Friday, March 24, 2017

21 Days of Grace review and giveaway



 


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About the Book




 



Book: 21 Days of Grace

 



Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide

  

Genre: Devotional

 



Release Date: March 24, 2015



Love fiction? Looking for a devotional? Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group). Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.




My thoughts: This is the first time I have had a devotional that is based on fictional writings, so it was a fun way to mix things up! I enjoyed all the authors, both those I was familiar with before picking the devotional up, and those I got to know through the devotional. This is a wonderful, easy devotional that I found nice, since it takes less than a month to get through it.
I received this book through Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author


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 Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit www.KathyIde.com

 


Guest Post from Kathy Ide


I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go.” And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.



Blog Stops


March 24: autism mom
March 28: A Greater Yes
March 30: Pause for Tales
March 30: The Scribbler
March 31: Carpe Diem
April 5: God is Love

Giveaway


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To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:

1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series. 
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!

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

Unraveling


What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?

Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After capturing the Void and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about—like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

With the Verity intertwined with her soul and Joshua finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something—or someone—is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her connection with Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections—and keep herself from falling for him in the process?

My thoughts: While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I felt like this one was a bit of a disappointment. I liked Eliyana in the first story, but I got tired of being in her head with this book. And, it seemed like there wasn't quite as much going on, nor as many surprises as with the first book. I will still read the final book to see what happens, but it will be with the hope that the story will have more going on like the first book did.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Lola


An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola. Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

My thoughts: This wound up being a bit more than I could take, since it is a sad story of a young woman growing up in a rough neighborhood who has been through some horrible things and is trying to save a young girl from having to go down a similar path. A lot of the story is in the ghetto and shows Lola going up against drug lords and the like. If you like gritty stories, then you might like this one. I would only give it a 2 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for books in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to become a Pirate Hunter


Not everyone is special. Or at least that's what Eric believes. But when the new girl Charlotte tells him he's a natural at hunting pirates, and offers to prove it, Eric can't resist the adventure. Thrown in the middle of the Spanish Main, Eric must quickly accept his skills, or else succumb to the horrors of the dreaded Willard Pirate Twins.

My thoughts: As Eric starts to think about going to college and where he sees his life going, he realizes that he doesn't seem to have any talents to help guide him to a career path. When the new girl shows up at his school, she turns his life upside down by revealing that he has an unusual gift, one that helps him hunt pirates. This is a fun story for pre-teens and teens! It's full of adventure and fun twists in the plot.
I received this book from Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Unexpected Love


Heather Chapman, Mandi Ellsworth, Paula Kremser, Ashtyn Newbold and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “Unexpected Love” blog tour, which will run from March 14-31, 2017.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons–whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristocracy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this collection of stories about Marriages of convenience immensely! It was fun getting to know each of the couples as they strove to get to know one another. The different settings for the stories are fun, and I like that they are all quite different. I have read stories by Paula and Heather 9and enjoyed them), but this is the first time I have read anything by Mandi or Ashtyn. I look forward to reading more of their stories!
If you are looking for a delightful way to spend a couple of evenings, this book is a wonderful choice!
I received this book from Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jesus' Terrible Financial Advice: Flipping the Tables on Peace, Prosperity, and the Pursuit of Happiness


“Jesus’ advice ruined what I planned to write.”

It was the recipe for a great book. John and his wife—both financial experts—had cut their income by 80% to pursue more meaningful lives. Within six years they had two kids, were debt-free, went on several vacations, and doubled their net worth. John was ready to share the biblical principles that made this possible.

But he couldn’t. After reviewing Scripture’s teaching on money—over 1,300 verses—he realized he had missed something big.

Jesus’ Terrible Financial Advice turns even conventional Christian wisdom on its head. While it answers many of the practical questions we have—like does Jesus want me to be rich or poor? Should I give to everybody who asks? Is it wrong to save?—it goes beyond these concerns. It asks bigger questions, gives bolder answers, and offers a more comprehensive view of stewardship. Follow Jesus’ “terrible” (shocking, otherworldly) financial advice, and you’ll have what money can’t buy: purpose.

My thoughts: I would venture to guess that most, if not all of us, have heard the gospel of prosperity or how people claim you just need to name it to claim it. But what does the Bible say about those theologies? This book is an interesting one to pick up, I think I especially appreciated it since the author was so honest about how the Bible has challenged his view of money and it's place in his life. One of my favorite quotes from the book was towards the end: "Wealth is a blessing, but it becomes a curse for us when we set our hearts on it instead of Him.". This book does a fabulous job of highlighting what scripture has to say about money.
I received this book from Moody in exchange for my honest review.

A Twist of Faith


Will a wager against her future steal her chance at true love?

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.

For one, Adelina didn't plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she'd tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.

But when Reese discovers that he's a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina's deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?

A modern re-telling of My Fair Lady, this is a delightful story of faith, love, and discovering the true meaning of home. I enjoyed the characters immensely!