Sunday, November 30, 2014

NIV ONCE-A-DAY BIBLE for LEADERS, Zondervan

Zondervan publishes many bibles to enhance your journey, understanding, and strengthen your faith of the teachings and works of Jesus Christ during the ancient eras of our time. This particular bible supports leaders of the faith community through daily readings and words of encouragement to press forward spreading the Word of Christ to all.

Each daily reading has one scripture from the Old Testament, New Testament, verses from the Book of Proverbs or Book of Psalms, and a scripture related reflections for a short devotional. Further enhancing daily readings is a yearly reading plan, canonical index, and a Table of Weights and Measurements. There are no sermons added only a short reflective devotional paragraph to increase or provoke thoughts pertaining to strengthening your faith in God.

NIV Once-a-Day Bible for Leaders is a great tool for additional daily bible reading to encourage leaders in the faith community as they teach the Word of Christ to Christian followers  and for the layman who spreads the Word to friends and people wanting to know more about the Christian faith. I recommend to leaders of congregations, bible and home study groups, and anyone wanting to strengthen their walk with God.

I received this bible from BookLook Bloggers review program in exchange for an honest 
opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER by NLB Horton




Grace Madison is in Brussels when she learns that her daughter is missing in France and her daughter-in-law is attacked while in Switzerland. Once Maggie and Becca are found, a partial scroll is discovered and the undercover agent Madison family begins a journey following the trail to find the other half of the ancient relic. The hunt leads to several different locations in Venice, Rome, Germany, the Mediterranean, London, and Israel as they dodge bullets and would-be assassins searching for the same item.

The Brothers’ Keepers is the second installment in the Parched series that follows Grace Madison on archaeological adventures mixed with action that includes her immediate family members who are also CIA agents. The second book is full of locations associated with the discovered relic that pertain to King Solomon and a possible hidden water reservoir that could serve under-served eastern and third world countries. The theme is plausible and written with humor as the group travels from city to city with a budding romance in the making. The book is entertaining and an enjoyable read for adventure, action, light romance, and archaeological buff readers who will not be disappointed. The third installment in the series of novels due to be released in the fall of 2015 will probably continue the story where it ends in the second book.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

Purchase a copy:  

The Brothers' Keepers | RidgeRoute Press (November 2015)

A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.


About the author: After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers' Keepersher second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

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MASQUERADE BOOK TOURS presents SHADOW DRAGON Pre-Order Promo #ShadowPromo


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By Marc Secchia
Publication Date: December 10, 2014
Series: Shapeshifter Dragons #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Chameleon Shapeshifters, uncontrollable storm powers, and the rise of Sylakia’s Dragon-elite. The battle against evil scales new heights, but the price of victory grows ever dearer. 

Once, a Shadow Dragon ravaged the Island-World. Insatiable. Unstoppable. A Dragon-killer. Now the Shadow Dragon has reappeared, on a collision course with Aranya and King Beran’s campaign to liberate the Islands from the scourge of Sylakian tyranny. He is dark, beautiful and deadly, a predator of untold power. 

Meantime, Thoralian weaves his web of guile and betrayal right in the hearts of Aranya’s friends and allies. He will bring them to an encounter only he can win. 

Incredible aerial battles. An Ancient Dragon bent on enslaving Aranya. The treacherous secrets of Dragon magic. This is the fight for which destiny has shaped a heroine of rare courage–Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Criminal. Shapeshifter Dragon. A woman who will confront evil at any cost. Spite her at your peril.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

PREACHING BY EAR by Dave McClellan with Karen McClellan

“Preaching by ear is this: speaking from personally held, deep convictions in a way that enables our words to unfold in the moment by considering the actual people present with us. We are well-prepared, but we’re not certain exactly how it will come out of our mouths.” -Dave McClellan


Dave McClellan with Karen McClellan have comprised  a ‘how-to’ on preaching by ear from within to the outside showing that true preaching should be lead by the inner spirit leading to an unscripted sermon. The book gives insight to present day preparation that Pastors use for weekly Sunday congregational sermons which sometimes includes fully written sermons to completely memorizing whatever is written.

Preaching by Ear shares history on homiletics citing Saint Augustine and Marcus Fabius Quintilianus as having great influence in teaching skilled oratory communication without the use of memorialized or written speech.
The book also discusses the fear of some preachers to speak from within as the quote above states, “not certain exactly how it will come out of our mouths.” In my opinion, this should not be a concern if what is spoken comes from within through the Spirit of God.

Another point in this book discusses the importance of ‘preaching by ear’ your personal trials and tribulations that people can relate in their own lives and understand that the deliverer of the sermon is not just talking, they are sharing the same experience as yourself.

