Thursday, February 20, 2020

Violent Delights By Hannah Boggs GIVEAWAY!

When seventeen year old Odette Sinclair and her family move across the country to be closer to the specialized medical care she needs, she has to give up everything she knew including pursuing her passion for dance.  The atrial septal defect she has keeps her isolated and, for the most part, sidelined from life as she attempts to avoid the triggers that cause her problems.  As a stranger in a new town, isolated and alone, Odette dreads her monotonous daily routine and struggles to balance what she can't do with what she wants to do. 
But then she meets the wealthy neighbors, the famous magical Mages Twins, Greer and Grayson, who instantly befriend her, and she is caught up in a world she could not have imagined.  Their talent is so real that some say the twins are pure magic; others say they are cursed.
The handsome and somewhat socially awkward Grayson takes a personal interest in protecting Odette, and she is enamored by the attention of someone so famous.  Greer is welcoming and seeks to include Odette, but she is very protective of her brother. 
Everything seems to be improving more than she expected but something isn’t quite right.  Since their arrival in this new place, Odette’s dreams begin to reveal something extra, something gives her cause for concern.  She discovers the dreams are revealing truths, and what she fears may be true. 
Nothing good lasts forever.  As Odette begins to settle into her new life things start to spiral out of control, and she needs to come to terms her life has become a waking nightmare that she can't escape.  She must reach deep to find a way to pull through this, and, just when it seems to get better it's not, and she has to make a deal for her life.

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Hannah Boggs from South Point, Ohio, wrote the manuscript for the novel “Violent Delights” when she was 16.  She completed the manuscript for the second book in the series, “Fire and Powder” before graduating high school.  She has always held a passion for reading and writing and can often be found anywhere with a book in her hand. Currently 18 years old and a college freshman, she enjoys reading Classic and YA Fiction.  Some of her favorite things include Audrey Hepburn movies, Paris, cats, the color pink, and anything related to Autumn and Halloween.

You can follow Hannah on Facebook (@hannahboggsauthor), Instagram (@han.boggs), and her website 

My Thoughts...
Let me start by saying a 16 year old wrote this book, And it was a book that I could not put down. I love a good mystery. suspense.
I won't give anything away but I would love it if you all would support this young lady. She is going to be an author to watch out for.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this one.
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, February 19, 2020

More Than We Remember By Christina Nelson

One night changes everything for three women. . . .

When Addison Killbourn's husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. With her husband's memory of that night gone and the revelation of a potentially life-altering secret, Addison has to reevaluate all she thought she knew.

Emilia Cruz is a deputy bearing a heavy burden far beyond the weight of her job. Her husband is no longer the man she married, and Emilia's determined to prevent others from facing the same hardship. When she's called to the scene of an accident pointing to everything she's fighting against, she's determined to see justice for those wronged.

Brianne Demanno is hiding from reality. She was thriving as a counselor, but when tragedy struck a beloved client, she lost faith in herself and her purpose. When her neighbors, the Killbourns, are thrown into crisis, Brianne's solitary life is disrupted and she finds herself needed in a way she hasn't been in a while.

As the lives of these women intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they've been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?

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Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories featuring women who survive circumstances to live lives closer to God’s calling. She focuses on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope.

Her first novel, If We Make It Home, released from Kregel Publication September 2017, gleaned the honor of debut of the month from Library Journal. The book was recently named a BEST BOOK of 2017 by Library Journal.

Christina’s second novel with Kregel is scheduled to release in the fall of 2018.

The Oregon Christian Writers named Nelson the 2017 Writer of Promise.
In 2010, she was a finalist for the ACFW Genesis contest in both contemporary and women’s fiction. Her manuscript, Torn Edges, was named the 2014 overall winner in the ACFW Phoenix Rattler competition, a finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis, and won third place in the annual Idahope contest for unpublished novelists. Another of her manuscripts, The Azalea Sisters, made the semi-finals in the contemporary category of the ACFW Genesis for 2015.

For the past ten years, Christina has been a member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. She attends conferences and workshops throughout the year including the national ACFW conference. Within ACFW, Christina has served as the northwest zone director.

Christina lives in Oregon’s gorgeous Willamette Valley with her husband of twenty-five years and their four children. The family owns a small farm where the kids raise animals as 4H projects.

