SIGNED BOOK SALE!

Thursday, April 15, 2021


 


Hey everyone!  It's been awhile since I've chatted up my own books, and have some leftover inventory that I'd really like to get into the hands of readers rather than the shelf drawer, so...what better way to do that than a SALE?  All of these books will be signed, too, so it's a pretty cool opportunity if you ask me.  Please fill out THIS form if you'd like to order anything, and feel free to comment below if you have any questions!

Here's what I have available.  Price includes media-rate shipping via USPS!  Sadly, I can only ship within the U.S. right now.  I can accept payment via PayPal.    

3 copies of The Lady of Lanaria for $8.00 each

1 copy of Welcome Home for $7.00 
2 copies of Guide Me Home for $9.00 each


2 copies of Everything I Never Said for $6.00 each
4 copies of Everything And Nothing for $6.00 each


2 copies of Something New for $9.00 each
2 copies of Keeping Cassie for $9.00 each

PLUS, you might just get a bookish treat or two in your package...just saying.  This sale will end Monday, April 19th, so make sure to get your orders in soon!  



GOLGOTHA RELEASE DAY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ANGELA R WATTS!

Saturday, April 10, 2021




Hey everyone!  Today I'm super excited...and do you know why?  
It's release day for Golgotha by Angela R. Watts!    
I've been waiting SO LONG to hold a copy of this in my hands, and TODAY'S THE DAY!   

I had the privilege of interviewing Watts about her book, which you can check out below!  AND you'll want to stick around to enter the giveaway...



 BLURB

Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.


Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.


Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.


Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.


Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.


Amazon | Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Angela is the bestselling author of The Infidel Books. She lives at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she's not writing, she's probably drawing or working with her amazing clients.


Website: angelarwatts.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaRWattsauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelarwattsauthor/

Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/v7y6r0

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeculiarAngela




INTERVIEW WITH ANGELA 

1) What is your favorite theme in Golgotha and why?
The theme of good vs. evil. We see it a lot in fiction... and real life. But sometimes, it is glossed over or even made into some cheesy theme. It isn't. Good is real. Evil is real. And it is up to us to fight the good fight. So Golgotha follows this theme and asks a ton of questions about it.

2) Which character was your favorite to write? 
Gunnar. Violent. Sarcastic. Annoying. He's my favorite!

3) Which theme (or character, you pick lol) presented the most challenges in writing? 
Moray's arc was difficult but the theme of good vs. evil was also difficult. As I mentioned, it is vital, and I didn't want to ruin it, ha! I didn't want to make it preachy or boring. I think I succeeded, ha, but that was after a lot of prayer, studying in God's Word, studying research books, and my epic family and publisher helping me get the finer details down.

4) What's your favorite thing about writing gritty clean fantasies like Golgotha
I have the ability to be creative and honor God while reaching readers. I pray over every book I publish that God allows it to touch each person that picks it up. Golgotha is full of tough topics and deep questions, with underlying themes that a reader has to focus on to notice. It was fun to write this sort of story! I love books with deeper meanings or with themes that can apply to your life, even if you don't live in a fantasy world, haha.

5) If you could pick only one song to showcase Golgotha's vibe, what would it be? 
I have two playlists with over 230 songs total for this trilogy. I can't do this question, haha!

But instrumentals are safe, so here's a song I see as a soundtrack score! "Hrafnaguð" by Adrian Von Ziegler is great.


Thanks so very much for taking the time to do this interview, Angela!  It was an honor! 
 
Anyone else SUPER PUMPED to read this book now?!  (And if you aren't yet, click the song title above and give it a listen.  You'll be heading to Amazon ASAP after that!) 

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Golgotha, along with character art prints, a bookmark, and a Golgotha map.  Enter below!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/67236cd713/?

REVIEW: SHIELDING THE AMISH WITNESS by Mary Alford!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hey everyone!  Happy Holy Week!

