Thursday, May 28, 2020

About the Book

Book:  Shattered by Death
Author: Catherine Finger
Genre:  Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: June 2016
When Josie’s abusive soon-to-be-ex-husband had an affair with another woman, Josie could have murdered them. When someone does, Jo is the prime suspect and the only one who can solve the case.



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MY REVIEW

This author is at  the top of my list for suspense writers . She easily puts faith elements throughout the story in very specific places that heighten the character’s flaws. I had to stop in the middle of reading the book to jot down notes. I didn’t want to forget anything that I felt were important for readers to know. 

You can read the back cover and find out what the book is about. I want to highlight Josie so that readers will understand how powerful this story is. Josie is the chief of police and you could tell some people were not excited about her position. There is a definite power struggle between two women that really showed how catty females can be. Can’t we just celebrate when a woman is in authority instead of that ugly green eyed monster showing up? I have worked at several places were there was nothing but drama between the women. I wanted no part of it and refused to play into their hands. 

Josie has a moment when she feels helpless and the enemy whispers in her ears  to end it all. That one scene gave me chills as she cries out to God to save her, to take away those thoughts running through her mind and rescue her from evil. The author wrote it so well I could see it playing out right before my eyes. 

She is in a fight for survival when fingers point to her as guilty. Who would kill her soon to be ex-husband and his mistress? The crime scene is a bit graphic but I understood why the author wrote  it that way. The question arises of why someone wanted to brutally murder two people? I began to think that someone was very angry and it showed in the way the people died.  There is definitely a battle between light vs darkness in this story. Will there be more murders? Can Josie find the killer while trying to keep her private life  from being poisoned by evil? 

I was glued to my seat and only stopped to take notes. This is a story that takes readers inside the mind of evil and wraps itself around people to destroy them. Josie will need to continually cover herself in prayer as she battles against something only God can save her from. Will Josie learn to surrender all to God and trust Him even in her darkest hour?

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

About the Author

Catherine Finger loves to dream, write, and tell stories. Recently retired from a wonderful career in public education, she celebrates the ability to choose how to spend her time in a new way during the second half of life. So far, she chooses to write books, ride horses, serve others, and generally find her way into and out of trouble both on the road and at home.  She lives in the Midwest with a warm and wonderful combination of family and friends.
Capsized by Death, the fourth novel in her Jo Oliver Thriller serieswill be released by Elk Lake Publishing in November 2019. Anchored by Death, the third of her Jo Oliver novels, was a Bronze Medal winner at the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards; a 2018 Selah Awards finalist; and a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards. Her second Jo Oliver Thriller, Shattered by Death, was a finalist in the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Catherine and her novels have been featured on radio stations, blogs, and in numerous articles—all posted at www.CatherineFinger.com.
Catherine loves to interact with her readers at www.CatherineFinger.comFollow her on Facebook at Catherine Finger, Author, and on Twitter at CatherineFinger@BeJoOliver.


More from Catherine

“If you could kill someone and get away with it, what would you do? How would you do it?”

Having posed this question over dessert during a really good first date several years ago—to my surprise and delight my date proceeded to share a story about an international cosmetic gone badly awry. I was so taken with this story, that I couldn’t wait to get home and start writing. And I did. That night I sat down to write a scene between two powerful women, intending one to toy with the other by playing with a jar of deadly moisturizer as they interacted.

As I wrote that night, an unexpected scene involving spiritual warfare popped into my head and onto the screen. The edgy, scary, lock-your-doors-before reading story I called Shattered by Death was born.

While the moisturizer scene didn’t ultimately stay in the book, the idea of powerful women pitted against each other did. I strive to create antagonists that are as strong—or stronger—than Jo Oliver. When I feel the tension of wondering whether or not Josie is going to make it out alive—that’s when I know I’m in the middle of a great story.
I hope you think so too.
Enjoy the read!
Catherine

Blog Stops

Betti Mace, May 29
Emily Yager, May 29
Bigreadersite, May 30
Rebecca Tews, June 1
amandainpa, June 8
Genesis 5020, June 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Catherine is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

About the Book

Book:  Heart of the Ajs
Author: T.E. Bradford
Genre:  Fantasy / Sci-Fi blend
Release Date: September 16, 2019
She has magic she cannot use…
He has a secret she must uncover.
THE SIX WORLDS OF BAQA
ASFAR, first planet from the sun is a desert planet steeped in superstition and tradition. Nafisa el Faruz is the princess, defender of the sun and champion of her people. Hers is the most powerful magic—zaman, holder of time.
TRINITOS, third planet, is home to the sky gate and the wicked man who controls its use, the Ajs An’hlj. He is yunfah—a wind walker, one who can control the air itself. The only thing he covets more than control is power, and he has his sights set on Nafisa.

