Saturday, April 14, 2018

Noah's Navy (Dream Doors Adventures #2) by Douglas Hirt & Terry James













Title: Noah’s Navy (Dream Doors Adventure #2)
Author: Douglas Hirt & Terry James
Pages: 134
Release Date: April 9, 2018
Genre: Children’s Christian Fantasy
Publisher: CKN Christian Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in Paperback)
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     The Millennial Kingdom is a wondrous time to be born into. The world is at peace and has become like the Garden of Eden; beautiful, exciting, and ruled by the Great King Himself who sits on His throne in the golden-street city of Glorania. In such a perfect place, who would expect thieves to prowl at night? It’s those two fumblers again, Lester Mudd and Castor Grout. This time the troublemakers intend to steal a special gift entrusted to Adam Beam by the Great King. Luckily, Adam is startled awake during the burglary. Lester and Castor panic and escape through a carelessly drawn Dream Door, accidentally landing on Noah’s Ark at the time of the Great Flood. It doesn’t take Adam long to figure out where the thieves have gone. At once Adam, his sister Sonia, and their pet Siberian Tiger Toby are in hot pursuit to recover the stolen treasure, only to learn that the gift has fallen into the raging flood waters and is permanently lost. Well, maybe not permanently. Adam has an idea how to find the precious gift, but it will take some clever Dream Doodling, the help of Noah and his family, a navy of friendly sea creatures, and . . . a submarine Dream Doodled from the far future. Naturally, the evil Evils intend to do all within their power to stop Adam from completing his mission.

My review:

     This is a delightful children’s Christian fantasy story!

     It was fun to return to the millennial kingdom of The Great King. I really like Adam, Zonia, and their pet tiger Toby. They are wonderful characters with a great attitude toward doing what they are asked. It was interesting to see how the fact that not everyone in the millennium would be doing the right thing was worked into this book.

     This time they are sent to visit Noah and his family on the ark. They face danger and difficult situations that they have to figure out. At times Noah is the one with answers. But in many ways it is the children themselves that come up with the solutions. The imagination of the authors really shows up in all the details that they suggest for the ark itself. It was a really fun book to read.

     This charming book is getting a rating of 5 stars from me. I am recommending it. It is a fun twist for learning the story of Noah’s ark.


Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kill Shot (White Knights #2) by Susan Sleeman













Title: Kill Shot (White Knights #2)
Author: Susan Sleeman
Pages: 336
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: FaithWords
Format: eBook (also available in Paperback)
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     Suspense and romance combine in Susan Sleeman’s thrilling new novel about an FBI agent who must team up with a beautiful therapist to stop a killer with a deadly new weapon.

Some fears haunt you forever….

     As the ballistics and weapon’s expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick fears these smart bullets—which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper—would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

     When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren’t the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Hobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI’s prime witness, and suspect.

     Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can’t—no he won’t—let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

My review:

     This is an amazing adrenaline rush!

     I loved both of the main characters in this book! Rick and Olivia are so well developed that I was able to really connect with each of them. They each have hang ups that made it easy to just see them as real people. It was comforting to me that Olivia, the therapist that was able to help others sort out their problems, had a ton of problems when it came to dealing with her own family.

     I loved getting to know more about the members of the White Knights team. Seeing how they interact with each other was great. They are the rough and tough protectors. Yet at the same time they had personal vulnerabilities, making them very human.

     The plot of this story was so intense that I was sucked into the story and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to let it go without finishing it. I HAD to find out who had the smart bullets and why they were killing the people that they were.

     This wonderful book is getting a 5 star rating from me. I am definitely highly recommending it.


Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Friday, April 6, 2018

Adam's Apples (Dream Doors Adventures #1) by Douglas Hirt & Terry James













Title: Adam’s Apples (Dream Door Adventures #1)
Author: Douglas Hirt & Terry James
Pages: 122
Release Date: March 7, 2018 
Genre: Children’s Christian Fantast
Publisher: CKN Christian Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in Paperback)

About the book:

     Ever wonder what living in a near-perfect world would be like? Bible prophecy promises just such a coming world! The Millennium will be One-thousand years of an Eden-like Planet Earth, ruled by Jesus Christ, the King of Kings!

     Adam Beam, a young boy, and his sister, Zonia, live in a future time, born in an era of a beautiful, Utopian world. The children live in Glorania, the capital city of New Eden, where the Great King rules an almost perfect planet. They face no dangers in this new world. Adam’s pet, Toby, for example, is a Siberian tiger weighing 1,000 pounds!

     Adam, Zonia, and Toby go through a “Dream Door” into the past, as part of Adam’s “Explore Time” adventure, the method by which children of New Eden Time learn history. They pass in and out of Dream Doors by means of the “Dream Doodler”, a fantastic instrument that can draw a spectacularly beautiful picture in midair. The children can jump into the picture they draw, to take them wherever they want to go.    

     Exciting, wonderful adventures await. Going them in their quest to find Adam’s Apples!