Today I have a review for an interesting new book from Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line, Shielding the Amish Witness by Mary Alford.  Today just happens to be the release day, too, so I'm excited to share with you!  Here's some info on the book and author: 


 BLURB





Seeking refuge in Amish country puts everyone she loves in danger.

On the run after discovering her brother-in-law was behind her husband’s murder, Faith Cooper can think of only one safe place—her Amish grandmother’s home. But when danger follows Faith to the quiet Amish community, her childhood friend Eli Shetler is her only protection. And their survival depends on outlasting a relentless killer…one who has nothing left to lose.

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Mary Alford

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

AMAZON | GOODREADS 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the unexpected. Combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that result in novels the reader doesn't want to put down.

Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher's Weekly bestselling list, and have finaled in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence in mystery, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.
As a writer, Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook, can't face the day without coffee, and her three granddaughters are the apple of her eye. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog.

You can learn all about Mary's upcoming releases on BookBub:
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-alford
Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryalfordauthor.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maryalford13.
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/mary-alford,
Or any of the social media platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.

MY REVIEW

I was provided with the opportunity to honestly review this book, but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own!  

Shielding the Amish Witness is one of those books that starts off with a bang and keeps going from there.  I was very pleasantly surprised by it!  While there were a few aspects that felt a little unrealistic, the story overall was very enjoyable.  I read the second half of it in just one sitting.  The plot pacing was pretty good, although with a little bit of repetition/information that was repeated often.  The characters are enjoyable to read and believable, and the moral struggle (protecting oneself versus following Amish peacekeeping values) was interesting and well-presented.  Reading this definitely made me want to check out Alford's other works!  I'm giving it a 4.5/5 rating.


Have you read any of Mary Alford's books?  Do you enjoy Amish fiction?  

REVIEW: ALL THE THINGS I SHOULD'VE TOLD YOU by Shayla Raquel!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I have a review of All the Things I Should've Told You: Poems on Love, Grief & Resilience by Shayla Raquel.  Usually, I post reviews for books that I've requested or that the publisher has requested from me, but today's is a review purely because I wanted to...and have a lot of feelings.  And if I could give this little book a zillion stars, I would.  






BLURB/EXCERPT 

My soul bleeds.
Once punctured,
It trickles down the page
Until it spills, spills, spills.
There is no damming the stream
Of my soul.
The cut is too deep.
It is a surge now.
And I must bleed it all out to heal.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An expert editor, best-selling author, and book marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with writers every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has been in the publishing industry for ten years and specializes in self-publishing.

Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books.

She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, "The Rotting" (in Shivers in the Night), The Suicide Tree, and The 10 Commandments of Author Branding. In her not-so-free time, she acts as organizer for the Yukon Writers' Society, volunteers at the Oklahoma County Jail, and obsesses over squirrels. She lives in Oklahoma with her dogs, Chanel, Wednesday, and Baker.

Keep in touch:
Website URL: shaylaraquel.com
Instagram: Instagram.com/shaylaleeraquel
Twitter: Twitter.com/shaylaleeraquel
Medium: Shaylaleeraquel.medium.com
LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/shayla-raquel-9813a582/
TikTok: Tiktok.com/@shaylaleeraquel

MY REVIEW

If you're a fan of poetry, you'll enjoy this book.  It has a great balance of lighter poems about love and hard-hitting poems about loss.  Raquel's poetry is enjoyable to read, with a variety of forms and styles that work perfectly for each poem.  Some of these poems absolutely gutted me.  Reading this was like having all the messed-up parts of my own heart dismantled and stitched back together -- it's so weird.  The emotions presented in this collection are all completely laid out on the table; you get the sense that the author or narrator is sitting down at the table for a difficult heart-to-heart about brokenness and healing.  She presents her themes (love, grief, resilience) remarkably well; sometimes in metaphors, other times with a starkness that's stunning.  I loved it and read it entirely too quickly (in one sitting and in what felt like just a few minutes, but I also lost track of time while reading it so...).  This is definitely one book that I will cherish.  

