Review Bites

The Lady and The Wish – J.M. Stengl

 This book is yet another win for Mrs. Stengl! It’s probably one of the best fairytales I have read yet this year.
Lady Gillian was…not what I’d expected. She didn’t have as much of a mean streak as she simply was oblivious and self absorbed. I had assumed that she would be the easy-to-hate type at the beginning of the book. In reality, though, I just pitied her, especially after her rotten parents decide to make her pay for all their mistakes. After everything she went through for them, she deserved a happy ending.
The real Gillian is actually a pretty capable girl, who is a surprisingly solid judge of character after she gets past the surface. I have to say that I really admire that girl’s tenacity. I wouldn’t have lasted the week in that insane manor. And it was also sweet how much she cared about that old lady. Though as cruel as that woman was to her, I was beginning to question her sanity in staying.
My only real qualm with this book is that the villain didn’t get what he so richly deserved. I’m hoping that might be resolved in a future book’s plot. In the meantime, I’m just going to go back to staring at the calendar and counting the days until book five: The Mirror and the Curse releases.

*** I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from the author. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: FIVE FLAMES

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Flight of the Raven – Morgan L. Busse 

Great sequel to Mark of the Raven! It’s a bit of a slower paced book, focusing more on the romance than any action, but it it brimming with suspense and lovable but flawed characters that i’m dying to see more of. Busse has a beautiful style and strong description that make the dark, airy hallways of Ravenwood or the bright lights and oceanic scenery of house Maris both easy and breathtaking to picture. The ending was a touch of a cliffhanger, so I really hope that book 3 is not too far down the road, because I’m about to go crazy wanting to know what happens next.

 

 

My Rating: FIVE FLAMES

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Her Oklahoma Rancher – Brenda Minton

I have read and enjoyed several of Minton’s books. This one…Well, it was a fairly enjoyable way to pass some time, but it felt rather lacking in both depth and feeling.

I liked Ethan well enough, he was a genuinely sweet guy and tried so hard for everybody – even when he did go a touch overboard. My only qualm with him is that he would so easily abandon a baby for a few days with a woman who knew nothing of caring for infants – without even telling her. He just walked out the door.

As for Eve, I can’t say I ever really liked her. I understand that her character was dealing with a number of serious physical and emotional wounds, and I tried to like her, I really did. But I just never really felt much for her character beyond a bit of annoyance. She reacted badly or overreacted to everything, even though she was quick to apologize later. There was really nothing there that endeared her to me. She was a lackluster character and I never really felt much in the romance between her and Ethan.

Overall, it was a relatively enjoyable escape read, but not one i’ll be re-reading.

*** I received an advanced reader copy of this book free from Netgalley. I was not in any way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: THREE FLAMES

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Flower: a Book Review

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Kitrin always assumed her overprotective parents were just paranoid—until the trees started talking to her.

For sixteen years, Kitrin has longed for freedom from her parents’ secluded manor. However, one day her emotions trigger flowers to bloom, roots to grasp, and trees to bend. Unable to control her unexplained abilities, she finds an anchor in a young man with sad eyes and his own secrets. A man who sends sparks through her, but who might be tied to her destruction.

Palace outcast and nephew of the king, Prince Bryce lives under the shadow of his father’s execution for treason. To escape the toxic court, he takes comfort in the company of the kindhearted Kitrin. However, as the mysteries in both their pasts are revealed, he realizes the girl he loves is someone his family wants dead.

My Review: 

Fleeing the stifling confines of her mother’s controlling presence, Kit’s first act of rebellion brings her face to face with the shunned Prince Bryce – and her life falls apart. Turns out her mother had good reason to keep her separated from the world – and Prince Bryce in particular.

Bryce has always been the outcast, the son of the traitor. Bullied by his cousin, the crown prince, and distrusted by the court, he has always done his best to prove his loyalties. He quickly falls head over heels for sweet Kitrin, who doesn’t treat him any differently from any other.  But his father’s betrayal touched more than he imaged, and even the best kept secrets have a way of coming out – secrets that put his new love in danger.

