Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Beneath by H.B. Moore

Beneath (An Omar Zagouri Short Story)  
Kindle Edition, 30 pages
Published December 17th 2014 by StoryFront (first published September 25th 2013) 
My Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Description:
 
Chalice Stratford’s hands won’t stop shaking. Since the serial killer who tortured her is still at large, she’s had to enter the witness protection program and give up the medical practice that required her steady hand. Now she is working in a museum in Bordeaux, France, and doing her best to keep a low profile.
On the first day of her new job, the last thing she expects is to be abducted in a theft gone wrong. But Omar Zagouri, the man behind the heist, is more than he appears, and Chalice soon discovers that he might be the one man who can put her demons to rest.
Revised edition: This edition of Beneath includes editorial revisions.

My Review:
This is a very short, action-packed story, but it was written in a way that left me wanting more. Chalice is in a witness protection program and has a lot of scars from her past. What happened to her? Who is she? Who is she hiding from?

I love Omar. He's so mysterious and intriguing. In just a short amount of time, he is able to uncover a small portion of Chalice's secrets. He certainly has a way about him.

Content: a couple of mild cuss words; mild violence and evidence of abuse; some undressing and skin (not all the way) that isn't sexual at all (all the important parts stay covered). Clean for an older reader.

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About the Author:
H.B. Moore 
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.

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Literary awards: 3-time Best of State Recipient for Best in Literary Arts, 3-time Whitney Award Winner, and 2-time Golden Quill Award Winner
 

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A City Full of Santas 
A City Full of Santas 
Ranked as #1 BestSeller on Amazon India This Christmas is special; really special for Santa. Read this lovely Christmas tale that would re-define the meaning of Christmas. A must read for everyone. Just like Pooja's other books, this book brings love, warmth, and a special message. A story that parents would love to read to their children. 

Praise for the Book
"Such a lovely story that brings back the meaning of Christmas, one that many will want to read."

"Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this story to their children. The children will be full of questions and want to discuss Santa's surprise."

"Artwork "pops" off the pages pleasantly and storyline has a great message. A fine addition to any Christmas collection and it is a children's book that I would recommend!"


PoojaAuthor Pooja Sardana Pooja Sardana, is a mother, a teacher, an illustrator, an author, a visionary and the co-founder of PictureBookTree. Her books and her initiative - PictureBookTree have been widely covered in Indian media and abroad. Titled as one of the Unsung Hero in 'Saga of the Unsung Heroes of India" , she continues to touch lives of many through her books and her work. Her picture books for children can be availed free of cost by NGOs or individuals working with Under-privileged children. If you work with under-privileged children, you can drop an email at Picturebooktree (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM to receive your free copy.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Begin Again by Brittney Mulliner with $25 Giveaway

Begin Again Book Cover  Begin Again

Begin Again by Brittney Mulliner
Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each want her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declare himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she's still haunted by her past? 

My Review
I'm not a big tv or movie watcher. I would rather read and that's mainly because I can really get into a book. I can connect to characters by their thoughts and feelings. A book is deeper than a story played out on screen. I felt like I was reading a movie with this one. The characters are superficial and I really wanted depth. I wanted to know why they were feeling the way they do or what they were thinking about different situations. I wanted to be in their heads.

Aubrey has had a traumatic year and is ready for a new start. She moves from Chicago to Southern CA and lives with her older brother. As her past comes out, I found myself appalled that NO ONE believes her, especially her mom. Aubrey does try to make the best of her situation and her relationships. She is consistent with a teen and maybe that's why she's shallow. The story floats along and I kept expecting some twist, but it didn't come until the end.

When Aubrey moves in, she immediately attracts the attention of four different guys. Typically, I have a guy who I'm rooting for to win her over, but I had a hard time with this one, probably because I didn't really get to know any of them that well. They all have great characteristics and they all have their flaws.

I did enjoy the relationship that Aubrey has with her cousin. They haven't seen one another for a few years, but they pick up right where they left off. I also loved the relationship she shared with her brother, Brandon.

Readers who enjoy an easy teen read with a touch of drama are sure to enjoy this one.

Content: mild descriptions of abuse, stalking, and attempted rape; mild kissing; a girl and a guy stay overnight together, but nothing happens. Clean for an older reader.

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Brittney Author Brittney Mulliner
Brittney had been an avid reader since she can remember. Her parents' form of punishment for her growing up was taking away her books and making her go outside to play. She was born and raised in Southern California, with a brief hiatus in Arizona. She loves the beach, exercising, sleeping in, and cookies. She is an obsessive dog lover, although her affection currently has no outlet. Something that she is planning on remedying soon. She currently lives in Utah while she and her husband finish college.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson with Giveaway


Rough Around the EdgesAround the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson
For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.   

