Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H McGee

Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee 
Releases October 9, 2018

Link to Pre-Order:`Amazon

Two hearts. Two sides..and a gulf between them as deep and wide as eternity. 


After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers—even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it. Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy? 

Author Bio: 

Stephenia McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in southern culture. 
Website: stepheniamcgee.com 
FaceBook: Stephenia H. McGee, Christian Fiction Author
Twitter: @StepheniaHMcGee 
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“In Eternity Between Us, Stephenia H. McGee displays not just her passion for history, but her respect for it. Thoroughly researched and convincingly told with the detail readers are sure to appreciate, this tale brings a turbulent time to life with nuance and sensitivity.” JOCELYN GREEN, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series 

“McGee once again brings her authentic Southern historical style reminiscent of Gone with the Wind, weaving a tale filled with action, intrigue, and characters who warm your heart.” MISTY M. BELLER, bestselling author of the Heart of the Mountains series 

“Stephenia H. McGee has a thrilling way with words. Her novels both inspire and enthrall, and I for one am hooked after chapter one. This newest novel, Eternity Between Us, is no exception. As soon as I met Evelyn and Samuel, I couldn’t read fast enough. I had a strong feeling these characters were going to find an everlasting love despite their slow start! McGee is an expert in all things Civil War, so you will learn some fascinating historical facts as you follow the intriguing plot. Five stars from me!” SHARLENE MACLAREN, Author of the Forever Freedom, Tennessee Dreams, and Hearts of Honor Series 

“Stephenia McGee has written another page-turner! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Eternity Between Us. The character development is fantastic and Ms. McGee's research for this book was extensive—and it's quite evident as the story unfolds. The plot keeps readers sitting at the end of their seats, wondering what's going to happen next to Evelyn, Samuel, and other characters. If you love Civil War romance, this book is a must-read!” ANDREA BOESHAAR, Author of Shenandoah Valley Saga 

“Eternity Between Us grabbed my attention from the first paragraph. This is a story that will sweep the reader up in the turmoil of the Civil War with a romance between a Yankee physician and a Southern belle. It was a story I hated to see end.” PATRICIA BRADLEY, Inspirational Readers' Choice Award winning Author of the Memphis Cold Case Novels

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Review: The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

Blurb (from Amazon):

Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—identified as the doomed Tudor queen, Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary...more than four hundred years ago.

The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. To when she and Mary were childhood enemies yet shared a pact that now, finally, must be fulfilled, no matter the cost.

Bestselling author of House of Shadows Nicola Cornick offers a provocative alternate history of rivals, secrets and danger, set in a time when a woman’s destiny was determined by the politics of men and luck of birth. A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine.

My Review:

The Phantom Tree is one of those books I am not sure what I think of at first. One that makes me confused as to what is going on. Then bam, I am hooked and have a hard time putting it down until the end. This is one of those books. It is not at all predictable and the twists kept coming all the way to the very last page. It played with my emotions that brought me to tears several times. Alison and Mary's story is phenomenal. 

I would give The Phantom Tree one hundred stars if I could. It is probably among my top favorite books I have read this year. Nicole Cornick has earned herself a new fan. 

Highly highly recommended. 

I received this book from the publisher. This 100% my honest opinion.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Boy on the Beach by RD Maddux

Book Details:

Book Title: Boy on the Beach by R.D. Maddux
Category: Adult Fiction; 304 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher: Ezekiel 12 Publications
Release date: March 11, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are implied sex scenes but no graphic descriptions of lovemaking. There is one scene with some violence.)

Book Description:

Andrew Foster, a real estate developer in San Diego, is a man suddenly haunted by his past. Memories, like specters from his former life of sex, drugs and rock and roll have come crashing into his current world of business in this sunny coastal city. The ominous, repeated appearance of a black SUV at the beach where he meets his sister each week, has triggered fears that it’s payback time for a bad choice he made years ago.

To add to his frustrations, his hopes of a big breakthrough in the San Diego real estate market haven’t come to pass. He’s starting to wonder if his visions of success will ever come true when an investor offers to finance his dream project. Soon things start to fall into place for Andrew in business, life, and even love. He starts dating the beautiful and business-savvy Nicole but even with her at his side he can’t seem to shake the ghosts of his past. As the relationship with Nicole deepens, Andrew opens up to her about the many loves and adventures that have taken him from the crazy days of living in Big Sur and Joshua Tree to business success in San Diego. Her wise insights help him face the character flaws that have caused him to fail in his past relationships.

