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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 21 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – OOPS

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BOOK REVIEW – OOPS

Sorry, folks, #TDRD is closed today…

Tuesday slipped up on me and Monday got away from me – and the review just didn’t get written. That said, I’ve moved it to the first week of March and the sequel to the second week of March – because they’re all about Irish legend! So maybe it worked out after all, maybe it wasn’t so much of an “OOPS” don’tcha know???

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SCARLET COAT by ANGELA K. COUCH

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE SCARLET COAT

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Conflict on every side, and within as well. The sound of musket fire, the acrid smell of smoke—and the putrid smell of blood and death.

And within her heart, the cry of compassion for a dying man. A man wearing the uniform of the enemy.

 

When Rachel Garnet seeks her brother and their father after a British invasion, she is heartbroken to learn her father is already dead. Leaving the valley—the battlefield—with her brother, they hear a cry for help.

A British officer.

Rachel cannot bear to leave him to die in the woods—but what does she risk to have the man in their home.

But as the man recovers his health, his memory fails him. Who is this man Rachel and her brother have rescued? Who are they harboring within their walls?

As the enemy begins to regain his health, he also struggles to recover his memory. Rachel is drawn to his mild manner, and to his knowledge of Scripture.

And the conflict in her heart takes a dangerous turn as she falls in love with him. Will the conflict get them both killed? Or will their love triumph?

 

 

Ms. Couch has portrayed love that takes root in the most unlikely circumstance. She has given us genuine characters that display every emotion, and volley back and forth within those emotions. She has written characters who struggle with the reality of their lives and the brutality of war. I felt Rachel’s heart as she was torn to do her Christian duty to her sworn enemy. And I felt the conflict as her heart stirred toward him. I walked alongside her in 18th century America, felt the strain of daily life, and the constant threat of discovery. A vivid story of faith and compassion and love.

 

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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Angela K Couch is an award-winning author for her short stories, and a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2015 Genesis Contest. Her childhood was spent listening to her father read chapters from his novels, and Angela decided young to follow his path. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. Angela lives in Alberta, Canada with her “hero” and three munchkins. Visit her at http://www.angelakcouch.com, or follow on Twitter or Facebook!
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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 7 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WALKING ON SEA GLASS by JULIE CAROBINI

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – WALKING ON SEA GLASS

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When one tidal wave crashes into another is a double disaster? Or do two negatives make a positive?

 

Losing at love becomes her second crisis when Liddy Buckle receives an unwelcome diagnosis. As she wades her way through post-surgery recovery, and a cold and distant faith, the last thing she wants is romance.

 

After the loss of his wife, the last thing on Beau Quinn’s mind is romance, too. And yet he is drawn to this fragile woman, Liddy. The loss of his wife shook his faith—and he is stronger for it.

 

But when Liddy continues to visit Beau’s church, her faith begins to take hold. And they develop a connection. But will her heart give in to her fears? Or will love overcome them?

 

 

 

Ms. Carobini’s story drew me in from the first page. Her natural style of writing brought me quickly into the story. I particularly love the dialogue, the way conversation really happens, the natural flow and hopscotch of comments and banter.

Liddy became my friend, and I was with her as she moved to start her life over. I was with her when the first symptoms appeared and then her diagnosis. I was post-surgery last year (different issue altogether) and I felt her struggle to regain strength through her recovery. I rooted for Beau as his affection for Liddy grew, and wanted to throttle her for turning away. And with both of them, I know all too well, the struggle with faith as it ebbs and flows.

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

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Julie Carobini is the bestselling author of Walking on Sea Glass, The Christmas Thief, the Chocolate Series, and the Otter Bay Novels, including the popular, Sweet Waters. She has won numerous awards, and RT Book Reviews says, “Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive.” Julie and her family live in California where she loves all things coastal (except sharks). Please sign up for her occasional newsletter, where you’ll learn about new releases and freebies for your Kindle: http://www.juliecarobini.com

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 29 January 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELLANOK by RALENE BURKE

 

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A young pastor who doesn’t know his strength or calling. A mythical queen who needs him to save her land.

 

Brian Reynolds had a plan. But God had a different plan. Brian had a heart for the Gospel but he wanted to pastor an easy little church in a comfortable country town. Not in a crime ridden, inner city neighborhood. What did he have in common with thugs like that?

 

Fauna’s world was dying and it was time for the vision to become reality. But she must leave her realm, Bellanok, to bring the man to her world.

 

That man is Brian Reynolds.

 

Confronted with Truth he denies, Brian resists Fauna and her guardian’s proposition. Until demons materialize and Brian comes face to face with evil in flesh form. Suddenly he is fleeing with Fauna and Roman—straight to Bellanok.

 

The land is nothing he’s ever seen and everything he’s heard of—in fantasy tales. But even he can see the destruction of death and sin upon Fauna’s world. What he doesn’t see is how he is their savior.

 

Will Brian rise to the occasion? Can he embrace this role thrust upon him? Will he see Creator’s purpose in all that is foreign to him? Can he save Bellanok?

 

 

Ms. Burke’s debut novel brings to life a bevy of favorite fantasy creatures, living in an innocent protected realm. As these creature encounter sin and death, the Gospel message becomes reality, even to fairies and centaurs and dragons. Ms. Burke weaves Truth into fantasy, and victory into darkness. The world she creates is vivid and real, the characters alive with passions and fears. She portrays evil with discernment and understanding of its power—that of deception and fear.

