Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sarah Does it Again - Gay N. Lewis

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Sarah Does it Again - Gay N. Lewis


Another short stopover from the bumbling little angel finds Sarah revisiting Tom and Marcy, her first assignment. Tom’s mom, Allison, has asked her son to introduce her to a nice gentleman.

While Sarah quickly removes herself from her guise as a missing eighty year old who can’t keep his dentures in, she finds the couple and “accidentally” helps Allison meet who she’s supposed to.


It’s fun to follow Sarah around. She’s adorable as usual.  





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Monday, October 26, 2015

Storm Season ~ Anna Marie Kittrell

Storm Season ~ Anna Marie Kittrell


Sometimes the shelter is more dangerous than the storm…

For best friends and high school seniors Molly, Lenni, and Bianca, the future is bright and right around the corner. With graduation just weeks away, the girls are ready to leave behind the emotional insanity of high school and step together into a saner, less dramatic chapter of life.

But when a courageous stranger named Raley Hale risks his life to save the girls from a deadly tornado, his fearlessness leaves them thunderstruck. As his injuries heal, the mysterious hero manages to claim each of the girls’ hearts while reclaiming his strength.

Can friendship survive the brutal winds of jealousy, heartache, and betrayal? Or will graduation from Redbend High really mean goodbye forever?


My Review:  Redbend High will never be the same as graduation draws closer for friends Lenni, Molly, and Bianca. During spring break the girls are saved by a handsome stranger, Rayley, and are tempted by his charms.

Jealously splits the threesome as well as ruins relationships with other people in their lives. As their prom approaches, it appears they’ll all go their separate ways after school is out and never be friends again.

Anna Kittrell has done an excellent job handing an interesting situation involving the three main characters. The emotional wave which develops is carefully told while the suspense kept my interested perked. All this makes this Redbend High novel a treat. 

About The Author: Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations, leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime, written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled to learn some people now believe her tales to be worth more than ten cents.

Anna resides in small town Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Tim, and their teenaged daughter Brandilyn. Anna works as secretary of her hometown middle school—the greatest place on earth this side of Disney World.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Freed to Forgive by Julie B. Cosgrove

Freed to Forgive
by Julie B. Cosgrove

Shackled by her past, can she be freed to forgive? Abused in her Mexican village, Marisol’s anger is her ticket to freedom in America or so she thinks. But her temper lands her in worse and worse situations. Trafficked and pregnant, she gives up her baby so it can have a better life. Now, ten years later her past returns to haunt her, just when she has caught the eye of Jesse, the one man who wants to know her…and not just her body. Marisol has struggled hard to disguise her past, but will the unforgiving spirit she harbors prevent her from embracing her future? 

Though delicately worded with veiled descriptions, this faith-based novel does depict some disturbing, yet unfortunately all too common, sex trafficking scenes necessary for the plot. 


My Review:  Ms. Cosgrove’s other two novels is this series Hidden Storms and Legitimate Lies build the story of Jen and Tom and their mission to help young girls caught in the trafficking trade, and are both well written and gripping. However, Freed to Forgive is by far the most riveting in the series.

Marisol who is briefly introduced before is now grown and has overcome her previous and horrific life, but she cannot forgive her parents or the men who brought her from Mexico and especially Roberto who was the Jefe of the operation in the states. Even though he is dead, Marisol cannot be free from her past. The main characters in the previous books come together in this final novel and trust, fear, and acceptance are laid on the line.

Ms. Cosgrove peels the layers away so the reader experiences Marisol’s life both in Mexico and in the states. The young girl endures horrifying experiences, yet she survives. This book is an eye opener on how vulnerability and lies can take away the promise of freedom.  

About the Author:  Julie B. Cosgrove is a freelance writer, professional speaker and published author. She is a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, North Texas Christian Writers, The Christians Writers Group Two, and Christian Writers Fellowship International. 

She represents Women at Risk International, a Christian missionary group who sponsor safe houses for women and children snatched from human trafficking and slavery in thirteen countries and is actively involved in Prayer For Freedom, a nonprofit anti-trafficking ministry.

Monday, October 19, 2015

A Lady for the Lawman ~ Jewell Tweedt

A Lady for the Lawman by Jewell Tweedt 

On special assignment from the White House to the Nebraska prairie... 

Crack undercover Pinkerton agent Jason Reynolds gets the toughest assignment of his career. Sent by President U.S. Grant to Omaha to capture a loco ex-soldier accused of stealing Jefferson Davis' treasury gold, Jason falls for feisty shopkeeper Arianna Quincy. Trouble is, she's not interested. When the lunatic grabs Arianna, Jason's skills are put to the test. Can Jason get his man and his woman?

