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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings

Anne Tillerton is similar to Annie Oakley. She's a dead shot  with a gun and for the past few years has made her living as a buffalo hunter. But when Nick Lovelace comes to the aid of a passenger on a train during a hold up, Anne ends up saving Nick's life.

Anne's sordid history includes killing her husband. We learn later it was a kill or be killed situation and she suffered abuse and the loss of a child. All she wants to do is come to town to find a cook, but instead she ends up caring for an abandoned orphan child and helping Nick in the process.  There couldn't be more of a mismatched pair but when the two are thrust together and it's interesting to see the relationship develop. It was refreshing to meet up with a female historical character who wasn't the stereotyped damsel in distress. I truly cared
about Anne and Nick is noble guy. The one issue I have is that Jennings has Anne using powdered baby formula which, according to what I've researched, didn't come into use much later. I give it four out of five stars.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Alzheimer's Prevention: Protect Your Brain for Life by Dr. Melody Jemison

A very thorough book written by Dr. Melody Jemison. Jemison lists multiple things you can do to prevent the progression of Alzheimer's.  The author references a variety of studies. It's never too early to start putting these measures into place. In fact, the earlier the better, as taking the recommended supplements or establishing suggested regimens can actually give you and edge over Alzheimer's though not in some cases if you are already genetically wired for it. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review: The Heart of a Gypsy by Roberta Kagan

During Nazi Germay Christian Stearn, a freedom-fighter is rescued by a band of gypsies involved in the resistance after being captured by  the Nazis. Christian immediately falls in love with Nadya the beautify gypsy girl who helps orchestrate his rescue. Christian then joins forces and works with the gypsies.

The author uses the story to help educate readers as the the plight of the gypsies during this time.  They were treated as the Jews were as scum by the superior Aryan race and were annilated as well in the concentration camps. At times it felt like an info dump of gypsy culture and history and Kagan tends to tell more than show what happens. There were a couple of steamy sex scenes. Nadya ends up being virtually an object with little to do but stay at camp and pine for Christian to return from dangerous missions.  Had this been better written I would have given it a higher rating. I give if 3 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review: Hearts Awakening (Hearts Along the River) by Delia Parr

Ellie Kilmer is a spinster with no money and a plain countenance.  Her only hope for supporting herself is to serve as a housekeeper on Dillon Island for widower Jackson,  a widower with young boys.  Jackson makes a marriage proposal to Ellie, but it will be in name only and he’s mainly after a cook and caregiver. The more Ellie gets to know Jackson the more she learns about his troubled first marriage and the other women he still carries a torch for. Ellie is a sympathetic character and I felt for her and for the rejection she experiences by Jackson’s boy.  It’s good story. I give it four out of five stars.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Ally Cervantes’ life is in the toilet. Her husband has bailed on their marriage partially due to the fact that he can’t handle being dad to an autistic son and partly because the passion has died. Ally has to sell her home in California at a loss and simultaneously loses her job as an editor for a book publisher. Not sure how else to make it, she takes her Aunt Nettie up on her offer to come stay with her in Michigan on Lake Surrender. Even then Ally can’t get a job in the publishing industry and she takes the only job available, that of camp cook.

As Ally tries to cope with her young son’s autism and difficult financial circumstances she draws closer to God and begins to have feelings for the camp director. Stratton doesn’t wave a magic wand and promise that struggles will go away, but she does give us courage to stay the course and believe that ultimately good will win out. I give this four out of five stars.

Here's the amazon link.  Lake Surrender

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


32 stories people have shared about ways they have seen a divine hand in their hardships, struggles, moments of danger and more.

This book will put any struggles you face or have faced in perspective and are a testament to the human spirit and faith in God.  I give this 4 out of 5 stars.

Here's the amazon link

Miracles: 32 True Stories

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review: Daughter of Joy, Brides of Culdee Creek Book 1 by Kathleen Morgan

In this historical romance Abigail Stanton is a widow who has lost a child and a husband and is still grieving. She accepts a job as housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a gruff man who has not only been through a string of housekeepers but has also lost a wife who ran off and a son who stole from him and then disappeared. He also has a child from an Indian woman and has slept with several women in his past.