COVER REVEAL: GOLGOTHA by Angela R. Watts!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

 Hey everyone!  Today I'm SUPER excited to share the cover reveal for Angela R. Watts' upcoming novel, Golgotha!  Set to be published by Blade of Truth Publishing on April 10th, it's a Christian YA fantasy, and it's absolutely fantastic.  I'm so excited for the release--and absolutely thrilled to be sharing the cover with you guys!  But first, check out some info about the book!  


BLURB


Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.

Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.

Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.

Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.

Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.

Arriving April 10, 2021. 

If you want to stay updated on the release, make sure to follow Angela R. Watts on Instagram HERE, and Blade of Truth Publishing HERE!


And now for the cover reveal....

Hold on to your hats, folks.  It's breathtaking.  


Doesn't that look awesome?  Are you looking forward to reading Golgotha?  




JUSTREADS TOUR: IS IT JUST ME by Grace Valentine!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I have a post sharing about a wonderful Christian nonfiction novel by Grace Valentine, called Is It Just Me?    


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Many women joke about having trust issues—laughing at their struggle because it feels common but secretly feeling there is no hope. Grace Valentine was one of them. In her twenties, she realized her trust issues were not humorous because, in reality, hers were trust issues with Jesus, her community, her family, and herself. And they were destroying her faith. Grace told herself she was simply being realistic, but the truth was, she was entangled with doubt and lies.

In Grace’s second book, Is It Just Me?, she offers readers a new perspective by helping them find answers to five deeply felt questions:

Am I the only one who is tired, overwhelmed, doubting, and fearful?
Am I the only one who feels hurt and lonely?
Am I the only one who still is struggling to find my purpose?
Am I the only one struggling to trust that God is there?
Am I the only one confused about how to be an adult?

Grace’s personal story and perceptive insights show other young women that they are not alone and they can trust God in the middle of their hurts, doubts, and fears.

AMAZON | GOODREADS

JUSTREADS GIVEAWAY
Make sure to check out the JustReads Tour Instagram page for more information on the giveaway for this tour -- you have the chance to win a print copy of Is It Just Me? and Am I Enough? by Grace Valentine!  Click HERE.


MY REVIEW
I had the opportunity of reading this book as well, and it's definitely something that young adult ladies will want to check out.  It touches on some very hard questions that we face -- a lot of the norms we face as well -- and challenges them in light of God's Word.  Valentine has a very personal touch to her writing; it almost feels like you're just there having a chat with her.  It's very easy to read, enjoyable, thought-provoking, and keeps your attention the entire way through the book, which is impressive for a nonfiction/instructional book.  It's something that will encourage you to dig into the Bible to find answers for yourself, which is super important.  There are also some great discussion questions/journaling prompts included in each chapter.  Overall, it's a great book to check out; very open, honest, and down-to-earth.  

REVIEW: WROUGHT OF SILVER AND RAVENS by E. J. Kitchens!


Hey everyone!  I had the privilege of reviewing Wrought of Silver and Ravens by E.J. Kitchens, so I'm sharing said review today!  It's part of a series, and is a fantasy retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses.  But before I get into my review, here's some info about the book and its author!


BLURB
With a malevolent prince stealing her kingdom and her magic one dance at a time, Princess Thea must win the loyalty of a mysterious guard to save her kingdom.



Athdar Owain is a hunted wanderer, one determined to keep his secrets and the treasure he carries safe at all costs. When he rescues the Kingdom of Giliosthay's prince from raiders, he's rewarded by being forced into the king's elite Silver Guard. While this gives Athdar a temporary home and some protection from those hunting him, it also makes him responsible for the young prince, who still bears curses from the raiders, and seven enchantress princesses with curses as mysterious and dangerous as their brother's.

Princess Thea of Giliosthay is a Realm Walker. Betrayed by a trusted guard, her rare gift of enchantment is used to curse her brother and trap herself and her six sisters into a nightly dance with dragons in a secret Realm. The Realm's prince has the ability to take and twist her magic for his own purposes, and Thea fears what those might be. For when one dances with a prince, a kingdom might be at stake.

