Book Review: Murder of Convenience

 

About the Book

Book: Murder of Convenience

Murder of Convenience

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Mystery

Release Date: October 15, 2018

May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit.

Set in the early days of America’s entry into WWII and featuring cameo appearances from Hollywood stars, Murder of Convenience is tribute to individuals who served on the home front, especially those who did so in spite of personal difficulties, reminding us that service always comes as a result of sacrifice. Betrayal, blackmail, and a barrage of unanswered questions… Murder of Convenience is the first in Linda Shenton Matchett’s exciting new “Women of Courage” series.

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About the AuthorLinda Matchett

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed the story line of this book. It was full of intrigue and suspense. The main character was relatable in her weakness. Oddly enough, I didn’t really like the main character. I love a strong female lead, and she seemed weak and prone to fainting at pivotal moments. She struggled to trust God for her future. Maybe if I’m honest, the reason I didn’t like her is because she reminded me of myself and my weaknesses. Although I have never fainted or even really felt close to fainting, I am prone to forge my own way and to not trust God. So maybe we are more alike than I want to admit. I was disappointed in that the book did not talk about Geneva’s impending blindness as much as I anticipated.  I greatly enjoyed the setting and the peek into the lives of the women in the USO during World War II. All in all, it was an enjoyable story.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book in conjunction with Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Guest Post from Linda

World War II is my favorite era about which to read and write. What I find most fascinating about the time period are the stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, especially women, who until this time, had been provided for and protected.

A woman was typically insulated from difficulties or frightening things, and her husband or father took care of just about everything. When the war took millions of men away, the women had to learn how to take care of themselves in addition to filling the job vacancies.

Yes, there were Rosie the Riveters: women who worked in the factories building weapons, ships, vehicles and all kinds of war materiel, but there were also Land Army girls, many of whom didn’t know how to drive, who learned to operate all kinds of farm equipment so they could bring in crops to feed our nation as well as our Allies. Others donned uniforms to serve in the WACS, WAVES, SPARS, WASPS, Marines, Army Nurse Corp, and Navy Nurse Corp. Millions boosted morale through the USO and Red Cross or served in myriad ways with Civil Defense. Some went overseas to cover the war as journalists. A few even signed on as spies.

The driving force with most of these women was the realization that their country needed them. They put their own needs and desires aside to help win a war they didn’t ask to be part of. And many did it while single-handedly running the household because their husband was somewhere across the globe – ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

My latest release, Murder of Convenience, explores themes of service and sacrifice intertwined with the question of how to respond when God says no. It is my hope that the novel honors the women who lived during WWII in some small way.

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Book Review: Mind Games

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About the Book

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Book: Mind Games

Author: Nancy Mehl

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: December, 2018

Publisher: Bethany House

FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn’s methods may be highly unorthodox, but her talent is undeniable. She’s done her best to establish a new life for herself after being demoted and transferred to St. Louis when a reporter revealed she’s the daughter of an infamous serial killer. But when that same reporter claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, it seems her old life has followed her.

When a body is found that fits the poem’s morbid predictions, Kaely and her new partner, Special Agent Noah Hunter, are forced to move past his skepticism of her approach and work together to unravel the deadly riddle.

With a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else, including Kaely, is killed.

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My Thoughts

This book is fascinating. I feel like I got a glimpse into Kaely Quinn’s brain, and it was so interesting. Kaely Quinn is a behavioral analyst with the FBI. She is also the daughter of a serial killer, and she helps catch men just like her father. Her process of catching killers is quite unconventional and therefore fascinating. Kaely is obviously still trying to heal from the ostracism that she faced as the daughter of a serial killer. When a new serial killer arrives in town and begins to target her, Kaely must face the pain of her past before she can catch the killer and move on with her life. 

I’m not sure that I have ever read a book about a behavioral analyst before, and I found it so fascinating. The way Kaely could read people made me want to go take classes on behavioral analysis. She could find a killer through very little information. I also appreciated the way that the author presented Kaely’s faith. It was encouraging and inspiring. 

