Review: Simplify Your Life from Inside Out




Synopsis:

Simplify Your Life from the INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace

“I just wish things could be simpler!” If that has been your lament, and if you still haven’t found anything that really helps…or lasts…you are not alone.
As the world gets busier and faster, your life can easily become more complicated, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Simplify Your Life from THE INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace, you will find the practical and effective advice that you’ve been seeking:
✔ How to rediscover the peaceful way to live.
✔ How to recognize and overcome the barriers to a life of simplicity.
✔ The 7 Keys that will guide you in your journey and help you stay on your path.

A Unified Plan to Address Your Problems At Their Core

Most approaches to simplifying your life focus on the tangible and visible ‘stuff’ in your life, which although important, is just not enough.
The real issues lie beneath the surface: In the false beliefs and assumptions you hold about the way life works. What you’re looking for are real solutions to your real problems, not band aids.
Discover the Way to Inner Peace – Solutions Found In Life, Not In the Textbook
Have you tried following the advice of ‘experts’ in the field, but it seemed distant and disconnected from your reality? In this book you will:
✔ Read real stories about real people…just like you.
✔ Learn how each problem was faced… and solved.
✔ Discover simple rules to apply in your daily life that work.
Unlock the Doors and Overcome the Barriers That Stand Between You and the Life of Simplicity That You Want.
Author Mark Wayne Smith shares with you the powerful, life changing lessons he learned when confronted with his own personal moment of awakening and found a way to a simpler life. The essence of that life is this:
Living in simplicity and peace is your natural state; it’s how you were created to live.
You don’t have to learn or master anything new: you only need to unlearn the years of complexity that the world has taught you, one layer at a time.
A New Look At Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction with Promising Results
Based on the real-life experiences of the author, a recovering alcoholic himself, this book offers invaluable help to those in recovery.
The lessons of the 7 Keys will work for everyone, but if you or your loved one are in recovery, these lessons will provide invaluable help in building better relationships.

A Book That You Should Read At Least Once In Your Lifetime

· Written in simple and straightforward language.
· Real life examples of how each key has been applied, and the results achieved.
· Practical ‘first steps to take’ for each key to help you get started today.
· A Christian perspective to everyday problems, found in the Scriptures.
· A clear plan for you to return to the simple and peaceful life you once enjoyed.
As you learn the lessons of the 7 Keys and follow the steps in the plan, you will discover a whole new way of living your life by discarding old beliefs and questioning the rules that never really were true.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Simplify Your Life from Inside Out by Mark Wayne Smith is a great tool. A must have for all. This book was wonderfully woven in a way that walks readers through different situations. It’s like getting a sneak peak into what’s really going on in spcertain circumstances as well as how to see the whole picture. It’s hard when the reader is the one in those situations but when reading the stories, it gives a clear idea. Like not being able to see and then suddenly, wham, lights are on…Simplify Your Life makes understanding easy. I felt myself connecting to both the writer and the stories he has cleverly written for me. Real world issues defined with real world situations. I loved that about this book the most. Step-by-step readers can become closer to facing their problems and overcoming them. Finding that balance that takes all the weight off one’s shoulders. Overall, I enjoyed reading the 7 keys and following the writer inside this book. I highly recommend it to all. 

Review: Grace and the Preacher




Synopsis:

At the age of twenty-three, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires but has only met through his letters.

 

Theophil Garrison is on the run from his past. Ten years ago his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now they’ve finished their sentences, but the plan for vengeance has just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, Theo has aa chance encounter that could provide him with the escape he needs.  

 

But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Sawyer is a wonderful story about forgiveness. I was hooked. The story told of a man running from his past life that soon caught up with him. An offer as a preacher for a new town gave him a chance to leave and start new. But soon, the past came tumbling down his present life. A young woman writes to the new preacher. She soon grew attached to the man in the letters. Once he comes to her town, secrets come out and betrayal will take over…it will be up to both characters to face their situations and decide the results. 

Kim Sawyer’s writing is superb. The emotional attachment happens quickly. Each character faces real life issues that helped me relate easily to them. I could understand what they went through and why. Clean, intriguing, and well-written. Grace and the Preacher is a satisfying Christian historical tale. Love, sacrifice, and redemption can be found inside…I loved it. This is definitely a book that I recommend to all. 

Review: Still Life 


Synopsis:

Romantic Suspense’s Rising Star Continues to Win Fans

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart. 

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Still Life by Dani Pettrey was incredible. It has everything I expected, plus more. Murder, investigation, a crime chase, and romance. That and it was written in a way that combined Christian and suspense together. The blend was perfect. The main characters brought the story to life. Every page was intense. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Dani Pettrey captured a realistic couple dealing with life threatening issues. One was a photographer and the other a crime scene analyst. With their skills, a murderer will be caught. Then, there’s the romance building between them…made this book an explosive read. Enticing, highly engaging, and entertaining. Still Life is indeed just that…it describes the murder exactly. The way the corpse was posed to lure out those close to the victim…it was pure genius. Overall,I highly recommend this writer’s work to readers everywhere. First novel, I have read by her and already I am looking forward to reading more. 

Review: The Dog Who Was There



Synopsis:

No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah. He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley’s eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we’ve never experienced before.

Barley’s story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver’s home and through the dangerous roads of Roman occupied Judea.

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told. 

Rating:  4.5-stars

Review:

The Dog  Who Was There by Ron Marasco is one of the most interesting biblical stories I have read. It is told through the eyes and ears of a dog, named Barley. Barley takes readers on a wonderful journey. The emotional tugs at one’s heart is hard to ignore. This story wasn’t to be about, Jesus, the Kind Man. It was more about Jesus and his teaching. Along the path, readers got to meet a variety of new characters. Each one holding a piece to this tale. Their stories made the learning experience quite stunning. 

Ron Marasco has brilliantly led me back into the past. Exactly during the time of Jesus. Here, I got to meet a loving couple who took in a dog, Barley, as well as criminal. Through the animal’s experience I enjoyed each scene. It was beautiful, to watch. Struggles, new relationships, friendship and a lot more can be found inside this book. The Dog Who Was There is an epic page turning read. Both the title and cover lured me to read it, and I am estastic that I did. Overall, I recommend to all Christians. Truly, a perfect read.