While Abby wrestles with her losses and her Christian faith, she makes it known to Conor she is not open to any of his advances. Slowly the love between them grows and she helps Conor’s tough and ostracized daughter see herself as something to be cherished. 

The author builds good romantic tension between the two romantic leads and with the daughter’s resistance to Abby. I felt that Abigail can come across as a little bit too prudish at times. It is a good story of redemption and reconnecting with Christian faith after life has caused deep hurts. I give it four out of five stars.

Here's the link on amazon

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: The Redemption by Mary Lu Tyndall

This is the first in the King Pirates series by this author.

Charlisse Bristol fleas an abusive uncle and sets off to find the father she never met but a fiece storm shipwrecks her on a deserted island.  She’s rescued by Captain Merrick head of a group of pirates.

Devilishly handsome Merrick has recently turned his life over to Christ but he still has much more smoothing out from his past to got through. He feels responsible for her safety.  Despite her distrust of men, she falls for Merrick. What she doesn’t know is that her father is actually a notoriously cruel pirate Edward the Terror whom Merrick has sworn to capture and bring to justice.

If you love historicals and pirates, you’ll enjoy this book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Here's the amazon link

The Redemption (Legacy of the King's Pirates Book 1)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review: Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake

Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1)
Accident prone Ruth Caldwell has been to many different finishing schools but never seems to make it through because she just can’t conform to the expectations of refinement for women of her day.

When her mother dies she goes west to find her father. When she arrives she learns he has died and she’s half owner of the ranch he held.

The love interest in this historical romance is Josh McCain, the son of her father's business partner.  As the story unfolds we learn that there’s more afoot due to Josh’s unscrupulous father who has designs on getting his hands on Ruth’s fortune.

I liked the concept of a woman not being able to conform to the standards of the day and Ruth’s low self-esteem thinking she’s worthless. It’s a good message, but overall I didn’t find the humorous situations the author tried to set up and the characters all that captivating and several times I almost gave up on the book as it wasn’t all that riveting. Even the auxiliary characters seemed to be more padding to get to a certain word count than they were of importance to the plot. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Here the link on amazon

Letter Perfect (California Historical Series #1)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Giveaway: The Beckoning by Michael Minot

In celebration of Michael Minot's new book, The Beckoning, Nearly Brilliant is giving away one copy of the book (print or ebook, winner's choice). To enter, leave a comment below with your email stating why you'd like to win a copy. Here's more about the book and the author.

Several years after graduating from law school, Michael Minot discovered something profound: the strong atheistic views he had held for so long failed miserably against the strengths of God's truth.

Michael Minot felt he was living the American dream. For a number of years he’d been reaping the professional and financial rewards of being a commercial litigation attorney. To him, life was great and getting better all the time. He first gained notoriety around his hometown as a nationally ranked tennis player. But now, years later, he was becoming known for his skills as a lawyer and as the youngest elected official in the area. And then, in his late 20's, Michael unexpectedly discovered something that turned his world and his entire idea of life upside down.

About the Book: In a response to a challenge from a friend, Michael agreed to investigate issues relating to science, philosophy, and the Scriptures. Comfortable with his life as an atheist, he began reading with an indifferent attitude. But what started as a casual inquiry soon turned into a time of intense research. What follows is the story of Michael’s journey, his thoughts and reactions to the evidence he discovered, and the new life that soon followed.

 To help people process their questions, Michael has a new book that explains what he discovered during his initial investigation. The Beckoning will equip readers with answers to the questions of how and why the complex parts of the environment we live in fit together. It also will explore how life doesn’t have to be an unsolvable, frustrating puzzle. God’s truths will be presented in a way so readers don’t just acquire knowledge, but understand the abundant life God offers and how to fully engage in it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Michael Minot, a lawyer, is a former atheist who now follows Christ. The Beckoning is not only his story regarding how his beliefs changed but an orderly and methodical account of how the methods he applied to find authentication and proof of God’s validity as he conducted research of the scriptures.

While still single, Minot was challenged by a Christian friend to set aside time to once and for all study the Bible and decide for himself whether it held real truths or was the fabrication of people who  want to believe God is real.  Minot determined to keep an open mind and remain as objective as possible. He not only looked at scripture but at science. What transpired is reminiscent of how newspaper journalist Lee Strobel set out to prove the Bible was bunk. Both Stroble, author of A Case for Christ, and Minot, not only ended up believing but dedicating their lives to following Christ and his teachings.

