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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Without Warning by Joel Rosenberg





Wow! It's hard to find the words to adequately describe Joel Rosenberg's latest thriller. J.B. Collins is back and the bad guys are still after him. The fact that Joel lives in the Middle East adds authenticity to his writing. The setting is described in such a way that you can imagine yourself there with J.B. and company. At times my heart was pounding with fear for the folks in the book. There is a depth to the characters that only comes from being a master storyteller. I expected to read a disclaimer at the end of the book stating that the names have been changed to protect the innocent.  Do yourself a favor and don't start this book until you have time to settle in for the great adventure.

From Amazon:
As he prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, the president of the United States is convinced the Islamic State is on the run, about to be crushed by American forces once and for all. But New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins tells the president he’s dead wrong. With the Middle East on fire, the Israeli prime minister dead, and Amman in ruins, Collins fears a catastrophic attack inside the American homeland is imminent. He argues that only an all-out manhunt to capture or kill Abu Kahlif―the leader of ISIS―can stop the attack and save American lives. But will the president listen and take decisive action before it’s too late?

About Joel Rosenberg:
Joel C. Rosenberg (www.joelrosenberg.com) is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of eleven novels and five nonfiction books, with more than 3 million copies sold.
His books have been read and enjoyed by a wide range of U.S. and foreign leaders, including former CIA Director Porter Goss, former Delta Force Commander Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, and former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.
Joel has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including ABC’s Nightline, CNN, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The History Channel, the Rush Limbaugh Show, the Sean Hannity Show, and the Glenn Beck Show. His articles and columns have been published by National Review, FoxNews.com, CNN.com, the Jerusalem Post, World magazine, and the Washington Times, among others. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times, and the Jerusalem Post.
Joel has spoken to audiences all across the U.S. and Canada and around the world, including Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, India, South Korea, and the Philippines. He has also addressed audiences at the White House and the Pentagon, members of Congress on Capitol Hill, members of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, and spoken at a conference held at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.
He is the founder and chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com), a nonprofit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3.”
Joel’s books, most of which are published in numerous languages, include
1. The Last Jihad (2002)
2. The Last Days (2003)
3. The Ezekiel Option (2005)
4. The Copper Scroll (2006)
5. Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future (2006, nonfiction; an updated version, Epicenter 2.0, was released in paperback in 2008)
6. Dead Heat (2008)
7. Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World (2009, nonfiction)
8. The Twelfth Imam (2010)
9. The Tehran Initiative (2011)
10. Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time? (2012, nonfiction)
11. Israel at War: Inside the Nuclear Showdown with Iran (2012, nonfiction e-book)
12. The Invested Life: Making Disciples of All Nations One Person at a Time, written with Dr. T. E. Koshy (2012, nonfiction)
13. Damascus Countdown (2013)
14. The Auschwitz Escape (2014)
15. The Third Target (January 6, 2015)
16. The First Hostage (December 29, 2015)
He has produced two documentary films based on two of his nonfiction books, Epicenter and Inside the Revolution.
Several of his books have won national awards.
The Ezekiel Option was named by the ECPA as the Gold Medallion Award winner for the “Best Novel of 2006.”
He is a five-time winner of the Retailers Choice Award for best books of the year in fiction and nonfiction categories. These awards, presented annually by Christian Retailing magazine, are based on the voting of people working in the Christian publishing and music industries.
In 2007, Epicenter won in the Christian Living category.
In 2009, Dead Heat won in the Fiction: Mystery & Suspense category.
In 2010, Inside the Revolution won in the Social Issues category.
In 2011, The Twelfth Imam won in the Fiction: Mystery & Suspense category.
In 2012, The Tehran Initiative won in the Fiction: Mystery & Suspense category.
The Auschwitz Escape was a finalist in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction, finishing in fourth place out of twenty-one contenders.
Several of his books have reached the top or near the top of national bestseller lists.
The Last Jihad hit #1 on the Amazon.com bestseller list.
Dead Heat reached #4 on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list.
The Third Target hit #4 on the Publishers Weekly hardcover fiction bestseller list and spent two months as the #1 bestselling work of fiction in the Christian market in North America.
The First Hostage was also the #1 bestselling work of fiction in the Christian market in North America.
Before becoming an author, Joel worked as an aide to U.S. and Israeli business and political leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky, and then-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also worked for the Heritage Foundation, Empower America, and Americans For Hope, Growth & Opportunity.
Joel was born in Syracuse, New York. His father is a first-generation American from a Jewish background whose parents and grandparents emigrated from Russia and settled in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, a Gentile, was raised in Rome, New York. When Joel was two, his parents moved to a community just outside of Rochester, New York. He grew up in the small town of Fairport and graduated from Fairport High School. He attended Syracuse University—spending one semester of his junior year studying at Tel Aviv University—and graduated from Syracuse with a BFA in film drama.
Joel married his college sweetheart, Lynn, in June of 1990. Together, they made their home in the Washington, D.C., area for twenty-four years. In 2014, they and their four sons—Caleb, Jacob, Jonah, and Noah—made aliyah and now live in Israel as dual U.S.–Israeli citizens.
For more information on conferences Joel organizes, please visit www.epicenterconference.com.
You can find his weblog at https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/.
You can sign up for his “Flash Traffic” e-mail updates at http://www.joelrosenberg.com/flashtraffic_form.asp.
You can follow him on Twitter @joelcrosenberg and Facebook (facebook.com/JoelCRosenberg).

