Saturday, November 17, 2018

Review: My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa's Conflict by Murray Pura

Blurb (from Amazon):

When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.

Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty. She would like to share her work with Kyle, but he refuses to enlist when the war breaks out. How can she remain true to a man being labeled a coward? When the war comes to her back door in an epic battle, the greatest challenges to her faith and love are yet to come.

My Review: 

I believe My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa’s Conflict is my favorite that I have read from the My Heart Belongs in series. It has everything that I love to read most – history, strong heroine, action, romance, adventure and faith. I had no problem what so ever to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next. 

I give My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Clarissa’s Conflict a well deserved five plus stars. 

I highly recommend it!

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

Review: The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson/Dani Pettrey/Lynette Eason

Blurb (from Amazon):

In Dee Henderson's novella "Betrayed," Janelle Roberts is freed--thanks to people she doesn't know--after serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she did not commit. But a murderer is still at large, and Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another betrayal.

In Dani Pettrey's "Deadly Isle," Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on betrayal before they become the next victims?

In Lynette Eason's "Code of Ethics," trauma surgeon Ruthie St. John saves the life of Detective Isaac Martinez. After a betrayal leads to him getting shot and then attacked while in recovery, Isaac is now a key witness determined to testify. But someone is intent on silencing him--and those around him--forever. Together, Ruthie and Isaac go on the run, desperate to escape the killers hunting him. 

My Review: 

The Cost of Betrayal is a collection of three suspense filled stories by three fabulous suspense writers. These stories include:
Betrayal by Dee Henderson - Janelle is wrongly convicted, newly released and on the run. 
Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey - Tennyson and Callen finds themselves isolated on an island with a murderer.
Code of Ethics by Lynette Eason - Isaac goes on the run after he becomes a witness. 
I enjoyed every one of them and I highly recommend this collection. 
5 plus stars. 

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

Review and Giveaway: Hillsong Kids - Can You Believe It? DVD

Hillsong Kids, Can You Believe It?  

“Can You Believe It!? - Songs of Truth” is both a question and a challenge... a statement of gratitude to a loving God and an invitation to explore the very foundations of faith. Classic songs like “My Best Friend”, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” and “What A Beautiful Name” join brand new declarations of faith such as “As The World Shakes” & “Heaven Is Our Home”. We pray that this collection of fun and vibrant songs, help children around the world to declare biblical truths about God’s love and grace for them.

Hillsong believes that teaching children to love God and others takes place in both the home and in the church. For this reason they seek to partner with parents (the greatest teachers of all!) and with church pastors and leaders, equipping them with great resources. Through fun experiences, meaningful music and ministry that encourages kids to participate, Hillsong Kids presents Jesus Christ and His Church in a relevant way, creating moments which children will never forget.

My Review 

I was excited to have the opportunity to watch and review Hillsong Kids - Can You Believe It? DVD. It is not often I get to sit down with my elementary aged kids and have them help me with a review. This was a fun activity for us on a snow day. The DVD includes thirteen faith filled, inspiring, and catchy tunes. Each one includes easy to follow lyrics so viewers can sing along with the performers. It was delightful to watch my children jumping and dancing and singing away. We enjoyed this DVD and would give it four and a half stars. I would definitely recommend it for school aged children. We plan on getting another copy as a Christmas gift.


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Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Ribbon of Light by Claire Yezbak Fadden

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Julie Rafferty’s life-long dream is within her grasp. But just as the toy company she founded verges on becoming a multi-million-dollar enterprise, her husband abandons their marriage.

Trevor had no choice but to walk away from Julie. How else could he show his wife that the business was her priority, not him and their three children? His drastic stunt backfires though, jeopardizing the family business and seemingly pushes Julie into the arms of a younger man.

Just when Julie and Trevor find their way back to each other, a ruthless competitor escalates a bogus lawsuit. Together they plot to reclaim control of the toy company, only to uncover a shattering betrayal that puts them in unimaginable danger.

Can they overcome their dreadful mistake and reclaim the passion, trust and commitment that once drew them together? Or will the greed of an evil man irreparably destroy everything they hold dear?

Read an excerpt

Before Julie placed her purse on the desk, Leanne handed her three phone messages, two from Gary and one from a local reporter.

“Oh, and I thought you might want to read this,” Leanne handed over an article printed off the Internet. “After your meeting with Bennett Burnside, I remembered reading this from two years ago.”

The story recounted the case of a family from Georgia. The parents of a ten-year-old had won $100,000 in compensatory damages and $9.9 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit against MaxOut Toys. The suit claimed their son permanently lost partial use of his right hand after playing with BlastAway, a handheld video game manufactured by the start-up company. The article read in part:

“Because of their negligence, this young lad is unable to perform any of the normal activities a boy of ten would enjoy,” their attorney said, arguing that MaxOut management knew the dangers of overuse of their product and was required to provide consumer warnings. “Young Benji is now designated as a special needs student. On the Little League field, Benji can’t pitch, play first base, or even bat properly.”

Julie remembered Mort Gunther’s appeal to the ruling. An appellate court upheld the original judgment, forcing the fledgling toy manufacturer to file for bankruptcy.

