Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Engines of Liberty - release of Patriot's Game and Reviews


I don't typically do a whole lot of Steampunk reading, but I found myself truly enjoying these books. Find my review for each f the 3 books under each of the book descriptions!



REBEL HEART
In 1776, the American rebels were thwarted by British magic. The leaders were executed, but the surviving soldiers went into hiding and kept the revolution alive. By 1984 they have developed better weapons and machinery to even the odds. Now all these "technomancers" need is an army for their arsenal, and their newest recruit is 15 year-old Calvin Adler of Baltimore. The problem is, he’s got a pretty strong will, and might give the technomancers at bit of trouble in training...










I started these books not fully realizing they were going to include magic and steampunk. I knew, but I had no idea how much. But I was very surprised and pleased and how well the author tied in these aspects to history of the revolutionary war in a way that seemed so natural, like it could have happened. Once I got going I didn't question the aspects as I was fully engrossed in the story. The does not soften the harsh reality that is war, but did allow us to see it from a alternate perspective that I enjoyed. It kept me captivated right to the end where  the cliff hanger made me grab for the next book without hesitation. I would highly recommend this book - be be warned, you won't be able to stop with just one book. It will suck you through until the end. Very well written!

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SUICIDE RUN
Calvin learns that the technomancers aren't all good guys like he'd thought, and soon runs afoul of the worst of them. Now, with a bomb in his chest and a lot of ground to cover, he has a little over a week to save his life, or else become another casualty in the revolution. Meanwhile, an old enemy comes back stronger than ever, with ambition to spare...

Book Two picked up and kept going exactly where book 1 left off. It was fast paced and full of moments when I wondered if the main character was going to survive at all. It was obvious the main character was still learning and growing, and even though I sometimes forgot he was only a teenager, there were times that it was painfully obvious he was a teen. He didn't always think outside himself, but it definitely made for great back and forth feelings of wanting to see what would happen and how things would play out. Overall I loved the fast movement of this story and the view it gave of how this alternative universe would have been, how things would have been done, and yet touches so close to home that, like in the first book, it was easy to accept and see how it could have been.

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PATRIOT'S GAME
Calvin is on the brink of death. The army is scattered, the commodore is dead, and the British mages know about the technomancers' secret weapon. Just as all hope seems lost, Calvin and his friends find out the mages have a weakness, one that could end the war overnight and liberate the colonials.
But it will take a miracle to reach it...




This was definitely my favorite of the books, but I think it had to do with the tying up of all events, good and bad, and the growth in the MC as he came to realize that what he needed to do was outside himself. The battle scenes were great and the moments of being unsure definitely pushed me forward to know what would happen. It was a great tie up to the trilogy and I loved how everything connected. There was no character that was left on the sidelines or left us wondering how it ended for them. We knew they were dead or they were brought back to finish their stories. It was imaginative, enjoyable, and really a good read. Definitely must read all 3 books together to enjoy the full story, but it is absolutely worth the read.

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Graham Bradley is a truck driver by trade, but has been writing since age eight, thanks to the encouragement of a childhood teacher, Mrs. Peplowski.

Likewise, his grandmother made him promise to "do something" with his knack for drawing, so he illustrates as well.

He is fluent in Spanish, and knows the proper method of ironing a dress shirt. Despite spending less than 6 hours of his entire life in Indianapolis, the Colts are his team.

He lives in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife and sons.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

A living Hope Tour and Review



It was a match made in heaven. Or so everyone thought. Sadie Mae Cummings is all set to marry her childhood sweetheart, Kyle, when she is assigned to tutor Lincoln, the new college football running back. This sophomore phenomenon has all the girls on campus knocking on his door. But Sadie isn't interested in his advances.

Lincoln’s overblown ego doesn't take well to being shunned, and he resolves to make Sadie his own. He pursues her relentlessly, until finally Kyle finds himself shut out of Sadie's life, with their shared future crumbling around him.

