Saturday, July 23, 2016

Through Raging Waters by Renee Blare

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About the Book

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 If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same . . . A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread…once again. She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After
she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she’s ever loved. Can two people find each other through raging waters?

My Review

Suspense, adventure, strong emotion, and a town that is collapsing under the strains of relentless storms both literally and within. Each character has a personal struggle that they find hard to reveal to others. Each character has an adventure that they must face boldly although they are uncertain. The two main characters slowly realize they care for each other, but struggle with the past which makes them feel reluctant to trust and be loved. As you read the book, you can see the beautiful setting being destroyed by relentless storms, and the struggle of the community as they see their town slowly crumbling. You can feel the inner turmoil, fear, and sense of adventure in the helicopter ride and the rugged off-roading and hiking. You feel as though you are ready to collapse with emotion and exhaustion as you truly feel the character's emotions and physical pain. You're full of curiosity while the plot thickens in every direction to reveal answers to questions you didn't even know existed at the beginning of the book. As I turned the page, I was surprised over and over again at the layers this story began to unfold. Each character was clear down to their facial expressions and mannerisms while their world literally unraveled. Action, suspense, love, and beauty all combined in one terrific package. Excellent work, Ms. Blare!

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

About the Author

Renee Blare’s nose has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar. Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, she lives in Wyoming with her husband, crazy dogs, and ornery cat. She serves her beautiful small town as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Blog: Renee's Inspirational Moments

Group Blog: The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction

 Website: Renee Blare Christian Author Website

Guest Post from Renee Blare

I Wrote a Book

 Five years ago, I wrote a book…and then I wrote another and another and another. Many said that the words flowed like a river onto the page. Or I painted a picture with letters. As for me? I simply write what I see so you can see it too. What about you? Do you want to write a book?

If so, there’s one thing I’d like you to know. A book’s like a child. It starts out small or simple with garbled language…often repetitive and indistinguishable. Kind of like when a baby babbles “dada” over and over. And then that moment comes when you rejoice because you hear him say “mama.” That’s the growth every book…writer…reader…yearns for.

Different stories float around inside an author’s mind, flowing in a way much like labor. Some authors plot, others don’t. And still others combine the process in a convoluted method. But like birth, no matter how the words eventually find their way to the page, the development of a book doesn’t stop with its first dawn. It takes time, energy, and growth.

Take my first release, To Soar on Eagle’s Wings. Five years ago, I wrote it, my very first book, in three months. And it was awesome! I couldn’t believe it. God brought the plot together in a phenomenal way. But publication wasn’t the next step. I had a lot to learn before that could happen.

My latest release, Through Raging Waters is the example of a writer’s growth, but also her soul. I learned that I had to leave more than my knowledge and my heart on the page. I needed to leave a piece of my soul. When you read Paul’s struggles, you read mine. Melissa’s fear and confusion? Yes, they’re mine. The anger, the pain . . . the trials, the lessons learned are scriptural but also first-hand, taught by my Father.

Writing is more than a job. It’s more than a hobby. It’s sharing your knowledge, your hope with the world. So if you want to write a book. Do it. Then take that next step, and the next. You’ll get there. Oh, and I can’t wait to read it!

Blog Stops

July 19: Pause for Tales
July 24: A Greater Yes
July 25: bigreadersite
July 26: Splashes of Joy
July 29: Quiet Quilter
July 31: Bukwurmzzz
August 1: Carpe Diem


 To celebrate her tour, Renee is giving away a wonderful package that includes a $20 Cabelas gift card, a set of her series paperbacks (books 1 and 2), and fleece blanket. Click here to enter:


  1. Just started reading this.. so good!

  2. Thank you, Katie. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wondered if it was too much for the reader to handle after I was done. LOL I even asked my editor!

    1. I loved the action! I couldn't stop turning the pages to see what happened next!