Dangerous Illusions: a book review

 

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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed!

My Review:

Dangerous Illusions is officially one of my favorite Irene Hannon books. I love it when an author can keep me guessing.

Trish is a strong character, considering all she’s been through, but sometimes she didn’t seem to be as affected by the tragedies as one would expect. It’s a minor quibble though, and really only because i’m trying to nitpick.

Dangerous Illusions is a powerful start to what i’m certain will be an incredible new series. The sooner book 2 gets out, the better.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Indie Christian Books Black Friday Sale and Giveaway!

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Like most other bookworms, great books are always near the top of my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s nearly impossible to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five of the best books I read in 2017 and am thankful for.

Deliver, by : Tricia Mingerink
Exiles, by : Jaye L. Knight
Crown of Souls, by : Rone Kendig
A Dance of Silver and Shadow, by : Melanie Cellier
I’ll be Yours, by : Jenny B. Jones

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a very long list of books I am eager to read in the coming year. Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Book sales! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors has banded together to offer a huge selection of discounted books between Nov 24th and 30th. There’s literally something for everyone.

On November 24th, the Indie Christian Books website (http://www.indiechristianbooks.com) will go live. Every single book listed will be on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks,package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. When you purchase a paperback book through indiechristianbooks.com you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

You can meet the authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? Come join the week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.

What awesome reads of 2017 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

*A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as “Sold Out.” This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

And Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below:

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Too Far Down: a book review

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When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She’s determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that’s threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm’s way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

My Review: 

Cole Boden is pulled between two worlds. If anyone could help him choose, it would be Mel, the feisty sharpshooting cowgirl who has always managed to best him at just about everything. The family dynamic between characters is strong and the pace of the book never slows for long.

The romance wan’t particularly memorable though. It’s a bit too familiar of a formula with Connealy’s books. Feisty independent heroines, and slightly clueless heroes sniping at each other until the realize they love each other. It’s still fun, just beginning to lose a bit of its sparkle.

Too Far Down, the finale to the Cimarron Legacy series, is a solid tale, but not a standout. Though my review might sound a bit harsh, It’s still worth the read and I’d happily recommend it to lovers of cowboy romances.

**I received this book free from Bethany House for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.**

My Rating: Four Flames

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An Inconvenient Beauty: a book review

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Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

My Review:

Inconvenient Beauty was a sweet and engaging story. Gavin’s logical and methodical method of choosing of a bride was both understandable and funny, especially with just how bad the “perfect” wife turned out to be for him. You couldn’t help but feel bad for Isabella, always being used as she was. But I think she handled thing fairly well considering the circumstances. I’m especially glad that the author didn’t go into a bunch of unnecessary drama when her secrets were finally revealed to Griffith. He dealt with the matter using a refreshing amount of maturity in comparison to most books these days. It was a bit of a relief that the author didn’t go dragging the book out longer with a lot of theatrics over the deception.
Though none of the books in this series have quite lived up to the first novel – A Noble Masquerade – I think this was still one of the better books in the series and do heartily recommend it to any lover of regency novels.

**I received this book free from Bethany House for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.**

My Rating: Four Flames

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Exiles by Jaye L. Knight: book review and blog tour!

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th!
You can find them on Amazon.
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About the Author

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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My Review

I have been a huge fan of the Ilyon Chronicles since they first released, and not a single book in the series has ever failed to disappoint me. They just seem to keep getting better.

It was amazing to see how much my favorite character – Jace – has grown just since the last book. His newfound strength and confidence came as such a delightful surprise. I love how he is finally growing into himself. His relationship with Kyrin is so sweet – and yet so frustrating! I just want to grab both characters and shake them good while yelling “Will you two just get married ALREADY?!?!” ;-P
I mean, it’s so obvious they’re meant for each other.

I loved the setting and the world that Jaye has created. It was so awesome to finally see the Crete cities, and I hope we get to go back again before the series is over. I also loved that we FINALLY get to lean more about the Ryrics, and with a totally awesome twist too! I need more of that, even more than the Crete cities.

But the shock value was in Prince Daniel’s plot line. I can’t say too much without giving massive spoilers, but WOW! I totally did not see some of those twists coming, nothing but curveballs all the way. Kudos to Jaye for taking that last (Spoiler) turn. I’ve always been good at figuring out the plot twists before they happen, but I never would have seen that one coming. The story is getting mighty scary now – in a good way (It’s not scary-scary, just a huge raising of the stakes there).

There’s also a strong hint of a new romance brewing at the very end of the story, and I’m feeling might proud of myself for calling that one before the characters even met! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The only bad part of this entire book is the fact that it ended. I mean, come on! Where is book 5? I need more Ilyon now! 😀

Just buy this book. Seriously. Don’t even hesitate. It’s just that awesome.

My Rating: Five Flames

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*I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, and no exaggeration. I loved this book!*

 

Chasing Secrets: a book review

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Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.