Minot’s 13 chapter book divides his research into categories. Topics covered include his findings on such matters as intelligent design related to the cosmos and the body. He also covers the authentication of prophecies and even counterfeit messengers (those claiming to know Christ but acting counter to Christ’s teachings.) Chapters I enjoyed the most include those on intelligent design and his candid discussion of counterfeit Christians. His findings and experiences in that chapter took me by surprise as he ended up finding church fellowship in a very conventional setting of a Baptist church. The author also discusses the education of pain, sharing how the early loss of three close friends and his young son to death, caused him to use an argument many atheists use; how can a caring God, if he really exists, let such bad things happen?

Minot’s book is logical and well written. Though I didn’t quite find the wow factor I had expected, the book provides insight into why atheists think the way they do. It also exhibits logic useful for discussion with those who might be spiritually seeking or open to dialogue about God’s existence. I give it four out of five stars.   

Here's the link on

The Beckoning: Examining the Truths That Transformed an Atheist Attorney Into a Believer In God (Morgan James Faith)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I’ve reviewed a lot of books, especially romances, so original plots such as this one are rare.

When Serena Gray’s husband died she learned in a letter of a secret he kept. It divulged he had a child years earlier from a fling during his youth.  When Serena meets up with handsome Adam, a widower, she soon realizes that Adam’s daughter, Niki is her husband’s child. As the romance between Adam, a school principle, and Serena, a nurse, blossoms, she wrestles with how to tell Adam about Niki.

A good romance with likable characters and a good storyline. I would have given it a higher rating except it seemed to need a bit more editing (multiple typos and a lot of telling rather than showing action.) I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Author Interview on Book Goodies

Book Goodies just notified me that my author interview with them is now live on their site.

Here's the link on book goodies if you're interested. 

I notified them that my newly released second edition of The Treasure Seeker: The Quest to Find God, Faith, and Spiritual Intimacy is now available in Kindle format (just .99 right now) and paperback. 

Here are the links.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


This is my first introduction to Desmond Cory and his British Intelligence man Johnny Fedora. Cory is known for these spy novels among other written works. The first Fedora novel made its debut in 1951  and the character actually predates the first James Bond book by about three years I believe. I have never read a James Bond novel but have watched the movies and enjoy them. I can say the same for my first Johnny Fedora book. Half Spanish and half Irish Fedora is a professional who is both attractive to women but also attracted to beautiful and exotic women as well but he is also a hardened by his job and past experiences (even being captured and tortured) and he is a lethal weapon. He’s also an accomplished pianist.

He and foreign office sidekick Sebastian Trout cool their heels at Mediterranean villa just to relax . By coincidence it happens to be the exact location that Moreno a professional psychopathic KGB assassin is bound for in order to retrieve hidden “spyglass logbooks” which hold political secrets and lead to a sunken German U-boat. Fedora and Trout  are drawn into the intrigue when they find a headless body in their pool. Fedora eventually ends up diving to get to the U-boat and of course Mareno is there ahead of him. The underwater scenes are very cool. I only wish that scene  lasted a bit longer.  Good story and writing. So glad I am now acquainted Cory and his man Fedora. If you are a fan of Ian Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, you are sure to enjoy Desmond’s Cory’s Johnny Fedora series as well. I give if five stars.  The books are being re-released by Ostara Publishing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


A sensitive coming of age story of Malcom Wilson who is shuttled between divorced parents. He lives part of his time in Canada with his promiscuous mother and the other half in Scotland with his hard working, tough father.

Along the way Wilson learns how to survive and make the best of his situation no matter how hard and also what it means to experience kindness from strangers and the importance of standing up for and caring for those who are mistreated.

As an adult finally choosing to make his home in Canada, Malcom meets Heather, a girl who will change his life forever. But she has a secret, an abusive childhood and a child she gave away. The story moves from literary fiction almost to thriller status as things rev up and Malcom returns to Heather’s home town to try to help her reclaim her child and stand up against an abusive father who happens to be a cop.

If you read this story without becoming a fan of Malcom and an advocate for the mistreated, I will be very surprised. I give it a rare five our of five stars.

