Friday, December 15, 2017

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Review



The Gift: The Amish of Hart County(Avon Inspire, November 2017)
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

My review;

   Author Shelley Shepard Gray has written "The Gift" and this is part of her series called The Amish of Hart County series.  As usual I really enjoy her  stories. Suzanna Schwartz is very happy to be on her new farm with all of her family right in time for Christmas. Why does it seem that other people are trying to hurt them or at the very least trying to make them leave? It can be no accident when her sister is almost killed. Neil Vance is the man who used to own the farm with his family, before they lost it. He is very upset but then he meets Susanna. She is not at all how he though she would be and he finds himself drawn to her. Susanna is in the middle, everyone believes that they know who is the real culprit. She also is drawn to Neil. Should she just leave with her family, or should they try to find the guilty person. Whatever she decides she better hurry!  I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and all opinions are mine.

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan Book Review


About the book:

Riveting new series offers legal suspense with a romantic twist
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.
About the author:
Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including "Lethal Action" and "Devoted Defender," which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including "Trial & Tribulations" and "Fatal Accusation." These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. "Trial & Tribulations" was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
Find out more about Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.

My review;

Kate Sullivan is a lawyer who has found herself involved in a lawsuit involving Mason Pharmaceutical. It is a cover-up lawsuit and she is the head of the counsel. The company has hurt many people and she wants them to be punished for it. Then everything goes wrong when the the person who brought this forward is killed. Who is the real killer? Lincoln James is going to try to keep her safe. He is a private investigator. He will do anything to keep her safe. Will they ever get to the trial or will others get killed to stop this? Will Kate be the next in line to die? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and this is my opinion.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Terror by Eamonn Hickson Giveaway & Interview

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Terror
by Eamonn Hickson
Adult Thriller
Paperback & ebook, 336 pages
April 29th 2017
Have you ever felt that society consciously tries to undermine you?

In a society where everyone strives for growth, where everyone tries to build towards the heavens, there are some who wish to bring it plummeting down.

Terror is a thriller in which three people from different walks of life find a common enemy in the contemporary world. Yet, unlike most, they decide to do something about it.

Following his best friend’s death, military man Milton Haynes is forced to see a psychiatrist while he challenges his dishonourable discharge. Ally Winston, one year after being viciously assaulted, struggles to slot into the life her father has laid out for her, while Nestor Frings returns to Boston to find his parents have sold their home due to financial issues.

The three initially voice their pains through non-violent means, however, they soon find their efforts futile. In a world where outsiders are considered dangerous and are not to be trusted, it will be the insiders who do the damage. Follow Milton, Ally and Nestor as they come to, what they perceive to be, the inevitable conclusion: they must commit a terror attack.

Praise for the Book

“Eamonn Hickson brings the fascinating, dingy, and complex streets of Boston alive in his new novel TERROR, a probing novel of survival in the modern world. TERROR is a masterful portrait of the hard decisions and harder lives that must be lived during a dark time in American history – the present.” — Self-Publishing Review

Reviews of the Author's Other Work

“…a suspense thriller with a fascinating version of heaven versus hell that lingers after closing the pages.”

“Eamonn Hickson writes a vivid story of a war between angels and demons, and Heaven and Hell. The story captivates the audience as you witness deception, lies, and Heavenly Hosts that are working for the enemy.”

“Find yourself enmeshed in a roller coaster ride to a mind-numbing conclusion that will remain with you many a day to come.”

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About the Author


Eamonn Hickson is an Irish author of three novels. He currently works as a radio journalist in Tralee, Co Kerry.

Interview

1.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
The plan was to write standalone books. However, that’s changed with my latest release. I feel there’s another story to tell involving some of the characters in this novel and if I were to move onto something different, it’d be a storyline that I wouldn’t be able to seamlessly grasp onto again. So, in short, I’m trying to create connected stories. More on this in a later question.
2.      What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s one of my favorites of all time. And while I know it received quite a bit of good press, I still feel it didn’t get what it deserved. The film—while being enjoyable—failed to grasp the enormity of spirit and genius that was inherent in the book.
3.      As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
My avatar would be young panda with an attitude problem. From the outside you’d want to spend time with me, but that might change when you get to know me. Also, I’m endangered!
4.      What did you edit out of this book?
The bad stuff I hope! I ‘lost’ about 12,000 words in the second draft alone, but most of it was overwriting. As for storyline and plot, I edited out a number of scenes that didn’t advance the story and only served to slow it down. Like an old river, the plot meandered in places; unlike an old river, I cut out the waffle to get to the point quicker.
5.      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
There’s no doubt I’d be a civil engineer. My first career was halted with our most recent recession in the late 2000s. Up until that point, I enjoyed being an engineer and, were it not for the economic downturn, I’d still be in the construction industry.
6.      Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

If I tell you, they won’t be secrets any longer! I have hidden a few references to past work in my latest novel. Characters, places and events cross over in parts. However, as I don’t dwell on the moments or interactions, it would take quite the reader to notice them. Also, being the nerd that I am, I’ve placed a few items in Terror that will relate to future work—even stuff I haven’t thought about yet. I like to think of it as leaving a few hidden strings dangling so I can grab them in the future. Great question!

