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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Igniting Embers by Carrie Daws





Deputy Fire Marshal Cassandra McCarthy thought her life would settle down once the teenagers who had been starting nuisance fires were caught. But a hurricane heading to Silver Heights threatens to destroy both property and lives, and another unexplained fire evokes fears of a serial arsonist. Can she prepare the town for the looming emergency and protect them from the danger living in their midst?

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Me? A writer? That's what I would have said before God pushed the issue. I just liked to write devotions and post them online for women to read. But then God introduced me to the Christian Writer's Guild and I discovered that writing fiction wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. With the help of an encouraging mentor and friends with a voracious fiction appetite, Crossing Values was completed, followed by the other three books in the Crossing series. Now I'm starting a new series based around military spouses!

Along the way, my husband medically retired from the United States Air Force. After years of constant moving, we settled in North Carolina with our three children. Besides writing novels, I stay busy home schooling and keeping up with our extended family and friends.

I strive to write clean fiction. I love happily-ever-after stories that gently advocate Biblical values and I believe in advocating healing from past hurts and families uniting in difficult circumstances. More than anything, I want the hope of Christ to permeate each of my books. Learn more or connect with me at
CarrieDaws.com.

My Review

Igniting Embers is book 2 in the Embers series. This is another wonder series by Carrie Daws. This is a page turning series. Trying to figure out who is setting these fires.  Seems like Deputy Fire  Marshal Cassandra Mc Carthy has her hands full  with fires being set and fighting a hurricane. Can she protect the people living there? Will she be able to prepare the people for the hurricane?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Imagine the Great Flood by Matt Koceich


IMAGINE...
The ocean swirled around the boy and pulled him down with unrelenting power. Heavy water churned and tugged at his flailing body like unseen hands yanking him into the watery depths. The fight was finally over. Even though he’d tried to stand up to the enemy, the waves were about to swallow him whole.
 
The last thing ten-year-old Corey remembers (before the world as he knew it disappeared) was the searing pain in his head after falling while chasing his dog Molly into the woods. What happens next can't be explained as Corey wakes up and finds himself face-to-face with not one but two lions! 
 
Join Corey and experience the excitement. . .the wonder. . . the adventure. . .as the epic story of Noah’s ark comes to life.
 
Imagine. . .The Great Flood is the first release in an exciting, brand-new epic adventure series for kids ages 8 to 12 written by schoolteacher and missionary, Matt Koceich. The Imagine series brings the Bible to life for today's kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental biblical event.


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My Review

I found this story to be awesome. I believe kids would love the view of the Great Flood.  A wonderful adventure back in time for 10 year old Corey. After a fall running after his dog  Corey wakes to 2 Hugh lions beside him.  Adventure of Noah and the flood. Things weren't so bad now the thought  of moving compared to what he is going through now. How will he ever get back home. This story is wonderful. It kept me glued to the pages to see what was going to happen next.  Very well written. First I have read by Matt Koceich. Look forward to more of his books. 

Precious Fire by Mary Manners



Claire McLaughlin, weary of running a corporate rat-race, dreams of pursuing her passion to bake sweet confections. So when former college roommate Lila Brooks asks for her help with catering services at Diamond Knot Dreams Bridal Boutique, Claire grabs the invitation with both hands.

Ryan Kendrick has returned home to Clover Cove to raise his step-brother following the death of their grandmother. Hired to renovate the Town Square, he rents office space on the second floor of Diamond Knot Dreams and soon succumbs to talented Claire McLaughlin’s sweet confections—as well as the blue-eyed beauty herself.

As their romance blooms, so do the shenanigans of Diamond Knot Dreams' meddling spirit, Ellie. Will her antics help to draw Claire and Ryan closer together, or bring the blossoming romance to a grinding halt?


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Mary Manners is a multi award-winning author of sweet romance. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim. 

While growing up in Chicago, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, figure skating instructor, pizza chef, and nanny before going on to pursue a career in teaching and administration. Many of these experiences add a touch of humor to her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs, lazy ocean sunsets, flavored coffee, and dark chocolate--lots of chocolate.

Find out more about Mary on her website: www.MaryMannersRomance.com. “Like” her author page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.