This book kept me guessing until the end. I thought that I had figured out who the killer was, but I was totally wrong. It was nice to read a book that did not have a predictable ending. It was also refreshing to read a Christian suspense book that did not have a lot of romance in it. It was not totally without romance but it was not the kind of romance that makes this cynical girl roll her eyes. Of course the next book in the series may have a predictable romantic ending but for now I will bask in the unpredictability of this book’s conclusion. I am very excited for book two in this series and cannot wait to read more about the adventures of Kaely Quinn.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in conjunction with Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters:  www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Guest Post from Nancy

Writing Mind Games is a dream come true. I’ve been interested in FBI profiling for years. I’ve read about it, studied it, and watched every TV special I could find on the subject. So when the chance finally came to write the book I’ve always wanted to write, I jumped at it. Thankfully, through the help of another writer, I was hooked up with a retired FBI profiler. I was so excited. Until I found out I had almost everything wrong. Yes, I had some understanding about profiling, but I knew nothing about the FBI and how it works.

First of all, the FBI doesn’t call the men and women who profile criminals, profilers. They’re called Behavioral Analysts. The plot for Mind Games had my analyst running around the country solving crimes while she was stationed in St. Louis. Uh, no. Behavioral analysts do travel, but they all work out of Quantico in Virginia. So…I rewrote.

There were ways around my conundrum, but one solution led to more and more problems. We finally worked through them. Then I spent the next few months learning acronyms. CIRG, CJIS, NCAVC, HRT, UNSUB, CNU, THU, ViCap, CODIS, SWAT, ERTU, OPU, THRU, ERT… Well, the list goes on and on. The FBI is made up of many specialized units. And a plethora of acronyms, it seems.

I rewrote Mind Games three times before my source said we were good to go.

If you assume I’m out of the woods now, you’d be wrong. I haven’t had the nerve to open up the manuscript I sent her for book two in my Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I figured I had Fire Storm right but… Well, I can tell from her email comments I’ll be doing more rewriting. Sigh.

So is it worth it? A resounding yes! I love learning, and as long as my analyst friend hangs in with me (she has the patience of Job), I’ll keep at it.

I hope you enjoy Mind Games. It’s edgy but fun. Kaely Quinn is a quirky character. She was thrown out of Quantico because her version of profiling is… Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out!

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To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away a grand prize of a copy of Mind Games and the three books in Nancy’s Defenders of Justice series, plus a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Two additional winners will also receive a copy of Mind Games!

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Book Review: Shelter of the Most High

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About the Book

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Book: Shelter of the Most High

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Genre: Christian Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October, 2018

The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a city of refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood, yet chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Can they uncover the betrayal in time to save their lives and the lives of those they love?

 

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My Thoughts

I have not read any Biblical fiction in quite a while, and it was so good to get back into it with this book by Connilyn Cossette. I’ve grown up hearing Bible stories. A lot of them I’ve heard so often that I forget how truly incredible the stories are. I love Biblical fiction because it adds a whole new dimension to the stories. It fleshes the stories out and makes you see them in a whole new way. It helps you realize that these stories are true and happened to real people. People that had doubts and dreams and fears just like we do today.

The main characters in this book are not specifically talked about in the Bible. The story takes place in Kedesh, one of the cities of refuge in ancient Israel. It makes mention of some famous Bible characters such as Joshua and Moses. I was fascinated by the details about the city of refuge. I had never really thought about what it would actually be like to live in one of those cities. To know that you could never cross the boundary line until the high priest died. To leave your family and friends and home and live among strangers. It made me realize how heartbreaking-ly hard that would have been.

I enjoyed Connilyn’s writing style. It was easy to read and to understand. This book had some romance and some suspense. The middle of the book moved rather slowly, but the ending was fast-paced and suspenseful. The romance was a bit mushy for me. I have no personal experience with being in love so maybe I shouldn’t judge. But some of the scenes described did make me roll my eyes. I’m probably just too cynical. But those are my thoughts for whatever they’re worth.  I would still recommend this book, and I did enjoy reading it. I didn’t realize until I had finished the book that it is actually the second book in a series. I didn’t feel confused by the story and would say that this book works just fine as a stand-alone novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in conjunction with Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

Cossette_ConnilynConnilyn Cossette is the CBA bestselling author of the Out From Egypt series. Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars, was a finalist for the Christy Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christian Retailing’s Best Award. She lives in North Carolina with her husband of twenty years and a son and a daughter who fill her days with joy, inspiration, and laughter. Connect with her at www.ConnilynCossette.com.

 

Guest Post from Connilyn

Shelter of the Most High, the second book in my Cities of Refuge Series, will be the first I’ve written to have been influenced by my trip to Israel last year. When I started writing Biblical fiction almost nine years ago, I was limited to exploring the Land of Promise via Google Earth, books, and through a plethora of photos on the good ol’ world wide web, but of course nothing can compare to actually experiencing the atmosphere and scenery for yourself.

