Saturday, June 27, 2015

DJ Mynatt Book Launch Join In If You Can!

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The Waiting (Lancaster County Secrets Book #2) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is definitely one of my good-to authors for Amish fiction.

This story was so good.  Cal is recently widowed and falls for his believed to be dead brother's girlfriend.  Ben was thought deceased while in serving in the Vietnam War, only to return to find Cal with Jorie.  Ben is haunted by his time in the service which was not at all fitting for an Amish man, who believe in not bearing arms.

This story has many plots and lots of  sub plots to keep you reading to find out how the story goes.  It was very well written and you will enjoy it very much.

I purchased the Kindle version of this book.  I was then able to listen to the book as well.  I hope to read as many of this author's books as possible.

Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

I was the lucky winner of an Audible version of Torn Asunder by Alana Terry.  To be honest, at first it sat on the TBR pile for a while, as heavy, serious and tragic stories are not my favorite genre style of books.

In this case, I would have to say this  book got an A from me.  It was dramatic, heart wrenching, frightening and emotional, as well as warm and touching.  It was a combination of just about all the emotions that you might feel in a lifetime.

As Hannah and Simon are trained to become a part of the underground Christian movement in North Korea, you feel and realize all the persecutions, the trials and the happiness that such an experience can bring.  The story has many of my parents' WWII experiences as they too, wanted religious freedoms and personal freedoms in their East German world.  So for me, I could totally relate to both Hannah and Simon, as they experienced all these hardships at a very young age.

Their love story is also a tender story, yet their feelings of devotion to their cause sometimes makes that love secondary and set aside.  The story is gripping and you won't want to put it down.

Alana Terry is an excellent writer.  Her skills are amazing as she draws you into the book and then there is no way out!  You have to read this book!.

The Maisy Files Maisy and the Money Marauder by Elizabeth Woodrum

I won this book from a contest I entered.  Maisy and the Money Marauder is a cute children's book.  My version was the Audible version and so it was a book I could listen to as I went to work.

It was  a nice read for children and is a story about money that suddenly disappears from some of the school students.  Maisy sets out to look for clues to determine who has taken the other children's money and why?

It is a very age appropriate book and I will be happy to share this with my grandkids.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

You Can Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days by DJ Mynatt

DJ Mynatt shares her writing experience of the 50,000 words in 30 days for the NaNoWriMo month of writing.  She writes of the pressures that writing a specific word count goal on a daily basis have for the writer and how you too, can do this if you desire to do so.

She shares her blog entries and it is an account of her day by day journey as she attempts to reach her daily goals, work a full-time job and spend time with family members.  She shares her tips and suggestions along with some faith promoting scriptures.

Being that I am more a reader than a writer, I am not sure that I would want to take this challenge upon me but am happy that she was able to succeed in her goals and share this experience with you.

I hope that other writers will take the time to read her words and perhaps then be able to decide  whether this challenge is for them, as well, and to gain from her personal experience.

I wish you success in your book DJ Mynatt!

I received a complimentary version of this book for my honest review, which I have given.  No monetary compensation was given.

You can find her book at the following link.

About the author:  (bio)
DJ Mynatt is a newly-published author who earned a bachelor's degree in networking and a master's degree in Security Management, before beginning a career as an Indie Author, editor, speaker and publisher.  She has also worked full-time  for the State of Tennessee for more than 13 years.  She lives with her daughter and grandchildren in the beautiful hills of Tennessee.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the Non-Fiction Authors Association (NFAA) and The Christian Pen (TCP).  DJ accepts a select few speaking engagements-to make time for writing, editing, blogging, reviewing and attending workshops and writers conferences as time permits.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clarke

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the Audible version of The Bali Mystery.  This was part 1 of the Amelia Moore Mystery Series.  I must say the series has some really interesting settings.  This definitely adds depth to the book with obviously lots of needed research on the part of the author, which clearly was the case.

This is a cozy mystery and so not the intense type of mystery and I find that I am really enjoying that alot. There was a little romance, mystery and some suspense all rolled into one.  Because I had the Audible version, I was able to read it while driving to work, which made the otherwise boring trip quite interesting. 