My Review

Another sweet novella by Mary Manners!  Precious Fire is book 3 in the  Diamond Knot Dreams series.  Claire is tired  of her life  in the corporate world and the ex boyfriend. Decides to move and make a change in her life.  Her friend needs help in Diamond knots running her  bridal  boutique .  Claire has wanted to have  her own baking shop so this works perfect for her.  Ryan has moved back to care for his brother after his grandmother died.  He needs a office to work out of for his new job there so he rents one  at Diamond Knot Bridal Boutique.  Hmmm already finding rose petals and hearing noises up stairs seems Ellie is up to something.  Is she trying to bring another couple together? Loved this sweet story. The characters are well written. I love reading the other characters still in the series also. 

Kindling Embers by Carrie Daws



Inspector Cassandra McCarthy never thought she’d be raising her two daughters alone, but her husband’s unexpected death forced her to find a career. Now working beside a retired Special Operations soldier and veteran fireman, she serves her small North Carolina town, protecting them from hazards they don’t understand. She loves what she does and trusts God to provide—until a series of unexplained fires hits too close to home.

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Me? A writer? That's what I would have said before God pushed the issue. I just liked to write devotions and post them online for women to read. But then God introduced me to the Christian Writer's Guild and I discovered that writing fiction wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. With the help of an encouraging mentor and friends with a voracious fiction appetite, Crossing Values was completed, followed by the other three books in the Crossing series. Now I'm starting a new series based around military spouses!

Along the way, my husband medically retired from the United States Air Force. After years of constant moving, we settled in North Carolina with our three children. Besides writing novels, I stay busy home schooling and keeping up with our extended family and friends.

I strive to write clean fiction. I love happily-ever-after stories that gently advocate Biblical values and I believe in advocating healing from past hurts and families uniting in difficult circumstances. More than anything, I want the hope of Christ to permeate each of my books. Learn more or connect with me at CarrieDaws.com.


My Review 

I love reading books by Carrie Daws. If you haven't read any try one and like a lays potato chip only one will not do!!  Kindling Embers is book one to a new series. Well written and wonderful developed characters you will fall in love with.  This book is a page turner . Was no putting it down once I opened the to the first page.  Cassandra is left to raise her   two daughters alone when her husband dies unexpectedly. She gets a job ends up helping to solve who is setting all these fires. Even to the point their is a death in one of the houses. trying to find the evidence to who set the fire. Could it even be someone she knows? Looking forward to book two. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Amish Cooking Class The Blessing by Wanda Brunstrtter



Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God.

Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.

During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.

This is the second book in The Amish Cooking Class series.
Book #1:  The Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers


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Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com





My Review

The Blessing is second in the series  Amish Cooking Class. I have enjoyed this series. Many lives are involved and changes happen in each individuals lives . More let downs in Heidi's life so her husband suggest she does another cooking class to occupy her mind and time. This one has people of all kinds in it from a teenager trying to help a divorced father. A food critic and a caterer. Then we have the hunter wanting to find new things to feed his buddies. A wife was given a unwanted gift of this class. Each has  something going on their lives how can the class help them and the scriptures that seem perfect for them on back of the recipe? Can Heidi's broken heart be mended? Wanda always writes great inspirational books. I fully enjoy the recipes given in the book also. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels



Journey now to Mackinac Island where...
A Tangled Gilded Age Love Story Unfolds.

Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.

But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?


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Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

My Review

I loved this book. was so enjoyable and a pace on my list to visit. Seems like one big family on Mackinac Island. Maude Welling's wants nothing more then to live her life on Mackinac Island married to Greyson and running the inn as man and wife. Greyson comes back to the Island but married, So now her father refuses to let her run the Inn on her own and is threatening to sale.  She has to do something to prove to her father she can do it without a husband. Going to work in at the Grand as a maid she should be able to pull it off. But...

Ben Steffans  journalist is working undercover  to get a story on men seeking wealthy women to marry just to get their money. But meets a maid while staying at the Grand that he is very attracted too.  As he is digging for the story he wants other can be hurt . What will he do? Can he write a story that can give him fame and a better job position and while at it ruin the lives of others?
Great story well written by Carrie and the characters are great. They are well developed as is the story. 
"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."