Rounding out his social life is his once-a-week task of assisting his sister with her nanny job watching a young boy named Chandler. They build sand castles on the beach and enjoy the beauty of nature together. But the now ominous weekly appearance of a strange car at the beach has awakened Andrew’s fears. Is the boy in danger? Or worse, has an enemy from Andrew’s past come seeking revenge and now Chandler’s caught in the middle?

A strange twist of events threatens to destroy Andrew’s dreams, but as he searches for answers, a sudden revelation offers hope of a future he never imagined.

To follow the tour and read reviews, please visit R.D. Maddux's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

R.D. Maddux has story telling in his blood. Since he was young he’s always loved a good tale. He’s been writing seriously since he was in high school and college. His novels range from Mystery and Intrigue to Sci-fi/fantasy. With Boy On The Beach he’s set the story in modern America, to be exact, on the West Coast of California. He’s a native of the golden state and has been a resident of San Diego since 1987. Before that he grew up in northern California and lived in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area with sojourns in some of the beautiful parts of our state.

Living in California for over 60 years he couldn't help but watch the way things have changed in our culture and the impact this coast makes on the rest of America and the world. So even though Boy On The Beach is fiction, like most serious novels, it is not without a context and comment on issues we all face in our changing world. It takes place in real locations that are very familiar to him and its characters, which are fictional, no doubt have their counterparts in the real world. Boy On The Beach is a story of intrigue, suspense, revenge, love and redemption with flashbacks to the era when sex, drugs and rock and roll set our culture on it's inevitable journey to our present day. This idea has been rattling around in his heart and mind for a decade and it's finally coming to the page.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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My Review:

Boy on the Beach is the newest release by RD Maddux. I thought the book was a little different from my normal read, but it was pretty good. The writing style is unique and refreshing. The book goes back-and-forth between two time periods. Andrew Foster is an interesting character. I was not sure about him at first but he grew on me about 50 pages in. I admire his success as a developer in San Diego, California. I was intrigued to find out what was in his past that he was trying to get away from. I loved it when Nicole was introduced to the story. I admired her wise ways. She helps bring into a whole new perspective of his past for him. It seems as though he has everything he could ask for but still cannot let go. I was in suspense wondering what was he was running from. Then things start really picking up when he started interacting with Chandler, the boy his sister was in charge of as a nanny. This leads to some mystery and twists that made me want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Andrew find some himself searching for answers of: Why? Where does he go from here? I was surprised by how it all ended and I would have never predicted it at all.

I thought Boy on the Beach was pretty good. I would give it 4 1/2 stars. I believe it to be a must read. I will be looking for more by this author in the future.

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Blog Tour and Review: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad

Book Details:

Book Title: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad
Category: YA Non-fiction, 19 pages
Genre: Writing
Publisher: Amazon KDP
Release date: Sept 1, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (PDF)
Tour dates: Aug 13 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Whether you are young or old, The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can offer those who dream of finding the right path in the world of writing and publishing. Sunayna Prasad shares her experience as a young author and discusses what went well for her and what she suggests to those who long for success.

Talking about her life as a published writer, Sunayna Prasad teaches you the rules of the writing craft and the standards of the publishing world, as well as additional tips and tricks. The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can help you choose your own writing and publishing paths.

To read reviews, please visit Sunayna Prasad's page on iRead book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

Sunayna Prasad has been writing since she was six. She continues to write fiction and non-fiction today and has even won a Pacific Book-Review award. She lives in New York, and when not writing, likes to create art and cook.

Connect with Sunayna: Website ~ Facebook

My Review: 

The Life and Lessons of a Young Author gives a reader a glimpse into what has worked and what has not worked for Sunayna Prada as a published author. She is quite honest with her journey. She breaks the book down into eight sections. Which include:
The Beginning: She tells how she became an author and learns how to get started.
Starting Over: She learns how to take criticism and how to receive feedback, whether positive or negative.
Taking Writing Seriously: She informs what she did with the criticism and feedback.
The Second Publishung Experience: She focuses a lot on sales and reviews.
The Struggles of Sewueks: She gives some important guidelines and tips on what writing a sequel of previously published books.
Two Books in Obe Series: She is honest about her struggles with writing and editing books of a series.
The Trouble with Brainstorming: She informs what she has gone through for the first draft of her stories.
Hanging in There: To me, this is the most important section of the whole book. She has the  Best advice for any writer to learn, including how to grow a Fanbase.

