Monday, December 21, 2015

COVER REVEAL: The Progeny by Tosca Lee








About the Book


Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.

She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. A story about the search for self filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope.






About the Author



Tosca Lee is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of ISCARIOT, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, DEMON: A MEMOIR, HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE, and the Books of Mortals series with NY Times bestseller Ted Dekker: FORBIDDEN, MORTAL and SOVEREIGN.

Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College. A lifelong adventure traveler, she makes her home in the Midwest. To learn more about Tosca, please visit: www.toscalee.com.





And here's the beautiful cover....









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Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Hiatus for 1 Six 1 Five






Hey Inklings, 



 I just wanted to stop by here real quick to drop a note for you guys. I'm here to let you know that 1 Six 1 Five will be on hiatus until after Christmas, possibly even until after New Years. Christmas is only 1 week away. Can you believe that?! I sure can't. I hope all you guys have mailed your letters to Santa, trimmed your trees, and have been binging on all your favourite Christmas flicks. What's your favourite Christmas movie? Mine is definitely a tie between White Christmas and Christmas in Connecticut. Both classic films, your not suprised right. Well, that's all I came here to tell you so I'll see you on the flip side.











Tuesday, December 15, 2015

REVIEW: Waiting Here for You by Louie Giglio









About the Book-

It comes the same time every year. Christmas. We have plenty of time to anticipate it, or in some cases...dread it. And, before we know it, it's gone as quickly as it came. What's it all for? Is there really hope for today in the story of a baby born so long ago? Those questions and others are answered in the promises of Advent. Advent is simply a season of expectant waiting and preparation. Most often, the arrival of an event or a person is made all the more sweet by our anticipation. How could waiting and expectation change your Christmas season? Join pastor and author Louie Giglio on an Advent journey to discover that waiting is not wasting when you're waiting on the Lord. Take hold of the chance to uncover the vast hope offered through the journey of Advent. In Waiting Here for You, readers will find peace and encouragement for their souls as anticipation leads toward celebration.











My Review-

Waiting Here for You by Louie Giglio is short book on Advent, specifically focusing on the Hope of Christmas. It's a book where you can read one passage each day, which is actually the point of this book or you can do what I did and read it all in one straight shot. And that didn't take long either, I think I read the whole thing in about 30 minutes. Yeah, it's that short. But I loved what I found inside. The Hope of Christmas is something we all need, especially in our world today, which is full of negativity, darkness, and immorality. This is a great Advent book perfect for yourself or as a gift to a loved one for Advent/Christmas season.

(Thank you BookLookBlogger for the review copy.)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

COVER & TITLE REVEAL: Forever Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp











About the Book


With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive, and fighting a battle of his own.


With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided, but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.


For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.





The Authors


   

















Lorie Langdon is co-author of DOON, a YA reimagining of the musical Brigadoon, available now from Blink/Harper Collins!
www.doonseries.com
A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.




I am the author of several young adult books, including the DOON series from BLINK/HarperCollins, inspired by Lerner & Loewe's Brigadoon, and co-written w/Lorie Langdon. 

*Please note this is an unmonitored account. I do love to connect with readers on Twitter and Facebook. Visit the Dooniverse for links: www.DoonSeries.com*

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar









About the Book


Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?





About the Author




TESSA AFSHAR was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDIV from Yale University where she served as co-Chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last seventeen years in full-time Christian work in New England and the last fourteen years on the ministry staff of one of the oldest churches in America.






Ane here's the cover... (drum roll)






I am very excited to read Tessa's next release, Land of Silence. Her last novel was all about the story of Ruth and Land of Silence tells us the story of Elianna, the woman with an issue of blood. I've always loved her part in Scripture so I'm really excited to get my hands on this one. And it's going to be in hardcover too. Yay!!



REVIEW: Jesus Is For You by Judah Smith










About the Book


What would it be like if someone were completely, 100 percent for you?



The loser. The rising star. The drug addict. The good Christian kid gone bad. The undeserving overwhelmed with gratitude. Whoever you are and wherever you’ve been—Jesus is for you.



Not when you clean up your act



or when do the right thing



or when put your life back together.



Jesus is for you—in the midst of now. Whether you woke up amazed by your blessings or shamed by the worst mistake of your life. Jesus is for you and with you, and He’s not going anywhere.



The heartfelt and honest stories in these pages reveal what it means to experience Jesus and discover the real life He promises. With insight fromNew York Times bestselling author Judah Smith and backed by Scripture, this book will allow you breathe deeply the profound truth that Jesus is for you.












