Sunday, October 8, 2017

Deadly Proof: Book One of the 'Atlanta Justice' Series is Fantastic


If you are looking to jump right in to not just a fantastic novel but also have a front row seat for the start of a new book series, Deadly Proof is one you'll want to read! Deadly Proof is book one in the 'Atlanta Justice' series, and is a fast-paced weaving of murder mystery & legal thriller. The heroine is Kate Sullivan, a young and brilliant attorney who is hoping to become the Lead Counsel in case against a large pharmaceutical company. If selected, Kate will have to go up against her good friend and law school classmate Ethan Black. It doesn't take long for Kate to find herself in the midst of something bigger than she anticipated, as someone from the pharmaceutical company reaches out to her and shares that things within MPC (the pharmaceutical company) are deeper and darker than the lawsuit suggests. Kate wants to make sure her source is credible--she hires Landon James, a private investigator, to check out the source as well as the source's information.

The novel begins to take a more dangerous turn, and soon Kate finds that she needs Landon not just as an investigator, but as her personal body guard. The main storyline centers around Kate & Landon, but the other characters are very well developed. The novel is detailed, suspenseful, fast-paced, and doesn't leave any loose ends. I enjoyed the novel, and cannot wait for the second book!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*
 
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About the Book

Book title: Deadly Proof  
Author: Rachel Dylan  
Release date: September 5, 2017  
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company’s dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved. Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He’s still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything–even commit murder–to keep the case from going to trial. As danger closes in, Landon can’t help but admire Kate’s courage and resolve–but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

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About the Author

Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.

Dylan_Rachel1Q & A with Rachel Dylan

  1. The Atlanta Justice series is centered around strong, female lawyers who take on high-stakes cases. What made you want to write their stories?I’d have to say it’s personal! Having been an attorney for eleven years now, I love being able to pour parts of myself into the books. My everyday life as a lawyer isn’t that exciting and is definitely not as dangerous! But I’m able to draw on what I’ve lived through to bring life and authenticity to these characters.
  1. What type of research did you do for Deadly Proof?One of the great things about writing books related to my career is that I know lawyers who practice all different types of law. Deadly Proof focuses on Kate Sullivan, who is a plaintiff’s attorney taa Rafflecopter giveaway king on a big pharmaceutical company. I don’t do this specific type of plaintiff’s work, but I know lawyers who do, and I was able to talk with them. Also, I was able to relate to my characters on the defense side because I’ve done that work for years. It was really fun to write the perspectives of characters on both sides of the case.
  1. Is there a reason you chose Atlanta for this series?Yes! I’m from Georgia and lived in Atlanta, practicing law at a large law firm, for eight years. I wanted to pick a setting I was intimately familiar with to give readers an authentic Atlanta experience—sweet tea and all.
  1. Where do you think Kate’s passion for her work comes from?Kate truly believes that her life’s work is to help those who have been wronged. I believe a lot of her passion stems from her strong faith that has developed over the years. She’s not a lawyer to make big bucks but to change people’s lives for the better.
  1. What is the next book in the Atlanta Justice series about?Book two is about Kate’s friend Sophie Dawson, who we meet in Deadly Proof. Sophie is an Atlanta prosecutor. This story is exciting because it involves a completely different type of legal case than Deadly Proof. But I promise things get just as dangerous!

Blog Stops

September 26: A Baker’s Perspective
September 26: Faithfully Bookish
September 27: Reading Is My SuperPower
September 27: Fizzy Pop Collection
September 27: Blogging With Carol 
September 28: Fiction Aficionado
September 28: Moments Dipped in Ink
September 28: Genesis 5020
September 29: Just Commonly
September 29: Bukwurmzzz
September 29: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
September 30: 100 Pages per Hour
September 30: Smiling Book Reviews
October 1: A Reader’s Brain
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October 1: Carpe Diem
October 2: Karen Sue Hadley
October 4: Mary Hake
October 6: Pause for Tales
October 7: Just Jo’Anne
October 8: Neverending Stories
October 8: Cafinated Reads

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fantastic Novel {Rule of Law Book Review}


My favorite book I've read this year...and I have read MANY!! How I haven't read a Randy Singer novel before I'm not sure, but this one will not be my last! Perfect blend of murder, mystery, political suspense, and legal tensions. The main characters are quite complex, and the minor characters add depth and interest to the novel. Kudos to Singer for providing a list of the characters at the front of the book; there were a few times I referred back to it to make sure I had the characters straight.

