Lani is determined to save her cousin... Flying Away by Caroline A. Gill (Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway)


Check out this creepy, YA paranormal dystopian, read the excerpt, and enter the giveaway below...

Flying Away (The Flykeeper Chronicles #1)Flying Away
(The Flykeeper Chronicles #1)
by Caroline A. Gill
YA Dystopian, Paranormal
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 204 Pages
January 12th 2016 by St Helena Press

Summary

When Iolani Bearse was five years old, she lost her father to war. When she was nine, her mother died in a freak car accident. When Lani was fourteen, eerie green lights invaded, tearing her from the only home she had left.

Living as a runaway, dragging a horse and her cousin Eleanor across the countryside, Lani must learn to survive. Now Lani is the only person between the horrible, greedy lights and the last bit of family she has left. Her own heart is barely beating, but powerful memories pull her to Malcolm St. John. She fights what she feels, buried deep within her shattered soul.

Malcolm St. John always held his feelings in, especially about Iolani. So when she shows up on his doorstep, desperate and determined, Mal must decide if the wild tales she spins are the fragments of insanity or the last hope for a dying nation. This Lani is different from the child he knew. Something is coming for her, for him, and will not be stopped

If the cousins and Malcolm can’t escape the grasping hunters who hound them, the future of a broken America will be destroyed. Everything Lani has ever loved will burn with them. Somehow, she must find a path through friendship and loyalty to save them all.

   
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There's more than one killer in Silent Sting by Clair M. Poulson (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop! This was a unique premise for a suspense, but also one that easily played off of the actual bee issues going on in the US. Check out my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Silent StingSilent Sting
by Clair M. Poulson
LDS Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 188 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Catastrophe is looming over the Central Valley of California. The honeybees, vital to the economy of this agricultural epicenter, are dying at an unprecedented rate. The US government is desperate for answers, and researchers at the University of California-Riverside are tasked with providing them. But when the professors assigned to the investigation are systematically killed by a creature that imitates the honeybees almost perfectly, it becomes clear that there is something sinister at play.

Following the murders of her mentors, it’s up to entomology student Tiana Lambrose to move forward with the research. Special Agent Stu Whiteleather, part of a team of FBI agents assigned to assist in the investigation, is immediately drawn to the lovely entomologist. Together, they discover a breed of bees engineered to be killing machines, which, despite Tiana’s expertise, are like nothing she’s seen before. The question is, who could possibly have the sophisticated technology to engineer these specialized insects and for what motive? The perpetrator will stop at nothing to keep investigators from finding the answer. As threats to Tiana’s life escalate, Stu must battle an unknown foe to protect the woman he has come to care for, before she becomes the next victim in a dangerous conspiracy.

   
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Two people finding love against the odds... By the Stars by Lindsay B. Ferguson (Review & Giveaway)

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Welcome to my stop for this touching and inspirational story set during WWII, based on a true love story. Check out my full review and enter the giveaway below...

By the StarsBy the Stars
by Lindsay B. Ferguson
LDS Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
March 8th 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

When Cal finally gets a chance with Kate, the girl he's loved since grade school, their easy friendship quickly blossoms into a meaningful romance. Spirited and independent, Kate keeps a guarded heart due to a painful past, and Cal wants nothing more than to gain her trust. But World War II soon cuts their time far too short, and Cal prepares to part from her – possibly for good. After he's gone, what Kate does next changes everything. 

In the suffocating jungles of the Philippines Cal encounters the chilling life of a soldier and deadly battles of war. With Kate's memory willing him on, Cal must put his trust in God to survive if he hopes to ever return to her. Inspired by a true story, By the Stars is a romance that stands the test of time and the most intense obstacles.

 
  
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Have you seen any #HarleqinHeartwarming books at your local Walmart? (Blitz & Giveaway)

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're thrilled about Harlequin Heartwarming books being available in select local US Walmarts! Find out if they're at a Walmart by you here

Here's what some Harlequin Heartwarming authors had to say:

"I am so excited that Heartwarming books are now available at Walmart, so some lucky girl can go visit her aunt and possibly stumble across one of MY books and fall in love!"
— Amy Vastine

"I was thrilled to find a home in the Heartwarming line. Writing these sweet romances that emphasizes the emotional adventure of falling in love feels almost like a calling and now, that dream I thought I'd achieved has now grown. The Heartwarming line is now available in select Walmarts!"
— Anna J. Stewart
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Come Unto Me (Movie Review)


Come Unto Me
Come Unto Me
Christian Theatrical Release
24 minutes
March 18th 2016 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Young Samuel and little Mary are intrigued by the man called John the Baptist, but they can't take the chance of staying in one place long enough to listen to his message. On the run from Roman soldiers, the brother and sister must do whatever it takes to survive. But when they meet a kind woman at a well, she introduces them to her son, Jesus—and their meeting forever changes the children's lives.

