Saturday, February 22, 2020

"From Sky to Sky" by Amanda G. Stevens Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

Book:  From Sky to Sky
Author: Amanda G. Stevens
Genre:  Christian Suspense/ Fantasy
Release Date: February, 2020
Sky to SkyZac Wilson can’t die.
Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him.
Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are?
The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help. . .from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.

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Let me tell you what I did like about ""From Sky to Sky" by Amanda G. Stevens.
 I really liked Zac's character and his struggle to do the right thing.  I also like how the character's help each other.

It was a slow read and I have to be honest and say I didn't read the whole book. I just couldn't see this story happening in my mind or I couldn't imagine this book being made into a movie I could sit and watch for two hours.

I really feel bad about having to write this review. I know the fault is with me and not the book. I am just not a fan of this genre. I really tried to like the book and it just didn't keep my interest.   Maybe, this is due to the fact that this book is the second in the series and I didn't read the first book.

Please don't let my opinion of this book hinder you from reading this series, I just recommend reading the books in order. I am going to get the first book and read it and then reread "From Sky To Sky." Like I have already stated the fault is mine own, not the author.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author

AmandaStevensAs a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now she writes speculative fiction. She is the author of the Haven Seekers series, and her debut Seek and Hide was a 2015 INSPY Award finalist. She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.

More from Amanda

For years, the theme of immortality has intrigued me. I love the Elves of Middle-Earth, the “happiest and saddest” of the peoples Tolkien created as they watch the ages pass. I love the exploration of aged sorrow in Tuck Everlasting. I’ve stuck with TV shows which shall remain nameless (but, ahem, a few feature vampires) because I’m always wondering how did this writer tackle immortality? Anything new? Are the characters convincingly old and young at the same time?
The thing is, while some of these fiction works satisfy me more than others, I’m always left with a tug of incompletion. Eventually I figured out this tug was a story in my own head and heart wanting to come out, a contemporary story that included the gospel. What might God’s plan be for those whose earthly days seem unnumbered? How would their age affect their interactions with humanity and with faith? These questions were the springboard for the No Less Days series, and of course the answers vary with the individual. Ultimately this is why I write: to explore people, their inner selves, their relationships. My goal is always to create characters that breathe from the page.
In From Sky to Sky, we get a look into the head and heart of Zac Wilson, who has been on the run from God longer than any of us could imagine: a full century playing the prodigal. I always try to be honest about how much life can hurt, “even” for the Christian; if we had triple the number of years to accumulate hurt in this broken world, we’d have a lot of it. That’s true of all my ageless characters, including Zac. To scratch the surface, this man fought in two world wars and has outlived all his children.
But the sum of Zac is much more than his collected wounds. He is a deep-feeling, fun-loving, generous guy. He enjoys music and physical activity. He has an insatiable sweet tooth and a need for open spaces. He’s not afraid to laugh at his own expense, and he has a boundless love for people and the stories of their lives.
My hope is that readers will grow to love this young old guy as they journey with him through some dark times toward redemption and light.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 22
Inklings and notions, February 23
Inside the Wong Mind, February 23
deb’s Book Review, February 25
For Him and My Family, February 26
Mary Hake, February 26
Older & Smarter?, February 27
Blogging With Carol, February 28
Life love writing, February 28
Hallie Reads, March 3
Simple Harvest Reads, March 4 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, March 5
Remembrancy, March 6
Bigreadersite, March 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Amanda is giving away the grand prize package of a a $25 Amazon gift card and a free copy of From Sky to Sky!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

"Blessing on the Run" by Alana Terry Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

Book:  Blessing on the Run
Author: Alana Terry
Genre:  Christian Suspense
Release Date: December 16, 2018
Blessing on the Run coverDanger she can’t escape.
Temptation she can’t ignore.
And the secret that could destroy everything …
Blessing’s worked hard as a single mom. Caring for her son, struggling to pay the bills, and straightening out her life after years on the street … It’s the hardest job she’s ever loved.
Until her ex-boyfriend reappears with a secret that could cost her freedom, her family, even her very life.
Blessing promised herself never to return to the hell she escaped from. But that was before she had a child to worry about.
A child who will die if Blessing makes the wrong choice …
Or the right one.

