Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #25

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up (June 27th) + Giveaway Winners!


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow my Pinterest boards "Free Kindle Books" and "Book Deals" to see the good deals/freebies I share about. :)

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

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Before getting to this week's Weekend Wrap-up, I wanted to share about something fun I saw at the store this week and couldn't resist getting. I've been wanting a cute, big tea mug and saw this one:
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Beth Vogt ~ Author of Somebody Like You!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Beth!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 


  • I’m a novelist who said she’d never write fiction until – and then God turned a season of burnout into a bend in the writing road.
  • I always have a stash of Jelly Bellys in my writing office.
  • I’ve learned to write in the midst of interruptions rather than waiting for life to slow down and get quiet. (Because really? When was that going to happen?)


What is your novel, Somebody Like You, about? 

Somebody Like You asks the question: Can a young widow fall in love with her husband’s reflection. Four months after Haley Ames’s husband Sam is killed in Afghanistan she discovers he has an identical twin brother, Stephen.  


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was that kid who went to the library and came out carrying a stack of books as tall as she was. I always finished them before it was time to go back to the library, and then I would write my own stories. By the time I was in middle school, I was asking my English teacher to read my short stories. And she did, bless her. (I should find Mrs. Gossart and thank her!)


What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

When I’m trying to figure out how a character says something I often talk out loud or sometimes I make hand motions or facial expressions when I’m trying to figure out how to describe what a character does. Sometimes I look up to find my family staring at me – and then they bust out laughing.


Where do you like to write? 

I have an amazing office that two of my friends, Sonia and Shari, helped me organize. They have that skillset. I don’t.


What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

Um, plot a new story? No, really, I like to go walking with my husband and daughter and our two dogs or play card games with my family. My husband and I often provide the groceries for dinner and then we clear out of the kitchen and let our kids cook. We have three older children who are married who live close enough to visit and a 13-year-old. They all love to cook.


What is your favorite genre to read and why? 

I read both fiction and nonfiction but my favorite … that’s hard. I would say romance. Yeah, I write what I love.


What is your least favorite genre to read? 

I don’t do murder mysteries.


Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet? 

I want to go to Australia one day.


Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

Romans 5: 1-2 (The Message) By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.


Do you have a favorite song and/or movie? 

My favorite song changes, but right now it is Kari Jobe’s “You are for Me.” And I love the movie “The Kid” with Bruce Willis.


What is your favorite holiday? 

Christmas – love the music, the traditions, the memories, the significance of Christmas.


What is your favorite season and why is it your fav? 

I love summertime. I’m always ready for school to be out, although I only have one child left in school. And I like the longer days, the whole attitude of summer.


Some this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Tea or Coffee? Tea (just ask my kiddos about my tea stash)
Call or Text? Call
Cats or Dogs? Yes – although right now we’re all about dogs
Early-bird or Night-owl? Early-bird
Introvert or Extrovert? I am an introvert who can function as an extrovert.
Facebook or Twitter? I enjoy both … equally.
Mystery or Romance? Romance
Sneakers or Sandals? Barefoot. (Sorry, I made up a different answer.)


Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 

I am working on a new Destination Wedding series for Howard Books.  


Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web? 

My website is at bethvogt.com and you can find my blog, In Others’ Words, right there too. I’m a quote aficionado and so on M, W, F, I share a an inspiring or fun quote and get a conversation started with my blog followers.


I’m on Twitter too and readers can follow my Author Facebook page to find out about upcoming contests and book releases.

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt! Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents and ends 7/10.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage) by Dani Pettrey


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

 This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #24

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Happy to Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs


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About the book:
Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss. Unfortunately, her summer full of experiences threatens to end abruptly when she realizes that one of the three has a secret that causes her to question everything about the new life she has been building. Avery must learn to balance her grief and her desire for a future in order to achieve her mother's final wish for her: That she would be happy to be alive.
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Weekend Wrap-up (June 20th) + Giveaway Winner!


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow my Pinterest boards "Free Kindle Books" and "Book Deals" to see the good deals/freebies I share about. :)

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)





Book Reviews by Shannah 

Before I get to this week's Weekend Wrap-up, I just wanted to let you all know about Shannah's Birthday Bash this July! Sounds like it'll be a lot of fun. :)
 
 What I've read this week:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Struggling to Forgive? ~ Guest Post and Giveaway by Cathy Bryant!

