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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Author Interview with Jenna Brandt!!!!!!!

Hello all! :)
 I'm please to introduce you to author +Jenna Brandt.

Jenna's new series the Window to the Heart Saga is releasing in the next few months from May 29th - July 10th 
(stay tuned to the end to read book descriptions of the first 2)!

What is your Favorite Bible verse? 

Since I can remember, my favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 where perfect love is described. 

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."

It has come to mean so much to me over the years, I reference the list of attributes throughout my books. I find it affirming that the verses describes actions and not feelings. You act out love even when you don’t feel it.

What is your favorite song right now? 

"Fierce" by Jesus Culture. I love the description of God’s love being like a storm and how His love never relents. Such beautiful imagery. Love it!

What are you reading right now? 

I am prepping for my next two books, so I have been reading up on Oregon and Oxford University since my new books will be taking place in those areas. If you read the first three books, this could hint at to who the next two books will be written about after 1-3 publish.

What or who encouraged you to write? 

My mother. She is a strong Christian and always maintained her faith even while working for a secular newspaper. Anyone who works in the industry, knows how hard that can be. She also was extremely dedicated and spent countless hours perfecting her work. She was (and is) a true wordsmith.

What was your Inspiration for this series? 

I didn’t like cookie-cutter books and I wanted to write a different type of historical romance than the books I had read. What happens if things don’t end up perfect? How do you survive and find happiness through trials and tribulations? I wanted to create a strong female lead who was also both parts lovable and flawed. Margaret isn’t perfect but she is a perfect heroine because she is relatable in the way she feels and thinks and how she overcomes tragedies, even ones of her own making.

What's next for you? 

I will be writing Book 4 over the summer and Book 5 in the fall for the Window to the Heart Saga. The plots are already roughly put together and I know who they will be centering around from the previous 3 books.

Is there anything else that you would like readers to know? 

I am a Christian first and a writer second. I really believe God gave me the gift of writing and I want to entertain people while sharing the love of God and power in faith.

Thank you so much Jenna for allowing me to interview you today.  These book descriptions sound highly intriguing! :)  I hope they reach those that need them most!  ~ASC

Want to find out more about Jenna and her books?  
Here's some more info and links! :D

The English Proposal (Book 1). Sheltered on her family’s country estate, Lady Margaret, the daughter of an English Earl, is betrothed due to a family promise. Although Henry, the Viscount Rolantry, has been her best friend since childhood and she is expected to marry him, she never felt butterflies until she meets the Duke of Witherton. Against her father’s wishes, Margaret finds herself captivated by the forbidden duke. Caught between family loyalty and her own wishes, Margaret searches for a way to satisfy both her responsibilities and her longings. When tragedy strikes, Margaret finds herself seeking answers at church. But when she finally makes her choice, through her newfound faith, will she be able to live with the repercussions of her decision? 

The French Encounter (Book 2). Ruined by a night she will never forget, Lady Margaret, Countess of Renwick, must flee from England with her infant son to hide from the man who destroyed her life and from the sister-in-law who hates her. Relentlessly, the duke and viscountess hunt for them, planning to take the child to whom they both feel entitled. Margaret turns to God, believing he will protect her family and help her find her long-lost twin brother, Randall. While searching for Randall in France, Margaret is pursued by two enticing men: Pierre, the alluring Vidame of Demoulin, and Michel, the powerful Marquis de Badour. One man promises passion while the other offers security. Will Margaret surrender the chance for love to secure her safety? 

About the Author:
My name is Jenna Brandt and I am a historical fiction author and my books span from the Victorian to Western eras with elements of romance, suspense and faith. I have been an avid reader since I could hold a book and started writing stories almost as early. I have been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as edited for multiple papers. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English from Bethany College and was the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper.  I'm an on-going contributor for The Mighty Website and my first Blog was published on Yahoo Parenting and The Grief Toolbox as well as featured on the ABC News and Good Morning America websites. Writing is my passion but I also enjoy cooking, watching lots of movies while I write, engaging in social media and spending time with my three young daughters and husband where we live in the Central Valley of California. I am also active in my local church where I lead a grief support group and write features for the church’s creative team.

