Friday, April 9, 2021

The Hunt for Fang By Amanda Cleary Eastep

 

Adventures, friendships, and faith-testers . . . all under the watchful eye of a great big God.

The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.

In Book 2 of the Tree Street Kids series, Jack and his friends learn some survival skills at the church’s summer camp. They’ll need them! Determined to find Ruthie’s lost cat and protect Jack’s new puppy from Fang, the local wildlife, the kids head deep into the woods. Just when they think they’ve cornered the “enemy,” the kids realize someone has gone missing. Is Fang up to no good? Or will faith and friendship be enough to see the kids make it out alive?


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Amazon.com: The Hunt for Fang: Tree Street Kids (Book 2) (9780802421036): Cleary Eastep, Amanda: Books



Amanda Cleary Eastep is not related to Beverly Cleary but wishes she were. She is, however, a children’s writer, and the Tree Street Kids is her debut series. Amanda knows kids because she’s still one at heart. When she is forced to act like an adult, she edits nonfiction books by grownup authors.


My Thoughts...


Book 2 in the Tree street kids was just as entertaining as book one was.

Life lessons in a fun to read and easy to understand book.

The illustrations are done so well. 8 to 12 year old kids will really enjoy this next book in the series.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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, April 8, 2021

Faith's Locket Karen Young

 

Faith Braydan, the only child of Dr. James and Betty Braydan, had a seemingly perfect life with a bright future ahead of her, at least that’s what everyone thought. But one day her world was turned upside down and her life was never going to be the same; tragedy struck in the most unimaginable way. Her once unshakable faith, was shaken to the core. Now she didn’t know if she’d be able to hang on to the shred of faith she had left, or if it would be completely destroyed.Every person holds deep, unknown secrets, hopes, dreams, and beliefs in their heart; but during times of tragedy, trials, or temptation, is when those things and one's faith in God are put to the test. How will Faith handle the situation she’s faced with? Will she give up, or come out victorious? Find out the answers as you read about Faith’s story.Get your copy of “Faith’s Locket” today!

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Karen Young is an author, wife, mother, and grandmother. She works diligently in the ministry alongside her husband Danny, who is the Pastor of their church.
Karen has a deep love for Jesus and it is evident in her willingness to serve others. Her heart’s desire is that this book will touch the hearts of many and that those who do not already have a relationship with Jesus, will find their way to Him, open their heart, and let Him in.

My Thoughts...
You are sure to enjoy this faith based book. It was an inspiring and fast read. Its more of a novella then a novel so you can read it in one sitting.
4 stars for this new  author. You might want to check it out and be sure to share it with your friends,
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, April 7, 2021

Dust By Eva Marie Everson


 Can an ordinary life leave an extraordinary legacy? 

In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own. 

Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers. 

From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.


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Amazon.com: Dust (9781645263098): Everson, Eva Marie: Books


First, allow me to clarify that my website is EvaMarieEversonAuthor.com.(EvaMarieEverson(dot) com is a domain squat.

Now. About me: I was born and reared just outside of Savannah, Georgia in a charming small town, Sylvania, Georgia. Yeah, I have a southern accent. It gets a little more southern every time I cross the Florida/Georgia state line. I believe one must go North to get South of here.

If I had all the time in the world, I'd probably lay on the sofa all day and watch old movies. I usually have to get sick for something even close to that happening. But time or not, I love hiking in the great outdoors and I enjoy pushing myself to new heights, both physically and spiritually.

I quote lines from movies and songs so often that most people are unaware of what I'm doing. I may or may not have offended some folks. If I have...I'm sorry.

I'm an ex-nurse and a seminary graduate. I wasn't that crazy about nursing, but love God with a passion and can hardly get through a conversation without talking about our relationship! I think the Old Testament is totally FUN to read (I mean, HOW much stuff can one clan of people get in to?) and the New Testament draws me closer to Heaven. Yeah!
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My husband and I have been married since 1979 (and they said it wouldn't last ...). We have three of the greatest kids ever and the most amazing grandkids.

I'm pretty much owned by my dog.

When I'm not writing, I'm editing. When I'm not editing, I'm running Word Weavers International, an international membership group of writers who, using the art of critique, become iron sharpening iron. I am also one of the two directors of Florida Christian Writers Conference. I speak at writers conferences across America and to women's groups as well as to congregations.

I'm rarely still and I sleep very little.

Life is good.

My Thoughts...

This was such a powerful story. Everyone one of Everson's books are written with so much heart. 
You become attached to the characters from the very beginning. I have to say that I flew through this book and did ever realize that I  finished in just a few hours.
I was so engrossed in the story  it just flowed so well.
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.  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Untouchable By Michael Martineck

 

FBI Special Agent Leah Capello knew the art world had a dark side, but kidnapping is a whole new hue. To save a young child she accepts the help of Joshua Fawls, who claims to be an art expert, seems a little psychic and is probably, more than likely, a delightfully skilled conman. Together they bend conventions, break rules, and learn that the artist Edgar Degas was right: Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Just like the perfect crime.

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Untouchable (Our Little Secret Press) is my newest book, a mystery, with only a hint of the odd. Unlike The Link Boy (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy) which is a mystery set in the Freeworld, a future I introduced in The Milkman (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy). The Milkman won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer awards, given each year for salient writing from small presses. Kind of cool because the IPPY is a science fiction award and the Hoffer is for literary fiction.