Athdar alone can save them, but to trust enchanters is to risk exposure. And Athdar isn't sure where his loyalties lie.

Wrought of Silver and Ravens is a clean adventure-romance retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" set in The Magic Collectors story world.


AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

E.J. Kitchens loves tales of romance, adventure, and happily-ever-afters and strives to write such tales herself. When she's not thinking about dashing heroes or how awesome bacteria are--she is a microbiologist after all--she's probably photographing flowers, walking in the woods, or talking about classic books and black-and-white movies. Elizabeth is a member of Realm Makers and blogs at Lands Uncharted. She lives in Alabama.

If you'd like up-to-date news on her writing, visit her website and sign up for her newsletter. http://www.elizabethjanekitchens.com/


MY REVEIW

This book is definitely for folks who enjoy high fantasy/magic and retellings.  The characters were believable; Athdar has to be my favorite out of the group. (Aside from the lion cubs...oh yeah, did I mention LION CUBS?!)   It's apparent that a lot of thought went into the worldbuilding for this book; the vivid settings caught my attention and I truly enjoyed reading about them.  This book is based on the "Twelve Dancing Princesses" fairytale, but at first glance, you wouldn't notice the influence; it's not a 'run of the mill' retelling that just regurgitates the same characters in a different format, so that was interesting!  I did find the beginning a little slow (I'm not sure why; the plot itself wasn't slow, but it didn't immediately catch my attention like most fantasies do) and it's a bit easy to get lost with the large "cast" of characters -- but if you enjoy retellings, high fantasy, and some impactful themes that center around Biblical truth without being too "preachy," this is one you'll want to check out!   

COVER REVEAL: THIS FAIRY TALE LOVE by Naomi Hall!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 Hey everyone!  Today I have an exciting post -- a cover reveal for This Fairy Tale Love by romance author Naomi Hall!  This is a super-sweet novella and it will officially be released May 4th, 2021.  


SYNOPSIS

Love isn’t always a fairy tale...

Lucy Levitt is too busy with her family’s ranch and her job to partake in romance. She believes God will give her the right man when the time is right and she won’t risk any mistakes. But when the new bachelor in town asks her to the mayor’s dinner party, can Lucy take a chance on what appears to be a match made in heaven? How can she be sure she’s found “the one”?

Edward Prosner will restore his father’s honor among his peers, but he’ll have to dishonor himself in the process. Ed will only be happy if he can prove the mayor’s a cheat. But he can’t even find a date for the mayor’s party--until he meets Lucy, a woman who still believes in fairy tales. If Ed can’t fix his mistakes, then he’ll miss the only happily ever after he’s ever wanted.


Make sure to follow Naomi Hall on Instagram and sign up for her newsletter for updates!

And now -- for the cover reveal!  It's super gorgeous.  



Isn't it pretty?!  

Are you looking forward to the release of this book?  What are some of your favorite romance novels?

COVER REVEAL: ABORT by C.D. Hulen!

Friday, March 12, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I have a cover reveal for sci-fi author C.D. Hulen!  This book sounds absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to read it.  Frankly, I'm super pumped to share the cover too because even it's fantastic!  Keep reading and you'll see!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C. D. Hulen is a writer, actor, and the author of the new science fiction novel Abort. A lifelong storyteller, C. D. spent nearly a decade honing his skills in creative writing and now focuses on stories and characters which convey challenging themes relevant to the state of our society. When he is not writing, C. D. Hulen enjoys his family, musical theatre and understanding the beauty and transformative power of the gospel.

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM 


 ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s easy to tell when someone is dead, but what makes them alive? Is it the memories they keep, or the pain they feel, or the love they share? For Cecilio, the first colony of Proxima B, the answer could bring prosperity or crack the very foundations of society.

