Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Firewall by DiAnn Mills

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Firewall
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
by
DiAnn Mills

MY THOUGHTS:
This book started with page-turning action and didn't let up until the end! As soon as I started it I was sucked in and hated to put it down. There were so many twists and turns that I didn't see coming at all and you could never be sure who you could trust and who you couldn't. One thing I especially appreciated was how at the beginning when the FBI believe Taryn is involved in everything the author made that a plausible assumption. Often in books the main character will be suspected of something that makes no sense for them to be, but in this one I could totally see how they came to the conclusion that she had something to do with it even though she didn't.
I really liked both Taryn and Grayson's characters and all their different attributes, including bravery, smarts, patriotism, loyalty, and quick thinking. My favorite character though was definitely Grayson's uncle Joe. He brought to mind both Mike Franks from NCIS and Joe White from Hawaii Five-O. He had that same type of personality, full of wisdom, humor, strength, care, and good-natured gruffness!
Overall I really enjoyed this book though the one problem I had was that occasionally things didn't flow as well as they could have and things just felt a little forced which caused a bit of a disconnect for me. That being said it didn't affect my end opinion that this is a fantastic book that I definitely recommend!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.
DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills


ABOUT THE BOOK
After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

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

Waiting on Wednesday #122: Prelude for a Lord

"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:

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
Zondervan-August 5, 2014

About the Book
An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?
Bath, England—1810
At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.
In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal. 
But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.
Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul. 

Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

Why I Want It
This book sounds entirely enjoyable and I know the author is good!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Characters I'd Want With Me On A Deserted Island

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

#1. Mason from The Safe Lands by Jill Williamson-Every deserted island team needs a good medic!

#2. Cole McKenna from Submerged by Dani Pettrey-A skilled diver who is also good at a lot of other extreme sports that would definitely come in handy on a deserted island!

#3. Agatha Watson from Ladies of Distinction by Jen Turano-She would provide much needed comedic relief!

#4. Pierre Durant from Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund-A man who is used to living in the wilderness, yes please!

#5. Luca Forelli from River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren-Umm it's Luca, he can fight and he's cute!

#6. Belle Tanner from The Husband Tree by Mary Connealy-We need someone who's no nonsense and can get things done!

#7. Heath Daniels from Trinity by Ronie Kendig-Not only is he a highly trained soldier but where he goes Trinity goes and we can definitely use an extremely well trained dog!

#8. Crockett Archer from Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer-He'd provide the spiritual leadership and he's also used to roughing it!

#9. Autumn Kingsley from Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg-I feel like we would get along really well so it'd be great to have a friend!

#10. Errol Stone from The Staff and the Sword by Patrick W. Carr-He can fight with a stick ergo he'd be handy when those are the only weapons to be found!

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #131

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
A big fat nothing! I was busy with work, Kennywood, birthday parties, visiting with relatives, and stress, and just didn't have much reading time!

What I am currently reading:
Still working on this one! It's really good though!

What I hope to read this week:
Really hoping to crack down and get caught up on some reading this week! I don't think I have much going on so here's hoping I'll at least finish these ones!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #130
Top Ten TV Shows
Waiting on Wednesday #121: Storm Siren

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, July 18, 2014

Friday Memes 7/18

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
Do covers pull you in?

My Answer:
Yes! I love book covers! I'd never buy one solely on the cover but they definitely pique my interest! 


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."

Rick Dial streaked through the vastness of  space, starlight and gunfire blazing all around him. The seat of his battlecraft shook beneath him as he pressed the button to unleash another deadly barrage from his two forward guns.
Mindwar by Andrew Klavan

My Thoughts
Even though knowing the synopsis of the book makes this less of a capturing beginning it still sucks you in pretty well!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #121: Storm Siren

"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:

Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Thomas Nelson-August 19, 2014

About the Book
"I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don't want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you."
In a world at war, a slave girl's lethal curse could become one kingdom's weapon of salvation. If the curse - and the girl - can be controlled.
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn't merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth - meaning, she shouldn't even exist.
Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.
Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she's being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. 
But what if she doesn't want to be the weapon they've all been waiting for? 