I really liked both Bryce and Kit, they were such a sweet couple. I can’t wait to see where their story goes in the sequel.

The magic system is an interesting twist. I admit that I saw quite a few of the mysteries involving that system and the characters unravel well before the author said anything – and I suspect a few more that look be coming in the sequels. It did involve a few common fantasy tropes, but Burke still managed to make them feel fun and fresh.

The ending was a cliffhanger and I really badly want to get my hands on the sequels – like right now! Book 2 can’t come fast enough. I need to know what happens next!

I removed one star for the swearing.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean for the most part. There is one off screen consummation of “marriage vows” though it is a bit of an interesting question as to whether or not they are truly married. They made their vows to each other and meant them, but there were neither witnesses or preacher/priest. Nor is the marriage legal by the laws of the land. An interesting dilemma.
Language: A handful of mild swear words are peppered throughout the book.
Blood/violence: There are a few violent deaths, fights, and one offscreen suicide. Very little blood.
Other: Magic usage.

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Happy Reading y’all!

 

 

 

Dagger’s Sleep and Disassociate Blog Tour!

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Hey, Y’all! It is such a great pleasure to be a part of Tricia Mingerink’s latest release tour. Any of you who have followed my blog for a while have probably seen my glowing reviews of her Blades of Acktar series. I was so thrilled to get a chance to join the blog tour for her latest novel, an allegory / fairytale retelling!

 

Dagger’s Sleep Spotlight and review: 

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About the Book:

A prince cursed to sleep.
A princess destined to wake him.
A kingdom determined to stop them.
High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.
A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?
One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest King himself, their quests will demand sacrifices neither of them could imagine.
Dagger’s Sleep is available for preorder here on Amazon Kindle.

 

My Review:

Just Around the River Bend. That is the song that comes immediately to mind upon glancing at the first page as our buckskin-clad Princess Roseanna guides her birchbark canoe down the rapids. In a startling twist that I never would have expected, Tricia Mingerink tosses aside all preconceived notions of what a world of fairytale retellings ought to look like.

Best description of this world? Sleeping Beauty meets Davy Crockett and the River Pirates with just a hint of Pocahontas. Seriously, the parallels between this book and the old Davy Crockett movies is ridiculously strong. Coonskin caps? check. Riverboats and pirates? check. Unpronounceable Indian-style names? check. Buffalo hunts? check.

Okay, so maybe the buffalo hunt part isn’t Davy Crockett. But still, if it wasn’t for the castles, lack of guns, and just a hint of something supernatural/magical this could easily be set in the old west.
A large chunk of the story was pretty slow. The bulk of it involves traveing from one point to the next. There isn’t enough excitement to really break up the monotony, and the final battle’s conclusion was abrupt and somewhat anti-climatic.
There is also a bit of a biblical allegory thread woven throughout the tale, which was pretty well done.

Princess Roseanna and Daemyn Rand were both strong and likeable characters. Roseanna was a sweet and big-hearted girl, but rather dull.
Prince Alexander was my biggest sticking point with this novel. I’m sorry, but I didn’t like him. Even after his personality took a serious improvement toward the end, I never connected with him. I know he was not really supposed to be the ‘hero’ of this story, but after spending time with such great Main Characters as Leith Torren and Martyn from Blades of Acktar, I had high expectations for Mingerink’s newest male lead. But even Daemyn, as interesting as he was, couldn’t quite reach that high.

Frankly, I felt that Daemyn got a bit shortchanged. As important as he was to the plot, I would have really liked to have seen a chunk of this book from his POV, just so we could have gotten a chance to really know him and see why he did some of the things he did. He really deserved more than he got in this book.

In the end, even though this one can’t quite stand up to the status Blades of Acktar does in my mind, it’s still an interesting twist on Sleeping Beauty and worth a read.

My Rating: Four Flames

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About the Author:

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her Author Website.

 

Disassociate Spotlight: 

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Freedom begins with finding the truth.