Here's the link My Temporary Life

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


This romance will make your taste buds water. Ann co-owns and runs a local bakery but the long hours and hectic pace leave her little time for any kind of life. She’s also an introvert with little experience with dating. When Tom literally walks in one day and saves the day, they are immediately drawn to each other. He’s a single widowed dad with a charming young son. Ann isn’t familiar with what it means to have a relationship with Christ, but her business partner is. Slowly, she begins to gain an understanding, and her heart is drawn to God and to Tim. Both are exactly what she needs.  A charming and enjoyable  read. Four out of five stars.

Here's the link The Right Ingredients


James Maddox plods through life detached from emotion following the heartbreak of losing the love of his life, Emilia. He’s plagued by a recurring bloody nightmare of Emilia’s death that will give him no peace. Then he receives a cryptic letter sign with the words “I am innocent” signed with only initials. As his life falls apart, both his friend and his current girlfriend call his attention to the fact that something is terribly wrong with him. The story hooked me right from the beginning and kept me turning pages. In the vein of Edgar Allen Poe, Rhino unfolds a story with troubled, sympathetic character harboring deep pain and a horrific past. Just a note of caution, the story contains language and some violence. I felt the writing at times needed tightening up but because it held my attention until the end, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Here's the link on Amazon The Unseen Face

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Book Review: Sherlock Holmes, The Definitive Furies Collection

Penny Cartawick has an entertaining selection of short stories in store for you with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson as her central characters. The tales move at a rapid pace and do not disappoint with the famous sleuth and his sidekick finding themselves in a variety of locations with an assortment of mysteries to solve. From the Egyptian Pyramids to London and beyond, Cartawick takes her readers all over the world. The short stories are perfect for busy mystery lovers who can read a story in one brief sitting and come away satisfied. I give this four out of five stars.

Here's the link 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Giveaway: Success is Your Birthright by R Stanton Tucker

We are offering a book giveaway for one print copy of R. Stanton Tucker's new book, Success is Your Birthright.  To enter, leave a comment with you email at the end of this blog post stating why you would like to win this book. Drawing ends October 10th. 

Book Blurb:  Life resembles a roller coaster. It has suspense, intrigue, smooth moments, hairpin turns, sudden twists, plummets, loopty loops, near misses, excitement, and anticipation. Life consists of countless moments. Moments that make us smile, experience tingling sensations, laugh until we can hardly breathe, and leave us speechless with wonder and admiration. As beautiful as those moments are, our memoirs hone in and linger on the moments that leave us in tears, wincing, grinding our teeth, and asking for Divine Intervention. It is that part of life's roller coaster that makes you want to get off, wonder why, and feel psychologically queasy. Questions like "What do I do? Where do I go from here? How will I bounce back or can I bounce back?" surface. This book offers hope, love, and lessons to cope with those not so great moments and the people who instigate and perpetuate them, including ourselves, using the biblical Joseph Story as a platform. Why the Joseph Story? His story mirrors our own. He too experienced life's roller coaster. Joseph's story is not just a testament to resilience, but one of faith in and reliance on God. Success Is Your Birthright: God's Success: • Offers a spiritual awakening • Builds confidence • Prods introspection and growth • Encourages during difficult times • Challenges misconceptions • Opens a closed heart and hands • Demonstrates love, hope, selflessness, and forgiveness Life, then, becomes manageable and celebrated as a beautiful mosaic.

Author Bio:  R. Stanton Tucker is a husband, father, friend, servant, and author of Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success. Tucker has spent more than the broader portion of his life in the congregation setting - church. Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Bible Study, countless church revivals, plays, teaching Sunday School classes, ushering, speaking, and singing in the choir catalogue that rich experience within the church. He acknowledges he is in God’s [Yahweh] classroom like all believers and that none of us are really scholars rather students at various stages in our relationship with Him. As a student, Tucker is continuing to rehash past materials, digging deeper into the Bible, and allowing God to use every day experiences and encounters as his laboratory to learn of Him and His Will. Studying has helped to connect the Old Testament with the New and has led to researching historical references. Strabo’s Geography, Book XVI, Chapter 2, for example, sheds some light on Paul’s physical description being associated with an Egyptian revolutionist in Acts 21:38. Tucker wants to share the message that Yahweh wants a relationship with man, a relationship based of service, love, and doing His will. 