My Review:  Arianna Quincy’s first impression of Jason Reynolds doesn’t leave her happy – he almost gets her killed. The new deputy in town foils a holdup at the mercantile just as Arianna is about to ask for a job.

Billy, Arianna’s cousin, puts in a good word with Claire Secord Maxwell, owner of the store while Arianna tries to convince her father she’s ready to step out on her own. When Jason, who is really a Pinkerton Agent on a mission from President Grant, falls for Arianna, she makes it clear she isn’t interested.

When Tom, Claire’s husband is also asked to help out President Grant, her ex-fiancé shows up and wants Claire back. Arianna is taken as a bargaining chip and Jason saves the day. When Arianna finds out his secret employment, she doesn’t even thank him and he leaves. Can he come back and settle down in Omaha or will he always be looking for adventure on another case?
I enjoyed the second installment of this enjoyable series. The believable story gives the reader a touch of what Omaha must have been like when first settled. Ms. Tweedt has obviously done her historical research to bring this frontier romance to life in her novel.
  
About the Author:   Jewell Tweedt was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting for A Bride for the Sheriff and the other Nebraska Brides books. She lives in western Iowa and divides her time between teaching middle school students and writing. In her spare time she reads, gardens and walks while plotting out new stories.  Readers can learn more about Jewell and her books at www.tweedtjewell.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mamarazzi ~ Brooke Williams



Please Welcome Brooke Williams



Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact that she's good at it. As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star. When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one in the photographs. Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.


My Review:  Danica Bennett is doing a job she hates to pay the bills and keep her mother comfortable in the Alzheimer’s home. Danica is better than any other paparazzi in Hollywood, but her name is a secret since she soiled the reputations of many famous people.
Quite by accident, while she’s on the studio lot trying to get some scoop pictures, she’s mistaken for an extra and whisked on to the set of the new sitcom Cousins. There she meets Gage Malone and Eliot Lane, the co-stars. Lane can’t take his eyes off her.

She’s suddenly thrust into stardom and her life as the Mamarazzi starts to unravel. With threats from her agent and the vengeful appearance of her cousin Vesper, Danica must come clean with Eliot. They’ve fallen for each other and her past will ruin everything.

Ms. Williams delivers an interesting behind the camera view of the paparazzi. This is an enjoyable well-written novel with a sweet romance.


About the Author:  Brooke Williams is an award winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as several novels including Someone Always Loved You and Wrong Place, Right Time. Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morningside College with a double major in Mass Communications and Religious Studies. She has 12 years of experience in radio broadcasting both behind the scenes and on air. She was also a TV traffic reporter for a brief time. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.


Monday, October 12, 2015

For Our Good ~ Paula Mowery

For Our Good ~ Paula Mowery

Charlie Jarvis is haunted by loss that fuels her desire to rid the world of drug traffickers. When her next assignment takes her back to her hometown, she has to confront her painful past. She has no interest in a relationship since God seems to kill everyone she loves. 

Colton Thomas appreciates material things and the status of being a corporate pilot. When someone approaches him to deliver a package for a large sum of money that could wipe out his debts, temptation knocks loud on his door even as his partner, Marshall, slams it shut. Meeting Charlie challenges his non-committal stance with women. As he considers who he has become and the kind of man he would want to be for Charlie, he confronts his own shallow lifestyle and the fear that he would never be able to help her heal her wounds. 

As Charlie pursues the man causing high school boys to die of overdoses, she struggles with the secrets she keeps from Colton. With people around them shining the light of God and encouraging their courtship, both Charlie and Colton have to face hard truths about life, death, love, and faith. And maybe find a fresh start for them both. 

Keywords: Christian romantic suspense, religious romantic suspense, religious fiction, religious and inspirational fiction, suspenseful romance, romantic suspense, inspirational romantic fiction, inspirational suspense, love inspired, sweet romance, clean romantic suspense.

My Review:  Charlie Jarvis is transferred back home to Tennessee where she’s been sent to work undercover. She will help another officer, Jordan whom she knew in school. Their assignment: discover who is selling drugs to teenage boys. Charlie has lots of secrets and can’t or won’t share them. She’s angry with God because life has taken so much from her.

Colton Thomas is a local pilot who transports Charlie from Florida. While Colton attends church regularly, he struggles with material things. He’s interested in Charlie, but he finds himself easily tempted.  

The couple work to build a relationship not only between themselves but with others in their community. Could one of them be the drug dealer she’s looking for?

Ms. Mowery has delivered a page turning suspense. Her thoughtful words and well-chosen phrases bring the action to life and the nail biting ending is captivating. I’ve read several of Ms. Mowery’s novels and this is my favorite.