I think what makes the novel so riveting is the fact this fictional storyline is actually quite plausible. At the very least, I'm sure that some areas of the plot have and will continue to take place within the US political system. Rule of Law is a fantastic "Law and Order meets James Michener" work of art (without taking away whatsoever that Singer is an accomplished and gifted author in his own right). I look forward to reading more of his novels!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*

Rule of Law (Tyndale, September 2017)
What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?

Randy SingerRandy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel "Directed Verdict." In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school's Board of Visitors.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mercy Triumphs {Book Review. Excellent finale to a great contemporary novel series}


I really, truly wish this third book was not the final one in the series. The substance, storylines, tension, and conflict make Mercy Triumphs a book you will want to finish in one day; I know, because that is exactly what I did.

While this book can be read as a stand-alone work, I highly recommend reading the first two books before reading Mercy Triumphs. The power of witnessing an American family living in Sudan, sharing about Christ, seeing the persecution taking place in Africa, and watching various characters within the book seeking out God's plan for their lives is quite incredible. What we believe God has planned for our lives is often not what He has planned for us... but when we trust Him and look beyond ourselves, we get to see that 'God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28). Mercy Triumphs displays this beautifully, and for that reason I cannot recommend it enough.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*
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Mercy Triumphs (New Hope Publishers, September 2017)
Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.
Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.
Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.

Jana KelleyAuthor of the captivating novel "Side by Side," Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide {Book Review}


I had several reasons for choosing to read this book: I'm the Nursery Coordinator at a church whose Sunday weekly attendance is just under 3,000; my husband is also on staff as the Small Groups Pastor; we lead a small group and I'm sometimes involved in Biblical counseling sessions; and, above all else, I'm a mother of six--with 3 of my children being adopted out of foster care. Because of these various roles, child safety as well as an awareness of how to help adults who suffered child abuse are quite important to me.

I feel this book is a great resource for the following people:

Children's Ministry Director for its emphasis on volunteer background checks, check-in check-out safety procedures, security measures when children are in the children's ministry classrooms, how to recognize abuse (that's occurring outside of church), and how to create appropriate adult/child interaction within the classrooms.

Pastor who oversees staff hiring process and the overall facilities (at my church this is the Associate Pastor). For him, the book is a good resource for not just the hiring of church staff, but also ideas for having great security measures in place when children are in the building. It provides info that will help recognize the desired environment of a child predator. Also, the book shares ways to put guidelines into place for people who need to limit their contact with children (via a written contract) and how to communicate with other local churches when a potential predator leaves one church and moves on to try and plug in to another church.

Biblical Counseling Pastor or Director of Biblical Counseling. The book provides good information on how to come alongside and help an adult who experienced abuse as a child. Anyone else who helps serve as an advocate to that person (someone in their small group, possibly another pastor at church) would also benefit from this section of the book.

Elder Board, Senior Pastor, or similar key decision team. If a church is wanting to get fully onboard and seek out how to become a GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) certified church, the leadership should review this book, seek out more info on GRACE itself, and then pursue the path that leads to the certification. Even if a church doesn't want a full certification, the leadership may still decide to put measures from the book into place in how they approach church policies and procedures.

My main complaint with the book is I feel the title omits that the book contains a section on how to come alongside adults who were abused as children. That section was a tremendous resource for me, yet the title makes you think the book is just about keeping kids safe at church. But other than that, I truly think this is an excellent book. 

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*

ABOUT THE BOOK
The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries
The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries (New Growth Press, August 2017)
Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.
This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:
—Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
—The warning signs of child abuse
—Crafting and implement a child protection policy
—Responding to abuse allegations
—Caring for victims of child abuse
—The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries
Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.
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GRACE Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.
Find out more about GRACE at http://www.netgrace.org.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!

 

Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

 

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST.  Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God’s redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God’s miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God’s promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God’s Word—each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings—for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features—conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index—the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A God of All Seasons~Walking Toward Mercy and Grace {Book Review} INCLUDES GIVEAWAY LINK!