Q:  What was the inspiration (motivation) behind the book? (Why did you write it in the first place?)
A:  Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success was inspired by God. I know that sounds like a cliché. I had no intentions of writing this book. God was dealing with me on a spiritual and personal level. I began to take notes and before I knew it; I had over a hundred pages of notes. Wherever I was, day or night, I took notes. Of course, I read the Bible and questioned what I thought I knew, and searched for answers to lingering questions and new ones. That is why I noted I was God’s secretary in the Acknowledgement.

Q:  What do you hope this book accomplishes?
A:  I am glad you asked that question. Success Is Your Birthright:: God’s Success is a spiritual and inspirational expedition. My hope is that people will read it and start to re-evaluate their relationship with God, and others. Many believe in a religion void of a relationship with God and people. These cherry-pick what they will or will not adhere to and engage in selective service to others, if at all, all the while calling themselves Christians or something else. Reading this book will somehow inspire them in a profound way.

Q:  What is God’s standard?
A:  God’s standard is similar to the parents-children relationship. Parents have expectations for all their children in an effort to nurture responsible adults. Relationship reinforces and supports those expectations. When the children do not meet those expectations, the parents communicate their concerns and reiterate what is expected. There are times when grounding, time outs, suspending privileges, and the like are employed to get their attention and nudge them back on track. Because the parents are displeased and have taken action, does that mean they love their children less? Quite the opposite. They love them more. There are times children are adamant about opposing their parents’ expectations. Peer validation empowers them to feel their actions are reasonable. The more the children challenge their parents’ expectations, the more normal it feels. Parents are faced with compromising, walking back their expectations, or standing firm in love and continuing to nurture in hopes their children will get back on course. What does this have to do with God’s standards you may ask?

God’s standard is His expectations for us. Meeting His expectations lend to eternal life, not eternal damnation. It is not His Will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (paraphrase II Peter 3:9) His standard begins with loving and serving Him unconditionally. Loving Him is accepting His Son, Servant, and our Elder Brother as The Christ. Yahshua [Jesus] gave us the blueprint to worshipping God and loving one another. Does God love us any less when we do not meet His expectations? Absolutely not! He is displeased and desires a repentant mind and heart, and commitment to His standard. Opposition to His expectations is called sin. That is not a popular word. Its detractors prefer expressing one’s self or exercising ones independence. It is appalling because sin implies something is taboo, forbidden. Democratic dialogue postulates nothing is taboo and everything is negotiable, especially with the right spin and public sentiment. A number of professed clergy and Christians have entertained those notions. They deceive themselves and others. Though all wobble with God’s expectations, believers work fervently to resist sin and repent when they stumble. Are we perfect people? Far from it. Every believer has a past and every non-believer has a future. We too are working daily toward eternal life. We wrestle against thoughts, feelings, and actions inconsistent with God’s standard. Adulthood and democratic dialogue do not give us a license to do whatever we think or feel.

Q:  What lessons can we grasp in the 21st century and after from this book?
A:  Man is not central to the universe, no matter our discoveries or the latest gadgets. God is the central force in and to the universe. His standard of right, responsibility, and morality minimizes life’s unnecessary conflicts and chaos. Life is not about what we have or do not have but our relationship with Him and one to another. To love is to have a service agenda. Imagine if we measured success by the lives we encouraged, engaged, and assisted. Material success would not be an obsession.

Here's the link to the book Success Is Your Birthright God's Success

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review: The Newspaper Code by Lisa Lickel

A part of the Buried Treasure Series, in this book we join school teacher Judy Wingate settling into motherhood following the birth of her new baby. When Esme an older lady who was a member of the local garden club turns up dead with a garden claw in the middle of her forehead at the base of a statue in the center of town, Judy is determined to find out more. What’s the connection between the newspaper code, a code found in an aged newspaper stuffed into a vintage quilt, the empty closed off vault below the town and the missing money from the town treasury that disappeared years before? 

For the sake of convenience, Judy pairs up with Olivia, the “Miss Lonely Hearts” reporter of the local paper who could use a few lessons in grooming and who rubs Judy the wrong way. I especially liked the character of Olivia who desperately wants to have Judy as a friend. A good cozy mystery with a small town flavor. I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Launch : Lake Surrender Book Launch by Carol Stratton

Carol Stratton is proud to announce her first novel, Lake Surrender.  I am giving away one copy of this book. 

