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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Book Review: Essential Oils by Terri Secrest


About the Book




Book: Essential Oils

Author: Terri Secrest

Genre: Christian Non-fiction, Alternative Therapies

Release Date: October 8, 2019



Have you ever wondered why the wise men brought frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus? As a curious and highly enthusiastic child, health and wellness coach Teri Secrest asked everyone she knew and met, but no one could tell her. She grew up thinking it was just a nice little story…but never stopped wondering.

This thirst for knowledge sparked Teri’s twenty-three-year quest to learn about essential oils. It has taken her to the far corners of the world—from Croatia and France to Oman, Israel, and beyond.

Teri has written this book to share the mystery, the romance, and the ageless intrigue of essential oils. She hopes you experience the Father’s love as He continually lavishes His children with these exquisite oils and you feel this rich, biblical history come alive in your spirit. Teri wants you to see how miraculous your body is and how it’s designed to heal itself when given proper nourishment and support.

Essential Oils: God’s Extravagant Provision for Your Health offers practical how-to’s that you can use immediately, including the use of oils for romance, balancing hormones, cooking, cleaning, pets, children, and fragrance, as well as health concerns such as stress, negative emotions, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and anxiety. You will find practical guidance to regain and maintain health naturally.

As you gain this understanding, Teri believes you will change the next generation as you discover the hidden secrets of these biblical plants and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.





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My Thoughts

Essential Oils by Teri Secrest is a book designed to help believers understand God’s plan for health through the plants he created. It honestly goes into more than just essential oils. The author discusses a Biblical view of health, wellness, and even marriage. I was intrigued by this book because I have heard so many people using essential oils lately and I was hoping to find out why. I appreciate that the author explains that oils are not a substitute for medical care. I found the Biblical perspective to be very sound and I really appreciated her explanations of what her core values are and how God’s creation (and oils) fit in. I think this book is great for people of all ages who are interested in learning more about how essential oils can augment their lives. To be clear, this is not a scientific book, rather it is an analysis of a Scripture and an explanation of how one woman interprets it with today’s oils. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


About the Author



Teri Secrest is a health and wellness expert whose passion is to teach simple and proven methods for vibrant health to people around the world. That passion is rooted in her early experiences of learning about whole foods and herbs in her family’s organic garden and her mother’s passion for good food as the owner of a French cooking school. These early lessons guided Teri to a healthy path for herself and her own family, yet it was her first astonishing experience with essential oils as a young mother that ignited her lifelong passion for learning, practicing, and teaching people to take hold of God’s extravagant provision for their health.
Teri has traveled around the world to learn from leading experts about the beneficial uses of essential oils, research the promises and properties of each essential oil, and develop a deep working knowledge of their applications for daily health and wellness.
Teri loves to share the simple, practical principles that will help you live in vibrant health through her international keynote speeches, training programs, and best-selling books. She is a sought-after speaker who delivers her message of vibrant health with such enthusiasm, humor, and joy that she has gained the nickname “Ambassador of Joy” around the world. Connect with Teri at http://terisecrest.com



More from Teri

My purpose in writing this book is to inspire you with the mystery, the romance, and the ageless intrigue of essential oils. My hope is that you experience the Father’s love as He continually lavishes His children with these exquisite essential oils and that this rich biblical history comes alive in your spirit. I also hope you will see how miraculous your body is and how it’s designed to heal itself when given proper nourishment and support.
As you gain this understanding, I believe you will change the next generation, as you will know the hidden secrets of these biblical plants and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.


Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, November 6
A Diva’s Heart, November 6
Moments, November 8
Quiet Workings, November 8
Emily Yager, November 9
Artistic Nobody, November 10
For Him and My Family, November 10
empowermoms, November 11
Stories By Gina , November 11
Vicky Sluiter, November 12
Jacquelyn Lynn, November 12
Splashes of Joy, November 14
Texas Book-aholic, November 15
janicesbookreviews, November 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 16
Betti Mace,  November 17
A Reader’s Brain, November 18
Inklings and notions, November 19
Livin’ Lit, November 19


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Teri is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of her book and $20 Starbucks gift card!!  Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019



