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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 

silent altitudes

About the Book

Book: Silent Altitudes

Author: Michael James Emberger

Genre: Cli-Fi Thriller (Climate Fiction/Thriller)

Release date: March 30, 2021

The world looks up to the sky in hopeful anticipation as the Pennychuck Atmospheric Carbon Reduction System comes online. Finally the chance to eliminate global warming will be obtainable.

Within moments, something goes terribly wrong. Dr. Milford Pennychuck races to find the underlying problem that caused so much destruction. Yet when an assassination attempt and system sabotage blindsides him, he has to rely on a surprising ally.

Together they delve into a conspiracy deeper than they can fathom. As the system operates at progressively higher altitudes, the two scientists must find a way to shut it down…or die trying.

 

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About the Author

Mike_Headshot_2_hi-resMichael James Emberger is an author of thrillers and suspense, and he resides in Wilton, New Hampshire. He enjoys weaving narratives of conspiracy and misguided intentions around divisive topics. Where there is debate, there is always room for a villain with goals far out of alignment from either side. Michael is a graduate of Messiah College, where he studied Engineering and met his wife racing solar cars cross-country. When he’s not working on home renovations or writing, he enjoys visiting the ocean and exploring the majesty of God’s creation on the summits of New Hampshire’s mountains.

 

More from Michael

Silent Altitudes is a Cli-fi (Climate Fiction) thriller set in the near future. I wanted to avoid the current political debates over global warming, so I went with the assumption that the world eventually comes to consensus about what to do. The United Nations rolls out an elaborate technological solution, but sabotage and conspiracy lead to disaster on startup day. That’s the type of angle I enjoy writing. Climate change is the backdrop, but this book is about family and survival and fighting against the greed and corruption that have laid good intentions to ruin. It’s about loss and hope and trusting that God is still in control even when everything seems hopeless.

A significant inspiration for this book was a phrase my daughter would say when she was little: “Hold you Mommy.” It meant she wanted a hug. I contacted Laura, a pottery artist on Etsy, and ordered a custom mug with that phrase as a Christmas present for my wife. Laura was a joy to work with, and our conversation led to me developing characters and themes that provided the heart of my story. I find it’s those little inspirations that make the biggest difference in my writing.

MY REVIEW 

I enjoy books that  asks the question , “What if?” In this story the topic is about climate change and what happens when the solution becomes dangerous with sabotage, deceit, death and destruction. The scenes are so vivid that I could see the snow falling and the fog taking over. What everyone thought would be the answer to a problem facing the world becomes a life and death situation. The intrigue was just enough to keep me reading and when it became obvious who was behind everything I wanted them to caught.

The scientific talk in the story did lose me somewhat and I wished the author would have made that part a little easier to understand. Most of us don’t know about reactors and currents so when the explanation started I got lost. But it didn’t deter me much because the story is explosive and it is obvious that there is a group of greedy people who didn’t think about what would happen when they mess with the system.  The destruction is catastrophic and is felt in big states as well as little towns. 

Valentina is smart but insecure. I was so upset when she was tricked into doing things she knew was wrong. She really had no choice and I could feel her pain as the years went by with promises that never happened. It all comes down to that one moment in time when a button is pushed and the world is never the same. Her character is well written and she became a very vital part to this exciting story. 

There is a lot going on in the book with different groups trying to stay ahead of the disaster and I found it to be realistic enough to cheer on the efforts to save the world. The dynamics of the people who were working so hard to stop the device were different but had one thing in common. They all wanted to stop what was meant to do harm. Overall a good story that explores “what if,” in a way that makes you think that if we don’t work together, disaster could happen. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 20

Rebecca Tews, September 21

Texas Book-aholic, September 22

Inklings and notions, September 23

For Him and My Family, September 24

Blogging With Carol, September 24

deb’s Book Review, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 27

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 29

A Reader’s Brain, September 30

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 1

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Michael is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/119f6/silent-altitudes-celebration-tour-giveaway


 

Searching for Seven

About the Book

Book: Searching for Seven

Author: Tyler D. Smith

Genre: Christian Devotional

Release date: June 2, 2020

ebookcoverThe Christian life is meant to be an adventure. Searching for Seven takes readers on a journey of searching for God and searching for your own faith seven days a week. It is a quick read, with lots of stories, Scripture, and encouragement. 