Find Jenna here:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weaver's Needle Review

Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll

Book Description:

32926732Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?

My Opinion:
Hmm.....Well....This was the first book I've read from Robin.  And it just wasn't my cup of tea.  Don't get me wrong there were some scenes that I enjoyed, but the book as a whole was just ok.  I pushed myself to finish, and there were sections that I skipped through.  The mystery was kinda interesting, but part of my problem was I really couldn't connect to Landry.  Nikolai's story towards the end is what pushed me through some stuff.  I really enjoyed his road to salvation and forgiveness.  And that name?! :D  Nikolai Baptiste, LOVE IT!  But there are some descriptive words used that really don't fit Arizona.  And I got frustrated quite a few times as the plot seemed to be going in one direction, but got lost along the way.  Then towards the end it went somewhere complete opposite to where I wanted it to. :/ In the end I had thought it was going to be completely different and this wasn't a book for me. 
Songs: "I Have This Hope" by Tenth Avenue North, "Forgiven" by Crowder, "Clean" by Natalie Grant
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 86:10


*I received this book from Barbour for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Weaver's Needle. ~ASC

Friday, May 19, 2017

Author Interview with Cissy Hunt!!!!!

I am happy to introduce you to Cissy Hunt today!
Cissy is author of 3 books 
A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, Spirit Dancer, Going Home. 

What is your Favorite Bible verse?

My favorite Bible verse is:

Hebrews 13:5  "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

This is my favorite verse because, no matter what I am going through I am reminded that I am never alone.

What is your favorite song right now?

If I have to choose I believe that my favorite song would have to be:

One Day at a Time by Cristy Lane.

This song reminds me to take each day as it comes. I'm not to look forward to tomorrow because it has not arrived, or look back to yesterday because it has already passed. I can do nothing to change either.

What is your favorite book right now or What you're reading right now?

For a long time my favorite book has been Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte but I just read a book by a new author, Debra Shiveley Welch titled Circle of Time. This book is a time travel book that is just amazing.

Right now reading research material for my 4th book, Freedom's Voyage. It is about my 9th great-grandmother, Elanor Billington and her voyage on the Mayflower.

What or who encouraged you to write?

This is an easy question. It was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Fife. She was a wonderful teacher and she encouraged, complimented, and pushed one to improve with each assignment.

What was your Inspiration for "A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns"?

A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, though it is written as a fiction is based on my own life. The abuse I endured – My struggles to get out of the abuse – My battle to accept my healing – and the fight to forgive my abuser.

What's next for you?

Right now I am completing my 3rd book, Going Home, I hope to have it sent off to my editor by the first week of June. It is the story of a woman broken and traveling back to her childhood home, looking for what she left behind. I have been doing research to start writing on my 4th book, Freedom's Voyage. It is based on my 9th great grandmother, Elanor Billington, and her life on the Mayflower.

Is there anything else that you would like readers to know?

I would like the readers to know that the stories I write are for two reasons: (1) To bring Glory to God (2) With the expectation of touching women's lives with hope, encourage a growth in faith, and always point them to the Lord Jesus.

Amen! Thank you so much Cissy for allowing me to interview you today! I hope your goals meet with success! Many Blessings ~ASC

And thank you readers! If you are interested in finding Cissy online here are some links to follow ;)



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Behind the Scenes Review!!!!!!!

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Book Description:
Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind "The Quill" gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she's determined to warn him. Away from society's spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there's more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.

