Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Beautifully written! "Long Way Gone" by Charles Martin


Tired of feeling stifled by his father, Cooper O'Connor grabs his father's life savings, turns his back on his childhood, and heads to Nashville to follow his dreams. But his dreams soon turn to dust when his pursuit of a career in music leads to him to lose everything. A chance encounter with rising musical star Daley Cross seems destined to lead to success in love and life, until a tragedy derails their plans and Cooper finds himself broken and alone up in the Colorado mountains. 20 years later, Cooper's past collides with his present with an outcome that he never could have even dreamed of!

"Long Way Gone" is a beautifully written, moving story that will linger long on my mind, beyond the moment I lovingly place the book on my shelf. I was absolutely captivated by the character of Cooper, with his incredible musical talent, his growth to become a selfless giver to others, and even the mistakes that he makes on his journey. That moment where he runs from all that is good in his life will resonate with each of us, because whether or not we've taken such a radical step as Cooper did, we have all expressed that rebellion in our own unique ways. This story is one of redemption, of reconciliation in the most moving of ways, of second chances that are not deserved but are offered by grace. Cooper's father is the father we all want to have on Earth, and a poignant picture of the Father that we do have in heaven, one who says that we can never go too far to outrun his embrace. Each scene is carefully crafted, and there are many unexpected moments that make for engaging reading. I especially enjoyed Cooper's encounters with the supernatural, and am intrigued to think back over my own life and wonder if I have "entertained angels unawares".

Every time I pick up a book by Charles Martin, I never know exactly what I am going to get. Once again, he has succeeded at offering up a story that not only entertained on every level, but touched me at my deepest core. I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the Booklook Bloggers review program. Available from your favorite book retailer from Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins.

 about the author...

Charles Martin

Charles Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin Twitter: @storiedcareer

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Great romantic suspense: "Without Warning" by Lynette Eason

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about the book....

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business.

Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard--and a female one at that--is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider. He and Katie must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats--before a would-be killer strikes again.

my review....

Non-stop action and tension-infused scenes combine with a dash of romance to make "Without Warning" an utterly entertaining read. Both Katie (part of the Elite Guardians agency) and Daniel are likeable, strong characters who will capture reader's hearts with their painful pasts and their courage to confront danger head on to protect those they care about. I particularly liked Daniel's relationship with his niece, Riley, which reveals his tender heart to be her protector and provider. As each new twist was revealed in the story, I did my best to figure out who was behind the murder and all the other incidences targeting Daniel, but I have to admit I was kept guessing until the perpetrator was revealed as I couldn't figure out the motivation behind what was happening. Eason does a great job at building the suspense throughout the book, and I thought the ending was well done. Most of all, I love how faith is a very real part of these character's lives, a faith that allows doubts and questioning and yet arrives at the truth of God's goodness even through the times of pain. Readers will be able to relate to some of the difficult challenges that the characters struggle with, such as estrangement between Katie and her parents, or the loss Daniel deals with from Riley's parent's deaths. And like Katie, Daniel and Riley, I hope that readers who may not have reconciled to God will be encouraged to find the comfort that God offers to each of us.

The Elite Guardians series is proving to be one that you don't want to miss! "Without Warning" is a great follow-up to the first book in the series "Always Watching", and I am positive that fans of romantic suspense are going to want to grab a copy of this novel. I award this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well asAlways Watching and Without Warning in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina. Learn more at

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Friday, October 21, 2016

J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace’s ‘Cold-Case Christianity for Kids’ Blog Tour and Giveaway

At the crucial age between 8 and 12, many kids begin to wonder if Christianity and the Bible are true. Help your kids become truth-seeking detectives with the help of J. Warner and Susie Wallace's Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. The book includes author illustrations and links to a website where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit.

Encourage your kids to investigate the case for Christianity by entering to win a faith examination kit and a copy of J. Warner and Susie's new book.


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 4. The winner will be announced November 7 on the Litfuse blog.