She is honored to be a member of the steering committee for Every Child, Benton and Linn County, where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system. 

My Thoughts...
All the feels. This book has them all you will cry, you will laugh, you want to reach out and let them know you care and are there for them.
As I read this book, I was emotional, at first so much was going on I was not sure how I felt but it was a book I won't soon forget.
This was my first time reading this author but I can say it will not be my last book by Nelson.
5 stars in my opinion and I HIGHLY 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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Isaiah's Legacy By Mesu Andrews

The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter.

At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle's help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah's five-year-old co-regent who displays the same peculiarities as her father, she's eager to experience the royal court. But Shulle soon realizes the limits of her father's strict adherence to Yahweh's Law when Uncle Shebna teaches her of the starry hosts and their power.

Convinced Judah must be freed from Yahweh's chains, she begins the subtle swaying of young Manasseh, using her charm and skills on the boy no one else understands. When King Hezekiah dies, twelve-year-old Manasseh is thrust onto Judah's throne, bitter at Yahweh and eager to marry the girl he adores. Assyria's crown prince favors Manasseh and twists his brilliant mind toward cruelty, beginning Shulle's long and harrowing journey to discover the Yahweh she'd never known, guided with loving wisdom by Manasseh's mother: Isaiah's daughter, the heartbroken Hephzibah. Amid Judah's dark days, a desperate remnant emerges, claiming the Lord's promise, "Though we're helpless now, we're never hopeless--because we serve El Shaddai." Shulle is among them, a girl who becomes a queen through Isaiah's legacy.

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Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.

The desire for God's Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available--children's Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God's Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages.

Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and now enjoy a tribe of grandkids, who get to hear those same Bible stories. Mesu's love for God's Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in deep historical research.

Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell)--the story of Job and the women who loved him--won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Her subsequent novels have released with high praise, shedding light on some of the shadowy women of Scripture. Love's Sacred Song (Revell, 2012) tells the story of the beloved shepherdess in King Solomon's Song of Solomon. Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell, 2013) tells the story of Hosea and Gomer and is the final stand-alone novel in the Treasures of His Love Series. Her fourth novel, In the Shadow of Jezebel (Revell, 2014) tells the fascinating story of Queen Athaliah and the courageous Princess Jehosheba.

The Treasures of the Nile series (Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2015-16) included The Pharaoh's Daughter and Miriam and spanned Moses' life from birth to the Exodus. Her 2017 release, Isaiah's Daughter (Waterbrook/Multnomah), begins the Prophets and Kings series and explores the life and ministry of the prophet Isaiah and the tumultuous days of Judah under kings Ahaz and Hezekiah. But its focus is on the woman Hephzibah--a fascinating character in Jewish legends. OF FIRE AND LIONS, Book #2 in Prophets and Kings (WaterBrook/Multnomah), released in 2019 and tells the familiar childhood stories of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the technicolor detail of grown-up research and awareness of Babylon's splendor. 2020 holds #3 in the P&K series and the conclusion to Hephzibah's story, ISAIAH'S LEGACY, when Andrews introduces King Manasseh to her readers and describes the most wicked king of Judah's stunning prodigal story.

Mesu writes in their log cabin tucked away in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Her best friend is an American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke, who keeps her company on long writing days. Zeke also enjoys watching movies, long walks in the woods, and sitting by the fireplace on rainy days. 

My Thoughts....
Get ready to see the Old Testament come to life between these pages.
Andrews has got a way to bring the Bible to life like no other Fiction author.
You are going to love this story, and see the love of God.
I flew through this one and I am dying to read Andrews next Biblical fiction book.
I gave this book 4 stars and 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.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Falcon's Prey By Susanne Sims

THE FALCON’S PREY, set in France during 1415–1416 – a time and place of chivalry at its height – reveals a real world hidden beneath fairy tales of valiant knights and fair maidens. Sixteen-year-old Amélie lives in the castle of her uncle, the chevalier Sieur Denis des Étoiles, where she is betrothed by her aunt to a rich old man she’s never met. Amélie tries to hide her fear of her impending marriage until Hue, her cousin and esquire to her uncle, reveals to her that her betr
othed committed a capital crime on the battlefield at Agincourt. Amélie faces a dilemma. If she marries a man she fears, she’ll enjoy the life of a lady. If she flees, her status will become uncertain – or worse!

