Sunday, May 26, 2019

More to Love by Robin Helm


About the Book



Book: More to Love  
Author: Robin Helm  
Genre: Christian Historical Sweet Romance  
Release Date: February 12, 2019

“She is tolerable, I suppose, but there is rather too much of her to tempt me.” Overhearing Mr. Darcy’s rude dismissal of her shocks and mortifies Elizabeth Bennet to the core. She is living her worst fear, and it galvanizes her into action. Soon, the gentleman cannot keep his eyes from her, but can she forgive his thoughtless judgment of her appearance and character? Especially since he faces a worthy competitor for her attention? Who will win the lady’s hand, along with the right to love her through thick or thin?



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My Review

So, I love Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice, and especially the characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy so I had an instant happiness factor reading More to Love. I found our author's portrayal of the characters we know and love to be accurate and well done, as well as different characters not seen before. The language was well done for the regency era. The way Elizabeth struggled with self-image and weight I think was relatable. I feel that the author put enough of her spin on the classic that we enjoyed the twist while not losing any original Austen charm. The romance was very sweet and endearing. With that said, I will say I felt some of the plot twists were a little too out there.  I give the author props for emphasizing how true love shouldn't be based on appearances only. Thanks for the fun twist on the Austen classic, Ms. Helm! I recommend this one for those who love Austen, sweet romance with happy endings, or Regency era fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 




About the Author



Robin Helm’s books reflect her love of music, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction. Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy (Christian paranormal romance); the Yours by Design series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours ( ChristianTime Swap romance), and Understanding Elizabeth (Christian Regency romance). She contributed to A Very Austen Christmas: Austen Anthologies, Book 1, an anthology featuring like-minded authors, in 2017, and A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2, in 2018. New releases for 2019 include More to Love, a stand-alone Christian historical sweet romance dealing with body image; Lawfully Innocent, a Christian historical U.S. Marshal romance book in the Lawkeepers series; Maestro, a Christian historical sweet romance featuring a brilliant musician and his student; and A Very Austen Romance: Austen Anthologies, Book 3. She lives in sunny South Carolina where she teaches piano and adores her one husband, two married daughters, and three grandchildren.

More from Robin

Have you ever been judged on the basis of your appearance – what you weigh, how you dress, how you wear your hair or do your makeup? I am a professional dieter, and I have been on all of them. I lose, and I gain it back. I know the lengths a woman will go to after she overhears remarks about how she looks, so I relate to Elizabeth in More to Love in a way that’s a bit beyond my comfort zone.

 Another aspect of this book which is personal is that I chose to base a supporting character on a wonderful, Christian lady at my church (with her permission). Mrs. Donna Bailey has been a constant encouragement to me in regards to my writing. She often gives me beautiful sugar cookies she painstakingly decorates with holiday themes. Mrs. Bailey is the housekeeper and dessert cook at Longbourn, and she helps Elizabeth through thick and thin, so to speak.

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To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away
Grand Prize: a $25 Amazon gift card 1st Place: An autographed paperback of A Very Austen Valentine: Austen Anthologies, Book 2 2nd Place: An autographed paperback of More to Love 3rd Place: A set of three eBooks – Reader’s Choice of any three of my books!!
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Strike the Mark by James W. Goll


About the Book



Book: Strike The Mark  
Author: James W. Goll  
Genre: Christian non-fiction, prayer, spiritual warfare  
Release Date: April 19, 2019

Prayers that strike the mark are specific prayers authorized by the Holy Spirit and endowed with divine power to accomplish the will of God in your life and for the needs of the world. On the cross, Jesus fulfilled the ultimate answer to all of our prayers, but He awaits our invitation to come into our situations and circumstances. When people of prayer intercede, they create a meeting place between the heavenly Father and His children. God comes upon the person who is praying and moves them from the natural to the supernatural. Empowered by God, the intercessor has the authority to cut down enemy forces and pick out “targets” for God’s lightning bolts of glory, bringing victory and breakthrough. Intercession could be called “extreme prayer” because it links extreme needs with the extraordinary power of God. Inserting ourselves into the gap between God and a need, we call upon the Holy Spirit, our Helper, who is ready to move us from finite ability to infinite ability, take hold of difficult situations, and help accomplish the will of God. We have the great honor of being called to “paint targets” on cities, churches, ministries, family members, contemporary “Sauls” (those who persecute or cause difficulty), and even ourselves. Our believing, persistent prayers will Strike the Mark!

 “He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark” (Job 36:32 NASB).



