Book Review: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs

Title: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs
Written By: Julie C. Gilbert
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

If you have trouble with writing blurbs (and what author doesn’t?), you need to read this book. Continue reading

Book Review: Exiles

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

I’m also doing a quick review (shorter than my usual ones) and there’s an excerpt at the bottom of the post. But first, here’s a little bit about the book and author.

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About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

 

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About the Author

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

Review

I had the privilege of reading this book before it’s release. Of all the books I’ve read by Jaye, I think this is one of my favorites. All the turmoil in the characters, the uncertainty, and getting out of their comfort zones. It was all so deep and true to real life. I learned a few things from the book even though it’s fantasy AND fiction. I highly encourage you to read this book, and the whole series.

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Excerpt

After the greetings, Talas asked his mother, “Where are Father and Grandfather?”

Tress motioned deeper into the house. “They’re building on to the back porch . . . and having one of their debates, I believe.”

Talas’s lips quirked wryly, and he motioned for everyone to follow. Up a short flight of steps and around the other side of the tree, they entered a spacious living area with a wide door leading out to an equally large porch. Just outside stood two crete men. The first was middle-aged with a profile like Talas’s. The second was older, his dark hair heavily streaked with gray. They faced each other, the first crete pinching the bridge of his nose, and Kyrin just caught his exasperated words.

“It’s more than sufficient already. There’s no need to go wider.”

The older crete shrugged. “I don’t think another couple of feet would hurt.”

He said it nonchalantly, but Kyrin detected a subtle humor in his expression, almost like a teasing child. Talas did refer to his grandfather as a bit of a rascal.

Talas cleared his throat, and the two men turned. He stepped out to the porch and embraced his father, and then his grandfather, who gave him a couple of hearty slaps on the back.

“I was just wondering when you’d show up for another visit.” The older crete grinned and then his attention shifted past Talas to Kyrin and the others. “You’ve brought friends, I see.”

Talas motioned them all out. Kyrin lingered near Jace, who remained well away from the edge of the porch where the railing was not yet completed. Another round of introductions followed, and they all greeted Talas’s father, Thel, and his grandfather, Varn.

“How long will you be here?” his grandfather asked.

“Until King Balen can convince at least one of the clan leaders to change their position,” Talas answered. “At least that’s the plan.”

“Well, he’s got a difficult task. I shall aid him with my prayers.”

“He’ll surely appreciate that. We all will.”

Book Review: Heart On the Line

Title: Heart on the Line
Written By: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Christian Western Romance
Recommended Ages: 15 & up

 

Introduction:

“There is nothing new under the sun.” So says Solomon in Ecclesiastes and I believe he is correct. You know all those online dating sites? Well, apparently the Old West had something similar. The telegraph. Telegraph operator was one of the few jobs a female could have back then and in this book, two operators fall in love over the line.

Characters: 1/1

I really enjoyed meeting each of the characters in this book. Some of them I knew from when I read “No Other Will Do,” but many of them were new to me. As always, Mrs. Witemeyer did a great job with developing her characters.

Dialogue: 1/1

The dialogue had me laughing more than once in this book. Of course, there was some serious dialogue as well, but the author certainly knows how to turn a phrase.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

I liked the originality of this story was refreshing. I’ve read many books and it seems so many of them are basically the same, but with different names and slightly different plots. This one was different.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

Not a single typo and great sentence structure. Karen Witemeyer did a great job with this story.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I started this before church on Sunday and really didn’t want to stop, but I did. Then I spent most of the day finishing it. So yeah, I think that qualifies as being hard to put down.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you like unique Christian romances, you’ll like this book. It also has humor, difficult situations, and ***SPOILER WARNING*** there is some torture as the antagonist tries to get information from one of the characters. ***END SPOILER*** I really liked the book and highly recommend it.

Book Review: Write Well

Title: Write Well
Written By: Rachelle Rea Cobb
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any ages

Introduction:

If you are a writer who has problems with grammar, this is the perfect book for you. Rachelle has lots of great tips given in a funny way that entertains as well as teaches. Continue reading

Book Review: Risen

Title: Risen
Written By: Angela Elwell Hunt
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for sexual references (not blatant, just implied) and violence

Introduction:

I don’t read much Biblical Fiction because I often find the authors take too much liberty with what is in the Scriptures. I should also mention that I have not seen the movie this book is based on. After reading the author’s note, I am curious to see the movie just to find out how different it is. Continue reading

Book Review: A Question of Honor

Title: A Question of Honor
Written By: Jesseca Wheaton
Genre: Historical Fiction-WWII
Recommended Ages: 13 & up for some violence

Introduction:

All the emotions. All the joy, horror, everything. Joyanna, David, Erich, Nadetta, the creepy Sergeant who’s name is escaping me, everyone. I felt like I was right there with each of them.

Characters: 1/1

When it comes to real life, words are easy to say and hard to put into practice. A couple characters in this book learn that in intense ways. Then there’s Erich. The contradiction. He wants to do what’s right for the SS and Germany. But he has these conflicting thoughts that make it hard to follow orders. Ms. Wheaton does a great job creating and describing both of those things.

Dialogue: .75/1

The dialogue was at times witty and uplifting. Other times it was sad and depressing. Each time it did exactly what the story needed it to.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

Even after reading the description, I didn’t really know what I was in for with this book. The plot was well done, unpredictable, funny, sad, and historically accurate. I loved learning more about the Battle of Britain, Royal Air Force pilots, and the Americans that went to help England before the US joined the war.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

Even with sad books, I don’t often cry. This time I did. I won’t say why because it’s a spoiler, but if you’ve read the book, you can probably guess. I felt for the characters, especially during that time. My only complaint is that the ending with Erich and Joyanna felt a bit too rushed.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I started the book, set it aside, picked it up again, set it aside, and then finished the last 2/3rds in one fell swoop. I never set it aside because it was boring. I set it aside because life got too busy. Make sure you set a good chunk of time aside when you read this book.

Conclusion: 4.5/5

I’ve read a few Christian WWII novels over the years, but I think I can honestly say this is one of the best I have read. I can’t wait to read the next book!

The Secret Slipper: A Review

About the Book

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

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(“Befriending the Beast” Sale: $1.99 on May 25-26, 2017) Continue reading