In a classic tale of good vs evil, Ms. Burke brings truth to the battle, and characters that readers will love.

 

 

 

This book was given to me as a gift from a friend. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE BEYOND! She has worked for a variety of groups/companies, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.

Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon!

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 24 January 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNDERSTORY

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – UNDERSTORY

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WOWIE! This story grabbed me from the first words and didn’t let go to the end. It still hasn’t.

 

I once read that all families are dysfunctional in some way. The Masters family embodies it. With the mother deceased and the father in prison, one sister on drugs and one deformed, and a stepbrother out for number one—and willing to sell his own sister for personal gain.

 

Lily, however, clings to the shred of survival instinct she possesses. A blizzard changes the course of her attempt to escape her brother’s plans, and lands her in the care of Cam Taylor.

Cam, however, has stumbled into a hornet’s nest of his own—a cold case racially charged murder.

As these two volatile issues collide, Cam and Lily sift through layers of lies, revealing truth underneath.

 

 

 

Ms. Lickel gave me not only real people with whom I could sympathize, but plausible situations that elicited my own apprehension. With each new twist, and there were a bunch, I was as lost as Lily, my trust waning, my desperation for her ratcheting up. I wanted to spit on her father in his cell and gouge her brother’s eyes out (or worse.) I bit my nails as her nephew fought for his life and wept for a ten-year-old little boy so neglected. Ms. Lickel has brought so many pieces to the puzzle of a story and created a mosaic of hope in the end. She has won a new fan in this reader.

 

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

51gry3o9ful-_ux250_Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association, Council for Wisconsin Writers, Womens Fiction Writers of America, and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

 

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BUTTERFLIES ON BREEZES

by VALERIE COMER

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BOOK REVIEW – BERRY ON TOP by VALERIE COMER

 

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Seems Logan Dermott’s carefree ways aren’t so carefree anymore. Has love finally clipped his wings? Or has love finally set him free to fly?

 

Linnea Ranta on the other hand, is freer than she’s ever been, testing her wings and gaining confidence she never had before.

 

What can two such opposite people have in common? As their shared interest bonds them together in more than casual acquaintance or passing friendship, both Linnea and Logan struggle with emerging feelings of love. And neither of them knows quite what to do  with it. Neither of is sure they can trust their heart. Can Logan trust his heart when all he’s ever known is broken promises? And running away from heartache? Can Linnea trust love when all she’s known is controlling, manipulative love? Can they trust each other—and God—that love this time is genuine and real?

 

 

Ms. Comer has once again created a delightful story world with real life struggles, and real life failures. With enviable skill, she has woven intense issues into her charming story. She has put issues this reviewer is well familiar with, and told a story of love triumphing over the deepest heart wounds. In a roller coaster of emotions, Ms. Comer has conveyed the Father’s love stronger than an absent father, stronger than   an overbearing father. And Ms. Comer has written a story of damaged hearts mended.

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

6136j5uhtrl-_ux250_Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Her debut novel, Raspberries and Vinegar: A Farm Fresh Romance, won the 2014 Word Guild Award for best contemporary romance by a Canadian author. She injects experience laced with humor into her tales of farm living in this farm lit series that includes Wild Mint Tea, Sweetened with Honey and Dandelions for Dinner. Valerie also writes fantasy as Valerie R Comer.

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BOOK REVIEW – BLISSFULLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

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BOOK REVIEW – BLISSFULLY MARRIED

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If you can’t do, then teach. And if you can’t find romance for yourself, then find it for others. But Sidney Reed’s clients want a matchmaker who has, in fact, made her own successful match. And Sidney hasn’t. Hasn’t found Mr. Right. Because Mr. Wrong trampled her heart.

 

And then there was Blake. Childhood friend who thought no more of her than his best friend’s kid sister.

 

Only, ‘cept, Sidney’s been in love with him since she was a kid. And now he’s back in town, and all those long ago laid-to-rest feelings have come back to haunt her. But Blake’s just playing games. Right?

 

Thinking Sidney to be engaged, Blake keeps their friendship as just that, friendship. But he, too, is fending off the growing and compelling attraction between them.

 

Will Sidney’s phony engagement keep Blake at a distance? Will it protect her heart from being crushed yet again? Or will her ruse ruin her chance at love with the only man she has ever truly wanted?

 

 

This series is quirky and fun reading. I enjoyed the antics Ms. Lieske’s characters get into.  And the sticky situations and unlikely circumstances she puts them in. I enjoyed the banter between characters, and felt the very real tension between Sidney and her mother. My heart yearned with Sidney’s for Blake’s confession of love. And deflated alongside hers, knowing that confession would never come. Ms. Lieske has come to be one of my favorite authors through this series, with her genuine characters, facing the most unlikely of situations. She takes the unusual ‘what ifs’ and spins plausible solutions from them. I hope there will be more in this series.

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

c12xgqihfls-_ux250_Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015.

Victorine has also helped countless other authors through her involvement and outreach as immediate past president of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. Her candor as a blogger and guest has made her a favorite with audiences worldwide. Victorine also served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.
Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Victorine also does graphic design work in the publishing industry.

Victorine’s book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, details how she found success, and gives advice to other writers wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.

 

 

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