 

After a five-year leave of absence, Commander Mason Wyatt is sent to an antique starship with the chance to earn back his rank and bury his past. All he must do is uphold the answer: life is what Cecilio says it is. But as the starship nears Proxima B, Mason’s past boils to the surface and Cecilio’s answer begins to unravel.


You can already PREORDER the novel by clicking HEREAbort releases May 25, 2021.  


Now for the cover reveal...and it's pretty awesome.

You ready?



Doesn't that look SO GOOD?  Do you plan on buying a copy of it?  What kind of sci-fi books do you enjoy?




  


REVIEW: VERSE MAPPING Bible Study Tools by Kristy Cambron!

Thursday, March 11, 2021


 

Hey everyone!  
I recently had the opportunity to be on the launch team for the Verse Mapping Bible study tools recently launched by Kristy Cambron.  I'd never heard of verse mapping before, even though her specific Bibles and study methods have been around since 2018, but after I looked into it, I became super fascinated by it.  

Here's some basic information about the Verse Mapping study method and the products that I received for participating in the launch.  


ABOUT THE METHOD

You can find the official explanation of Cambron's Verse Mapping study suggestions HERE on Cambron's website.  

You can follow Cambron on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and BookBub.

Likewise, you can follow the Verse Mapping social media on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and the Facebook group.  You can check out their website HERE.



MY REVIEWS

(Okay, I was and still am floored that I received all of this for a launch.  I tore through the studies, albeit a bit too quickly, because they were just that interesting...and I'm hoping to share them with some small group leaders that I know!)  

Verse Mapping Journal 
I love the Verse Mapping journal!  It includes a handy intro/how-to for beginners, which explains the setup and method.  This is not a guided journal, so that means you can use the entries for any verses you'd like.  There's lots of room to write notes, and the paper is nice and heavy.  The whole journal itself is very high quality -- it's hardback and spiral bound, which surprised me!  (I was expecting paperback).  The journal lays completely flat, which is helpful for writing.

AMAZON | CHRISTIANBOOK  

Verse Mapping Bible Studies - Luke and Acts

Don't ask me which one of these was my favorite, okay?  Cambron's studies bring up some very interesting perspectives, historical and cultural context, and really brings these two books to life in her studies.  Both books include group and individual studies for each chapter, which is fantastic if you want to read the studies on your own.  The books also include plenty of space to respond to the prompted questions.  There's a list of useful study resources in the back of each book, which I absolutely pored over because I had been looking for some of those same resources recently.  In both studies, Cambron picked thoughtful Scripture selections that allow thought-provoking study, and she includes study prompts to help you get started in independent study time.  There are good discussion prompts as well, so I think these would be awesome studies for small group or even Sunday school!  You can also buy the accompanying DVDs for each study, which can be used with the studies and helps enrich the lessons -- but the studies themselves can be used independently of the DVDs, which is so helpful for churches on tight budgets.  In case you're new to the Verse Mapping method, both studies also include intros that explain how the method works.  

Luke: AMAZON | CHRISTIANBOOK
Acts: AMAZON | CHRISTIANBOOK
Luke DVD: CHRISTIANBOOK



Verse Mapping Bible 

The publisher was so kind to give the launch team an opportunity to win a copy of a Verse Mapping Bible -- and I was surprised that I won one!  (I never win giveaways.  Had to re-read the email a couple of times.)
I was given an NIV Bible. It's very sturdy, with thick pages and plenty of space for taking notes.  It also has some pages set apart for verse mapping, with some blank maps and some that are guided/already partially pre-filled, which are helpful to study.  I particularly enjoy the introductions to each book in the Bible; each includes pertinent information and a summary of the general themes in each book. 

AMAZON | CHRISTIANBOOK


I think that's about it -- although you can probably message me and I'll talk about this stuff and the method for the next forever if you're patient enough!  Have you ever heard of this method before, and do you plan on looking into it some more?  What are some of your favorite Bible study tips?

If you're interested in using this study method (or at least trying it out), I really recommend joining the Facebook group HERE.  They have weekly Bible studies, folks who share their ideas and various entries for the week, as well as study materials that you can download and use for free.  Definitely check it out if that's something you're interested in!  