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My Review: This book can stand alone, as it follows the story of a secondary character from Book 1. Noah is a single, widower father, raising two young girls. He's a manly man--a man who works hard and is hands on. He can't do a decent ponytail, until he figures out a way to use the vacuum to suck the girls hair tight; he's not a great cook, but does enough to get by; and he's not looking for love again. He appears to be a little rough around the edges--ripped jeans, paint-splattered shirts, and slightly unorganized, yet appearances can be deceiving.

Noah's girls are adorable! They're so different from one another, yet they are best friends. One is into dance and girly things and the other is into horses. They unknowingly bridge a gap.

Cassie is a widow--one who is relieved to be a widow because of her unhappy marriage. She isn't looking for love either. Her marriage left her with the need to rebel--to an extent: pink everything, pizza delivered, a basement finished in a way that pleases her, etc. Cassie feels she needs to move slowly in her relationships in order to rediscover herself. Cassie is a dancer and really feels emotion through her movements and music. She's very outwardly refined, but she has insecurities, just like everyone else. I love the way she handles and treats Noah's girls.

I love the journey these two took to finding themselves, learning to compromise, and realizing their true hearts desires. I loved the ice cream/personality analysis. What a fun way to look at life! I loved seeing familiar characters in side roles, supporting their loved ones. The story engaged me and drew me in and I found myself cheering Noah and Cassie on. There were a few unexpected twists, but I was satisfied with the results.

Content: Only kissing. Clean!
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Rachael Author Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Hope Rising (Of Love and War Book 2) by Stacy Henrie with Giveaway


 
Hope Rising (Of Love and War Book 2) by Stacy Henrie
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Forever 
My Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description:  In France at the height of World War I, American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child. Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn. Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably. Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.
My Review: I read Book 1, Hope at Dawn, about six months ago and really enjoyed it, so I was excited for the chance to read Book 2. To see my review of Hope at Dawn, click here.

Each book in this series can stand alone, which is something that I really enjoy. I haven't read a lot about WWI and enjoyed getting a feel for what that war was like through the eyes of these fictional characters. 

Evelyn is a strong woman. Raised by elderly grandparents, she has a knack for nursing and is determined to do what she can to support her country in the war. She is serving in France and finds herself in a forbidden situation--pregnant and unwed. She finds a way out by proposing to an injured solider, Joel, but he's not convinced this is the best solution.

I liked how resourceful Evelyn is. She makes a mistake, but doesn't use her pregnancy as an excuse. She works harder than ever to do her share and does her best to relieve the suffering of injured soldiers. She's very committed to her job and takes her position seriously. She suffers a lot but shows such strength.

Joel is very family-oriented and he doesn't make rash decisions, which is what makes him a good leader. I love the bond that he forms with Louis and the way he is able to find the good in others. Joel isn't one to shy away from a challenge and when he receives devastating news, he takes a few days to take it in and then moves on.

It's hard to find home in times of war and I really enjoyed the way the characters were able to do so. The story was woven together in a very engaging way. The secondary characters were as endearing as the main characters. I'm definitely looking forward to more by Ms. Henrie!

Content: no language; war violence and death that is matter of fact and isn't graphic; unwed pregnancy with no details, kissing. Clean!

 
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Excerpt:
Evelyn lowered her gaze to the root she’d tripped over rather than continue to stare at her gallant rescuer. “It’s mostly Louis and Pierre who’ve been interested in reading, but they’ve caught on well.” She slid a few more inches away from him, finagling her feet around the gnarled roots. Breathing was difficult with Joel so close.

He shifted to lean his shoulder against the tree trunk. “Is something wrong?”

She pressed her lips together and shook her head. “Are you angry at me? For coming over to the group, instead of staying away like we talked about?” Evelyn flicked a glance at those hazel eyes.

“No, not at all.”

Silence reigned for several heartbeats, then she felt his finger beneath her chin. He gently prodded her head upward until she had to look at him. Her stomach flip flopped as she peered fully into his handsome face. Light fuzz covered his chin and jaw. He needed another shave. A strange, irrational thought that she must be the one to do it filled her mind.

“Are you afraid of something, Evelyn?”

You.

She kept the word sealed inside as her thoughts spiraled like a tornado. What if he didn’t reciprocate these growing feelings? What if he decided not to marry her next week? There’d been times over the last few days when she thought Joel was beginning to soften toward her, even like her. She’d notice a lingering look from him or a smile, but they would disappear as quickly as they came and his manner would return to its usual, kind aloofness. Perhaps she ought to be asking him a similar question. What was he afraid of?

“I’m fine, really.” She swallowed hard. “Just a bit tired is all.”

Instead of releasing her chin as she expected, Joel lowered his gaze to her mouth. The rush of sound in Evelyn’s ears grew as thunderous as a windstorm. Was he going to kiss her? Should she let him?

Yes, her heart cried.

She wanted him to kiss her, had dreamt of this moment She held her breath as Joel leaned forward. Closing her eyes, she waited for his lips to reach hers. Would his kiss be as glorious as she’d imagined? Or better? She felt his breath brush her chin, sending her stomach into another frenzy of flutters.