This book is a good starting point to learn more regarding preaching from within to the outside that is not just for Pastors or teachers of faith but also for the layman to understand how the Word should be presented to a faithful following.

I will end my review with another quote from Preaching by Ear:

“Preaching by ear, from the inside out, pushes me toward stronger internal character and internally driven sermons. When it’s risky or scary, it opens us up to that kind of help Jesus talked about when the words will be given to us as a gift, and not from our own wit. Keep on preaching like that.”
–Dave McClellan
I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.


This book is temporarily out of stock but can be pre-ordered

Friday, November 21, 2014

MASQUERADE BOOK TOURS presents TELEPATHIC CLANS SAGA Book Blast #TCSBlast @BRKINGSOLVER.



In the world of the Telepathic Clans, the descendants of the ancient race that once ruled Europe live in a shadow society...
Publication Date: April 22, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Brenna's life isn't the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath and having other paranormal Gifts, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift. She's always been a good girl and isn't comfortable seducing men, except one she really loves. That's just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there's the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

Publication Date: June 25, 2012

Book 2 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, the sequel to the multiple 5-star reviewed The Succubus Gift. 

It's not easy being a succubus. 

Brenna O'Donnell and Rebecca Healy continue their integration into the Clan. Learning more about their Gifts and always seeking someone who will love them. After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. 

The social season is around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress. 

Between the romance and glistening balls of the Clan's social events, Brenna and Rebecca discover life is not secure. Telepaths from other Clans are kidnapping young girls and selling them into slavery. 

A continuation of what one reviewer called an, "... utterly heart stopping onslaught of sex, violence and paranormal abilities ..."




Publication Date: September 29, 2013

Private investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud.

When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited. 

The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves.

With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?

A novel of paranormal suspense set in the world of the Telepathic Clans.





Publication Date: February 14, 2013

Book 3 of the Telepathic Clans Saga, Succubus Rising

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.

When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her. 

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.



Publication Date: November 8, 2014

Book 4 of The Telepathic Clans Saga

Corwin has led Clan O’Neill for one hundred and fifty years. Nearing the end of his long life, he names a twenty-three year old girl as his heir. Not only is Brenna a member of Clan O’Donnell, she’s also a succubus, and many people disagree with his choice. When Corwin dies, his son Hugh launches an open rebellion.

But Brenna is named heir not only to O'Neill, but also to Clan O'Byrne, where Clan Chief Fergus's oldest son Andrew joins with Hugh and Finnian O’Neill in their rebellion. Faced with war on two fronts, and rebels using terrorist tactics that capture the attention of the human press and authorities, Brenna must fight off assassination attempts while trying to consolidate her rule.

As if all that wasn't exciting enough, her friend Irina is the target of repeated kidnapping attempts by members of a Russian Clan. Hoping to protect Irina, O’Donnell mounts an operation against the Gorbachev Clan. But the situation in Russia is no more stable than in Ireland, and they discover Irina is at the heart of the Russian Clans' internal plots.

Confused yet? Be glad you aren't Brenna and Rebecca, as they—along with Rhiannon, Irina, and the Irish Clans—attempt to sort through the mess in Succubus Ascendant, the action-packed conclusion of The Telepathic Clans Saga.






I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, among writers, artists and weird Hispanic and Native American myths and folklore. I've lived all over the U.S. and earned a living doing everything from making silver and turquoise jewelry, to construction to computers. I currently split my time between Baltimore and Albuquerque.

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master's in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.

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CLP BLOG TOURS presents PETIT FOUR Book Blitz


Cake is often a major part of life’s celebrations, both big and small. From birthdays to wedding days, cake, in all its delectable concoctions, marks joyous occasions with a sweetness that can’t be beat. But even better is the love that is shared when two people connect over a sweet confection. Maybe it’s a cute new guy wreaking havoc on a broken heart, or a beautiful woman testing the limits of love, or an old beau stirring up long lost desires. Whatever the circumstances, cake can always be relied upon to save the day when it comes to affairs of the heart. In this collection of short stories, cake is the delicious center around which each tale unfolds and romance blooms.

When single mom and journalist, Olivia, sets out to find romance in Cindy Arora’s “Cake Therapy,” she gets a little help from her friends and more than a few slices of cake to coax her off the couch and into the arms of a truly great love. Lucie Simone’s “Aprez Vous” finds success-driven Tara in Paris reminiscing of her long lost love, Jean Marc, and her niece bound and determined to reunite them. In “The Heart-Shaped Secret of Raspberry Jam” by Sue Watson, cake enthusiast, Milly, meets her match in the kitchen, and other places, when new owners take over the tea rooms where she works and her talents and her heart are put to the test. And Scott, mayor of a small seaside community, flirts with political suicide in Joel Zlotnik’s “Her Charms” when he falls for new-in-town Nicole, an entrepreneur with a passion for cupcakes, and whose latest venture proves a little too sexy for the sleepy beach town.
From San Francisco to Paris, from small towns to tea rooms, this anthology tempts readers with humor, style, romance, and the powerful aphrodisiac that is cake. Petit Four is four stories, frosted with love. 