Review: Amish Weddings 



Synopsis:

Gould’s Series Concludes in Love and Marriage



Gregarious Rose Lehman, who’s always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop’s son, Reuben Byler–until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose’s sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.

When her sister Lila’s buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she’s ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn’t confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben’s discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she’s found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would “fight” for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she’s made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn’t seen yet?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould is a must read. This engaging tale is unlike most Amish stories that I have read. It’s plot was unique. Inside, readers will find a lot of action, big families, and choices to make. The main characters have so much in common, I thought it would be a simple life for them. However, as in real life, things change. A young woman wanted marriage right away. But it didn’t happen. She felt a bit rebellious and believed in the wrong man. The one wrong man who made her pregnant. Despite her new life change, she grows as a woman. Doesn’t give up her faith and becomes kinder. Before, she only thought about a man’s riches and now, she doesn’t. All she has to do is put her faith back in God. God always helps. Blessings of all sorts happen within these pages. Beautifully written and highly realistic. I can actually see everything happening for real. Real choices and real world issues. Growing up, maturity, and love are just a few themes masterfully woven in Amish Weddings. Overall, I highly recommend Leslie Gould’s latest novel to readers worldwide. It’s sweet and emotionally entertaining. 

Review: The Cherished Quilt 



Synopsis:

Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Amy Clipston has done it again with her latest novel, The Cherished Quilt. An Amish romance that readers will instantly love and never forget. This tale is heart melting, sweet, and awe inspiring. The emotional tugs will surely keep readers glued into the plot. 

A young Amish woman meets a man of her age working at her father’s place. He’s not like the other men. He appears cold and distant yet he can’t help feeling pulled into Emily’s kindness. She doesn’t give up…and neither should he.

Christopher took off from his family home to live with his uncle. He thought he was the sole reason for his troubling heart. Not able to sleep, Christopher struggles with the weight of his pain. God seems to be calling home when he finds out that his family needs his help. Christopher doesn’t hesitate. Leaving he doesn’t even stop to tell Emily…

Emily thinks her Christopher were getting along just fine. Then, he tells her they can’t be together and that he doesn’t want to be a member of their church. Telling him he’s a coward, only makes Christopher feel worse. But Emily is heart broken…

Can second chances happen between these two young people? Amy Clipston takes readers deep on a roller coaster of friendship, love, heartbreak, and faith. A strong sense of family and committment to God is seen throughout this story. I loved it. The characters have a way of keeping me interested from beginning to end. The Cherished Quilt is indeed a perfect title…as it has a deeper meaning inside. Overall, I highly recommend this Christian novel to readers everywhere. Amy Clipston is talented and writes beautifully engaging reads. 

Review: Mary’s Prayer


Synopsis

Mary Beiler is not ready for change. She wants to hold onto the past as tightly as she can. But new roles and relationships test Mary’s boundaries as she learns that she must trust God’s plan for her life. 
Eli Glick used to be a school-yard crush, but she hasn’t let herself dream of a future with him. When their paths begin weaving together, she starts to wonder if the feeling she notices towards him might be more than the memories of her childhood. 

From Mary’s Prayer: 

Not so bad! How was that for a compliment! she thought angrily as she stood and stepped towards the ladder. She turned to move down it, but as she placed her boot on the first rung it slid sideways several inches, and she took her foot off. 
“Hang on, I’ll hold it,” he said. 

He stood and walked towards her, and knelt near the top of the ladder. He held it in place as she turned again and put her foot on the top rung. This time, with his help, it was perfectly solid. 

“See what happens when we work together?” he asked, and she felt a smile peek onto her lips despite her upset. 
How does he do that to me? she wondered. She’d just been feeling upset and sorry for herself, and now a crack of lightheartedness found it’s way into her heart. It was as if he was bringing out her smiles –smiles that had been buried such a long time that they almost felt strange on her lips.

As she climbed down, she once again found herself uncomfortably close to the handsome man. Eli grinned at her. He was looking right into her eyes, and this made her blush. She was glad, at least, that he was no longer staring at her scars. 
“You sure that we can spend this time together, and you won’t fall in love with me?”he asked in his deep voice. 

Mary knew he was teasing her, but she felt her heart skip a beat at the flirtatious sound in his voice. Oh don’t flatter yourself, she thought. He’s only teasing you, just like he acts with all the girls. Besides, he likes Abby Trovey. With his face so close, and his blonde hair and good looks only inches away from her, she swallowed hard. 

Will Eli Glick see past Mary’s scars and into her heart?

Will Mary learn to trust again? 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Mary’s Prayer by Faye P. Baker is an Amish romance that will tug at readers’ hearts. I definitely felt a pull on mine. The story is both sad and sweet. Many obstacles to overcome like math and fear. Faye P. Baker has created the perfect atmosphere with just enough intrigue and and suspense to keep me reading all night long. I loved it. Mary is a young Amish woman moves to a new place. She lost her mom due to a fire. Mary has scars that make her feel self-conscious and the fact that her math isn’t well enough to work the cash register in her dad’s bakery…this puts her in a situation that makes her feel lost. Then, there’s good looking Eli who friends her. But she as she falls hard for him, she realizes that he likes another girl. Mary then feels completely lost and angry. Feels like God isn’t listening to her. Mary’s Prayer is a realistic telling of life and hardships that fall onto our paths and show us how we can move forward. Inspiring, well-written, and heart melting. I highly recommend this novel, to all. 

Review: A Love Made New


Synopsis:

Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart?

It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail’s two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.

Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community—his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he’s baffled by the call he’s received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.

Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future.

