Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Boss is a Vampire ~ Stories From The Library Volume 1 ~ John Carter


  • File Size: 2616 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NH0MR92







 October 7, 2014


It started as a Summer job. Nate wasn't even sure how it happened. An emergency trip to the bathroom, a chance encounter, and he was hired. Now he worked for her ... Mrs. Mumford, the children's librarian. She was his boss ... and a vampire.

Nate discovers that things aren't always what they seem to be. People can change (monsters can too). When the Washington Memorial Library, a refuge for reformed monsters and one of Nate's favorite places in the world, is threatened by a vengeful monster hunter, Nate risks everything to be the hero that the library needs him to be. The lines between good and evil blur as Nate, along with his friend, Emily, and the library staff, fights to save his coworkers and their sanctuary. What better place than a library to learn the valuable lesson of never judge a book by its cover?

My Boss is A Vampire is only the beginning in the Stories from the Library series!

My take on this book:
Nate enjoys going to the library but he didn't want to work there for the summer because he really believed one of the librarians was a vampire. When that particular librarian hires him for the summer he quickly realizes that things at the library aren't always what they seem. It turns out that several of the people working at the library have a secret and they need Nate's help in order to continue to be safe.

My Boss is a Vampire is a page turning, suspense filled mystery that provides a hearty dose of supernatural that grabs the imagination and doesn't let go. Mr. Carter's choice of words certainly allowed me to imagine the characters and the setting of this story.  The character of Nate was so easy to connect with, I loved that the author provided Nate with a strong female sidekick in Emily. I loved the positive messages that the author provides within the telling of this story, such as not judging a book by it's cover and accepting people for what they are. Plenty of twists made for a page turning read that kept me guessing what might happen next. I loved the cliffhanger ending and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Overall this is a good clean read that will appeal to young and old alike. Anyone who enjoys a blending of paranormal, mystery, suspense along with well written characters will enjoy this one. While this is the first book I have read by John Carter it certainly won't be my last. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Evangelism Study Bible ~ Kregel Blog Tour


  • Hardcover: 1564 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (October 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825426626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825426629









Evangelism can mean many things to many people. For some, it's something that requires special training or a calling from God. For others, it's something only done in a church building or arena. And for some, it evokes emotions of guilt and shame for failing to be a vibrant witness to unbelievers.
For more than forty years, EvanTell, Inc., an evangelism training and outreach ministry in Dallas, Texas, has focused on one mission: the gospel, clear and simple. Founded by Dr. R. Larry Moyer, EvanTell, Inc., touches millions of lives each year with evangelism materials, evangelism training, and outreach events. Now those four decades of experience in training believers to share the good news in a clear and simple fashion has been paired with the one essential tool for evangelism: God's Word. The Evangelism Study Bible provides all the tools needed for sharing the gospel in a clear, simple, and guilt-free way.
Using the highly regarded New King James Version®, The Evangelism Study Bible brings together a wide variety of resources, some never before paired with the text of Scripture. Users will benefit from:
• a brief, informative introduction to each Bible book, focusing on its contribution to evangelism
• more than 2,600 study notes pertaining to evangelism
• over 260 tips on practical issues in evangelism
• 125 in-depth articles on crucial issues
• 85 how-to features that provide hands-on advice
• 45 inspirational devotions
• easy-to-follow double-column format with explanatory notes
• helpful cross references
• biblical concordance
• full-color maps
The Evangelism Study Bible not only provides the training to explain and make clear the good news of the gospel, it also will motivate readers to evangelize out of grace rather than guilt.

My take on this Bible:
The Evangelism Study Bible is intended to make the user more comfortable with the idea of spreading the Good News of Christ. While this might sound silly I must say that I really liked the cover and color of this Bible, as someone who is partial to blue this caught my eye right away, but it was the topical information that makes this Bible perfect for anyone looking to strengthen their witnessing skills. One of my favorite features had to be the in-depth articles on crucial issues, which touch on issues that we might encounter when we are trying to share the Good News, a few that stood out for me were how to share Christ with people who don't believe in life after death,or what does the resurrection prove? The articles are placed strategically together with the scripture that they pertain to, making it easy to read what the Bible says along with what the article says. The in depth articles answer various questions and seem to cover just about any topic one might encounter. There are also  plenty of study notes, maps, a concordance and even 45 inspirational devotions included in this Bible, which makes it a useful tool for Bible study. Overall I think this Bible would make a wonderful gift for anyone looking to grow in God's word, but is especially helpful for someone who might need a bit of guidance in order to talk to others about God's word. 

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Letter To My Cat ~ Notes to our Best Friends~ Lisa Erspamer


  • File Size: 106747 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NSUUE4Q







 October 28, 2014

The follow-up to A Letter to My Dog takes on cats, with celebrities writing letters of love and gratitude to their beloved pet felines. Alluring, elusive, mysterious-the cats in our lives are not always easy to get to know. But as with all pets, they have unique personalities and stories to tell. Alongside beautiful four-color photos of their cats, A Letter to My Cat collects personal letters from celebrities offering love and gratitude for all that their cats bring to their lives.