I think all authors, especially those starting out, would benefit reading The Life and Lessons of a Young Author.  Published authors would understand the struggles described. Even readers would gain the knowledge of what a writer goes through to get books in their hands. I personally now have a great better understanding and and admiration for all writers who work so hard to help grow my passion of reading.

I give The Life and Lessons of a Young Author four stars. I would recommend this short but informative read.

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster

Publisher: Harlequin Books
On-sale date: July 31, 2018
ISBN: 978-1335017529
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: $15.99

LORI FOSTER is a New York TimesUSA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, and most recently Harlequin. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at www.lorifoster.com.
@LorilFoster                            lorilFoster                                     @lorifoster

My Review: 

Cooper's Charm is the first book from the Love at the Resort series. It is, also, my first introduction to Lori Foster's work. I loved the main characters of Phoenix and Cooper. My favorite character would have to be that crazy Daron. He is so very funny. They were all fun to get to know. The book is full of delightful romance. 

I give Cooper's Charm four stars.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid

Blurb (from Amazon):

He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.
On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.
Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.
Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost.

My Review

Arms of Mercy is the second installment from Ruth Reid’s Amish Mercies series. I had no problem getting through the first 2/3 of the book, but the storyline slowed way down for me. I lost interest for a little while until I was closer to the end. So glad I pushed through to find out what happened in the end.

Though I did enjoy Arms of Mercy, I did not enjoy it as much as the first in the series, Abiding Mercy. I give this one 3 1/2 stars. I look forward to see what happens next in the next Amish Mercies series.

I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sophie Washington: Hurricane by Tonya Duncas Ellis

Sophie Washington: Hurricane
by Tonya Duncan Ellis


GENRE: Children's



#Sophie Strong

A hurricane’s coming, and eleven-year-old Sophie Washington’s typical middle school life in the Houston, Texas suburbs is about to make a major change. One day she’s teasing her little brother, Cole, dodging classmate Nathan Jones’ wayward science lab frog and complaining about “braggamuffin” cheerleader Valentina Martinez, and the next, she and her family are fleeing for their lives to avoid dangerous flood waters. Finding a place to stay isn’t easy during the disaster, and the Washington’s get some surprise visitors when they finally do locate shelter. To add to the trouble, three members of the Washington family go missing during the storm, and new friends lose their home. In the middle of it all, Sophie learns to be grateful for what she has and that she is stronger than she ever imagined.



“Ahhhhhowwwww!!!” my little brother Cole’s screams combine with our dog Bertram’s howls, as a blinding light flashes near the backyard. The hair on my arms stands on end. We zoom to the kitchen race car fast.

“Mooom!” I call.

Thunder booms. I cover my ears to stop the ringing. My mother, wild-eyed, joins us.

“It’s lightning!” she cries, pulling Cole and me in for a group hug; Bertram shivers in the middle.

Outside, rain pounds down in sheets. The power cuts off.

“Great,” says mom, as she stumbles through the blackness to the pantry to find candles and a lighter.

For about three minutes, we huddle together quietly in the dimly lit room.

“What do we do now?” Cole breaks the silence.

He edges way too close to me, and I have the urge to shove him off like I usually do, but I feel sorry for my little brother because if I’m scared, I’m sure he’s terrified.


“Ewwwww! You are so nasty, Cole!” Now I do push my little brother back. Leave it to him break wind at a time like this.

“Excuse me,” he says.

My mother starts giggling.
“I can’t believe you’re laughing, Mom!” Pinching my nose, at the sulfurous odor I stamp my feet.

The lights flick back on, and I squinch. Bertram barks and wags his tail happily.

I exhale, then sharply breathe back in a few seconds later, when we hear a clatter coming from the garage.

 “Wait here, kids,” our mother cautiously moves toward the door that leads outside.