So although I’d already written Shelter of the Most High by the time I hopped on a plane to join fellow author Cliff Graham’s GoodBattle Tour, once I returned my editing was filtered through the sights and sounds I’d witnessed for myself. It had been a life-long dream to go to Israel and it did not disappoint, in fact it just went way too fast!

One of my greatest fears was that I would see the places I’d written about in my books and realize I totally messed up my descriptions, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that for the most part I’d been fairly accurate (although I did tweak a few things here and there).

Standing on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee I was able to envision Eitan, our hero in Shelter of the Most High, sitting on one of the black boulders there, defeated and weary as he searched for his love. I was able to look toward the snowy peaks of Mount Hermon in the north and over the fertile Hula Valley just below the ancient ruins of Kedesh, the city of refuge, and consider how Sofea must have felt as she experienced the landscape of her new home for the first time, both the fear and the awe.

One of my favorite sites was Tel Dan and although it does not feature in Shelter of the Most High it’s lush greenness and dense forest gave me a better sense of what Israel must have been in the past before deforestation, war, and shifts in climate have done to the fertile land God himself called a land of milk and honey. Since I was so affected by Tel Dan (or Laish in ancient times) that city will be one of the settings in my upcoming third installment of the Cities of Refuge Series, Until the Mountains Fall.

Being a super visual person who is highly sensitive to sensory input, I took great pleasure in absorbing with all my senses as we walked paths, climbed mountains (yes, mountains), slogged through a long, cold, and wet tunnel deep beneath Jerusalem, hiked up to the secret oasis of Ein Gedi where David hid from Saul, and rocked along on a boat over the glassy surface of the Galilee. I felt like a sponge just soaking up every little detail and every grand vista.

Smelling the salty breeze off the Mediterranean and hearing the waves crash against the sandy beach in Tel Aviv and Caesarea Phillipi made me imagine our heroine Sofea looking over that enormous, blue expanse and wondering what sort of god had control of such a powerful thing.

Feeling the timeworn cobblestones beneath my feet gave me a sense of what it must have been like for Eitan and Sofea to walk through the streets of Kedesh, their own sandals scuffing against the rough-hewn stone as they went about their daily activities.

Running my fingers along the pitted surfaces of ancient buildings and tracing the chisel marks from craftsmen of the Bronze Age wrapped me in a whirl of imagination about who the people were that hefted those same rocks into place and the ingenuity it took to create structures that have lasted so long.

Tasting the unique spices and flavors of the Middle East gave me a sense of the passion Moryiah (our hero’s mother) has for creating delicious new dishes to feed her growing family and the guests at her inn.

Although I write fiction, my stories are woven into Biblical accounts so going to Israel was a perfect reminder for me that the people that lived between the pages of Genesis to Revelations were real. They breathed, they cried, they loved, they mourned, they suffered, and they celebrated with their families. I am so grateful to have gleaned some great new insight into the Land and its resilient, vibrant people and hope that through Shelter of the Most High readers get a small sense of the beauty and wonder I experienced there. I cannot wait to go back!

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To celebrate her tour, Connilyn is giving away

Grand Prize: All five of Conni’s novels, including Shelter of the Most High, plus AHAVA Dead Sea Bath Salts

Three other winners will receive a copy of Shelter of the Most High!!

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Book Review: An Hour Unspent

Book Details

Title: An Hour Unspent

Author: Roseanna M. White

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: Shadows over England #3

Release Date: September 4, 2018

About the Book

An Hour UnspentOnce London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.

Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.

As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

 

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My Thoughts

This book was a very enjoyable read, a book that you can relax into. If you are anything like me sometimes you want to read a book so that you don’t have to think, you can just watch the story unfold before you; and this book did that for me. I felt like the author did very well at building a historical context for her story. It was interesting to read about London in 1915 with the war and the women’s suffrage movement.

I loved the idea in this book of a reformed thief. The main character, Barclay Pearce, is a former thief who becomes a Christian and wants to reform. His struggle to change his life and break his old habits is very realistic and something that we can all relate to. The question of who family really is was explored as well. Barclay was brother to a family of orphans who were not related by blood but forged an incredibly strong bond. The heroine, Evalina Manning, had a mother and a father by blood but at the beginning of the book the Manning home was full of strife and bitterness. This just shows that family is not always just the people that we are blood-related to.

When I started this book, I did not realize that it was the third book in the series. While reading the other two books first would probably have given me more background, I still felt like I could easily understand the story of the third book.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author in conjunction with Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

Roseanna 2018Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

 

Guest Post from Roseanna

Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is.