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"Blessing on the Run" by Alana Terry is a novel that deals with hard subjects rape, prostitution, and drugs and abortion and a secrets. I really didn't think I would like this story once I started reading because of these issues, but once again, I was wrong. I had to keep reading till the end. When  I reached the end and closed the book, I wanted to read more. I am hoping for a second book with these characters. The ending makes me think there might be.

I really like that this story is told by the character Blessing. It felt like she was talking to me and that I wasn't reading the book but listening to her tell it.

The best part of this story is that even with subjects like this, the author has told a realistic story without all the cursing that authors seems to enjoy using more these days. I give Alana Terry 5 stars for writing this book and sharing a true picture of what could very well be a true story in someone's life without using graphic words and scenes.

This book really pulled at my heart strings, I wanted to jump into the pages and give the characters a hug. Well, everyone but Jerrod.

I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.



About the Author
alana terryAlana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

More from Alana

Are you afraid of anything? Maybe you have a phobia, like a fear of spiders, heights, or (if you’re weird like me) fish. (That’s a story for another day!)
When I was pregnant with our first son, I had some weird nightmares which fueled my fears. One night I woke up my husband in a panic to tell him to pray for our baby because we were being chased by a demonic cheese grater (yes, you read that right – a demonic kitchen appliance!). Regularly in my nightmares, I dream that someone or something is after my kids (and they’re usually not possessed cooking utensils, by the way).
One way I work through my fears as a mom is to turn them into stories. And even though I haven’t found a way to work a demonic cheese grater into my novels, you can read about a mother’s worst nightmare in this novel, Blessing on the Run.
 Blessing has worked hard to turn her life around after a rough life on the streets, but in this exciting suspense novel, her past it about to catch up to her.
Join Blessing and her parents (if you’re a fan of the Kennedy series you already know who they are!) for an adrenaline-packed thrill ride you won’t soon forget.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 19
Inklings and notions, February 20
A Reader’s Brain, February 21
For Him and My Family, February 23
Betti Mace, February 24
Simple Harvest Reads, February 25 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, February 25
Bigreadersite, February 26
Emily Yager, February 27
 Artistic Nobody, February 28 (Author Interview)
Blogging With Carol, February 29
For the Love of Literature, March 3 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, March 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, February 21, 2020

"Fateful Fall" by Erin Unger Book Tour and GiveAway

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About the Book

Book:  Fateful Fall
Author: Erin Unger
Genre:  Christian Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 9, 2019
FAteful Fall CoverPrivate Investigator Ava Worthington and her partners head to the mountains to solve the death of a farmer’s son who was discovered murdered in an outhouse on the property. Without local cowboy Cory’s protection, Ava won’t get the chance to follow leads as the killer tries to stop her investigation. But Ava’s falling for Cory against her better judgment. She should be working and not pining after a cowboy. And Cory doesn’t want a relationship. His successful career was destroyed by a woman he trusted, and he won’t make the same mistake twice.
One suspect after another is cleared from Ava’s list until she’s sure she has the real killer targeted in her sights, but he’s hunting her, too. How will Ava and Cory find the killer and admit their love before they are buried under a mountain of secrets?

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"Fateful Fall" by Erin Unger is a Christian romantic suspense. I feel the emphasis is mostly on the romance. I liked that the two main characters, Cody and Ava tell the story from there own perceptive which switched back and forth.

I was kept reading because I wanted to know who was the guilty person or persons and let me tell you I really didn't see it ending the way it did.  I think the whole reason for the murder is a surprising twist. I know this book is nothing like the television show "Criminal Minds" but I thought of a couple of times while reading this novel. Just a hint, this book does have a little bit about discrimination because of a person's nationality.

There are issues that are talked about in the book that isn't really solved so of course I will be reading any other books in this series to see if they are solved, no mystery but  just troubles between Ava and her father and I would love to know more about the other's character's background.

I appreciate that the author includes Christian beliefs as part of the story and I really like this statement made by Ava on the subject of Luck. “Luck? There was no such thing as luck. God had His fingers in everything, and I was more than glad to offer Him praise for saving me from the wild.”

If you like clean romance stories with a touch of mystery and characters being Christians but real at the same time, then I say You'll like "Fateful Fall" by Erin Unger.

I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.







About the Author
Erin UngerErin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids.