My 12 Best Books of 2016

Most people are posting their 10 favorite books of 2016, I just couldn't narrow my list that far. I honestly could have done a top twenty! So here are my 12 favorite books in no particular order:












It has been an awesome year for books! Thank you to all of the authors out there for providing so many hours of enjoyment! Happy New Year! I look forward to all of the new books in 2017!
                                         Kris

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Paradise Protocol by Anna Zogg


The Paradise Protocol by Anna Zogg is a science fiction novel with a strong romantic theme. There is also an element of suspense. While I liked this book I would have liked a stronger plot. There is plenty of action, many strange creatures, and the vegetation is certainly not terrestrial. I will be reading the second novel to see if some of my questions are answered.

From Anna Zogg's webpage:
 THE PARADISE PROTOCOL

Submit to the director...
or forfeit your life!
Alone on a primitive planet light-years from Earth, bio-scientist Aric Lindquist believes she has been abandoned by SARC, the sponsor of her research assignment. In the five months since her assistant disappeared, she has struggled to survive Empusa III’s beautiful but hostile environment. Is SARC punishing her because she accused them of breaking protocol in not safeguarding the indigenous humanoids? After a new assistant finally arrives, Aric’s suspicions escalate.
When Sean Reese agreed to this mission, he expected to find a dangerous and possibly demented woman. Carrying out his orders would have been easy. But Aric is unlike anything he expected. Sean might find a way to save her life if she submits to the powerful director of SARC.
If she won’t, the director will use any means to silence them both...including murder.

About Anna from her web page:
What do you get when you cross an army brat, a police record, and an opera singer? Anna, of course! She’s been surrounded by the military (father, three siblings, husband and son), she was an exchange student in Denmark (where police records are mandatory) and she trained as a vocal major in college. With such a diverse background, she couldn’t help but become a writer.
After traveling the globe, she and her husband settled in Utah--a place they once swore they’d never live. Now they love it. With the towering mountains, nearby Great Salt Lake, high desert temperatures--she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
Well, maybe...

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck



A Royal Christmas Wedding is Rachel Hauck's fourth and final book in her Royal Wedding series. Fans will be glad to visit with characters from the other three books and see how they are getting along. Avery believes she has given up all feelings for Prince Colin after he abandoned her at her high school prom. Now she is visiting her sister, Princess of Brighton, and Colin is there. Will they continue to follow their own plans, or will they seek G-d's will? I believe that the following verse applies to Avery and Colin's story; 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

From Amazon:
            Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?

College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?

In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

About Rachel Hauck from Amazon:
   Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck

I was given this book by the Fiction Guild for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Giver of Wonders by Roseanna White



 I have come to love Roseanna White's historical novels set in England. Her Ladies of the Manor trilogy are among my all time favorite books. It was interesting to read Giver of Wonders because although it too is a historical novel, the time period is the 3rd century AD. I fell in love with the characters and really enjoyed learning about a real person. Although some artistic license was used, it was clearly stated at the end of the book what was fiction and what was true. I loved learning about the true St. Nicholas, not the commercialized version that we are told. He was a man of G-d, not an elf, and he preferred to give in secret. A truly delightful novel about Christmas.

Cyprus was little more than a child when a fall left her paralyzed...and when the boy known as the wonder-worker healed her. Ever since, she has wondered why the Lord spared her, what he has in store for her. But her pagan father thinks she was spared solely so she could be introduced to the wealthy wonder-worker, Nikolaos.


Nikolaos has never questioned that his call in life is to dedicate himself to the church and to God. Never, that is, until he and his cousin Petros meet the compelling Cyprus Visibullis. For years he struggles with the feelings she inspires...and with the sure knowledge that Petros loves her too.

Petros knows he will never be good enough for Cyprus's father to consider him as a match for his favorite daughter not as long as Nikolaos is there. But when tragedy strikes the Visibullis family, he will do anything to save his beloved. Unfortunately, his beloved is determined to do anything to save her sisters ~ even at the cost of herself.

