Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear


About the Book


Book:  The Blue  Cloak
Author: Shannon McNear
Genre:  Christian Historical/Suspense
Release Date: March, 2020

Evil Incarnate Leaves a Trail of Destruction across the Frontier

Book 5 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Rachel Taylor lives a rather mundane existence in 1797 at the way station her family runs along the Wilderness Road in Tennessee. She attends her friend Sally Rice’s wedding only to watch the marriage dissolve into horror has the groom, Wiley Harpe, and his cousin Micajah become murderers on the run, who drag their families along. Declaring a “war on all humanity,” the Harpes won’t be stopped, and Ben Langford is on their trail to see if his own cousin was one of their latest victims.

How many will die before peace can return to the frontier?



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My Review

Can I just say- this book is beyond amazing in every aspect! I personally did not know anything of the Harpes and their sinister ways from history. The way these villains are portrayed truly sent chills down my spine. The frontier backdrop really transported me so that I could smell and see the rugged terrain and feel the fear along with the characters. Rachel and Ben make for dynamic hero and heroine and Sally becomes quite the formidable, redemptive character in this story as well. This plot is not for the faint of heart, it was horrific at times- but the author managed to convey the reality of the terror without using strong language or being overly graphic. The suspense within truly grabs you from page 1 and absolutely does not let go until you finish the last page. The author manages to weave a special and sweet romance in the midst of it all, and a redemption message that reminds us that the light of the Lord shines through any terror and pain. This book is a must read, and if you haven't read the rest of the books in this multi-author series, you need to read them all! Perfect for the historical fiction reader, suspense reader, or those looking for a realistic, redemptive tale.



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



About the Author


Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.


More from Shannon

How dark is too dark for a Christian to write?
That was the question I wrestled with when deciding whether or not to take on the story of the Harpes. The histories in Scripture itself aren’t rated G, but writing fiction requires a level of detail and depth of emotion I wasn’t sure would be wise, or helpful, to explore in this case. But as I prayed and sought the counsel of those whose discernment I trust, the answer came back, overwhelmingly …
Is God stronger than the darkness, or not?
Well, of course He is. And nothing in human history has ever escaped His notice, or taken Him by surprise.
So, was there something redeeming to be found in the tale of the Harpes?
For the first few weeks of research, I walked around in a state of shock at the horror of the historical accounts, but details surfaced that helped me shape my fictional characters Rachel and Ben. With Rachel working in her family’s trading post near the wild frontier town of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ben a lawyer who recently passed the bar, the real-life Hugh Lawson White provided a handy connection point between them. Many other details fell together in ways I had not foreseen when I began developing the story. Sally Rice Harpe, however, rose to the forefront. This was more her story than anyone’s, but realizing I couldn’t properly write the book without using her point of view? That was scary. I knew the moments I’d have to visit, some of them in real-time.
Despite the tragedy, however, I could see an overarching story of spiritual warfare. Felt a growing conviction that prayer must have played a vital role in bringing the Harpes’ reign of terror to an end. So it is my hope that against the backdrop of one of the most chilling episodes of our country’s early history, the hand of God shows clearly, and that yes, the reader finds it redemptive.



Blog Stops

Emily Yager, March 25
Genesis 5020, March 26
Remembrancy, March 26
Among the Reads, March 27
Betti Mace, March 30
Older & Smarter?, March 30
Robin’s Nest, March 31
Stories By Gina, April 1
By The Book, April 2
Artistic Nobody, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Pause for Tales, April 5
Hallie Reads, April 6



Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of The Blue Cloak and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Why Can't We Trust God? by Thomas Wise


About the Book


Book:  Why Can’t We Trust God?
Author: Thomas Wise
Genre:  Non-Fiction/Personal Growth
Release Date: January 17, 2020

So you think God turned his back on us?

Why else would this world be so miserable?

While this world is spinning out of control, we are left with the tough questions:

Why is this happening to me?

Why won’t God stop this?

Why am I in pain?

Why did my child die?

Why do they hate me?

WHY CAN’T WE TRUST GOD?