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Christmas in a Small Town by Kristina Knight Giveaway & Interview

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Christmas in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #4)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Running out on her wedding was the best decision ever! 

A cheating fiancé sends Camden Harris fleeing to her grandparents' home in Missouri. When her ex follows, determined to win her back, Camden makes a deal with neighbor Levi Walters: they'll pretend to be in love and she'll support his plan to buy her grandparents' land. 

The boy from her childhood has grown up into an impressive man. His charm, good looks and sweet gestures make it difficult for Camden to remember this is fake. And Levi's kisses only confuse her more.


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About the Author


Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after. 

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Interview

1.      Does writing energize or exhaust you? – It exhausts me, but in the best way! When I’m really into a book and all systems are go and the words are flowing it’s so energizing! Sometimes I can write like that for hours on end, I love it! It’s only after I stop for the day that the exhaustion comes in – my eyes get tired, sometimes my shoulders will ache (especially if I’ve forgotten to make a few trips to the kitchen or laundry room to work out those kinks!), and I’ll even have trouble holding conversations with people! A few weeks ago, I had one of those writing days, and that evening was a craft night at our church, and I had the hardest time talking to my friends – just because I couldn’t find my words!
2.      As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? – Unicorn, naturally! Because it’s glittery and rainbowy and I really think horses are the BEST animals.
3.      How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? – Not many, actually. My very first book is collecting dust in a filing cabinet and will never see the light of day, and I have a handful of synopsi/blurbed books…but most of those are on submission right now so, hopefully they’ll be getting finished soon!
4.      What did you edit out of this book? – A *&^%ton of ‘just’ and ‘that’! Every single book I find what I call filler words that in my drafting mode end up on the pages. This book, instead of one word, I had two! Blergh!!! I think between me and my editor I got them all. Well, most of them, anyway.
5.      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? – I was a journalist for a lot of years before starting to write my books, so I’d probably go back to that. Because I love writing and words and journalism would definitely fill that bill.
6.      Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? – Easter Eggs! I wish I was smart enough to do that…maybe I’ll try in the future!




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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: BE A CHANGE WIZARD AND GET IT LIKE YOU LIKE IT by Bever-leigh Banfield Excerpt & Guest Post



Title: YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: BE A CHANGE WIZARD AND GET IT LIKE YOU LIKE IT
Author: Bever-leigh Banfield
Publisher: Twinkle Entertainment
Pages: 366
Genre: Nonfiction


You have an ultimate magic within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life and everything that exists. You needn’t fear change, leave it to others, or get stuck with whatever happens next. You can pull heaven right out of your hat with the alchemy of your heart and mind. You just have to know how to use your abracadabra presto change-o. You can make things disappear or pop up because you are the change you crave. Your dream is a reality somewhere, ready for you to experience it by making change your BFF. Tap into who you're meant to be, and the special thing you're meant to do – with this book about your mission in life, and how you can have it materialize to be happier, healthier, wealthier, wiser, and make the world a better place. 

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Welcome. I’m so glad you’re here. You are my brothers and sisters, and I’m excited to get into this. Okay, first let’s claim your ideal life—because it is ready to bring you joy. Your ideal life is the one the world is waiting to experience, watching to see it reveal and unfold.

When you envision the life you most want to lead, what do you see? Great health, of course. Maybe the perfect body, at the weight and shape that makes you feel invincible, relatable, and up for anything at any time. A high-paying, cool job, with health benefits—or maybe self-employment you can’t wait to get to every day. Let’s toss in some work that fulfills you, stretches your talents and abilities, and challenges your mind. Perhaps you desire Prince Charming too, riding up on his mighty steed to take your hand, or a Sleeping Beauty awaiting your sexy kiss to awaken her love. You might only long for a roof above your head that doesn’t leak, or that new car that doesn’t break down, puff smoke from the tailpipe, or embarrass you when you pull up to valet park. You may simply desire security, whatever your concept of that is. Maybe you crave a weekly mani-pedi or massage, relaxing vacays in exotic ports, a closet full of designer clothes, the latest tech, some diamond bling, a pair of name-brand athletic or red-soled shoes and cozy creature comforts. You could be aiming to play a sport, or pursue a hobby you adore. And who doesn’t want some excitement, adventure and fun to liven up their days? If you’ve chosen to have children, you will want them to grow up happy, healthy, prosperous, kind, educated and free. You will want all that’s good for them, and resolve to help that happen.

Though you might not want any of these, it might also be true you want all of them. And yet, there is something you must want most. Are you in touch with what that is? If not, then this is the time to seek it out and have it come to you. When you’re alone—or not alone—in the dark at night with your active mind, or when you wake up in the morning and realize the universe has gifted you with another day of living your life, what do you want to do with it? Do you want your life to shine, or are you content to just get through it, putting one foot in front of the other, surviving as the clock ticks and the years fly by like soaring jets.

