Monday, October 20, 2014

Recollection-7 Hours series by Tom Pawlik A Review

ABOUT RECOLLECTION
In each installment of 7 Hours, a character is visited by the enigmatic Thomas Constant, who makes a heart-stopping statement: “You are about to die. But you may choose from one of three options: Live seven more hours, travel back in time and relive seven hours, or accept the inevitable and die now.”

New York City cabdriver Adrian Colfax awakens one night muttering a mysterious string of numbers and with the fragments of a bizarre dream in his head. He can’t shake the feeling there’s something he’s supposed to do. Something very important. He just can’t remember what it is.

Through a series of haunting visions, Adrian comes to believe he's been transported back in time to prevent the violent murder of the girl he loved. But he also learns that saving Kate could result in something even more catastrophic.

The clock is ticking. What will you do with the time you have left?

File Size: 279 KB
Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 27, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B007TWL4L6


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tom is the highly imaginative Christy Award-winning author of "Vanish", "Valley of the Shadow", "Beckon", "The Way Back", and the novella "Recollection" from the "7 Hours" anthology. His unique brand of suspense thrillers will grab you from the first page and won't let go until the last.

Tom's fascination with the weird, the creepy and the unknown began at a very early age when he was introduced to a bizarre 19th century German story book called "Der Struwwelpeter". The book was a collection of nightmarish morality tales by a German physician who obviously had too much time on his hands and no children of his own. The morbid nursery rhymes included the frightful "Daumenlutscher" (Thumbsucker), a disturbing yarn about a young boy who was warned that if he continued to suck his thumbs, the demented local tailor would chop them off with his sewing shears. You can guess the story's gruesome ending has scared many a child out of surreptitiously savoring their opposable digits over the years. Other tales warned against playing with matches and being overly messy. Needless to say Tom never played with matches, generally kept his room clean and to this day retains the use of both his thumbs.

But the psychological damage was already done, and Tom's warped imagination turned him to writing his own creepy stories at a rather young age. Alas, no publishers were brave enough to bring his stories to print, so Tom would not realize his life-long dream of becoming a published author until the ripe old age of 42. Today, Tom is happily married with six children of his own... who, oddly enough, never sucked their thumbs.

MY REVIEW
  Recollection by Tom Pawlik is a fantastic story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is in the 7 Hours series, a character is visited by Thomas Constant, who makes a heart-stopping statement: “You are about to die. But you may choose from one of three options: Live seven more hours, travel back in time and relive seven hours, or accept the inevitable and die now.”
  This is another book that I listened to as I ran on my treadmill. Very interesting. It tells of a cab driver and his girlfriend. How he went back in time to try to save her life.  It also shows how things are suppose to be and if they are changed how so many different things can happen and how life could be worse.
  I highly recommend this 5-star book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and know you will too. Full of suspense and heart-stopping action. Loved it.


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Abraham and Sarah ~Book Review~



ABOUT ABRAHAM AND SARAH
A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.
Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and decedents more plentiful than the stars.
But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh's daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.
Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah's heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-0957-7
Published: February, 2014
Format: Paperback
Imprint: Moody Publishers
Page Count: 272
Weight: 0.65 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roberta Kells Dorr with her physician husband and five children served a medical missionary assignment in the Gaza Strip. For 17 years she studied and gained insights into ancient Israel. Dorr majored in creative writing and receiver her master’s in religious education.





MY REVIEW
  Abraham and Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr is quite a good book. Only two things I didn’t like or agree with. The first is in the beginning of the book when Abraham left Ur. In this book it said they left because of a war, but in the Bible they left because God told them to. Another part in this book I don’t agree with is how Sarah is so bitter, spoiled and hard to get along. I know she did have a few faults as we all do, but not to the extreme this book tries to make you believe.
  I enjoyed the characters and also thought the author made Hagar really likable. Which I don’t believe that was how she was. It made an interesting read.
   The countryside, cities and plains were described to utter perfection. Enjoyed that about this novel.
  Abraham and Sarah did have a depth to it that I enjoy in books and it was entertaining. I recommend this book. Very good.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Seasons of Grace Sweepstakes by Lauraine Snelling



In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling's new novel, To Everything A Season, the tight-knit town of Blessing, North Dakota faces change and challenge at every turn.
In the middle of the maelstrom is young Trygve Knutson. He's devoted to his family and his community, but he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing with one goal: to complete her training as a nurse, and get back to Chicago to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  But the town of Blessing has a way of drawing in the most reluctant visitor, and soon Miriam's attachment to Trygve and his family has her questioning her entire future.
To celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, Bethany House and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book:  One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story's romance, in your own home.

Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts October 14, 2014 and ends November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday November 4, 2014, and announced atlaurainesnelling.com.
 


GRAND PRIZE:
RED RIVER RAILWAY ADVENTURE
In To Everything A Season, new visitors, old friends, and important supplies are transported to town on these rails, and the arrival platform is a place of warm greetings and new beginnings.
Our Grand Prize winner will have the chance to experience some of the same warmth and excitement with an authentic taste of the golden age of railroad travel:
A $200 value Scenic Steam Train Ride for Two (Location and dates available nationwide and will be specific to the winner's state).
       


SECOND PRIZE:
DINNER DELIVERY FROM INGEBORG
In the story, the inventive Ingeborg Bjorklund is well-known for her cooking, bread baking, and cheese making, and now she's pondering another new idea to help her hometown: a delivery service!
Like the hard-working people in Blessing, many of our friends and family members carry heavy workloads and health burdens, and could use a helping hand and a comforting meal.
While we may not be able to deliver Ingeborg's cooking, our Second Prize winner will win the next best thing, to be used for themselves, or as a gift to brighten the day of a friend facing chemo, a military spouse, a lonely senior citizen, or other worthy recipient:
$175 meal delivery gift card for MagicKitchen.com - Provide a full Thanksgiving meal for 6, or an extended selection of meals for 1 or 2. Gluten free, low sodium, and dialysis-friendly meals available.
     


THIRD PRIZE:
STEAL AWAY DATE NIGHT PACK
The peaceful farming community of Blessing faces an unexpected threat when robbers target banks and businesses in towns nearby. As the town comes together to find a solution to the thieving problem, Ingeborg notices another kind of stealing going on: the new nurse in town, Miriam Hastings, has completely stolen the heart of her nephew, Trygve.
Soon Trygve and the dark-haired nurse with the sad eyes are regulars at the Blessing Soda Shop, sharing thoughts and dreams over Rebecca Valders' famous fizzy concoctions.
Our Third Prize winner can share their own thoughts and dreams, and enjoy a taste of Blessing's Soda Shop at home, with the Steal Away Date Night Pack.
This $100 value package includes: The UnGame Couples Edition, the Soda Stream Fountain Jet Home Soda Starter Kit, and the Homemade Soda Recipe Book.
         
How to Enter:
Go to http://www.laurainesnelling.com/html/giveaways.html and complete the entry box, anytime between October 14 and November 3.

About the Book
Book Title: To Everything A Season – by Lauraine Snelling
ISBN:0764211048
Book Summary:
Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons--especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.
Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.
When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve--and her chance at love--for good?

Book Info & Sample Chapter:
Can be found at http://www.laurainesnelling.com/html/songofblessing.html

ANOTHER FANTASTIC SWEEPSTAKES FROM LAURAINE SNELLING



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When Calls the Heart-Change of Heart DVD Review

ABOUT WHEN CALLS THE HEART-CHANGE OF HEART
Jack finally gets Elizabeth to agree to join him for a dinner date just as Elizabeth's young sister, JULIE THATCHER, arrives in Coal Valley, surprising Elizabeth. Julie is accompanied by Mountie PATRICK O'REILLY, the man who has been sent to inform Jack of his new posting, and become the new Constable of Coal Valley. Jack had already forgotten that he sent in a request to transfer the week he arrived in Coal Valley, and the news takes him by surprise. As Jack is making his way towards his new posting, he crosses paths with some fellow Mounties who are on the hunt for the infamous TOLLIVER GANG, who are currently scouring the countryside in an attempt to reunite with Nate. Meanwhile, Nate Tolliver is recovering at Abigail's and continues to charm Julie, claiming that he is going to abandon his life of crime for her. Abigail continues to aide Jack's investigation of the mine disaster by stealing a file from Gowen's office. Patrick visits Abigail's to offer her assistance in Nate's recovery, he instantly recognizes Nate and sends for reinforcements. Later that evening, Gowen discovers Abigail has stolen his file with damning evidence against him, and threatens Abigail saying that exposing him would also tarnish the memory of her late husband.

Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.
Studio: Word Distribution
ASIN: B00OAFBTLU
Hallmark Channel
Michael Landon JR.

