12 January 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Oath of Honor

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

This week, I'm getting an exciting start to the weekend with the start of Lynette Eason's newest series, Oath of Honor (series: Blue Justice). Enjoy!

10 January 2018

A Thought-Provoking Dystopian Trilogy | The Uncloaked Trilogy by J. Rodes


From sellout to hero, by way of the Den. Braxton Luther finds himself in the crossfire of a new order and discovers apathy is a dangerous option.

The Uncloaked

Tearing the Veil

Charging the Darkness

08 January 2018

Bout of Books 21

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

It's time for another round of Bout of BooksI'm so excited! I intend to have a fantastic reading week, since I decided to go back to school this year and probably won't have too much reading time later in the semester. So, without further ado, here's the list of books I'm hoping to get read:

-Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer*
-The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty*
-The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
-Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
-Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
-Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason
-The Princess Bride by William Goldman
-A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
-Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

* = started reading before January 8th

And throughout the read-a-thon week, I'll be posting here with my progress. (Feel free to join the reading fun by signing up over at Bout of Books!)

Happy reading!

05 January 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | The Lacemaker

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday (and New Year)!

Laura Frantz's The Lacemaker has been one of my most anticipated releases for months, and I'm so happy to finally be reading it. It's so good so far, and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with it this weekend.

03 January 2018

High-Stakes Action & Adventure | Mojave Rescue by Tanya Stowe


Brilliant, electronic warfare engineer, Drina Gallagher is riddled by guilt and determined to create a weapon to protect American soldiers. Cal Norwood is a CIA agent working undercover. For two years he’s been trying to infiltrate a highly organized group selling secret plans on the black market. He’s scheduled to connect with operatives at a wind farm in the middle of the desert where he’ll be taken by helicopter to meet with the leader. He arrives at the meeting place only to discover the men have kidnapped Drina and plan to kill her. Cal must make an instant choice, keep his cover and stop the organization or save Drina. Cal chooses Drina. They race across the Mojave Desert to escape the killers and Drina discovers that Cal is a man of action grounded in unbreakable faith. His personal walk gives Drina the confidence she needs to confront the guilt of her past. Can He possibly forgive her and allow her and Cal to escape their pursuers? Or will all her hopes and dreams die in the desert?

14 December 2017

A Unique Contemporary Christian Romance | The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon


The daughter of missionaries, Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan with whom she spent her childhood. After completing her education in the United States, she returns to the desert to pursue that dream—only to learn her parents have been receiving threats from within the community they serve. As the danger escalates, Hannah must decide how far she’ll go to stay faithful to a calling that could cost her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravages the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, some of his people believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep Hannah and her parents safe—even if the only solution is to be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, where Christianity is outlawed and foreigners suspect, will Karim and Hannah’s union heal wounds . . . or inflict a final, fatal blow?

Old Testament history meets twenty-first century tensions in this compassionate, tender inspirational romance.

30 November 2017

A Wonderful Read This Time of Year | The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall


Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them.

Promises shattered. Lies spoken.
She was arrested. He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.

Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

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21 November 2017

A Beautiful Art Journaling Bible | ESV Illuminated Bible


The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.

-9-point, Lexicon
-Black letter text
-2-color printing
-64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
-50 full-page verse illustrations
-250+ hand-lettered margin verses
-100+ other illustrations throughout
-Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
-Thick, cream-colored paper
-Wide margins
-Single-column, paragraph format
-Smyth-sewn binding
-Packaging: Permanent slipcase 

Dana Tanamachi is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm. Learn more at her website.

20 November 2017

Heartwarming Holiday Cheer | Christmas in Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts


When Muriel Sterling released her new book, A Guide to Happy Holidays, she felt like the queen of Christmas. She's thrilled when the new tree she ordered online arrives and is eager to show it off—until she gets it out of the box and realizes it's a mangy dud. But rather than give up on the ugly tree, Muriel decides to make a project out of it. As she pretties up her tree, she realizes there's a lesson to be learned: everything and everyone has potential. Maybe even her old friend Arnie, who's loved her for years. Except, she's not the only one seeing Arnie's potential… 

Meanwhile, Muriel's ugly-tree project has also inspired her friends. Sienna Moreno is trying to bring out the best in the grouchy man next door, who hates noise, hates kids and hates his new neighbors. And while Olivia Claussen would love to send her obnoxious new daughter-in-law packing, she's adjusting her attitude and trying to discover what her son sees in the girl. If these women can learn to see the beauty in the "ugly trees" in their lives, perhaps this might turn out to be the happiest holiday yet.

16 November 2017

Christmastime Amish Suspense | The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray


A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series.

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

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