To enter, leave a comment stating why you would like to win the book along with your email.

The story is about a career editor who loses her marriage, house and job. As a single parent of a precocious pre-teen and an autistic son, she’s forced to find a more inexpensive place to live than the San Francisco Bay Area. She ends up in Northern Michigan working as a cook at a dilapidated Christian camp. She can’t cook and right-wing religious types really irritate her. But God draws to Him as she discovers her journey ends where her life begins. I really put this girl through the wringer!

I wrote Lake Surrender because I wanted to show the difficulties parents have in raising a challenging autistic child. I have a degree in Recreation Therapy and love working with all kinds of disabled children. A few years ago I was a teacher’s aide in an autistic classroom where I learned the rewards of being able to enter their private worlds. As the body of Christ we need to encourage the families that deal with exhausting family situations every day.

According to a friend of mine who has an autistic son, 90 of those raising autistic children will become divorced.

Author Bio:  
Carol Stratton has been a freelance writer for 14 writing over 200 articles and is currently a reporter for the Mooresville Weekly. She has a degree in Recreation Therapy and has worked with autistic children in a classroom, an experience that inspired her to write about a woman with an autistic son.

She speaks at national writing conferences as well as MOPS and other women’s groups about personality temperaments, friendship and encouraging yourself.

Carol is married to her husband John who she calls her “muse” and has four grown children and four grandchildren. Currently she and her husband, John, live in Mooresville, North Carolina where she loves to hike and play guitar and mandolin while learning to love liver mush.

Here's a link to Lake Surrender on amazon.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Release and Giveaway: Hush in the Storm by Julie Cosgrove

Author Julie Cosgrove is giving away two electronic copies of her new book Hush in the Storm. To quality, leave a comment at the end of this blog stating why you would like to win this book. Below is Julie's author bio and a book blurb. Thanks Julie for sharing you book with us. The book drawing will be on 9/25/14.

Book Blurb:  Jen, a young widow floundering in the storm of mourning, whose only lifeline is her humdrum job, is tossed into a maze of deceit and intrigue by a coworker named the request of her late husband, or so Tom says. He kidnaps her and fakes her death to keep her safe from the cartel who he thinks caused her husband's "accident." Together, they are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe in keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers and the press who've discovered she's alive? How will Jen rescue the two held-captive girls she befriends without drowning them, Tom, and herself in the waves of betrayal, especially when she's begun to suspect her husband may not be as dead as everyone thinks..

Author Bio: Freelance writer, author and  professional speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian women websites and devotional publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Family Faith Magazine  online ,The Journey and Good News Daily.  In February, 2013, she was commissioned by an international relief and development fund to write a mission-based Bible study.  Julie has three Bible studies, a devotional, an inspirational  and three fiction novels published, and is currently working on two more novels. She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers,  Toastmasters International,  Daughters of the King, North Texas Christian Women's Chamber and the Christian Writers Network.  She's a spokesperson for Women at Risk, International, a Christian missionary effort to rescue women from sex slavery in 30 countries.  Julie is widowed, has one grown son, and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Claire’s Not So Gothic Romance by Bonnie Blythe

Claire is a shy, plain girl who works at a florist, lives with her mom and loves Jane Eyre. When she has a minor accident while delivering flowers she ends up in the hospital and meets up with Sam. The attractive male is captivated by her. For Claire it’s too good to be true. Sam is a nice guy who admits he has a past but has cleaned up his act. When that past suddenly catches up with him, Claire is crushed.

The concept of the book is clever with its quirky characters and Claire continually comparing herself to her favorite heroine. The author has a witty style and is one of those rare authors who writes in present tense. It’s a cute story though it may have worked better to keep the narrative in past tense and I felt the characters were kind of cartoonish.  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Here's the amazon link  Claire's Not-So-Gothic Romance

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

The Ransom centers on Juliana Dutton who is trying desperately to keep her household from the brink of ruin. She runs her father’s shipping business in Jamaica in 1692 while he is gravely ill, keeping his condition  a secret so as not to run the risk of losing all his clients. But she cannot shake off her troubles including a brother who is a wastrel and a persistent sea captain  determined to wed her. She agrees to a fake engagement with an aristocratic fop, Lord Munthrope, to keep the captain at bay.