As the festival of lights bathes their Greek city in beauty, Cyprus, Petros, and Nikolaos celebrate the miracle of their Savior s birth together one last time. And in remembrance of their Lord's greatest gift, one of them will make the ultimate sacrifice for the others...and a centuries-long tradition will be born.

From Amazon:
about Roseanna White:
Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at[...]

I was given this book by Celebrate Lit group in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Without Warning by Lynette Eason



         Lynette Eason, one of today's top Romantic Suspense writers, has created a unique group of bodyguards. Elite Guardians Agency is staffed by females and they are quite capable of keeping you safe. They come from various backgrounds and each has a distinct history and can bring different skills to the Agency. I enjoyed the fact that while good at their jobs all of the women show an all too human side. The characters are well developed and the plot is fast moving. This is book two and although I did not read the first book, I had no trouble enjoying this book. It can definitely be read as a stand alone novel.

 From Amazon:
 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.

Witty dialogue and a simmering attraction will have readers flying through this tension-laced thriller. Eason exercises complete control of her readers' emotions as they race through the pages to discover the truth.

About the author from Amazon blurb:
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching 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 she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

I was given this book by NetGalley.com for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

A Baxter Family Christmas





                                                            I enjoyed having this chance to visit with                                                  the Baxter family and their friends. It was fun                                                 to see what their holiday traditions are and to                                                   see that they have moved on to the point that                                                   they can remember the joy that Erin's family                                                     provided. Anyone who has followed the                                                                  Baxters will welcome this visit.

Meet the Author


Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter, Kelsey, lives nearby and is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The couple recently welcomed their first child, Hudson.
Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling n

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham


           Bitter and broken Jessica Ross has returned home from the trenches in France. She hopes to settle into a quiet life with her grandparents and hopefully regain peace. But when she gets off the train she discovers that the war has followed her home in the form of a German internment camp.
              The Thorn Healer is book 3 in Pepper Basham's PennedIn Time trilogy and provides a satisfying conclusion to the series. Pepper has a way with romance that will thrill your heart while adding enough spice to her characters to make their lives interesting. She paints beautiful word pictures that bring her stories to life and make one wish to travel just to find places like the small chapel in the Appalachian mountains.  Jess and August are real enough that I could imagine walking down the street to have a chat with them. I have to add one of the nice features of a trilogy is that the characters that I have grown to love in previous books made a guest appearance in this book.


        about   Pepper Basham
Pepper Basham writes Blue Ridge romances sprinkled with grace and humor. She is a regular contributor of Christian Fiction Online Magazine and blogger at The Writer's Alley. A mom of five, speech-language pathologist, crazy-hat wearer, and lover of chocolate, you can find her chatting about life or giving book reviews on her personal blog, Words Seasoned with Salt. Pepper is represented by the fabulous Julie Gwinn from the Seymour Agency
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I was given this book by the author for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser



I pretty much devoured this book! The Pattern Artist grabbed me and sucked me in. Annie was such an intriguing character who in the course of this book progresses from sheltered housemaid to an independent woman at the end. I enjoyed her growth and her growing reliance on G-d. As Annie states, she walks through the doors presented to her and the doors to the past close, there is no going back. She makes several friends and an enemy or two along the way. I suggest grabbing a hot cup of tea and settling in for a great read.

From Goodreads:
English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York in 1911. On her own for the first time working as a Macy’s sewing department clerk, Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—an artist of the highest degree. As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

Nancy Moser
Nancy Moser: from Goodreads



Nancy Moser Goodreads Author
Born in The United States
Websitehttp://www.nancymoser.com
TwitterMoserNancy
GenreHistorical Fiction, Contemporary, Biography
Member SinceDecember 2007
URL https://www.goodreads.com/nancymoser
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Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of twenty-nine inspirational novels that focus on discovering our unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories.

Her latest historical novels are the Downton Abbey-inspired Manor House Series:"Love of the Summerfields", "Bride of the Summerfields", and "Rise of the Summerfields."

Also new is "The Pattern Artist" about Macy's and the Butterick Pattern company.

Her historical bio-novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories:"Just Jane" (Jane Austen), "Mozart's Sister" (Nannerl Mozart), "Washington's Lady" (Martha Washington) and "How Do I Love Thee?" (Elizabeth Barrett Browning.)

"An Unlikely Suitor" was named to Booklist's Top 100 Romance Novels of the last decade.

Nancy's time-travel novel, "Time Lottery", won a Christy Award, and "Washington's Lady" was a finalist.

Her contemporary books are known for their big-casts and intricate plotting. Some titles are "The Invitation", "John 3: 16", "Weave of the World", "The Sister Circle", "The Seat Beside Me", and "The Good Nearby".

Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included.

Find out more: nancymoser.com.
  I was given this book by the author, All thoughts are my own.