That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine.

The founder. The caregiver. The leader.

I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice.

It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials.

There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those.

It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!

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Book Review: Sword in the Stars

About the Book

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Book Title: Sword in the Stars

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Release date: August 16 ,2017

The difference in their uncanny eyes could not be easily discerned. In the rays of the setting sun, both Aravel’s and Morlan’s eyes appeared gold. In the pale moonlight…yellow. Seemingly the same. Such inscrutable likeness is the way of things with identical twins. But all who knew the two brothers well noted unmistakable differences, peculiarities more experienced than seen. Those who stood before King Aravel’s gaze felt the glad firelight of a cozy inn. But those who fell under Morlan’s stare felt the gleam of winter moonlight on the cold, white stone monuments in a boneyard. FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DOOR WITHIN TRILOGY comes an epic tale of two powerful kings whose rivalry threatens to tear the world of Myriad apart. Into this chaos of treachery and war, strides ex-assassin Alastair Coldhollow whose quest for redemption leads him to the one foe he cannot defeat with a thrust of his sword. Everything may hinge on an age-old prophecy, but after thousands of years, will the Sword appear in the Stars at last? With the aid of Abbagael Rivynfleur, a not-so-naive girl from the forest villages, Alastair will tread forgotten roads, face legendary creatures, and meet mysterious new races of people, all in an effort to find Myriad’s Halfainin. So begins the sweeping seven-volume Myridian Constellation. Read on to discover what happens when the Sword is in the Stars, and the moon is blood red…

 

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My Thoughts

This book is a real page-turner! The author, Wayne Thomas Batson, created a whole other world with so many different creatures. This book has it all, from dragons to woodland faries. I loved reading about the various creatures that Batson imagined.

The hero in this book, Alastair Coldhollow, is very easy to relate to. While he is a brave man with incredible abilities in swordplay, he is also a man with a dark past and addictions and his own personal demons that he must overcome. Alastair has spent years waiting for the Halfainin to arrive. His struggle to hang on to his faith is a central theme in this book and one that we can all relate to. I love the Christian themes that are strung throughout this book.

The story is told through various character’s perspectives. It heightens the suspense when you see parts of the bad guy’s plans and hear the story from his viewpoint. I realized again how much I enjoy books that tell the story from various points of view. It adds an interesting depth that is not there otherwise.

I greatly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys fantasy books with Christian themes. A word of advice? Get the second book in the series before you finish this one. I made the mistake of waiting to reserve the second book at the library until I finished this one, and now I have to wait to find out what happens. I’m waiting most anxiously and impatiently!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

Wayne Thomas BatsonWayne Thomas Batson is the Bestselling author of seventeen adventure novels including the fan favorite: Door Within Trilogy, the pirate trilogy: The Isle Chronicles, the 7-book fantasy epic: Myridian Constellation, and a supernatural thriller series for adults: GHOST: The John Spector Missions. Batson credits God for every concept, story, word, and phrase (“Except the mistakes,” Batson says. “Those are all me.”) Happily married for 25 years, Batson and his wife have four adult children and make their home in Carroll County, Maryland.

A middle school Reading and English teacher for 27 years, Batson loves to challenge—and be challenged by—his students. So, when he began writing stories to supplement the school district’s curriculum, it was his students who taught their teacher a lesson. Batson’s students were so taken by one of the stories that, over a thirteen-year span, they pushed him to make it into a full-length novel. That story became The Door Within. Since then, Batson’s students continue to be his frontline editors. Says Batson, “Two things you can count on from middle school students: Intelligence and Honesty. Kids are so much more perceptive than a lot of us ‘Big Folk’ give them credit for. And when something’s not right in the story, they’ll tell you about in very clear terms.” With over half a million books in print, Batson believes his books appeal to so many kids and adults because, at a deep level, we all long to do something that matters, and we all dream of another world.

 

Guest Post from Wayne

Wayne Thomas Batson here. If you’re wondering why I always use my middle name, no, it’s not because I want to sound all stodgy or literary. Thomas is my father’s name. I’ve always wanted to honor him by using the name in my author name, esp. now because he passed away in 2015. If you’ve been reading my books for a while, you probably think The Door Within is my first book. Technically, however, it is not. The concept for Sword in the Stars actually popped into my head before The Door Within. The book actually appeared in two parts: Alastair’s story and Ariana’s story (from Errant King). At first I just didn’t realize they were both in the same HUGE story. In the meantime, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins published The Door Within Trilogy, and I kept getting contracts, keeping me from Sword in the Stars until 2012. But God was pretty insistent about the story because I kept getting flooded with ideas for what will eventually become the 7-Book Myridian Constellation series. Seriously, you should see the looks I get at church when I sit down during worship to scrawl story ideas on the back of a church bulletin!

