Saturday, December 13, 2014

Heartsong Sisterhood of Shepherds A Review

Some families have hope. Others have faith. The Shepherds of rural Oregon have Faith, Hope and Charly, three quirky sisters whose lives change forever when they reluctantly answer a personal calling to help others make amends. Thirty-something single parent Charly Shepherd is satisfied with her life raising two children and thousands of plants in her family-owned Sweet Shepherd Nursery. Then tragedy strikes. As she and her siblings struggle to keep the nursery going, Charly begins to believe her family's destiny is greater than raising flowers. When the three sisters reluctantly delve into family secrets to help their ailing father fulfill a promise, their lives change forever as they pursue a new inspirational path of discovery, heartache, humor and redemption. Experience friendship, family and forgiveness - Join the Sisterhood of Shepherds

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing (April 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985961074
ISBN-13: 978-0985961077
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces



Nicola pens mystery and inspirational novels, creates interactive books for the iPad, podcasts about genre writing (The Novel Experience), and teaches electronic publishing, when she's not playing Old-Timer's hockey, growing blossoms and bamboo or eating chocolate fudge.

Her first contemporary women's series, the Sisterhood of Shepherds, debuts with HEARTSONG, in June 2014 (MantleRockPublishing).

Nicola's swinging whodunit, TEED OFF! (republished in February 2014 by OakTreePress), features professional golfer and coroner Riley Quinn.

Her other novels include a psychological thriller (A HEMORRHAGING OF SOULS), six novels in The Church Choir Mysteries series and a multimedia online thriller, UNNATURALSTATES. In addition, Nicola has published two writing primers, YOUDUNIT WHODUNIT! HOW TO WRITE MYSTERIES & SELF-PUBLISH YOUR E-BOOK IN MINUTES! She's recently released her first musical interactive children's book for the iPad, Saving Grape-Jelly Cheeks.

Nicola lives in a small seaside town on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit
http://www.nicolafurlong.com or
http://www.pinterest.com/novelnicola

MY REVIEW
  Heartsong Sisterhood of Shepherds by Nicola Furlong is an O.K. book, but not that interesting at all. To me it just seems like your ordinary life and even when bad things happen it just doesn’t seem to perk things up at all. Even from the first page and every chapter after it was very common and not anything to keep my interest.
  The three sisters, dad and youngest sisters two children are really plain and not interesting. They don’t make you want to read more.
  I hate to give bad reviews, but I can’t write lies. I did not care for Heartsong Sisterhood of Shepherds. It’s a generic kind of story so if you like that kind of book you might enjoy it.

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Snow Globe by Laura V. Hilton A Review

Esther Beachy enjoys working for an elderly woman who is wheelchair bound. Her client, Anna Petersheim, is pleasant and tells captivating stories. Plus, her home is quiet and far more peaceful than Esther's, with so many siblings. She only dreads the day when Anna's grandson, Viktor, will return from the river to take over the farm. She and Viktor were classmates years ago, and he'd been an obnoxious flirt who paid attention to every girl but her.  Toughened Riverboat Captain A seasoned riverboat captain, Viktor Petersheim has seen his share of trials. He left the Amish after the death of his parents and siblings in a house fire for which he still feels responsible. Now, after years of working on the Mississippi River, he returns home to claim the farm he inherited from his grandparents—and, hopefully, to repair some of the damaged relationships and broken hearts he left in his wake Love off the River. When Viktor arrives home, it doesn't take long for him and Esther to realize their mutual attraction. Even so, their relationship remains as tumultuous as a shaken snow globe, like the one Esther finds at a garage sale and gives to Viktor's grandmother as a token of affection. Viktor isn't the only man with an eye on Esther, and soon it looks as if she's ready to make a future with someone else. Will the two go their separate ways again? Or will the hand of God work something beautiful out of their angst and agitation?