MY REVIEW
  When Calls the Heart series is really an excellent group of movies. This one Change of Heart is the very best yet. I really enjoyed the actors and scenes. The story line was new and fresh.
  Julie’s sister comes to visit and brings trouble with her, just as she did back home.
  Jack and Elizabeth have become closer and have started a new deeper relationship.
  Julie finds someone to like/love, but is he who she thinks he is?
  Also Abigail finds evidence that could bring closure to many in Coal Valley.
  Watching this DVD Change of Heart will answer those and many more questions. Really a fantastic DVD that I highly recommend.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEONE GOOD by JAN KARON ~A Review~


ABOUT SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEONE GOOD
After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.
            While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.
            His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.
            All this as Wanda’s Feel Good CafĂ© opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?
         
Series: A Mitford Novel (Book 10)
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult (September 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399167447
ISBN-13: 978-0399167447
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of nine Mitford novels featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karon's Mitford books include At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life: The Wedding Story; In This Mountain; Shepherd's Abiding; and Light from Heaven. The Father Tim Novels include "Home to Holly Springs" and last fall's release of "In the Company of Others," set in County Sligo, Ireland. There are over 40 million Mitford and Father Tim novels, childrens books, and CDs in print.



MY REVIEW
  Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon is such an excellent work of art. I love the way Ms. Karon describes her characters and the wonderful town of Mitford. I’ve heard many people proclaim how they hate to finish a book, how it seems like you are right there and experience the many things the characters go through. That is just what I felt for this book and every book of Ms. Karon’s in the Mitford series. This is book 10 in the series and I hope the stories go on and on. I never want to quit learning about the people in Mitford.
   Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good is full of such tender, compassionate, funny, precious moments and characters. It makes you wish there was such a town that we could all live in and get to know each and every person there.
  In book 10 we have the old regulars that we have read about for years and years and some very new characters that are sweet and dear to us already.
  We are all hoping for another book and I believe we will get it, because so many things were left hanging.
These stories in Mitford just keep getting better.
  I will treasure my book forever.
I highly recommend the Mitford series. Each one can be a stand alone read, but you should start at the beginning, because you will miss so much beautiful stories if you don’t. Love these books and so will you.

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A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus ~A Review~


ABOUT A HEARTBEAT AWAY
Surgeon Tori Taylor rules the operating room with a precision that makes residents feel faint, nurses cower, and colleagues take notes. But even with the honor of being a respected surgeon, Tori finds herself alone in her moment of desperation—dying on her own operating table.

Tori Taylor needs a heart transplant, but what she receives is far more than a donor organ. Lying loveless and friendless in the recovery room, Tori discovers that memories are surfacing in her mind that are not her own. Terrifying glimpses of murder drive her out of the world of medicine and into a homicide investigation.

As her ordered life grows more and more chaotic, Tori’s new heart begins to melt her icy walls from the inside out. This new heart of flesh is transforming her heart of stone, and there’s no going back.

File Size: 2601 KB
Print Length: 386 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (September 1, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B008VBPW3A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Dr. Kraus resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of his three sons.






MY REVIEW
  This is my own book that I wasn’t required to read. You may notice it has taken me awhile to read it. That isn’t because it isn’t good, but I only listen to it read from my Kindle when I’m on my treadmill.
  A Heartbeat Away by Harry Kraus is an excellent book and I enjoyed it very much. This book talks about heart transplant and cellular memory. Here is how to explain that: In our modern culture, cellular memory was first studied in heart transplant recipients when the patients displayed strange cravings, change in tastes, cravings and mild personality.  Major organs like the heart, liver, kidney, and even muscles are known to contain large populations of neural networks, which are self-contained brains and produce noticeable changes. Acquired combinatorial memories in organ transplants could enable transferred organs to respond to patterns familiar to the organ donors, and it may be triggered by emotional signals. Science discovered evidence that nervous system organs store memories and respond to places, events, and people recognized by their donors.
   I really love the double story of Tori the woman who got the transplant and the couple whom she got the transplant from. Very interesting plot twist and turns. When you read this you will see if the memories Tori gets will help her to solve a crime and just get her in trouble.
Really enjoyed this story and recommend it for everyone who loves a good romance, suspense and the medical field.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hero DVD Winner

go to Linda Bradshaw
 Winner of the DVD Hero.
 I have contacted her and await to hear from her.
Thanks everyone for commenting.
More giveaway soon.