Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Last Hunt by Mike Dellosso~A Review~

ABOUT THE LAST HUNT
Who knows what secrets the forest holds?

Every year the men of the Bishop family went to their cabin in Maryland’s Darlington Woods for a few days of hunting and eating and card playing. But twenty years ago, on a night when the winds whipped and the snow swirled, something dark and horrifying happened. And it was the last hunt for all of them.

File Size: 168 KB
Print Length: 27 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Darlington House (April 17, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00CEMCECY


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Dellosso is a husband, father, and author of six novels of suspense including Scream, Frantic, and Fearless. He also writes under the pen name Michael King (A Thousand Sleepless Nights). Mike lives with his wife and four daughters in southern Pennsylvania. He's not afraid to admit that the woods of northern Maryland freak him out.





MY REVIEW
  The Last Hunt-a short story by Mike Dellosso is quite interesting, but I say to short. It is really, really good and captures you and leaves you wanting more.
  I would like to have known more of what happened and how it happened in this story, but the authors sort of leaves you hanging.
It is very short or about 27 pages, so it is easily read. I got this book on my kindle and just started running/walking on my treadmill and listening to a book makes it go much faster and makes things more interesting.
  If you want a short story that is exciting and will keep in interested you will love this book. I truly did enjoy it, but like I said wish it had more to it. Will recommend it. Right now it only 99 cents on Amazon for your kindle.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

DVD When Calls The Heart-The Dance giveaway

When Calls The Heart-The Dance
  DVD GIVEAWAY
This DVD is based on Janette Oke’s books When Calls the Heart series.  These group of DVDs are Hallmark movies and I truly enjoyed them. Here is the link of the review I wrote http://thelifeandtimesofwanda.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-calls-heartthe-dancea-review.html

New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton has taken a special interest in Elizabeth and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep and eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently. Dove approved. Approx. 87 minutes.

Michael Landon Jr. – Director:  Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years.  With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family.  He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.

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Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson~A Review~

ABOUT DYNAMO
Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. He earns his living by training and showing Rob's jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion.

Everything changes when God enters his life—in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriend—and ignites a new, greater passion within him. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God's hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, make him moan plaintively, "Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I'm being set up for something."

He is, indeed. Jeth's life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162911006X
ISBN-13: 978-1629110066
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ellie Gustafson writes pretty good books these days. She's been working at it long enough to learn a few things. It all started in 1978 with her first published article, "I Saw a Thing Today," about a couple of weasels she met on a stone wall in Vermont. A bunch of short stories and other articles followed, and then came Appalachian Spring. BIG learning curve. The editor slashed characters, whole chapters, and made a lot of red marks everywhere. Had to rewrite the entire book--on a brand-new Apple IIe computer that she had no idea how to operate. The novel was well received, however, which led to more novels and more painful learning experiences.

In many of her stories, Ellie explores the cosmic struggle between good and evil in light of God's overarching work of redemption. Having graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois--where she met her husband while teaching horsemanship (funny story there)--she has since been actively involved in church life as a minister's wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. A host of other experiences, from mice wars to house building, help bring color and humor to her fiction. She does like to laugh a lot.

She and her husband live in Massachusetts, where he teaches online college courses in philosophy. They travel a fair amount, spend time with three children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy camping at the family forest in Chester, Vermont.

Some have said that her latest novel, Dynamo, is her best book, so old dogs can learn from experience!

MY REVIEW
  Dynamo by Eleanor Gustafson is such an excellent book. I thought it would be good when I read the back, but nothing prepared me for how fantastic it is.
  Jeth made mistakes in life like we all do, but he learned many lessons from his and tries to live differently.  Rob and Katie believe in Jeth and not many people ever had. Jeth knows nothing about God, but he has plenty of questions and not the ones you would expect.  Another wonderful character in this book is Maybelle. She isn’t in many scenes, but she plays a huge part as being Jeth’s angel and always is there to help him with whatever life throws at him.
  Nothing is common about this story.  It is so full of love, peace, forgiveness, life and loss. It is really, really a book to read. Eleanor Gustafson is a new author to me, but she is now a new favorite. If her other books are half as good as Dynamo they would be worth reading. I highly recommend Dynamo.

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Thank you to Whitaker House 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

Hacker The Outlaw Chronicles by Ted Dekker ~ A Review~


ABOUT HACKER
My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do.

Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker whose world is unraveling. Deeply scarred from a horrific accident that killed her father and brother, and left her mother with irreparable brain damage, Nyah is barely holding the last shreds of her life together.

Now, her mother's health is deteriorating quickly and Nyah faces the grim prospect of losing her, too. One last ditch hope exists--an experimental brain surgery that could buy her mother more time. But Nyah must scrape together enough money to pay for it before it's too late.

Desperate and with no other choice, Nyah turns her programming skills to cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. She exposes their weaknesses, and then offers her services to secure their systems from hackers.

But when the most dangerous job of her life backfires and forces her to go on the run, she encounters an impossible reality that shouldn't exist, but does.

A hack unlike any other. A hack that will take her beyond the firewall of the human brain itself. A hack, which may be the only way to save her mother now.

What if there was a way to tap into the unseen reality that surrounds us all? Would you hack in? How far would you go to find the answers to your deepest questions? The answer lies deep beyond the firewall.

