected competition between two people forced out of their comfort zone.

Celebrate June's release by entering to win a summer camping kit (grill, tent, and camp chairs) from Quilts of Love.
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One winner will receive:
  • A Coleman grill, tent, and camp chairs
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 13. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog.

Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Tara Randel and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Rival Hearts" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
 “Rival Hearts” by Tara Randel is such a fun read!  This highly entertaining story pits rival magazine editors against each other in a challenge to see who should receive the editor position offered on a brand new periodical being developed by their boss.  So, Molly the quilter will have to step out of her element to experience the great outdoors on a kayak adventure.  And Ben, the extreme sportsman, will be joining a quilting bee.  May the best man – or woman – win.

I don’t know which of these characters captivated and amused me more.  Both story lines were humorous and touching at the same time.  Tara Randel has proven herself to be a sensitive and witty writer who creates velvety-smooth prose.  This story is sensitive and sporty, encouraging and invigorating.  I loved it!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 9 – Laodicea


Dr. Missler has said repeatedly over the last seven weeks that you can profile any church today based on chapters two and three of the book of Revelation.  The more I study these churches of the past, the more I see their pattern in the churches I’ve attended throughout my life.

We are approaching the end of life as we know it.  Are you heeding the warnings to the seven churches?  Are you nurturing the qualities for which Jesus commended these people?  Are you using His Word as a mirror to examine your life and change you?  How will studying these seven letters change your life?

Christ’s seven epistles of Revelation parallel Paul’s epistles to the churches.  The letter to Ephesus parallels the book of Ephesians, the

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Laodicea corresponds to the parable of the dragnet in Matthew 13:47-52.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 4 & 5.  Read the book of Ruth.  Who are the 24 elders?  Why are they particularly significant to us?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

Don't miss the debut book, Out of the Ruins, in Karen Barnett's new series, The Golden Gate Chronicles. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century San Francisco, Out of the Ruins will remind readers that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God is still as close to us as our next breath.

Karen is celebrating with a fun giveaway and Facebook author chat party.
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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 19th. Winner will be announced at the Out of the Ruins Facebook author chat party on June 19th. Connect with Karen for an evening of fun book chat, games, and prizes. Karen will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series!
So grab your copy of Out of the Ruins and join Karen on the evening of June 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!

 
 
Here's my review of this entertaining and educational novel:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Karen Barnett and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Out of the Ruins" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Out of the Ruins” by Karen Barnett is the engaging love story of Abigail, a young woman who thinks herself inferior to her sister, Cecelia, in all things, and Dr. Robert King, the physician working with Abby’s Uncle to treat Cecelia’s leukemia in 1905 San Francisco.  These thickly crafted characters blossom in the bustling landscape as they encounter personal challenges and experience God.  “Out of the Ruins”  is thoroughly entertaining and potentially life-changing.
As a cancer survivor, I was fascinated by the course of treatment pursued at this point in history.  This backbone of the story’s plot led me to do some online research which revealed that the author had done her research as well, with regard to cancer treatment, but also the happenings in San Francisco in 1906.  Karen Barnett has created an educational and entertaining glimpse into America’s past!


The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 8 – Philadelphia


I am excited to study the letter to the church of Philadelphia because it is the only letter that promises the people will be kept out of the Great Tribulation.  I want to see positive parallels between this church and my own.  I want to see the commended qualities manifest in my life.

To be a loyal ambassador is my desire.  I don’t want to take the name of the Lord in vain and cast a shadow upon Him because of my poor ambassadorship.  I want to be missionary minded.  My “church” is very missionary minded.  Philadelphia’s prophetic profile in representative of the Missionary Church and the evidence shows that this church is here on the earth, today.  Does that give you chills?

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Philadelphia corresponds to the parable of the pearl of great price in Matthew 13:45-46.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Outline the letter to Laodicea.  What are the distinctives of this letter?  What remedies were necessary?  Read Matthew 13.  Why did Jesus speak in parables?  What secrets were revealed?  What personal lessons were gained?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

“Raptor 6” by Ronie Kendig

Don't miss the first book, Raptor 6, in Ronie Kendig's new Quiet Professionals series. Ronie combines a dangerous romance and explosive action for a thrilling and satisfying ride. "Lock and load for this Spec Op, fighting under God’s 'rules of engagement.'" —Bob Hamer, veteran FBI undercover agent and award-winning author

Ronie is celebrating with a Kindle HDX Giveaway!
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One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 15th. Winner will be announced June 16th on Ronie's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Ronie's blog on June 16th to see if you won.

