First Line Friday There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey

Friday, December 2, 2016





About the book:

No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—there will be stars.


Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped there with him.


Bobby soon discovers that rather than the place of peace he had been led to believe he was in, it’s actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.



First Line : Sometimes, if he was not so drunk or the twins so loud, Bobby Barnes would consider how those rides to the mountain had become an echo of his life.

 Visit these other bloggers and leave your first line in the comment section, and I want to welcome Sarah from All The Book Blog Names Are Taken to our First Line Friday group!

Faithfully Bookish

Singing Librarian

Bookworm Mama

Reading is My SuperPower

All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen


I am currently running a giveaway for this book by Billy Coffey, enter below . . .

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Ten Year Blogaversary Giveaway #6 There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey

Monday, November 28, 2016

About the book:

No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—there will be stars.


Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped there with him.


Bobby soon discovers that rather than the place of peace he had been led to believe he was in, it’s actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.
 

Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Thomas Nelson


About Billy:
Billy and his wife, Joanne, live with their two children in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. A product of his small-town locale, Billy counts as assets his rural authenticity, unwavering sense of purpose, and insatiable curiosity--all of which tend to make his front porch a comfortably crowded place.












The rules to enter are simple . . .


1. You must be a follower of my blog to enter. If you aren't your entry will be disqualified.
2. You must leave your email in the comment section, if you don't your entry will be disqualified.
3. This contest is open to the U.S. only!
4. If you win, you have 24 hours to respond to my email with your address, if you don't I will choose another winner.
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The Occupied by Craig Parshall

Saturday, November 26, 2016

About the book:

From New York Times bestselling author Craig Parshall comes a riveting story of supernatural suspense.

As a youth, Trevor Black unleashed spiritual forces he couldn't comprehend. Years later, Trevor is a high-flying criminal defense lawyer in New York City, with a six-figure Aston Martin and a trophy wife. But in an extraordinary turn of events, he receives a burdensome gift: the ability to perceive the invisible. And the dark forces he now sees are all gunning for him.

When one of Trevor's hometown friends is murdered, the MO is eerily similar to a shocking trail of murders that have already crossed the lawyer's path. So Trevor must return home to find the killer. . . and face not only his own personal demons, but supernatural ones as well.



About Craig:

Craig Parshall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling fiction writer and columnist who has authored or co-authored eleven suspense novels. He is also a Washington DC insider and consultant who serves as special counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice.  








My Thoughts:

I am a huge Frank Peretti fan, and this new book by Craig has the feel of Peretti. A thriller, encompassed with spiritual warfare. I was drawn into the book immediately and hated to put it down. 
I didn't read it before bed though, only during daylight hours. I knew that I'd have very vivid dreams.
A great book, that I recommend!



Tips To Writing a Good Book Review

Friday, November 25, 2016






I've been writing reviews for almost ten years, and in the last few years I've noticed reviewers and bloggers alike regurgitating the book in their review. The whole point of writing a review is to help promote the book for the author, kind of hard to influence someone to purchase the book if the review tells what the book is about. A review is your opinion of the book, not a breakdown of the book. When I write a review I think about how the characters made me feel, did they evoke emotion, and what emotion did they evoke. I know how hard it is to write a review and not give away certain points. For me reviewing and promoting Christian authors is a ministry and by giving away too much of the book I feel as if I am doing the authors a disservice. I want their book to succeed as much as they do.

Here are some tips on how to write a good book review . . .


As you read the book, take notes, I have to do this mainly because I have short-term memory loss. I also use the little post it flags in the book so I remember parts that meant a lot to me. On my kindle I use the high-light feature. Then when I write my review I have my kindle or notes right beside me.

What makes this book different from the others you've read, and if you recommend it, why?

Does the book fit in the genre it is identified in, if not, why?

What are the major themes of the book? Can you sum up the book in one word/sentence?

Does the author's writing style fit the targeted audience? ie. . . .Young adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Romance, Speculative . . .
The writing style coincides with the genre to a small degree.

These are just a few suggestions, and thinking about these may help you write a review without adding too much of the story.
Most authors, and book buyers want to know if you liked it and why, they don't want to know the entire book, that takes away the fun for a reader and a sale for an author.

One thing a reviewer should never, ever do, is trash the author if for some reason you and the book didn't become friends. In my 10 years of blogging, I haven't had very many, but I have had a few and I always start with a positive, end with a positive, and say that just because I didn't like it, if you like this genre please give it a try.

Happy Reading!





First Line Friday, Jaded by Varina Denman








About the book:

Ruthie Turner resents the Christians in her small Texas town, but when she falls for the new preacher, she must release her bitterness...and learn to love. On the surface, nothing seems to change in this dull town-yet God always works beneath the surface.

First Line:
"Ruthie, did you hear? There's a new kid up at the school."  

Visit these bloggers, see their first lines and leave your comment in the comment section.

Rachel at Bookworm Mama
Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Carrie at Reading is My SuperPower
Sydney at Singing Librarian
Heather at Encouraging Words From the Tea Queen


I currently have a 10 year blogversary giveaway going on right now. You can enter to win a copy of Jaded by Varina Denman,

To enter you must . . .
1. Follow my blog, if you are not a follower your entry will be disqualified.
2. Leave a blog comment with your email address, if you don't you also will be disqualified.
3. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Ten Year Blogaversary Giveaway # 5 - Jaded (Mended Hearts book 1) by Varina Denman

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In 2015 I was asked to review a book by a new author, and as most promoters and publishers in the Christian community know, debut authors are one my favorite peeps to review for, I love being apart of their journey, and in the 10 years of blogging I've read a number of debut books whose authors are now on the NY Times Bestseller list. The book I was asked to review was Jaded by Varina Denman. I fell in love with this book and this series. So, this week I will be giving away a copy of this book.


About the book:

Ruthie Turner resents the Christians in her small Texas town, but when she falls for the new preacher, she must release her bitterness...and learn to love. On the surface, nothing seems to change in this dull town-yet God always works beneath the surface.


Rules for the giveaway:

1. You must be a follower of my blog to enter. If you aren't your entry will be disqualified.
2. You must leave your email in the comment section, if you don't your entry will be disqualified.
3. This contest is open to the U.S. only!
4. If you win, you have 24 hours to respond to my email with your address, if you don't I will choose another winner.


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Sandie Bricker . . . Live Out Loud Fiction. . .

Sunday, November 20, 2016







I was introduced to Sandie in 2010, her book Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida was the first book I read and reviewed of hers. I remember giggling my way through that book, and every book I read and reviewed of hers since then has been filled with her Live Out Loud Fiction. I never had the opportunity to meet her in person and I am saddened by that. She loved her readers and always took the time to answer an email or stop by and leave a comment on a blog review.
Like most of the Christian fiction community I am saddened and shocked to learn of her sudden death. While writers will continue to write, and readers will continue to read, the Christian fiction community lost a gem, and will not be the same.
I know she is in Heaven spreading her wit and joy around, she's probably laughing and joking with Christ around the throne. I will miss her and her writing, I thank Jesus for bringing her into my life six years ago and introducing me to her. If you have not read a Sandie Bricker novel I highly recommend you pick up a copy, I guarantee that you will not be sorry.

Love you, Sandie!


 
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