Monday, February 29, 2016

on Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Amanda Cabot and her publisher for sending me a copy of "On Lone Star Trail" 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.

It took a bit of time for me to really engage the characters and the story in Amanda Cabot’s latest novel “On Lone Star Trail”.  I really enjoyed the previous books in the Firefly Lake series and this novel began in such a way that I thought it would be a really quick read, but the story dragged a bit after the initial “excitement”.

 

Gillian was a gifted pianist before an accident with a motorcycle crushed her hand and destroyed her career.  TJ has sold everything but his bike and is traveling the country, completing his deceased wife’s bucket list.  When the two meet, they are forced to confront their pasts, their futures and how to use the gifts they’ve been given by God for His glory.

 

Despite the sputtering beginning, “On Lone Star Trail” is a truly enjoyable book.  I laughed, I cried, I was entertained.  And I was touched because of the reminder that Christ uses broken people and we are all broken in one way or another.

 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Kissed By A Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Kissed by a Cowboy 
by Debra Clopton    
Contemporary Romance
Thomas Nelson
Book 3 in the A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series 


This February curl up with Debra Clopton's newest Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series, Kissed by a Cowboy.

Having lived through her parents' divorces, Cassidy Starr knows when the stakes are not in her favor. Divorced herself and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground Cassidy is done with love. Finished. So over it.

Instead, she's returned to Wishing Springs Texas and the rundown farm she's inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She'll reopen the organic strawberry farm and a Bed & Breakfast --- follow in her aunt's footsteps and remain forever-independent, happy . . . and single.
Rancher Jarrod Monahan's hands are full running the ranch, helping to look after his ailing grandfather and track rustlers on the loose. He's pushed all longings for a family of his own right off of his list of priorities. Besides he was in love once and ran scared and lost his shot. But suddenly the regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart determined to become a spinster . . . and that's not happening on his watch.
Suddenly sparks are flying as Jarod has one thing taking priority and that's breaking down the walls around Cassidy's stubborn heart. He's going to prove that being kissed by this cowboy comes with a lifetime commitment and the matrimonial bliss she's given up on.
And the good folks of Wishing Springs have decided that falling in love has never been so fun to watch.
 
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 Meet the Author
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.


Here's my review of this wonderful book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Debra Clopton and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Kissed By A Cowboy" 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.

“Kissed By A Cowboy” by Debra Clopton is the amazing third offering in her Four of Hearts Ranch series.  Opening the cover of this engaging page-turner is like visiting old friends for those who have read the first two books in the series.  But this novel also reads well on its own, so I recommend it even if you haven’t experienced the previous stories.

Jarrod Monahan took it hard when he discovered his father’s betrayal of his family.  He and his brothers worked very hard to rescue the Four of Hearts Ranch.  Now that the ranch is finally about to become profitable, cattle rustlers put them in jeopardy again.  So when he sees some activity at his abandoned neighbor’s property, he is surprised to see the girl he kissed then ran away from so many years ago.

Cassidy Starr has returned to Wishing Springs, Texas and the property her Aunt Roxie left her now that she’s come to her senses, filed for divorce and sworn off romance for good.  With plans to make a life for herself by running her property as a bed and breakfast and a strawberry farm, she finds herself fighting those old feelings when she sees Jarrod and he continues to offer to help her.

Debra Clopton has written another beautiful story in a series that I’ve got on my keeper shelf.  These books will bring giggles and tears and a sigh or two and are easily enjoyed over and over again.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Always Watching by Lynette Eason



Always Watching

by Lynette Eason

"This is one of the best romantic suspense novels I've read in a long time. Highly recommended!"--Colleen Coble, author of The Inn at Ocean's Edge and the Hope Beach series

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.


When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. 

Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him--including Olivia. But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.

"Lynette has written another fast-paced book. It's a race against death."--DiAnn Mills, author of Deadlock

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice, the Deadly Reunions, and the Hidden Identity series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

Here's my review of this amazing romantic suspense read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lynette Eason and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Always Watching" 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.

"Always Watching” by Lynette Eason is the first book in the Elite Guardians series.  This wonderful novel takes off like a rocket ship, creating a suspenseful ride that captures the reader and takes them through twists and turns at high speed like an elaborate roller coaster.
Clinical psychologist and radio personality, Wade Savage, has an admirer whose behavior has become stalker-like.  Out of fear from past experiences, Wade’s father hires the Elite Guardians bodyguard agency to protect his son.  When Wade uses his radio show as a platform to officially reject his stalker, his bodyguard is nearly killed and he is also attacked.  Olivia Edwards, co-owner of the agency, takes on the assignment to protect Wade and his daughter.  Then the real games begin.

As always, Lynette Eason pens an exciting, action-packed, romantically thrilling suspense novel.  Her writing is fresh and fast-paced and grabs the reader right away and doesn’t let go until well after the last page is turned.  My only disappointment is that I learned this would only be a two-book series.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

If I Run
by Terri Blackstock   
Mystery/Suspense
Zondervan


Get ready for the newest thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Terri BlackstockIf I Run!
Casey knows the truth.

But it won't set her free.

Casey Cox's DNA is all over the crime scene. There's no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she's arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn't matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That's the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren't adding up. Casey Cox doesn't fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan's skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn't guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan's damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Read the first chapter on Goodreads!   
 
 

 Meet the Author
Terri Blackstock has sold more than six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as the Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters series.