More from Erin

Come join us for the best Fall Apple Festival at Stoneridge Lodge and Farm! We’re waiting to welcome you to our delightful event. Take in the scent of hot apple cider and apple butter simmering over a warm fire. Check out the best hay maze this side of the mountain. And catch an act or two amongst the trees and river, where country dancers will kick up their heels and entertain you all day. And jump aboard our hayride, which trails through the prettiest parts of the Blue Ridge mountains this side of Virginia.
And don’t forget the delectable homemade meals ready for purchase. You’ll get the best funnel cakes and fried cookies you ever had, too.
But please do forgive the murder or two happening in the background. We have Ava Worthington and her investigation team on the books to take care of it. You’re probably not in danger…really. It’s just a family issue. You’re not related to the owners, are you? Because you should be fine if you’re not… Anyway, don’t let a little thing like murder keep you from making our annual fall festival a family tradition.

Blog Stops

Betti Mace, February 22
Inklings and notions, February 23
Texas Book-aholic, February 24
For Him and My Family, February 25
janicesbookreviews, February 26
deb’s Book Review, February 27
Melissa Henderson, February 28
Mary Hake, February 28
Blogging With Carol, February 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Erin is giving away the grand prize of a $45 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Hearts Set Free" by Jess Lederman Book Tour and Give Away

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About the Book

Book:  Hearts Set Free
Author: Jess Lederman
Genre:  Christian Literary Fiction
Release Date: March 12th, 2019
Hearts set free cover updatedJoin me on a journey from the darkness of doubt to triumphant faith and from the ache of loneliness to everlasting love…
“Bold and forthright writing that would set any heart on fire.”–Christian blogger Miranda A. Uyeh
“Readers of inspirational fiction will love this moving story that affirms the power of God’s mercy.”
–Publisher’s Weekly
In 1930, the rag-tag riffraff of a railway stop called Las Vegas need a fighting man to shepherd their tiny church after their pastor is murdered. Might David Gold, a washed-up boxer and Bible-school dropout who fights as the Pummelin’ Preacher, be the answer to their prayers?
At the same time, Luke, a native Alaskan boy, is on a quest to find his father, who has abandoned his family for a beautiful woman his warrior mother vows to kill. The journey of mother and son will lead them to the Nevada desert, and to truths–and terrors–of which they’d never dreamed.
In 2011, Science Cable T.V. producer Tim Faber is determined to prove that mankind has no need of God, while his lover, Joan Reed, strives to regain the faith of her youth. They’re bound for Las Vegas to meet with a 99-year-old man who holds the key to a mystery they must solve–and answers that will forever change their lives.
Their stories will come together at a little house of worship known as the Church of the Heart Set Free.
“I was mesmerized by the characters and how everything unfolded and linked together…”
–Just One More Paragraph (Musings of a Christian Wife)

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I really wanted to like "Hearts Set Free" by Jess Lederman and I did with one Big complaint, the language was at times strong and I felt it was too often. Yes, the characters aren't Christians but still this book is listed as a Christian novel. There was even Christians cursing in a church meeting. Yes, I know cursing is real life and I have even heard cursing in church, but when I do I literally shiver that people are not honoring God. Yes, I know I am judging and I also know that we are not to judge but I am just being honest here. Cursing is something that I really don't like at all, regardless if it is in speech. television or movies and especially Christian novels.

I really liked the plot and the characters and I liked that the Psalms were a big part of this novel.

There were some twists and things in this story, that caught me unaware and yes, it pulled on my heart strings. This book is a really inspiration novel, except for the thing mentioned in the first paragraph.

This is a novel that really made this reader feel like she was watching the scenes instead of reading them. While reading this book. I wanted to interview Luke and the other characters.

This book mentions people that are familiar to us and is interesting to have them as part of the novel and characters in the story. These characters are Amalia Earhardt, Albert Einstein, Bugsy Siegel and Jack Johnson.
I am surprised that I am going to say this, but here goes, I say read this book but again I warn you the language is not Christian at all and there is talk of primatial sex and drug use.  
I would give the book 5 stars if the language wasn't so bad but since it is I am giving this book 3 stars. yes, the language is a big turn off.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

