Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Soul Saver


by Dineen Miller

About the author:
Dineen Miller readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. It’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories are of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family.

Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader, and a small group leader fuel her desire to ignite the souls of others through words of truth.

In addition to writing for Spiritually Unequal Marriage, http://www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.com/
Dineen has won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and her devotional writing has been featured in Our Journey and Christian Women Online Magazine. She’s also a C.L.A.S.S. Communicator and has been featured on the Moody Radio Network, Family Life, and several other Christian radio stations.

Married for 24 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two precious daughters, and their dogs Shasta and River, who no doubt are angels in disguise.

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 The Blurb:

Lexie Baltimore is in the supernatural battle of her life.

In obedience to God’s calling, Lexie uses her art and dreams to help others. But will she have enough courage to help herself when she becomes torn between her atheist husband and a godly man?

A widower and a father, Pastor Nate Winslow is drowning in darkness. Will he resist his treacherous assignment to win Lexie’s heart or give in to the attraction between them? As events unfold, Lexie becomes entangled in a twisted plot. Will she overcome the evil assailing her or yield to the dark side?


What Others Say:
 The Ultimate Spiritual Battle is unleashed! By Pirate2240 "Kat" (Victorville, CA)
This review is from: The Soul Saver

“Temptation exists all around us. Waiting in the shadows and in the dark to lead us astray if we are willing to open ourselves up to it. That is just what The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller is all about.

Hugh Baltimore has been striving for the very best life has to offer for the last seven years at the Stanford University where he is working on his tenure. After the loss of his daughter, Mandy, he has found solace and peace in the answers science can offer him. Whereas, his wife Lexie has clung to her faith in God to help her move forward in her life with Hugh and their remaining child, eight-year-old Jeremy. This has created a huge divide in their marriage and as long as Lexie keeps her faith to herself and stops trying to win Hugh over to God, maybe they can agree to disagree with where their futures are headed.

By it's Hugh's soul that is the ultimate prize and one that Tobias wants. He has made a pact with the former pastor of Freedom Church, Nate Winslow that he will save his daughter Sam, a recent heart recipient if he will help him in his evil plans. Knowing that God didn't help him save his wife in the accident that almost claimed Sam, he was willing to do whatever it took to ensure that he didn't lose Sam as well.

Lexie Baltimore has an extraordinaire gift from God. It's a vision he has given her to sculpt a bust of whomever he wants Lexie on a mission. Whenever she sculpts their face, Lexie knows that God will place that person in her path and she will listen to whatever promptings God places on her heart to intervene and right now that person is Nate Winslow.

I received The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and LOVED it. This is a very different look at how temptation can affect the believer and the unbeliever alike in the most astonishing ways imaginable. Let us never forget how truly real this can be in our daily battles with the enemy. Spiritual warfare is an ongoing battle and the souls that God wants to save may be the very ones we are the closest to! I highly recommend this book and rate it a 5 out of 5 stars. This truly shows us just how powerful our God is, and how effective our spiritual armor and prayer can be in winning wars.”


My Take: Excellent Debut Novel
Dineen Miller has crafted a page turner. Once I started reading the book I could not put it down. The Soul Saver has all the elements that I love about secular writer Iris Johansen. The sculpture of faces, the paranormal action. However I appreciate Miller’s Christian worldview.

I always respect an author who makes me stop and think. Satan knows each of our weaknesses. And that is what he uses to tempt us. If I were in Hugh Baltimore’s shoes, how would I react? Or if God kept sending me on these missions and my husband refused to see God in them. Would I give up on him like Lexie was tempted to do?

Reading excellent Christian fiction strengthens my faith. And for this I say, Thank you, thank you Dineen Miller. I eagerly await your next book.


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Book Contest: See our book contest rules on the sidebar.

I received a copy of The Soul Saver and I'll offer to pass it on to one blessed reader this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Saturday, when the review is posted through Friday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

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Q4U. Do you like to read books with paranormal elements? What favorite books have you read so far this year?


Friday, June 29, 2012

WordServe Water Cooler


Hey there, 


I’m hanging out at the WordServe Water Cooler again today.


Catch my post: Is Reading Fiction . . . Safe?


at http://wordservewatercooler.com/


Until next time. . . Sharon A. Lavy

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Where you’ll find me today.



I’m hanging out at the Barn Door Book Loft today.

Catch my post: Jordyn Redwood’s Proof

at http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/

Until next time. . . Sharon A. Lavy

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blogging Elsewhere today


I’m hanging out at the Barn Door Book Loft today.

