Thursday, March 27, 2014

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What if the woman you envied most is the person you are destined to become?


In 1994, high school senior David Foster was the lackey and soundboard geek for his best friend's grunge band. During spring break, the band lands a dream gig playing at a motel in Myrtle Beach, SC. David expected all the girls to ogle the guys on stage, but when a beautiful blond "Bond Girl" approaches him and calls him by name, he's shocked to find out she knows more about him than a stranger should. She even knows about his notebooks and his visions of time travel.


What she thought was a quick time-travel-sightseeing trip takes a surprising turn when she meets the young adult version of the man she'd heard stories about as a child. His fairy-tale romance with the woman he'd loved, Layla, inspired her to accept nothing less than a love just as strong...but hopefully not as tragic. When she won't tell the younger version of him her name, he calls her Layla--and the world as she knows it changes forever.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes





Book Blurb


Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey.

Summer 1886

Sally Clay's livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.

But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others - and hers isn't the only heart that's broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?

A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.

All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.

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Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word - from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing.

Bleeding Heart is now available in Kindle format on Amazon and in paperback on CreateSpace and Amazon!

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My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)

 



Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes is an exquisite, heartfelt story of epic love and bitter loss. You will lose your heart to the depths of emotion and the heights of pleasure that you will experience in this unforgettable journey of the beauty and misery that this world has to offer. I was mesmerized by the enduring strength despite the inherent weakness of each of the characters. The fact that they never really gave up on hope and love reinvigorated my own hope for the future.

On the day we are born, the journey of our life is laid out before our feet like a warm, inviting blanket wrapped around us. As we grow, so does our path. While we make our choices and take turns off the path, it remains steady ever pointing to its ultimate destination. Trees, hills, and mountains block our view of the end of our journey from our physical eyes, but in our heart, we know that it ends in the fulfillment of a promise. That promise is what keeps our feet walking when they should stop. It fuels the beating of our heart when this act would defy all reason. It breaths hope into our dead, lifeless souls when this world has ripped from us the best that we had to offer.

We need to realize that the hardships we may have to endure by choice or by design shape and mold us into who we were always meant to become. Without those times, we would not be able to recognize and cherish the purity of the human spirit. True friendship would wither and die from not being returned. Love would be only a word used to beguile the naive. Honesty would become a concept that was known only in ancient times. Our hearts can endure more than they should be able to, and as a result, hope can be reborn to those who need it the most. Our first instinct should be to reach out to those in need and offer shelter to those who wander the dark, cold nights. Will you be the arms of hope and allow those who are desperate for it to be hidden within it in order to heal until they are ready?

Amber Stokes is a wonderfully, talented author who deeply touched my heart with her marvelous story of pure, life affirming hope amid terrible loss and suffering. Oh, how much we need to hear messages like this one! This message needs to be shouted from the rooftops and declared to the masses that while the night might be overwhelming and blinding, the light of the rising sun will shine on us again. We just need to wait. We just need to heal. We just need to love again.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Apocalypse of Angels Harmoney Lawson






Book Blurb


Camille Harper, about to finish high school, can see angels all around her. They appear to watch her. She has been able to see angels from birth, and while she is amused by this ability, she just wants a normal life with friends, family, and good times. Why can she see angels? She doesn't know, but she believes the knowledge will change everything. Then she witnesses a confrontation between a beautiful angel and a dark winged creature. The strange event will signal the end of normal life.

Did the strange beings know she could see them?

Her friends want her to sneak out to an abandoned house for parties, but her instincts scream “NO!” Something is not right about the place. The hip new guy in school, Earl, wants to date, but she is afraid he will disturb her circle of friends, and there is something not right about him. Her parents aren’t doing well together. And whatever strange plot is developing, her sister may be in the middle.

Now, for the first time, Camille Harper is interacting with angels face to face. This is incredible, but when Jason Waters enters her life, she gets more than she bargained for. Her strange ability complicates life on a whole new level. Camille and Jason enter an exciting but forbidden relationship.

Strange beings present danger. What’s a Nephilim? What are fallen angels up to?

Jason believes something is strange with Earl, but Jason is hiding things from Camille as well. Which one is right for her? Are they both trying to possess her for supernatural reasons?

