STANDOFF by Patricia Bradley

This is my first Patricia Bradley novel but it won’t be my last! I love the way she weaves the romance into a suspense novel. But make no mistake, suspense is definitely the shining star in STANDOFF–just the way I like it!

Standoff (Natchez Trace Park Rangers Book #1)

I don’t like to give away plots in my reviews but I’ll tell you this much. The story centers around Brooke Danvers who is about to become a park ranger when her father (a park ranger) is found dead. His death is ruled a suicide but Brooke knows her father well enough to know that’s not true. And she plans on proving it–even if she is a rookie. Her old flame, Luke, shows up. Brooke thinks he’s a bartender but he’s actually working undercover.

And that’s all the teaser I’m going to give you. But there’s plenty of suspense and action to keep you turning the pages. Bradley is an award-winning novelist and it shows in STANDOFF.  I quite enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense and mysteries.

My only complaint with the novel is that its Christian message is a bit on the weak side. The characters are definitely Christian but I like to see more of a spiritual message in Christian fiction books. But it’s still a good book that I liked.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

MESSENGER by Lillian Duncan

I’m so excited about the release of MESSENGER. This story has rattled around in my brain for a long…long time. It’s not my usual suspense but it has a lot of suspense and action in it. It’s a dystopian novel.  In case you don’t know what that means, it’s when a novel is set in an imagined society where there is great suffering or injustice. So that definitely means lots of action and suspense.
Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger since she’s grown up in the godless country of NewAmerica where all religion has been banned even saying the name of God is punishable by death! But when God has a message, he will always find a MESSENGER!

Life is perfect in NewAmerica. No crime. No poverty. No war. No discrimination.

Life is perfect as long as you’re a loyal citizen.

Life is perfect as long as you follow The Guardian Rules without question.

All religion has been banned, even uttering the name of God is a crime punishable by death. Magdalena Denton is an unlikely messenger, but when a patient braves the consequences to tell her The Guardians have deceived everyone about God, she’s determined to discover the truth.

Life is perfect in NewAmerica until the moment you wonder…is there a God?

Magdalena lives in a society that is controlled by The Guardians. The Guardians are in control…of every aspect of a person’s life.  In return, loyal citizens are provided with all that they need for a good life; housing; clothing, food; and entertainment.

Magdalena knows she should be happy, but she’s not. When a patient tells her that God is real and he loves her, she wants to know the truth–no matter how dangerous it is. And it’s very dangerous!

Even though I’ve classified the story as YA novel (young adult),  it’s not just for the young. In fact, it’s a timeless story that people of any age will enjoy. There’s two aspects to MESSENGER. There’s the literal plot with lots of suspense, action, and a little romance. But then there’s the spiritual lessons that are a part of the story as well.

And that’s what makes MESSENGER a modern day parable.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

I usually have a giveaway to celebrate a new release and I do this time.

The grand prize winner gets an e-copy or a print copy of MESSENGER along with their choice of any other book I’ve written. Five more winners will receive an e-copy of one of books from Amazon–except for MESSENGER  or The Sisters By Choice trilogy.

To be entered, leave a comment under this post. Easy Peasy!  Winner will be chosen on March 15.

Question: Why do you like to read Christian Fiction?

By the way, I’m extending the giveaway for the $50 Amazon Gift Card until April 1. If you sign up to follow this blog, you’ll automatically be entered in the giveaway!

For All Eternity by June Foster

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What makes this book a modern-day parable? For All Eternity is a modern-day parable of what Jesus taught us in His word. There is nothing mankind can do to save themselves. It was accomplished for us on the cross by our Savior Jesus Christ.

Who is June Foster?

June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provide a rich source of information for her novels. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next book.

She’s published with Winged Publications. Visit June at www.junefoster.com to see a complete list of her books. You may also connect with her at www.facebook.com/authorjunefoster.

About FOR ALL ETERNITY:                                                                                                 Joella Crawford never expects to meet the man of her dreams when she plows over handsome JD Neilson with her bicycle. She can’t just leave the gorgeous guy lying on the ground with a bloody leg so she administers first aid. Now she’s convinced God’s answered her pleas for a Christian husband. The accountant prays, reads his Bible, and exhibits impeccable manners. He’s perfect. Or is he?

