The Nephilim Virus by @johntprather #giveaway ends 2/27 US

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book via the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.

Ahhh, romance.  It’s in the air during these February days, isn’t it?  Lucky for those of us who read, we get to enjoy romance all year ’round! Some of you might be the type that look for singing woodland creatures, sprinkles of fairy dust, or even Cupid’s arrow whizzing by……that type of romance.  My kind of romance, though, comes with a strong story and a serious twisty turny plot.  The romance just serves as a positive theme within a dark and tortured world.  The Nephilim Virus wouldn’t be considered a typical “romance” novel, but for those of you who enjoy a wild story with a touch of romance on the side, this is it!

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Hearts Entwined historical romance novella collection

Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.

How did you spend Super Bowl Sunday?  I tried not to get sick.  Instead, I covered in a blanket and read books while my husband watched Super Bowl stuff ALL DAY.  I lifted my head a couple of times, mostly to see Pink and Justin Timberlake.  Other than that, though, it was enough to finish reading The Couple Next Door and Hearts Entwined.

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Coldwater by Samuel Parker blog tour #Coldwater @RevellBooks @parkersuspense

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Coldwater from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.

Bad brothers have been a thing since, well, the actual beginning of biblical history.  Cain and Abel ring a bell?  How about Jacob and Esau?  Many cultures have myths about siblings gone bad.  Set vs. Osiris, Romulus against Remus, and such stories give credence to the term “bad blood.”    A few years ago, one of my former students was fatally shot by his older brother.  Such stories have a sense of darker omen than just a conflict of personality.  There’s something, somehow worse than regular violence, that makes us cringe harder when a brother could turn against his own flesh and blood.  The book Coldwater by Samuel Parker takes us to a backwoods town where Michael Sullivan literally turned dark side.

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Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks book review

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You might say “Bah humbug,” but this year I bought my own Christmas gifts.  My husband didn’t complain, I was happy, it was all good!  One of the top items on my list was Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks.  I absolutely love the Gwen Marcey series, and was so excited for book #4!

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The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Live

Disclosure: I received this book free through the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.

Historical fiction is my go-to genre. I love learning a little something more each time I read, and Liz Tolsma always provides an excellent view of life during a wartime era.  Of all the Liz Tolsma books I’ve read, The Melody of the Soul is my favorite.   [Read more…]

T-H-B Book One of the Coded Message Trilogy by Randy Dockens

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The psychology of dystopia really appeals to me.  I love thinking about how society might adapt and respond to the changing world as time goes on.  Typically, this genre has been firmly settled in the teen and YA shelves.  On the other hand, the T-H-B by Randy Dockens makes a good presence in the adult age range!  This book was published in 2017, so you have time to read it before books 2 and 3 come out in 2018.

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No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert – book review

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Perspective is a powerful yet vicious thing.  Sometimes perspective can provide insight; other times, it can be blinding.  When I read No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, I felt like perspective was slamming against my brain and heart from all sides. [Read more…]

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White – book review

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Imagine a group of Dickens-like characters in a Downton Abbey setting.  Though that scenario doesn’t seem like it would work, A Name Unknown combines the two themes in a surprising blend of romantic intrigue.

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The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas – Bethany House review

Disclosure:  Bethany House sent me this book to review. Opinions shared are mine.

As you can likely tell from the cover, The Sound of Rain is a 1950s era novel.  Alternating locations between the eastern region of the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky and the southern paradise of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this story plays on the cultural norms of the 1950s.  Lowcountry elite meets mountain man, if you will!  [Read more…]

Seeds of Hope by Barbara Cameron

Disclosure: I received this book as part of the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.

Our minister recently shared a message about Joseph. The focus was on Bible verse Genesis 50:20, which states, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”   I remembered that verse as I read Seeds of Hope by Barbara Cameron.

I find it interesting when an Amish novel contains a blend of the Plain life and Englisch living.  In Seeds of Hope, author Barbara Cameron set up a good contrast between the two.   [Read more…]