Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fit for Joy By Valeria Teles

FIT FOR JOY will inspire you or someone you love to listen to the heart.

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Valeria Teles is an inspirational writer, author, first-prize fitness competitor, online coach and the creator of the Fit for Joy philosophy. Born in Brazil, she began her professional career in the arts, both music and dance, before finding her way to fitness, writing and coaching.

My Thoughts...

I wanted to share this book, the author was kind enough to send me a copy to share with all my blog followers. I did find it hard at times to get into.
It is more a book of forgiveness stories instead of a health book per say.
If you want to read some stories pick up a copy.
Thanks to Valeria for the copy to share with my blog followers.
 A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Beauty and the Breakdown By Julie Roberts

Country music singer Julie Roberts is no stranger to overcoming hard times through determination, hard work, and strength. Having escaped the emotional residue of her alcoholic father’s actions and insults, Julie moved from South Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Belmont University and work as a receptionist at Mercury Records—all while secretly pursuing her dream of becoming a singer. Filling her nights with music and booking shows at obscure venues, the one requirement when Julie was hired at Universal Music Group was that she not be an aspiring singer. Yet, despite her best efforts to keep quiet, Julie knew God had placed music within her as a child and that it was bound to come out sooner or later. Raw, honest, and sometimes painful, Julie’s lyrics resonated quickly with country music fans, and her emotion-soaked debut album—a reflection of her own painful past—was an instant success.
Just as Julie’s dreams were coming true, her life began to unravel. Soon, she was battling debilitating physical illness, the rising waters of Nashville’s hundred-year flood, and a stalled career. Instead of succumbing to despair, Julie proved miraculously resilient—taking the steps she needed to face adversity head on and rebuild her life through her characteristic optimism, hard work, and faith.
Journey with Julie as she walks through the highs and lows of her career, the personal struggles she’s endured, the lessons she’s learned, and her sense of purpose as she rebuilds her singing career and contributes her voice to the work of supporting others with multiple sclerosis. Julie’s courage combined with her joyful personality and love for God will encourage readers in a uniquely powerful way.

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Julie Roberts - Career Highlights

• Over 1 million records sold of Julie's first two albums alone.
• Billboard top 20 country hit with "Break Down Here"
• Featured in Rolling Stone, New York Times, USA Today, Country Weekly, Vanity Fair and Glamour
• Has shared the stage with Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban, as well as headlining her own shows
• Musical guest on the Tonight Show three times
• Performed on Good Morning America four times
• Recorded the Good Morning America theme song “Good To Go” and filmed commercial with the GMA cast. ABC used the song & commercial for two years.
• Performed and Recorded a campaign theme song for Clinique Happy perfume alongside Rihanna
• Nominated twice by the Academy of Country Music for Top New Female Artist, nominated by the Country Music Association for the Horizon Award for top new artist, and nominated at the Country Music Television (CMT) Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year

 A little bit about Julie...
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005 at the height of an incredibly exciting and critical time in my career as a country music singer. I felt that accepting and admitting to the world (and the music industry) would mean I'd have to give up my dreams of singing country music.  For five years, I didn't tell anyone about my diagnosis. I continued to make records and tour.
In 2010, I lost my home and everything I owned in the "one thousand year flood" in Nashville, TN. During the difficult rebuilding weeks and months that followed,  I had my first physical MS relapse in 5 years. As devastating as the flood was, I believe God used it to alter my perspective and ultimately save my life.  I accepted my diagnosis and found a therapy to manage my disease.
I realized then that God uses people in ways that they might never expect and maybe He wanted to use me to help others with MS, both through my story and my songs.
I have made it my life's mission to inspire those living with this disease to keep chasing their dreams!  I have also made it my goal to do all I can to connect with and raise awareness for organizations set up to help those live with MS.
Not only am I singing/performing around the country but I am speaking most weeks out of the year to MS patients everywhere.  This brings so much joy and fulfillment to my soul. I want to do all I can to lift them up so they can not only live with, but beat this disease.
I am very thankful for all that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has done for my life. If you would like to make a donation to the MS Society, please go to www.nmss.org.
Other wonderful organizations set up to help those living with MS include, but are not limited to:
I am also passionate for animal rescue and adoption. I am in love with my four dogs, Lucie, Cosmo, Carlie, and Jessie!
I adopted both Cosmo and Jessie in Los Angeles. There are sweet dogs everywhere in the world that need a good home. I would like to encourage everyone to visit their local animal shelters and adopt when looking for a new pet. Also, there are many places which need donations for those dogs waiting on their forever homes.

Julie Roberts stepped into the national spotlight in 2004 with her country music hit “Break Down Here.” Her debut album earned RIAA gold for sales in excess of five hundred thousand copies. The South Carolina native was an undeniable sensation, performing in a wide range of concert and national TV appearances. Multiple honors followed, including an array of nominations from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the Country Music Television Awards.
In 2010, Julie took a hiatus from music to recharge her batteries and to confront a number of personal challenges. Today, she is back, singing better than ever.
“I want to inspire others to never give up on their dreams. I’ve asked God to use me to encourage others. I’ll do that by continuing to share my story, recording new music, and playing shows. That’s where my heart and soul are fulfilled."
My Thoughts...