Catch my post Please Welcome Jordyn Redwood

at http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/


Until next time. . . Sharon A. Lavy

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife


by Christy Barritt

About the author:
Christy Barritt has penned articles for Campus Life, Marriage Partnership, Blueridge Country, The Plain Truth, Guideposts for Teens, Brio, and The Lookout.

She's the author of the Squeaky Clean Mystery Series (Kregel Publications). Hazardous Duty, the first book in the series, took third place in the ACFW Book of the Year contest. The series is about a crime-scene cleaner who also solves crimes. The second book in the series, Suspicious Minds, hit shelves in May 2008.


She also co-authored a non-fiction book, Changed: True Stories of Finding God in Christian Music. The book is currently available in Christian bookstores across the country.

Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia (suburbia, America), she journeyed off to college in Cincinnati where she majored in communications and psychology. She worked at a Christian publishing house for two and a half years after college. During this time, she also had a short jaunt in the independent Christian music field.

When family obligations called her home, she saw it as the push she needed to start writing again. The journey has been scary, she says, but it's definitely where she should be.

She's married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she's hilarious--but only when she's not trying to be. Christy's a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who's known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She's only won one contest in her life--and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay... actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.

When she's not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.

Christy's married to Scott, a high school teacher and funny man extraordinaire. In June 2006, they added a little boy named Eli to their happy mix. They also have two dogs and a houseplant named Martha. When Christy's not writing, she's also on staff part-time at Celebration Christian Church, where she leads worship each week.

For more information, visit her website at: www.christybarritt.com.


The Blurb:
Welcome to Boring, Indiana, home to patio cookouts, homeowner dues, carpeted lawns, and neighbors so welcoming they’re dying to meet you—literally.

City slicker turned suburbanite housewife Laura Berry isn’t taking well to life in her new neighborhood. She moved to follow her husband’s dream, and now she can[‘t tell if she’s clinically depressed or just bored half to death. But Boring becomes anything but when Laura discovers her neighbor Candace Flynn face up on a sofa with her hand buried in a snack bag. With a healthy dose of neighborly suspicion and street smarts, Laura tries to find Flynn’s killer, but her curiosity becomes desperation when the killer targets Laura.

Someone is determined to stop her from digging deeper into the murder, but Laura is just as determined to figure out who’s behind the death-by-poisoned-pork-rinds.

Excerpt:
   “This is called breaking and entering.” 
    Babe, my neighbor, waved her hand in the air in a laid-back way that made me wonder if she’d been a cat burglar in her pre-senior citizen days discount days. “We’re not breaking anything.” 
    My neck muscles clenched tighter. “How about the law?”
   “Nonsense, Laura. We’re just being neighborly.” Babe used that word a lot, including when gossiping and borrowing lawn equipment from other people’s sheds—without their permission. My husband and I had been the recipients of her neighborly deed on many occasions. 
   Babe and I stood on the porch of Candace Flynn’s house, staring at her front door. Though it was only 3 p.m., the crisp winter sun was already beginning its descent, and a glare of light caught on the glass atop the door, nearly blinding us. All the other neighbors on the cul-de-sac seemed to be occupied at the moment because no one else stirred. Most of them were working or at afternoon tot time at the local gym.
  Sure, Candace’s husband had been out of town all week on a golf outing. But was that really an excuse for the mostly dry, yellowing grass in her front yard to be uncut with wisps of some kind of winter weed waving to everyone who passed? Or for the garbage cans to remain curbside for two days? For various flyers, once stuffed behind her door handle, not to litter the stoop? 
   Even more disturbing than the aesthetic no-no’s of her yard was the fact that the storm door, which had been closed just yesterday, not flapped open.
   And there was the small fact that on one had seen the woman in two days—and Candace always made herself known. She wasn’t even answering her cell phone, which usually appeared to be glued to her ear. 
   All of these things left me with three thoughts. First, I considered that maybe Candace had spontaneously taken off on a trip herself. I couldn’t fault her for doing so, because I knew her husband never cut her any slack.


What Others Say:
 A SOLID MYSTERY WITH A QUIRKY MIDWESTERN WIT, By Harold Wolf "Doc" This review is from: Death of the Couch Potato's Wife (Paperback)

Boring, IN, caught my attention. Not your average murder village. Sound a bit funny. It is. It's also well done as the main plot (1 of many) is an apparent murder by pork rinds. Throughout the story, a multitude of locals become suspect, and discovering the quirky characteristics of the cast is quite fun. Having Boring, Indiana folk murdered sure adds spice to Midwest dull-drums.

A fired Chicago PR turns into a Boring sleuth, and as Indiana natives know, a blind hog can find an acorn once in a while. Laura's imagination is a big as an Indiana bushel of corn. For a sidekick, she has Babe, 70 yr old. Both ladies have their secrets and love entanglement problems, but that's a tangent compared to finding the Boring killer before another Dullington Estates resident kicks the bucket involuntarily. Will the sleuth duo be of help to Chief Romeo?