When someone discovers an abnormality in some vital body part, or loses a parent, a child, a marriage, their business or a job, or is presented with some other ginormous hill to climb to reclaim their life, things tend to zoom into focus. Disparate ideas seem to coalesce into helpful realizations. They’re given to epiphany, become open to insights they’ve never received before. They often drop all pretense, and become able to skirt trivialities that might have irked them earlier. Other people in their life come closer or fall away. Those remaining are held cherished, and communication blossoms. Longrepressed yearnings surface that may cause them to rethink their choices and mull over past mistakes or missteps they may feel have brought them to that point. People look for the meaning of their lives, and seek to address and fulfill it when the rubber is meeting the road, the chips are down, and their back is to the wall.

Why wait for such a cataclysm? Life is occurring with every breath. Every now gives way to another now that presents great opportunity. Every instant is calling you to rise up and reach your highest consciousness, and nothing is standing in your way. On the contrary, even the beat of your heart is designed to uplift and support you.

You are the answer to all of your questions.

You are the change you’ve been waiting to see.




Bever-leigh Banfield, M.F.A. is a writer, actress, voice over artist, host and speaker. She has penned numerous celebrity interviews, one of which, published in Essence magazine, won the American Diabetes Association National Media Award for journalism. As an actress, Bever-leigh has performed in television shows, movies, Broadway and off-Broadway theater and national commercials. Her voice has been heard in TV and radio ads, as an ABC network announcer, in animated films and cartoons, and as narrator of planetarium space shows at landmark Griffith Observatory in Hollywood. Ms. Banfield holds an M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Drama and a B.A. from Stanford University. She has lived in Europe and the Caribbean, and traveled in Africa, South America, and across the United States. She has been gifted with psychic perception since childhood, and as an intuitive, has experienced a vision of world peace. Creating is her joy. Her debut non-fiction book You Can Change The World is about helping you be who you are meant to be, and do what you are meant to do - live your dreams, and change the world for the better!

Guest Post:

Change Like a Boss in 7 Steps
by Bever-leigh Banfield

You want to feel empowered, right? You want to soar with eagles. You don’t want to fit in, you were born to stand out. You’re brave and visionary. You see things all around you that need to change, and you wish you were able to change them. Well, you can. And you will. It’s who you are. You don’t want to fear change, leave it to others, or get stuck with whatever happens next. You are what’s going to happen next. You’re what’s happening now. You hold the answer to all of your questions. You’re the next wave in a sea change. You’re not a statistic, you’re at the vanguard, lighting the way to what mankind is at its peak, what society ought to be. You have a magical mojo within you, capable of transforming yourself, your life, and everything that exists.
You’re on a quest to transform yourself to be even more awesome than you are. And you’re super amazing now. You’re essential to progress, you’re one of a kind. You can make giant change from the inside out, because change is an inside job  – and when you change, you change the world. So, seize that responsibility now. There’s someone you are meant to be and something you are meant to do. You are a cause that has an effect on everyone around you. You’re either a plus or a minus as you go about your days and nights, and all you’ll ever be and do arises out of change. Changing will lift you higher, friend, and it is by being your highest self that you make dreams come true.
The good news is you’re in control. Of your mind. Of your feelings. Of your life.
You can change on a dime if you want to. You’re an idea whose time has come, and nothing is more powerful. You’re endless possibilities. Regardless of what the chattering talking heads on TV report to you, you know peace and love will always win and they’re your middle names. Never mind doom and gloom on your Twitter feed, or angry Instagram videos, or Facebook feuds that don’t reflect your mindset or morality. You work to transform like a butterfly leaving the chrysalis to be your best. You change like the wind direction whenever you need to adjust your plans. You retool your ideas, beliefs and decisions the moment you find they no longer suit, just as easily as a chameleon changes its color and shifts its environment.
You are The Changer and you are The Change.  You are changing the world around you with every thought you think, each word you say, and the string of good deeds you commit to do. You are the change you are yearning to see, and your evolution revolution starts in 7 steps:
·         Choose to change, and be willing and ready now. Understand that it’s your time.
·         Pinpoint what it is you need to change. Be specific and incisive. Meditate on it if you’re unsure. Changing bad habits, letting stuff go, and embracing alternatives sets you free.
·         Commit to making changes that will reveal a healthier, happier, stronger you who’s up to whatever it takes. Declare you’ll be a benefit to others, serving the greater good and contributing to a better world.
·         Dream a humongous ginormous dream that can elevate people around the globe and shine a light that can be seen from space on every creature. Set goals that can bring about lasting change for everybody everywhere. Your dream wants you to call it forth.
·         Make a plan and act on it. Brainstorm the steps you need to take. Jot down the ideas you think might work. You may only be able to see the first step when you start. Keep moving and having faith and your path will be revealed.
·         Determine the tasks you must perform to launch and continue your master plan. Be sure to set priorities and do what’s most important first. Gather a team to help you.
·         Persevere no matter what situations and circumstances may arise, no matter what people say or do. Be flexible and inventive. Learn everything you need to know, be nimble, progress steadily, and persist until your dream comes true.
I believe in you and I’m by your side. I know that you can change the world!


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