My Review

Rating: 4 1/2 stars


Jesus Is For You is a book filled with real life stories that tell us what it is like to truly experience Jesus in our everyday lives. Not just when we've cleaned up our act and become "perfect". That to come to Jesus is to come just as you are.

COVER REVEAL: The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron





From the author of the captivating Hidden Masterpeice dualogy, Kristy Cambron brings us a new faith journey set within the Jazz Age and the Ringling Brothers' Circus.





About the Book


What is revealed when you draw back the curtain of the Greatest Show on Earth?

Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with every comfort money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, Rosamund’s father sells her beloved horse, setting the stage for a series of events that would extend beyond even her wildest dreams.

Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life – one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. She abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner – an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Once introduced to the Ringling Brothers’ circus and knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ winter home—Ca’D’Zan. It is at that mansion, in what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, that Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in the life she’s been given, and the awakening of faith in her heart.

With a supporting cast of characters as mysterious and dazzling as the Ringlings’ big-top world, Rosamund’s journey takes her from the tradition of the English countryside to the last days of America’s Roaring ‘20s—a journey that forever changes what one life might have been.
 





About the Author




Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, was named to Library Journal Reviews and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best of 2014 lists, and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel. Her second novel, A SPARROW IN TEREZIN, was named to Library Journal Reviews Best of 2015 list, and received a nomination for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Book of 2015. Kristy’s third historical novel, THE RINGMASTER’S WIFE, will release from HarperCollins Christian Publishing in June, 2016.
Kristy is a Speaker and Art/Design Manager at The GROVE, and holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good fiction read.
The last and most important thing? Everyone has a story– you can read Our Story here. In ours, we’ve found one truth: Jesus Christ is faithful. I’d love to tell you about Him sometime.




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Ta-da!! I absolutely love this cover! It's simple, but quite captivating. I feel like I'm right there with Rosamund, (As I am assuming the girl is Rosamund.) I also should say that the cover makes me want to read it even more, if that's even possible!

The Ringmaster's Wife is available for pre-order now!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

COVER REVEAL: So Rare a Gem by Amber Lynn Perry









About the Book


Escape is Anna Rone’s only option. Never again will she be trapped in a loveless marriage. A new life in America means safety—and discovering the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. But when she is nearly captured and forced to return to England, her vow to never marry for anything but love is forgotten when she must marry for protection. Perhaps the handsome man she accepts is truly as caring as he seems. If he is not, her future in America is darker than ever before.
Captain Henry Donaldson aided the colonists too many times. And now, the British army intends to make him pay with his life. Without his friends in Sandwich, he would be a dead man. He’s already changed his name, and when the kind, courageous woman he rescued offers to become his bride, he accepts despite the risks. His past taught him that women are not to be trusted and that love can cut deeper than the sword. Only time will reveal if this choice will bring the greatest pain he’s ever known.



About the Author


I’m happy to say I’ve lived in American’s great Northwest for most of my life and currently, I reside in Washington state. “Wow, that’s a beautiful place,” you say. Well, it is for most of Washington, but I’m blessed (eh hem, pardon the sarcasm) to live in the most un-green place in all the Evergreen State. But I’m not bitter. *wink*
Ever since I was a young girl I wanted to be—no, not a writer—a stay-at-home mom. And after all these years, God has listened to my prayers and blessed me with two adorable daughters with whom I get to enjoy every single day. We do homeschool, and color, and play dress-up, and clean house, and make cookies, and read books—lots of books.
Speaking of books . . . it wasn’t until recently that I wanted to start writing and once I did, I knew I’d found my calling. I love to write stories (romance, of course!) set in my favorite era: Colonial America. *sigh* Perfect for a fabulous romance and high adventure, wouldn’t you agree?
I love this country—especially our “creation” years preceding, during, and following the Revolution. I am a strong believer in the principles of liberty and freedom.
As you may know, as well as being a patriot, I’m also a stalwart follower of Christ and a happy member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In addition to writing, I like to sing, travel, and bake delicious Gluten-Free foods.




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This cover for "So Rare a Gem" is so pretty!!! I literally can't stop staring at it. In fact, all the covers for this series are absolutely gorgeous!! If you like Historical Romance set in the Colonial era than this is definitely the series for you.
So Rare a Gem releases in Spring 2016. As soon as I know of an exact date I will update this post. And since it doesn't come out until then we have plenty of time to re-read the previous two novels, "So Fair a Lady" and "So True a Love"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What Are You Reading? PLUS Life Updates!









What Are You Reading?