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MY REVIEW
 This may be a quick read but it sure has some powerful lessons in it. I loved Nafisa and how humbled she was. As a princess she had powers that others wanted to use for evil. I was so upset when her father said she had to marry someone who only wanted to gain her special gift. Why would her father do something that would surely seal her fate? 
I loved the description of the planets and felt myself front and center aboard a spacecraft. It as a bit unnerving when Nafisa is bound to the Ajs in marriage. We don’t always know what God’s plans are but He always protects us. Nafisa wavered  in her faith for just a moment like many of us do. We look at our circumstances and feel it is hopeless. I loved the story and hope the author will continue with a follow up book.  It is a good example of trusting God and having faith even though it may look like disaster is about to happen. I have to mention how beautiful the cover of the book is. It really helps readers visualize Nafisa. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 
About the Author
Tracy is the author of the Divide Series, Six World Sagas, and International Bestseller: Kindled Legends – Written in the Stars.
When she’s not busy writing, she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, snapping photos, or giving voices to her son’s stuffed animals. She reclines her feet in Upstate New York with her very own grumpy kitty, the husband God made just for her, and the son who is her forever best story.

More from Tracy

A large part of the plot for Heart of the Ajs stemmed from a conversation I had with my son. He’d asked me why he still had bad dreams, even after praying for God to take them away.
I searched for the words to explain why God doesn’t always say yes. Sometimes he says no. Or maybe. Or wait–which for me is the hardest answer of all. I thought of an example from when we’d been looking for a new house and didn’t get the one we’d been hoping for. We were so disappointed. But God had a better house in mind for us. We just didn’t know it yet. And at one point my job became very toxic, when after seven years of work I got pregnant and suddenly managers who’d promoted me several times were telling me I wasn’t cutting it. God had a better job in mind for me. I just didn’t know it yet.
I started to wonder if I could weave this truth into a story I’d been working on about a girl who didn’t feel her father or God were listening. She couldn’t see a way out, or understand how anything good could come from where she was.
Yet our precious Heavenly Father always has a plan. A perfect, incredible plan far beyond our wildest imaginings. One He is faithful to reveal with perfect timing.
Even if we may not know it yet.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, May 22 (Author Interview)
Blossoms and Blessings, May 24 (Author Interview)
By The Book, May 26 (Author Interview)
For the Love of Literature, May 28 (Author Interview)
Wishful Endings, May 30 (Author Interview)
A Baker’s Perspective, June 2 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, T.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of my book Child of Prophecy, a piece of raw onyx, and a genuine Jasper stone heart necklace!!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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About the Book

Book: Oliver’s Moving Day
Author: Vicky Sluiter
Genre:  Children’s book
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Oliver's Moving DayIt’s moving day, and five-year-old Oliver is excited for the adventure ahead. He is full of questions as, along with big sister Edith, Mommy, and Daddy, Oliver moves from The Big City to The Country.
He has never been to The Country and has only seen pictures in his books. What will it be like? Where will they live? Will there be lots of people and tall buildings? Join Oliver and his family as they wave goodbye to The Big City and journey through the suburbs and into The Country. Will Oliver have his questions answered? Read along and find out!

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MY REVIEW
The book is a nice story about a young boy who moves from the city to the country. You can feel his excitement as the big truck is loaded up. I liked how he traveled down the road with his family saying goodbye to friends and familiar places. It can difficult for a child  to move away. This book is one that parents can read with their children and look at the pictures. I did want a little better visual because at times the text didn’t match the pages. The pictures were very simple and really didn’t pop off the pages. The story is good but I think less words and more detail to pictures would make this book better. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.  

About the Author

Sluiter VickyVicky Sluiter has had a passion for reading since she was four years old. She started with the back of cereal boxes and moved on to everything else, including books, magazines, and t shirts. As a wife and mom, gramma to five boys, and the proud owner of a bearded dragon named Elliott, she has learned what boys like Oliver want to read. You can follow Vicky’s blog and book reviews at vickysluiter.com.