Rating: 5 stars
Review:

A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller is an extraordinary novel. This story is full of wisdom, patience, and love. The emotional journeys were so strong it was hard not to be sucked into them. The characters were beyond believable. Once again, I found myself drawn into Kathleen Fuller’s writing. Her talent is evident on every page. The drama is clear and concise, maybe not to the characters but to the readers. I loved watching the characters grow up and to overcome their hurdles. One main character had her parents lost due to a fatal buggy accident. Then she returns home only to have her boyfriend tell her they’re not an item anymore and then there’s the loud whisper she overheard. Ladies were saying she was fat. All of that can diminish one’s self-esteem and courage. Until fate takes the rug under her feet and brings an unexpected blessing into her life. Then smiles break out but may or may not last. The issues are strong enough to leave readers wondering what will become of the characters. I was intrigued from beginning to end. Clean, well-written, realistic and heartwarming. Readers won’t be able to find another masterpiece like Kathleen Fuller’s, A Love Made New. An Amish romance that will keep readers laughing, crying, and turning those pages. I have fallen in love with this fictional world and the characters it presented to me. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide. 

Review: An Amish Second Christmas

 

Synopsis:

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman

Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine  begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid

Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.

“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller

Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer

Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman is an Amish tale that will leave readers laughing, crying and falling in love. Christmas is a time for family. For the Amish, they have an event where it’s just for family and their memories. I found it quite peaceful and enjoyable to read. A grandfather once left his family because of a crime he witnessed. No one knew why he left the Amish community nor was there time to explain. The danger was at hand. Leaving behind one’s family so that they wouldn’t be in danger was a gift and a curse. A father never got to really know or be with his father…a wife who also died not knowing the truth. Now, the man’s daughter-in-law and her kids are all that’s left. Only time will tell if the family can find their peace and happiness.

When Christmas Comes Again is beautifully written. Faith, courage, and hope are strong themes within this story. I was immediately swept up by the humor, sadness, and love. Beth Wiseman’s writing is superb. Readers will never want to leave the fictional world in which she created. Highly entertaining, sweet, and full of Christianity. Overall, I highly recommend the story to all.

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Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid is another heart-melting tale. A young woman lost her parents in a night due to a cat knocking over the oil lamp that was left lit for her return home. Since then, she has felt nothing but sorrow. Then her love suddenly stops talking to her. He soon gives her a choice. To marry him and give up the baking or continue baking without him. In a world of hurt, anger, and sadness…Joy writes to her cousin about her troubles and includes a book of her peppermint cookies. Except fate has more plans for the sweet Amish lady. Her box of cookies and letter to her cousin arrive, to a stranger instead. The address was blurry to read due to the wet weather. From there, a pen pal relationship begins between a young Amish man and a young Amish woman. Both have been previously hurt by those they loved. Maybe they will finally find their happiness and love in the end…

Ruth Reid has created a warm and vibrant Christian read. Her Christmas Pen Pal is sad, sweet, and beautiful. The characters melt your heart in so many ways. The story swept me off me feet. I liked how both main characters were portrayed so realistically. The Amish world once again has been well-told. I enjoyed reading this book full of life, loss, and love. Overall, I highly recommend this to all.

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A Gift for Annie Marie by Kathleen Fuller is the third Amish tale inside this exciting book. I am amazed at how well-written the story was. Told in a way that leaves readers feeling all kinds of emotions. From happy to anger, to sad and eventually loved. A young Amish man and woman grew up as best friends.  Nathaniel was and has been in love with his best friend for years. Just didn’t realize it until she was about to leave him for good. Anne Marie loves being with Nathaniel. Always looks forward to their game nights on a Sunday. However, fate has plans in store for them both. But to complicate things, Anne Marie’s pushy friend, Ruth, wants Anne Marie to get Nathaniel to go out with her. Only Nathaniel already has his heart, soul, and mind only on one woman. Anne Marie. It’s obvious to everyone around them that the two best friends were meant to be…except neither one knows it until much later on…a sweet romance that lifts readers’ spirits and takes them on an unforgettable journey.

Kathleen Fuller in indeed a talented writer. Her words cause the deepest of emotions, to play across her readers’ hearts and minds. I found myself completely lost within her tale. It’s addictive. I fell in love with the characters and their journey of growth both as friends and as lovers. Overall, I highly recommend this story to all. A Gift for Anne Marie is a must read.

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Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer is the last and final Amish romance Christmas story inside this wonderful book. I loved the tale about delicious baking, hard work, friendship and most of all love. Tricia Goyer’s characters leave readers blushing and laughing alone. There’s plenty of fun and hope to fill readers’ minds. I loved following both Ammon and Esther as they found what they were looking for in life. Their trust and faith in the Lord were inspiring. When things go wrong, they pray and hope for guidance, courage, and help. I couldn’t help falling in love with the characters and their dilemmas. Super romantic, sweet, and heart melting.

Christian Aprons is a tale about an Amish man being there to help his mom. A mother who recently had a stroke. While helping his mom, he goes to a fundraiser. There he ends up meeting a super shy, smart, and loving woman. Esther. Esther was told to not share her mother’s recipe to anyone. In just a short time, she has a met a good Amish man who gives her hope for the future. Both soon grow closer with each passing day. But only the Lord will show them where their paths lay.  Can love conquer all? Tricia Goyer’s writing is addictive and will keep readers hooked. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

Review: Tullus

 

Synopsis:

A 52-page full-color Christian adventure comic book.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Tullus is an excellent comic book that has endless pages of Christian adventures. What it’s like being a Christian and in troubling times is clearly demonstrated with every page. But also, it shows that if you’re strong in your faith and truly believe in God then you can conquer anything. Especially, escaping from one’s enemies that are hot on one’s trail. I loved every moment of reading these endless tales that bring out the same messages. Believe, stay strong, and don’t give up hope even when things look hopeless. Good things can come your way if you’re patience. The morals are strong and the graphics are amazing. This comic book is for all ages. Everyone who reads this will be swept up by the adventures that the believable characters go through…Overall, I highly recommend Tullus to readers worldwide.

 

 

Review: A Daughter’s Dream

 

 

 

Synopsis:

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s second book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past…and finding love in one another.

Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.

That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year-old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?

Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness…and true love?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Daughter’s Dream by Shelly Shepard Gray is indeed a must read for all. The story instantly pulled me into the plot and sucked me in whole. There are struggles that each character has to face and a connection of the same kind of loss that seems to pull them into each other’s lives. Rebecca is a young woman who lost both her parents and is struggling with her dream career. Is she really mean to be a teacher or to work at her family’s lumber mill…and then there’s a new student and her uncle. Both are struggling with the loss of family members and dealing with their new life. Lily lost both her parents in a car accident and is now raised by her uncle Jacob Yoder. Jacob Yoder has moved back with his parents to raise Lily and to help them out…however, he’s not cut out to be a farmer and loves carpentry. Rebecca’s brother Lukas has offered Jacob a job at the mill. It’s now up to Jacob to see where he should be. But where there’s pain there is also love. Rebecca and Jacob have felt an instant spark towards one another and have recently started becoming good friends…then, there’s Jacob’s niece who is becoming fast good friends with Peter who makes her feel good about being smarter than the rest of their classmates. Peter really likes Lily. A Daughter’s Dream is a Christian romance that melted my heart and inspired me. I loved the characters and their troubles. The family, work, and friendships were amazing and very realistic. It was easy to connect with the characters on every level. Overall, I highly recommend this beautiful tale to readers everywhere.

Review: How the Catholic Church Became Naughty…

 

Synopsis:

The cardinals and bishops of the Catholic Church have been naughty for centuries. Why can’t they practice what they preach?

At Christmastime 2014 Pope Francis scolded them for their vanity, hypocrisy, back-biting, gossiping, boasting, lusting for power and control, and acting like Lords of the Manor. This book is an expansion on Pope Francis’s admonition to his inner governing circle, the Vatican Curia, tracing this naughtiness from the time of Emperor Constantine who converted to Christianity in the early 4th century and gave the Church palaces, basilicas, riches, and a noble lifestyle. It is a short journey throughout the lascivious and corruption-filled history of these church leaders—their torture of non-believers, selling of indulgences and church offices, concubinage, partnering with evil kings and rulers—ending with the 20th century Vatican Bank frauds, the money-laundering for Mafia and Mason crimes, the betrayal of the Church, and the sexual abuse of children scandal.

These popes, cardinals, and bishops of the Catholic Church are and have been the Real Hindrance to Reform with their peculiar Vatican mindset of clericalism, arrogance, and exaggerated self-estimation of their superiority over everyone and everything. It has been evolving for 1700 years. This short book is not a denunciation of the Catholic Church, but a ray of hope that the Vatican will make the deep changes that are necessary for the survival of Catholicism.

Only a priesthood that includes married, celibate, male and female priests with a non-clerical mindset will bring about the needed reform of the Catholic Church—not the Pope alone, nor the regressive Vatican mindset of clericalism ingrained in present-day church leaders.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

How the Catholic Church Became Naughty by Jack Doherty is an insight into the Catholic Church’s dark past and current struggles with reform. What the Church needs to do to fix all these issues is, in my opinion, to come out and punish the ones who committed the crimes against the Chruch. By not coming out and punishing those who have committed horrendous crimes against the Catholic teaching and to its members, the Church has only spun an endless anger and hatred from those it has hurt. It also has brought on it own sour taste in a vast majority of its own members. The cost of their not going after the bad apples has cost them faithful servants or members of the Catholic faith. There is indeed nothing wrong with the Catholic faith as stated by the author, otherwise, he probably would never have been a priest within the church. The Catholic Church has come a long way from selling indulgences and has in a way improved itself. However, when people in the Church’s top circles commit such crimes the Church somehow believes that if they hide it from the public that it will end all the bad things or bad publicity for the Church as a whole. They think they are saving the Church’s reputation but, in reality, they are only making it worse each time. I agree with Jack Doherty that the Catholic Church needs a reform but in the way it handles the bad things that happen within the Church. The Catholic Church isn’t the only religion with bad history…they are many others who have committed same horrendous crimes that top officials from the Catholic Church have committed yet people only pay attention to what the Catholic church does wrong and not what it has done well. I don’t think that just because the Church didn’t listen to the writer, that he should give up being a priest. He should have kept going on with his duty and would have been an example, to all priest and those around him of what a priest and the Catholic Church should be. Instead, I feel that because they going got tough or that just because one way doesn’t work that the writer felt hopeless and gave up too easy. Look at Peter. His faith, at first, was strong but when tested he failed…and with that he soon changed and his faith grew with patience. Like Peter, we all shouldn’t give up on the Catholic Church. Just like with the rest of life the roads will be bumpy and difficult but that doesn’t mean we  refuse to listen to God or give up our faith or vows just because many won’t listen. Many have not listened to God, yet God spared Noah and his family…Overall, I recommend this book to readers everywhere.

Review: Covered Bridge Charm

Synopsis:

Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly’s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam’s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review:

Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne Christner is absolutely a must read for all. This exciting yet sweet Christian romance will entice readers from everywhere. The build up of tension on both of the protagonists’ sides is intirguing. Readers won’t know which way the wind will blown when it comes to Carly and Adam. This was my first read by Dianne Christner. After reading this perfectly well-written story, I am definitely on the look out for more of her novels. The ending will leave readers wondering…and wanting more by this talented writer.

Covered Bridge Charm is romantic, funny, and a mysterious. Readers will be left hanging in suspense, when Adam and Carly are around each other. At first it’s like the two are dodging bullets but then something changes both of them…One moment is all it takes for for readers to fall in love with this amazing novel. I could see and hear every scene as if I were actually there. That is what I love about reading this brilliant heart melting and swoon worthy read. A real man that makes a woman blush and sweeps her off her feet is one to behold, maybe Adam is just that guy.  As they say opposites attract and that’s exactly what Adam and Carly are. However, Carly is plain looking, super sweet, and talks a lot. Plus, she’s always in one scrape or another. Can a man like Adam handle a generous loving and independent woman like Carly or will they both lose out on a chance of a life time? Readers beware, once you open this up, you won’t be putting it down until you finished reading the last page. Dianne Christner will lure readers in like a moth to a flame with her irresistible plot and charming characters.  Overall, I highly recommend this romance to readers everywhere.