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Book Review: The Vintage Wren

About the Book

Book Title: the Vintage Wren Volume 1

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian / Fiction / General / Romance

Release date: May 25, 2016 (still in progress)

The Vintage Wren is a serial novel released in episodes on Amazon. However, subscribers can get FREE weekly installments (a chapter in length) delivered right to your inbox every Wednesday(ish—life delays it now and then). To sign up for weekly installments, click HERE.  To read past installments visit The Write Chatterings group on Facebook.

The Vintage Wren is a serial novel released in several chapter episodes. Volume One contains the first four and a half episodes in one full-length novel.

Cassie Wren. Legal assistant. Convenience queen. Thrifter extraordinaire. If there was a “green police” she’d be a fugitive from eco-friendly justice.

But when a friend’s teasing feels like a challenge, Cassie accepts it. The result? One year. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred sixty-five days–of green.

It seemed simple enough. Cut back on paper plates, plastic forks, and straws. Easy peasy. But when her competitive side wars against her desire for convenience, Cassie finds it’s not so easy to be “eco-friendly” and “Cassie-friendly.”

January Shopping for Cassie’s annual New Year’s Eve party sparks an innocent comment that Cassie can’t forget. So, during their New Year’s Day goal planning session, Cassie’s friends tease her about her lack of eco-consciousness, and Cassie determines to change one new thing in favor of the planet every week. For a year. Even if it kills her.

She’s confident it will.

Cassie’s first month includes eradicating the extraneous paper, glass, plastic, and metal from her life. However, she finds that it’s not quite as easy as she thought. Paper and plastic cover everything manufactured or packaged–even water, produce, and restaurant food! Glass is great, but you can only have so many “reusable jars,” and metal reduction means her hair may end up a nightmare of uncontrollable frizzies!

She doesn’t even want to talk about her water reduction plans.

But it’s not all been bad. She’s saved a lot of money, has prospects for a new business, her impromptu blog is gaining traffic, and she even has a new boyfriend. Add to that, a few great friends who keep her going when things get rough, and the realization that there are only eleven months to go, and Cassie just might make it.

Now only if her car would cooperate and make it, too!

 

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My Thoughts

You guys. This book made me laugh out loud various times. And it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud when reading. But seriously. The main character, Cassie Wren, is even clumsier than I am. She is outspoken and impulsive but oh so lovable. She is just so real. She relates the struggles of being eco-conscious so well. I am not necessarily someone who is always super conscious about being green and helping the environment, but this book definitely made me think about simple things that I can do to help. I am for sure not planning on doing a year challenge like Cassie, but it is something to think about. I enjoyed the writing style of the book. The characters were very real and easy to relate to. If you are looking for a humorous and easy read, this is the book for you. (Also I may or may not have paused in the middle of this blog post to sign up for Chautona Havig’s newsletter to make sure that I don’t miss the rest of Cassie’s story. Trust me, it’s that good.)

 

About the Author

The author of dozens of books in a variety of genres, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to nudge her readers to the feet of the Master Storyteller.

 

Guest Post from Chautona

How Writing about Cassie’s Eco-Challenge Has Changed My Way of Living

I didn’t think it through—not really. I mean, how hard could it be? All I had to do is give Cassie my own reactions to things like giving up straws and having to use tote bags at the grocery store. I just needed 52 simple things she could change in her life—one new one for each episode.

Piece of cake.

I should have known better. I don’t do things halfway when I get into them. Yes, I’ve discovered that Cassie is more like me in some ways than I ever imagined. And as I’ve researched things for her to freak out about, I’ve done a bit of freaking out myself. Certain questions and thoughts won’t go away.

For instance, in 2017 1.26 BILLION dollars were spent on plush toys. Just plush toys. Stuffed animals. And I don’t know how many weren’t purchased. Those are just the ones that were. That’s… a LOT of stuffed toys. If each toy cost 20 dollars (and we all know most are half that or less these days), that’s 63 million of those toys purchased and brought home.

In one year.

Shampoo, conditioner, and laundry soap bottles. Not sure why this one bothers me as much as it does. I think, actually, it’s the huge amount of water as much as it is all the plastic.