Well, at the time my wife and I were suffering financially due to her loss of a good job. We wondered how we would pay our bills but chose to continue to trust in God as we paid our tithe and held our breath, hoping my income would cover our bills each month. We prayed for relief but never expected the answer would include the total destruction of everything we owned. The tornado crashed through the town, causing death and destruction to everything in its path.

After the grief subsided at the loss of life suffered by our neighbors, we came to realize that we also lost all of our debts and the decay of the older home we owned. We received so much more than we lost.



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My Review

I'm not certain I've ever read a book quite like this. The book bridges research in how we trust others from different parts of ourselves as a being and relates them to Scripture to reveal how perfect God and His plan for our life is. The book focuses around suffering which pertains to the title because we are always very quick to question God in suffering. The author relates his own anecdote dealing with the loss of a child to relate to the reader as well. The book is for the deep thinkers and those with analytical questions regarding Christ and how He works and how much He loves us. For that reason, I feel a Christian or non-Christian could really enjoy the book as it really causes you to think deep and hard. Also for this reason, it takes time to digest and really should be read in portions. I can't say I agreed with it all, but overall the author gives us a really unique look at suffering and makes a relatable case to understand the God of the Bible and His perfect plan for each of us.

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



About the Author


Tom and Nancy Wise are award-winning authors. Their first novel, The Borealis Genome, is the grand-prize winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti 2013 Award for YA Novels and 2014 Cygnus Award Lab Lit Category.
Thomas grew up in a military family moving from base to base as the child of a Marine, living the life of an officer’s brat in times of war while Nancy was raised the youngest child of a WWII veteran. When not working together on their novels, Tom teaches at University and authors articles on project management topics and nonfiction books published by Gower Publishing in the UK.


More from Tom

“Why Can’t We Trust God?” reflects my struggle with the purpose of suffering. I identify with Jacob, wrestling with God, holding on to my pain and anger, determined to find God’s blessing in compensation for a life that didn’t seem to meet my expectations. I dug my feet in, refusing to be moved, and I was determined to find some confirmation of why life hurts, why I suffer from failure, health, setbacks, and the meaning of life.
“Why Can’t We Trust God?” published by Zion Press, a CrossLink Publishing imprint, describes my exploration of the word WHY in relation to God’s more excellent plan for life on earth.
Why did I write the book, “Why Can’t We Trust God?”  Because we need answers.



Blog Stops

Lots of Helpers, March 10
All 4 and About Books, March 14 (Author Interview)
Coast and Anchor, March 14
Mary Hake, March 15
Andrea Christenson, March 18 (Author Interview)
Livin’ Lit, March 19



Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, Thomas is giving away the grand prize of an Amazon Kindle!!
(Please note: Kindle may be different than one pictured.)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Blessing on the Run by Alana Terry


About the Book


Book:  Blessing on the Run
Author: Alana Terry
Genre:  Christian Suspense
Release Date: December 16, 2018

Danger she can’t escape.

Temptation she can’t ignore.

And the secret that could destroy everything …

Blessing’s worked hard as a single mom. Caring for her son, struggling to pay the bills, and straightening out her life after years on the street … It’s the hardest job she’s ever loved.
Until her ex-boyfriend reappears with a secret that could cost her freedom, her family, even her very life.

Blessing promised herself never to return to the hell she escaped from. But that was before she had a child to worry about.

A child who will die if Blessing makes the wrong choice …

Or the right one.



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My Review

Alana Terry packs a punch like always in this emotional, truth filled suspense. Alana never shies away from diving into weighty topics and giving us the character's point of view, insecurities, hurts, and fears. In this book, we dive into the world of a life on the streets, sexual abuse, and prostitution. The author is able to give us a realistic look at this without being overly vulgar or using offensive language. The author gives us an inside look of people we are so quick to judge when looking from the outside without knowing their entire story. The author weaves a story of salvation, true love that is found in Christ alone, and redemption, and brings us suspense to boot. Blessing is really a heroine- so complex and developing with every turn of the page. The villain was so clearly portrayed that it gave the suspense a real jump factor to it. If you love suspense, this one is for you. Even if you're just looking for an inspirational journey of hope- this one is for you. 


