Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bout of Books 13: Sign-Up

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
- From the Bout of Books team

So excited to participate in this fun read-a-thon once again!

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are/Were in the Military

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

So this week's post took me forever to put together! First I had to settle on a topic then find ten characters to fit that topic! I finally went with guys who had been in the military! These are not in any order! And yes there are a bunch of author repeats but I can't help it if certain authors write brilliant military heroes!


Novak Brothers-Wings of Glory Series by Sarah Sundin

Dean Watters-Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig

Roger Cooper-In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Heath Daniel-Trinity by Ronie Kendig

Tony VanAllen-Beowulf by Ronie Kendig

Canyon Metcalfe-Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig

Sam Houston-True Honor by Dee Henderson

Mac McGregor-Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Aric von Schmidt-For Such A Time by Kate Breslin

Stephen Stratton-How to Catch A Prince by Rachel Hauck

Monday, April 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #171

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Finally got some reading in! Double Cross started slow but got better and I loved the other two!

What I am currently reading:
Enjoying all of these!

What I hope to read this week:
Pretty sure the first two are the next up in my review books stack and I need to read To Whisper Her Name so I can read and review book two!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #170
Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors
Waiting on Wednesday #158: Taken
Double Cross by DiAnn Mills
A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Memes 4/24

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Does the title of a book make or break your choice to read it? 

My Answer:
Really doesn't factor in at all!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

That whole thing about being a big fish in a small pond is more than just a saying, at least in my neck of the woods. when you grow up in a sweeter-than-peaches town like Fairfield, Texas, you find yourself captivated by the love of family, friends, and neighbors.
Every Bride Needs A Groom by Janice Thompson

My Thoughts
Sweet and kinda amusing!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

About the Book
Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.
Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.
1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.
Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

My Thoughts
Last year I discovered the beautiful gem that was Kristy Cambron's debut release The Butterfly and the Violin and I fell in love. So I absolutely couldn't wait to read her sophomore novel and thankfully I loved it just as much as the first one! This author has a brilliantly beautiful way of weaving past and present while keeping you fully engaged in both stories. I loved reading about the next part of William and Sera's story and watching them work through the problems life gave them as they cemented their relationship. But my favorite part was of course the WWII story. I loved Kája and admired her bravery as she risked her own life to save the lives of those she loved, the same could be said of Liam though we didn't get as much of his story. It is always painful to read about the realities of Nazi prison camps but it's good to have the reminder that such horrors happened and that we should do everything in our power to stop it from happening again.
Both stories were wonderful and I didn't want to put the book down! I loved every second and I highly recommend it!

Meet the Author
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN (Thomas Nelson) was named to Library Journal Reviews' and RT Reviewers' Choice Awards lists of Best Inspirational Novels of 2014. Her second novel, A SPARROW IN TEREZIN (Hidden Masterpiece #2), was selected as Library Journal's February 2015 Pick of the Month (Christian fiction), and will release from Thomas Nelson in April, 2015.
Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional design and corporate communications for a Fortune-100 Company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.
Website: kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-Cambron

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Double Cross by DiAnn Mills

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
by
Diann Mills


MY THOUGHTS:
This book took me a little while to get into-the story started off a bit disjointed and slow-and I almost stopped reading but then I read a review that said it got good about 80 pages in. So I decided to read that far and thankfully the reviewer was right and the story did pick up enough that I was able to not only finish the book but also enjoy it.
The author did a great job of keeping me guessing throughout the story as to who could be trusted and who couldn't. And after the initial slowness I was caught up in the plot and kept turning pages to see what would happen next.
All of the characters were pretty great from Laurel and Daniel to Abby and Earl, and I enjoyed watching their stories play out. I especially loved the enduring love that Abby and Earl shared. Laurel and Daniel's relationship didn't always make sense/flow right but in the end it all worked out.
In short this was an entertaining romantic suspense!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.

ABOUT THE BOOK
FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon. As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Double Cross, go HERE.

Waiting on Wednesday #158: Taken

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Taken by Dee Henderson
Bethany House-April 28, 2015

About the Book
An investigator who knows tragic loss firsthand, 
and his new client, missing far too long...
Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She might have enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time. 
When Shannon contacts private investigator Matthew Dane, a former cop, to help her navigate her reentry into society, he quickly discovers that gaining her freedom doesn't mean her troubles are over. If the Jacoby family learns she is still alive, they'll stop at nothing to silence her.

If justice is to be done, and if Shannon's life is ever to get on track again, Matthew will need to discover exactly what happened to her--even if it means stirring up a hornet's nest of secrets.

Why I Want It
I am a huge fan of Dee's O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series and though I was disappointed with Full Disclosure I love her writing enough to give this one a chance!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. Julie Lessman

#2. Melissa Tagg

#3. Susan May Warren

#4. Ronie Kendig

#5. Sarah Sundin

#6. Dani Pettrey

#7. Mary Connealy

#8. Karen Witemeyer

#9. Jen Turano

#10. Irene Hannon

Monday, April 20, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #170

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Sadly I didn't finish any books last week! Part of it was busyness, part of it was lack of sleep, and most of it was that I watched way to much of How I Met Your Mother.

What I am currently reading:
Enjoying Season of Fire and Out of the Storm! I've only read Grace Like Rain from the collection but I loved it! And You're Loved No Matter What has been an amazing read!

What I hope to read this week:
My next two review books!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #169
Top Ten TV Comedies
The Creole Princess by Beth White
Waiting on Wednesday #157: The Art of Losing Yourself
Grace Like Rain by Julie Lessman

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Memes 4/17

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Ending a book I loved is sad and beginning a new one is apprehensive for me. What about you? 

My Answer:
I always hate ending a book I love but I also love starting a new book!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

"Everyone's dead." 
Isabelle Thornton shuddered at her father's words. 
Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund

My Thoughts
What a chilling beginning!