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10 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn Taylor

By | July 10th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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murder mezzo forte book coverPlease join Donn Taylor, author of Murder Mezzo Forte, as he tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Isn’t there an old saying, something like ‘no one loves a smart aleck’? If there isn’t, there oughtta be, and this book would be the exception to prove that rule. Now that I’ve thoroughly confused everyone, let me first say that I loved this book! On many grounds. For many reasons. The writing is excellent, as is the language utilized throughout. (No profanity)

The music running throughout. It’s mostly my fave – classical, but the author obviously loves it, too. The word-play running through the story: puns, mispronunciations, malaprops – just a general abundance of cleverness with words.

6 07, 2016

Review: The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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the second half book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Ken and Mona Sorenson are nearing retirement and planning their golden years. In fact, Mona is planning Ken’s retirement party and they are hoping to do some traveling after he retires. When their son calls them to let them know he’s being deployed and needs them to care for his two children while he’s away, their whole world has to shift. Happy to help out one of their children, they make the necessary adjustments and prepare for their arrival. How can they go back to raising young children? They just keep telling themselves it will be a year, at most, and then things can go back to the way they had planned.

After Steig leaves, they attempt to settle into a routine with the kids, but find things more challenging due to the emotional turmoil caused by not only their father leaving, but the remaining effects of Steig’s wife having walked out on them the previous year.

1 07, 2016

Review: The Rector by Michael Hicks Thompson

By | July 1st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the rector by thompson book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It’s interesting that the most well-developed characters in The Rector are the ladies. There are several of them, all Southern, but all are different from each other. They’re mostly of a certain age, but other than that, they’re not much alike. This is rather impressive, given that the author, Michael Hicks Thompson, is male. The cover declares it ‘A Christian Murder Mystery’ which seems rather anachronistic, but in all truth, it could easily be read and enjoyed by anyone–of any sex or religious leanings. I would not recommend it for young adults, however, as there are several rather gory murders that do occur off-stage, but are somewhat vividly described.

21 06, 2016

Review: The Dog That Whispered by Jim Kraus

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the dog that whispered book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Have you ever thought your dog was trying to talk to you? Or at least paying really close attention (cocking his head sideways, raising ears and staring at you with great intensity) when you were talking to him? (Or her, of course!) After you read The Dog That Whispered, you might realize the concept isn’t so far-fetched, after all.

Thurman is the dog who whispers, well, actually growls and grumbles but in an almost conversational way. After seeing him on TV as a dog up for adoption, Gretna Steele felt so strongly about him that she took herself off to the Animal Shelter to adopt him. Only after they were both back at her apartment did she discover that as a tenant of the Heritage Square Senior Apartments and Retirement Village, she was not allowed to have a dog. That little problem meant nothing to Gretna, for didn’t she have a perfectly wonderful son who needed such a dog?

6 06, 2016

Blog Tour: Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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through the shadows book coverPlease join Karen Barnett, author of Through the Shadows, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. It helps me escape to a time very different from my own, and I always enjoy seeing how much our world has evolved. One author who has always provided me with an intriguing historical story to jump into is Karen Barnett. Her latest series, The Golden Gate Chronicles, take the reader back to San Francisco, California during the devastating 1906 earthquake and the difficult period that followed. We get to see this thriving town fall down and then rebuild with new dreams and ambitions.

2 06, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Romance|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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beautiful pretender book coverPlease join Melanie Dickerson, author of The Beautiful Pretender, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Be sure to enter entering the Once Upon a Kindle giveaway below!

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Amazing! The Beautiful Pretender is a novel penned by Melanie Dickerson, and part of the Medieval Fairy Tale series. I found myself deeply involved in this book mere seconds after reading the first paragraph. This is a story of a wounded Margrave fighting for his city and a woman desperate to find true love. It has a plot that will have you cheering the characters on, all the while feeling like you have been dropped into the middle of Beauty and the Beast!

25 05, 2016

Blog Tour: Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

By | May 25th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, New Adult & College, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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someone like you book coverPlease join Victoria Bylin, author of Someone Like You, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Bethany House specializes in Christian books, so it should come as no surprise that in many ways, they’re also inching toward mainstream readers. This marvelous tale is a great example of the type of books they do. It is definitely ‘Christian’ but not obnoxiously so. There are references to God or church on nearly every page, but they are seamlessly woven into the story, which is extremely well-written, in my opinion. (I love it when a book I’m reading just zips right along, not dislodging me from the story or the characters, prompting me to wonder, ‘now what did that mean?’ or just a plain old ‘huh?’) This one didn’t do that at

22 05, 2016

Blog Tour: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

By | May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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anchor in the storm book coverPlease join Sarah Sundin, author of Anchor in the Storm, as she tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

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Reviewed by Charity Lyman

As an avid reader of fiction novels, I have stumbled upon books that I plain out don’t like, some that are tolerable, the ones that make the cut and are enjoyable to read, and then those few that are gems. The ones that make the world around you disappear for the hours you are ensnared in its pages. Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin is one of those gems. While it is the second installment in the Waves of Freedom series, you can most definitely read it as a stand-alone story, though many of the same characters are involved from the first book.

Lillian Avery is our heroine,

9 05, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

By | May 9th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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fading starlight book coverPlease join Kathryn Cushman, author of Fading Starlight, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win 1 of 2 prize packages from Bethany House below!

Reviewed by Meg Massey

Lauren Summers was hoping for a brilliant future in fashion, but when one of her designs ends in an embarrassing red carpet wardrobe malfunction, she’s basically blackballed by the entire industry. An opportunity to work as a costume designer for a high school production couldn’t come at a better time. Though the job’s unpaid, Lauren is able to stay in a small fixer-upper of a cottage in a private neighborhood. Ready to retreat from reporters and prying eyes, Lauren accepts quickly.

Soon Lauren finds herself in a cottage surrounded by neighbors that are fiercely protective of their privacy, including the cranky and reclusive Charlotte Montgomery, who

6 05, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Her One and Only by Becky Wade

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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her one and only book coverPlease join Becky Wade, author of Her One and Only, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win 1 of 2 prize packages from Bethany House below!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

As an executive protective agent, Dru Porter is always putting her life in danger in order to protect her clients. But when she meets Gray Fowler, a Texas Mustangs football player, and is told she has to protect him, she learns a new level of care and concern for her clients. Gray is cocky, a womanizer, and appears to be very shallow. But the more the gets to know him, the more Dru realizes he has a deeper side of him that no one ever gets to see.

Gray has a stalker who is sending letters that at first seem non-violent,