Meet The Author:  Paula Mowery is a pastor’s wife and a former homeschool mom. She has always been an avid reader of Christian fiction. She began writing in the area of nonfiction creating three Bible studies which were self-published. However, she crafted fiction stories which she shared with friends and family. When one of her readers encouraged her to pursue publication, she joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learning more about the world of fiction. Her debut work of fiction is a novella published by Harbourlight, a division of Pelican Book Group, The Blessing Seer. 

Learn more about Paula at her blog — www.paulamowery.blogspot.com. You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Read more of her writing in her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Restored ~ Kevin Mark Smith

Restored ~ Kevin Mark Smith

Job uncovers an embezzlement scheme at work and reports the crime to his boss, who is murdered before Job can tell anyone else about what he found. Instead of being rewarded for his honesty and integrity, he stands accused of murdering his boss and best friend. He loses his career, wealth, wife, and family and faces prison for the murder. Will the truth set Job free? Will God restore all that Job lost? Restored is a contemporary twist on the timeless tale of faithfulness in the face of unbearable trials and tribulations.

My Review: 
A man wrongfully accused of a murder, his life falling apart, his wife and baby daughter, estranged, yet Job hangs on to his beliefs and prays for exoneration.

With the help of a young lawyer, the DA’s platform unravels and things look up for Job, but not before other possibly impeding testimony takes place.

Kevin Mark Smith writes a compelling novel played out in the courtroom. The nuisances of proceedings were intriguing and the situations surrounding the murder investigation were so intense it could have come from a true-life crime. Well, done and thoroughly enjoyed.

About the Author:  Kevin Mark Smith is an evangelical criminal defense and family law attorney in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated cum laude from Regent University School of Law in 1999 where he served as Issue Planning Editor for the Regent Law Review and clerked with the American Center for Law and Justice. Kevin is a former Assistant District Attorney for Sedgwick County, Kansas, and an Allied attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom. He serves on the Kansas Board of Indigent Defense Services. You can read his writings on the Constitution and home school education in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, http://thehomeschoolmagazine.com.



Monday, October 5, 2015

Border Danger~Alice Wootson

Border Danger by Alice Wootson

Religion is an important part of Nita Johnson’s life. Whenever confronted with a difficult or unsure situation, she seeks God’s direction and guidance. When Nita finds herself attracted to the agent training her, she questions if he is the one for her...after all, not only is he known as “The Resident Torturer” by his trainees, but his relationship with God isn’t on friendly terms.

A traumatic event forced Agent Craig Sawyer to give up God. Having experienced the depp sting of loss, he vows never to develop a close bond with anybody ever again. He battles his desire to pursue a relationship with Nita, but loses the fight. When her life is in danger, will he turn back to God?

My Review:  Nita Johnson is training to become an agent with the Border Patrol. A new trainer, Craig Sawyer, comes and in he’s especially hard on the recruits. When Nita takes him down in an exercise, they both feel magic spark between them.
Nita hopes Craig is in God’s plan for her, but there’s nothing they can do until she’s through probation. She sees him occasionally when he’s assigned to her region, and she tries hard to avoid his magnetic pull.

Once she’s a full-fledged agent, to her surprise they’re assigned on a project together. They patrol a suspected entryway from the Mexican border for illegals. When one of them is caught, Nita notices a peculiar accent which opens up a more dangerous assignment for the two agents. Nita’s pesky neighbor, Bonnie, asks too many questions until Nita and Craig wonder if she’s also part of the problem.


Nita’s faith keeps her strong and when her life is in danger, Craig calls out to the God he’s forgotten.
Ms. Wootson brings a well written suspense novel with an unusual subject. The sights, scenes, and sounds of Mexico and the border area crossing are brought to life with her well defined prose.

About the Author:  Alice Greenhowe Wootson grew up in Rankin, a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters’ Degree in Education from Cheyney University. She earned a Reading Specialist Certification and Principal Certification as well. 

Alice Wootson is an award-winning author of eleven novels and an award-winning poet who is a member of The Philadelphia Writers Conference, Romance Writers of America, The Authors Guild and the Mad Poets Society.

She spent several winters in Brownsville, Texas and was fascinated at how close it is to the Mexican border and how easy it is to travel back and forth. She decided to use the area as a setting for a novel. ‘Border Love’ her eleventh novel, is the result. ‘Border Danger’ followed.

Alice is very active. She walks for exercise every day and says it helps her collect her thoughts. She presents writing workshops, meets with book clubs and group of readers and is a member of several ministries at her church: Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She loves to travel and usually spends the winter in Florida where she is involved in a local church ministry.

When Alice Wootson is not writing her next novel or spending time with family, she’s caught up in reading.