After two years, Sadie’s relationship with Lincoln ends, and she is left having to put the pieces of her life back together. She desires nothing more than to recapture her relationship with Kyle. He has stayed true to the dreams they had planned together, living the vision even without Sadie by his side.

When she moves back to her hometown, she labors to rekindle their love. But things have changed, and Kyle has moved on. Sadie quickly discovers how hard it is to rebuild burned bridges.

Follow Sadie’s story as she fights for a chance to restore broken dreams. Will love endure?

This inspirational romance by E. C. Jackson is book two of the Hope series and is a standalone book.


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E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
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I liked this book even more than the previous book. It was sweet and full of lessons of forgiveness, love, learning to rely on God, patience, and Faith. It is a good clean Christian book and I really enjoyed that it touched on some very real issues that happen today and that people hide due to fear, embarrassment, or doubt. And I loved that the author addressed these issues and talked about the process of overcoming them while moving forward with life and love. Very sweet book.


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Between Now & Forever




Author Laura Johnson is a sweet person, a dear friend, and a fantastic author! I'm glad I get to feature her on my blog today! You will love her book - trust me :)

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A convict’s daughter should never fall for an FBI agent’s son, certainly not a fiery teenager like Julianna Schultz who is furious over her mother’s incarceration and the injustice of it all. But that’s exactly what seventeen-year-old Julianna finds herself doing when Cody Rush, the cocky son of the FBI agent who put her mom behind bars, moves into her hometown of Gilbert, Arizona.

Cody Rush—studious, principled, athletic, good looking and blond to boot—is everything Julianna hates, or so she thinks. Yet a series of ill-fated events one night brings them dangerously close, entangling the futures of two people who were never meant to be.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Gateway to Hope Book tour


I'm pleased to have Author E.C. Jackson on my blog again today! Be sure to stay tuned for the second book A LIVING HOPE coming next month with a book tour and review!


Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful.
When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind?
 
James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.” Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure?

A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain.

In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths.
Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?

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I had the privilege of reading and reviewing this book when I first came across it a year ago. Below is my review - And I'm very excited to share it with you and to read/review book 2 in the series (Coming next month!

Review:
This is a sweet love story full of the troubles and tribulations of going from friends to something more. The characters are religious and don't hesitate to incorporate it into their relationship as they struggled together, work together, love together, and grow together. It shows the up and downs that can occur as a couple. The couple assumes a lot about each other and it takes quite a bit of time for them to let go of their own judgement and assumptions in order to really see the other person for who they are and decide what they want.
This is a great book for anyone who wants to see more than the fluff love story in most romances - but rather the struggle and hardships that bring forth the most love. Plus, it's great for anyone who enjoys a clean read that incorporates faith, a love of God, and religion into the main characters relationship.


E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

31 Ghost Novels to Read before you Die Book tour and review!



"As readers of Deb Atwood’s blog Pen In Her Hand know, Atwood is passionate about ghost fiction. Since 2011, Atwood has read, re-read, and written about ghost literature. 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die presents a selection of the best of these posts. 

Among the books discussed are old favorites (The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson) as well as some indie gems few people will know about (The 20’s Girl, the Ghost, and All That Jazz by June Kearns). There are ghost novels for every reader, in genres ranging from historical to literary to romance. "





Deb Atwood holds an MFA and lives in California with her husband and rescue dog Nala. Her time-slip novel Moonlight Dancer was selected as a front page Featured Review by Book Ideas. Deb's work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Her interests include ghost fiction, Korean culture, quilting, and, of course, reading.


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I actually don't like ghost stories - my overactive imagination goes crazy and I stay up all night staring at the closet waiting for a ghost to appear - but I enjoyed Author Deb Atwood's book quite a lot! I felt like I got a chance to hear about ghost stories without actually reading them and her style was so well done that I actually found myself interested in picking up one or two of these stories to find out what happened. It's a great collection of information and reviews about some of the best Ghost stories out there. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested (in whatever small degree) in ghost stories and wants to get to know the best of the best!




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