Wednesday, January 22, 2020

All In Review and Giveaway

ALL IN
by
L.K. Simonds
Genre: Gritty Realistic / Christian Fiction Publisher: Morgan James Publishing Date of Publication: August 27, 2019
Number of Pages: 282
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A woman’s empty pursuit of happiness leads to a crisis before finding redemption in the Lord in this challenging and gritty Christian novel. Twenty-nine-year-old novelist and blackjack dealer Cami Taylor seems to have it all—but just underneath her confident exterior and newfound celebrity is a young woman in trouble. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, wants to get married, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family—a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami would rather bolt like a deer. Breaking things off with Joel, Cami launches herself on a new quest for happiness. But her pursuit of pleasure only takes her further from herself—and toward a harrowing new reality unlike anything she’s faced before. What follows for Cami is a fight to the death that can only be waged with God’s love.
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L.K. SIMONDS PRESENTS CAMI TAYLOR:

All In was a wonderful, powerful story about a woman on the edge of despair trying to find her place in life. Cami Taylor is 29 years old and is a best selling author and a pro at playing the gambling tables. She appears on the surface like she has everything a girl could want, but underneath the raw exterior is a person suffering without a path to follow. Because though Cami has it all, she’s missing three important things in her life, happiness, forgiveness, and Faith. 

Cami's struggle through the book is raw and deep. And it hits the nail on what is most important in life, relationships. Perhaps the author hadn't intended on making this a behind the current focal point of the story, but it is something about the book that really stood out to me. It's what makes the difference in Cami's life, the people who are there for her, the people who help her, the people that help her find that small spark of hope that still living somewhere deep in Cami's soul. And the relationships that Cami develops through the story are priceless, each person that becomes important to her is loveable and sincere and reminds us of what's important in each of our journey's. Such a beautiful message and it speaks to everyone. 

Not often do I read Christian Romance, but I found myself falling in love with this story and I think it's a lovely read for just about anybody. It's a bright light on a gloomy day. 

All In is a great read for anyone looking for a story of great inspiration. It’s a beautiful journey for anyone. Cami is a very believable character, and her story is a powerful one. Her relationships with others grow throughout the story and are truly the spirit of this book. Her struggle is an intense one. And the ending is soul-quenching to the very last page. 

All In is perfect for those that love a good Christian romance, enjoy a character that has personal struggles and has hit rock bottom, and a journey that will inspire you. 


Rating 4/5




L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She's an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. All In is her first novel.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dark Reflections: Blog Tour and Giveaway




Dark Reflections

by Kelsey Ketch

Genre: NA Dark Fantasy

Release Date: April 2019

Summary:

Being possessed by a vampire sucks!

Alana Jones’s world has been completely turned upside-down after being bitten by a vampire’s reflection in a cursed mirror. Now she’s forced to stay in an abandoned Victorian inn on an isolated island off the west coast of Florida, where Alana lives a double life: one as herself and one as a vicious murderer. Over the past year, she has spilt and drunk the blood of sixteen victims. The guilt of their deaths slowly eating away her sanity.

Sixteen dead . . .

However, things become even more complicated when Alana finds Cole, a surfer she felt a connection with the moment they met on the mainland, locked up in the island’s shed. Knowing his death is inevitable, she attempts to distant herself from him, continually reminding herself of the monster residing underneath her skin. Unfortunately, it’s a small island, and the more she interacts with Cole, the more her feelings grow for him.

Eventually, she has to make a decision. Either accept his fate or find a way to expel the vampire’s spirit from within herself before she murders him as well.




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Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Chasing Hope: Review and Giveaway

CHASING HOPE
by
DANA WAYNE
  Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Date of Publication: June 10, 2019
Number of Pages: 295

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Max Logan longs for the joys of home and family he missed growing up in foster care. He fills that emotional void by becoming a kick-ass Marine, and for eighteen years, led his band of brothers from one hell-hole to another…until the one that nearly destroyed him. Sixteen months of therapy and rehab put his body back together, but some wounds can’t be seen. Some can’t be healed. Skylar Ward dreams of a life that includes someone beside her. Someone to share her life with, to be a father to her young daughter. But if she learned anything from her failed marriage it was that you don’t rush into a relationship. Options in her small town are limited, and those who approach her lack appeal. Only Max Logan sparks her interest. But the handsome, brooding war hero remains aloof. Intelligent and intuitive, seven-year-old Maddie overhears a neighbor tell her mother she needs a male companion, so she Google's it to see what it means. Convinced her mom needs a boyfriend and Max needs a girlfriend, Maddie sets out to make it happen. He needs a family. They need him. If she can make them see that. Can one precocious child be the catalyst that heals a wounded warrior’s soul and brings joy back into her mom’s heart? Or will ashes of the past bury hope once and for all?

PRAISE FOR CHASING HOPE:  "The pace was fast, the love was simple yet energetic, and the dialogues were lively enough to make me want to know more about the characters. To say that I loved this novel is not enough! Absolutely beautiful. It deserves these 5 stars." – Readers’ Favorite

"I could not put Chasing Hope down! From the first few sentences, I was hooked and read over half of it the first night finishing it the following night. The main characters, Sky and Max, intrigued me right off the bat but feisty little Maddie wormed her way into my heart immediately! What a breath of fresh air." - Mary McCormack, ARC reader

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Chasing Hope is such a cute read. It follows Skylar, a single mom that works for tips as a waitress, and Max, a veteran that suffers from PTSD. The two meet and sparks happen, and well, you know, a swoon worthy romance that you just can't put down. Chasing Hope was everything I hoped it would be and more. It's the kind of feel good story for a perfect summer read. 

Each character was enjoyable in this story, all except Cade of course. I really enjoyed reading from Max's point of view, but both him and Skylar had such hard lives and so much they deserved out of life. I loved seeing these characters not only grow themselves, but grow together. Another character that I just loved was Maddie, Skylar's seven year old daughter. She's whip smart and has a bit of smarty sass. I loved how perfect the three of them fit together, despite what was going on in their lives. 

I think the way the author handled PTSD was very well. I know that PTSD is very different from person to person. I enjoyed seeing Max seek help, get the treatment he needed, and find a way through his anxiety and panic attacks. And my favorite thing from this book is his friendship with Maddie. She certainly worms her way right into his heart, and the two share such touching moments that at times had brought tears to my eyes because they are so tender and warming to the soul. 

I enjoyed the message that this book conveyed as well, that despite what you've been through, despite the ugliness and the hardships... you deserve to be happy.  

Chasing Hope is a great, uplifting read. The romance is summer perfect and will lift you off your feet. Be sure to check it out!

My Rating: 5/5



Dana Wayne is an award-winning author and 6th generation Texan. She resides in East Texas with her husband (and biggest fan) along with a Calico cat named Katie, three children, and four grandchildren. She routinely speaks to books clubs, services organizations, writers’ groups, and other organizations on writing and publishing, and is a frequent guest on numerous writing blogs. 
"I grew up listening to my father read passages from the stack of paperback westerns beside his chair. I was fascinated at how someone could paint a picture with words so vivid, I saw it in my mind. That's when I knew that one day I would be a writer. It wasn't until I retired in late 2013 that I was able to devote the necessary time to achieving my goal. I published my first book in 2016 and never looked back. My stories are heartwarming, a little spicy, and all about the romance because I believe romance is more about emotion than sex, and the journey is more important than the destination."
A staunch supporter of new authors, she is a member of Romance Writers of America, Texas Association of Authors, and Writers League of Texas as well as several local writers' groups.
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