Monday, September 28, 2015

CFBA - The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks

This week, the 
is introducing
Thomas Nelson (August 11, 2015)


Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. Along with her husband, Rick, she travels across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement as well as civilian participants. She has won numerous awards for career excellence. Carrie is a popular platform speaker, presenting a variety of topics from crime to creativity.

Animals have always been a large part of her life. Her parents, Ned and Evelyn Stuart, started Skeel Kennel Great Pyrenees in 1960. Carrie inherited the kennel and continues with her beloved dogs as both an AKC judge and former president of the Great Pyrenees Club of America. She lives on the same ranch she grew up on in Northern Idaho.


A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter.
When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in her community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.

Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter.
The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.
When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bones Will Speak, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

Once again I selected a book that was written in the first person. I have to say I was happy that there was only one first person point of view in this book and I didn't have to deal with 'head-hopping'. While I am not a fan of first person novels, I did enjoy this author's work and would happily say I would read her work again.

Her characters were crisp and enjoyable to get to know. Granted there was a serial killer on the loose and the main character, Gwen, was a forensic artist involved in trying to locate the killer. I enjoyed being in her head hearing her thoughts.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller novel. 

On a 5-star scale - 4 Stars!

I would like to thank Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Thomas Nelson for my review copy of The Bones Will Speak. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Friday, September 11, 2015

WAR ROOM - A New Movie from the Kendricks Brothers

I took the day off of work today. A much needed day off. My husband and I decided earlier in the week that we would go to the theater to see the move War Room. Oh. My. Gosh. It is a movie well worth any price you'll have to pay.

The movie is about the Jordan family. A family that is so tied up in what they do that they forget about what is most important in life, a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

I could tell you the whole story but I never hand out spoilers. I will offer the first trailer to give you a glimpse into the movie, and the second one is one of my favorite scenes. Enjoy!

I fell in love with Miss Clara. She is a prayer warrior in the film played by Karen Abercrombie. She brought so much to the movie and truly won my heart. I can hardly wait for this movie to go to DVD as I plan on buying it as soon as possible.

Please invite your family and friends and seek out a theater to see this powerful movie today. Oh, and take some tissues with you as I guarantee you tears will flow, and not just on screen.

Blessings to each and every one of you.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Protector's Mission by Margaret Daley

If you love a good quick suspense novel to read, I suggest you pick up a book with the name Margaret Daley on the cover. I absolutely love her work and I'm pretty positive you will too.

Her latest release is on the shelves now so I highly suggest you pick up a copy of The Protector's Mission as soon as possible before they are all sold out.
 It is the third book in Ms. Daley's "Alaskan Search & Rescue" series. 

The heroine, Dr. Lydia McKenzie, finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, after surviving a bomb blast she is rescued by police sergeant Jesse Hunt and his bomb sniffing Rottweiler Brutus. These two characters have a past. One that Jesse wants to forget and not talk about and one that Lydia feels she needs to apologize for. Their story is a sad one but once they get beyond the pain of the past good things happen.

The 'bomber' is out to make sure no one can reveal their identity which causes a chain reaction of bombings. This keeps Jesse and Lydia on their toes.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and found the characters were believable and they touched my heart. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good clean suspense novel filled with twists and turns. The Christian thread helped move the story along.

I would like to thank the author, Margaret Daley, for my copy of The Protector's Mission. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

I am so excited to tell you about Melissa Jagears newest book, A Bride at Last. This is the fourth offering in her "Unexpected Bride Series" and in my humble opinion, it is her best yet. 

The story begins in Missouri in September 1885 where we meet schoolteacher Kate Dawson, the heroine of the story, and her student Anthony Riverton. In time we meet homesteader Silas Jonesey, the story's hero. I must say he is definitely swoon-worthy. The picture on the cover of both characters serve them well.

I want so much to tell you everything about this wonderful story but I never give out spoilers. I can tell you this, there are mysteries hidden within the covers of this book. While it is a historical love story, the reader is drawn into a story that has a few twists and turns that lead the reader deeper into the story. If I had had the time, I would have read this book in one sitting. As it is, once I began reading I lost all track of time and when I had to pull myself out of the story I was quite reluctant to do so.

This is a story about forgetting old hurts, learning to trust, and reaching out to others. The characters in this book were so lifelike that they became real to me and I truly hated to see them go. There are times when I finish a book I begin to wonder after I finish what happened next. Of course I have to remind myself it is just a story. But in A Bride at Last, Ms. Jagears offers the reader an Epilogue that allows us to see eight years into the future. I truly appreciated being given that gift.

Would I suggest this book to others? Definitely. I would suggest it to anyone who loves a good clean love story.  The Christian theme that flows throughout the book is not overpowering but adds to the story quite nicely. 

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 HUGE Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Ms. Jagears and Bethany House for my copy of A Bride at Last. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review, which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,