I'm hoping, as a Hoosier book lover, that this is a series. It sure ends with an opportunity for another caper in this wee Boring burg. Even a hint of Christian characterization, not preachy, but it adds to the mix of the shenanigans moseying around this NOT-SO Boring place.

Fun and recommended, but don't eat the pork rinds.~ Harold Wolf 

My Take: 
Christy has done it again!

Who would name a town Boring? That must have made the town itself huff up and cause something to happen.

At any rate nothing seems to be boring in this story.  Not with 70 yr old Babe and her nosy ways. But Laura didn’t have to follow her, did she? So wouldn’t you agree that it’s her own fault if she’s called an accessory to the crime of breaking and entering?

If you love mysteries as I do, you will be hooked from the first sentence.

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Book Contest:
See our book contest rules on the sidebar.

Christy has offered to send a copy of Death of The Couch Potato’s Wife on to one blessed reader this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Saturday, when the review is posted through Friday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We’d love to send one special person a copy of Death of The Couch Potato’s Wife.

Q4U: Do you enjoy mysteries? What favorite genre have you read so far this year?


Friday, June 22, 2012

Check out the WordServe Water Cooler

Hey there, 


I’m hanging out at the WordServe Water Cooler again today.


Catch my post at Does Reading Fiction Affect Your Brain?
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Until next time. . . Sharon A. Lavy

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Fun For Kids

Buggy Fun for Summer

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

See you at the Barn Door



Hey there, 


I’m hanging out at another blog today.


Catch my post ACFW Goes to Loveland Castle, at The Barn Door








Until next time. . . Sharon A. Lavy

Saturday, June 16, 2012

PROOF


by Jordyn Redwood

About the author:
Jordyn Redwood is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood's Medical Edge-- a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.

The Blurb:
Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it's the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find—and punish—her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?

Excerpt:
August 28 The cemetery was closing in ten minutes, and Lilly Reeves was going to be late. She searched through her black tote bag for the third time and rifled through medical reference cards, hemostats, and lipstick tubes, frustrated that her means of escape had disappeared. An alarm toned at the bank of ECG monitors that sat at the nurse’s station and a quick glance assured her that no one was dying. “Is everyone sure they haven’t seen my keys?’ She secured loose strands of black hair behind her ear. “Dr Reeves, you need to keep your bag locked up. Someone may be trying to teach you a lesson,” her senior attending said. The man who’d hired her onto the ER staff at Sage Medical Center. She eyed him evenly. His gray hair and washed blue eyes did little for his pale skin. Was the look on his face amusement or condemnation? “Wouldn’t be you, would it, Dr. Anderson?” The ER pager at her hip vibrator. Lilly pulled her lab coat aside and checked the message. “Trauma Code—one minute out.” “You might as well take that.” he closed the chart he held in his hands. “My shift is over. I have other plans.” “Like what, Lilly? Family event?” She let the comment drop. “If you’re understaffed tonight, I’ll stay.” “My guess is you won’t be going anywhere for a while anyway. Maybe in the interim, your keys will turn up.”


What Others Say:
Impressive debut, fascinating page-turner . . .

 Nurse-author JORDYN REDWOOD’s blog is known as Redwood’s Medical Edge. The same words might well describe her debut novel, PROOF--it is both medical and edgy. PROOF offers the story of ER physician Lilly Reeves. The victim of a brutal serial rapist, she is determined to bring her assailant to justice. Though this novel is a work of inspirational fiction, it’s also a medical thriller in every sense of the word and thus includes scenes that are quite dark. I found myself riveted, compelled to turn the pages and seek a hopeful conclusion. It was indeed there, following twist after twist that carries the reader breathlessly forward. Strong writing, fascinating premise, a page-turner without a doubt. PROOF is an impressive debut and I’ll be very interested to see what JORDYN REDWOOD brings in the next Bloodline Trilogy story. ~~Candace

My Take:
This book will challenge your mind.

I am not a night person. But after I got past the first chapter of Proof, (with a few too many words using unknown emergency room jargon banter) I could not stop reading until I finished.

The story started off with a bang and didn’t let up until the last page. Which I didn’t reach until it was after 1:30 in the morning. I would say, anyone who loves medical mysteries will enjoy this book. And I learned that in spite of our dependence on DNA testing. Sometimes a criminal can skew the evidence.

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Book Contest:
Jordyn Redwood has offered to give away a copy of her book PROOF to one blessed reader this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Saturday, when the review is posted through Friday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We will send one special person a copy of Proof

Q4UWhat favorite books have you read so far this year?