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SUSANNE CHIERA SIMS turned to writing historical fiction when multiple sclerosis kept her virtually homebound. Intrigued by the challenge of writing history, drawing upon her years as a wife and mother and a student of science, she imagined a family of French chevaliers she could follow to the Battle of Agincourt – and beyond.

“I’m writing a series,” she says, “because I wanted my Amélie to have years to grow and change. In THE FALCON’S PREY, she’s sixteen and distressed by her many fears. In my coming book, she’ll be eighteen.”

“My tale follows a large family of chevaliers living in late medieval France. Defeat at the hand of England’s Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt tested her chevalier father and uncles more directly than it tested Amélie and her cousins, but all France was devastated by the loss.”

“Still, life went on. Amélie found herself enchanted by a chance encounter with an intriguing young chevalier - though she was betrothed to a rich, old man. Circumstances thus set in motion threatened to overwhelm her.”
“The tale was a pleasure to write. I hope you find it a pleasure to read.” 

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Long Bridge Home By Kelly Irvin

After her community in the awe-inspiring Montana mountains is suddenly consumed by a raging wildfire, one young Amish woman finds herself in a new town where she’s introduced to the Native culture of the Kootenai people. 
When the Mast family is forced to evacuate their home in the West Kootenai region of Montana, Christine chooses not to move with her family to her father’s childhood home in Kansas. Instead, she wants to stay closer to home and to her beau, Andy Lambright, who has yet to ask for her hand in marriage and who seems to be holding tightly to secrets from his past. 
Now, living with her aunt and uncle in St. Ignatius, Christine is on her own for the first time in her life. While working in her uncle’s store Christine meets Raymond Old Fox, whom she befriends, and he introduces her to his rich native culture with strong ties to the earth and nature. Despite the warnings of her aunt and uncle, Christine is inexplicably drawn to Raymond, and her mind is opened to a history and heritage far different from her own. 
With her newly expanding horizons, Christine wonders if she can return to the domestic life that is expected of her. Her heart still longs to be with Andy, but she isn’t the same person she was before the fire, and she wonders if he can accept who she is becoming. Has too much distance grown between them? Or can they bridge the gap from past to present and find their way back together?

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Best-selling novelist Kelly Irvin's latest series, The Amish of Sky Country, features an Amish community in Northwest Montana affected by wildfires that destroyed thousands of acres in the state in recent years. The first book, Mountains of Grace, debuted in August 2019, and delves into the impact on not only an Amish man and woman, but also a smoke jumper, a sheriff's deputy, and a young English woman forced to confront her past because of the fires.

Kelly also writes romantic suspense novels. Her most recent forays into this genre include Tell Her No Lies and Over the Line, both set in San Antonio and South Texas. Of Tell Her No Lies, The Library Journal says, "Irvin creates a complex web with enough twists and turns to keep even the most savvy romantic suspense readers guessing until the end. Known for her Amish novels, this two-time Carol Award finalist shows that her talents span subgenres from tranquil Amish stories to rapidly paced breathless suspense.”

Kelly is also the author of the Every Amish Season series, which included four books that chronicle the lives of Amish widows who are in different seasons in their lives. These women are linked by life altering experiences that bring them together as wives, mothers, and grandmothers in the small town of Jamesport, Mo. The first book, Upon a Spring Breeze, received critical acclaim from the Library Journal: "A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments."

Kelly Irvin is also the author of The Amish of Bee County series, which includes the critically acclaimed The Beekeeper's Son. Publishers Weekly called the first book in the series a beautifully woven masterpiece and Romantic Times Magazine called Kelly a storyteller extraordinaire. It was followed by The Bishop's Son and The Saddle Maker's Son, which is an ECPA bestseller.

A two-time ACFW Carol finalist, Kelly's novellas have been included in numerous anthologies, including An Amish Summer, The Amish Christmas Gift, An Amish Market, an Amish Christmas Love, and Amish Quilt, An Amish Reunion, An Amish Picnic, and An Amish Christmas Bakery.

She also penned the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both published by Harvest House Publishers. Love Still Stands, the first book in the New Hope series, debuted in September 2012, and the follow-up, Love Redeemed, released March 1, 2014. The final book in the series, set in Branson, MO., was A Plain Love Song, released in July 2014.

