A year ago in Afghanistan, Green Beret Heath Daniel’s career was
destroyed. Along with his faith. Now he and his military war dog, Trinity,
train other dogs and their handlers. Though his passion is to be back in
action, the medical discharge has forced Heath—and Trinity—to the sidelines.
Military intelligence officer Darci Kintz is captured while secretly tracking
the Taliban. Only one dog can handle the extreme conditions to save her.
Trinity. Only one man can handle Trinity. Time is running out on the
greatest—and most dangerous—mission of their lives.
was a fast paced read full of action, twists and plenty edge of your seat
moments. I had a hard time putting the book down as, just when I thought I’d
found a place to stop, something exciting happened and I was hooked again.
The characters were by far the best
part of the book. They were all very realistic and the way their voices were
written felt natural. Two of my favorite characters turned out to be Timbrel (who
will be getting her own book sometime soon, yay!) and Candyman, who was just
funny. The real star of the book though, was Trinity, Heath’s MWD. She was a
truly amazing animal with such a strong personality and so much love for Heath.
She was a great reminder that our four legged soldiers are heroes as well as
our men and women in uniform.
At the beginning I was confused by
all the different characters and plot points that seemed to be introduced
rather quickly but once I got everything figured out it was smooth sailing from
is the first book I’ve read by Ronie Kendig and I can’t wait to read some
more! Look for Talon: Combat Tracking Team early next year. If you’re a fan of action and intrigue I would absolutely recommend this
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my
I'm very excited about this new series from Lorna Seilstad! Her Lake Manawa series is a favorite. It had everything a good book needs, romance, humor, a feisty heroines and charming leading men. I would highly recommend them if you haven't had a chance to read the series yet!
Isn't the cover gorgeous? I love the giant hat =) The only place I've been able to find a book description yet is Relz Reviewz, so this synopsis is straight from one of her most recent posts (I have no idea where she finds this stuff but I could never do it!) Rel has a great blog with everything from book reviews, new book covers and some great giveaways! Check her out!
About the book:
Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn’t include
following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone
switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won’t be
easy. “Hello Girls” must conduct themselves according to strict-and
often bewildering-rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with
callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And
absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.
Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate
position of having to enforce the bank’s eviction of the three Gregory
girls from their parents’ home. He tries to soften the blow by
supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But
fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent
of his charity.
When one of Hannah’s friends finds himself on the wrong side of a
jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her
chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling
About the author:
Award-winning author Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in Education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. "I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and counter tops every day. But at nap time, I wrote." Today she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor. Making Waves is her debut novel and the first in the Lake Manawa Summers series. She and her husband have three children.
Confession. I'm addicted to fantasy. There, I've said it! It all started with The Chronicles of Narnia in grade school and only got worse from there. I often find myself quoting The Lord of the Rings throughout the day and then get all giddy at the thought of The Hobbit !TRILOGY! (oh yes, this is one excited girl!). I also enjoy discovering new authors and spreading the word about their upcoming releases (methinks I have too much time on my hands). Needless to say, I am looking forward to A Cast of Stones, the debut novel of Bethany House author Patrick W. Carr. Here's a little bit about book and author.
About the book:
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol
Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who
arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills.
Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds
himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a
small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that
could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by
the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a
new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave
behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his
God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.
About the Author:
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height
of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air
Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until
his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his
own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history.
He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a
nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing
company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last
five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He
currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife,
Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and
Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist.
Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of
Releases June 1, 2013 from Bethany House Publishers
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of
Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the
train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the
minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour
will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own,
Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's
haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose
dreams now hinge on him.
For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a
preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the
heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to
her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions
that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has
answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will
and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she
can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And
does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when
Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a
About the author:
Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes
the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her
love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ
to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the
After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas
to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and
master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and
married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in
Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of
sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it
into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a
state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.
Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance
novels for Bethany House. When she visited her publisher back in
January of 2010, she was interviewed by the staff. If you'd like a
behind-the-scenes glimpse into how she develops her story ideas and a
description of her bumpy journey to publication, click here to listen to a podcast of that interview.
I am so excited about this book and absolutely love the cover! If you haven't read the first two books in the Daughters of Fortune series I would recommend you give them a try.
About the book:
Duchess by Susan May Warren
Daughters of Fortune: Book 3
Releases March 1, 2013 from Summerside Press
The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars. Rosie
Worth, now starlet Roxy Price, has found everything she’s wanted in the
glamour of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul
husband, she’s finally silenced the voices—and grief—of the past. Her
future shines bright…until the fated Black Friday when it all comes
crashing down. When Roxy loses everything, she finds herself disgraced
and penniless. Her only hope is to join forces with Belgian duke Rolfe
Van Horne, a longtime film investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems, and
he has other plans for Roxy and her movies—plans to support a growing
unrest in Europe, plans that could break her heart and endanger her
When her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world and her one true love?