Camille just wants to make it through the year and graduate from high school, but changes are leading up to some apocalyptic event.

Can Camille continue Seeing Angels without her life going to Hell?

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Author Info


Harmony Lawson was born on a naval base in San Diego, California. Currently, she and her family live in Northern California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her education is in drawing, painting, and writing. When she read her first romance novel at age 16, she became a hopeless romantic.

Harmony is fascinated by angels, and she incorporates research in angels, the Nephilim, and fallen angels into her fictional stories. Many of the descriptions in her books reflect actual documentation found in religious documents.


While she has endured many hardships in life, she believes life will be better tomorrow. Life has its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and Heaven and Hell. She believes the bad times are a test to prove a person’s worth. Her books reflect on that concept.



My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)



Apocalypse of Angels is a fast-paced, exhilarating story of spiritual intrigue and forbidden love. It will keep you on your toes as you try to guess what is coming next. There is truly never a dull moment along the way which I very much enjoyed. I am becoming a fan of angel stories, and this is one that I have placed on my favorites list.

This story caught my interest from the very beginning and never let go. It pulled me into its world of angels and demons and took me on a wonderfully exciting thrill ride that I shall not soon forget. What touched me the most was the sense that this story was written by one who has an open mind and a very big heart. The love expressed between the characters and the willingness to do what needed to be done to help others really made me stop and appreciate the author who poured her heart into this beautifully written and carefully constructed tale of unexpected love, unforeseen destiny, and overwhelming heart.

The characters made this story come alive. They spoke to my heart and made me care for them. I delved into their world and they in turn made a home in my heart. I was heartbroken by their various struggles and rejoiced in their triumphs. I was captivated as some of them evolved before my eyes as the plot took over and breath-taking transformations took place. I loved getting to know them, and I hope that I get to discover even more about them in the next book(s).

I was sad to see this lovely tale come to an end, but I am very excited to learn how this fun and mesmerizing story will develop in its sequel. Harmony Lawson is a wonderfully talented author who transported me into her fascinating world of the supernatural and made me fall in love with her amazingly unforgettable characters. She is an author that I will be keeping an eye on as I am very impressed with her work, and I hope to see more to come in her future.



Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee

Book Blurb


Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again.

Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.

The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk—a scientist being groomed by The Ten—convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.

As her life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out.

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I write for teens, teach teens, and more often than not, act like a teen. My family and I have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Our current hometown is Tampa, FL.

Check out my website for FAQ's, info on my books, and my blog. www.kristamcgeebooks.com

My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)


Anomaly by Krista McGee is a refreshingly original and incredibly unique experience that plunges us into the depths of the human heart while at the same time desperately tries to reconcile those feeling with the logic of the mind. As you can imagine, that task would be near impossible, but that is not to say that there are those who will not stop trying in the hopes of closing out the heart and allowing logic to take over. It is for those that I believe this story was written. You cannot blot out hope, love, and faith only to replace it with logic, uniformity, and rules. The only result would be to remove the purpose and desire for living. What a horrible existence that would be!

We follow McGee’s beautiful and ingenious characters Thalli and Berk as they are forced apart and then reunited under precarious circumstances. The tender and innocent love that they nurture is endangered by a death sentence placed on Thalli because she is an anomaly. Her variances are seen as a malformation and targeted for immediate removal. Heartbroken by this revelation, Berk vows to do all that he can to save Thalli. Together, they journey to the edge of a precipice that will forever change them and the world around them.

I dare you to deceive the system set in place to protect you from yourself. I put forth a challenge to all who dare to listen.  Live at your own risk. Love at your own risk. Don’t ignore the One who created you. Believe in Him. Believe in yourself. In a world controlled by a strict observance of the status quo, your reality is only a shallow reflection of the truth that lies far below. Don’t stifle the truth. Question the lies.

Krista McGee is a truly insightful and imaginative author! I was immediately entranced by her world, and I loved every minute of it. The fascinating technology and the simple yet complex setup of her society beckoned me to learn more until I was utterly immersed and intrigued. This is a story that fans of sci-fi and dystopian will thoroughly enjoy. I look forward to reading more stories from this wonderful author.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Review: A Bargained for Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure


 



Author Info


Marcia Lynn McClure's intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books--including The Visions of Ransom Lake, A Crimson Frost, The Pirate Ruse, and Kissing Cousins--has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title "The Queen of Kissing."