Petit Four Author Bios

Lucie Simone has a passion for travel, romance and all things chick lit. She also has a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. She is the author of novels, Hollywood Ending and Picture Perfect, both offering an insider’s take on life in the City of Angels. Her love of comedy (and living under the delusion that she might one day be an actress) resulted in a stint studying improvisation, which, ironically enough, taught her to be a better writer. She lives in Los Angeles (and loves it), but considers New York City her imaginary second home and visits the Big Apple as often as her bank account will allow. For more information on Lucie, please visit her website at www.luciesimone.com.




Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine and Fodor’s. She’s also mama to an adorable little boy, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call herself a Chick Lit author. She is the author of Heartbreak Cake, a deliciousdebut novel, and a contributor to the anthology, Merry & Bright, with her story, “Christmas at Mulberry Inn.” To learn more about Cindy, please visit www.cindyarora.com.




Sue Watson is a former BBC TV Producer who woke up one morning to the realisation that there was no such thing as 'having it all.' Marriage, motherhood and a full-time career were taking over her life and what she really wanted to do was stay home all day, bake and eat cake, watch reality TV and write... in that order. So she quit the day job, baked a year’s supply of cupcakes and chased the dream. What followed was a lot of cake and many hours in the company of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’  ‘The Biggest Loser,’ and ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ During this, time Sue also managed to write a few books too:  Fat Girls and Fairy CakesYounger, Thinner, Blonder; Love, Lies and Lemon Cake; and her latest cake offering,Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake. Learn more about Sue by visiting www.suewatsonbooks.com.




Joel Zlotnik is a former Southern California journalist who was lucky enough to find a second career on the other side of the notepad, answering questions instead of asking them. He recently cancelled his cable so he would write more and quickly discovered online binge watching. You can find him living at the beach in South Orange County, where he listens to records, reads and watches the waves. Find some of his essays and short fiction at www.joelzlotnik.com.



November 10 - Karma For Life Chick- Spotlight & Excerpt

November 12 - Books Etc – Spotlight

November 13 - Books Etc – Q&A

November 14 - The Little Reading Cabin – Excerpt

November 17 - Novel Escapes - Q&A

November 18 - Two Children and a Migraine – Spotlight

November 19 - Chick Lit Plus – Spotlight

November 20 - Chick Lit Goddess – Spotlight & Excerpt

November 21 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Spotlight & Guest Post

November 21 - Ski-Wee’s Book Corner  - Spotlight


Please visit Simon & Fig to purchase your copy!




Thursday, November 20, 2014

PROSECCO PINK by Traci Andrighetti

Franki Amato and best friend who happens to be her employer, Veronica Maggio work at Private Chicks, Inc. a private detective agency located in New Orleans are hired to investigate the murder of a woman found at the Oleander Place antebellum plantation by owner Delta Dupre. The murdered woman is Ivanna Jones who owns Lickilious Lips, a liquor-flavored lip gloss company was found in the exact position as the poisoned second wife of General Knox Patterson named Evangeline. Delta is a descendant of General Patterson and wants to keep her tourist attraction and family legacy and name in tact before the murder costs Oleander Place lost revenue.

Meanwhile, Franki accidently meets Chandra, a psychic who is afraid of ghosts but has a vision relating to Franki’s personal life involving her boyfriend Bradley that seems a little coincidental for her comfort. As Franki begins her murder investigation, Chandra has more visions pertaining to Oleander Place that includes clues about Evangeline and Ivanna. Franki is not one to believe in psychic powers, crystal balls, or fortune telling but maybe in this case she could be wrong.

Prosecco Pink is an entertaining novel written with mystery and humor that all mystery-suspense with a little romance booklovers will want to include on their reading lists. New Orleans as a backdrop for the novel was truly an ingenious move with the psychic powers and moon crescent scenes that are not my normal reading genre but every booklover should enjoy. This book is a cute and sweet murder- mystery romance novel and cannot wait for the movie!