 
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A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund (Review)

A Daring Sacrifice (An Uncertain Choice, #2)A Daring Sacrifice
(An Uncertain Choice #2)
by Jody Hedlund
YA Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Zondervan

Summary

In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she's grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she's come to despise.

   
   
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Weekly Update #159 in which I'm behind...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, as well as to Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Talk Supe for Bought, Borrowed, and Bagged showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week.

My word! The past two weeks have been crazy and this last week busy with life and reading and tours and Easter... We've been redoing parts of the house and organizing and cleaning out the garage and having a yard sale... Add to that tour events for Prism and having reviews (sometimes two a day) last week and I'm rather exhausted and behind. Yep, behind. I generally always post on time all the time, but starting today I have three books that were supposed to be up with reviews from Saturday through today and I'm not even finished reading them. 0.0 That's a first for me. I made it through Friday and then couldn't even keep my eyes open to read. So today I'm reading a lot and you should see at least another review post today and then possibly another tonight or tomorrow so that I'm caught up again. I know other bloggers that have gotten burned out or have signed up for too much, but I've only every been late on one book and have still been able to reasonably catch up. The good thing is that I don't feel burned out. 

Anyway, how was your Easter? We had church yesterday and then hosted dinner for my family here (which is why I had no reading time yesterday) and had a small egg hunt. It was fun. I love my family and spending time with them and it was good to talk about the reason for the holiday.

So, here's what to expect this week...
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Check out the tour stops for Her Summer Crush by Linda Hope Lee (Blog Tour Grand Finale w/ Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Tour Grand Finale for
Her Summer Crush
By Linda Hope Lee

We hope you enjoyed the reviews and excerpts shared during the tour! If you missed any of them, go back and check them out now...

Launch - Introduction to Her Summer Crush

After I finished Eva’s Deadline, I kept thinking about Luci and Cody. Did she get over her crush? Did Cody get to follow his dream? What happened to these two people? Soon I was playing the “what if?” game and writing Her Summer Crush

Bookworm Lisa - Excerpt

“CODY JARVIS! What’s he doing here?” Luci Monroe stared at the man who’d just stepped out the back door of her parents’ home.


The ocean sparkled under a sun about to slip below the horizon, and the waves made a soft shushing sound as they rolled onto the shore. If only she could escape there now. When something upsetting happened, a walk on the beach always helped to calm her. Cody’s unexpected appearance was certainly one of those times. As soon as the party was over...

Bookworm Nation - Review

"I thought this was a fun read, a nice escape in a charming small town setting. If you enjoy contemporary romance this is a good one!"

I Am A Reader - Excerpt

“Are you finished now?” Her words came out sharper than she’d intended. She must be in worse shape than she’d realized.

He frowned. “Not okay to take your picture? You’re the guest of honor. Besides, you’re a good subject.”

Wishful Endings - Review

"It was a fun and sweet story from beginning to end, with fun characters, complex family relationships, and a light romance."


"I always enjoy the characters journeys of growth and overcoming hard things. I really loved the setting--I love the beach and could picture living in this great, small town. I also loved the relationships between each character and his/her family members, as well as Luci in the role of a mentor to Tessa. This is a gentle, sweet, and clean summer romance, perfect for a pool or beach read."


"Cody sat at the table, put down his mug and clicked the mouse. A new picture flashed onto the screen. Another shot of Lucy. He chuckled. He's taken more pictures of her tonight than of anyone else."


“I like my place,” he said. “It’s cozy and has everything I need.”

“Maybe so, but do you think you’ll ever find a woman who’ll put up with all this?” Olive went to the sofa and plumped up the loose cushions.

“Not a question that needs to be answered, because I’m not looking. Not right now, anyway.”


"I enjoyed this story. The characters are fun with a lot of potential there — would have liked to have seen them decide to test their relationship waters earlier in the book."
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Check out these Three Winter Love Stories from A Season to Wed by Rachel Hauck, Cindy Kirk, & Cheryl Wyatt (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

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I love compilations that allow me to read a shorter story easily in one day and feel that happily-ever-after contentment. Check out the stories included in this one, my review, and the giveaway below...

A Season to Wed: Three Winter Love StoriesA Season to Wed
Three Winter Love Stories
by Rachel Hauck, Cindy Kirk, & Cheryl Wyatt
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 336 Pages
November 3rd 2015 by Zondervan

Summary

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.

Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.

But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it's served up on a silver platter?

Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career.

Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.

But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

  
    
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A siren who has regained her power, but has her biggest fight ahead of her... Siren's Song by Mary Weber (Blog Tour Review)


Welcome to my stop! I've really enjoyed this series and have been looking forward to this third book for some time. Check out my review below...

Siren's Song
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 384 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins

Summary

Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.

  
  
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