“Be careful,” I warn.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tonya Duncan Ellis was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was a teen. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. She's an Amazon bestselling and award-winning author of the Sophie Washington children's book series, geared towards readers ages 8 to 12. The books recount adventures of Houston, TX preteen Sophie Washington and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn't Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane and Mission Costa Rica (Due to be released June 2018). When she's not writing, Tonya enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sophie-Washington-Tonya-Duncan-Ellis-ebook/dp/B078ZQFKFK/

Website: https://tonyaduncanellis.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyaellisbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyaDEllis



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July 25: Splashes of Joy
August 1: Fabulous and Brunette
August 1: Long and Short Reviews
August 8: The Reading Addict
August 8: Locks, Hooks and Books
August 15: Kit 'N Kabookle
August 15: Sharing Links and Wisdom

My Review

Hurricane is yet another fabulous addition to the Sophie Washington series. I absolutely love Sophie and her family. This time they experience a devastating hurricane, which leads Sophie to new changes and surprising new friends. I like how the book teaches young readers how to help others, give others a chance, know what is really important and how to be good role models. 

I give Hurricane a well deserved five stars. I hope Tonya Duncan Ellis continues this series for years to come. 

I received this book the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Review: Less Thank Perfect by Ann Spangler

Blurb (from Amazon): 

What can the Bible’s most flawed men and women reveal about who God is and how he reaches out to less-than-perfect people? In Less Than Perfect, bestselling author Ann Spangler takes us beyond cardboard cutouts of 38 biblical characters to show us how these were real individuals who had dreams, temptations, and weaknesses just like us.
Whether considering the murderous Herodias, the scheming Jacob, or the doubting Sarah, Spangler approaches both familiar and lesser known characters with fresh eyes. We meet each of these individuals again as if for the first time as Spangler offers a dramatic retelling of their lives, insight into the historical and cultural context of their time, and key takeaway points for our lives today. Each chapter includes questions for discussion or reflection, making Less Than Perfect ideal for individual or group Bible study.

Entertaining, informative, and inspirational, Less Than Perfect gives you a big picture view of the Bible even as it takes you into the hearts and minds of people with struggles just like yours. As you learn more about the individuals who are part of your spiritual family tree, you’ll discover why God loves to use imperfect people to tell his perfect story of redemption.

My Review: 

Less Than Perfect: Broken Men and Women of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them is a great devotional study. It give you thirty stories that one can study everyday for a month. Some of the stories include: Adam, Tamar, Judah, Saul, Jezebel, Judas, and Pontius Pilate. Each story is only about seven to eight pages long and followed by sections called "The Times" and "The Takeaway". 

The study is full of references that show faith and inspiration. Anyone who want to learn about ones of the Bible who were far from perfect and want to learn the power of forgiveness will want to pick this book up. 

I give this devotional study five plus stars. 

Highly recommended.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Review Tour and Giveaway: Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller

Island on Fire
by Sophie Schiller


GENRE:   historical thriller



In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, has been unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past. 

At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But when they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?



Emilie’s muslin dress was soaked with sweat. Heat and humidity hung in the air like a wet blanket. She glanced over at Lucien, but he was staring at the smoldering volcano with a mixture of fear and awe. Dear God, she prayed, please don’t let me die together with Lucien. Not here, not now. Shutters flew open as fearful residents peered out into the darkness. A few horses broke free of their reins and were galloping down the street, chased by their furious owners. How quickly panic took over the frightened residents. Emilie pushed open the carriage door and scrambled outside. Lucien and Violette joined her, and they stood by the side of the road, watching the scene unfold before them like spectators to a disaster. To their horror, ash and volcanic dust rained down on their heads while the ground continued to shake.

Emilie’s heart raced and she felt as if she was having a nightmare. Boom! An explosion like cannon fire rocked the carriage. In the distance, the mountain appeared to be glowing. The blast was followed by a loud rumbling noise and tremors that shook the earth. Her first thought was that the world was coming to an end.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”. Her latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century, the Pompeii of the Caribbean. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY


Facebook Book Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Island-on-Fire-898938183595340/

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August 7: Notes From a Romantic's Heart
August 14: Let me tell you a story
August 14: Kimmi Love
August 14: A Chick Who Reads
August 21: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
August 21: Bookaholic

My Review

Island on Fire is a fascinating story. It combines love, action, horror, survival, suspense and history. With the eruption of the volcano, I had to find out what would happen next with the main characters. I stayed on the edge of my seat until the end. I had no way of predicting the following pages. I had to keep reading on! 

I recommend Island on Fire for those who love historical fiction based on real event. I give four stars. 

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion

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