I received this book free from CLP Blog Tours and Gemma Halliday Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

THE KILLER NEXT DOOR by Alex Marwood

Collette is on the run and moves into the apartment of a woman named Nikki who disappeared and has not been seen for a few weeks. Nikki’s belongings are still in place that include clothes, a television and all other personal effects a person would have if living in a humble studio apartment house. Nikki’s neighbor and friend Cher believes Nikki left in a hurry due to the fact she was not able to pay her rent for the month-to-month dwelling.
Meanwhile, The Lover is busy buying supplies and tools for his project that he is working on with several women victims he keeps in his apartment without the knowledge of the other residents and already has his eye on another ‘girlfriend’ he plans on getting to know a little better.

Okay first let me say that I did not finish this novel being it reminded of a movie I once saw and changed the channel because I knew it would cause me to have unwanted nightmares and that is how I felt about this book. Now with that said, it should not stop you from reading this novel because of my not wanting nightmares but as I read Chapter 14 I could not go on with all the intimate details The Lover describes about his victims. I cannot state this novel is a bad book but that it is worth the read for those who like all the gory details in murder and suspense drama stories that I cannot stomach. Enjoy!

I received this book free from Penguin Group through the Net Galley reviewer program for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LOVE WITHOUT END by Robin Lee Hatcher

Chet Leonard deals with the fact his wife left him and their two sons a ranch in King’s Meadow years ago which they call home and does not know where she presently resides. Anna McKenna once lived on this same ranch from the time she was a teenager and taken in by Chet’s grandparents Abe and Violet Leonard in 1944. When Anna comes to visit after her husband passes, Chet asks her to consider staying with them in hoping the boys will receive a grandmother’s love that is much needed.

Kimberly Welch lost her husband to a sudden heart attack and with no way of making ends meet travels to King’s Meadow along with her daughter Tara to stay with her best friend Janet until she can build a nest egg to return to Seattle. Janet suggests that Tara take lessons from Chet to learn necessary care and proper riding techniques for the horse Tara owns. Chet agrees to teaching Tara, Anna agrees to stay on the ranch for a while, Kimberly fights her feelings for Chet, and Chet’s sons reconcile after a huge misunderstanding as they all handle a tragedy that occurs at Chet’s ranch.

Love Without End tells of friendship, memories, grievance, and love on a ranch in the town of King’s Meadow that is a well written novel that takes you on a journey from 1944 to present day. I recommend to book lovers of western romance, family relationships, and faith-based novels for an easy and enjoyable read on a cozy afternoon.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.



SURPRISED BY LOVE by Julie Lessman

Megan McClure was not exactly the slim and trim beauty queen in school but when she travels to Paris spending her senior year to study she becomes the young woman most would definitely envy. Her sights are set on Dean Caldwell who believed in teasing Megan for being plump and wearing eyeglasses since first grade was cruel as school children tend to be insensitive at such a young age.

Megan’s childhood friend Bram Hughes advises when asked that Megan find forgiveness in heart for Dean’s cruelty as children while he has never revealing his own true feelings of love he has for Megan. Decisions and more decisions is what Megan has to deal with regarding Dean and Bram, as she also has not spoken of her attraction to Bram.

Surprised by Love is an entertaining novel with a love story of unspoken love and Christian faith but I found the premise of ‘teasing’ a bit redundant and holding such a grudge for many years. Regardless of the repetitive childhood taunting, the novel is still enjoyable and recommended for historical fiction, historical romance, and drama booklovers alike.


I received this book free from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

CLP BLOG TOURS presents A FAIRYTALE FOR MOTHERS by Leslie Gibbons



When Leslie Gibbons’ daughter was expecting her first baby, she despaired over the lack of mothers and mother-figures in fairytales.  She begged Leslie to write a story with a living, loving mother that she could share with her family.  That’s how A Fairytale for Mothers was born.

Robyn Lane Books is proud to present this 32-page, full color gift book for mothers, mother-figures, and their children everywhere.  It is the story of a mother bird’s love for her chicks, and the generous gift she shares with each one as it is his, or her turn to leave the nest.  More, it is the story of how those adult chicks return to share gifts of their own.  It is a story you will treasure for years to come, beautifully illustrated in water color.







Author Bio

Leslie Gibbons was born in the United States, brought up in England and settled in Canada when she was 13 years old.

She lives on the North Shore of Vancouver in the shadow of Hollyburn Mountain and a minute’s walk to the sea.  There, she shares a little house with her husband, Maurice, two cats and a dog.  

Between them, they have eight children, who frequently occupy the dining room table with their own families.







About the Artist


Elese Morris is a native of North Carolina, transplanted to the Southwest, where she lives with her small family in a house filled with her son’s art.  

Her best work is usually (and literally) found hidden in her son’s closet, where he hoards all the pictures he likes best.






Purchase Links

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**Giveaway!**

Anyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered to win a signed print copy of A Fairytale for Mothers!Please note this is open to US/CA residents only. Three winners will be announced.