The narrator, Diane Lehman does an impressive job including different voices for the different characters.  This gave the book a lot of interest for the reader as well as helping to identify who was speaking at the time.

I do like / prefer a clean romance.  That is me.  I appreciate that there are still clean romances out there, telling me that I apparently am not the only one that feels that way.  So this book definitely scored points for me in this area.  In other words, a good Christian read.

Amelia and Rick seem to work together well in this book and I will plan on reading other works by this author.  Her assignment:  Find the missing brother.  Her partner in detective work: Rick Bonito.
The setting:  Bali.

Amelia wants to keep the relationship between Rick and herself completely professional, but with a beautiful setting, the perfect person, and a lot of time together, it will be interesting to see how that all turns out.  I am quite certain you will really enjoy this read and I highly recommend it!

I received an Audible copy from the author for my honest review, which I have given.  No monetary compensation was received.


Author Linda Weaver Clarke. Read more about Linda Weaver Clark at this link.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Orchard at the Edge of Town by Shirlee McCoy

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Shirlee McCoy's new book.  I enjoyed the book very much and hope to be able to read more of her books in the future.

This book has some romance, a little mystery, and two people with broken hearts, each hoping to make things better in their lives.

Apricot Sunshine Devereux-Miller is the product//daughter of  flower children/hippie generation parents.  She finds herself in her aunt's home in Apple Valley in an effort to get things in her life back in order and in so doing, meets a basket of kittens that bring some interesting happenings into her life.

Simon is raising two daughters alone.  But he has no desire to find a mom for them at this time.  But as they cross paths, so do their hearts.  It's a sweet read and nice easy going romance, with some mysterious events to make for a very interesting read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given.  No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Legend of Obadiah Wilder: The Glorious Defeat of the Dickenson Gang (Cactus Creek Challenge) by Erica Vetsch

This story is a prequel for the Cactus Creek Challenge by Erica Vetsch.

Although short in length it carries a big punch as it starts right off with a real "bang".

A murder and an arrest that worries the townspeople in this Texas town.  The reason for the fear?  The Dickenson gang always takes care of its own.  The townspeople knew that this was not the end of a crime, it was only the beginning.

If this prequel is any hint as to the book, then its going to be a good read, you can count on that.

This prequel is currently a free download at Amazon.  You may want to get this to see  what is coming soon in the full-length book!

An Unforgivable Secret by J.E.B.Spredemann

An Unforgivable Secret was available for a free download on Amazon.  Here is the link.  If you haven't gotten it already for your Kindle, I would grab it now.  It was a really good book.  And Book 1 in the Amish Secrets Series.

Hannah is a young Amish woman engaged to Christian.  However, things don't always go smoothly in her life as she finds out the Christian hasn't been true to her.

She finds solace in the arms of Christian's best friend, however, this too ends of in a most unexpected way for Hannah.  The secret she carries causes her heartache, remorse and fear as she continues through her life, unable to reckon with the events of her past.

This story shows the human side of people and how some people are more able to find forgiveness in their hearts than are others.  This heartfelt book is a  thought provoking book that makes you look inside yourself to know and understand how you would deal with similar situations and how you would cope and what paths you would need to find peace in your life again.

I highly recommend this book.  It was excellent!
Author J.E.B. Spredemann

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Lorie's Heart by Amy Lillard

I think it's a well known fact that I really enjoy Amish fiction.  This book was Amish fiction and I loved it.  Lorie's Heart totally captured my heart.  I couldn't put it down and then I was sad that it came to the end.  Yes, if you like Amish fiction, you will love this book.

Lorie Kauffmann's father has a fatal accident which left Lorie obviously very shaken up.  But what she learns about her father now completely shakes her up.  And she feels that she needs to find the truth about her father and the seemingly double life that he had lead.

Lorie begins to find out many unexpected things which greatly complicate her life and change many things about who she really is.  The friendship of a young Englischer, Zach, helps to bring her life back into perspective, helps her cope with her life, and brings new meaning to her family situation.

You will really love this book.  It's different and captivating.  I have read many of Amy Lillard's Amish books and have enjoyed each one.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review which I have given.  No monetary compensation was given.

Author Amy Lillard
This book will be released on July 28th and you get find it at this link.