Amidst the turmoil caused by Smyth’s arrest, Celeste is stuck in limbo, stripped of her citizenship, with no choice but to flee to a peaceful Kyraenean hideaway with the tumultuous Amaya Mason.
When bounty hunters threaten the local orphanage, Celeste and Amaya must work together and fight. Even if it means risking what they cherish the most.
His plans in tatters, his career in jeopardy, Mick Haynes is forced to leave Kyraenea with the enigmatic Torrance Kyle, the agent he still can’t trust.
Torrance is good at lying, and even better at hiding his pain, but is he strong enough to deal with the consequences of betraying his own father?
Can Celeste accept the truth, accept her place in the Haynes family or will lies chain her to the past and destroy her chance at a new life?

Dissociate is available for sale on Amazon here. The first two books in the series Disowned and Dissemble are also available on Amazon.

About the Author:

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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’, she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

Website: http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com

 

 

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To celebrate the release of Dissociate and Dagger’s Sleep, Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink are hosting a day-long Facebook Festival. There will be plenty of games and giveaways, not to mention Serena Chase, author of the Eyes of E’veria series, will be the guest of honor. It’s a party you won’t want to miss! You’ll be able to stop by any time during the day to join the fun, no matter what time zone you live in!

Link to the Facebook Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/244246872802075/

 

GIVEAWAYS!

 

Allegiance Series Giveaway

Sarah Addison-Fox and Tricia Mingerink are each hosting a giveaway for their books for the blog tour.
Sarah Addison-Fox is giving away a paperback set of the first three books in the Allegiance Series. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace ships. The books may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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Tricia Mingerink is giving away a paperback of Dagger’s Sleep. The giveaway is open internationally where such giveaways are permitted and where Createspace or the Book Depository ships. The book may or may not be signed depending on where the winner lives.

Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Tour Schedule: 

If you want to visit the rest of the stops on the tour, head to this link here for the full listing.

Seventh Born Blog Tour and Review!

Having seven sons is a honor above no other. Which is why Zezilia is a disappointment. The only girl of seven children, she brought shame to her family. Who knew something like this could be turned into a book, but Rachel Rossano has done just that with her book, Seventh Born. Read on to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway.

About the Book

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.

Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.

In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079Z2PPJL
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seventh-born/id1351646000
Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/seventh-born-2
Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seventh-born-rachel-rossano/1128018000

About the Author

Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.

Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.

Follow Rachel on:
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Blog – http://www.rachelrossano.com/
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Rossano/e/B004MV17GE/
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Giveaway

Rachel is giving away an eBook of her book. You can enter here. Your odds of winning increase with every person you refer so spread the word! Good luck, and I hope you win!

Review

What would it be like to grow up knowing you are your family’s biggest disappointment? Zezilia did just that, but she hasn’t let it make her bitter. A good girl with a big heart, she just wants to do her best to make her family proud somehow. But her life takes a sudden turn when it becomes apparent that she has telepathic powers that women aren’t supposed to have.

Hadrian, every bit as dutiful as Zezilia, has stepped into one of the most powerful positions in the government – and everything is going wrong. Prejudice against him is high, as he refuses to follow the goddess that most of the people serve. He is a regular target for assassination, and he is faced with terrible decisions that will with either save – or destroy – the country.

Seventh born is a sweet but slightly slow beginning to what looks to become a very interesting series. The details of the characters’ telepathic abilities are very well thought out, but on occasion can turn slightly confusing.

The world building was solid and descriptions of the country were vivid and lovely. I did have a bit of difficulty figuring out some of the fantasy words/titles/season and such. A glossary would definitely not go unappreciated.

The main characters were very enjoyable – especially Hadrian. His parts in story were definitely my favorites. Zezilia, however, seemed almost too perfect at times, both with her personality and with her power training.  Is there nothing she can’t do? I hope that in the sequels we get to see more depth – and maybe some more powerful weaknesses than the minor character flaws she shows.