Funny. She hadn’t seen Mort since he lost his company…until he introduced her to Bennett Burnside.

Leanne handed Julie a copy of another news item dated months later from the Global Business Briefs section of the Wall Street Journal, announcing Game Masters’ acquisition of bankrupt MaxOut Toys for an undisclosed amount.

An icy surge ran down Julie’s back. She set the papers on Leanne’s desk and clenched the journalist’s phone message in her hand.

Roberta Perkins, San Marcel Mercury News. Please call before 2:00 p.m.

Julie recognized the name and the same byline on the patent-infringement lawsuit article.

While placing the call, Julie licked her lips, a nervous habit she had since a child, waiting for the phone to connect.

“Ms. Rafferty, thank you for returning my call.” Roberta Perkins’s monotone voice replied. Julie pictured her more as a Helen Thomas-style journalist than a wide-eyed Lois Lane.

“An unnamed source on the San Marcel Narcotics Task Force claims the US attorney’s office is requesting a court order to confiscate your company files. Would you care to comment?”

Julie collapsed in her chair, her legs no longer able to support her. “What did you say?”

“Is FunWorks actually a front for money-laundering?”

“I don’t understand the question,” Julie said, her voice shaking.

“It’s the first step before the Narcotics Task Force initiates an investigation,” the reporter said in a matter-of-fact tone.

Nervous energy soared through Julie’s veins. “The Narcotics Task Force? What is this all about?”

“The task force received a tip that FunWorks launders money for drug traffickers.”

“What a ridiculous allegation.” Julie’s pulse quickened, and her hand flew to the silver crucifix dangling on a thin chain around her neck. She fingered the cross and took in a deep breath.

“May I quote you?”

“Quote me? For what?”

“For the article I’m working on. You did know you are under investigation?”

Julie didn’t respond.

“In my experience, allegations of federal law violations are taken very seriously by the United States Attorney, especially Del Evans’s office,” Roberta said, suddenly sounding supportive. “If I were you, I’d call my attorney.”

“I have no comment about the allegation,” Julie managed to say. “I will remind you, though, that a libel suit can be very expensive. In my experience, newspaper publishers fire irresponsible writers whose sloppy work costs them money.” Julie disconnected the call and threw the cordless phone across the room.

Now those jerks had gone too far.

She retrieved her phone.

Twenty minutes later, after waiting on hold, a clerk in US Attorney Del Evans’s office informed her that Mr. Evans was unable to take her call. The clerk couldn’t say anything about the allegations, but she confirmed that contacting a lawyer would be a good idea.

“How long do these investigations take?” Julie asked.

“Hard to say,” the droning voice replied. “Every case is unique. When it’s connected to money, sometimes the IRS and the DEA get involved.”

Julie held the phone receiver near her ear for a minute or two listening to the dial tone.

The IRS and the DEA?

Burnside wanted FunWorks so much, he sicced the Feds on me. Why? About the Author:When she’s not playing with her granddaughters, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first.

There's a special spot in Claire's heart for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl. She loves butterflies, ladybugs and confetti! Just ask anyone who's received a birthday card from her.

The mother of three lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and three spoiled dogs.

Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in more than 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia. Ribbon of Light is the third novel in her Begin Again series.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional

Blurb (from Amazon):

Christmas traditions become a treasured part of a family's heritage, passed down from generation to generation. This brand new, four-week devotional guides your family on an unforgettable advent journey, exploring some of the most wonderful prophecies in the Bible and how God fulfills them in Christ. From Bible devotions which tell the Christmas story through the eyes of the prophets to an original Christmas short story called Bartimaeus, Prepare Him Room helps you build family Christmas traditions around Christ. The memorable and meaningful activities, songs, and stories of Prepare Him Room will become the fabric of your family's Christmas memories. So gather them to watch the amazing gospel story unfold every December for generations to come!

My Review: 

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional is a great devotional that all families and church groups should add to their Christmas time tradition. I enjoyed it. It includes some fun activities, as well as, reminding readers what the true meaning of Christmas is.

I give Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional five plus stars. I can not to use it again year after year. I highly recommend it. 

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

Book Blast and Giveaway: House of Ashes by Loretta Marion

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Thirty-seven-year-old painter Cassandra Mitchell is fourth-generation to live in the majestic Battersea Bluffs, a brooding Queen Anne home originally built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, and still standing despite tragedies that have swept the generations. Local lore has it that there was a curse placed on the family and the house is haunted, though opinions are divided on whether it's by malicious or benevolent spirits. Cassie believes the latter―but now she stands to lose her beloved home to mounting debt and the machinations of her dream-weaving ex-husband.

Salvation seems to arrive when a nomadic young couple wanders onto the property with the promise of companionship and much-needed help―until they vanish without a trace, leaving behind no clue to their identities. Cassie is devastated, but determined to discover what's happened to the young couple...even as digging into their disappearance starts to uncover family secrets of her own. Despite warnings from her childhood friend, now the local Chief of Police―as well as an FBI agent who pushes the boundaries of professionalism―Cassie can't help following the trail of clues (and eerie signals from the old house itself) to unravel the mystery. But can she do so before her family's dark curse destroys everything in its path?