JD Neilson falls in love with classy interior designer, Joella Crawford, despite his father’s directive to marry a woman in the one true church, Exalted Brethren. But the beautiful woman awakens hunger in his heart. No matter how hard he tries to gain status in the afterlife, he can’t understand the quiet peace he sees in Joella’s life. Can he find the strength to forsake the teachings of his childhood to embrace The Truth? If he does, will Joella accept him or has he lost her forever.

June has graciously agreed to giveaway an ecopy of FOR ALL ETERNITY. To be entered leave a comment. Last day to enter will be on February 21.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, answer one of these questions to be entered in the giveaway:

  1. What’s your favorite romantic movie?
  2. What’s your favorite romantic book?
  3.  What’s your favorite romantic song?

 

 

 

 

 

FREE BOOKS!

To beat the winter doldrums, I’m giving away FREE BOOKS! For a limited time, these books will be free on Amazon. Click on the link and get a free book–that’s all there is to it. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. But, of course, reviews are always appreciated–especially 5-star reviews!

ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE:  Kara Smith has the perfect life except for one thing—the voice.

 

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UNTIL DEATH DO US PART (Country Living Book 2): When Reggie vowed until death do us part, she had no idea how close she’d come!

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SPLIT: No matter how hard she tries, her life is one big gutter ball!

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DARK ALLEYS:  Homeless and alone, Tessa witnesses a murder–now he’s after her!

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THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIEF: She can’t go home—ever—if she wants to stay alive.

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The books will only be FREE for a few days so click on them now! And don’t forget to follow this blog for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

 

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash by Gail Pallotta

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Gail Pallotta is a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s a 2013 Grace Awards Finalist, a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a 2019 finalist in TopShelf Magazine’s Humor / Comedy category. Learn more about Gail and her books on her website at https://gailpallotta.com and connect with her on twitter – Gail Pallotta @Hopefulwords.

What makes this book a modern-day parable? The book tells a story about people who believe in Jesus’s Gospel of love interacting with each other.

The residents of Triville are bound together by their Christian faith. They’re certainly not perfect. Actually, they’re a bit gossipy and quirky, but they believe in Jesus’s teaching.

They’re much like the residents in the small town at the foothills of the N.C. Mountains where I grew up. They have acquaintances, close friends, people they tolerate, and those they keep at a distance. However, when a crisis strikes prayers go up and casseroles go out no matter how close or distant the person in need.

In the words of Lloyd Rock, the local mechanic in Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, “…we take care of each other…”

Gail has graciously agreed to give away an e-copy of Hair Calamaties and Hot Cash. To be entered leave a comment.

Book Blurb: A Nominee for the 2020 TopShelf Magazine Book Awards

“A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”—Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop…on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash…and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

Amazon link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQX79B5

Barnes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hair-calamities-and-hot-cash-gail-pallotta/1129740945?ean=9781522397915

To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment or answer this question:  What’s your biggest hair calamity? Last day to enter will be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way of The Brave by Susan May Warren

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The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue Book #1)

I was excited to read The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren but… this book was not for me.

The story was good. The characters interesting.  Lots of tension. Great romance. The writing was even better!  So, why wasn’t this book a favorite for me?

Both characters are mountain climbers and the story revolves around mountain climbing. Susan May Warren does an amazing job of creating word pictures that got me right up on that mountain with them. And that’s the problem. I’m not an outdoorsy-type person. I have absolutely no interest in mountain climbing, whether it be on a mountain or in my armchair reading.  So unfortunately, this wasn’t a book that I particularly enjoyed but… if you’re more adventurous than me, it might be just the book you’re looking for. And it won’t stop me from reading another Susan May Warren book–she’s an awesome writer.

Review by Lillian Duncan

I received a  copy o f this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps Book #1)

I jumped at the chance to review COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason because she always does a great job. And Collateral Damage is no exception. She manages to weave romance and suspense with a great plot and wonderful characters.

In Collateral Damage, the hero and the heroine are truly heroes. Both have spent time on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Now that they’re back in the states, life should be safer. Not true in this story. As I read this story, I wondered if Ms. Eason had spent time on the battlefield herself. I don’t know the answer but if the answer’s no, then my respect for her writing has grown by leaps and bounds. With Collateral Damage, she’s brought the grit of war along with the heroes who fight every day for the principles that keep America strong. Can you tell that I loved this book?

This is a definite YES for me.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.