I love when you find out someone is human and goes though real life issues like the rest of the world.
Roberts writes her story is such a way that you connect with her through the pages of her story.
I enjoyed reading this and I hope that others will get some conformation that it's all going to work out after reading her story.
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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Toothella By Kristin Neva

When the tooth fairy doesn't show up, there must be an explanation. Toothella is a tooth fairy in training. She enjoys her missions -- sometimes too much. She gets sidetracked by all the fun toys in the kids' rooms.

Getting distracted happens to the best of us. Parents and tooth fairies fail. Fortunately, Toothella gets a second chance. And now, parents have a book to pull off the shelf to read to a heartbroken child.

Children will love this delightful character and the colored-pencil illustrations created by sixteen-year-old illustrator Josiah Mleko.

Songs to accompany Toothella can be found on the author's website: KristinNeva.com.

Ages 3+

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Kristin Neva grew up in an old farmhouse on Copper Island in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula where the hard-working, rugged residents persevere through harsh winter weather, sustained by friendship and family, surrounded by natural beauty. As an adult, she lived in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas for seventeen years before returning to the her hometown with her husband and two children.

Kristin’s first book, Heavy, co-authored with her husband, Todd, journeys through the first year after Todd’s ALS diagnosis as the Nevas struggle to find meaning, hold on to faith, and discover joy in the midst of pain.

It is this life experience that brings authenticity to Kristin’s fictional works as she explores themes of love, loss, and faith on Copper Island. Her quirky characters are endearing and wholesome. But they are also full of healthy grit, humor, flaws, and appetites.

Learn more about Kristin and explore Copper Island at KristinNeva.com.

My Thoughts...

This was such a cute children's book.
Easy to understand for kids 3 years old and older. Fun illustrations that will hold their attention.
I could not get over a 16 year old doing the illustrations. Very well done.
This would be such a cute gift or stocking stuffer.
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, December 11, 2018

Who I Am With You By Robin Lee Hatcher

For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith. 
Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.
Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination. 
When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have wronged them, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again. 
Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition to the RITA and many other awards, she is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® and American Christian Fiction Writers, When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her website at https://www.robinleehatcher.com

Please note: Robin's faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass-market fiction.

My thoughts...

I loved this book from the first chapter. Hatcher can tell a love story that leaves you wanting more. I hated to see this one come to an end.
Jessica and Ridley's story is not to be missed and the forgiveness in this book was so refreshing. I was so excited to meet Hope too.
I cant wait for her next book next summer.
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, December 6, 2018

Mind Games By Nancy Mehl GIVEAWAY!

Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.

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Nancy Mehl lives in Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirty books and is currently at work on a new FBI suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help."

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com. She also is active on the Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com and on FaceBook!

My Thoughts...

I thought I had it all figured out, nope. Mehl is now deemed queen of suspense books in my opinion. I am dying to get my hands on book 2.
Put this on your To Be Read pile ASAP.
It was a 5 star read and one you are going to want to share with all your reader friends.
I would add this one to my gift list and give it to all the readers on your list. It will be their favorite 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, December 3, 2018

Woman of Courage By Wanda Brunstetter

Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and joins the work at a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical romance adventure from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Included is the newly-written sequel, Woman of Hope, with Little Fawn’s story.
Raised as an orphan by a loving white couple, Little Fawn always felt something was missing from her life. She longs to take the news of Jesus to the Nez Perce Indians, but despite being a missionary herself, Little Fawn’s mother forbids it. Will White Wolf, her intended, support Little Fawn’s decision when she abruptly follows the tribe’s migration onto the Plains?

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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages.  With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.

My Thoughts...

This is one I have read before but it has been added to, it continues the story of Little Fawn and I loved it. So even if you have read it before you will want to read the Collectors edition copy with the story added to it. It is not Brunstetter's normal genre this one is historical and she does it so well.
This is a 4 star book that you should check out and maybe like me devour it in one sitting.
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, November 27, 2018

Accepting Grace By Anna Boulier

Hillary Blake is having a very bad last day of school. Called into the principal’s office she is accused of cheating and will be put on unpaid leave until she can be proven innocent. Her day gets worse when she arrives back at her rental apartment only to be told she has three days to move out. Desperate for a job, Hillary hears about a young fireman left with his sister’s orphan children after her sudden death. Luke Toledo needs a nanny, but one look at tall, platinum blonde Hillary, and Luke can’t decide if a nanny-princess combo will work for his new family. Both too desperate to walk away, will the obvious attraction keep them from working through their differences and past hurts to create a ready-made family?

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Anna Christine Boulier has been a writer/storyteller since she begged her mother to learn to read before she entered first grade- to the bane of her first grade teacher. Since then she has written short stories and had characters that lived in her head for years. In May of 2013, God gave her a story and she wrote it in six weeks. Once the first book lived on paper she couldn’t stop. She currently has three books written with more on the way.

She grew up in Cartersville and except for a brief stint in Atlanta for college, she’s been there ever since. If you meet her, she can tell you more, because it’s a story! Writing is not full time, she pays the bills with a full time job that helps her stay creative.

Writing is my testimony- Grace my story!
It isn’t just a tagline, but a way of life.

Website: www.acboulier.com
Email: writer@acboulier.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acboulier
Twitter: @acboulier
Instagram: acboulier_author
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/acboulier

My Thoughts...
I'm not giving my thoughts on this book or this series. I want to be kind so I will just feature it on my blog and let everyone make their on choice.
It is self published I wanted to be sure and let you all know that.