Read an Excerpt:

Present day ~ Whale Rock, Massachusetts ~ Cape Cod
September ~ three days since the disappearance

Back at home, I took a good look at my beloved Battersea Bluffs, with its towering widow’s walk, double chimneys, and impressive wrap-around porch. It had become part of Whale Rock’s lore that the majestic Victorian sitting high above the cliffs on the craggy northern end of town was possessed by the spirits of my great- grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, its original owners. The legend evolved from a rumor initiated by my father when he was trying to take back his rightful home. It had been a successful strategy, but he could never have guessed how prophetic his fable would become—or maybe he’d already sensed the mysterious aspects of the old house. To be fair, Papa and I had never discussed the lurking scents and sounds presented by the spirits sharing our home.

I unlatched the gate, to a warm greeting of soft whimpers and an exuberant tail.

“You’re missing them too, aren’t ya, buddy?” I reached down to stroke the German shepherd’s glossy black fur, those usually erect ears momentarily relaxed. I widened the gate.

I followed the dog to the ledge of Percy’s Bluffs, so named after my great-grandfather’s dramatic leap from the cliffs overlooking Cape Cod Bay. I stared down to where the waves were crashing against the rocks below. Through the years, this spot had become my refuge, where I’d come to contemplate decisions or brood over troubles. Exhausted and numb, I sank to the ground and idly fingered an abandoned champagne cork, probably left here the night Vince and Ashley moved in with me. We’d brought a bottle down to the cliffs to toast our new alliance and the home they were going to help me save. I closed my eyes to bring to memory the feel of the fizzy liquid against my tongue, the first I’d tasted in years. There’d not been much to celebrate in recent times. But that night, a sense of hope had returned to me.

About the Author:
A true bibliophile, Loretta Marion's affection for the written word began in childhood and followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she crafted award winning marketing and advertising copy and educational brochures. She then applied her writing skills as a volunteer, establishing a Legacy Story program for hospice patients, which inspired her to create her own fictional stories. Her debut novel, The Fool's Truth, was a twisty mystery with whispers of romance. Her newest novel, HOUSE OF ASHES – A Haunted Bluffs Mystery, is the first in a series published by Crooked Lane Books.

When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey, and their beloved Mr. Peabody, a sweet, devoted and amusing “Corgador”.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review: 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith

Blurb (from Amazon):

Girls are world-changers! And this deeply inspiring storybook proves it!

Just for the girls in your life, ages 8 and up, this collection of 100 extraordinary stories of women of faith--from the Bible, history, and today--will empower them to know and understand how women have made a difference in the world and how much smaller our faith (and the biblical record) would be without them. Featuring full-page, colorful illustrations alongside the true stories of amazing women like Lydia, Naomi, Rahab, Rebekah, Jane Austen, Corrie ten Boom, Bethany Hamilton, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and dozens more, the stories of these 100 women will encourage and inspire girls to become the world-changers God created them to be!

My Review:

100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith is a great read for young girls. It is easy to read with a quick and short biography or each woman of faith. These women include ones that lived throughout history from the Biblical times to current living. I think many young girls would be inspired by reading their stories. I cannot wait to gift my copy to a special young lady for Christmas. 

I give 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith five plus stars and highly recommend it. 

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

Review: Ellie Claire Art Journals

I am excited to have the opportunity to review 
THREE Ellie Claire Art Journals today.

I will start with 

Illuminate Your Story Journal

I love the beautiful embossed cover, with a handy pen loop, bookmark, and elastic band closure. The back cover has a nice pocket for keepsakes. The size is 6x8 inches. It has a step by step instructions as to how to create the alphabet in a gorgeous style. The following page after each letter has lines one could use for writing and journaling. There is, also, an inspirational message on these pages. These messages could be a Bible passage, such as, 1 Peter 5:7, or inspiration from a well known person, including Billy Graham or Laura Ingalls Wilder. The pages are thick and I personally did not experience any bleed through. 

UPDATE: Apparently, this one is especially appealing for a nine year old girl. My daughter found my copy and took off with it to keep in her room. 

Next is, 

Faith and Lettering Journal.

I enjoyed the embossed lettering and pictures on the cover. This one includes a pen loop, as well. The size is 7x9 inches. It has a variety of uses and pages. There are pages with a beautiful picture incorporating an inspiring message, including my favorite, The Lord is near the Brokenhearted. Psalm 34:18. Other pages have lines for writing down thoughts or with designs that one could recreate in the space provided, and sections for different styles of the alphabet. Again, the pages are thick enough where I did not experience bleed through.

Finally, is probably my favorite of the three journals reviewed, 

The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal.

Like the other journals, I loved the colorful embossed hard cover. The size is slightly over 7x9 inches. It is pretty simple with a left hand page lined for writing, right page with a design for coloring, and following two pages lined for additional writing. The pages are thick enough that I did not personally experience bleed through.

I must say I did not know what to expect and I am pretty impressed with these journals. To be honest, I have not ever used a journal. After receiving these three, that will now changed. They would make wonderful gifts. I highly highly recommend them!