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My Review

So, I got the feeling that our author came from a Pentecostal standpoint, and while I am not a Pentecostal, I felt that Strike the Mark was filled with great references to Scripture as well as an application for those principles. I personally tend to be more like the author when it comes to my prayers even though I am not Pentecostal/Charismatic, but there are issues with the general concepts that he presents because I feel like He gives the prayer too much power rather than the God we pray to. Also, I feel that some Pentecostal theology, especially tongues the way they view it, is incorrect. I really liked how he brought out corporate repentance and prayer for the country and government because I do feel like that is really Scriptural and we just don't do it. I feel like modern day churches put too much faith in government instead of the God who rules us all, and as a result, we don't let the two mix. Intercessory prayer is something of a lost art because we are just self-centered people. If we had an eternal mindset, I feel that intercessory prayer would be more natural for us. I'm not going to agree with everything in the book, because we just have different points of view, but I found his book very inclusive in some areas. I feel that your average Christian, denomination or not, would find some really good information and Scriptural reference in here, though it will be hit and miss for those that are not Pentecostal. I do feel like in our culture, the Holy Spirit and so prayer is really not capitalized on. How many things in our lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our countries are not changed because we haven't prayed about it? While God will accomplish His will, what have we not asked for? I also really liked that the author made it really clear that prayers are not your desires that are answered, but asking what the will of God is, making sure your desires are His desires for you, and then asking Him to accomplish His will. I also liked how he pointed out praying locationally- I personally have prayed in front of an abortion clinic, over my home, and also over a church sanctuary before a big gathering. What I know is that the Lord called the church the house of prayer in the Bible, and I feel this book really reminds us of this. While I don't know all of our author's theology outside of this book, I agree with about 50% of the book and I felt any Christian could find value in relation to their personal prayer life, family prayer life, and church prayer life in some way or form.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.



About the Author



 JAMES W. GOLL is the president of God Encounters Ministries and has traveled around the world sharing the love of Jesus, imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. He has recorded numerous classes with corresponding study guides and is the author of more than forty books, including The Seer, The Discerner, Releasing Spiritual Gifts Today, Passionate Pursuit, The Lost Art of Intercession, and The Lifestyle of a Prophet. James is the father of four wonderful children with a growing number of grandchildren, and makes his home in Franklin, TN.



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To celebrate his tour, James is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card!!
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Surrendered by Jennifer Seines


About the Book



Book: Surrendered  

Author:Jennifer Seines  

Release Date: April 30, 2019  

Her father’s will is clear; do what he demands, or lose everything, including guardianship of her younger sister. But there’s a force at work–an evil set on destroying her and her sister. If only she knew whether the enigmatic man helping them is friend–or deadly foe…

After the reading of her father’s will, Tess O’Shay’s panic attacks return. In death, Sean O’Shay is attempting to accomplish what he couldn’t do in life—force Tess to finish her education, a dream she abandoned after being raped on campus. Unless she complies with her father’s wishes, she will lose all claim to the only home she’s ever known as well as to the family business. Worse, she’ll have to give up guardianship of her younger sister to Jake Holland, a secretive man fleeing from his past. Fine! She’ll show Jake and her father. She’ll muster whatever meager energy and strength she has, get her degree, and keep what matters most to her. No matter what. Then the man who assaulted her reappears, shattering what little strength she has left. Now she must dig deep to find the remnants of her mustard-seed faith…because that’s the only way she can face the past and right a wrong in order to secure the future.



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My Review

Surrendered certainly dealt with some weighty topics in our contemporary world, and I thought that was done really well and with great sensitivity. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but I can't say more about that without spoilers, so my lips are sealed! I feel like the book dealt with trauma, grieving, and didn't sugarcoat it. However, the book had a lot of pleasantness to it as well. Tess and Jake are both well-developed characters that are very endearing, and I really felt their emotion and enjoyed their interactions. I know that with the current culture, the topics this book covers is very appropriate for contemporary fiction. If you want a thought-provoking, hopeful, emotional, unique read, this one is for you. Also, if you just enjoy contemporary fiction, I think you would like this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 



About the Author



Jennifer Sienes holds a degree in both psychology and education but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, writing and romance and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

More from Jennifer

Since I was twelve years old, I’ve been writing stories. I even wrote fan-fiction before it was a thing—a Happy Days episode, which I’m sure dates me. I took every creative writing class I could, starting in high school, and even declared journalism as my college major until I realized I like fiction a whole lot more than truth, because I can create the characters any way I like. Tess O’Shay, the main character in Surrendered, came by way of accident. She was a minor character in my first novel (which will be the last published in the series) and my critique group loved her. They wanted to know if she would have more scenes. She did not. In fact, she was deleted with the rewrites. But I couldn’t get her out of my mind—it was like she’d become a real person and refused to be ignored. I loved writing Surrendered because Tess O’Shay and Jake Holland ran away with the story and it was everything I could do to keep up. The first two novels I wrote were inspired by actual events—my brother’s suicide in the first and my daughter’s near-fatal car accident in the second. These are dark themes, yet I wanted to present them with humor and hope—both of which have gotten me through some tough circumstances. I strive to create characters my readers can connect with—three-dimensional and human—but also fall in love with. I think the best books are those that leave us wanting more.



