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Book Review: Off to See the Sea

Off to See the Sea by Nikki Grimes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts or opinions of the book, nor does it affect the content of my review.

I know families struggle with bath time and I think this book would be great in helping with that. The illustrations in this book are stunning and the story is quite enjoyable. Children and their families will adore this book.





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Book Review: Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts and opinions on the book, nor does it affect the content of my review.

Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson is a heartfelt holiday story about three sisters who return to their aunt’s beloved home in a small town in Colorado for Christmas. While visiting their aunt, the sisters reflect on their lives and reconnect with one another to make up for lost time and repair their relationships with each other.

I really enjoyed this book. The author has a way with words of pulling you in and getting attached to the story and characters. I thought the writing style was great and loved the character development. The characters really grow throughout the story. It was a perfect holiday read for me. I would highly recommend this book if you are into Women’s Fiction or if you are looking for a heart-warming holiday read.




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Book Review: Blacklisted

Blacklisted by Jay Crownover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts and opinions of the book, nor does it affect the content of my review.

I recently read Blacklisted by by Jay Crownover. The book is a Romantic Suspense Western Romance. Blacklisted is about a biker named Shot who tries to protect Dr. Presley Baskin from an enemy from her past. Meanwhile, Shot and Presley try to protect their hearts from falling for each other.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great, I loved the character development, and the suspense. I was hooked.

I would highly recommend this book if you love Romantic Suspense, Western Romance, motorcycle clubs, or just want a quick read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.



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Review: The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts on the book or the content of my review.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Lizzie Shane is a Contemporary Romance novel about a photographer from New York named Ally, who moves back to Pine Hollow for the holidays to take care of her grandparents and save their animal shelter from closing permanently. While helping her grandparents with the animal shelter she meets Ben West, who is a single parent raising his niece and unexpectedly connects with Ally. Together they discover themselves and what it means to overcome tragedy and setback and pulling together for a common cause.

I loved this book so much. The writing was humorous, and the cast of characters were great. I loved the character development and all the Christmas festivities. I would highly recommend this book to get into the holiday spirit or if you are looking for something that is cute and a quick read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Review: Make Mine A Cowboy

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts on the book or the content of my review.

 Make Mine A Cowboy by A.J. Pine is a Western Romance novel about a doctor named Charlotte North, who returns to California from New York to take care of her injured grandmother and help at the family inn. While Charlotte is there, she rekindles a relationship with a cowboy she once had a fling with on a previous visit. Together they discover themselves and what life has to offer when you let go and take a chance.

 I flew through this book and could not put it down. It was short, easy to read, and so cute. I loved it a lot. I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for something that is a quick read, or if you love cowboys and western romances.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Review: How to Become a Successful Beta Reader- Book 1, Learning the Fundamentals of Fiction

Dedrie Marie’s nonfiction book, “How to Become a Successful Beta Reader: Book 1- Learning the Fundamentals of Fiction” is a guide about how to break into beta reading and be successful at it. Marie also discusses her personal story in how she got into beta reading and gives some helpful tips.

I found this book to be informative and easy to read. Marie’s writing is very descriptive, and I loved how she discusses vocabulary terms in a glossary format and lists some reading recommendations for further reading concepts.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to know more about beta reading or literary terms and concepts.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Review: Always We Begin Again- Stepping into the Next, New Moment

I recently read a fabulous devotional by Leeana Tankersley called Always We Begin Again- Stepping into the Next, New Moment. The devotional is a 100 day devotional journal with Bible verses and inspirational quotes about positivity and deepening your relationship with God and yourself.

I loved this book. I found it very helpful and uplifting. One of my favorite devotions was “Day 34, Threshold.” As someone who sometimes has a hard time crossing thresholds, this section was relatable to me. It talks about no matter how difficult of a challenge you are facing, God is always with you no matter what and he will guide you through it. All in all, this book was fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone who needs some inspiration, has a love of God and wants to deepen his or her faith or is just interested in checking it out.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts and opinion on the book or the content of my review.

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Review: The Horse of My Dreams- True Stories of the Horses We Love

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts on the book or the content of my review. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy.

The Horse of My Dreams- True Stories of the Horses We Love edited by Callie Smith Grant is a collection of short true stories about people and their love and experiences with horses.

I could not put this book down. I was so entranced by these stories and the inspiration that they carried. I could not choose a favorite short story as I loved them all. However, one that did strike me though was the story of Flash and Henry by Rachel Anne Ridge. It is about two donkeys named Flash and Henry and the growth of their friendship after a rocky start.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some inspiration or just simply loves horses.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Review: Bad Apple

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts on the book or the content of my review.

Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy is a steamy, standalone, new adult romance novel about a young woman named Maggie, who mistakes a guy for someone else. She ends up in the wrong bed and has a one-night stand. What comes next is how they deal with the aftermath of their one night together.

I really enjoyed this book. It was short, quick, and a good time. I love Elle Kennedy’s writing. She knows how to hook the reader.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Review: Back Roads to Belonging- Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your People

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Back Roads to Belonging: Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your People by Kristen Strong is a non-fiction inspirational book about how to follow your heart and God on your path to your belonging place. Strong uses her story and other people’s stories to teach you how to get to where you belong.

My favorite part of the book is the “Belonging Blessing” at the end of each chapter. Each blessing relates back to the focus or bible story for that chapter. Some themes Strong discusses in her book are compassion, encouragement, perseverance, and peace.  

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was well written and inspiring. It will stay with me wherever I go. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to find their belonging place or to anyone who wants to check it out.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Review: Breathe Again- How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am very grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy.

Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart by Niki Hardy is a very inspirational non-fiction book about how to breathe again and not just survive after a traumatic event in your life. Not only does Hardy share tips to help others deal with their traumatic events, she also shares her story and other people’s stories about how they got through traumatic events and life afterward. Hardy also discusses bravery and courage and what it means to be brave and courageous during difficult times.

My favorite part of the book is when Hardy talks about trusting God. She refers to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

I found this book to be truly inspirational and well written. Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone that wants to check it out or is looking for some inspiration.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Review: Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith- 99 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship with God, Others, and Yourself

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am very grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy.

I recently read a very inspirational non-fiction book by Dean Del Sesto called Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith: 99 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship with God, Others, and Yourself. As you can probably gather from the title, the book is about really going into yourself with God and allowing Him to show you the way to connection or reconnection with Him and finding your power and purpose. Tip #18 “Resilience in the Face of Betrayal” reminded me of a time when I was betrayed by my best friend and going through that was challenging for me.

 I loved this book. I loved the writing style and how inspiring it was. The book made me want to have an even more deeper connection with God. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes inspirational books, needs some inspiration in their lives, or wants a deeper relationship with God.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Review: Things You Save in a Fire

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I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center is a book about a female firefighter, Cassie Hanwell who is as tough as any man. Even though Cassie is tough, deep down she has issues with accepting love and forgiveness. There is a lot of depth and interesting sub-plots to this story.

Center weaves together the challenges of a female firefighter in an all male firehouse, the relationship with her estranged mother, and overcoming her past to experience love. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life allowing the reader to feel sympathy and empathize with the challenges Cassie experiences.

I very much enjoyed this book. The writing flowed together nicely through the various sub-plots. I admired Cassie’s strength in a traditionally “man’s world,” as well as her vulnerabilities.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and captivating. If you love books that hold a lot of substance, I would highly recommend this one. 

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#WildHorse by Kyle Richardson #BlogTour and Giveaway

We are excited to kick-off the Wild Horse Blog Tour! Kyle Richarson’s novelette releases Tuesday 7/30/19 so we hope you’ll join in on the fun, enter the giveaway (below) and follow the tour with us 7/29 thru 8/9! Full Schedule

WILD HORSE (a novelette) by Kyle Richardson

EBOOK RELEASE DATE: 7/30/19

GENRE: Dystopian, Superhero, YA, Novelette

BOOK PAGE: https://www.meerkatpress.com/books/wild-horse/

SUMMARY: Grady has found a crack in the wall—a crack to the outside world. But all he knows about life outside the compound comes from books, magazines, and a photograph of a creature that no longer exists. Things change when he meets a girl with raspberry-yellow hair, and a secret that could lead them to a world beyond the walls. A world where their abilities could change everything … or lead them both to ruin.

BUY LINKS: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kyle lives in the suburban wilds of Canada with his adorable wife, their rambunctious son, and their adventurous daughter. He writes about shapeshifters, superheroes, and the occasional clockwork beast, moonlights as an editor at Meerkat Press, and has a terrible habit of saying the wrong thing at the most inopportune moments. His short fiction has appeared in places such as Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology and Daily Science Fiction.

AUTHOR LINKS: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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EXCERPT:

Grady finds it in the spring, when the leaves are sprouting from the trees in tiny pink-green buds. There are no trees in the courtyard, there’s only dirt and rocks and other kids that look like Grady—their heads shaven, their clothes loose and gray, the skin under their eyes a creamy blue and red. But Grady has found a crack in the wall, a crack that wasn’t there before—a crack that isn’t supposed to be. Whenever the guards aren’t looking, he leans his face against the wall and peers through the crack at the world outside. He does this with his left eye first. Always his left eye first. The gap is so tiny it’s like squinting through a nostril. But in that nostril there’s the sky, purple as a bruise, and beneath it there are scrawny trees with tiny pink-green buds. Today the trees bend and sway, like they know Grady’s watching. Like they’re dancing just for him. And his cracked lips spread until he’s smiling, big and dumb.

This is when he hears the voice. “What’re you looking at?” The voice comes from behind him, small and smooth and wild, like the picture of the horse taped to the ceiling above his cot. It knocks something loose in him, something that tumbles free, something that falls but doesn’t seem to ever land. Whatever it is, it just keeps on falling, lost somewhere inside him. Grady frowns and squirms, but the stupid feeling doesn’t quit. “Go away,” he tells the voice. He doesn’t bother to turn. “I’m looking at spring,” he adds, “but you wouldn’t know what that is.”

The voice that’s like a wild horse, it tells him, “I do too know what spring is. And I know that you’re mean and I don’t like you.” Then the voice is gone, and a guard walks by, and Grady looks away from the wall as if the crack isn’t there at all. And stomping away from him straight across the courtyard, like she’s trying to knock the world off orbit with the weight of her footsteps alone, is a skinny girl with loose gray clothes and raspberry-yellow hair.

Grady raises his eyebrows. Whatever that thing is inside him, it tumbles even faster.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the writing style, characters, and the storyline. I also liked how descriptive the story was and the world building. What I did not like about this book was the length. I felt it was too short. I understand that it is supposed to be short, however I felt that the book had a lot of potential to be a full-length novel. I think I would have liked the book more if it were longer. Overall, I thought the story was great and would recommend it. My overall rating for this book is four out of five stars.