REP POST: Across Fields Studio!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021




Hey everyone!  I'm so pumped to announce that I'm now a brand rep for Across Fields Studio, a small business owned by a very talented Christian artist.  I adore her designs, so I was ecstatic for the opportunity to be a brand rep!    

Grace, the shop owner, offers a variety of creations from t-shirts, mugs, art prints, notebooks, postcards, and stickers that incorporate Bible verses with her original watercolor artwork. (As a general rule, if anyone mentions 'watercolor,' I'll be there ASAP with all the heart eyes.)  She also runs a blog HERE!

And just because you're reading this, you have access to a coupon!  If you use my rep code through the end of May, you can get 10% off any order to Across Fields Studio.  Make sure to use the code "tangledup10" when you're checking out.  Click HERE to shop!

You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.  Her posts are absolutely beautiful, so make sure to check them out!  

Some of my absolute favorite designs (although it's hard to choose) -- the "Stay the Course" sticker,  the "Psalm & Waves" design, and THESE awesome downloads!  

I'll be sharing some pics here and on my Instagram/Facebook soon.  For now, sound off in the comments below!  What's your favorite product or design by Across Fields Studio?  Again, don't forget to keep my rep code so you can get a discount anytime you order!  

REVIEW: THE MOONLIGHT SCHOOL by Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 Hey everyone!  Today I have a review for The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  Check out some of the basic info on the book before reading on for my review!



BLURB



Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne Woods Fisher loves stories worth telling about people worth remembering. With over a million copies of her book sold worldwide, this bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 books is always on the lookout for the unsung hero with an untold story.

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne's website at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com


MY REVIEW

This one is a solid 4/5 rating.  The beginning was attention-grabbing and the characters were definitely endearing.  While the narration switches through a couple different characters, their POVs and narration styles are so different that it's easy to to separate them.  The narration and dialogue stayed authentic to Appalachian slang, which really gave the book a unique touch.  While the middle seemed to sag a little bit -- not as much forward movement as I would've liked to see in the storyline -- it was still an enjoyable read and definitely thought-provoking.  I especially appreciated that the basis of the book was built on something that occurred historically (moonlight schools), which really adds some depth to the book if you keep that context in mind while you're reading.  The characters were quite dimensional and seemed to hop easily from the pages; the descriptions were vivid, and the storyline was compelling.  Definitely a good read for fans of historical fiction!

REVIEW: NETWORK OF DECEIT by Tom Threadgill!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I have a review of Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill.  I reviewed Collision of Lies last February and was pretty antsy to read the next book in the series, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this one as well!  It definitely didn't disappoint!  




 BLURB

After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she's worked for: a transfer to San Antonio's Homicide Division. Reality sets in quickly, though, as her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, brings chaos to her personal life.

As the investigation moves forward and she increases the pressure on the suspects, Amara finds herself under attack by cybercriminals. Her every move is being potentially watched online, and she's forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer. With few leads, she fights to keep her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see that justice is served and lives are protected.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Threadgill turned his love of a good tale into a full-time profession. His books have a distinct focus on clean, suspenseful action with strong character development. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). In his downtime, Tom enjoys woodworking, riding his Harley, and chasing the elusive Yard of the Month award. He currently resides with his wife in the Dallas area and can be reached through his website at TomThreadgill.com.


MY REVIEW: 

This one is an easy 5/5 rating, and I daresay it might go down as one of my top 10 favorite reads of 2021.  It's only February, but I'm calling it now.  Wow.  I enjoyed the first book in the series, Collision of Lies, but this one is absolutely attention-grabbing and it keeps your interest so easily.  The plot is fast-paced, the characters really come into their own, and the mystery is a definite head-scratcher.  It keeps you guessing until the last minute, which is a major win in my opinion.  I absolutely love Amara's character (okay, Starsky too...) and her character really gets a chance to shine in this book.  The idea - cybercriminals, hacking, exactly how much of our lives are controlled by tech - feels fresh and original for the genre, but it's not overly techy, so readers don't have to worry about feeling lost in an array of foreign terms.  The crime dynamics are fascinatingly chilling and will probably have you considering some duct tape over that computer webcam.  And I'm definitely looking forward to the next chapter in Amara Alvarez's story!  