The novel before that, Cinco de Mayo (also from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) was short-listed for an Alberta Readers' Choice Award. That was exciting.

I started writing stories when I was seven. Over the years, I've put out short stories, comic book scripts, articles and a quartet of novels. I've put countless other ventures in the drawer. The drawer is in my house on Grand Island, NY., a little cap of clay nestled between the US and Canada. This is also the location of my "Ego Retention Program", whereby my beautiful wife and two lovely children continuously call out my various shortcomings, keeping me from becoming the screaming, self-centered artist I long to be. DC Comics published a couple of stories in the early 90s. Planetmag, Aphelion and a couple of other long-dead e-zines helped me out in 00s, along with The Misspellers and The Wrong Channel.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Fiver Finds Home By Jill Bugbee

 

Meet the world's first blue dwarf giraffe! With five purple spots and half the normal size, Fiver struggles to belong. His journey leads him across the vast savanna plains of Africa to the quaint city of Savannah, Georgia. Along the way, Fiver encounters many exciting adventures, signs and wonders - finding inspiration in the most unusual places. Join Fiver as he discovers his purpose for being born different and gets a second chance at finding home.

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Author, film producer and singer/songwriter, Jill Bugbee, enjoys being creative! Together with her husband, Eric, they authored the story of Fiver Finds Home, originally written as a feature film treatment. Having partnered on many creative endeavors over the years, they are passionate to bring uplifting content to audiences through the craft of storytelling. With their two children, Collin and Kayla, the family reside in the Northeast of the United States, and their love for exploration has lead to many fun and memorable adventures.

Jill's colorful character, Fiver, was inspired by a dream where she met him as she stepped into a quaint café. She marveled at a blue-colored, purple-spotted, 7-foot tall giraffe gliding gracefully across the restaurant -- grabbing menus, plates and setting tables for customers with his long neck, smooth agility, and incredible balance. Instinctively, Jill somehow knew his name was Fiver. As this magnificent creature approached her, Jill immediately fell in love with his big, kind eyes. He asked her the question, "5:15?" which was probably her reservation time, or perhaps something else to be revealed and discovered in the future.

When Jill awoke, she excitedly shared the dream with her family. They strongly believed this was a divine appointment, as God often speaks through dreams. Through Fiver's story, Jill and Eric hope that children and adults around the world will also be inspired by heavenly dreams, signs, and wonders that will lead them to many meaningful adventures of their own.

My Thoughts...

This is a great learning tool for our kinds. Not everyone looks the same, not every one is the same but we all need love.
This would be such a treat to read to your kids and open up dialogue for having that talk to our little ones  letting them know its okay to be different.
This is a cute 4 star read.
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, April 2, 2021

Jack VS. The Tornado By Amanda Cleary Eastep GIVEAWAY!

 

Adventures, friendships, and faith-testers . . . all under the watchful eye of a great big God.

The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.

In the first book of the Tree Street Kids series, 10-year-old Jack is shocked to discover his parents are moving from their rural homestead to the boring suburbs of Chicago. Full of energy and determination, Jack devises a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a shocking discovery, and tornado season. Will Jack find a solution? Or is God up to something bigger than Jack can possibly imagine?

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Amazon.com: Jack vs. the Tornado: Tree Street Kids (Book 1) (9780802421029): Cleary Eastep, Amanda: Books



Amanda Cleary Eastep is not related to Beverly Cleary but wishes she were. She is, however, a children’s writer, and the Tree Street Kids is her debut series. Amanda knows kids because she’s still one at heart. When she is forced to act like an adult, she edits nonfiction books by grownup authors.


My Thoughts...


The tree Street Kids kids series is going to be a hit with the kids because it is full of mystery, adventure and so much fun. These are books that you can trust they are faith based books and  they even have messages that kids today need to hear. 

Readers are going to want to collect  this series.

I gave this book 4 stars. Stay turned because next week I will be sharing book two in the series The Hunt for Fang.

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, April 1, 2021

Pine Creek Courtship By Amity Hope GIVEAWAY!

 

Love may be right around the corner in the heartwarming, sweet, and gentle Pine Creek series from Amity Hope.

After the death of her beloved father, Emma Ziegler just wants to keep her family’s maple syrup farm afloat and raise her two young siblings. But when her meddling aunt’s first choice of a husband for her turns out to be Emma’s last choice―Pine Creek’s most notorious bachelor―Emma grows desperate. Her aunt won’t listen, no matter how much she tries to tell her the man in no way embodies the Amish values of faith or hard work.

Kind and industrious Levi Bontrager has always wanted to protect his best friend Emma, even after a secret from their youth left them growing apart. Which is why he steps in to claim that Emma cannot wed anyone else, as she is currently courting him. Yes, the small lie leaves him feeling guilty, but Levi’s hope is that if he can win back the beautiful Emma’s trust, he can also win over her heart...for real.

But can a courtship that began just for show ever blossom into a true romance that could save both their futures?

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons and a couple of cats.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.

My Thoughts...
Pine Creek Courtship is the first book in a new series. I have to say Hope was a fresh  voice in Amish fiction. It was not the same old Amish story told over it was a sweet fresh new story not told before.
I have found a new author to enjoy.
You will get wrapped up in this one and not want to put it down.
4 stars from this reviewer.  I will be sitting here waiting on the next book from Hope.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.