The romance is only in the very beginning stages in this novel. It’s really more of just a close friendship right now. It is building up to be one of the usual forbidden romances, but at least there has been no hint of the dreaded insta-love problem, nor any unwanted love triangles. Just a gentle, slow burn type romance, which is really much more realistic.

I suppose this review seems a bit on the critical side, but I really did enjoy this book. I do believe this is one of the better books she has written and I hope that Rossano puts out the sequels very soon because I am eager to see how everything plays out.

Heat Advisory: 

Romance: clean
Language: clean
Drinking / drugs: clean
Violence: minimal. no blood. several assassination attempts and threats.
Other: The enemy does utilize the power of mind control. This doesn’t bother me, but some people might be more sensitive about this.

My Rating: Four Flames

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Tour Schedule

 

April 9
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
Just A Glimpse – Guest Post
Faith, Loyalty, Adventure Blog – Book Review
April 10
Rachel John Writes – Book Review
Annie Louise Twitchell – Book Review
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight

April 11
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Romantic Typewriter Gardens – Guest Post
The World of the Blue Bells Chronicles – Book Review

April 12
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Hunting for Truth – Book Review and Guest Post
April 13
Reading On The Edge – Book Spotlight
Ember’s Reviews – Book Review
With a Joyful Noise – Character Spotlight
Views from the Window Friend – Book Review

April 14
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner

Dagger’s Sleep Cover Reveal!

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Good morning, y’all! It is my great pleasure to be part of the cover reveal for Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel: Dagger’s Sleep! I an a tremendous fan of Mingerink’s previous series. The Blades of Acktar is easily one of my favorite series, with a powerful plot, beautifully real and complex characters, and a unique story world. If you haven’t read that series yet – get it! You won’t regret doing so.

Although I do dearly wish to see more of the Blades series, I am quite eager to get my hands on this new tale. Anyone who knows me is aware of my addiction to fairytales, and I’m sure anything written by Mingerink is bound to be awesome.

And now, to the cover….

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About the book: 

A prince cursed to sleep.

A princess destined to wake him.

A kingdom determined to stop them.

High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.

A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?

One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest king himself, their quests will demand greater sacrifice than either of them could imagine.

Release Date: May 28, 2018

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, and her blog.

To make things even more exciting, Tricia Mingerink is going to be co-hosting a blog tour from May 22 to 28 with Sarah Addison-Fox to celebrate the release of both of their latest books. Her next book Dissociate releases May 22. More details about blog tour will be coming in April.

Ellie and the Prince: a book review

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Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him!

 But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar’s help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it’s too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?

My Review: 

I freely admit that I have a slight addiction to fairytales, but when I first read the description for this one, I admit I was skeptical. And when the prequel novella – Cinder Ellie – came out, it was cute, but didn’t really capture me. However, I did love Stengl’s Little Siren novella, so I decided to take a chance and dive into the main novel – and am I ever glad I did!

Ellie and Omar are such a cute couple, and I loved seeing some of the scenes from their alternating points of view. It just made the story so much more fun. I was chuckling out loud on multiple occasions throughout the book and the ending left me wanting more – a lot more! It felt almost like it ended just as the story was getting good. I am dying to read more about Ellie and Omar and what happens next as she steps into her new role. You can’t leave me hanging like this author lady!!!

I hope that someday in the future Mrs. Stengl will write a sequel for Ellie and Omar. But in the meantime, I will just have to content myself with the Little Mermaid retelling coming out sometime this summer.

I also can’t help but wonder if there’s any chance that our mysterious Gamekeeper might be the star of a future Beauty and the Beast retelling? There are a lot of plot elements dancing about him that make one wonder….

*** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t have to leave a good review, but for a book this good, nothing less would do!***

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

This one is G rated. Very clean, very sweet.

*****

Also, check out the free novellas that go with this series. I especially recommend The Little Siren!

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Description:

When independent-minded Kamoana encounters a human boy in danger, she knows she should have nothing to do with him. As a siren, she is forbidden even to speak to humans, let alone rescue one. But how can Kamoana simply watch the boy die and do nothing to save him?

