Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Promise Me The Moon By Nichole Evans

When Grace Quincy ("Q") lands a job as the lead scientist and engineer in the CIA's Clandestine Operations and Properties group, she becomes the Quartermaster for U.S. reconnaissance—the creator of spy gadgets for Jayce Jackson, special agent with a license to kill. As charming as the famed British double-O, Jackson is one-hundred percent all-American, from his dusty cowboy boots to his unending Southern charm. His conquests in and out of the bedroom are the stuff of legends, yet Q daydreams of being something more to Jackson. At the highly sought-after event, Nebulas and Novas, Q gets tangled in Jackson's latest mission and the mysterious disappearance of NASA's green glass Moon stone. Q must trust her wits to survive the dangerous operation, thwart Dr. Faust's sinister plan, and save the sexy spy she loves.

Nichole D. Evans’ writes tales of international intrigue laced with salty humor—probably from growing up in a hometown centered around a national laboratory and fifteen years teaching bawdy eighth graders, respectively.

She believes in heroes and heroines who are smart, loyal, and do the right thing, even when the mission seems impossible. Inspired by the clever quips of James Bond and the unexpected courage of Jack Ryan, her plots are woven on a backdrop of real-world events, resolved just in time to fall in love.

Nichole is married to her real-life “Q”, and she has two children who are out saving the world on their own.

My Thoughts...

Oh How I hate writing this review.
As most of you know I am not a fan of self published books because 90% of the books have not been edited by professionals.
This was not my kind of read and I read a lot of books. It was all over the place and their was no editor in sight of this book.
I struggled with reading it and it is not one that I recommend.
It was at best a 2 star book.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Growing Forward By Laurie Pawlik

After life is shattered by loss or a traumatic experience--whether big or small--it can seem impossible to heal or even move on. Deep down you believe God intends good for you, but you just don't have the energy or strength to figure out how to move forward.

Author Laurie Pawlik has been there, and here she shares how she flourished despite multiple losses. Through practical tips and thought-provoking questions, she helps you take small yet powerful steps toward healing and letting go. She also offers insights and encouragement from the lives of strong women in the Bible. You'll glimpse the painful losses these women experienced and learn how they flourished despite seasons of hardship and grief. You'll discover how God shows His presence and power in the valleys, deserts, and storms. And you'll feel a fresh sense of hope that, with God, you can redefine yourself, remake your life, and grow forward into a beautiful new season.

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, MSW, is the Adventurous Writer who created the “She Blossoms” blog and book series. She writes full-time from her treehouse overlooking the waters of Indian Arm in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Married, childless, joyful, dog-loving, flute-playing, Blossy-drawing, big-hearted - this woman knows what it's like.

And she loves learning! Laurie's undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Education, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her Master of Social Work is from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. Her street smarts are from the life's school of hard knocks, three years living and teaching in Africa, and approaching the age of 50 with her heart intact.

Grow forward and blossom with Laurie at https://blossomtips.com/.

My Thoughts...

This was what I call an on time book. Not sure how the publisher knew to send it to me but I am glad that they did.
After losing my only daughter I needed this to help with the grief.
 It was good to read others stories and not feel so alone.
I really have put this book to good use. I plan to reread it again and sit down with it and take my time and  let it all sink in.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Grace & Guts By Shannon Perry

In Grace and Guts, Counselor, Speaker and Award-Winning Author Shannon Perry offers life-changing answers in twelve areas where women claim they struggle the most.
Women are warriors. They fight for their families their friends, and their faith, but women often lay down their gloves when it comes to caring for themselves while the opponent comes to “steal, kill and destroy.” It’s time to fight back with strategies that win! Through the unfailing truth of God’s Word, relatable stories, and down-to-earth solutions in Grace and Guts, women find grace that strengthens their resolve to win and the guts to defeat whatever may be holding them back.

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Shannon Perry is an author, a conference speaker, TV show host, and national recording artist. Her TV show, "Grace in High Heels," airs into 100 million homes each week. Shannon speaks at women's conferences, retreats, and educational events across the country. Shannon holds a M.Ed and Counseling degree, and is a Certified Instructor in Crisis Counseling and Parenting Classes. Her website is www.ShannonPerry.com.