Book Review: Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters


Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters is book 2 in the Harbored Secrets series. I read this author's debut novel, the first book in this series entitled Living Lies and I was really interested in seeing the how the next book in the series would progress. That being said, this novel can be read without reading the previous book first. Vivian and Ryan— I love this duo. I think her past and the problems she quickly finds herself in are both really interesting. The suspense and danger never stop throughout the novel, so the first plot flows well and you just can’t put this book down. I highly recommend this book to anyone loves romantic suspense. It is one of the best that I’ve read this year. In my opinion, this second book in the series is my favorite so far. I received a copy of this book from the publisher Revell with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


Book Review: Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason


Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason is a collection of 4 short suspenseful stories. Ms Eason is a phenomenal suspense author and each of these stories is well written. Each story is fast paced and hard to put down! I loved Tanner Hollow, a small community with a strong law enforcement team. Each of the four stories is a standalone read but feature characters that appear in all the stories. I loved how the author designed the book, because it felt more like a novel than unrelated novellas. The suspense in these stories is so high that I had to put the book down at times, even though I am a frequent reader of books in this genre. Overall, I absolutely loved this book! I highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher Revell with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019




Novella Review: Narrow Escape by Virginia Vaughan 


Narrow Escape by Virginia Vaughan is an amazing novella. I have to admit that I do not read many novellas. For some reason, full length novels appeal more to me. I think it is because novellas tend to have characters that are not as well developed. Well, Virginia Vaughan has become a new favorite author of mine so I had to make an exception. I am so glad that I did! This novella does not read like a novella--- it immediately sucks you into the story with well developed characters and crazy levels of suspense. I read a lot of suspense and have a high tolerance for this genre. I think that this novella, with its descriptions of torture, could be triggering for some people. If you are comfortable with suspense and read it often, it would probably be fine for you. I loved this story and found the plot to be really interesting with twists that I did not expect. I highly recommend this novella to readers of intense suspense. I received a digital copy of this novella from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, October 28, 2019


Book Review: Fatal Strike by Diann Mills


Fatal Strike by Diann Mills is an exhilarating read. When high profile people start dying around Galveston in uniquely gruesome ways, it is up to the FBI to find the culprit before it is too late. Could it be gang involvement? Diann Mills' latest book is an exciting read from start to finish.  The characters are well developed and there are many components to the resolution of this story. I love the variety of characters in this book-- from FBI agents, to a priest, to judges, to dentists, to gang members-- it was such a varied cast of characters and I really found this interesting. I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys law enforcement suspense. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Sunday, October 20, 2019




Book Review: The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron

About the Book



Book: The Painted Castle

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2019



Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.



It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin-a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.



Set in three time periods-the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day-The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.





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About the Author



KRISTY CAMBRON is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10Library Journal Reviews’ Best BooksRT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.


My Thoughts

The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is so much more than just historical fiction. It is the brilliant weaving together of three separate stories into one. I am a huge fan of this author’s historical fiction because she researches thoroughly but historical facts never get in the way of the telling of a good story. This novel is amazing from beginning to end. Each story in the novel is full of deep emotion and relatable problems. The characters are each so interesting and feel so real. I absolutely adored this novel and I think it is the best in the series. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

More from Kristy

About The Painted Castle

A war-torn estate holding its secrets close. A lost library bricked off from the world. And a portrait-maker’s unknown masterpiece of a Queen named Victoria… What stories do they long to tell?

It was supposed to be a one-week snatch-and-grab: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mystery of an old English manor, a crumbling beekeeper’s cottage, and a library that had long ago been sealed off brick by brick, all stir more questions than answers. What begins as a novice assignment instead peels back layers, lulling Keira into the depths of the estate’s long-forgotten history.

Despite questions swirling around the enigmatic, rumored art thief who’s employed her, Keira finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria…

1842— In order to salvage what’s left of her family’s shaky circumstances, artist Elizabeth Meade knows her duty must be to marry well. But she hopes looks can be deceiving enough to hide her true motives behind a congenial smile and gain entry into the ballrooms of England’s noble elite. Instead of husband-hunting, Elizabeth searches for the one thing that’s seared to her memory—the eyes of her father’s killer, whom she unwittingly sketched one snowy night in Piccadilly ten years before. She never expects to find answers tucked away in the countryside at Parham Hill, in the form of a portrait-maker who could help her artist dreams come true, if only she could forget the highwayman she’s hunted for the last decade—the estate-owner who unwittingly selects her as his betrothed…