The sudden blare of horns dropped like a bomb into the quiet of the trees, obliterating their shared moment. Evelyn opened her eyes and turned toward the hospital. “More wounded soldiers.”

Joel straightened, robbing her of the warmth of his closeness. “Which means more surgeries.”

His disappointed tone had her hopes soaring heavenward again. Did it mean he cared? “Yes, it does. Will you watch after Louis for me?”

“I don’t profess to be as good a teacher as you, but I’ll try.”

“Thank you.”

She turned to go, but Joel caught her hand, stopping her retreat.

“Evelyn?”

“Yes?” She wished she didn’t sound so breathless.

Wished she didn’t have to leave him.

He released her hand to brush her cheek with his thumb, heating her skin with the tender touch. “Good luck.”

About the Author:

Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator.



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Revenge by Paula Rose {Spotlight} with Tens List and Giveaway

 Revenge by Paula Rose
Anaiah Romance

Blurb:

As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and she loves her job. It remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Then Olivia’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home.

Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his

well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart,

remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?

Release Date: December 16, 2014



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Author Bio:

Paula Rose provides inspiration through Christian romantic suspense stories where "average"

families come into extraordinary situations, brushed with life-size strokes of reality and a touch

of humor. Born in Philadelphia, she lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue

kitty but often plays amateur photographer in both states.

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My name is Paula Rose and I’m here to discuss the 10 Things You Never Knew About Revenge

1) Revenge came about by a single photo having nothing do with the story . . . The photo sparking Revenge

showed only conveyer belts and one worker assisting another! It sparked a theme that came from demonstrated

assistance and made it into a story.

2) While researching character names, I found that Olivia has a connection straight back in time to Shakespeare!

3) Detective Lt. Landon’s first name wasn’t always Phillip. This lead detective was originally named Jeremy but

his name clashed with and was close to my own villain’s name, Jerry. I must have really like the letter J, ugh!

4) The beginning of Revenge was not always the first chapter.  After a rewrite, the second chapter got a promotion

and moved right up to Chapter 1!  Sometimes the beginning isn’t always as it should be.

5) My top editing faux paux inside the manuscript for Revenge was the use of too many exclamation points . . .

can you tell how much I corralled that meddling punctuation from mixing into my writing?

6) Jerry’s motivation was something I knew from the beginning.  Although, what happens to him in the end

surprised even me, and I even re-read it to make sure that’s what really happened.

7) The plot was not a problem while writing Revenge, but my problem became clear in that my plot took over the

driver’s seat.  For example, I hadn’t at all figured someone from Olivia’s employer should die and that the death

would actually have gotten Olivia a guilty placeholder.  However, the muse decided to make an executive

decision and that decision worked out so well, in the end!

8) The second highest noted editing faux paux inside the manuscript for Revenge was using the ellipsis marks too

much . . . well, the use of that is so way down for me . . . right?

9) Sadly, Olivia’s house used in the making of Revenge was totally a figment of my own imagination. 

10) Revenge was not crafted as a series, but these secondary characters are practically demanding their own stories. 

What is a writer to do?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Emma Learns to Sprout by Shir Guez

Emma Learns to Sprout 

Kids Book : Emma Learns to Sprout ( children's book about nutrition ) ( Picture Book for Preschool ) ( Ages 3-8 ) by Shir Guez
Kindle Edition, 20 pages
Published July 18th 2014 
3 - 8 P - 2

Description: "Emma learns to sprout" is a lovely pictures book which describes in a simple and enjoyable way and with fantastic illustrations how Emma, a kindergartener, learns to sprout legumes with her mom.
Sprouting is a great way to provide your children with more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in a fun, quick, simple and cheap way! It doesn't require anything but basic dishes that are available in every kitchen. Sprouting makes favorite foods healthier, and the legumes' sprouts can be used raw in a salad or as a snack, and they also make a great alternative in any recipes that contain legumes.
In addition to its enormous health benefits, sprouting makes a great parent-child activity.
It's also good to know that sprouting makes legumes easier to digest. Therefore, it may help those who have a problem digesting legumes.

* According to the USDA database, sprouted legumes contains dozens and even hundreds percentages more of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients per calorie than legumes that weren't sprouted.
 

My Review: I've never tried to sprout before, mainly because it seemed too hard to do. This book shows that it's really simple and a lot healthier for you to do so.

I liked the way it was formatted. Emma questions her mother and her mother explains the process. It's done in a way, with illustrations, that makes it easy to understand--for both children and adults. There's good information in here, but it's told in a story-like way that will appeal to kids. I just may have to try sprouting!
 
  

About the Author:
Shir Guez 
description     description     description     description     description Shir Guez is an author of health books and the editor in chief of a health website.
After a lifestyle changing, she is now determined to spread the word about the great effects of healthy living.
All of her children's books are dedicated to her nephews and nieces.
Shir also holds a double major in economics and accounting.