Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 29, 2016

‘The Things We Knew’ is attention grabber

things we knewLynette Carlisle was 12 years old when her mother died a tragic death.  Her four older siblings grow up and one-by-one move away leaving Lynette to care for their aging father, an alcoholic, who is now showing signs of dementia.  As his health and financial situation grow worse, Lynette begs for her brothers and sister to come home.  Once they arrive, secrets begin to be revealed, and Lynette’s memories of the day her mother died begin to surface putting her in danger.

Nicholas Cooper, a childhood friend of the family, knows more about that day than he is willing to tell, but can the truth he’s held in all these years save Lynette?

Catherine West’s “The Things We Knew” grabbed my interest quickly.  West generates sympathy for Lynette and frustration with her siblings who don’t realize that her memory of her life at home is far different from theirs and her dreams of leaving home and going to college were derailed when their father got sick.  They hold such bitterness toward their father that they don’t show any concern for Lynette’s plight.

Even though West doesn’t offer many surprises, her story is interesting, entertaining and keeps you reading.  Each character has his or her own redemption story demonstrating that there is hope for all of us.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 24, 2016

Mixing Shakespeare and the Bible makes a great devotional

Adobe Photoshop PDFCombining the timeless classics of William Shakespeare and the God’s Word (KJV Version), “The Bard and the Bible” takes 365 lines from Shakespeare’s plays and 365 passages of Scripture and mixes them to create an epic devotional.

Fans of Shakespeare will thoroughly enjoy the way Bob Hostetler weaves Scripture with Shakespeare’s work giving us an original and unique devotional that offers insightful wisdom and entertainment for 365 days of the year.

I appreciated Hostetler’s explanations and footnotes and how he tied the Scripture in with the Bard’s famous works. This is a devotional that will definitely be read more than once. There is no doubt in my mind that you will encounter God in a new and exciting way through this inspiring combination. I was surprised by how much wisdom can be found in Shakespeare’s plays and once I saw it next to Scripture, it was amazing. Hostetler’s insight in bringing them together is impressive.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing, as part of its First Look Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 24, 2016

How Prayer Makes a Difference

intercessor handbookDo you know what an intercessor is and what he/she does?  We are all called to stand in the gap for others, but sometimes it is difficult to know what this means or what is involved.  Prayer for others is only part of what an intercessor does.

Jennifer Eivaz, in her book, “The Intercessor’s Handbook”, offers a practical guide to effective supernatural prayer.  It is easy to understand, and she uses both biblical principles and her own experiences to demonstrate how to take hold of your authority and pray in a way that brings about spiritual breakthrough.

Each chapter ends with Kingdom Prayer Principles and Thoughts for Reflection.  It is a short book, but it contains a lot of valuable information.  If you want to learn about intercessory prayer and especially how it relates to spiritual warfare, this is the book to begin reading.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 24, 2016

‘Without Warning’ explodes with excitement

without warning“Without Warning” explodes with excitement and suspense as Daniel Matthews finds a dead body in the basement of his restaurant, while at the same time, one of his other restaurants on the other side of town is set on fire.  At first, the investigators think Daniel is responsible until more attempts are made on his life.  Daniel’s niece hires The Elite Guardians Protection Agency to be his bodyguard.

Katie Singleton, a partner in the agency, stumbles into the job and into love when she sees the blue lights at the restaurant on her way home from work.

Once again, Lynette Eason sends us on a thrilling adventure with the girls of the Elite Guardians.  You won’t put this book down until the last word is read.  This series is going to be fantastic, and I can hardly wait until “Moving Target” is released in Spring 2017.  You have plenty of time to catch up.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 8, 2016

Fast-paced unpredictable thriller by Lisa Harris

missing“Missing” is another notch in Lisa Harris’ romantic suspense belt as book two of The Nikki Boyd Files begins with two murdered men, a missing couple and a boat belonging to Tyler Grant, the widowed husband of Nikki’s best friend.

As the pieces of the mystery begin to unfold, the relationship between Nikki and Tyler becomes more complicated as she must find a way to protect him and his son from the danger he is in.

Nikki’s role on the Missing Persons Task Force keeps her busy solving missing persons cases while also searching for her sister who disappeared ten years ago at the hands of the Angel Abductor.  As the case involving Tyler comes to a resolution, new clues in her sister’s case come to light and she is warned to stop looking.

I love the Nikki Boyd character.  She is determined and focused.  She cares about finding the missing because she knows what it’s like to be left behind wondering what happened.  I only hope that Lisa Harris does not draw out the resolution of what happened to Nikki’s sister too much longer.  Drawn out too much longer the lack of a resolution will cause me to become frustrated and lose interest.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 8, 2016

The only promise Jesse Woods ever broke…

jesseChris Fabry pens an intriguing story about three unlikely kids who form a bond of friendship one summer leading Jesse to make a promise that would become the only promise she would ever break.