The Bliss Creek Amish series, set in Kansas, includes To Love and to Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love's Journey Home.

In the New Hope series, familiar characters from Bliss Creek move to Missouri to start a new district and a new life.

Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, set in San Antonio, Texas. Two more romantic suspense novels are on the horizon, with the first, Tell Her No Lies, slated for publication by Thomas Nelson Publishing in January 2019.

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers, as well as Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters in Crime.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly wrote nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso, where she was exposed to culture and language that serves as fodder for her fiction writing. She has written hard news, features, entertainment pieces, restaurant critiques, editorials, and weekly columns. Writing awards include the Silver Star Award from the Texas Mental Health Association for articles pertaining to mental health and numerous awards in news, feature, and editorial writing from the Texas Press Association and Texas Press Women.

Kelly retired in 2016 from her position of 22 years as public relations manager for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, where her duties included writing and designing an employee newsletter, writing news releases, collaborating on marketing campaigns, coordinating ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings, coordinating press conferences, updating the web site, and acting as a media spokesperson.

Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for more than 30 years, and they have two young adult children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and visit the babies.

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My Thoughts...
Who's ready to go back to Big Sky Country with me. I liked book one in this series but I really enjoyed Book two.
You are going to love Christine and you are going to root for her and Andy. I won't tell you how it ends grab your copy and see if they find their way back to each other.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend this series. I can wait for  Peace In The Valley this fall.
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, February 12, 2020

All The Best Lies By Joanna Schaffhausen

The highly anticipated third novel in the award-winning Ellery Hathaway mystery series.

FBI agent Reed Markham is haunted by one painful unsolved mystery: who murdered his mother? Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of solving the case. But then a shattering family secret changes everything Reed knows about his origins, his murdered mother, and his powerful adoptive father, state senator Angus Markham. Now Reed has to wonder if his mother's killer is uncomfortably close to home.
Unable to trust his family with the details of his personal investigation, Reed enlists his friend, suspended cop Ellery Hathaway, to join his quest in Vegas. Ellery has experience with both troubled families and diabolical murderers, having narrowly escaped from each of them. She's eager to skip town, too, because her own father, who abandoned her years ago, is suddenly desperate to get back in contact. He also has a secret that could change her life forever, if Ellery will let him close enough to hear it.
Far from home and relying only on each other, Reed and Ellery discover young Camilla had snared the attention of dangerous men, any of whom might have wanted to shut her up for good. They start tracing his twisted family history, knowing the path leads back to a vicious killer―one who has been hiding in plain sight for forty years and isn't about to give up now.

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Joanna Schaffhausen wields a mean scalpel, a skill she developed in her years of studying neuroscience. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain―how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked as a scientific editor in the field of drug development. Prior to that, she was an editorial producer for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter. 

My Thoughts...
I read this as a stand alone. It is part of a series, but that did not stop me from enjoying the book. I love a good thriller and this one was so gripping.
I was on the edge of my seat all the way through this book.
You have to read this series. I have ordered the other two that go with this one.
I gave this book 4 stars.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

One Week Queen Cover reveal By K Leigh

Coming 3.15.20
One Week Queen: 
An Enemies-to-Lovers Novella 

One Week Queen Blurb

𝑰𝒕'𝒔 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒖𝒆𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒔-

My life has revolved around the shelter for as long as I can remember. It’s easier that way, animals don’t cause pain. Women are a fleeting thought, one doesn’t warm my bed for long before I move on to the next.
Until Berkeley Robinson. My newest volunteer burst into the kennels and my life with her gorgeous laugh and baggage, rocking my world. I’ve tried to maintain my distance, but her aura is impossible to resist.

𝑰’𝒎 𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑰 𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒄𝒉—

It’s like I’m cursed. I fail at everything. Motherhood, sobriety, life. Moving away after rehab is my chance to fix things, especially my relationship with my daughters. As a condition of my parole, I’m stuck spending my Saturdays volunteering at the local shelter. At least the animals are sweet, unlike the hot and cold veterinarian, Damon Allen. Something about him drives me wild. I’m inexplicably attracted to this mad man.

𝑾𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒏𝒆𝒕𝒔—
Fighting against the irresistible force pulling us together.
But our pasts are as explosive as our connection...and when you play with fire,
you're bound to get burned.


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