Have you read any books by Threadgill?  Do you plan on picking up Network of Deceit?  

REVIEW: A DANCE IN DONEGAL by Jennifer Deibel

Thursday, February 11, 2021

 Hey everyone!  I have another review for you guys; this one is for A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel!  It's a historical set in Ireland just a couple years after the Spanish Flu.  Before I get into the details of my own review, though, here's some info about the book! 




BLURB

All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother's descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother's wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland.


After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira's mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she's journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends--and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced--as she seeks to navigate a life she'd never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

Jennifer Deibel's debut novel delights the senses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and language of a lush country and a colorful people. Historical romance fans will embrace her with open arms.

AMAZON | GOODREADS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher and freelance writer. Her work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic Magazine, and others. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona.


MY REVIEW

I really struggled with how I wanted to review this book.  On one hand, I was interested in the premise, and reading a historical set in Ireland and steeped in mysterious rumors definitely piqued my interest.  So I'm just going to list the things I liked about the book, the things I didn't like, and then mention my star rating.  

PROS: *Beautiful descriptions.  I really enjoyed reading Deibel's descriptive language, and it was almost like being there. 
*Accurate use of Irish-Gaelic.  While I'm studying Scots-Gaelic, there's a bit of overlap between the two, and it was really cool to see Irish-Gaelic used throughout the novel. 
*Sean was probably my favorite character; he really seemed to step right out of the pages. 
*Some powerful themes on faith, trusting God, and finding your place in the world.  

CONS:   
*The plot could have been quite a bit tighter.  While the story started off immediately capturing my attention, the middle seemed to flail a bit.  There were several things that seemed to come out of left field and didn't realistically serve a purpose within the book.
*I won't spoil with any names, but if you are sensitive to detailed situations regarding a man abusing and assaulting a woman, you will want to be aware there is a scene that really took me by surprise, which lasted about 2-3 pages (I skimmed/skipped it).  It's not disgustingly graphic, but if that is a known trigger for you, skip it.  Perhaps the worst part was that the character's recovery from that was very unrealistic and barely touched upon.  

Overall, I really wanted to love this book - I've heard it compared to Christy - but there were also a lot of things that could have been done better, in my honest opinion.  I'm giving it 3 stars out of 5.


Do you plan on reading A Dance in Donegal?  Do you have any historical fiction recommendations?  

SCAVENGER HUNT BLOG TOUR: FANNY'S HOPE CHEST!

 


Welcome to the Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt! This is to celebrate the release this weekend of Fanny’s Hope Chest.

 Here’s how to play:

1.     Grab the full list of items to search HERE

2.     Find the hidden item on each blog (list below)

3.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and enter the giveaway with your completed list. (see below)

4.     Tell your friends about the scavenger hunt

5.     Watch to see if your name is drawn on February 16th for 1 of 5 prize packs

 

Blogs:


Tower in the Plains

Read Another Page

Little Blossoms for Jesus

Resting Life

Kate the Author

Living Outside the Lines

Singing in the Rain

Showers of Blessings

Life of Heritage

Kelsey Bryant Author

Abigail Harris

Beyond the Literary Horizon





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About Fanny’s Hope Chest:

How old is too old for a hope chest?

When Ellie starts a new job as a home health aide, she doesn't expect to meet a woman in her eighties looking for her hope chest, nor a house as messy as Ellie's own emotional state. But as she cleans up Fanny's house, she begins to wonder if Fanny's hope chest might hold the answers to her questions about disappointed dreams and holding on to hope.

That is, if she can face both the mess and her own heart.

Get it for $0.99 before the price goes up!