The more she gets to know Munthrope, the more perplexed she is by the man who harbors secrets and a kind heart and has more depth than she originally imagined. Then there’s the notrorious pirate Earl, known throughout the Carribean as the pirate most to be feared. Juliana encounters him when he comes her rescue while she’s visiting the bad side of town trying to locate a woman she’s trying to help. Fans of the Scarlett Pimpernel are sure to see similarities between the two stories and one can’t help but falling in love with the two complex characters of the Pirate Earl and Lord Munthrope.  I don’t want to say too much and spoil the surprise, but I found this book hard to put down. I give this four out of five stars.

Here's the amazon link 

The Ransom (Legacy of the King's Pirates Book 4)

Friday, August 22, 2014


From the moment I started this book by Ray Blackston I couldn’t put it down. I can’t attribute it to one particular thing but to a gift of combined talents that hooked me. These include his superb writing, keen observations, ability for humor, and a unique story telling style, all from a single man’s perspective.

The main character, Jay, an investment broker is single, new in town, and has recently broken up with his girlfriend.  Though he’s not necessarily a spiritually-minded person, Jay randomly chooses a Presbyterian church to attend. He acted on the advice of his real estate agent. According to her, churches are the best place to meet other singles. When the single’s group goes on a beach trip, Jay is captivated by Ali, a tan girl who marches to her own drummer and who just happens to be a short-term missionary on furlough from serving in Ecuador.  I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a book with such a great combination of sensitivity and wit. Is it a romance, chick lit, or guy lit?  Is there such a thing?  You be the judge. I give this five out of five stars. And there’s good news. This is book one in a series of three.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Healing Grace by Lisa Lickel

When Grace Runyan experiences the loss of her husband, she moves to escape her pain and her past. She rents a home in a small Michigan town next door to a seriously  ill man with a young son. Grace’s personal tragedy and hurts run deep. The  more we get to know her, the more secrets we learn about her. As she begins to care for the little boy, and finds herself also attracted to his father, she is filled with turmoil, afraid to change giving her heart to yet another person she may lose.

Lickel slowly reveals more about Grace as the story unfolds. She’s a physician’s assistant with an extra something, a gift of healing which is both a blessing and curse. The fact that she wasn’t able to heal her husband or prevent her son and parents from dying haunts her and she blames herself.  An interesting and tender story on several levels. Those who have experienced deep loss may find themselves identifying with Grace who has been through so much.  I give this four out of five stars.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Giveaway: Mothers & Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

Here's your chance to win a print or electronic copy of my book, Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship

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Mothers and daughters. In perhaps no other relationship are our hopes so high, and the dysfunction so disappointing. You feel locked into a hurtful relationship that you must deal with, and it's wearing you down. But Jesus knew the brokenness we would face in the world, even in close places such as family relationships, and still He promised the Counselor would come alongside us. As a daughter who has struggled to maintain a healthy relationship with her mother, author Teena Stewart will help you name your hurts, face the barriers that stand in the way of a healthy relationship, and forgive even the unforgivable. Learn how to cultivate a friendship, communicate more effectively, and become the change you want to see. There is hope for restoration and renewal.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Review: The Heart of Thornton Creek by Bonnie Leon

I expected yet another romance lacking originality but Leon took this Christian historical  in another direction. When independent-minded Rebecca Williams is left without any prospects or means to support herself after her father dies, she has few prospects. Despite the fact that she doesn’t love him, she agrees to marry a young Australian, Daniel Thornton.

The Bostonian tries to mentally prepare herself for life in Australia but the reality of the stark landscape and culture broadside her. The Thornton’s are renown in the area and have vast holdings. Rebecca soon realizes the influence of her father-in-law, a professing Christian has. He enjoys a tyrannical rule in the local church and over  his family. Her independent nature and self-righteous father-in-law’s determination to rule over her, his family and anyone in his sphere puts them on a collision course. Leon creates even more conflict with an ex-girlfriend who still has designs on Daniel.

Leon creates good tension among the characters and in Rebecca’s marriage. I didn’t feel the Australian accents felt authentic though I can’t precisely say why. Despite that, It’s a good story that shows the extreme difference between following the letter of the biblical law to the letter and living by grace. I give it four out of five stars.

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