Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CD REVIEW: Whole Heart (Live from Passion Conference 2018, Atlanta Georgia) #PassionWholeHeart  #FlyBy

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WHOLE HEART by Passion Music


About Album

  • Info about Passion: http://passionmusic.com/story/ 
  • Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.”
  • WHOLE HEART is the new live album from Passion—captured at Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

  • Passion Conference 2018 was a beautiful worship experience, and the live album captures each powerful moment, allowing those who were not in attendance to experience it.


  • Featuring Passion Artists: Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, Sean Curran, Matt Redman, Crowder.
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01. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
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02. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
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03. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
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04. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
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05. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
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06. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
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07. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
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08. Ghost (feat. Crowder)
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09. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)
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10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)
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11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)
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Rooted out of the Passion movement, Passion music is committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. You can listen to Passion music at http://capcmg.me/PassionSpotify

Review: I was unaware of Passion music until I was given the opportunity to listen to this CD. As I listened, I recognized a few of the songs, as we sing them in our worship service. The ones that I don't know, I'm going to be listening to until I learn them.

These songs are very upbeat and catchy, and they all have important messages to share. I plan to add this CD to those I use during my morning "God time." And I've started following Passion on Spotify as well.

Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian music.

Rating: Five stars


Monday, February 19, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry mystery) by Tonya Kappes


Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.
Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes. 
But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body. 
His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!
Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move. 
Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?
It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

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Reveal!!

                   

   

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

BOOK TOUR: The Promise by Sally Jenkins @rararesources

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Book Information
Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: The Book Guild Ltd (January 28, 2018)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1912083981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912083985
  • ASIN: B078RK6Q8S

The Promise by Sally Jenkins

Synopsis: A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.

Ex-convict Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.

Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.

The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third-person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared to go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.


Review: This book is definitely action-packed. Sometimes there is so much going on you wonder how it will all wrap up by the end of the book. And, to be honest, I found that at least one major point was NOT wrapped up by the end.

The main premise of the book is how far someone would go to force someone to honor a promise made for them years ago. Tina needs to provide for her brother Wayne before cancer takes her life, She decides that Olivia should marry him and provide for him, and she is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it happens.

The story is very well written and paced, and the characters are well-defined. We get a look into their pasts, their motivations, and their emotions as the story plays out.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys this genre.

Rating: Four stars

Sally Jenkins 4About the author

Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator, and a church bell ringer. Sally's first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Biscuits And Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery #4) by Maddie Day


Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery) 

Cozy Mystery 

4th in Series 

Setting - Indiana 

Kensington (January 30, 2018) 

Mass Market Paperback: 292 Pages  

ISBN-13: 978-1496711212 

E-Book ASIN: B071DZ1K5W

 






























For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late-winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration . . .
As Robbie arranges a breakfast-themed cook-off at Pans ‘N Pancakes, visitors pour into Brown County for the annual maple extravaganza. Unfortunately, that includes Professor Connolly, a know-it-all academic from Boston who makes enemies everywhere he goes—and this time, bad manners prove deadly. Soon after clashing with several scientists at a maple tree panel, the professor is found dead outside a sugar shack, stabbed to death by a local restaurateur’s knife. When an innocent woman gets dragged into the investigation and a biologist mysteriously disappears, Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?

Review: I always look forward to a new release in this series and this fourth book doesn't disappoint. If you haven't read the first three (which you should!), this story is easily read as a standalone novel.

There's a Maple Syrup Festival going on in South Lick, and that means Robbie has her hands full. She is hosting a cooking competition, feeding tourists, and trying to take in some of the festival activities as well. And that's BEFORE she has a murder to solve.

 I love the people of South Lick and getting to know more about them in each book. Seeing Robbie's relationship with Abe grow and deepen is fun, and I am looking forward to when Robbie's father and stepmother visit her from Italy. Aunt Adele is a real character, and always good for a few laughs. 

There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, leaving the reader guess as to the identity of the killer right up to the minute of the big reveal. Check it out soon if you enjoy a cozy Midwestern mystery.

Rating: Four stars



Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.
As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).
You can find all Maddie's/Edith's identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every weekday with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge--January Update

alphabet 2018

A--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown

B--Beginnings, Helen Christmas

C

D--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin

E

F--Fifth Night, Kathi Daley

G--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust

H--Happiness For Humans

I

J--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton

K

L

M

N--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert

O

P

Q

R--Rules Of Rain, Leah Scheier

S--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton

T--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp

U

V

W-- What She Left, Rosie Fiore

X

Y--(The) Year Of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs

Z

2018 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE: JANUARY UPDATE

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Alabama--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown
Georgia--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana--Biscuits And Slashed Browns, Maddie Day
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts--The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert
Montana--Rules of Rain, Leah Scheier
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina--To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon
North Dakota
Ohio--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton
Wyoming



International Settings
Israel--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton
England--Beginnings, Helen Christmas
Turkey--Searching For Gertrude, D.E. Haggerty
The Netherlands--The Dinner, Herman Koch

Monday, January 29, 2018

BOOK BLAST: Searching For Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty


Searching for Gertrude by D.E. Haggerty

Searching for Gertrude

Historical Romance 
Self Published (January 22, 2018) 
Print Length: 278 pages 
ASIN: B077P28WDK






























While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices, but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position as a consulate worker in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.

Review: I am used to reading light, humorous rom-com/cozy mystery books from this author, which I have always enjoyed. This book is a major deviation from that, and it shows that she has a wide-ranging talent.

This WWII era story, set in Istanbul, is emotional, captivating and amazing. The author has obviously done her research, and she makes actual historical events an integral part of the story. The action is virtually non-stop, and the reader is drawn in from the start, caring deeply for the characters, feeling their pain and their joy.


Rating: Four stars







 I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances,Searching for Gertrude is my twelfth book.
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