My Opinion:
LOVE IT!!!!!!!  
Jen Turano has done it again!!!   
I absolutely LOVE this book!  
It's funny, it's got a mystery, it's got tea! :D  And those characters?!  First off all where does Jen come up with these names!?  They are SO unique and fabulous!  Permilia is one of my favorite characters, and I know I continue to say this about Jen's heroine's, but each one is as good, if not better, than the last!  Strong, brave, and independent, Permilia is highly entertaining since you really don't know what she's gonna do next! ;) (I also personally felt there were touches of Anne in her personality) Then there's Asher.  A true gentleman, and when it truly counts he comes through!  And those sub characters?! :D  I ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WAIT for the next book!!!!  And I most likely will be LONGING for it all the way to November of this year!!!!! ;)  I love all of these quirky characters from the top to the bottom!  I love the details, the dialogue, and the dangerous suspense!  I love the Faith scenes!!!  I just love this book (and really any book from Jen)! :)  This is a great start to a fantastic new series and I HIGHLY recommend it!!!  
Songs: "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin, 
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

James 1:17


*I received this book from the author for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Behind the Scenes. ~ASC

Monday, May 8, 2017

Too Deep for Words Review!

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar

Book Description:
Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.
As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband’s best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he’s a painful reminder of her lost love.
Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?
As fans of Boeshaar’s books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My Opinion:
I'm torn with this one. :/  The beginning was good, the middle was intriguing, but closer to the end Carrie really frustrated me.  For one I wished she had prayed through her ordeal.  I wish she had remained more faithful and prayed!  I don't want to give anything away, but what she did really bothered me.  I also wish things had been different with her sister's story and many of the other characters.  I'm not sure I want to continue in this series, but I do hope there is another book coming since this one leaves you completely hanging.  I also have a couple of issues with the book description, because I felt like the last sentence wasn't expressed much (or at least as much as I think it should've/could've been).  I did really love the faith changes Margaret underwent though.  The pace is fantastic also.  There have been books that a too sluggish and I'm frustrated with characters so I can't even finish the book.  This is not the case with Too Deep for Words however.  Andrea writes in a very captivating way unraveling the story at just the right speed to keep you interested, but feeling you can put the book down if you need to.

Songs to come: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Amazin Grace
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 91:7


*I requested and received this book from Kregel for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings abou Too Deep for Words. ~ASC

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jaguar Review!!!

Jaguar by Pamela Poole

Book Description:
Caroline and Chad Gregory are happy on their island home at Painter Place. But suddenly, an old vendetta against them puts Caroline in terrible danger. Her enemies are closing in, and the future of Painter Place is at stake. Her only hope of escape is a man known as the Jaguar, a legendary international operative and Caroline’s old flame. Even if he and a miracle can save her, Caroline will never be the same sheltered woman who has been groomed from childhood to inherit the island.

My Opinion:
WHOA!  This is the first book I've read from Pamela and the first I've read in the Painter Place Saga.  Whew, there were things in this book that just left me speechless they were SO good!!!  I had a bit of confusion in the beginning as I was learning all of the characters, but that can be difficult for me at times.  As soon as I got everyone straight I was off and reading! ;)  Really from the very first sentence Pamela grabs your attention your, and anyone that knows me knows how I LOVE when books do that!!!!!  The Spiritual and Faith scenes are AMAZING I could read them over and over again!  Caroline is a fabulous character!  I love her strength both in faith and physically.  Chad irked me at times, but since her irked Caroline also it was ok, in the end he's pretty likable! ;)  The way Pamela expresses the thoughts, feelings, and struggles artists face is really cool!  There were times when I read a statement and thought, "WOW!  That's exactly how I've felt, but was never been able to put it into words!".  She is a great weaver of words all the way around.  I did feel that this book was a little too long for my liking, although I don't know how it could have been any shorter.  It is filled with that much content!  And emotionally heavy content at that!  Overall I recommend this great adventure filled with nearly non-stop action and wonderful characters! 

Songs: "Pass it On" by Kurt Kaiser, "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe, "Fearless" by Jasmine Murray
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 5:45


*I requested and received this book from Pamela for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Jaguar. ~ASC

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