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Why I Want It
This book sounds SO good and I cannot wait to read it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten TV Shows

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

#1. Doctor Who

#2. Hawaii Five-0

#3. Rizzoli & Isles

#4. Psych

#5. NCIS/NCIS: LA

#6. Castle

#7. Firefly

#8. Warehouse 13

#9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

#10. Sherlock

HONORABLE MENTIONS

The  Mentalist

The Finder

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Veronica Mars

Leverage

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #130

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
I finally finished Allegiant and Graceful! I was also able to finish The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and start and finish Captured by Love! All were enjoyable reads and I was really happy to get them all in despite having several babysitting jobs this week!

What I am currently reading:
I was going to start Susan May Warren's newest book but my brother is dying to read this one so I decided to squeeze it in first! It is good so far!

What I hope to read this week:
This is an unrealistic goal since I have Kennywood tomorrow, four full days of work, my sister is coming home, and my other sister is having a birthday! So I'll be overly busy but I'm still hoping to fit in some reading!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #129
Top Ten Blogging Confessions
Waiting on Wednesday #120: Revolutionary
Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue

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!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Songs #13

I am always at a loss for what to post on Sunday's so I decided to make it a day to share some Christian music that I love!

I haven't posted one of these in awhile but I have been listening to David Dunn's EP which releases this Tuesday and I love this song so I decided to share! This guy is an amazing singer and I love all of his music! So enjoy this song and this beautiful day that God has given us!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #39

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

It has been way too long since I did one of these, at least two months, so there are going to be a lot of books in this post! I am going to try to be better about post at least every other week but I make no promises! I have been rather busy, temping during most weekdays and then cramming the rest of my life into the weekends and this post just seemed to daunting to get to and I kept putting it off! But I finally have a free Saturday so here I am and here are the books that have made their way into my hands the last two months!

Books to Review
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton (Blogging for Books)
Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade (Litfuse)
Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House)
Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma (Litfuse)
Four Weddings and a Kiss Novella Collection (Litfuse)
Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue (BookLook)
Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett (Litfuse)
Happy to Be Alive, Because... by Chelsea Jacobs
A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino (Revell)
The Lawman's Oklahoma Sweetheart by Allie Pleiter (CFBA)
Mindwar by Andrew Klavan (BookLook)
A Match of Wits by Jen Turano (Bethany House)
In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin (Litfuse & Revell)
When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren (Litfuse)
Firewall by DiAnn Mills (CFBA)
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (Litfuse)
Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund (Influencer copy)
Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin (CFBA)

Books I Was Given
Chateau of Echoes by Siri L. Mitchell (ARC)

Books I Won
Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren (Signed by Author)
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (Signed by Author)
A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander (Signed by Author)
Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Books I Bought
I had a bunch of gift cards from my birthday/reward apps and I went a little crazy on Dystopian books! I got all of these for about $63!

Legend by Marie Lu
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson
Crossed by Allie Condie
Reached by Allie Condie
Fragments by Dan Wells
Orgin by Jessica Khoury

Kindle Books
A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen (NetGalley)
Take a Picture by Lena Goldfinch (Blog Tour)
Bellflower & Fairy Slippers by Amber Stokes (Blog Tour)
Collateral Damage by Ronie Kendig (Team Member)
All for a Story by Allison Pittman (FREE)
The Edge of Light by Ann Shorey (FREE)
Escapement by Ciara Knight (FREE)
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (FREE)
Merlin's Blade by Robert Treskillard (FREE)
It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren (FREE)
Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills (FREE)
Beloved Castaway by Kathleen Y'Barbo (FREE)
Grace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson (FREE)
Safe by the Marshal's Side by Shirlee McCoy (FREE)
Critical Care by Candace Calvert (FREE)
Lies by John Michael Hillman(FREE)
Transgression by R.S. Ingermanson (FREE)
The Centaurus Legacy by Tom Bielawski (FREE)
Overkill by Ronie Kendig (FREE)
Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas (FREE)
The Falcon and the Sparrow by Mary Lu Tyndall (FREE)
Submerged by Dani Pettrey (FREE)
In Between by Jenny B. Jones (FREE)