Blog Stops


Genesis 5020, May 6
Emily Yager, May 10



Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Moments We Forget by Beth Vogt


About the Book



Book: Moments We Forget  
Author: Beth Vogt  
Genre: Contemporary fiction, woman’s fiction  
Release Date: May 7, 2019

Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine. Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again. Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?



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My Review

Moments We Forget was so unique, I'm not really sure where to begin with my review. We find ourselves in the midst of the lives of 3 sisters that all have different struggles and are all connected with grief in their lives. I really felt the emotion and struggle the author conveyed through the characters. I really connected with Jillian because I am always the peacemaker, and often take the brunt of everything to avoid conflict. I also connected with the character in that I have chronic illness that has made me feel like I have missed out on things in life as well. I felt the author really made it clear that grieving is essential in order to take healthy steps in life. I appreciated how the truth and hope found in the Lord slowly enters our character's lives. I would have to say, this book is just a well done contemporary fiction for anyone who enjoys fiction, or perhaps has a sister relationship no matter what state that relationship is in. Be prepared to feel some emotion!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 







About the Author



Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women’s fiction novelist, Beth’s first novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018.

Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.
An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and also enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.


More from Beth

“A sister is like yourself in a different movie, a movie that stars you in a different life.”
Deborah Tannen (1945-), sociologist
I’m launching Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters series, and I’ve just turned in the final book in the series. I’d love to share book three’s title with you, but I don’t know what it is. (Of course, book three might have a final title by the time you read this—that’s part of the fun of prerelease deadlines.)
One thing I do know: the theme of “Little Women gone wrong” is woven through all of the books . . . thanks to the Thatcher sisters: Payton, Pepper, Jillian, and Johanna.
Sisters, be they real or imaginary, can be complicated.
Of course, there are sisters who have close relationships. They “get” each other and love doing life together.
But then there are the sister relationships that are like mismatched socks. Or those expensive jeans you loved in the store, but when you bring them home, they never quite live up to those moments in the dressing room.
Such are the Thatcher sisters. Johanna, Jillian, Payton, and Pepper grew up in the same family. They’re all tall. They love Broncos football and board games. But in so many ways their lives are like different movies because they each made different choices. Choices that changed and separated them. Moments We Forget continues to explore whether the Thatcher sisters can find a way to understand each other enough to bridge the distance between them.



Blog Stops

Livin’ Lit, May 7
Carpe Diem, May 8
Simple Harvest Reads, May 10 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Remembrancy, May 10
Genesis 5020, May 13
By The Book, May 13
Bigreadersite, May 14
Moments, May 15
Hallie Reads, May 19




Giveaway


 
To celebrate her tour, Beth is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card plus a softcover copy of Moments We Forget!!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tongues of Fire by Various Authors


About the Book



Book: Tongues of Fire  
Author: Various Authors  
Genre: Christian non-fiction, Pentecost Devotional  
Release Date: April 19, 2019


A fifty-day devotional for Pentecost featuring the words and teachings of writings of faithful men and women of God, both classic and contemporary authors, regarding the miraculous power available through God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Includes excerpts from Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, William Seymour, Aimee Semple McPhearson, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Andrew Murray, E. W. Kenyon, R. A. Torrey, John Wesley, Mary K. Baxter, Guillermo Maldonado, James Goll, Bill Johnson, and many more. Let this collection of charismatic classics help you to celebrate the wild tongues of fire that signified the coming of Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and be filled anew with the powerful presence of God.  
 


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My Review

I am going to preface this review with the fact that I am neither charismatic, nor Pentecostal as far as Christian denominations go- I think it's only fair the reader know that before I review. 

I personally feel that the Holy Spirit is very overlooked in churches today. I think because the Holy Spirit can be hard for our human minds to wrap around, we tend to miss out on a lot of blessings and opportunities to serve the Lord, because we don't recognize His voice when He calls us to do things.  Sometimes we are afraid of being called too charismatic or too emotional when we feel the Lord is calling us to do things (aka the Holy Spirit). I know the Holy Spirit speaks and leads to action as I have personally experienced this on a frequent basis, and my experiences were real and genuine. So for this devotional, I felt like it was interesting that the authors were some historical, some contemporary, and they all spoke on different aspects of the Holy Spirit and Scripture. I feel like the devotional lacked application aspects in general for a devotional. I felt like they had some universally know pillars of the Christian faith included, but also included a lot of Pentecostal forerunners that I had never heard of. I didn't agree with about 40% of the book because I am not a Pentecostal, and so that obviously affected my ability to enjoy the book, and glean truth from it. However, there was a lot of Scripture and truth inside, and like I said, I don't necessarily disagree with the focus on Pentecost because we don't emphasize the Holy Spirit like we should. So, if you are of the Pentecostal or charismatic persuasion, this one is for you! If not, you may have mixed feelings like I did.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 




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