 

 

 

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About the Author

IMG_9128Tyler D. Smith is a pastor, NBA sportswriter, and basketball coach. He has also worked in the Christian music industry.  He resides in Indiana with his wife Katelyn, and their two daughters Addi and Ellie.

 

 

 

More from Tyler

The Christian life is meant to be a journey, and we were made to seek Truth every day of the week! Searching for Seven is a quick read, filled with fun stories and Scripture to encourage readers, no matter where they are currently at Spiritually. Tyler D. Smith is an NBA sportswriter, coach, author, and speaker. Join him on the journey of a lifetime!

MY REVIEW 

I liked the concept of the book and the emphasis on never giving up. I don’t know how many times I have taken the wrong path but God was always there. I remember a time when my husband and I were deeply hurt by a church we had attended for eight years. We were the Children’s Pastors and also lead a Marriage Ministry group. There was a disagreement and before we knew it we were asked to leave the church. We were broken and didn’t understand what had happened. But in the midst of the storm, I had reached out to a friend at another church. Her pastor spoke to me and said we were welcomed there and wanted me to teach in the Children’s  Church. I’ll never forget the pastor saying, “we can’t have one of God’s children lost so please come and find restoration.” 

I love how the author reminds us that we don’t need to sit on the sidelines. God can use each of us even when we sin. He wants us restored and filled with joy and confidence. He wants us to trust Him and have faith in Him. The chapter about faith was very interesting to read. I liked how the author breaks the word down and gives illustrations between faith and hope. He gives examples from the Bible where people had faith and stood firmly in their belief. 

I admit that I took my time in the chapter about saying yes.  His point is that we don’t want to miss opportunities just because we don’t think we are equipped. I have said no to ministry opportunities because I was scared that I would fail or I would not know what to say. I struggle with confidence and this chapter really helped me. 

The book is a  great tool to use as you dig deeper into His Word. Each chapter emphasizes having a personal relationship with God. His examples are good and uses scriptures throughout the book. At the end of the book you will find discussion questions divided up for each chapter. This would be a great book to use in a small group setting or for individual use.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 21

Through the Fire Blogs, September 22 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 23

Inklings and notions, September 24

Simple Harvest Reads, September 25 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 25

deb’s Book Review, September 26

Blossoms and Blessings, September 27 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 28

For Him and My Family, September 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 2

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 3

Artistic Nobody, October 4 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Tyler is giving away the grand prize package of $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/119f8/searching-for-seven-celebration-tour-giveaway


Sunday, September 19, 2021

 

5-star life

About the Book

Book:  5-Star Life

Author: Britney Ruby Miller

Genre: Self-Help, Inspirational

Release date: August 20, 2021

9781641237505Britney Ruby Miller has faced overwhelming obstacles in her life—extreme challenges to her faith, her family, her marriage, and her business. Each of these challenges alone might have caused her to give up and shut down, closing herself off to all of her hopes and dreams. Instead, she fought back hard, engaging in a faithful fight to attain a 5-star life.

Are you allowing your negative life experiences to transform you—or to undermine you? No matter what obstacles you face, you can learn ways to fight back, “striving for 5” to reach a 5-star life.

Now the CEO of a chain of nationally ranked, high-end steakhouses, Britney has fought the battles of rejection, feelings of low self-esteem, family tragedy, infidelity, infertility, and the global pandemic that threatened not only to close her family’s business but also to decimate the entire restaurant industry. “I am so thankful that God helped me stretch, heal, learn, and grow from my journey so far,” says Britney. “There is absolutely no way I would have been able to function at such a high level at work, balancing so many plates at once, and be full of God’s love and peace even in the hardest of times, without having been transformed through a lifetime of experiences. God used all of my negative experiences to make my life more rich and full of joy and purpose.”

Britney’s ingredients for a 5-star life include:

* Partnering with God to live the life you were meant to live
* Working together for a strong family life
* Cultivating a unified, loving marriage
* Pursuing excellence at your job or business
* Giving back to others in your community and the world

With captivating stories and reflections to take you deeper into principles for success, this book will show you how to keep your faith and hope in the midst of challenges, setbacks, and even tragedy as you persevere with tenacity to attain your 5-star life of excellence.

 

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About the Author

britney-ruby-miller1200xx1621-912-0-85Britney Ruby Miller is CEO of Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment (JRCE), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, which manages a portfolio of high-end steakhouses widely regarded as among the best in the nation. She directs the company’s seven steakhouses in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, leading a team of hundreds of employees.