     Help get out the message that, for Christians, the future is not gloom and doom, but is God-Guaranteed to be gloriously splendiferous!

My review:

     This is an exciting Christian fantasy adventure for children!

     I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Millennium Kingdom. The characters are fun and very believable. The fears that they display at times are very typical for the type of adventure that they are undertaking. 

     I loved journeying along as they learned what limits that the Dream Doodler has and figure out how to work around them. The mission that they embark on to find Adam’s Apples is very imaginative. It is an enjoyable way to see what those born into in Millennium will lack in the area of understanding what those who live in the fallen world have to deal with.

     I’m looking forward to seeing what other periods of time and other adventures the authors come up with for this series of books.


     I have decided to give this book a rating of 5 stars. I am recommending it.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund + A GIVEAWAY


About the Book

  
Title: A Loyal Heart  

Author: Jody Hedlund  

Genre: Adult medieval romance  

Release Date: March 6, 2018

He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most? 

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor. 

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him. 

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Review

This is an absolutely fantastic medieval romance!

Both of the main characters are incredible! They each have lessons to learn about how to treat others. Their journeys intersect and seem to be a odds with each other multiple times.

This tale is filled with sword fights, captures, and escape attempts. The cast is full of lords, ladies, and knights in shining armor. All the things to make a girl’s heart go pitter pat.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I really hope that this isn’t the last medieval romance Jody Hedlund writes. She is a master at them. I’m giving this wonderful book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the Author


Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. 

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). 

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

The Growing Need for Sweet Young Adult Romances By Jody Hedlund

This past year my youngest daughter turned twelve and entered seventh grade. And she decided that she wanted to read my books. 

Of course I was thrilled that she was taking an interest in my writing. But since my adult historical romances are more intense and contain some mature themes, I handed her the young adult series I’ve written. 

As she started the first book, I peeked in her room a time or two to ask her how she liked it. 

“It’s the best book you’ve ever read, right?” I teased. 

“It’s okay,” she replied, teasing me right back. 

The true test for how much she liked the series came when she couldn’t put the book down. She hid away in her room and read all day. Then she read the second book the next day and the third book the day after that. 

She never did gush over the series. But she didn’t need to. Her serious reading marathon told me all I needed to know! Then when I was writing the fourth book in the series, she asked me if she could read it early before it was published which was another testament to how much she enjoyed the series. 

“As long as you promise to say that I’m your favorite author,” I said, teasing her again. 

I’m happy to say that she finished A Loyal Heart just as quickly as the others. Although I’m not sure that I’m her favorite author, I’m satisfied that she loved the series. 

Even more, I’m thrilled that I could hand her sweet romances full of chivalrous qualities—like courage, sacrifice, honor, and loyalty. As she’s being entertained, she’s learning lessons about character traits that are important in relationships. 

My daughter, like other young teens I’ve talked to, really enjoys medieval settings and stories. In some ways, those kinds of stories connect them to the princess fairy tales they used to love when they were little. Let’s face it, even adult readers still love stories about knights and castles and daring damsels! 

In a book market for teens that has grown increasingly dark, jaded, and sexual, I only wish I had more to offer my daughter and other young women. It’s my passion to continue providing wholesome, clean romances for teens, books I know will encourage and uplift as well as entertain. 

How about YOU? Is there a teen reader you know who needs an alternative to what’s available in the market? I encourage you to gift them with A Loyal Heart. And make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win the entire series that you can read, pass along, or even gift to your library. 

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!). When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Blog Stops

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By The Book, March 29


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Book by Book, March 31




Mary Hake, April 1



Novels Corner, April 2

Remembrancy, April 3







Carpe Diem, April 5







Simple Harvest Reads, April 7 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Pursuing Stacie, April 8

Bigreadersite, April 8

margaret kazmierczak, April 8 (interview)

Henry Happens, April 9


Joy of Reading, April 9

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away a grand prize of 
An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, For Love & Honor, and A Loyal Heart!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post 
before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! 

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Pirate Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #2) by Kathleen Y'Barbo













Title: The Pirate Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #2)
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Pages: 251
Release Date: April 1, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Barbour Books
Format: eBook (also available in Paperback)
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     A former privateer and a desperate heiress join forces to find a treasure.

     Jump on board with a brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

     Pasts collide in New Orleans when a treasure goes missing.

     The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

My review:

     This is an exciting historical romance!

     I adore Maribel! She is delightful and so fun to keep up with. As a bookworm myself I immediately connected with her love of reading.

     Jean-Luc seems to be hiding something from the very beginning. It was quite entertaining to follow through the story and figure out what it was and all the twists to this wonderful character.

     This book is packed with a lot of action and adventure. I wasn’t at all surprised by that though given the title. Then there were a few really great surprises that caught me completely off guard. It was fun learning what the difference was between pirates and privateers.

     I absolutely loved this second installment in the series. I have to give it a 5 star rating. I am definitely highly recommending it. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens the next time I look in on the Lytton family descendants.


Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*