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

Visit www.marcialynnmcclure.com for more information on Marcia Lynn McClure and her books, or contact her at marcialmcclure@cs.com.

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My Review

(Written and Provided by Amber McCallister)



A Bargained-For Bride by Marcia Lynn McClure is a deliciously romantic and ravishingly thrilling story of not settling for anything but the best. This was a truly magical and swoon worthy love story that unreservedly captured my heart and gave it wings to fly to the heights of Heaven and back. My heart was swept away by the quiet yet simmering passion that we see being accidentally discovered, lovingly nurtured, and desperately pursued by the enchanting characters that we come to know. 

I think that women need to realize that we shouldn’t be settling for just any guy that will show us some attention and dish out some affection our way. We should be much more discerning when it comes to our heart. Why would you ever think about handing your heart over to a one night stand or to a player who only wants to add another notch to his bedpost? We are so much more valuable and precious then these types of men give us credit for. We deeply infuse passionate love, tender gentleness, and endless heart into our society. Not only would men wither and fade without us, but they would never know the heart-pounding pleasure of performing a task in order to see the room light up with a smile from his love or the pulse spiking passion of his lady’s tender kiss of gratitude and love. We complete them, and the smart ones know that any sacrifice is worth the endless ecstasy and soul-filling wholeness that only we can offer them. The truly lucky ones know the heavenly benefits and pure joy that comes from finding the one that completes him and loving her with everything in him. He doesn’t need to go looking for more because he knows he has more than enough woman on his hands then he could ever tame and love in a lifetime.

On that same note, we as women need to realize the power that we hold in our own hands. If we choose, we can tease as well as they can if not better, but if we are true women of virtue and wisdom, we will use that power to honor the men worthy of our love and life through our actions and our words. By showing these men that we are worthy of their precious attention, their fierce love, and their boundless devotion, we can begin to heal the great rift that has been created since the fall of mankind. Men have no less depth of the soul and passion of the heart then we do. They have just been taught not to be as quick in showing it as we are. Society teaches them to be hard and show no emotion, and in so doing they will be perceived as strong and invincible. In reality, they crave our attention and desire our love just as much, and I would venture to say that they hunger for it even more than we do for they are taught to suppress that natural desire in light of appearing aloof and independent. So let us learn to not only control our own yearnings but to show each other the respect that both men and women deserve. If we fall, so does our society.

McClure is quickly becoming one of my favorite romance authors because she focuses on the immense value and the infinite important of the family. We are not much without the love and guidance provided to us by our family. True family will do whatever is needed in order to take care of and look out for each other. We need to remember to always love and appreciate our family – whoever they might be.

Excerpt


“You’re the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?” Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment.

Jilly smiled. “And you’re the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know,” she flirted in return.

Jack smiled. “I do know,” he said.

Jilly giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable—and a little conceited. He really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove—and he was, for the most part.

Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid), there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no lingering on thinking of that man—no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for any reason—ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true—being that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way Jack did.

Friday, October 11, 2013

SANCTUARY BY PAULINE CREEDEN


Book Info-

Title: Sanctuary

By: Pauline Creeden

Publication Date: September 30th, 2013

 by AltWit Press

 

Blurb-

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

 

 
MY REVIEW:

Let me just say that zombies are not my thing. I got a chance to beta and ARC of Sanctuary months ago. Pauline is a good friend of mine and I'm a huge fan of her writing, so I decided to read something other than my norm.

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I could not put the book down and I will tell you that I am very hard to hook. And this was a zombie novel that I could not put down. I was also scared. The story was so realistic as we follow Jennie and her journey, and Hugh and his. I would step out of my house and listen for that awful sound and look around for zombies. THAT IS HOW MUCH REALITY AND FICTION BLURRED IN MY MIND.

It was original and I'd never thought of end times events in the Bible in that way before. Super creative and I just loved this book. You should read it, even if you think you don't like zombies.


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In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

 

Pauline is horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

 

She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers' Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.

 

One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.

 





 

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