So we're officially heading into Winter and the Christmas season!! Anybody else excited? But of course Thanksgiving is tomorrow and this year and for years to come Thanksgiving has even more meaning for me. It was earlier this year when I discovered I am a descendant of several who came to America on the Mayflower. Including but not limited to: Francis Cooke, Captain Myles Standish, John Alden and a few more. That means my ancestors would have taken part in the first Thanksgiving in America. That was an incredible find this year along with many others. So since we're almost to the Winter season I wanted to ask, What are you reading right now?


Currently I'm reading the stories below.
































Life Updates


We have MOVED!! Although we're still living out boxes. I've put up my bookshelves and have barely made a dent in filling them back up again. Organizing your shelves takes so much time when you own a ton of books.




Today it SNOWED!!!  It's a very white Thanksgiving!!







Sunday, November 22, 2015

REVIEW: The Sword and the Song by C.E. Laureano










About the Book


The shadow of war. A clash of brothers. A terrible sacrifice. In the face of powerful darkness, who will prevail?

The island of Seare is at war. The Red Druid is gathering strength and power to stand against Conor, Eoghan, and the brotherhood. But there is strife within the brotherhood as well. Eoghan still refuses to claim his rightful rule, and the resulting conflict creates an uncomfortable distance between him and Conor. When Conor leaves to find the key to defeating the Red Druid, Eoghan and Aine worry he will succumb to the danger. They set out on their own mission to defeat the Red Druid through Aine’s magical gifts.

But nothing―and no one―is as it seems.









My Review

Rating: 5 stars.


The Sword and the Song by C.E. Laureano is the third and final book in The Song of Seare trilogy. And it's the best and most action-packed in the series. This series is very popular among Christian readers and that's not a suprise.The Song of Seare series gives you everything you want in a Fantasy series except no graphic violence, foul language, and graphic sex. 

REVIEW: Girl in the Song by Chrissy Cymbala Toledo










About the Book


A fascinating true storyChrissy grew up surrounded by the beauty of love and the ugliness of pain. The daughter of a pastor whose church was located in a rough-and-tumble area of Brooklyn, she witnessed the ravaging effects of the streets on the lives of the most desperate--drug addicts, derelicts, and other destitute people. Yet her own home was a haven of warmth, filled with affection and love.Then something happened that tore her away from it. With the flip of a switch, Chrissy fell deeper and deeper into deception where haunting images and songs pointed to one thing--perfection. Longing to be the girl in the song, she became entangled in an obsessive relationship. Before long, secret after secret led her down the path to becoming someone she didn't even recognize. Locked in to an impossible life, Chrissy found release from a surprising direction."Girl in the Song" tells the gripping, true story of a young woman whose choices led her to despair and incredible triumph. More than the story of one lost girl, Chrissy's experience points to the power of hope to lead us away from destructive relationships and into a life that just might end happily ever after.








My Review

Rating: 4.5 stars


Read Girl in the Song in just a few short hours. It's short and to the point and without sugar coating. Uplifting and inspiring.

REVIEW: Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund









About the Book


Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.
As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.










My Review


Luther and Katharina is yet another hit for Jody Hedlund. Luther and Katharina tells the love story of Martine Luther and his wife Katharina Von Bora. When they first meet Luther is still a monk and she a nun. Not long after Luther leaves the Catholic Church because of certain practices being done that were not biblical. Luther writes and nails the 95 Theses to door of the church, he has to hide for a time and eventually finds himself in front of the King and Cardinal. They ask hime to recant everything he has said and done. Luther refuses. I loved reading a fictional tale about Luther and his wife. It was a tale I had yet to read and it was very enjoyable.

REVIEW: Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler









About the Book


What can Jezebel, the Bible s wickedest queen, reveal about God s holiness and power and even about his sense of humor? What about the Woman at the Well the one with five husbands and a live-in lover? And what of the prostitute whose tears bathe the feet of Jesus in front of people who despise her?

There are also wicked good women like Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Mary, and more. What do their lives tell us about God s invincible love and his determined plan to save us?

In Wicked Women of the Bible Ann Spangler tells the stories of twenty wicked and wicked good women in greater detail. At the end of each story, Ann provides a brief section including additional historical and cultural background as well as a brief Bible study in order to enhance the book s appeal to both individuals and groups.

The stories of these women of the Bible reveal a God who is not above it all but who stoops down to meet us where we are in order to extend his love and mercy.











My Review

Rating: 4 stars


Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler is a book taking a studious but approachable look at 20 women of the Bible. Some of them wicked evil and others wicked good. Women such as Jezebel, Deborah, Ruth, Abigail, and Esther. Not only are each woman talked about in greater detail than ever, also at the end of each portion the author gives us extra historical and cultural background of each woman. This book was engaging as it was informative.