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Ronie Kendig and his/her publisher for sending me a copy of "Raptor 6" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Raptor 6” by Ronie Kendig was tough to get into – but that’s a good thing.  This novel took off at a run from page one and it took me a few chapters to catch up.  Luckily, the chapters are short, so page-wise, I wasn’t lost for very long.  And once I did catch up with the story, I was hooked on this grown up military suspense read.  I was also captivated by the undercurrent of Christian romance in this gritty novel.

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher in Afghanistan who serves to assure these children receive an education.  A possible Taliban bombing of the school crosses Zahrah’s path with that of Dean Watters, leader of the Special Forces Team.

The interaction of the main characters and the faith displayed by them has led me to pray that I would trust in and rely on God more than I would my husband or others I’ve become dependent upon.

Friday, June 06, 2014

“The Heart’s Pursuit” by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher's latest novel, The Heart's Pursuit, is receiving critical praise: "The Old West lives again in this inspirational romantic adventure. . . . Themes of forgiveness, justice and mercy dominate the story and add to the characters' depth. Hatcher treats readers to a rich sensory experience—you can taste the desert dust and smell the smoke and stench of a crowded gambling hall." (Publishers Weekly)

Robin is celebrating the release of her novel by giving away a $200 "Romantic Weekend Getaway."
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  One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card (Get away for the weekend with that special someone!)
  • The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 8th. Winner will be announced June 9th on Robin's website.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Robin's blog on June 8th to see if you won.




First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Robin Lee Hatcher and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Heart's Pursuit" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Once upon a time there was a young woman named Silver who was left at the altar by a cad who also stole everything in her Daddy’s safe.  When her stepmother arranges to send Silver away, she hires a bounty hunter to find her runaway groom, or rather the money that will save her family’s home and business.  What Silver doesn’t realize is that the bounty hunter, Jared Newman, is on a quest of his own to find the man who murdered his family and bring him to justice.

“The Heart’s Pursuit” by Robin Lee Hatcher is an incredibly engaging story with gripping narrative and appealing characters plunged into the dusty backdrop of the wild west!  I had never read a Robin Lee Hatcher novel before this, but Ms. Hatcher has such a talent for crafting prose that she made me a fan within the first few pages.  There is a thread of faith and godliness that runs through the tale that imparts wisdom without being preachy.  The appropriately named story follows the two main protagonists and their motives.  It made me examine my own reasoning for decisions I am making.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read.  I have added Robin Lee Hatcher to my list of must read authors!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 7 – Sardis


Sardis is reputed to be one of the oldest cities in Asia.  It was also one of the greatest cities in the world at one time.  It was situated on a hill 1000 feet above the valley of Hermus, and appeared to be impregnable and this instilled a false sense of security in its occupants.  This led them to be less watchful.  It also led to an enemy army discovering a vulnerability and conquering the city…five times ( to the Persians in 549 BC, the Ionians in 501 BC, Alexander the Great in 334 BC, Antigonus in 322 BC and the Seleucids in 214 BC).

The title Christ chose to address this letter showcases the seven Spirits of God, aka the Holy Spirit.  Dr. Missler mentions that the Holy Spirit is a major cause of division in the church due to the discomfort many denominations have with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is awesome!  His power is amazing!  I know groups that have issues with aspects of the Holy Spirit like speaking in tongues.  I am sad for those groups.  But I can see the separation that Chuck Missler is talking about.

Sadly, this letter contains no commendation and the concern is that they are dead.  Sardis’ prophetic profile is the Denominational Church.  Chuck Missler gives a history lesson showcasing the Gutenberg printing press and Martin Luther.  He talks a bit about the way the church began as home fellowships.  My former “church” used to put a lot of effort into home small groups.  My current “church”, not so much.  The church is not a building, but all of the believers in Jesus Christ.

We are being called to watchfulness and diligence, just like the church of Sardis was.  There are areas where I’ve gotten comfortable and lazy.  How about you?  Those are danger zones!  We must be deliberate about our Christian walk if our name is not to be blotted out of the book of life.  How will you live deliberately for Christ?

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Sardis corresponds to the parable of the treasure in the field in Matthew 13:44.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Outline the letter to Philadelphia.  What are the distinctives of this letter?  What unique promise is given?