Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Forever Yours Featuring Crissy Sharp





The Glamorous Life of a Mediocre Housewife by Crissy Sharp

Lotty Brooks’ days consist of avoiding thoughts of her failing marriage, changing diapers, and trying not to eat chocolate brioche for breakfast and lunch. However, everything changes when her perfect, lakeside Montana neighborhood begins bustling with crime and she seems to be the target.

Jason Brooks wants to know what happened to the woman he married. Lotty’s a mere shell of her former self. When she becomes the focal point of neighborhood threats, and the town seems to question her innocence, he must decide how well he knows his wife.

As Jason and Lotty try to get to the bottom of the threats and find those responsible, they’ll need to remember what they once loved about each other. Otherwise, they may lose everything and everyone they care about.





 



 



 

It was his hideous cheval mirror that provoked Lotty. The pompous owls carved into the edges sneered at the bedroom as if they knew her and Jason’s marriage was falling apart. The crack in the top corner reminded her of everything that had gone wrong between them. She normally steered clear of the monstrosity, but today it caught her eye and she stopped right in front of it. Smack dab in the middle where she could see every stupid owl.

Somehow Jason’s mirror highlighted all her imperfections. Maybe it was the way he saw her now. She closed her eyes so she couldn’t see the stranger with slumped shoulders and tired eyes. She tried to think of herself as the confident, young mother she’d been, but the image dissolved before it ever came into view. Gone were the skinny jeans and heels. Now it was yoga pants and a muffin top. The bright-eyed Lotty Brooks was a distant memory. She missed the excited version of herself, the one who loved her husband and felt loved in return. The woman she’d become was a sad shell of her former self.

Lotty turned away with a sigh and shoved the last bite of her breakfast pastry into her mouth, letting the gooey deliciousness numb her sadness. Who needed skinny jeans and heels in a world where chocolate brioche masqueraded as breakfast? Maybe she should resign herself to a life in pants with stretchy waistbands.

She picked up Jason’s jacket from where he’d left it on the floor. Jason. Maybe what she needed to resign herself to was a life without him, but the thought tore at her heart.



 



 



"Had me caught up in the story and mystery of it very quickly. It’s been a long time since I found a book that was hard to put down, but this one was that way!"--Laura L.

"Fabulous, funny! Emotions and suspense abound!" --Julie C

"This book kept me on the edge of my seat! I did not want to put it down and snuck in a few pages while at work (shhh don't tell my boss!). This mystery/suspense novel has everything you could want - intrigue, a mystery to solve, romance, and even a scheming mother." --StoreyBook Reviews

 



 



 



 

Author Crissy Sharp

Crissy Sharp has a special knack for avoiding cooking and cleaning so she can focus the hobbies she truly enjoys, like writing and running. Though she'll always be a Montana girl at heart, she also loves Tennessee, where she currently lives with her husband and three children.

 

 

 

 



 



 



 



 



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Ends 2/6/19

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Monday, January 14, 2019

The Seven Trilogy Review and Giveaway!


Seven Trilogy blog tour


Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Seven Trilogy, romantic suspense novels by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead tours!


ABOUT THE BOOKS

The End Begins - final cover Title: The End Begins (Seven Trilogy #1)  

Author: Sara Davison  

Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing

Genre: Romantic Suspense



One of them is a prisoner and one of them is free. The same one.



Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. When martial law is declared, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and make sure they are not stepping outside of the confines of the law.



Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier.



His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future, and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.  

My thoughts: This series is incredible! It starts off with plenty of action from the get go, with Meryn attending church only to find out that the Christians have been blamed with recent terrorist attacks. I hadn't read Sara's books before, so I didn't realize what an excellent author she is, nor how hard these books would be to put down. This series is dystopian fiction at it's finest. Sara draws on history to create a chillingly realistic series. I will caution that there is some violence, which is pertinent to the story, but makes this book more geared towards older teen and adult readers. That said, I highly recommend this series!
I received this series through Just Read Tours. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving complimentary copies.

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The Darkness Deepens 1 (1) Title: The Darkness Deepens (Seven Trilogy #2)  

Author: Sara Davison  

Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing

Genre: Romantic Suspense



(formerly The Dragon Roars)



Their Secrets Protect Them … But Secrets are Hard to Keep



No one in the army can find out that Captain Jesse Christensen has become a believer. He and bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly are forced to meet in secret, facing imprisonment or worse if they are found together. Their relationship deepens, but so does Lieutenant Gallagher’s hatred for the Christians in their city. As Gallagher’s power grows, it becomes clear that his connections go much further up the chain of command than anyone realized, putting all believers, especially Jesse, in extreme danger.



Meryn wants to give her heart to Jesse fully, but her past holds her back. Although circumstances conspire to keep her silent, she needs to tell him her secret. When he finds out what she has been keeping from him, nothing will stand between them anymore.



Or nothing will ever be the same.  



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The Morning Star Rises flaming books LA Title: The Morning Star Rises (Seven Trilogy #3)  

Author: Sara Davison  

Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing  

Genre: Romantic Suspense



In the Midst of all the Fear and Confusion, Only One Thing is Clear … This Isn’t Over Yet



Jesse Christensen is out of the army, but the real battle has just begun. Major Gallagher has taken over the city and his oppression of believers has intensified. But is Gallagher acting in a professional capacity, or is he carrying out a personal vendetta?



Meryn O’Reilly faces a dark and uncertain future after shocking revelations devastate her life. She is determined to follow God’s call, but her plans could cost her everything. She and Jesse struggle to surrender fully to a God who is always in control, even when circumstances suggest otherwise.



With the world descending into chaos around them, Meryn and Jesse face the greatest barrier to their love yet—a barrier that may prove too strong to breach.  



