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7 09, 2016

Review: The Circle by Bernard Minier

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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the circle book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

In the remote southern French town of Marsac, a professor of an elite preparatory school is brutally murdered. It is a crime that even startles the experienced Commandant Martin Servaz, the regions leading investigator. Entering Marsac has Sevaz stepping into his own memories. He is a former student of the prominent school and spent his formative years in Marsac. Crime doesn’t seem to fit this academic community. The crime and subsequent episodes hit too close to Servaz’s life as his daughter is now attending school in Marsac.

The Circle by Bernard Minier is a taught thriller full of twists and secretive characters. Commandant Martin Servaz would rather be home with a book than at the bar watching the World’s Cup when he receives a call from his former lover pleading for his help.

3 09, 2016

Review: Undaunted by Ronnie Douglas

By | September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, New Adult & College, Romance, Series|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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undaunted book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What is more appealing than a man in black leather? A man in black leather who also has brains and principles.

Aubrey Evans has to move Tennessee with her grandmother when her dad is indicted for embezzlement, and although she has always been close with her grandma, all she wants to do is save up enough money to move back to Oregon where she used to attend college. However, when tall, dark, handsome, and clad-in-leather Zion comes into play, he’s all she can think about–even though she knows she should steer clear of him.

29 08, 2016

Blog Tour: Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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aphrodite's choice book coverPlease join Christy English, author of Aphrodite’s Choice, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

To win an eBook of Aphrodite’s Choice, please enter via the Gleam form below. 5 eBooks are up for grabs! 

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English re-imagines the tale of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, giving the reader a different take on the various gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.

Aphrodite has been living among mortals for over 9,000 years, offering the blessing of the Goddess one night, and to one man at a time. Each time she takes them to bed, she heals their wounds, both physical and mental, and then leaves before they awaken. These men, although healed, don’t remember anything about her or about the night they shared.

11 08, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Ninja’s Daughter by Susan Spann

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

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ninja's daughter book coverPlease join Susan Spann, author of The Ninja’s Daughter, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win a copy of the first book in the Shinobi Mystery series, Claws of the Cat, below!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Ninja’s Daughter is the fourth book in the Shinobi Mystery series. This is the second one I have read and I enjoyed it just as much as the last one. Hiro Hattori is a Shinobi (ninja!) disguised as a ronin samurai, paid to protect Father Mateo. Father Mateo is a Jesuit priest preaching to the Japanese poor and under classes in 16th Century Japan.

This story started with an early morning call by an apprentice merchant Father Mateo met in the last book. The boy was in a fright. He had gotten drunk the night before and when he woke up on the river bank, the girl he was infatuated with was laying dead on the bank next to him, strangled.

27 07, 2016

Review: The King’s Bishop by Candace Robb

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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the king's bishop book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The King’s Bishop is the 4th book in the Owen Archer series and I am still enjoying them immensely. Owen has his little girl with Lucie, and they have started moving into their new house next door, the present from Lucie’s father.

After a night of partying at the castle, a young page is found dead in the moat the next morning.  The same young page that Owen’s friend Ned was seen having ‘words’ with. Since Ned is known to have a temper and the young man seemed to be friends with Ned’s woman, Ned is suspected of doing away with the lad. Lucky for Ned, he is vouched for by the King’s mistress as to his whereabouts.

7 05, 2016

Review: The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen

By | May 7th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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the marriage pact book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Many people make questionable decisions while in college and under the influence of alcohol. The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen revolves around one of these instances. One night at a bar Marci and one of her best friends, Jake, make a drunken pact. If they both turn thirty and aren’t married or in a serious relationship, they will get married to each other.

Marci always thought that she would be happily married with children and a successful writing career by thirty, but that is not the case. Instead, she has been jumping from temp job to temp job, and is having an affair with a married man. However, an email from Jake on her thirtieth birthday (regarding the pact that they had both written out on a napkin ten years prior) has her questioning everything.

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,

28 04, 2016

Blog Tour: Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear

By | April 28th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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journey to munich book coverPlease join Jacqueline Winspear, author of Journey to Munich, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Winspear is not only on tour with one of her books–she’s on tour with 12! Check out the complete tour schedule and reviews for all the books here

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Journey to Munich is the 12th book in the Maisie Dobbs series but the first one I have read. I will say that I think knowing more about Dobbs’ past before reading this book would be a good idea. So much of her past seemed to be affecting her throughout this book and we only know what she tells us as the story goes on. I found myself getting different events of her past mixed up because they were similar to each other and it confused me

21 04, 2016

Review: If I Run by Terri Blackstock

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Series|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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if i run book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What happens when the people you thought were the good guys turn out to be bad? This is a conundrum that Casey Cox has to deal with in Terri Blackstock’s If I Run.

When Casey finds her best friend, Brent, dead in his house, she knows that she can’t go to the cops. She has no faith in the justice system after the death of her father; so instead, she goes home and packs her things. Knowing that her DNA is all over the crime scene, she flees town, deciding that living a life on the run is better than the alternative–being arrested.

Dylan Roberts, a friend of Brent’s and a war veteran suffering from PTSD, is hired to find Casey and bring her back to face the murder charges against her. However, as he

21 04, 2016

Blog Tour: The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Series|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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the inheritance book coverPlease join Michael Phillips, author of The Inheritance, as he tours the blogosphere with Litfuse Publicity!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

As the chief of the clan, Macgregor Tulloch was a man beloved by the whole town. When he suddenly passes away, the town grieves but rumors also begin to circulate as to who will be the next chief. David Tulloch is who the town believes will be the next chief and they treat him as such, but a distant cousin, Hardy Tulloch, is convinced that he has a right to the title. Shortly after Macgregor passes, David finds out that Macgregor never made out a will. Therefore, all of his assets are frozen while his estate (and the fate of the whole island) goes through probate. A part of the probate process will determine who is the rightful heir to be