“When your father is a steakhouse baron, you don’t just show up and take over the family business when you come of age,” she says. Britney started working in one of the family restaurants at age fifteen and subsequently gained experience in all areas of the business, and she also attended culinary school. Britney was studying in the Lindner College of Business when 9/11 hit, prompting her to switch her major and earn a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Cincinnati before returning to the family business and eventually joining JRCE’s corporate team. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Xavier University.

In her corporate role, Britney’s leadership led to eight years of consecutive same-store sales growth, expanding the company while enhancing the key element on which its success depends: delivering absolutely incomparable total dining experiences in each market. When the economic effects of Covid-19 threatened not only her own business but also the entire restaurant industry and food supply chain nationwide, Britney became an energetic advocate for the restaurant industry and related industries on both state and federal levels.

Britney also helped to develop and launch one of her family’s main charitable endeavors, The Jeff Ruby Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to remove Cincinnati from the “Top 5 Childhood Poverty” lists by providing homes for foster children and lowering the number of kids in the county foster system. Brittney has been named to the “40 Under 40” lists of the Cincinnati Business Courier and Cincinnati’s Venue magazine, and she is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from restaurant management to marketing to women in business. She serves as a board member of both The Jeff Ruby Foundation and the Cincinnati State Foundation, and she is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

Britney is a dedicated wife and mother. She is married to Caleb Miller, a former linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, and they have four children. Committed to putting family first, Britney continually strives to balance family life and work demands, enriching both realms of her life.

 

More from Britney

How to keep going in the midst of challenges, setbacks, and even tragedy to attain a 5-star life of excellence.

MY REVIEW 

I have not heard of the author before but I found her story interesting. She grew up in a family that was famous and had a childhood filled with fancy cars, big parties and lacked for nothing. Most of us would love a life like that but for her she wanted something different. I like her honesty in  saying that she didn’t appreciate all the hard work her parents did to give her a good childhood. Growing up with famous parents made her a target for bullying. It is so sad that kids bully others simply because they are jealous. But through all the tabloids and rumors the author became stronger and shares her struggles of  trying to please everyone. 

One of the key points in the book for me was that it doesn’t matter what others think of you. It matters what God thinks and what you think. We shouldn’t let others control us with their hurtful words. Overcoming the sting of hateful comments can be a struggle. The author points out that we need to focus on God and not allow the enemy to saturate us with things that draw us away from God. It is hard to ignore words that are meant to hurt but I think about the scripture, “ Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

The book is definitely filled with encouragement and shares how to overcome the obstacles that may get in our way. God has a plan for each of us and as the author shared her story, I liked reading how she leaned on God. I loved it when the author said, “sometimes you have to persevere through the darkest nights to make it to the brightest days ahead.” 

The author shares the Five Foundations For A Five-Star Life   with scriptures, personal stories and Biblical characters. I like how transparent she is as she shares her journey and found that it was up lifting. This would be a great book to use in a group as a Bible study or to use on your own to grow closer to God.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 16

deb’s Book Review, September 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 17

Mary Hake, September 17

An Author’s Take, September 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

Inklings and notions, September 21

For Him and My Family, September 22

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 23

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 25

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 26

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 28

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 29

The Space for Grace, September 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Brittney is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/119f1/5-star-life-celebration-tour-giveaway

Saturday, September 18, 2021

 

About the Book

Book:  The Watcher

Author: Sara Davison

Genre: Speculative Romantic Suspense

Release date: March 2021

Someone or something is watching Kathryn Ellison.

Kathryn thought she had buried memories of That Night for good—until Nick Lawson returns, reigniting her long-suppressed feelings for him. Seeing Nick has always reminded her too much of the horrible night that changed her life. As much as she wants to be with him, she wants even more to forget. When Nick unexpectedly shows up at her family ranch, Kathryn knows it is finally time to let go of the traumatic past that has held her captive for so long.

David Henley is a captive too—of the dark secret involving Kathryn, a secret he’s kept even from his wife. Now the truth is about to be revealed. And when it is, he could be stripped of everything in his life that matters to him.

A storm is brewing in the spiritual realm, and its effects reverberate through the natural world, summoning otherworldly Beings to the ranch. While Kathryn confronts the memories of That Night and struggles to let them go, she is not as alone in her home as she thinks.

As spiritual and temporal forces collide, Kathryn—and everyone she loves—is about to be caught in the crossfire.