Click here to grab a free copy from J.M. Stengl’s website.

 

 

 

Cinder Ellie

Description: 

Trained by an enchantress but obliged to work summers for her living, fifteen-year-old Ellie Calmer serves as a maid at a world-famous mountain resort. Her lowly rank keeps her always at a distance from the powerful, beautiful guests who spend their summers at Faraway Castle, yet Ellie dares to dream of one day exchanging even just a few words with shy Prince Omar of Khenifra.

But when rare magical creatures show up in Faraway Castle’s gardens, Ellie’s life is suddenly complicated. Cinder sprites are causing fires and potentially endangering the beautiful resort. The resort director has sent for an exterminator to deal with these so-called pests. Can Ellie find a way to use her humble magic to save the cinder sprites and Faraway Castle before disaster strikes?

You can find Cinder Ellie on Kindle HERE. 

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Happy Reading y’all!

Indie Christian Books Black Friday Sale and Giveaway!

Black Friday
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:

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/62a405b99/

Engaged in Trouble: a book review

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When a washed-up pop star inherits a wedding planning business, it’s all bouquets and bliss until a bride turns up dead.

Paisley Sutton shot to stardom as a teenage rock sensation, but ten years later that star has fizzled out, just like her bank account. When she unexpectedly inherits her aunt’s wedding planning business, Paisley leaves the glamour of Los Angeles for a charming small town in Arkansas. Thinking she’ll arrive in Sugar Creek and liquidate the moldly property, Paisley’s shocked to find Enchanted Events has experienced a major makeover and is now the place for brides. She’s got two months to keep Enchanted Events afloat if she wants to sell and rekindle her music career with the profits.

Paisley’s tossed into a world of vows and venues, but her most difficult challenge comes in the form of one demanding bride. When this Bridezilla’s found facedown in her cake, all fingers point to Paisley as the prime murder suspect. And she does not look good in prison orange.

This former pop princess will need the help of her gun-toting, ex-CIA grandmother and her handsome neighbor, Beau Hudson, to unravel the mystery and clear her good name. As she and her unruly posse dig into Bridezilla’s life, she discovers the woman had a long list of enemies. The closer Paisley gets to the truth, the more her own life is in danger.

Love is in the air this wedding season, but before Paisley can help the ladies of Sugar Creek say, “I do,” she’s got to unveil a killer. Or find herself the next target.

My Review: 

From the moment Paisley Sutton hits Sugar Creek with plans to sell off her great aunt’s old business, it’s just one mess after another. When the worst bridezilla ever (who just happens to belong to Paisley’s own very ex-fiance) is found murdered shortly after Paisley publicly threatens said ex-fiance with dire retribution – all evidence points to her. Not her wisest move, but he did wreck her career and publicly humiliate her. A little anger is to be expected, right? Too bad the cops don’t see it that way.

Loaded with heaping scoops of Jones’s trademark wit, Engaged in trouble is a fast paced ride from beginning to end.

Paisley is a fun heroine. She’s quirky, she’s flawed, she’s emotional, and doesn’t always learn the first time. But she won’t go down without a fight! Her determination is admirable, even when it’s aimed in the wrong direction.

Grandma Sylvie, the terrifying ex-CIA sister of Mad Maxine from the Katie Parker series, is probably the most fun character in the book. Though there are a lot of similarities between her and her sister, she is still her own character – and this one comes packing heat! Unable to fully leave behind the thrill of the “glory days” of her time in the CIA, she’s definitely not someone you want on your bad side, or probably even within fifty feet! Life is never dull wherever Sylvie or her stalwart partner Frannie are!

Beau on the other hand, is just meh in my opinion. Jones is great at writing zany small town adventures, and a mystery that keeps me guessing. I actually didn’t fully figure out whodunit until the characters did – which is unusual for me – but her romance has always felt a bit weak. I never connected with Beau at all, at some points I almost got a bit of a creepy vibe from him.