Look, we no longer have eight females in our house. But we do still have four there at all times—five on breaks. That’s a lot of shampoo bottles every year. A big portion of both laundry soap, shampoo, and conditioner is… water. We pay for a big bottle (lots of plastic and water) and to ship that to us—either because we had to have it shipped to a store for us to buy it or we had to have it shipped to our house.

I am paying extra for water that I could add myself at a fraction of the cost.

And the things go on and on. The lake that almost disappeared in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan because of how much water it takes to grow and process cotton.

See, the thing is, I’m not a green nut.

I don’t think it’s as easy to “destroy the planet” as we like to say. I do think, much like we do with our bodies and such, that we can reduce the quality of the world around us, however.

And while I’ll never jump on Cassie’s bandwagon—certainly not for life, I have made a few changes in how I do things. And as time goes on, I find myself making even more.

Like what, you ask?

I’ll tell you.

Here are three small ways I’ve changed how we do things in our house.
  1. I started buying Dropps. They’re an automatically-shipped laundry pod. Each one is tiny—just a little smaller than the average “pod” and a whole lot cheaper. Also, there are no extra dyes or other things that are supposed to be bad for you and the planet.

I don’t really care about that. I just care that they work. And they do. And they’re cheaper than my Tide. 🙂

  1. I got a shampoo bar for my birthday. I thought it would be like washing with regular soap—especially after I started rinsing my hair! It freaked me out. One idea down the drain… I thought.

But no, after the second or third use, it still felt weird while wet, but it dried beautifully, and I didn’t need to use additional conditioner. It’s in the bar or something. I even tried the old way again to compare after-shower tangles. Identical.

  1. Dryer balls. Those felted wool balls really do work! A wonderful reader of mine sent me some, and it made my day! My youngest daughter and I are now trying to work with felted sweaters to try to turn them into dryer balls—or maybe even into sheets! (although, I think the balls bouncing around also kind of pound the clothes into submission or something. “Sheets” might not work, but I’m tempted to try it!

Look, you’ll never find me standing in front of a case in a mini-mart, freaking out because I want a Coke and can’t justify it. That’s not going to happen. But if I can choose a reasonable alternative to what I already do, well… it’s time to consider that.

There you have it. Three ways my life has changed since writing Cassie’s crazy story.

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The April Journal , October 16

Among the Reads , October 16

Inklings and Notions , October 17

Lots of HelpersOctober 18

Carpe Diem, October 19

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Real World Bible StudyOctober 20

A Baker’s Perspective, October 21

The Lit AddictOctober 21

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly KissesOctober 22

Janice’s Book ReviewsOctober 23

Aryn The Libraryan , October 23

Bigreadersite, October 24

Mary Hake, October 24

Cultivating UsOctober 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations , October 26

MultifariousOctober 26

Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 27

Proud to Be an Autism MomOctober 28

Texas Book-aholic, October 29

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize package that includes 5 Shopping totes, a Shampoo Bar, a Foldable Straw, and a $10 Amazon gift card!!

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Book Review: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen

About the Book

Book Title: The Mending of Lillian Cathleen

Author: Linda Brooks Davis

Genre: Historical

Release date: October, 2018

It’s 1914. American women are demanding the vote. And the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe. But a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma.

The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day.

The jury has reached a verdict.

Lily fidgets in the old church pew. Her name has clotted into a by-word. Her blood is tainted. Can she right the wrongs? Or will her past forever define her?

She eyes the judge. And the courtroom holds its breath.

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My Thoughts

What a story! The main character, Lily, faces so many challenges.  She is abused as a child, and the emotional and physical scars accompany her into adulthood. Throughout the book, she wrestles with the question of how a loving God could allow such suffering and cruelty, a question which most people have to confront at some point in their lives. Her journey to faith is inspiring. Although Lily’s father was evil embodied, her mother was a shining example of the love of Jesus. Lily was rescued from her horrible environment by a neighbor who loved her as a dear friend and gave her a home, an education, and a future. This book follows Lily’s journey to discovering her ancestry and rescuing a child from slavery and destroying a slave ring. This book is intense at times. While the author does well at describing the circumstances discretely, I would recommend that parents read this book before giving it to their children. The author wrote this story in first person which gives better insight into the thoughts of the main character. The language was quite dramatic which got a bit tiring, but it was still an enjoyable read. This is the second book in a series but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Celebrate Lit for the purposes of reviewing. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

About the Author

Davis_LindaBrooks_2016_01-31 copy 3Linda Brooks Davis was born and reared on a farm in Raymondville, a small Rio Grande Valley community in the southernmost tip of Texas. Linda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s Degree from Houston Baptist University. She retired in 2008 after forty years as a special educator and administrator. Linda and her beloved husband Al worship and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio and dote on six grandchildren, three of whom are triplets. Readers may contact Linda through her website, www.lindabrooksdavis.com.