Matt Plumley, a.k.a PK (preacher’s kid), Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock and Jesse Woods become fast friends as they take care of each other and their secrets.  Matt’s parents aren’t exactly thrilled with his choice of friends and try to keep them apart which leads to secrets that could get them all into trouble.

Matt keeps Jesse’s biggest secret which eventually mysteriously severs their relationship.  Years later, Matt finds out that Jesse’s getting married and has to return to find out why she broke her promise and why she would marry a man who was so mean to them in school.

If Matt discovers the real truth behind the events of that night so long ago will he be able to forgive and move on?  Can he stop Jesse from making a mistake?

Fabry is a brilliant story-teller.  He will keep you reading and guessing until the very end.  I quickly fell in love with the three friends and felt the heart-rending pain of the betrayal Matt felt.  Fabry ties up the story quite nicely, but left me wanting to know more about the future of the people of Dogwood.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 7, 2016

‘A Beauty Refined’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

beautyPhoebe Von Bergen is the daughter of a German count with many secrets.  When he brings her to America, they all begin to surface bringing surprises and danger into her life.  Ian Harper finds Phoebe intriguing and wants to get to know her, but the more he learns, the more he realizes that her family story is a lie.  She has no idea how twisted her father’s lies have become.

When Phoebe runs into a woman she recognizes, her family’s deceptions begin to unravel causing unexpected danger.

Tracie Peterson’s “A Beauty Refined” is the second in her Sapphire Brides series.  Her story is intriguing with characters that bring excitement to life.  Her story was fun to read and it so enraptures that it takes little time to get into the plot.  When the plot thickens, it is tempting to rush through to find out how the story ends, but it is quite worth taking the time to read every word.

Even though the ending leaves you begging for more, Peterson does an excellent job cleaning up all the loose ends.  I did get somewhat frustrated with Ian Harper’s character, but in the end, he ultimately takes on his heroic mission with grace.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 26, 2016

Preorder Season 3 “When Calls the Heart” and get bonus season 1

FishFlix.com has a new promotion for everyone who preorders Season 3 of “When Calls the Heart”, a Hallmark Channel series based on books by Janette Oke.   A great giveaway item for friends unfamiliar with the When Calls the Heart brand, Season 1″Episodes” set will be sent to everyone who preorders Season 3 before October 11, 2016.

Season 3 contains some unique bonuses for fans of the show.  The 10-DVD set includes the film versions and TV episode versions as well as behind the scenes footage, interviews, footage from the #Hearties gathering in Vancouver in January, 2016, a trivia game, and more.

Another promotion is a drawing for a $100 gift card.  In order to enter, you simply need to leave a review of Season 3 at fishflix.com and send an email to promo@fishflix.com verifying the “nickname” used on the product review.  A drawing will take place on September 1, 2016 and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to Fishflix.com.

 

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 30, 2016

Come home to Hope Harbor

sea rose laneWhat a great time for another visit to Hope Harbor.  During this visit, we find Eric Nash, a recently unemployed attorney, returning home to plan his next career move, and BJ Stevens, an attractive architect who is transforming Nash’s childhood home into a bed and breakfast.

“Sea Rose Lane” is Irene Hannon’s latest contemporary romance.  BJ has moved to Hope Harbor to recover from a disastrous relationship and has no plans to start another.  Her guilt over her grandmother’s death has given her an idea for a ministry to keep seniors in their homes even when they need special assistance.

Eric was married to his career and wants nothing more than to leave Hope Harbor as soon as he gets his next job offer.  He has never had a serious relationship and doesn’t plan on falling in love.

Eric and BJ join together to help the older residents of Hope Harbor. When their attraction to each other leads to deeper feelings, they keep trying to pull away but events keep putting them together.  Can they find healing and hope in Hope Harbor?  Come to Hope Harbor and find out.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 30, 2016

Richard Mabry’s ‘Medical Judgment’ Giveaway

medical judgmentOnce again, Richard Mabry, M.D., has locked in another suspenseful story in his newest thriller, “Medical Judgment”.  Dr. Sarah Gordon is still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter when a fire in her garage leads the local police believe someone is trying to terrorize and kill her.  As the threats continue to escalate, two men are vying for her heart and trying to protect her.  Sarah has no intention of falling in love again.

Dr. Gordon struggles with her emotions and fear almost becomes her lifeline.  She refuses to leave her home even though wisdom says she should.  She relies on people even though she doesn’t trust them, but can she ever find the courage to just live her life?

From the fiery start to the heart-pounding ending, Mabry’s writing satisfies and never disappoints.  He continues to write Christian suspense with heart and compassion.

Medical Judgment Richard MabryClick here to purchase from Amazon.comDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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