About the author:
Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty
novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist,
she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and
the ACFW Carol Award.
A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at
conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s
workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in
She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at www.susanmaywarren.com.
Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, the most
influential thoroughbred stud farm in America’s history, To Whisper Her
Name weaves the struggles of real people of the post-war South with the
journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal.
Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot
as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully
accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle
Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia
is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband,
Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not
finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her
feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.
Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a
Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end
the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that
Belle Meade's head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses,
Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.
As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for
“betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be
About the author:
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded
and nominated for numerous honors, including the Christy Award, the
RITA Award, and the Carol Award. After seventeen years in Colorado,
Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in
Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two
grown children, and a ten pound silky terrier named Jack.
So Shines the Night by Tracy L. Higley Seven Wonders: Book 5
Releases March 12, 2013 from Thomas Nelson
Daria’s new home with Lucas in Ephesus both beguiles and confounds her, until she meets followers of The Way.
Her past has taught her that evil is real, that it can consume a
person. She saw it happen with her husband, before he took his own life.
Widowed but well-educated, Daria becomes a tutor to Lucas, a rich
traveling merchant from Ephesus. There she discovers evil has a strong
foothold and that Lucas himself seems drawn to evil and sorcery.
As her relationship with her employer grows, she fears that she will
be unable to pull him from demonic influence. Tension in the city is
about to erupt, as a new sect called The Way continues to draw
followers. The man Paul leads a movement against the economic and
political strength of the city, found in its goddess cult.
When she learns more of the ways of the Christians and their ability
to defeat evil, she begins to have hope, but when Lucas is arrested and
jailed for a brutal crime, it seems not even the Christians can help.
Tensions escalate in the city until thousands are pouring into the
arena to protest the influence of the Christians, and a plot to kill
Paul is underway. When Lucas’s execution is scheduled, Daria must find a
way to prove his innocence, save his life, and help her new friends
before everyone she loves is destroyed.
About the author:
From her earliest childhood, there was nothing Tracy loved better
than stepping into another world between the pages of a book. From
dragons and knights, to the wonders of Narnia, that passion has never
abated, and to Tracy, opening any novel is like stepping again through
the wardrobe, into the thrilling unknown. With every book she writes,
she wants to open a door like that, and invite readers to be transported
with her into a place that captivates.
Tracy started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked
on writing ever since. After attending Philadelphia Biblical
University, she earned a B.A. in English Literature at Rowan University.
She then spent ten years writing drama presentations for church
A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to
extensive research into ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, and shaped her
desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.
She has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and
Italy to research her novels, and looks forward to more travel as her
Tracy is thrilled to bring readers adventures set in the ancient
past, and it’s her hope that in escaping with her, readers will feel
they’ve walked through these deserts, explored ruins, felt the white
sand and blue sea under their feet, and met with the Redeeming God who
is sovereign over the entire drama of human history.
I'm always looking for upcoming releases to get excited about and there is nothing I love more than talking about/sharing books with others! So, I've decided to do a weekly post featuring an unreleased book I'm looking forward to. Hope you enjoy!
About the book:
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
Whispers on the Moors: Book 1 Releases April 9, 2013 from Thomas Nelson
Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?
Darbury, England, 1814
Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors,
defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s
infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point
of proposing to the child’s father, Lucas, a sea captain she’s never
Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more
than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the
child’s safety drives Amelia and Lucas to test the boundaries of their
love for this infant.
Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see
her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her
soul and must face her one weakness: pride.
Lucas’ strength and
self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but
chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline.
Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
has intrigued me since my early years. Even before I fully understood
the meaning behind many of the words, I devoured literature and consumed
Austen, Alcott, Wordsworth: I left
no piece of literature untouched, left no author unexamined. I continue
to see magic in how a word is transformed by the word next to it and how
written thoughts can incite emotion and evoke change.
addition to a lifetime of writing and exploring fiction, I have more
than ten years of strategic marketing and brand management experience,
including five years of marketing non-fiction books and three years of
marketing the musical arts. I live in Indiana and am blessed to share my
life with my amazing husband, sweet daughter, and very lovable Golden
Sarah won the 2011 Genesis Contest: Historical Romance, 2011 Touched by Love: Overall Winner and the 2011 Fool for Love Contest: Inspirational.