Book Review: A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears is a Christian romance novel that will lure readers from everywhere. A teacher, her friend’s little boy, and a man who thinks he might the boy’s father.  All three will be united in fighting against a another man who claims that the boy is his. But little Anthony won’t go to the man knowing full well that the man will hurt him just like he dd to his mom. Then there is Kate, the school teacher who has friended the mom and Anthony and has come to love Anthony just as much as if he were her son. Soon Anthony’s mom takes ill and slowly dies leaving both Kate and Anthony fighting against a cruel man. But things get more interesting as another man name Silas comes  to claim Anthony as his and doesn’t like the cruel man either. But Silas nor Kate know who the real father is and now they hope that they find out before the court decides that Anthony belongs to the cruel man. Or else Kate and Silas both will lose Anthony altogether.

Melissa Jagears’s novel is brilliantly well written. Her story starts off like others within it’s genre but then surprises readers with it’s twist. A heart melting novel that indeed a perfect read for all. I fell in love immediately with Anthony,, the little boy who does what he can to help his mom and then only to lose her. But then he has his beautiful caring teacher, Kate. Kate pulls him through by being there to help Anthony as much as possible and loves him with all her heart. This story will surely tug, and pull at your heart and leave you feeling good. Then there’s Silas, a man who doesn’t deny that he didn’t take care of Anthony’s mom the way he should have and had a drinking problem. Silas is a tough and hard working man who longs for one relative to love. Readers will definitely feel sympathy for Silas and love him just as much as Kate and Anthony. These three awe inspiring characters and their troubles will be every reader’s new addiction. I couldn’t stop reading this fabulous story. I highly recommend it to every reader. Overall, I rate A Bride at Last a five out of five stars.

Book Review: In Your Embrace by Amy

In Your Embrace by Amy Miles is a refreshing Christian romance unlike most in its genre. A tale of of two men men  and one woman whose faith is stirred up. Timothy Lewis lost a loved one and his business is on rocky grounds plus, a natural disaster headed his way will cause even more problems. His faith has been lost. Then there’s Hannah Green, who comes to help her Aunt and Uncle and while there she tends to get herself into big trouble because of her big heart. And last but not least there is Draven Young who will have his allowance taken if he doesn’t do community service. And while he’s doing it he learns that bad things happen to good people and that there is a reason to everything that happens.

In Your Embrace, is indeed a remarkable novel that all readers must embrace with both arms. Amy Miles has done stupendous job in creating realistic life events that turn each characters life style inside out and upside down and maybe just maybe rights itself back up once more but in ways they never expected. Each character is unique and will captivate the hearts of many. All three characters go through life’s struggles and learn lessons along the way changing them into the people they were meant to be. I absolutely loved reading this stunning Christian novel by Amy Miles. I highly recommend her novel, In Your Embrace to every reader. This is indeed one embracing read that readers must not miss out on reading! A real life changer. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.

Open Submissions:

Open Submissions to all self-published and new emerging writers.

I am a senior publisher for Pulse LLC. I am currently looking for the following genres to publish:

– Historical Romance

– Contemporary Romance

– Paranormal Romance

– New Adult

– Romantic Suspense

– Romantic Thriller

– Romantic Comedy

– Chicklit

– Christian Romance

– YA

Please send the first three chapters and a query letter to me at:

danielle@pulsepub.net

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Who We Are:

Pulse is an exciting new traditional publishing imprint committed to cultivating and promoting the works of authors from all walks of life.

Through our innovative, modern approach to publishing, we seek to foster the success of established authors seeking to enhance their publishing efforts, as well as aspiring authors looking to make their mark in the literary world.

Other Questions You May Have:

I am enrolled in KDP select with Amazon for about another 85 days, is this a problem?

No.

Can I work directly with the editor should we disagree on changes?  Do I have the final decision on the changes made?

We don’t allow authors and editors to work directly together, as it’s caused unnecessary complications in the past. If the author has any questions regarding the editor’s suggested changes, s/he can take them up directly with you. Also, as Senior Publisher, you have final authority regarding changes made to all manuscripts.

Will Pulse/Enrapture set up Facebook, twitter, web pages for me?

We do not create social media accounts or websites for authors, but we’ll gladly promote any profiles they create for themsevles.

What is the typical contract period?

The publishing agreement remains in effect as long as the title is in print, meaning as long as it continues to sell copies. If it ever fails to sell a single copy for two consecutive months, the book automatically goes out of print and the agreement can be terminated.

Will I be able to promote and market my book, or will the contract allow only Pulse/Enrapture to do it for me?

We require the active participation of all authors regarding the promotion of their titles. Though we’ll craft and implement a detailed marketing plan for their books, they need to be actively involved in promoting themselves and their writings, including arranging interviews and media appearances, securing online publicity opportunities, maintaining a mailing list, and general word of mouth. Once the marketing plan has been finalized, though, you’ll be passing it along to the author to prevent duplication of efforts.

– Am I included in Pulse’s media liability insurance?

Yes.

-And can I use my real name? I read somewhere that pseudonyms are lame these days. But I also think I’m ready to own this! 

That’s up to the author.

-Since I published through Amazon’s CreateSpace, I hold the existing copyright. So, do I remove it from Amazon now that Pulse will own the publishing rights? Can’t have it out there just floating around. 

Once the publishing agreement has been signed, the book must be removed from general circulation.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please let me know.

Book Review: A Gentleman’s Kiss (Romance Collection)

A Gentleman’s Kiss (Romance Collection) is a must read for all Christians! Nine incredible tales that revolve around Christianity and a single kiss between each man and woman. Each story’s setting is better than the one before it. I couldn’t get enough of these wonderful romantic stories by these talented writers. The stories may be short but their meanings and the way the characters go about their love in our modern world is amazing. Just when one expected chivalry to be dead, it isn’t. It couldn’t be more alive nor more strong than inside each these specially written pieces.  With gentle nudges, vacation time and music it is hard to resist reading this brilliant collection. I definitely enjoyed reading this and look forward to more Christian collections similar to this by these writers. One gentleman’s kiss and the world is buzzing alive. Energetic, fun, and steamy in all the right ways. I would highly recommend readers all over to read A Gentleman’s Kiss. A perfect read for all. I rate it a five out of five stars.