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




About the Author


Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.


More from Alana

Are you afraid of anything? Maybe you have a phobia, like a fear of spiders, heights, or (if you’re weird like me) fish. (That’s a story for another day!)
When I was pregnant with our first son, I had some weird nightmares which fueled my fears. One night I woke up my husband in a panic to tell him to pray for our baby because we were being chased by a demonic cheese grater (yes, you read that right – a demonic kitchen appliance!). Regularly in my nightmares, I dream that someone or something is after my kids (and they’re usually not possessed cooking utensils, by the way).
One way I work through my fears as a mom is to turn them into stories. And even though I haven’t found a way to work a demonic cheese grater into my novels, you can read about a mother’s worst nightmare in this novel, Blessing on the Run.
 Blessing has worked hard to turn her life around after a rough life on the streets, but in this exciting suspense novel, her past it about to catch up to her.
Join Blessing and her parents (if you’re a fan of the Kennedy series you already know who they are!) for an adrenaline-packed thrill ride you won’t soon forget.



Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 19
Inklings and notions, February 20
A Reader’s Brain, February 21
For Him and My Family, February 23
Betti Mace, February 24
Simple Harvest Reads, February 25 (Author Interview)
deb’s Book Review, February 25
Bigreadersite, February 26
Emily Yager, February 27
 Artistic Nobody, February 28 (Author Interview)
Blogging With Carol, February 29
For the Love of Literature, March 3 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, March 3



Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away the grand prize of a $30 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck


About the Book


Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 4, 2020

An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.

Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.

Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.

Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.

Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.

Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.

When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.

Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.



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My Review

This book combined sweet romance, learning to hope and deal with the past, finding the Lord, and a love for books together with beautiful, complex characters that were so down to earth. The book is like an onion with many layers and a story for each character that takes time and effort to unravel. The emotion conveyed really makes you feel part of the characters' lives as they make realizations and feel emotions of their own as the story deepens. The spiritual thread is natural and inspiring, and the romance is real and slow blossoming. This book is one of those rare ones I can say would be perfect for literally any fiction reader because it is so multi-faceted. All the sub plots, each characters so uniquely developed with their own story to tell and realize for the future, and I loved Gilda the librarian and her quirky, secretive self. I honestly recommend this one for any fiction reader- probably more female, but I feel some male readers would enjoy as well.


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




About the Author


Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.



Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt HERE




Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 10
Livin’ Lit, February 10
Genesis 5020, February 10
The Power of Words, February 11
Rebecca Tews, February 11
All-of-a-kind Mom, February 11
Older & Smarter?, February 12
Texas Book-aholic, February 12
Inklings and notions, February 12
deb’s Book Review, February 12
Just the Write Escape, February 13
For Him and My Family, February 13
CarpeDiem, February 13
Remembrancy, February 14
Christian Bookaholic, February 14
Connect in Fiction, February 14
April Hayman, Author, February 14
Robin’s Nest, February 15
Britt Reads Fiction, February 15
Blogging With Carol, February 15
Batya’s Bits, February 16
Bigreadersite, February 16
A Reader’s Brain, February 16
Worthy2Read, February 16
Stories By Gina, February 16
Back Porch Reads, February 17
janicesbookreviews, February 17
Inside the Wong Mind, February 17
Mary Hake, February 17
Mia Reads, February 18
Baker Kella, February 18
EmpowerMoms, February 18
Maureen’s Musings, February 19
Coast and Anchor, February 19
Spoken from the Heart, February 19
SPLASHES of Joy, February 19
She Lives to Read, February 20
By The Book, February 20
Wishful Endings, February 20
Moments, February 20
Simple Harvest Reads, February 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Andrea Christenson, February 21
Pause for Tales, February 21
For The Love of Books, February 21
Lis Loves Reading, February 21
Hallie Reads, February 22
Godly Book Reviews, February 23
Daysong Reflections, February 23
SusanLovesBooks, February 23