 

Struggling to Forgive?

Is there any person on the planet that doesn't struggle from time to time with the issue of forgiveness? Our mandate to forgive others as God forgave us doesn't come naturally, especially when the offense is personal and deep and the offender expresses no remorse. Sometimes the offenses continue to happen, one after another, stacking on top of us until we're unsure whether or not we can dig out from beneath it all.

Fiction writers are taught to ask "What if?" when it comes to writing stories. Once I knew forgiveness would be the spiritual theme of my latest Miller's Creek novel, A BRIDGE UNBROKEN, I asked this question: What if a man and woman who once loved each other--but who both bear scars at the hand of the other--are thrown into a situation where they have to work closely together?

Imagine your worst enemy. Someone who hurt you so deeply that you've struggled to get past it and to move on with your life. Then just as you start to pick up the pieces and put your life back together, you're thrown into a work environment with this person you once cared deeply for. That is the scenario for a frightened runaway named Dakota Kelly and the man who left scars on her heart, Chance Johnson. Here's the book description:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up (June 16th)


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow my Pinterest boards "Free Kindle Books" and "Book Deals" to see the good deals/freebies I share about. :)

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I've read this week:

A little late in posting this, but here's my wrap-up for the past week.

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #23

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig + Litfuse Giveaway Info!


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HX7CTDO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HX7CTDO&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisbooksrev-20&linkId=E3RGETQK67J4IPFU
About the book:
His team. His mission. A mission that comes at the highest cost!
Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option.

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the U.S. military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #22

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Sunflower Blogger Award


Amber (Seasons of Humility) tagged my blog for The Sunflower Blogger Award! Thanks, Amber! I'm honored. :)

The rules:
  1. Share 11 facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions the previous blogger asked
  3. Tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 new questions
11 facts about me:

Review & Two-Book Giveaway: A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert


About the book:
You never know what you're really made of until you lose everything.

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream--designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But everything comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living.

Author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers a story both poignant and emotionally gripping that celebrates the kind of fortune that lasts.

Book Trailer!


My rating:
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My thoughts:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up (June 6th)


Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow my Pinterest boards "Free Kindle Books" and "Book Deals" to see the good deals/freebies I share about. :)

Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I've read this week:


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Angie Brashear ~ Author of Of the Persecuted!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Angie!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m really glad to be here. Let’s see…I’m originally from Rockland, Maine and currently reside in Cameron, Texas with my husband and three children. By day, I’m a Director of Special Education for nine small school districts. By night (once my kiddos fall asleep), I’m a writer. At least for the past two years. During all the hours in between, I attend a lot of time at sporting events because my husband is a football coach and all of my kids love sports.
What is your debut novel, Of the Persecuted, about?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KGYSJ76/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00KGYSJ76&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisbooksrev-20&linkId=TCDLRTFEQO5QESUNOf the Persecuted is a fantasy with a strong thread of romance geared toward young adult females. The story surrounds an insecure girl who believes she is no more than a burden to the people she loves. But in the midst of physical and spiritual war, and through the loss of loved ones, as well as the turmoil of unrequited love, she discovers her true worth lies in her faith.

Ultimately, my goal is to reach young adult females much like the lost, lonely girl I once was. As a nonbeliever for the majority of my life, I enjoyed reading speculative fiction and it was the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis which ultimately opened my eyes to Christ. My prayer is that my stories will do the same for others. I also hope believers will enjoy the Christian undertones of my work.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Blur by Steven James


About the book:
The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.

Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.

Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekly Giveaway Link-up #21

Welcome to Weekly Giveaway Link-up hosted by Crystal @ Just Another Book Lovin' Girl and me. This is a linky where you can submit your blog's Christian book and book-related giveaways and find other giveaways. A new link-up will be posted every Monday.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Monthly Reflections (#29) ~ May

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Monthly Reflections, where we take the time to reflect on the previous month.

My goals for May were...

11 Books
I wasn't able to read "Wildflowers from Winter" yet...hopefully I'll get to that one in June. :)

Books read: