Saturday, August 18, 2018

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: That One Moment by Patty Wiseman (Contemporary Romance)


by
PATTY WISEMAN

  Genre: Fiction / Romantic Suspense
Date of Publication: May 8, 2017
Number of Pages: 258

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Ricki Sheridan traveled a long way to seek refuge at Wolf Den's Lodge high in the mountains after a devastating betrayal. Heartbroken, she signed up for a survivalist backpacking trip to live off the land and forget.

An injury on the first day puts her in the capable hands of the handsome trail boss, Kory Littleton. The attraction is instant, mutual, and terrifying. She trusted her emotions once and vowed never to make the same mistake again. Kory's heart, trampled and bruised, is unprepared to ever love again, until his unexpected reaction to Ricki reveals some things are worth taking a chance on.


When evil finds its way back into Ricki's world, their fragile bond is tested, forcing them to face their greatest fear: can a wounded heart ever trust anew? Betrayal. Desire. Revenge. Which one prevails?







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Praise for That One Moment:

Patty Wiseman, as well as anyone and better than most, sure knows how to write the three basic ingredients of a page-turning and unforgettable novel: mystery, suspense, and romance.  -- Caleb & Linda Pirtle ~ Here Comes a Mystery

"It was pure perfection!" -- Jessa, Amazon Reviewer

"Author Patty Wiseman does a good job of injecting so much action into just the first two pages that I had high expectations for this story. And That One Moment does not disappoint."  -- Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite





I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

When this book came up for the opportunity to review, I was immediately drawn in by both the cover and the synopsis. I was instantly intrigued by the role survivalist backpacking would play within the story as this doesn't feature prominently among the contemporary genre. I also quite enjoy a good love triangle and with a tagline like "One man wants her...Another won't let her go," there was no denying that I was hooked! 

Within the first few pages, readers learn that although Ricki is carrying around a lot of emotional baggage, she is also a strong and capable female character serving as a Texas game warden with prior service in the Navy. As a former Army officer myself, my heart sung many praises to Mrs. Wiseman for showcasing a woman in these fields. Given my own training and experiences functioning within high stress environments, there were times that I found myself having to suspend my disbelief in regards to Ricki's puzzling decision-making process while serving in her capacity as a law enforcement official. Personal preference aside, however, the story provides a valuable and relatable glimpse into the police community that any reader can appreciate.

Despite their instant attraction to one another, the romance is incredibly tame and gradually builds to express just how difficult it is to let go of the past especially when you have been hurt. Given that both Ricki and Kory are involved in careers that immediately suggest strength, confidence, and resiliency, it's easy to forget that they too can be plagued by feelings of doubt and hesitation. I appreciated the message that regardless of your background, training, or experience, we are all vulnerable especially when it comes to matters of the heart because timately, there will always be chinks in the armor. A few times throughout the story, readers become privy to Kory's point of view which greatly exposes just how important healing a broken heart depends on being open to second chances. The compelling cast of secondary characters enhances this theme as well and strongly demonstrates how incredibly fleeting time can be and how we owe it to ourselves and our relationships with one another to make the most out of it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense that was provided as many characters were thrown into danger that continues to quickly intensify as the story progresses. While the antagonist came across as more of a caricature of a villain, the path of destruction was still thrilling nonetheless.  

Overall, this was a fast paced, engaging, and easy read that will resonate a hopeful message for many readers.






Award Winning Author Patty Wiseman is a native of the Seattle, Washington area and attended The Wesleyan College in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Northeast Texas is home now, along with her husband Ron.  She is the president of East Texas Writer’s Association, a Lifetime Member of the Worldwide Who’s Who for Professional Women (and named VIP for 2013), and a member of the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization, East Texas Writer’s Guild, and Texas Association of Authors.

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8/16/18
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8/18/18
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8/19/18
BONUS Review
8/19/18
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8/20/18
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Review
8/21/18
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8/22/18
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8/23/18
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8/23/18
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

BOOK BLITZ: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham (Inspirational Historical Romance)

RACHEL FORDHAM

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance  
  Date of Publication: July 3, 2018 
  Publisher: Revell
Number of Pages: 336





Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone. 

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Welcome to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.




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PRAISE FOR THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS: “In her promising first novel, Fordham assembles an endearing cast of characters in the rugged Midwest plains for a tale about surviving and thriving. Fordham depicts heartbreaking emotional and physical suffering, while beautifully illustrating the power in simple acts of kindness to foster healing, hope, and happiness.”
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EXCERPT: PROLOGUE FROM THE HOPE OF AZURE SPRINGS
Iowa, 1881

     She dead?”
     Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her. A strange thumping pulsed through her with each word he spoke. Her throat burned, screaming for water, but she could not cry out.
     “There’s life in her. Not much of it though,” a second, raspier voice answered. She felt a hand press against her throat and then move over her body, gently probing. “She’s bleeding pretty bad.”
     “Gunshot?” the first voice asked.
     If only her eyes would open, and she could see them. Straining, she struggled to pull her heavy eyelids open. Finally, bits of light darted in front of her eyes, but she could not focus. The faces above her were fuzzy and indiscernible.
     Fear swept through her, suddenly waking her battered body. Afraid the men from before had returned, she opened her eyes wide, finding strength that only moments before she had lacked. With thrashing arms, she flailed at the men. Her arms flopped about but offered little defense—she was too weak from blood loss. And then they moved no longer, subdued by large, strong hands.
     “Easy, girl. We aren’t going to hurt you. We just want to help. Take you into town, that’s all. There’s a good doctor there.” The man’s deep voice sounded gentle, but still she did not trust him. Voices could be deceiving. Arms could hurt as well as help. She knew these things well.
     Soon she felt her body being raised above the ground, and moments later the hard planks of a wagon became the resting place for her injured frame. Too weak to move, she lay looking at the sky, wishing there were a way to end the agony, but knowing that for Lucy she would fight on.
     Once the wagon lurched forward, she lost track of everything again. The wheels bouncing over ruts made her pain so intense that everything closed around her and then faded to black.

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Rachel Fordham started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. She hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

BOOK EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker (Young Adult)


THE EDGE OF OVER THERE
The Day the Angels Fell, Book 2

by SHAWN SMUCKER
  
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: July 3, 2018
Number of Pages: 384

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The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell.

Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected. Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.

Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman—who looks exactly like a ghost from her past—compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.
She’s also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

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FROM THE PROLOGUE
By Shawn Smucker
(used by permission)

ABRA COULD ALMOST FEEL THE RAIN, even though it was only a dream. She was surrounded by leaves and branches. The drops clattered down through them, all around her. That’s when she realized she was up in a tree, up in its highest branches, and immediately she was afraid. She clung to the branch she was on, a branch much too thin to hold her. It broke, and she fell. She grabbed for anything she could hold on to, finding another thin branch. She dangled there, looking down between her feet at the ground far below.
She watched a huge wolf-like creature pick up a small girl in its jaws and toss her aside. She watched as a boy grabbed on to a small sword, cried out in pain before swinging it again and again. She watched as the sword found its mark and the huge animal listed to the side like a boat preparing to sink. When the creature fell, the boy collapsed.
She twisted and turned where she hung from the branch, wondering if the girl was okay. Wondering where she was. That’s when she saw a streak of light, and a man, or something in shape of a man, knelt beside the girl. He put his hands on her head and closed his eyes, and Abra knew, in the way that you can know something in a dream, that the man was bringing the girl back to life. Or calling her back from wherever it was her soul was heading.
Suddenly she could hear through the girl’s ears. She was still dangling there in the air; she was still feeling the soft patter of rain on her head and bare arms, the drops tickling her face; she could still feel the thin branch slipping ever so slowly from her grasp. But for some reason her hearing was now the girl’s hearing, and she heard the man whisper.
“Abra, this is very important. I have a few things I need to tell you . . .”
But as the Abra hanging from the tree realized the girl on the ground was her, and as she thought she was going to hear something very important, her fingers slipped from the branch.
I should have hit the ground by now, she thought. She looked down. The ground was rushing at her, and she caught her breath.





Praise for The Edge of Over There:

“Blending Biblical elements and urban myths, Smucker creates an enthralling story of supernatural battles between the forces of good and evil.” -- Publishers Weekly

“The Edge of Over There is a mesmerizing, menacing fantasy. Shawn Smucker fuses New Orleans lore, Christian themes, and dystopian landscapes in a thorough exploration of love and its unintended results.” -- Foreword Reviews (Starred Review)

 


Shawn Smucker is the author of The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There. He lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him on his website, where you can also sign up for his newsletter in order to find out when and where the Tree of Life will turn up next.

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7/18/18
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7/19/18
Review
7/20/18
Review
7/21/18
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7/22/18
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7/23/18
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7/26/18
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