 

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About the Author

Sara Davison is the author of three romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, and The Rose Tattoo Trilogy, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. She has been a finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, two Selahs, a Holt Medallion, and three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children. The words on the mug she uses every morning pretty much sum up her life—I just want to sleep, drink coffee, and make stuff up. Get to know Sara better at www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison.

 

More from Sara

The Watcher has taken me on an incredible journey over the last decade. After obtaining my degree in English literature, I longed to write a book. However, I found the idea of sitting down and actually writing one extremely daunting. So, I took every creative writing course, read every book on the subject, and attended every writing conference and seminar I could fine—basically doing everything except writing. Then one Easter Sunday morning, in church, the idea for an entire book—beginning, middle, ending, characters—came to me. Over the next five years, I wrote, rewrote, edited, polished, and got feedback on the book, until I felt it was nearly ready to submit to a publishing contest.

I say nearly because, while the feedback I had received was largely positive, it was still clear that something was missing. A month before the deadline to submit to the publishing contest, it occurred to me what that something was—the timeline. The novel read a bit like a sweeping epic novel that took place over twenty years. While that might work in some genres, it doesn’t play well in romantic suspense.

I had always been intrigued by the idea of a non-human narrator, and it occurred to me that could work with this book. That led me to the idea of using The Watcher, an unseen being in the spiritual realm, as my narrator. When I added in that being and numerous other beings, I was able to shorten the timeline of the book from twenty years to six days.

Of course, this required a major overhaul of the book. I closeted myself in my office for a month, only completing the story the day before the deadline for the contest. That meant I didn’t have an opportunity to show it to anyone or get feedback, so I had no idea whether the idea worked or if the story even made sense anymore.

The Watcher ended up winning the contest and was published in 2011. A decade and eight other published novels later, I got back the rights to my debut novel, polished it up, added several more chapters, and re-released it through Mountain Brook Ink in 2021.

As my first novel, my only (so-far) standalone, and the sole novel I have released that is speculative romantic suspense as opposed to contemporary romantic suspense, The Watcherholds a special place in my heart. As with all my books, my hope and prayer is that it will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to the God who has promised to never leave them or forsake them.

 MY REVIEW 

This book is not going to be an easy one to read for some, so let me warn readers now. It deals with a very sensitive subject that may be a trigger for some. Anyone that has been sexually assaulted will find this story unnerving at times. I wasn't sure if I could finish the book, but I had to see if  the main character would find closure from her ordeal.

Many of us have heard the expression “Wrong place, wrong time,” and this story is definitely being at the wrong  place at the wrong time for Kathryn. In a second her life changes forever when she decides she doesn’t need to be walked to her car that fateful night. Kathryn endures a horrific encounter with two men that not only takes away her feeling of safety but has also shaken her faith. At times she has asked why did He allow this to happen to me? It is a very hard story to read but one that perhaps can help someone who has gone through the same thing that Kathryn did. 

I think of this story as an onion that is peeled away slowly and starts to reveal what is hidden inside. I shudder as I write these words now to describe what emotions are exposed in the depth of this book. Along comes fear,faith,  hope, anger, revenge and forgiveness. There is a war brewing in the Spiritual realm as Kathryn continues to battle with the past.

I’m trying very hard not to cry as I finish my review. “What the enemy uses for evil, God turns it to good.” I’m sure you have heard that many times but maybe never experienced it first hand. It was interesting to see how the author illustrated grace in a way that made me look at things differently. Although some people do horrible things, God loves them and wants them to follow Him. He gives grace when we don’t think it should be given. The story also gives a powerful message of forgiveness. I felt the struggle that Kathryn had as she was faced with forgiving those who harmed her. There are a few things in the story that I didn’t quite understand but I won’t say what they are so I don’t give anything away. 

Overall the book is good and the message of faith is evident throughout the story. The author gives us a few twists in the story which I was intrigued by.  When I read the ending I felt a calm come over me. After the tension I experienced reading the story, the author reminds us that, “Once you’re His you know that, no matter what happens, you can’t leave Him.”

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 17

Blogging With Carol, September 17

By the Book, September 17

Inklings and notions, September 18

Texas Book-aholic, September 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 21

For Him and My Family, September 21

deb’s Book Review, September 22

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 23

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 26

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 27

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sara is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/119f3/the-watcher-celebration-tour-giveaway