Series: Amish of Jamesport (Book 1)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Whitaker Distribution (November 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629111740
ISBN-13: 978-1629111742
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces



Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor's wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport, releasing in November 2014 (The Snow Globe), June 2015 (The Postcard), and November 2015 (The Birdhouse). A Christmas Amish book, A White Christmas in Webster County, will release in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

MY REVIEW
  Snow Globe by Laura V. Hilton is a very good book and Laura is very talented, but one thing I don’t care for in this book is the kissing, touching and thinking of the two who are in love. It would have been a 5-star plus book if not for that. Call me old fashioned, but I believe you can write an excellent book without thoughts, etc..
  Esther knew Viktor when they went to school, but he never paid attention to her. He was always off with other girls and he had many.
  After a horrible tragedy Viktor left the Amish and took to the river and a boat. He comes back sometimes to check on his grandparents. Esther is working for his grandparents.
  I did enjoy Snow Globe and know you will also. I recommend this book by Laura V. Hilton.

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When Calls the Heart-Rules of Engagement DVD Review 5-star




After taking care of the Tollivers, hero Jack returns to Coal Valley. His ex-fiancée Rosemary LeVeaux also arrives. Rosemary broke up with him long ago to become an actress. However, she now seeks to make Coal Valley her home and Jack her husband, putting Elizabeth at odds with Jack. Meanwhile, he has asked forensic investigator and friend Bill Avery to help Abigail in regards to Gowen, the mining company and the explosion. As Bill works with Abigail, he becomes attracted in her, admitting his intentions to Jack. Abigail also has the same purpose. Elizabeth receives news from back home, causing her to consider leaving Coal Valley.

Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Studio: Word Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
ASIN: B00PFUW7R4


MY REVIEW
   The next story in the When Calls the Heart series, Rules of Engagement is the best one yet. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  Rules of Engagement is a very tender, compassionate story.
  Jack and Elizabeth are getting along very well, until  someone from Jack’s past comes to town.
   A new character Bill who is investigating the mine cave-in, who is very attentive to Abigail. They work together to expose what happened at the mine.
   Rules of Engagement stops at a cliff hanging scene so I know their will be more and I look forward to it. Really did enjoy this DVD and look forward to the next one.
  Michael Landon Jr. and Hallmark make the best movies. Get this series for your DVD library. It will be well worth your time and money. This is a 5-star DVD. Highly recommended.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

DVD Review and GIVEAWAY Susie's Hope

ABOUT SUSIE'S HOPE
About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

http://www.susieshope.com/


Format: NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Green Apples
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2014

MY REVIEW
   Susie’s Hope is a true story of a pit bull-mix puppy. It tells how Donna was attacked by a pit bull and how she almost died 10-months earlier.  Susie was beaten, burned and left to die.
  This is really a tear jerker and will really keep you interested. I find it amazing how Donna overcomes her fear of that bred of dog to keep and help Susie to live and trust again.
  Some parts of this movie are really sad and very hurtful to the characters, but they keep going and God is mentioned many times.  Donna tells how when she was being attacked how she hear God telling her to roll away from the dog {he was on a chain, but had Donna in her jaws.} God keeps telling her how she can get away to get help.
  Susie is such a sweet, loving dog for being treated so cruel.
  Very interesting DVD. They even have a website and a new law called Susie’s Law. I recommend this DVD. It will be a blessing to you, especially if you love animals.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Remaining by Travis Thrasher-A Review-

ABOUT THE REMAINING
The Remaining is a novelization of the apocalyptic movie from Sony Affirm. Just after a young couple says their vows, the earth shakes, and some people die suddenly and are taken away. The rest of their wedding party and friends are left to wrestle with what happened and with their faith. Characters struggle with secret love, dreams, hopes, and beliefs as they continue to evaluate their faith. This book and movie are both action-packed thrillers that will encourage audiences to think about their beliefs.


In one day, everything changes forever.

As a group of college pals gathers for the wedding of two friends, celebration turns to terror when many of the guests die suddenly with no apparent cause. With the big day turned into a nightmare, the friends are left to figure out what’s happening. With mysterious and devastating catastrophes striking the city—and reports of similar events coming in from around the world—they must address the ultimate question.

