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STANDOFF by Patricia Bradley

This is my first Patricia Bradley novel but it won’t be my last! I love the way she weaves the romance into a suspense novel. But make no mistake, suspense is definitely the shining star in STANDOFF–just the way I like it!

Standoff (Natchez Trace Park Rangers Book #1)

I don’t like to give away plots in my reviews but I’ll tell you this much. The story centers around Brooke Danvers who is about to become a park ranger when her father (a park ranger) is found dead. His death is ruled a suicide but Brooke knows her father well enough to know that’s not true. And she plans on proving it–even if she is a rookie. Her old flame, Luke, shows up. Brooke thinks he’s a bartender but he’s actually working undercover.

And that’s all the teaser I’m going to give you. But there’s plenty of suspense and action to keep you turning the pages. Bradley is an award-winning novelist and it shows in STANDOFF.  I quite enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense and mysteries.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

Book Review

The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue Book #1)

I was excited to read The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren but… this book was not for me.

The story was good. The characters interesting.  Lots of tension. Great romance. The writing was even better!  So, why wasn’t this book a favorite for me?

Both characters are mountain climbers and the story revolves around mountain climbing. Susan May Warren does an amazing job of creating word pictures that got me right up on that mountain with them. And that’s the problem. I’m not an outdoorsy-type person. I have absolutely no interest in mountain climbing, whether it be on a mountain or in my armchair reading.  So unfortunately, this wasn’t a book that I particularly enjoyed but… if you’re more adventurous than me, it might be just the book you’re looking for. And it won’t stop me from reading another Susan May Warren book–she’s an awesome writer.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an unbiased review.

God Bless and Good Reading!

 

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Book Review

 

Collateral Damage (Danger Never Sleeps Book #1)

I jumped at the chance to review COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason because she always does a great job. And Collateral Damage is no exception. She manages to weave romance and suspense with a great plot and wonderful characters.

In Collateral Damage, the hero and the heroine are truly heroes. Both have spent time on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Now that they’re back in the states, life should be safer. Not true in this story. As I read this story, I wondered if Ms. Eason had spent time on the battlefield herself. I don’t know the answer but if the answer’s no, then my respect for her writing has grown by leaps and bounds. With Collateral Damage, she’s brought the grit of war along with the heroes who fight every day for the principles that keep America strong. Can you tell that I loved this book?

This is a definite YES for me.

I was given this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Crazy Creek Christmas by Lisa J. Lickel

I love Christmas! For many different reasons but one reason is because of all the great Christmas novellas that my publisher (Pelican Book Group) releases during their Christmas Extravaganza. This year is no exception. Today, I’m featuring Crazy Creek Christmas by Lisa J. Lickel.

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Besides writing inspiring fiction, she also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater, and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. She is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

MY BOOK REVIEW:

I love reading Lisa’s books.

They always have great characters along with an interesting plot. This one is no exception. This is not your everyday ho-hum romance. First of all, it’s set in modern-day Wyoming on the Rocking J Ranch. I mean really–how cool is that? Mountains and cowboys and Christmas!

Leah needs a job and Rocking J Ranch needs a cook. It sounds like the perfect situation….until she arrives. Things are a little different than she expected. OK, a lot different and not in a good way. It seems that not everyone’s happy she’s there. But that’s OK with her, she’s tough. Being raised in foster homes will do that. And she really needs this job.

Noel is the absent owner of the ranch but shows up with the intention of sharing his plan to sell the ranch to a development group. And that means he’s not popular with anyone, including Leah.

I’m not going to give away the plot but I will tell you that there’s lots of twists and turns. That’s the great thing about reading Lisa J. Lickel’s books. You just never know what’s going to happen. Only that something will happen. Definitely put this book on your holiday reading list.

 

 

Crazy Creek Christmas By Lisa J Lickel

 

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Crazy Creek, Wyoming saves Leah Hanes’s life. Running on fumes and bald tires, she thanks heaven for Cookie and Jeanette Wimmer who send her to the Rocking J Ranch as a winter cook. Leah arrives to discover the ranch and the people need more than a cook.

Noel Johansen, heir of the Rocking J, happily left for the big city years ago. When he loses his family in a terrible accident, the best thing for everyone is to sell the place, ditch the memories, and move on. But his brother-in-law has other plans, and the beautiful new cook they’ve hired for the season threatens Noel’s desire to remain detached.

The ranch represents Noel’s future and selling it becomes more important than ever when one more tragedy leaves him with nothing. But memories can’t be bought and sold, nor can a broken conscience heal itself. Home, heart, and future are irrevocably tied in Crazy Creek.

 

Enjoy an Excerpt from CRAZY CREEK CHRISTMAS:

 

Noel pushed through the passage into his mother’s dining area.

“Did that woman get here yet? I don’t want to have to haul someone’s…”

It was Gil’s voice Noel heard, but definitely not Gil’s face across the big table. Noel amended his language and raised his arms to brace himself against the sides of the doorway.

“Ah…vehicle…out of the ditch.”

Cupcake was a liar.

The vision before him was not some hardened woman used to ranch life and the lonely, harsh conditions of a Wyoming winter.