Linda’s debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, is set in 1905 Indian Territory prior to Oklahoma statehood. It won the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel Award. It was released in 2015 and won the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. The sequel novella, A Christmas to Remember, is set in 1908 Oklahoma and released in December, 2016. A second novella, A Christmas Measure of Love, released in 2017. It is set in 1910 and is a prequel to Linda’s second full-length novel, this one set in 1914, The Mending of Lily Cathleen, which releases in 2018.

Guest Post from Linda

Certain ancestors and their experiences appear in my stories. There’s bit of my grandmother and a strong dash of my mother in one character. My father’s sterling qualities appear in another. And there’s a low-down family reprobate in another. Don’t forget cotton planting, hoeing, and harvest time. The glorious aroma of fresh-picked cotton and the nothing-in-the-world-like-it odor from the pig pen. A sewing machine whirring. The clink of a milk pail. A cow hollering to be milked. Summer’s sun on my face, the hearty South Texas wind in my hair, and the comfort of backing up to a wall heater on a cold winter morning. All find their way into the plot lines.

In my family’s history, my own life, and the kaleidoscope of lives in my stories, Jesus appears as the golden thread linking the past to the present and beyond. He turns an ordinary morning into a hint of the “Sweet By & By.” He adds the delicate aroma of the Rose of Sharon to the sultry stillness before a summer storm. And He wraps the bitterness of grief and failure in the richness of His incomparable grace. The Mending of Lillian Cathleen is one of those tales that reach beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary because of Jesus.

Lily’s story captures some of the heartache of domestic abuse, but it packs a powerfully joyous punch at the end. I thought I’d add a strong dash of sweet to this post with a recipe that appears in The Calling of Ella McFarland (which is re-releasing in October 2018). Mama’s (or Papa’s) Nectar of Heaven was a treat my mother enjoyed as a child. She set the same yummy delicacy before her kids, and I, of course, have done the same. Here ’tis, ya’ll, from Texas with sweet, sweet love.

 

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Janice’s Book Reviews , October 27

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Bibliophile ReviewsOctober 28

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Book Review: Delayed Justice

About the Book

Book Title: Delayed Justice

Author: Cara Putman

Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 15, 2018

Back Cover:

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must not only face her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhod apart.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court– and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed–and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

My Thoughts:

This story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. The darkness that the main character Jaime went through as a child made me want to cry. It was impossible to view this book as just a fiction story because I know that the abuse that Jaime suffered is happening all over the world today. That fact made Jaime’s story more poignant. The inspiring part of this story is the fact that the darkness that Jaime went through only made God’s light that much more brilliant. I loved this story because it showed that there is no pain too great for God to heal. That being said, this is a book that was sometimes difficult to read because of the pain and the sorrow in it. Various times I had to set it down and take a step away. This is not a book for young readers. Cara Putman does very well at showing the horror of abuse without overwhelming the reader with vulgar details. This is a book that I would highly recommend. It is inspiring and beautiful.

About the Author:

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband, and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com

Guest Post from Cara:

Delayed Justice was a hard story to write. I’d known from Beyond Justice that Jaime had a hard story, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She tried to hide from her past. She tried hard, but in the end it slowly spilled out. A young girl wounded deeply by someone who should protect her. And now as a professional young woman, Jaime is still fighting the shadows.

She believes she’s okay, or as okay as she’ll ever be. Instead, she has to learn that there’s so much more waiting for her. Freedom from the chains of a past she didn’t choose. A love that will never end. And a God who has always loved her even when she questions His existence because of her past.

I think we’ve all lived that. There’s a place in our hearts that seems beyond His reach. For some of us, it’s a barrier to knowing Him. To others of us, it makes us question what we though we knew about God. And for others of us, it presses us deeply into Him. Jaime’s book, Delayed Justice, explores this space. The space where some days we scream at the heavens Where are you, God? And the days that we just curl into ourselves because life is too hard.

And in that space of shadow and light, God ultimately shines brightest. This is a truth that is slowly revealed through friends and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Giveaway:

To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize package that includes a Courage Dear Heart bracelet, a The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe print, a copy of Delayed Justice, and a box of Turkish Delight!!

