Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: Trinity: Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig

About the book:

 Trinity: Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig
A Breed Apart: Book 1
From Barbour Publishing

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.
My Review:

Trinity 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 there.

Trinity 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 book.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Can't Wait For Reads: When Love Calls

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 in love?

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.

 Check Lorna out on her website

Monday, November 5, 2012

Can't Wait For Reads: A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

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 weird.

Connect with Patrick:

Patrick's blog 

Sounds like a great read, right? Be sure to check out A Cast Stones on the Bethany House website and on Amazon right now, you can pre-order the book for $10.19 (I'm an avid pre-orderer, the sooner you order the cheaper you'll end up getting the book for! You also help hype the book up before it releases and that's always a good thing).