Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Chronological Tour Through The Bible by Ron Rhodes

A Chronological Tour Through The Bible
by Ron Rhodes
416 pages
Harvest House Publishers

Review: What I like most about Ron Rhodes’ A Chronological Tour Through the Bible are the 5 sections for each passage he covers, such as the key concept, the big picture, transformational truth, a verse for meditation, and a question to ponder. Rhodes also covers 9 Era’s of the bible starting with Era 1 - Beginnings (the updated past to 1800 bc) to Era 9 - The Early church (AD 30-95).  

You get it all from start to finish in a chronological order that makes sense including the many Jewish traditions. This really helps to get a better understanding as to the decision making occurring throughout the bible.  It also provides a context from which to see the importance of certain events or activities regarding the Jewish people of this time. Rhodes also tells you who wrote each book and the estimated year it was written. It really is a great resource for your biblical studies and for having a more well-rounded understanding of biblical history. You will certainly learn something new by reading this book!

*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.  Opinions are my own.

Rating: 5 Hearts!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

Georgia Coast Romance #1
   Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 16, 2018
Number of Pages: 368

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Millie Sullivan plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia, where her great-grandmother was a real guest ninety years ago. When Millie learns of a lost diary that may contain the location of a hidden treasure on the estate and reveal the identity of her great-grandfather, she sets out to find the truth of her heritage—and the fortune she desperately needs. But it won’t be easy.
When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. Still, her story seems too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up.
Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight.

“A mystery, a treasure hunt, and a split-time romance—all set within a beautiful chateau. What more could we want?”—Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and A Portrait of Emily Price

“A charming romance about real people triumphing over real problems. Add in a dash of mystery, a treasure hunt, and old family secrets, and you have a story that will warm every corner of your heart.”—Victoria Bylin, award-winning author of Together with You

“Lovers of history will enjoy this treasure-seeking adventure through a historic estate, and readers will appreciate a story that turns up riches of the lasting kind.”—Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Honeysuckle Dreams



There were some things Millie Sullivan would rather forget. The long gravel lane up to this home. The drab interior walls that melted into sticky carpet and stained tile floors. The fact that she could afford nothing better for the woman she loved most.
But every time she stepped into her Grandma Joy’s room, Millie tried to be thankful her grandmother could remember anything at all.
“Who are you?” Grandma Joy squinted from across the small studio apartment, her hooded eyes suspicious and the wrinkles at the corners of her mouth growing deeper. “I don’t know you. What are you doing here? What do you want?”
Her breath caught in the back of her throat, and Millie tried to recall what she’d done last time. What had the doctor said? Speak in low tones, calming words.
“It’s all right.” She held out her hands, palms up, an invitation. Taking two slow steps, she dipped her chin and lowered her voice another half an octave. “You’re safe. You’re in your home.”
“I know that. What do you take me for?” Grandma Joy looked like she had half a mind to hop out of her overstuffed rocker at such an offense. “I want to know who you are and what you’re doing here.”
Fair question.
Try to use familiar words and phrases.
“I’m Mil—Camilla.” Grandma Joy’s eyes narrowed further, nearly disappearing beneath loose skin. “Camilla?” Her tone held a hint of recognition.
Millie’s chin hitched, a smile already spreading into place. “Yes, Camilla. I’m Robert’s daughter.”
“Robert?” Any sign of clarity vanished, and her too-pink lips smacked together. “Never heard of him.”
Wrapping her arms across her stomach, Millie nodded. “Okay.” But it wasn’t, not even a little bit. Nearly everything she knew about her dad, she’d learned from his mother. And today Grandma Joy couldn’t even remember him.
Her stomach heaved like a boat on stormy waves. What if last time was the last time Grandma Joy remembered her? What if last time was the last time she heard Grandma Joy’s laugh? What if last time was the last time Grandma Joy kissed her forehead and promised that all was well?
The back of her eyes burned, and Millie pressed her hands over her face. Holding every muscle as tight as she could, she forced a smile in place and held it there for three seconds before meeting her grandma’s gaze again.
Yes, a smile. That’s what she needed. Even if she didn’t feel it, Grandma Joy would see it. And even if she didn’t recognize Millie’s smile specifically, well . . . everyone appreciated a smile. Right?
The smile in question trembled behind the cover of her hands, and Millie sucked in a quick breath between pinched lips.
Remember. She just had to remember. This woman—the one in the faded purple rocking chair—wasn’t the one who had raised Millie. She wasn’t the one who had taken in her only grandchild and provided for her every need. At best she was a facsimile.
But the only thing Millie could do about it was paste a smile on her face and try to help her remember. And pray that Grandma Joy would come back to her.
Please, God. Let me have her a little longer.

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Red Door InnWhere Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. A marketing manager for a Christian film company, she makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

FBI Rapid Response, #1
   Genre: Inspirational /Mystery / Suspense / Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date of Publication: October 9, 2018
Number of Pages: 416

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Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder. 
As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.
PRAISE FOR DiANN MILLS:  "The tension level rises as layers of lies are peeled away in multiple plot twists." --Library Journal "DiAnn Mills is a master of fast-paced and intricately plotted romantic suspense." --Colleen Coble, Bestselling author "[A] fast-moving, intricately plotted thriller." --Publishers Weekly

Traveling is a joy and a treasure for me. I value making new friends, exploring culture, and enjoying what makes an area special. The following are my top 5 places to visit again and again.

1. Israel - I could feel the Bible come alive here.
2. Ireland - Beautiful people and country.
3. Greece - History, food, museums, and the list goes on.
4. Hawaii - The good ole USA! My favorite island is Kauai
5. Rocky Mountain National Park - My husband and I love returning to a cabin along Falls Creek outside of Estes Park. The wildlife, hiking, and exploring the surroundings of the National Park is always filled with memories. 


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 Reader's Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She's an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Everless by Sara Holland

by Sara Holland
Published by HarperTeen
362 pages

Plot: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
 (2018, Goodreads.com)

Review: With vivid world building and an intriguing plot, Everless is a well crafted and exciting dark fantasy debut by Sara Holland. Jules Ember is running out of time.  Her father is weak and on the verge of dying. His time is running out, and the only way for Ember to save him is to return to Everless, a place they ran from ten years ago, and find employment.  In Everless, money is in blood-coin. But this currency is converted from actual blood which takes years off your life. The most powerful families can live hundreds of years by taxing and taking blood-coins from the poor.  Ember’s father use to live with Lord and Lady Gerling at Everless as a blacksmith. That is, until a strange accident happened and they were forced to flee.

Lord Gerling’s son Roan, Ember’s childhood friend and love, is soon to marry the Queen’s daughter. So, in preparation for the wedding, the Gerling’s are hiring girls from the outskirts to work as maids and house servants. Jules’ father forbids her to go, but Jules has no choice.  She must return to Everless to earn blood-coin for her father no matter the consequences. But, the longer Jules works at Everless the more dangerous it becomes. With warnings all around, Jules is forced to confront her father’s secrets and a dark past that leads her to discover more than she is prepared to handle.  

Liam Gerling, Roan’s older brother, is the reason Jules and her father left Everless years ago.  But, Liam has secrets of his own, and the more time Jules spends with Liam, the more she realizes that he’s hiding something.  And she’s determined to find out what. Alone at Everless, Jules doesn’t know who she can trust, and with Roan about to get married, she’s wondering how she will handle the heartbreak.

With a courageous heroine, dark secrets, and fast pacing plot, Everless will keeping you glued to the last heart-wrenching page!  A must read! Recommended for ages 14 and up!

Book 2: Evermore coming December 12, 2018

*A DRC was given for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Hearts!