Book Review: The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby

The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby is one betrayal that leads unto another. A riveting story that takes readers deep into the center of the most intriguing plot line ever. Readers will be taken on a wild journey of emotions as those who betray and are betrayed go about their lives the best they can or at least they think they are. Kimberly Lawson Roby has masterfully integrated a Christian way of life into a story line that has so many bad twists and turns on every page that will keep readers turning to read further.  It is easy for readers to connect on every level with the two friends as the go about trying not to hurt those they care about but some times when you think you are not hurting someone, you might end up doing just that. I highly recommend readers to dive deep into The Ultimate Betrayal. One novel that hook you in from the beginning.
Alicia Black is a daughter of a Reverend. After four years of divorcing her second husband she winds up dating her first husband all over again. And this time she has worked hard to prove her royalty to him is stronger than ever, so when he proposes to her once more Alicia can’t say no.  And then there’s her best friend Melanie Richardson who  is having her own crisis with her own husband and maybe more. Melanie is stressed from her husband’s suspicious behavior and takes a dive for the worst. Fate has a way to add more trouble than what Alicia can handle, Melanie doesn’t want to talk to her and her second husband is out of jail and reformed as a completely new man. Which betrayal will Melanie make this time and will she be able to save her love life and her best friend or lose everything? The Ultimate Betrayal definitely suits the novel entirely and will keep readers guessing as to who and what will happen next. A perfect must read for all. Overall, I rate this sensational drama a five out of five stars.

Book Review: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade is one heart melting romance that readers can’t miss! I fell in love with the characters, Jake Porter and his friend Lyndie.  This is a romantic story about how this one tough cowboy who is roughened by his military days, gets his heart softened by no other than his beautiful friend Lyndie. She shows him what life could be like and once he gets a taste of it from her, he wants nothing more than to have her forever.

A sweet Christian romance unlike many I have read. Becky Wade sure knows how to lure her readers in from the beginning and keeps them locked in until the very end. But once, readers read this entire story of a love that blossoms between two old friends, readers will want to read more by this talented writer. I highly recommend this intoxicating love story and rate A Love Like Ours a five out of five stars!

Book Review: From the Start by Melissa Tag

From the Start by Melissa Tag is a cozy romantic read that readers won’t be able to get enough of and her characters will charm readers deeper into this heart melting story of how people’s lives can turn out for the best and how they impact others around them.  Former NFL quarterback star, Colton, gets injured and wants his career back on track. He’s pushing to write a book hoping to put himself back out there in the spotlight so he can be a part of the game once again. However, fate brings him to a small town in Iowa where he meets Rosie aka Kate. But he likes calling Rosie. She bushes real pretty every time he’s around. And something about her her stirs something deep within him. Colton having lost his football career due to his injury and then losing his girlfriend whom he was going to ask to marry him, is weary about all women. But when around his Rosie it’s hard not to like her. He finds out that she’s a writer and he needs her to help co-write his book. And Rosie needs to write a book to help fund her trip. Can Rosie be Colton’s prayer from heaven and is Colton Rosie’s prayer?

Melissa Tag has written a perfect romance that readers won’t ever forget. These two main characters will forever leave an imprint on readers’ heart forever. Both Rosie and Colton go about helping change other’s lives for the better and end up helping her other as well. A breath taking romantic read. That will have the same affect as the Titanic and Fault in Our Stars movies did on their viewers. I highly recommend reading this brilliantly well written Christian romance novel. I can promise, you will fall in love from the start. A must read for all.  A compelling story that will last a lifetime. Overall, I rate From the Start by Melissa Tag a five out of five stars.

Three Romance Authors

I am super happy to say that 3 romances authors have agreed to have me look over their manuscripts for publishing. I am beyond excited to help these authors with every step in becoming published by the publishing house where I work. I am a senior publisher of the adult romance department. I have helped 1 YA author become published and have another two authors who might be published as well. Out of these two other authors, one is another YA author and the other is a science fiction fantasy author.

To be a part of the process in helping authors become published is a dream come true. I never thought that I would have been able to do this so soon. I kept thinking one day in the future I would like to help authors become published and now, I can officially say I am helping authors. It’s the greatest blessing and honor to be able to work with authors with the publishing process.

I will keep you all posted on which authors have been published and what their novels are all about when the time comes. Also, just for those wondering the publishing company that I work for is called Pulse. Pulse is an exciting new traditional publishing imprint committed to cultivating and promoting the works of authors from all walks of life.
Through our innovative, modern approach to publishing, we seek to foster the success of established authors seeking to enhance their publishing efforts, as well as aspiring authors looking to make their mark in the literary world.

Pulse publishes titles in the following categories:

-Urban/Street Romance

– Christian

– YA – All sub-genres are welcomed!

– Erotica

– Science Fiction Fantasy

– Adult Romances – All sub-genres in the adult romance category are welcomed!

If you are interested in being published, please send your query letter and manuscript to me at: danielle@puslepub.net.

A Short Story

                        Chapter 1

 

 

 

Only sounds of the rain hitting my window kept me up. I couldn’t see anything out the dark and bleary window of my compartment. Silently, I wondered what my new life was going to be like. Will my husband still want me after seeing me when I arrive at the train station? The ad after all, asked for a young woman in her early twenties who can sew, cook, and clean house. And don’t mind being around two younger children. A boy named Michael age four and his big sister age ten. The man stated he was both a farmer and a rancher. How interesting, I thought. I was use to the city life and having everything done for me. That was until Papa died. We lost much of what we owned and not waiting until Keith to come by offering marriage and to buy our home, I quickly sold it to the bank. The bank seemed happy and gave me a good penny for the house. I was sad to leave behind the only place I knew, but anything would be better than Keith. The train soon pulled to a stop, and there out my window, I saw a man tall and muscled, with two younger ones. Instantly, I knew they were there waiting for me. Taking my luggage, I walked over to them.

The man was scrutinizing me with his piercing green eyes like the color of the sea. Easy to get lost in, I quickly shook my thoughts and introduced my-self to the children. Sarah hid halfway behind the man, and Michael just smiled at me. “Hi, my name is Laura. Nice to meet to you meet you both, Sara and Michael.”