The only thing that kept this book from being a full five stars was some innuendo. Nothing explicit, but more than should have been seen in a Christian novel.

My Rating: four stars

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Beau loves to make insinuations from everything Paisley says. Sylvie and Frannie meanwhile just insinuate for the sake of it, almost all the time. Aside from that, the romance itself was clean. Unfortunately, the innuendo makes this one a book I wouldn’t recommend to anyone younger than older teen/adult.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: One character was found to be supplying another with subscription drugs.
Blood/violence: Not too much violence overall. There is a fire, and a murder that  happens off-page. Some blood is mentioned briefly at the crime scene.

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The Black Friday Book Sale!

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Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2016 and am thankful for.

  • Defy, by Tricia Mingerink

  • Heart of Ice, by K.M. Shea

  • The Lady and the Lionheart, by Joanne Bischof

  • Samara’s Peril, by Jaye L. Knight

  • Prelude for a Lord, by Camille Elliot


I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 25-28. There’s literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is 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.

Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.Also, some of the authors this year chose to not sell their paperbacks directly through the site. Those books are also marked “Sold Out” but if you click them open, you’ll find a link to the site where they are on sale and a discount code for you to use at check out.
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.

Upcoming Indie releases!

Hey, y’all! This month and next we have several exciting new releases coming out in the indie market. Aren’t they just lovely? I’m sorry about the picture resolution, but I was having a difficult time finding better quality images.

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Four Winds by Lisa T. Bergren

Releases Nov 30!

Zara Ruiz has never been so happy to have failed at something in her life—trying to return to her own time. In Javier de la Ventura’s arms, she knows that 1840 is where she belongs…where she’s found true love and family. But then the ranch is viciously attacked, and she and Javier’s little brother are kidnapped and she finds herself at the mercy of the FOUR WINDS, no longer certain where her journey might end.

Intermission by Serena Chase

Releases Nov 12!

We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more.
And this kiss . . .
This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

Most Glorious Land by Jill Penrod

Releases Nov 24!

Taken from his home in his youth, Nikolai is now a guard protecting the royal mistresses in the Most Glorious Land of Long. When invaders from his homeland kidnap the girls—and everyone else in the summer palace—he begins a journey to get help for those missing and find the truth behind the invasion.

He manages to rescue two of his charges, and with the help of a woman from his past who despises him, he works to restore the girls to safety and aid those missing, but secrets from his past, as well as secrets within the House of Long itself, threaten the entire Glorious Land. Can one tired, broken guard, even with TrueGod at his side, restore the kidnapped souls? And where does his allegiance truly lie? Nikolai must answer these questions and more as he takes a trip into a painful past and faces people and places he thought gone from his life forever.
Take another journey to the Land of Balia in this installment of the Tales of Balia, Christian fantasy and romance.

Follow the Firefly by Jill Penrod

Releases Dec 22!

Finn Jansen isn’t broken. Yes, he lost his mother. Yes, his dad and brother had their issues. Yet none of it was about Finn, and he hates that everyone sees him as broken. But Piper Johnson, a girl he barely knows, suspects there’s more to Finn. Unfortunately, Finn is her sister’s best friend, and her sister is jealous, so Piper has to watch Finn from afar through middle and high school, rarely able to participate in his life. Worse, she’s smart and moves ahead in school, so she can’t participate in anyone’s life. Loneliness becomes the only sure thing in her world.

But Finn Jansen is indeed broken, and God wants to fix him, which means events fall into place that stretch Finn to his breaking point and beyond. He finds himself a foster child living next door to his best friend, but even the blessings there can’t quiet the voice inside that tells him he’s a monster, that his family’s hardships are his fault and he will never be worthy of love.

Piper is the only one who can bring Finn around, and he’s the only one who can see her true value and cure her desperate loneliness. Through a series of painful events, God pushes them together toward a situation where each must put him or herself aside and look out for someone else.

Follow the Firefly is book three in the Terry’s Garden series, stories about a love that touches generations and the garden where God heals broken hearts. Christian fiction for teens and the young at heart.