My take on this book:
I was drawn to this book because I have always had cats and figured this book would be a neat way to glimpse how some celebrities feel about their feline pals.  With this book various celebrities have written letters to their cats and the letters appear with full color pictures of the cat, and some of the photos even include the celebrity. A quick easy read that is often humorous and sometimes a bit somber but each story allows a personal glimpse at the bond that owner has with their cat. Whether you own a cat or just enjoy reading about celebrities and their pets this book is a good fit for you. I really enjoyed the beautiful cat pictures, and found myself flipping thru the book just to get a glimpse at the various cats.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn~ Litfuse Blog Tour with giveaway


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New from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series |Masterpiece Marriage
He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?
After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.
Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?
Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

My take on this book:

I love historical fiction so I was totally excited to read Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn, another great book in the Quilt of Love series.

The year is 1891 and Zenus Dane knows the good Lord won't give him more than he can handle, but when his textile mill floods the insurance will repair the roof but that won't cover the fabric that was lost. Facing a mortgage and needing to meet payroll he comes up with an idea to sell his fabric to quilters and wants his aunt Priscilla who is an expert quilting designer to come up with a  quilt pattern for him. Mary Varrs needs someone to draw her tomato seeds for her, so she gets Priscilla to do it, thing is she also enjoys playing matchmaker, and has high hopes that Zenus and Mary just might make a match. There is only one problem they don't get along!

I really enjoyed reading this story and found Zenus  had a wonderful attitude. He could have taken the easy way out and sold his business like his cousin Sean wanted him to but he cared about what would happen to his workers, whom were mostly single mothers.  Mary was a strong woman who aspired to become a professor during a time when attending college for a woman wasn't the norm. I loved the aspect of quilting and fabrics but it was the time period that Ms. Welborn pulled me into  that really made this one a stand out read for me. It was interesting to learn about the textile mill but also equally as interesting to learn about botany. Easy to like well written characters provide more than a few laughs as the story progresses. Overall anyone who enjoys fast paced historical reads that include romance, humor and quilting will find this one well worth reading.

Gina Welborn

{MORE ABOUT GINA WELBORN}

Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including “The Heiress’s Courtship.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.
Find out more about Gina at http://ginawelborn.com.


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mama Cried ~ Talia Haven


    Mama Cried
  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sheehan and Haven; 1 edition (January 9, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S2RKNFU




 January 9, 2015



Jenny was enjoying herself on the swings when Azula, one of the guardians of the playground came to take her away.
Together they journey to a cinder building where Jenny must make a powerful decision. 


My take on this book:
Talia Haven packs plenty of story into the twelve pages of Mama Cried. When I started reading this story I was unsure what sort of journey the author planned on taking me on, after all we meet young Jenny, swinging with her friends, her two puppies lying on the ground by the swings. Soon though we learn that there is much more going on than initially meets the eye when Jenny is taken to a cinder block building by a guardian named Azula. When she goes into the building she is faced with making a horrendous decision, but ultimately  her decision is based on not her own hurts but the hurt she knows her beloved mother feels daily.

There is so much emotion packed into this story that it literally jumps from the pages. Talia Haven pulled me into the story so effectively that I actually shed a tear as the truth of the story unfolded. A very well crafted short story that flows well, paired with rich detail allowing me to visualise the events as they unfolded. The author packs a real emotional wallop with a very satisfying end. I will certainly be watching for more from this author.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Killer Retreat ~ Tracy Weber ~ Review and Giveaway



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A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2 (Downward Dog Mysteries)
Killer Retreat 
  • Series: Downward Dog Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (January 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738742090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738742090
Synopsis
Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery
When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.
Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate. The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime–behind bars.

My take on this book:
Tracy Weber provides a page turning read with Killer Retreat, the second book in the Downward Dog Mystery series. Kate Davidson decides to take a "working" vacation on Orcas Island where she will be teaching yoga for a week at a vegan retreat center. She takes along her boyfriend Michael and of course her dog Bella. While she hopes for a relaxing time it really doesn't seem to be in the cards, and when she has a confrontation with someone who is later found dead, relaxing is the last thing she will get to do if she doesn't solve the murder!
  After reading the first book, Murder Strikes a Pose I was hooked on this series! I loved that one of the main characters happens to be a German Shepherd with "issues." I often find myself laughing out loud at the predicaments that Kate finds herself in, especially when those situations are a result of something crazy that Bella has done! Speaking of Kate she is an OCD kinda girl who doesn't practice what she teaches, after all yoga is supposed to be relaxing, but relaxing is usually the last thing Kate is doing. Hot tempered, but quick to apologize when she is wrong, I really love the character of Kate and think that she and Michael are perfectly matched. Her problems with her smart phone are all to easy to relate too.  When Rene and her husband Sam show up at the retreat, I was immediately interested in what was going on with Rene.A well crafted mystery with plenty of suspects that isn't easy to solve allows the plot to move along at a brisk pace. If you're looking for an engaging read with easy to relate to characters and a fast moving plot with a not so easy murder mystery to solve I recommend checking out both books in the Downward Dog Mystery series. 
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About This Author
Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. The second book in her series, A Killer Retreat, is available January 8, 2015, by Midnight Ink.
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
For more information, visit her online at TracyWeberAuthor.com and WholeLifeYoga.com.
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Tour Participants
January 5 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
January 6 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
January 7 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows - Review, Interview
January 8 – Christa Reads and Writes – Interview
January 9 – readalot – Review
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January 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview
January 12 – Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Review
January 13 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
January 14 –  WV Stitcher – Review
January 15 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review
January 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
January 18 – Libriamorimiei – Review
January 19- dru’s book musings – Guest Post