“Hi,” they both said at once.

“They are super shy. It’s nice to see you, Laura. I’m Brian.” He placed his hand out to me, I took it and his big warm hand enclosed mine and briefly kissed it. I felt my cheeks burning, and my chest tighten at the brief touch of his lips. Brian’s eyes were searching mine the entire time. What did he think of me?

“Shall we get home?”

“Yes, I would like that, thank you.”

I followed them all to a wagon, Sara climbed on up in the back while Michael squirmed to sit on my lap. And Brian siting right next to me. Our shoulder touching, brought my full awareness to how close we were. Once again, I was more aware of Brian than I have ever been of any other man.

It took us awhile to get out to the place. But what I saw took my breath away. It was small and practical. The land around the small house, had trees on either side with pretty flowers. And not too far away was a big red barn and pasture.  If my eyes weren’t deceiving me there was a pond as well.

“Oh!”

“Isn’t it pretty?” Sarah asked me.

“Yes, it is Sarah. Very pretty.”

Smiling she looked up at Brian and said, “I knew it, Uncle Brian. I knew she would like the flowers we planted for her.

“You guys planted the flowers just for me?” I asked her surprised that they did such a thing just for me.

“Yes. Me, Michael, and Uncle Brian.”

Brian was looking at me smiling a bit himself. I smiled brightly in return. It was a nice welcome gift.

“I love it. Thank you.”

Sarah hugged me tightly from behind. I smiled even more if that were possible. Michael was asleep the whole time in my arms.

“Here we are. Home sweet home.”

Brian took Michael from me and then offered his hand to me as I step down. Carefully taking Michael back from him, he helped Sara down. She waited with her arms straight up in the air as Brian came about and took her into his big arms before settling her back down on the ground.

“Come, Laura.”

Taking my hand se lead me into the house, as Brian took my things in for me. The house was nicely built and nothing but a warmness overcame me. I felt welcomed in this new home. Papa would be smiling at me if he could see me now.

Sarah took me everywhere. Until, we saw the entire house. After a bit, I settled Michael on his bed, then went to prepare dinner. Brian was gone. I assumed it was to do chores since coming to pick me up at the station took a lot of his time.

I managed to my famous homemade beef stew. Sarah helped me in the kitchen such as helping me find certain items and then setting the table. I just sent her to go wake Michael up and wash their hands, when Brian walked into the house.

“That smells awfully good.”

“Thank you, be sure to freshen up and wash your hands before eating.”

“I will.”

Sarah and Michael came in letting me inspect their clean hands and then letting them choose where to sit.

I began pouring the beef stew into the bowls. And Sarah passed the homemade buns I baked.

“Mmm…Laura looks good.”

“Thank you, Sarah. Michael wait for your Uncle before you eat.”

“I’m here now. Sarah you can say the prayer.”

Brain held out my chair for me and after I was seated, he sat down and Sarah began the prayer.

The food went down so fast, I almost thought I didn’t serve them any stew. I watched as each one dug into their bowls and took more buns. I went back and poured some more stew into their bowls before eating mine.

After dinner, I had Sarah help me with the dishes and Brian helped Michael get ready for bed. Soon after I was helping Sarah into her own bed as well. I stayed with her as she said her prayer before closing her eyes.

Everything went well. I felt happy.  The children were nice and Brian was a gentleman. I had no regrets about my decision until I went into the room that Sarah said was mine. I noticed my things were placed in there as well. I changed my clothes, and brushed my teeth before sliding back the covers. As I laid in the bed, Brain soon came to bed himself.  My instincts were alert and my thoughts all jammed. Were we both to sleep in the same bed? Is that what husbands and wives do? But we haven’t married yet, surely we can’t sleep in the same bed. Brain leaned over me, “The pastor is coming in tomorrow, so we will be having our wedding at noon.”

“Okay.”

“Do you have a dress?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Ok.

“Do you have nice dress clothes?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Ok.” I snuggled more on my side of the bed. But, Brian took hold of my waist, and pulled me closer to his side. Snuggling me close to him. I felt hot all over and laid there wondering what next. But soon, Brain was asleep. And before I knew it, so was I.

Are you an an author of Christian fiction?

Are you an author of Christian fiction and would like your manuscript looked over by a publisher and gain a free book review for doing so, then please email me at: danielle@puslepub.net.

Kelly Latte is the senior publisher in charge of publishing Christian Fiction. You can also email her at: kelly@pulsepub.net.

About our company:

We’re a traditional independent publishing firm, meaning once we sign an author, we cover the costs for all aspects of the publication of his/her title: editing, proofreading, cover design, printing, production, distribution, and marketing. We are not a vanity or subsidy press, so there is never a charge to our authors for any of the services we provide.

Our distribution network includes bookstores, libraries, and various retail outlets. We also have comprehensive digital distribution, through which the eBook versions of our titles are available for Kindle, Nook, Google Play, the iBookstore, and other etailers.

I realize other publishing firms require their authors to have their titles edited prior to submitting them for publication, but we don’t; rather, we have a team of editors and proofreaders on hand to cover all editing needs from start to finish.

We also provide comprehensive marketing & promotional support for all our authors, including obtaining pre-pub and post-pub literary reviews, the production and distribution of high quality book trailers, arranging virtual tours, booking media appearances, and securing various other promotional opportunities for them. This sets us apart from most other small presses, and again, all of this is provided for our authors at no charge.

Book Review: Ask Me Again 3: David’s Story by Theresa Hodge

Ask Me Again 3: David's Story (Second Chance)

Ask Me Again 3: David’s Story by Theresa Hodge was just as irresistible as her previous two novels. In this enchanting world where the Christian heart and human desire exist hand-in–hand, readers won’t want to stop reading. David went from a good friend and lover to a man he soon despised seeing in the mirror. When he found out he was a father of a baby who whom he gave up his parental rights to, everything in his world changed. He wanted to become a better man that his son would like and one that he can live with seeing everyday. David began to change his horrible ways and soon transformed in a man that every woman would be blessed to call her own. But sadness of losing his only child and the woman he loved to another man, David needed something good to distract him. And fate definitely brings that in the form of shy, sweet, and desirable Madelyn. Madelyn starts out as his client and soon becomes just more than his client. Can Madelyn and David find the peaceful happiness that they both need? Or will outside forces keep them apart?