1942—When the 390th Bomb Group arrives at Amelia Woods’ Parham Hill Estate, the American flyboys bring playing cards, B-17 “flying fortresses”, and enough bravado to believe they can triumph over Hitler just by staring him down. Amelia isn’t certain, and she’s unwilling to compromise the safety and security in a carefully-crafted world she’s built for the dozens of London-evacuated children left in her charge. But with Anderson shelters buried in the gardens and an Allied airfield a stone’s throw away, Amelia may have no choice but to wait out the war under blackouts and bombs, and accept help from the captain who offers it—even if it means risking all she has left of her late husband’s memory…

From the streets of Piccadilly and the lavish halls of Buckingham Palace to the countryside surrounding Framlingham Castle, a warn-torn estate, a hidden library, and the lost portrait of a queen come together to write the final chapter in the Lost Castle series. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith and the family we fight for, of risk and reward, and the artful crafting of a story that can be generations in the making… yet still change everything about a single life.






Blog Stops

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 15
The Power of Words, October 15
The Avid Reader, October 16
Betti Mace, October 16
Fiction Aficionado, October 17
AndreaChristenson, October 18
She Lives to Read, October 18
Bloging With Carol, October 18
Back Porch Reads , October 19
KarenSueHadley, October 20
Livin’ Lit, October 20
A Reader's Brain, October 20
Genesis 5020, October 21
Worthy2Read, October 21
Life of Literature, October 21
D'S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 22
janicesbookreviews, October 22
Older & Smarter?, October 23
Mia Reads Blog, October 23
The Becca Files, October 23
Daysong Reflections, October 24
Connect in Fiction, October 24
Texas Book-aholic, October 24
Moments, October 25
Pause for Tales, October 26
Lis Loves Reading, October 26
Hallie Reads, October 26
Remembrancy, October 28
Batya's Bits, October 28
Leona J. Atkinson, October 28

Sunday, September 29, 2019





Book Review: Trapped by Lillian Duncan


About the Book



Book: Trapped

Author: Lillian Duncan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (Christian)/Stand Alone

Release Date: September 27, 2019



Angelina Matthews has everything—rich, famous and beautiful—until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman, wearing only a T-shirt. The dirt is his—the blood is hers. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God. Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman. When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped—not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped. As an ex-Chicago cop he’s had his own demons to wrestle, but his faith helped him to move forward. He reaches out to Angelina whose paranoid delusions have her trapped still. But are they delusions?   





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My Thoughts

Trapped by Lillian Duncan is a phenomenal work of romantic suspense. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I have read many books in this genre and I was interested in the premise of this book. I am in awe of the author’s ability to create terrifying situations that seem way too real. Even though I am used to this genre, I had to put this book down many times because it was a bit too intense, especially for reading right before bed. Ms Duncan created a whole cast of characters that were not only interesting but also very suspicious. While reading this book, I kept considering different culprits and never really settled on one up until all was revealed at the end. Readers who love suspense and can deal with very suspenseful, terrifying situations would love this book. I highly recommend it. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.



About the Author



Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Her goal is to write stories that entertain but also demonstrate God’s love for all of us. To learn more about her, visit www.lillian-duncan.com as well as her devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.




More from Lillian

TRAPPED is my latest suspense novel. And suspenseful, it is! With just the right about of romance to make it even better.

You can’t help but love Nate Goodman—small-town policeman, believer in truth, justice, and Jesus—comes back home to the sleepy town of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio to work because nothing ever happens—until it does.

Angelina Matthews has everything. She’s rich, famous and beautiful until the day she’s kidnapped and trapped in a basement with a madman. Tormented and tortured, she cries out to God.

Help comes in the form of Nate Goodman.

When their paths cross months later, Nate discovers Angelina is still trapped, not in a basement but in the memories she can’t escape. As an ex-Chicago policeman, Nate knows all about being trapped—and getting un-trapped so he reaches out to help. Between the two of them, they have more than their fair share of problems. But that’s what makes the story exciting.

I have a philosophy when it comes to writing. If I find it boring so will the readers! That means I cut out the boring parts and focus on the action. I loved writing this story with all its twists and turns.


Blog Stops



Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Lillian is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and one of her eBook (readers choice)!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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