More from Vicky

I love writing children’s fiction because children are so much fun. So lively and expressive. You never really know what will happen when a child is involved but usually it will involve laughter. I have five grandsons so have experienced this many times over the years. The boys are ages 5 yrs to 14 yrs. Being at different stages the house is full of fun when they are all together. The youngest adores the oldest, and it’s reciprocated even if he won’t admit it. The middle three enjoy hanging together and getting into mischief. This Gramma loves every second of it!
The idea for a little guy on a farm was birthed when I was taking classes in writing fiction for children 30 years ago. I grew up on a hobby farm in farm country so the setting was pretty natural for me. And all the neighbors were boys so that’s what I’m used to. I could drive a tractor and bale hay right along with them. Having Oliver move from The Big City to The Country was inspired by my three youngest grandsons. That’s what they did and when they come to visit me they get excited to see the tall buildings in The Big City. And yes, they actually use that phrase. They are thoroughly convinced that Oliver’s Moving Day was written about them. In a way it was!
I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my dream. It was temporarily set aside, but in the right season it bubbled to the top again. Never let go of your dreams!

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Vicky is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and toy truck!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Monday, May 25, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  Assessing Your Prophetic Self
Author: Paula A. Price PH.D.
Genre:  RELIGION / Christianity/Pentecostal & Charismatic
Release Date: April 17, 2020
The Prophetic Primers are a series of smaller books based on the best-selling The Prophet’s Dictionary and The Prophet’s Handbook that will bring clarity, discovery, and definition to the training of prophetic gifts. In Assessing Your Prophetic Self, Dr. Paula A. Price provides diagnostic tools, as well as language and knowledge, to discern, measure, and encourage the gifts of novice prophets. Readers will receive links for an online prophetic assessment test. Dr. Price also sets specific and measurable objectives, goals, and outcomes for the formation of a prophetic ministry. Also includes an introduction for the seasoned prophet looking to mentor others in the ministry.

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MY REVIEW

This book is one that at times I was completely lost while reading it. I couldn’t quite understand what the author was saying. It felt almost like a legal document that has all these unfamiliar words that confuse you. I am familiar with the subject in the book, yet I walked away not quite satisfied with the outcome. I wanted a book where the author would walk readers through different tasks that would lead them to what their gift was. Not everyone is a prophet and only God is the one that gives that gift . You can’t make yourself a prophet but if God has appointed you as one, he will provide the tools you need. 

I appreciate all the hard work the author used to write this book. For me, it feel short of helping understand what points she was trying to make. This book would be useful for theologians and those who have studied this subject in-depth. I do remember at a church I attended, if someone felt they had a Word from  God they needed to go to an elder or the Pastor first. I always appreciated that step so someone wouldn’t just come up and start saying things that were not of God. Pastors have great discernment and want to watch over their congregation. I’m sure you have heard about false prophets. We are to be careful of those who want to cause division in the Body of Christ. 

I was confused what the purpose of the word clouds were. Although there were many subjects in the cloud, it felt a little off balance. I needed more clarity as to what the author was wanting readers to gain from the word clouds. Even though I was lost through most of the book, I can’t take away the valuable tools Bible scholars and Pastors could use from the book. Overall I don’t think this book is for the everyday  Christian, but rather for those who study theology to gain wisdom in their journey to teach others.

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

About the Author

Paula A. Price is quickly becoming the international voice on the subject of apostolic and prophetic ministry. She has founded and established three churches, an apostolic and prophetic Bible institute, a publication company, a consulting firm, and a global collaborative network linking apostles and prophets together for the purpose of kingdom vision and ventures. Although she has written over twenty-five books, manuals, and other course material on the apostolic and prophetic, she is most recognized for her unique 1,600-term The Prophet’s Dictionary, a concise prophetic training manual entitled Church Prophets, and her follow-up, The Prophet’s Handbook, a tool for establishing prophetic ministry in the church. Paula is host of her own program, Let’s Just Talk: Where God Makes Sense. She has a D.Min. and a Ph.D. in Religious Education from Word of Truth Seminary in Alabama. She is also a wife, mother of three daughters, and the grandmother of two. She and her husband Tom presently pastor New Creation Worship Assembly in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


More from Paula

My previous books, THE PROPHET’s DICTIONARY and THE PROPHET’s HANDBOOK have sold extremely well and have offered guidance and wisdom to many. This new book, ASSESSINGG YOUR PROPHETIC SELF is the first of The Prophetic Primer Series that will bring more clarity and discovery to your training in the prophetic.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, May 19 (Spotlight)
Simple Harvest Reads, May 21 (Spotlight)
Book Love, May 23 (Spotlight)
For the Love of Literature, May 24 (Spotlight)
Blossoms and Blessings, May 26 (Spotlight)
Vicky Sluiter, May 28 (Spotlight)
Andrea Christenson, May 30 (Spotlight)
Through the Fire Blogs, June 1 (Spotlight)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Paula 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.