I highly recommend reading this hot, sexy, and addictive novel by Theresa Hodge. Her elements of Christian faith, family, forgiveness and a passion strong enough to light up a fire, make this a must read for all. I enjoyed how David was able to make Madelyn lose control and how she opened up his heart. A warm and delightful story that will lure readers in forever. Overall, I give Ask Me Again 3:David’s Story a five out of five stars.

A Publishing Company is Currently Seeking Submissions!

A publishing company is currently seeking submissions for the following categories:

– Adult Romances

– Christian

– YA

– Erotica

If you are a writer seeking to become published then send your query letter and manuscript to: danielle@pulsepub.net. I will then be distributing the manuscripts to the senior publishers in charge of each publication category. Best of luck!

Book Review: Whose Am I? by Angela Whitehead

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Whose Am I? Is and excellent read for all women regarding age. A story told about a young girl’s journey as a Christian being tested. Can Sharlee keep her Christian faith and still have fun at her senior prom with the tall and handsome new guy Lukas at her school? Or will she be tempted away from her Christian faith? And even though she is falling in love will Lukas feel the same or not? Can her and Lukas survive their rocky times and still come out of it all on top? I highly recommend this enjoyable and wonderful journey as the characters pop off the pages before your eyes and fill you in a world much like our own.  Angela Whitehead has done a superb job when it comes to hooking her readers into an intriguing plot that is beautifully well written. A novel that all readers should pick up and read. So many lessons that we all can learn from this brilliant novel. Overall, I rate this novel a five out of five stars.

Book Review: The Root of All Evil by Ellery Adams & Elizabeth Lockard

The latest book in the Hope Street Mysteries, The Root of All Evil, is by far the best  book ever. Cooper Lee is at sleuthing once again! This time an art teacher is found murdered. The connection is that Cooper Lee knew this teacher.  Then as always another crime to solve. A string of church robberies. Who killed the art teacher and why? Is the same person behind the church robberies too? Not only is Cooper Lee up to her neck with a personal murder case that she is trying to solve as well as the other crimes currently happening, but she is also getting mixed signals from Nathan. Nathan is Cooper Lee’s amazing boyfriend. Will Cooper Lee solve all the cases in time to figure out what’s going on between her and Nathan? Or will Cooper Lee find startling truths that will destroy everything she knows?

I found this novel intriguing. Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard have written a suspenseful book that will keep readers lured in all night long.  I love a good mystery about an amateur sleuth and her funny yet unpredictable adventures. This book keeps my interest from the very beginning to the very end. I enjoyed following Cooper Lee as she solves more cases. The characters are realistic and the villain is never who you think it is. I would recommend this incredible mystery to readers of all ages.  The story is definitely a must read. Overall, I rate the novel a 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

A Most Inconvenient Marriage is the best humorous romance novel that I have ever read! This story caught my attention super fast and kept me lured in deep into it’s amazing adventures as both characters try to figure out what happened and why. Nurse  Abigail who is tending a wounded soldier makes a promise to a man whom she thought was really who he said he was. He was a wounded soldier wanting to marry her so that his sister had someone that would take good care of her. Abigail agreed to this arrangement and soon is married to the man. The man dies and then Abigail keeps up her promise by taking care o the dead man’s sister. Now as Abigail is living on the dead man’s farm raising his sister, the real soldier returns home wounded but alive. Abigail knows this is not the man whom she married. And the real man is alive and thinks Abigail is after his arm. What happens to Abigail now that she knows that the dead man she married wasn’t the real man whom he said he was? What is the real man who is alive going to do with Abigail now that she is his wife? Will these two find a way to connect? Or will Abigail be forced to leave in shame? I thought this novel was amazing! The characters are strong, believable, and funny. I could not put this wonderful book  down until I finished reading the whole thing! Regina Jennings is a talented author who knows how to write a magical historical Christian romance. I would recommend this book to every reader who loves a good romance with interesting twists. Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

New Agent Seeking Submissions!

About Julie: Before joining The Seymour Agency, Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Last year she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words. She has more than 25 years public relations and marketing experience and has also worked in marketing for several Nashville non-profit organizations including the TN Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, the Nashville Area Red Cross and the YWCA. She is married and has two children.

She is seeking: Christian and Inspirational Fiction and Nonfiction, Women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), New Adult, Southern Fiction, Literary Fiction and Young Adult.

How to submit: E-query julie [at] theseymouragency.com. Be sure to include: genre/target audience, word count, contact information, references (conference, recommendation, etc.). No attachments, please. All of The Seymour Agency agents ask that you paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the bottom of your email. “Simultaneous submissions are acceptable for queries and partials. However, we only review complete manuscripts on an exclusive basis.”

Book Review: Huckleberry Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand

A Huckleberry Christmas is a sweet romantic read that will soften any heart! Jennifer Beckstrand has created a wonderful love story based on true love. Her character Beth is a widow happy to live with her grandmothers and her little son. And then there is a handsome man whom she turns down but is willingly to help him find a bride. But as they spend more time together,  the man wants Beth as his wife. He is trying to be the man that Beth would want at her side and one that she can trust. But will she love him in return? Or will Beth keep pushing him away? I enjoyed reading this Christian Romance novel. I fell in love with the characters from the start. A family story so raw and true that will melt you away. I recommend readers to pick up this dazzling novel and start reading! I rate the book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: A December Bride by Denise Hunter

 

Layla O’Reilly and her best friend Seth make a very public and fake engagement that turns more and more real with every moment. Seth has loved Layla since forever but convincing her to love him back is where the problem lies. Layla needs a fake fiancee in order to show her employer so that she can have her big dream career.  Seth goes along the her crazy idea about being engaged with the thoughts of making Layla see that he is the only right man suited just for her. But will he be able to convince her? Will they have their own little happily ever after? Or will Seth be left with a broken heart? I highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a Christian romance. The story is sweet, realistic, and very alluring! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!