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Here's my review of this wonderful read from Terri Blackstock:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Terri Blackstock and her publisher for sending me a copy of "If I Run" 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.
“If I Run” by Terri Blackstock is a fast-paced suspense read that really drew me in.  First, the book got me thinking: “what would I do if this happened to me?”  Second, the narrative was so meticulous and detailed and engaging, it actually put me in the place of the characters for every blood-pumping page!
Casey Cox decided to run.  Blood all over her, her DNA all over the crime scene influenced the decision.  Her innocence is almost invalid point.  Running is the only option and she’s ready.  She almost expected this to happen.  Now she’s got a soldier on her heels.  Dylan Roberts hopes that capturing Casey will redeem him.  But the more he thinks about the case, the more the details don’t add up.  And if he’s right about the math, there’s another killer out there that needs to be stopped.
“If I Run” is a wonderful book!  Great for some armchair cardio over the weekend.  Don’t try to begin the story during the week, because you’ll be too tempted to stay up too late into the night and you may wind up missing work.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

Keeper of the Stars
by Robin Lee Hatcher    
Contemporary Romance
A King's Meadow Romance Book 3
Thomas Nelson 


Litfuse, Thomas Nelson, and Robin Lee Hatcher are excited to bring you the latest King's Meadow Romance, Keeper of the Stars.

She blames him for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?
Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer's band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.
Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise---and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.
Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

This is the third King's Meadow Romance from Robin Lee Hatcher. You can find out more about the series here.  
 
 

 Meet the Author
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of more than sixty novels.

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Here's my review of this beautiful love story:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Robin Lee Hatcher and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Keeper of the Stars" 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.
 
“Keeper of the Stars” by Robin Lee Hatcher is a beautiful, bittersweet love story.   Brad wanted to worship God by making music, so when the opportunity came to audition and become part of Trevor’s band, he jumped at the chance to live his dream despite his sister’s reservations.  Now Brad is gone and Penny is angry, but Trevor made a promise to Brad as the young man died in his arms and he plans to keep that promise even if Penny never forgives him for her brother’s death.
 
“Keeper of the Stars” is a beautiful book about forgiveness and finding the path home to Christ.  It’s about love and family and friends and celebration and honesty.  And there’s a sweet romance that develops within its pages.  This is one of those books that makes me want to be a better person and use my giftings for what God intends.  It also showed me how to really love my neighbor as myself.  This is a great book to curl up with on the couch in front of a cozy fire with a cup of cocoa.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Homiletics: Revelation 13


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
1-10
The First Beast Comes Out of the Sea
Principle:
 
2
11-18
The Second Beast Comes Out of the Earth
Principle:
 

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

First and second beasts exercise the dragon’s power and authority.

 

Aim:

TCMATK the time to receive and share Christ with others is NOW because we don’t want to be in the position to take the mark of the beast when that time comes and we don’t want our loved ones in that position, either.

 

Application:

1
According to Revelation 13:9, “He who has an ear, let him hear.”  What instruction have you received lately from the Word of God this week and how are you obeying that instruction?
2
How are you protecting yourself and others from being deceived in today’s world?

 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Homiletics: Revelation 12


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
12:1
Grt & wondrous sign app’d in hvn: wm clothed w/sun, moon under ft, 12 stars on head
2
12:2
She pregnant, cried out abt to give birth
3
12:3
Another sign app’d in hvn: enormous red dragon w/7 heads, 10 horns, 7 crowns
4
12:4
His tail swept 1/3 stars out sky; dragn stood in frt wm so might devour child when born
5
12:5
She birth son who rule all nations, child snatched up to G & throne
6
12:6
Wm fled to desert pl prep’d for her by G where she be cared for 1260 days
7
12:7
There war in hvn; Michael & angels fought dragn, dragn & angels fought back
8
12:8
He not strong enough, lost pl in hvn
9
12:9
Grt dragn hurld dn – ancient srpnt/devil/Satan lds world astray; hurld 2 ea & angels w/him
10
12:10
loud voce in hvn: now cm salvatn/pwr/kingdm of G & authority of C; accuser hurld dn
11
12:11
They overcam him by blud of lamb & testimony; they didn’t love lives to shrink frm death
12
12:12
Rej hvns & who dwell in thm; woe to ea/sea bec devil gn dn 2U; he filld fury bec time sht
13
12:13
When dragn saw he hurld dn, he pursued wm
14
12:14
Wm gvn 2 wings of grt eagle, fly to pl prep’d in desert out of serpent reach
15
12:15
Frm mouth serpent spew wtr to overtake wm
16
12:16
Earth help wm, swallowed rvr dragn spewed
17
12:17
Dragn enraged @ wm, make war v rest o her offsprg: who obey G cmd/hold to testmny o J

 


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
12:1-6
The Woman and the Dragon
Principle:
God protects His people even though we may be called to suffer for the kingdom of God.
2
12:7-12
The War in Heaven
Principle:
God is already victorious in every spiritual battle that is going to be waged.
3
12:13-17
The Dragon Pursues the Woman
Principle:
The enemy wages war against the people of God.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

The dragon wages war against the woman and her offspring.

 

Aim:

TCMATK the enemy of our souls is very real and fights a very real war against the people of God, but we may take comfort in the fact that, because we belong to Him, we are already completely victorious over that enemy.

 

Application:

1
How have you experienced God’s protection over you in the midst of your suffering?
2
In what way do the people of God triumph over the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony?
3
What action will you take to remain faithful to Jesus as the devil wages war against you?