A God of All Seasons: Walking towards mercy and grace by T.H. Meyer and Amy Breitman is a sweet reminder that God is in the midst of every circumstance, situation, and season. Even when things are hard, God is continually in the process of carrying us through and allowing us the chance to draw closer to Him.
The book is refreshing in its style, as the chapters alternate between the authors. Each author is very authentic in sharing struggles and hard times. They also bring great imagery through physically describing the nature around them. The big focus on nature makes this a calming, visual book. And the verses shared at the beginning of each chapter (often taken from The Message version of the Bible) are a fantastic way to see God's handiwork both in the book & in our own lives. Each chapter also allows you to delve more personally into your own life through "Personal Reflection" Questions. This layout would make this a good book for friends to read and then discuss together.
Although the work is written for women, I feel the main target audience is moms. Many of the life lessons the author's share includes examples from being moms or examples from their children. Because of this, I truly enjoyed it, but I could see how a single woman or woman without children would feel a little disconnect. I definitely enjoyed this book, but do believe I would recommend it primarily to women in the season of life I currently live; married with kids.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*

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About the Book

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Book title: A God of All Seasons  
Author: TH Meyer & Amy Breitmann  
Release date: August 28, 2017  
Genre: Non-fiction

What if your spiritual life landed in the grip of a wintered soul? How does one’s faith survive?
Discover the beauty and challenge of spiritual seasons as Tammy & Amy remember parts of their stories in order to draw out your own. Learn to perceive God’s companionship even when you don’t sense His nearness. And unearth, not only a God who created the seasons, but one who also walks with you through them.”

Book Trailer Video: https://youtu.be/fWupS5gTRoc


About the Authors

After living in Asia and Europe, T.H. Meyer’s family planted roots on their Texas farm in 2008 where they live among fields of Rye and Bermuda. Tammy is a writer and creative strategist who also moonlights as a social media specialist. She’s the mother to three children and author of, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs maneuvering the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.
Join Tammy on her website: The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith http://www.tammy-h-meyer.com/.
Or stay in touch with her at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tammy.h.meyer/ for personal photos and thoughts from home.
Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammy_h_meyer/lists & find out what’s on her Twitter “Lists.”



Amy’s (Amy Breitmann) bio: Amy weaves together ministry and writing alongside her husband and two children in Augusta, GA. She is a writer, speaker, and founder of “The Lydia Project,” a national ministry for women facing cancer and is a storyteller for ViBella Jewelry, an international company that employs artisans in Haiti and Mexico. Her published works include pieces in Chicken Soup of the Soul, Mosaic: Sojourners of Faith, and Guideposts Magazine.

Giveaway

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Fun, Refreshing take on Motherhood & Parenting {Hiding from my Kids in my Prayer Closet--Book Review}



If reading a book with a chapter titled : 'Children's Parties; Where Saturdays go to Die' causes you to say, "Amen, Sister!" you will truly enjoy this breath of fresh air written by Jessica Kastner. I've read many books on parenting and motherhood, and it's wonderful to read a Christian book that addresses day to day life with such transparency. Kastner blends humor, sarcasm, truth and tenderness in ways that can encourage moms and also spur them along to accept their individual gifts and personal parenting styles. 

Kastner does not shy away from sharing snippets from her own motherhood journey, which began as an unwed, single mom and continued with two surprise pregnancies after she was married. The author is never snarky or irreverent, but does a great job of putting a magnifying glass on the unimportant, and putting a flashlight onto the aspects of parenting that truly do matter. She ends her chapters by focusing on the relationship between a mother and Christ, and also the need to help our kids develop a heart that is going after God. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and look forward to recommending it to friends.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to write a review. My honest opinion has been provided without any requirement to write a positive review.*

Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet (David C Cook, July 2017)
Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.
Jessica KastnerJessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s CBN.com, Beliefnet.com, and the Huffington Post’s Christianity blog. As Connecticut’s coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God’s message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she’s not on the trampoline with her three boys in Connecticut, Jessica shares her unapologetically “real” commentary on the Christian life at www.JessicaKastner.com.