About the Author
After I graduated with a degree in music from Columbia University, a lust for expensive pianos drew me into an unexpected career in finance. It turned out that I had a knack for business; I gained much that the world had to offer and became a hedonist, a gambler who haunted the poker rooms of Las Vegas, and an arrogant atheist. I’ve written fiction for most of my life, and at one point I quit work to devote myself to writing a novel. During that time, my late first wife, Teri, and I lived in Paris, down the street from where Hemingway once lived, and later in the mountains of Idaho. But the novel was never published, for I was a man whose soul had not yet awakened, who did not yet have anything important to say. So I went back to the business world.
One day, when we were living in Dallas, Teri heard a radio interview with Francis Collins, an eminent scientist who wrote The Language of God, which tells the story of his journey from atheism to becoming a disciple of Christ. Collins’ book led us to the writings of C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald*, who became the midwives of our rebirth from above.
There’s no hiding from the Hound of Heaven, once He’s on your trail!
Several years later, Teri was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and we left Dallas and the business world behind and moved to a small town in Alaska. There we looked out on the glory of God’s creation and read to our heart’s content during the last two years of her life. Faced with tragedy, we learned to trust utterly in Him, and He blessed us with the peace that surpasses all understanding.
It was after Teri’s death, while I was still living in the far north, that the idea for Hearts Set Free—which opens in the Alaska Territory in 1925was born. People who know that the novel contains autobiographical elements (and several historical characters) sometimes ask me, “How much of the story is true?’ And I answer, “Perhaps twenty percent—and the rest is even more true!” What drives my writing is the desire to convey truths that transform lives. Truths of the heart.
In 2013, I met a wonderful woman—my current wife, Ling—and soon we began talking about having children. “Impossible!” said our doctors. “According to your test results, there’s no chance at all, even using the latest techniques.” Of course, within two months of that pronouncement, Ling was pregnant with little David, who just turned three, and we subsequently adopted Daniel, who’s now twelve.
After David’s birth, we moved to southwest Washington. I’m currently at work on a novel set in Las Vegas in 1955, and, when I’m not writing or chasing my sons around, can usually be found at the piano playing Chopin nocturnes for Ling.

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I first conceived of Hearts Set Free in the far frozen north, not long after my first wife, Teri, passed away. She had been diagnosed with ALS, an invariably fatal disease, when we were living in Dallas, and within a month we decided that I’d quit my job so we could move to a small town in Alaska. We bought a small house based on the view out of the living room windows; there we’d be able to spend the time she had left in peace, and gaze out at the glory of God’s creation.
Teri—a woman who untiringly searched for truth—was the inspiration for Joan Reed, one of the main characters in the book, and Alaska—the Last Frontier!—entered into the story as well. We were living not far from the headquarters of the Iditarod, the iconic thousand-mile dog sled race that takes place each year. The Iditarod was modeled after an amazing race against time which occurred in the icy darkness of an Alaskan winter in 1925, when dogsled was the only way to get diphtheria serum to the remote town of Nome and save ten thousand lives. Hearts Set Free begins with that dramatic event.
I put a lot of myself—the bad along with the good!—into other characters in Hearts Set Free. Up until I became a Christian, I had all of the arrogant narcissism of atheist Tim Faber, a T.V. producer intent on proving that mankind has no need of God. I also have the questioning spirit of David Gold, a Bible-school dropout turned boxer who is led by the Lord to become a heroic pastor, and of young Luke Noongwook, a native Alaskan who goes on a quest to find his missing father. Their need to understand difficult aspects of Scripture are based on a passionate desire to love God with all their heart and strength and soul and mind. As is mine!
As a young man, I’d been greatly impressed by E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime, which blended fictional and historical characters, and I decided to use the same approach in Hearts Set Free. Parts of the novel are set in the early and mid-1900s (especially the 1930s), and Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world, and Georges Lemaitre, who was both a physicist and a priest—a man who corrected Albert Einstein, and is probably the greatest scientist of whom most people have never heard!—play important roles.
Finally, the novel is tribute to the beauty of Scripture and features many quotes from the Psalms. If you love compelling tales that combine mystery, adventure, and romance, and enjoy thinking deeply about your faith, I think you’ll find it’s just the book for you!

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, February 22 (Author Interview)
Texas Book-aholic, February 23
Older & Smarter?, February 24
Inklings and notions, February 25
A Baker’s Perspective, February 26 (Author Interview)
For Him and My Family, February 27
deb’s Book Review, February 28
Christian Bookshelf Reviews, February 29 (Author Interview)
Through the Fire Blogs, March 3 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

Hearts Set Free Giveaway updated
To celebrate his tour, Jess is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of Hearts Set Free plus a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.