Is this the end? Or just the beginning of something more horrifying than they ever could have imagined?

Faith, family, and the future are all hanging in the balance.

Based on the affirm films movie

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; MTI edition (September 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414397526
ISBN-13: 978-1414397528
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations. He's written over twenty-five books that have crossed the spectrum between love stories and supernatural thrillers. His variety of inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He's also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

For more information on Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com.

MY REVIEW
  I really, really didn’t like The Remaining by Travis Thrasher. In the first place the book didn’t really have a main theme or subject. It just seemed like everyone was running and being grossed out by everything that was happening. The events of the book were talking of the last days. Most of what is in the book is wrong in one way or another. It doesn’t follow the Biblical account as how things will be.
  Don’t get me wrong I really love to read books about the end times and the things that will be happening, but I don’t like when things are changed just to make the book/movie more interesting.
  In this book The Remaining when the end came and the believers were taken away, they just died, bodies left here and souls taken. Also another part when the unbelievers became Christians they were killed or devoured by beasts immediately.
  The characters in this book were very flimsy, shallow people. They seemed like they only became Christians so they wouldn’t be cast into hell with these demons.
Very shallow story and characters. I will give it 2-stars because it had some interesting parts.

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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for review. 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

Jesus Boat Witness to Prophecy DVD*A Review*

The astounding prophetic rebirth of Israel is told through the discovery of an ancient and unlikely artifact found under the shores of the Sea of Galilee. A first century fishing boat, identical to the boat Jesus sailed upon with his disciples, was destroyed in the years Israel was destroyed by the Romans, but found 2000 years later in a series of astonishing events that even scientists called a miracle. Mirroring Israel's own story of devastation and survival, the boat from the time of Jesus, would rise against all odds and float upon the Sea of Galilee once more as the oldest surviving freshwater boat in the world. Featuring commentary from some of the great theologians of our day including Franklin Graham, Joel Rosenberg, Jay Sekulow, Skip Heitzig, Chuck Smith and more.
http://jesusboatmovie.com/

MPAA Rating: NR
Format: DVD - Region 1
Closed Captions: No
Languages: English
Length/Run Time: 49 min
UPC/ISBN Number: 853028004044


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MY REVIEW
  Jesus Boat Witness to Prophecy is an excellent DVD. So much history from the Bible and the history of that day are told in this DvD. It is so interesting to see how they found the book and what leads up to how the boat was there. Everything just fell into line in just the right time. It is a miracle how it was discovered and at just the right time.
  The boat was buried in mud, that is what kept it from rotting away and you will see in the DVD how they had to keep it from falling apart once they got it out.
   The people narrating  and commenting on this movie are Franklin Graham, Joel Rosenberg, Jay Sekulow, Skip Heitzig, Chuck Smith and more.

  There isn’t a boring moment on this DVD as you learn about the Jesus Boat and history involved.  This is a great tool for your family, church or any group of people who love History.
 Highly recommend this movie.


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The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson~A Review~

ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS CAT
After years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends--plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay.

Humorous and heartwarming, this latest Christmas story from bestselling author Melody Carlson is the perfect gift for pet lovers and anyone in whose heart Christmas holds a special place.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 9, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800719662
ISBN-13: 978-0800719661
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/


MY REVIEW
  The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson is an excellent book. The characters are so well described and the scenery is so vivid that you will feel like you are right there.
  Garrison the main character is such a likable person. He doesn’t hate cats, but he doesn’t love them either. He is severely allergic to cats, but has the job of placing his grandmother’s cats in different homes after she passed away. Only six cats, but for Garrison that seems like a million. He can’t simply give them away to any one either. They have to meet many requirements.
  During this process Garrison meets and friends many new people whom he would never have met without the cats.
  This is really a charming story. Full of love, happiness and joy. Highly recommended.

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I received my free copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. 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