My Thoughts...

A book that addresses 12 areas that we women struggle with the most. So to say that this is a hand book for us, that we ALL need to read is an understatement.
If you want to call this a self help book okay whatever you want to call it I call it a much needed read.
if you have read Perry's other three books you already know you are in for a treat with this one. Some funny stories that you are going to laugh out loud but some sound advice as well.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Last Romantics By Tara Conklin GIVEAWAY!

When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected.  Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love. 
A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future

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Tara Conklin was born on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and New York University School of Law. A joint US-UK citizen, Tara now lives with her family in Seattle. Her first novel, The House Girl, was a NYTimes bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick and Target Book Club pick.

My Thoughts...

A story about family, love, loss, and of course forgiveness.
The inspiration  "The Love Poem" is something I can't wait to hear your thoughts on after you have read this one. Conklin is an author to watch out for. I can't wait to read more of her books in the future.
I think you find this a good afternoon read.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you enjoy it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Curse of Misty Wayfair By Jamie Jo Wright

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

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Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!

My Thoughts...

This is the second book by Wright that I have read and loved. Wright has a way of making the pages come alive right before your eyes.
You do not want to miss this story tellers books. She can tell them like no other. She just night be the master of split time stories.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
Inspirational and so compelling, You can't miss this book! There may or may not be a  ghost. 
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Growning In Prayer Devotional By Mike Bickle

What would your world look like if you prayed every day?

Every believer who sincerely desires an intimate relationship with God must discover the transformational power of prayer. This one-hundred-day devotional, inspired by Mike Bickle’s best-selling book Growing in Prayer, will give readers daily inspiration, knowledge, and guidance to help them cultivate deeper intimacy with God through prayer.
Each day contains a quote on prayer from a classic Christian author, a passage from a chapter in Growing in Prayer for reflection, a Scripture verse or reference, a prayer starter, a suggestion for practical application of the principle being taught, and lines for journaling.

This devotional will help energize a prayer life that has become routine, stale, or nonexistent and will be a welcome resource for believers who desire to grow in prayer.
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Mike Bickle is director of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) and founder of the International House of Prayer University, a four-year ministry school. IHOPKC has a ministry staff of seven hundred people who have hosted 24/7 prayer, led by worship teams, nonstop since 1999. He also leads an annual Onething young adult conference. Bickle is the author of several books, including Passion for Jesus, Growing in the Prophetic, The Pleasures of Loving God, After God’s Own Heart, Growing in Prayer, and God’s Answer to the Growing Crisis.

 My Thoughts...

If you don't have time to pray everyday, then this is the devo for you.
100 days of small devotionals and a place for reflection notes on each day.
This seems like a unique way to study your Bible and have quite prayer time each day. 
Bickle even gives you ideas of what you can do each day to find more time for prayer and getting closer to God.
I gave this devo 4 stars. It would make a great gift as well.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Prayer Forty Days of Practice By Scott Erickson

A simple yet profound guide to facilitate the instinctively human desire to pray.We pray because we are human, not because we are religious. Something in our nature points beyond itself; something in us searches for and desires personal connection with God. Although communicating with our Creator through prayer is innate, the effective practice of it often feels just beyond our reach.
     This unique book guides you to pray in deeper and more authentic ways. The short prayers and thought-provoking imagery, interspersed with contemplative reflections and suggested practices, will stir, inform, and encourage you. The simplicity of the prayers and the aesthetic appeal of the images will inspire people in every facet of life, including those with no real religious background at all.

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Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative priest who mixes autobiography, biblical narrative, and aesthetics to create art that speaks to our deepest experiences. He is currently touring his one man performance piece "We are Not Troubled Guests”, and is the coauthor of “Prayer, Forty Days of Practice.” Scott is most loved by his Wife Holly and their three children in Portland, Oregon.

My Thoughts...

 This is what I call a gift book for those that need to be lifted up and or inspired. It would make a great addition to a gift basket.
It was a fun fast read.
It has cute illustrations as well.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.