Jeanette and Cupcake sent a woman several years younger than himself, younger even than his sister. How could she have experience cooking? Noel stared. She was very pretty in a pinched, inexperienced way, with dark blonde hair pulled back from her face in a loose ponytail. She seemed startled, maybe even confused. The opposite of Carolyn in every way.

The folder with the contract was on the table. To one side, Marty rested on the table. To the girl’s other side, Gil huddled in his wheelchair. He’d obviously slid downhill since coming home from rehab last month. It didn’t look as if he’d done anything to keep himself or the place up in the weeks since Noel brought him home. Marty had been sick, Noel knew, but a visiting nurse was supposed to check in on them.

Mom would never have allowed this. Jeanette should have known better. What had she been thinking? The situation had clearly gotten out of control.

“I wasn’t expecting you,” Gil said.

“Clearly.” Noel snapped himself upright and walked in. “What’s going on? The place looks like it’s falling apart. I only left a few weeks ago.”

Gil gave a sideways eye-roll toward the young lady. “What are you doing here?”

“Jeanette and Cupcake sent a message.” Noel hedged. “Where’s the nurse?”

“After the first two weeks I told her she didn’t have to come back,” Gil said.

The young lady turned her face from their 1 exchange. Noel set his hands on his hips. “Excuse me. You’re…you’re Lady…Laney…La-something?”

The woman raised a brow at Gil, who had turned red.

“This is Leah Hanes. Leah, meet my brother-in-law.”

Noel put his hands on the table and leaned 8 forward, trying to get a look at the contract. Gil pushed the papers inside the folder and closed it. “Your car wasn’t outside,” Noel said. “As you can see, the situation isn’t going to work out. Thank you for coming.”

“I signed a contract, Mr…Mr. Brother-in-law.” Leah’s voice was not that of a young, inexperienced or nervous girl.

It was Noel’s turn to raise his brow.

Marty finally lifted his head, snuffled, and stared Noel straight on. “She got nowhere else to go. You can’t kick a body out when winter’s comin’.”

 

And there you have it! This is a fun read to get you in the mood for Christmas. Thanks,  Lisa, for being my guest today.

 

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

 

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Book Review: Breaking Anxiety’s Grip

Breaking Anxiety’s Grip by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

 

She’s done it again! I didn’t think Dr. Michelle Bengtson could top her first book–HOPE PREVAILS–but I was wrong. Hope Prevails is probably my favorite non-fiction book that I’ve read in the last five years. It’s premise is that depression has a spiritual component that can’t be ignored if you want to overcome the depression. When I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors and the consequences of them, depression reared its ugly head. This book helped me so much. If you’re facing any sort of a difficult situation, I highly recommend it.
Breaking Anxiety's Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises
Anyway, back to Dr. Bengtson’s new book–BREAKING ANXIETY’S GRIP.  In Breaking Anxiety’s Grip, Dr. Bengtson bravely shares her own struggles with worry, anxiety, and fear. And how she overcomes them through God’s Word.
God never promised that life would be easy, but He does promise to never forsake us. This book both teaches and inspires to trust God, no matter what life throws at us. Even if you don’t personally suffer from anxiety, there’s much to be learned from this book that will prepare you for when life does throw that curve ball at you.
On a personal note, I’ve come to understand just how important God’s Word is in this journey we call life. The Bible is so much more than just a book, it’s the key to accessing God’s power, developing a more intimate relationship with God, and living the life God created us for. After reading these two books from Dr. Bengtson, I believe she agrees with that philosophy as well.
I highly recommend this book.

THE STRING–CALEB BREAKEY

Welcome to the string. Let’s go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If any one person refuses to play, the threats to all players will come to pass.

Since this is my game, allow me to introduce myself. I am the conductor. Just as musicians in a symphony must follow the conductor’s direction, the selected students and staff of Trenton University must submit to my commands . . . or risk massive chaos and deadly consequences. Even that pesky university cop, Markus Haas, who thinks he’ll find a way out of the impossible dilemma in which I’ve trapped him. Oh, the surprises I have for him.

Ready to play?

The String (Deadly Games Book 1) by [Breakey, Caleb]

Warning: Don’t start this book if you don’t have time to finish it. Each page keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen next. The String may be Caleb Breakey’s debut novel but it won’t be his last! If you like neat little stories that go from point A to point B to point C, don’t read this book. But if you love lots of action and suspense, this is the story for you. I’ve kept this review purposefully vague about the plot–I don’t want to ruin it for you.

Caleb Breakey has done a wonderful job creating a story that will not only keep you reading but keep you awake at night.

That’s how scary it is.

All Manner of Things–BOOK REVIEW

All Manner of Things

You know you’re getting old when you read “historical fiction” and it’s set in the time you grew up! And that’s all I have to say about that!

But then again, that’s why I chose to read ALL MANNER OF THINGS by Susie Finkbeiner. I grew up in the sixties and early seventies in a rural community so this book hits close to home.

Deciding to write a Vietnam era book is a brave thing, even now. That time still evokes strong emotions in those of us who lived it. Susie Finkbeiner has done a wonderful job recreating the innocence of the era as well as the conflict that marked the time.

I’m not going to give away the plot, but this is a book worth reading—whether you’re old enough to remember it or not. I’d definitely recommend it!

God Bless & Good Reading!