Tap in, strap in, and experience the mind-twisting ride with Nyah. What you find waiting on the other side of the firewall might forever change the way you see yourself and the world you live in.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Worthy Publishing (June 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1617952753
ISBN-13: 978-1617952753
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Heralded as a "master of suspense" by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands.
He began his career writing fantasy novels that explored spirituality (Black, Red and White) and has since become a major force in the mainstream fiction arena with his recent thrillers, "Adam," "Thr3e," "Skin," "Obsessed," "BoneMan's Daughters," which landed in the #10 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list in 2009, and "The Bride Collector". Dekker has been honored with a Christy Award as well as a Gold Medallion Award for Best Fiction. "Thr3e" and his novel "House" became feature films.

Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business.
In the early nineties, Dekker decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven's Wager, was published. Dekker proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. "Thr3e" heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by "Obsessed," "Skin," "Adam," and "BoneMan's Daughters," all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Ted Dekker's fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view.
He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.

MY REVIEW
  There has never been a Ted Dekker book that I haven’t loved. He knows how to capture you in a book and keep you there. Hacker is part of The Outlaw Chronicles and I just loved this one.
  Nyah {love that name} is only seventeen, but in her short life she has lived a lifetime. It is full of adventure, but plenty of loss and heartache. She can hack anything and get in anywhere, but the last time she went to far and crimeals are out to get her.
  Her mom is dying and also her best friend. How can she help them and save herself.  Nyah and Austin can only think of one thing that could help going inside and hacking their brains. Could they go deep enough to save her mom and Austin.
  Hacker is full of heart-stopping/heart-dropping suspense. Highly recommended. Love this book.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

When Calls The Heart~The Dance~A Review~

ABOUT WHEN CALLS THE HEART-THE DANCE
New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton has taken a special interest in Elizabeth and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep and eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently. Dove approved. Approx. 87 minutes.




Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Studio: Word Entertainment
ASIN: B00KSON3L6
Actors: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin


MY REVIEW
  I really enjoyed When Calls The Heart - The Dance. It is a Hallmark movie inspired by the best selling series by Janette Oke.
  This DVD doesn’t go along with the book series. It tells a story of the Elizabeth from the book series niece Elizabeth.
  It is continuing from the first DVD when Elizabeth goes West to teach those that no one else wants to teach. In this DVD men from another town come and help run the coal mine and they have quite a few adventures. Not all of the adventures are good ones either.
  I really enjoyed the part when the widow Carla is close to having a baby and no one really knows how to help or deliver a baby, but it all comes together.
   Some things are getting stolen and some lives are changing. Some good and some bad in all situations. I know you will love this DVD The Dance. I highly recommend it.


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The Perfect Summer ~DVD Review~

ABOUT THE PERFECT SUMMER
When 17-year-old Jake and his mom move to live with his grandfather in a quiet coastal town, Jake is certain it’s going to be the worst summer of his life; he can’t even find decent wi-fi! But when he catches the eye of a beautiful surfer girl, Jake begins to think that there’s more to life than the internet. Now, with the help of his legendary grandfather, Jake will go from surfing the net to surfing the waves.






Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Word Films
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2014
Run Time: 120 minutes

MY REVIEW
   The Perfect Summer is such a fantastic DVD. It is highly entertaining and full of lessons and hope. Some of the actors in this superb movie are Eric Roberts, Sydney Penny, Louis Mandylor, Adam Horner, Katie Garfield with Jason Castro.
  Jake and his mom have to move in with her father, because her husband died and she can’t make it where they use to live. It’s hard to change where you live especially after losing such an important person in your life.
  By the description on the DVD back it seems to be such a simple story full of sun, fun and romance, but The Perfect Summer is really a deep movie where many emotions are shown and how this young man grows up and where he puts his priorities.
  You will enjoy the fun and sun, but also feel such love and heartache. The feelings run deep in this DVD. It really is an enjoyable one to watch and one to learn from. Highly recommended.

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Shaken by Kariss Lynch ~Book Review~

ABOUT SHAKEN
When her world is shaken, will her foundation survive?
Idealistic and sheltered with a passion to change the world, Kaylan Richards leaves her comfortable life in Alabama to serve in poverty-stricken Haiti. Despite her inexperience and the opposition of a voodoo priest, Kaylan develops a love for the country and the Haitian people. But something deadly is about to strike.

It is the worst earthquake the country has ever seen, and in its aftermath bodies, buildings, and broken lives litter the streets. People she cares about are dead, and Kaylan is caught in the middle of the destruction, questioning a God who said He was good.

Navy SEAL Nick Carmichael never planned to find a girl he loved more than his country. Now she is a world away, trapped in a deadly situation nothing could have prepared her for. Can Nick’s love help Kaylan heal and show her the God who never abandoned her, or will tragedy shake even the most rooted faith?

Series: Heart of a Warrior (Book 1)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (February 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1621365352
ISBN-13: 978-1621365358
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kariss Lynch began her writing career in third grade when she created a story about a magical world for a class assignment. Chasing her dream into college, she received a degree in English at Texas Tech University and fell in love with writing faith-based fiction about characters with big dreams, adventurous spirits, and bold hearts. Kariss is a diehard Texan, born and bred in Dallas, where she now works as a writer for a local communications ministry.


MY REVIEW
  Shaken book one in the Heart of a Warrior series by Kariss Lynch is a very good book. It tells of Kaylan and her best friend Sarah Beth going to Haiti before the earthquake in 2010. How they wanted to help the poor and give them hope and a future. They are in Haiti when the earthquake hits.
  It also is a story of heartbreak and love. Nick and Kaylan knew each other for a year or so and then he went with the SEALs and broke her heart. Now he is back. What has changed and how will they get along?
  Shaken is broken up in four parts. Each part she is either at home in Alabama or in Haiti. You see Kaylan as she works through her heartaches and troubles and how she finally lets God take control.
  I enjoyed Shaken and think you will also.

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Thank you to Booketeria 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