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All-of-a-kind Mom, October 3

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Lights in a Dark World, October 3

Genesis 5020, October 4

Cathe Swanson, October 4

Spoken from the Heart, October 4

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 4

100 Pages per Hour, October 5

Multifarious, October 5

Book by Book, October 5

Splashes of Joy, October 5

Rockin’ My Mom Jeans, October 6

Mary Hake, October 6

Godly Book Reviews, October 6

Two Points of Interest, October 6

C Jane Read, October 7

Daysong Reflections , October 7

Bibliophile Reviews, October 7

Buy, Borrow, Skip, October 7

The Mimosa Blossom, October 8

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 8

Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses, October 8

Maureen’s Musings, October 8

Just the Write Escape, October 9

Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Remebrancy, October 9

Carpe Diem, October 9

Quiet Quilter, October 10

Margaret Kazmierczak, October 10

At the Fence, October 10

By The Book, October 10

God is Love, October 11

A Baker’s Perspective, October 11

proud to be an autism mom, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 11

Henry Happens, October 12

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 12

Have A Wonderful DayOctober 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 12

I was given a free copy of Delayed Justice via Celebrate Lit. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 

Book Review: Shadows from the Past

Back Cover Synopsis:

“…..It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…..”

Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer Aurora Davvan cannot rest until she finds her brother’s killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt,…..the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where; but I want her dead now!”

Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?

The book can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2tL10wG

Author Bio:

Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parents’ office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.

Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has three published books. Her Shadows series includes Shadows from the Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her Shadows series entitled Shadows in Black and White and also a standalone suspense entitled One of Their Own. She and her family make their home in Texas.

My Review:

This book did a great job at keeping the identity of one of the bad guys a secret until the end. The curiosity of who it would be kept me reading as fast as I could. This book spent quite a bit of time focusing on the relationship between the main character Aurora and her ex-fiance Jordan and because of that was not as suspenseful as I anticipated. While I can appreciate a good love story, this book was a bit cheesy for my taste.

The author switched from character to character rather abruptly throughout the story. Several times I was confused as to which character’s point of view I was reading.

 Aurora’s journey of overcoming her self-blame for her brother’s murder was inspiring. It was a good portrayal of the truth that no matter how far we stray from God He is always willing to receive us again.

I was provided a complimentary copy of Shadows from the Past for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book Review: Thirst of Steel

Normally when I begin reading the last book in a series, I get a bit nervous. What if the series doesn’t end satisfactorily? What if I spent all the time reading the series only to have it end unpleasantly? What if the author decides to kill my favorite character? So it was with some trepidation that I began reading Thirst of Steel, the third book in the Tox Files series by Ronie Kendig. However my fears were laid to rest as I completed this last book.

This book is another adventure-packed, high-speed, thought-provoking read from Ronie Kendig. When I began this series, I did not expect to learn so many new things and be so challenged in my faith. This book takes a look at the sword of Goliath and what may have happened to it through the years.

Another theme that came out repeatedly in this book and in the two previous books was the reality of a spiritual realm that is just as real as the physical realm. This fact is brought out again and again in this book. As Christians we know that the spiritual realm exists. However, we often try to downplay the effect of the spiritual realm in the world around us. We try to make God into someone that we can understand and control. We rationalize the spiritual world. As one of the characters in Kendig’s book states, “And that is what the Dark One wishes. For us to be caught up in the belief that we are so much more advanced now, so much more intelligent, that we desperately search for justifications to drag God to our level where we can see Him. Where we can control what He does and does not do. That is not a God that I can serve. Mine is mighty. Powerful!” Very well stated. I am guilty of this more often than I want to admit. Why is it so hard for us to remember that the God that we serve is not a genie in a bottle? He is so much more powerful than we can even begin to realize.

Anyway, that was just a side sermon from the whole point of writing this blog which was to tell you that you should really buy this book and read it and recommend it to all your friends. Seriously I really enjoyed this book and would highly encourage you to read it. This book made me sad and angry and hopeful and a hundred other emotions. Even though the characters in this book have lives that are completely different from mine, I still found myself identifying with them and their struggles. This book is releasing today so go grab yourself a copy!

Below is the story summary from the back cover of the book:

“Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole ‘Tox’ Russell wants only to put the dangers of his past behind him and begin his new life with Haven Cortes. First, though, he’s called to complete a final mission: retrieve the sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to reunite the sword. Threatening the life of Ram and Tzivia’s father, they jeopardize Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the blade. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the artifact is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string o f unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to target the true enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith mush destroy the AFO….or join them in the flames.”

 

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.