My Review: 

I have read a few of Lynette Eason’s series before, but this is by far the best of them. Her early mysteries were way too easy to solve, but that was not the case with this one.

Haley is a strong and independent MC, but unlike a lot of fictional heroines these days, she doesn’t press it to the point of stupidity. She doesn’t take dumb chances and she owns her mistakes. And much like me, she’s a peanut M&M addict. 😛
Steven too, is a solid character, though not any particular standout to me.

The plot was fast and complicated, though it never got bogged down in mundane details. Eason does a good job with the pacing. Her writing is very tight, not loaded with filler material. I read it on my breaks at work, which probably wasn’t the best idea, because I didn’t want to put it back down!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean. Only a sweet kiss or two.
Language:  clean.
Drinking/Drugs: clean.
Blood/violence: Several fights and chases, murder with some non-graphic description of the condition of the bodies. Shooting. One death near the end of the book has a bit more description than some people might like. It didn’t bother me, but if a reader is very sensitive, they might want to be cautious.
Other: Abuse is mentioned, but not shown.

*I received this book free from Revell for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.*

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Stealing the Preacher: a book review

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Description: 

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he’s forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man’s daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he’s haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind–a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna’s outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

My Review:

How many outlaw would hold up a train and steal a preacher, and as a birthday gift for the gang leader’s daughter, no less? Silas Robbins would, and the unfortunate Crockett Archer gets dragged into one mighty odd situation.
But as the Bible says: All things work together for good. And when Crockett helps Silas’s daughter Jo reopen the local church, lives are changed in a way Crockett never thought.

I’ve always loved Karen Witemeyer’s books, and have dread almost every one of them. I’m thinking that this one is destined to become a favorite. There’s plenty of humor, a touch of hijinks, and just a hint of suspense. The book never takes itself too seriously. It’s a light and easy read that is great for when you’re stressed and can’t take too much excitement in your books. I highly recommend it, and any of the rest of Witemeyer’s works to everyone.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean. Some flirting and kisses only.
Language: Clean
Drinking/Drugs: Clean. It is mentioned that one character’s father is an alcoholic, but we never actually see him.
Blood/violence:  There is an attempted hanging, and one character is shot. There is description of the surgery and removal of the bullet that, while never graphic, might make more squeamish people a bit queasy.

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Inferno Release Day!!!

Today is the day! My baby is finally being re-released to the world!

Huge thanks to my wonderful family for supporting my writing, and most especially to my Mom, who does so much editing for me. Also, to the Saddle Up Club. I wrote this one for you guys.

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Fire can destroy, or it can refine.

The Wilderness Ride Campout is the highlight of the year for Ashley Thompson and her friends. Not even her antagonistic fellow rider, Jocelyn Gregory, can ruin this weekend for her.

But when a wildfire traps them together on the mountain, relationships are taxed to the breaking point and old wounds torn open. Limited by injuries and with no clue where they are, The girls must find a way to set aside their prejudices and work together, or perish in the blaze.

Heart on the Line: a book review

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Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can’t let the villain she believes responsible for her father’s death release his wrath in Harper’s Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she’s ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My Review: 

It’s nice to be back in Harper’s Station. We still get a chance to see several old friends here, but the focus is now on a minor character from the first book: Grace Mallory. Heart on the Line starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end.

I loved the characters. Amos was a sweet guy, and Grace just the right amount of both sweet and sassy. I had an easy time figuring out the villain, as well as the mystery man found in the wood. Even so, it was a hard book to put down, and I hope we get to see more stories in this unique little western town.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory
Romance: clean
Language: Clean
Blood/violence: some blood, kidnappings, beating and abuse, murder / attempted murder, and a shootout.

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Inferno cover revel and release date!!!!

Inferno cover reveal and release date!!!!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. This book has been almost a decade in the making. Inferno was originally written as a serial short story for my homeschool riding group – the Saddle Up Club – for their monthly newsletter. It was one of the first stories I actually finished writing, and I got a lot of great comments and feedback from it back then.

While I was in the process of writing my novel – Midnight Dancer – I started having trouble concentrating. So to get the creative juices flowing again I picked Inferno back up and began completely re-writing it. My writing style has changed a lot since then, so I went pretty crazy on it –  and it has grown from a short story of about 9,000 words, to a full length novella that is now at approx. 27,000+ words!

Now, I am so happy to finally be able to re-introduce Inferno to the world!

Back Cover Blurb: 

Fire can destroy, or it can refine.

The Wilderness Ride Campout is the highlight of the year for Ashley Thompson and her friends. Not even her antagonistic fellow rider, Jocelyn Gregory, can ruin this weekend for her.

But when a wildfire traps them together on the mountain, relationships are taxed to the breaking point and old wounds torn open. Limited by injuries and with no clue where they are, The girls must find a way to set aside their prejudices and work together, or perish in the blaze.

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And now, without further ado, the lovely new cover!

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This is only my second attempt at cover photoshopping, and I just love how it turned out!

Official release date is July 9!