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novels The Watcher and The Seven Trilogy. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.



CONNECT WITH SARA: website | Facebook | Twitter




the seven trilogy blog tour giveaway


 TOUR GIVEAWAY



(1) winner will receive:

  • a set of all 3 books in The Seven Trilogy (US/CAN only)
  • $25 Amazon gift card
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In the Shadow of Croft Towers


From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a shadowy Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery.
“Mysterious . . . Melodic . . . Thrilling and original . . . Abigail Wilson has crafted a debut that shines.”—Kristy Cambron, bestselling author of Castle on the Rise
Croft Towers holds more than its share of secrets . . . and Sybil is determined to uncover them all.
When Sybil Delafield’s coach to Croft Towers was robbed by highwaymen, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil’s arrival, Mrs. Chalcroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is she working for and what do the messages contain?
When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil’s hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalcroft’s godson, but under all his charms he too leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.
With murderers, smugglers, and spies on the loose, nothing—and no one—in Regency England is what they claim. Can Sybil even trust what she knows about herself?
“Abigail Wilson's In the Shadow of Croft Tower is the kind of novel I love to recommend. Well written, thoroughly engrossing, and perfectly inspiring. I honestly couldn't flip the pages fast enough.”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray
"In the Shadow of Croft Tower is beautifully written, suspenseful, and satisfyingly romantic. Abigail Wilson paints a beautiful picture of pastoral Regency England. This book will keep you riveted to the end, and you'll be rooting for the feisty heroine to get her happily ever after."—Jennifer Beckstrand, author of Home on Huckleberry Hill
"Part mystery and part romance, Abigail Wilson's debut is an atmospheric period novel that will keep readers guessing to the very end."—Amanda Flower, USA Today bestselling author of Death and Daisies

My thoughts: So, over all, I would say that I enjoyed this book and the characters tremendously. It is a unique Regency era story that if filled with plenty of mystery due to the spies and smugglers. I loved getting to knw Sybil as she sought out answers to the question of who she was and where her family is. I was a little let down by parts of the ending, but I still enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more by Abigail!
I received this book from Booklook Bloggers. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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The Louder Song


Lament helps us hear God’s louder song.

When you’re in the midst of suffering, you want answers for the unanswerable, resolutions to the unresolvable. You want to tie up pain in a pretty little package and hide it under the bed, taking it out only when you feel strong enough to face it. But grief won’t be contained. Grief disobeys. Grief explodes. In one breath, you may be able to say that God’s got this and all will be well. In the next, you might descend into fatalism. No pretending. Here, you are raw before God, an open wound.

There is a pathway through this suffering. It’s not easy, but God will use it to lead you toward healing. This path is called lament. Lament leads us between the Already and the Not Yet. Lament minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope. Lament anticipates new creation but also acknowledges the painful reality of now. Lament recognizes the existence of evil and suffering—without any sugarcoating—while simultaneously declaring that suffering will not have the final say.

In the midst of your darkest times, you will discover that lament leads you back to a place of hope—not because lamenting does anything magical, but because God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of renewal and restoration.

My thoughts: This book was so timely! This past year has been a tough one, so I really needed the strength that this book offers. The reminder that it is totally fine to cry out to God and not be okay, but to remember that there is more to this world. I love the reminders that we have a hope in something more, that suffering and struggling are not all that life is about. I feel like Aubrey articulates it much better than I do, so I will just say that I really appreciated the tone of this book and how real it is. I highly recommend it!
I received this book from Tyndale. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.



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Simple Discipleship


A Clear and Personalized Path for Discipleship
Discipleship can feel like a meandering journey—we don’t know what we want, and none of the programs offered seem to get us anywhere.

We need something to orient ourselves, and something to direct our steps toward a clear destination. Simple Discipleship, with its companion assessment tool, offers a plan for discipleship that is tailored to your real life and your personality, and clearly pointed in the way of Jesus.

Most discipleship resources are designed as mass productions—efficient for touching many, but often failing to see individuals grow in Christ. This is the best of both worlds—an assessment tool for your entire church, combined with an achievable, personalized discipling strategy.

My thoughts: This book is excellent! It's easy to get hung up on words like discipleship and not really explore what that means in our every day lives. I appreciated that this book does an excellent job of living up to it's title and breaking it down so that it puts it in terms and examples that we can understand and apply to our day to day walk with God. I like that the book comes with a free assessment that makes it all the more personal. This is an excellent book and resource!
I received this book from Tyndale. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.


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Take ten: New to me Authors in 2018

I wasn't sure if I would have 10 authors on this list, but when I went through the books I read last year, I found that I actually had more than I needed! Per usual, if you are interested in learning more about the books or authors, click the image to go to Amazon. This page contains affiliate links.

1. Rachel Fordham

I really enjoyed this book by Rachel, since she has a unique writing style. I look forward to reading more by her!

2. Lindsay A. Franklin

This fantasy story was delightful!

3. Nadine Brandes

A fantasy/history mash up.

4. Nabeel Qureshi

Hands down, this was the best book I read last year, since it really got me thinking. I think it's a must for people from all walks of life, since it will challenge you to dig deep and be more articulate in how you define your beliefs.

5. Morgan L. Busse

Apparently, I read a decent bit of fantasy last year....

6. Brittany Fichter

One of my friends sent me a book by Brittany and I have read most hers since! If you enjoy fairy tales retold, then you must try Brittany's books!

7. Abigail Wilson

While this wasn't my favorite book from 2018, I think that Abigail is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more of her books.

8. Annie Sullivan


9. CJ Lyons

This mystery is fascinating!

10. Lindsay Harrel

This one was hard to put down!

Honorable mentions: