Friday, November 21, 2014

Where do you draw the line?

 I see a lot of friends excited about the newest Hunger Games that is releasing today. I’ll admit I’ve read the books and I’ve watched the first two films. They left me not feeling too good. I loved the archery and a few of the characters, yet what’s honestly entertaining about watching children kill one another, in detail? Where are the good “parent” figures . . . there was none? And what’s the purpose of the story? Just think about it for a second . . . And the biggest question, where is God?

I watched an interview on Suzanne Collins, and really liked what she wanted to show and teach in her series, yet I feel like it has been buried under something much different. 

I admit some books I’ve reviewed had some major flaws that didn’t settle will with me. I use the excuse that it’s just fiction. I’ve turned down books and refused to purchase others, some even from my favorite authors. No more dystopian please! It’s just so depressing. 

So my question is, where do you draw the line on books and movies? I believe we don’t think about this enough. This is something that’s been bugging me lately, especially being a “fantasy” writer. I sadly don’t freely admit that I’m a fantasy writer; I don’t like the questions that usually follow. So I hide it, because who likes to be looked at as being even stranger. ;-) 

I like what Bryan Davis says in the video above. I was not a fan of him when I first came across him. Somehow I kept collecting books by him and letting them sit on my shelf. A few years ago I had a rough year of family members in the hospital. His “Dragons of Starlight” series comforted me. Sounds silly, but his writing honestly has God all over it. 

I like books/movies that have a bigger purpose to them, that point to someone bigger and something deeper. Just my two cents and something I pray I’m doing with TROH, even with all its ugliness and many flaws. 

I pray you too take this to heart. 
~Philippians 4:8 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Servants and Thieves by Derrick Tribble and GIVEAWAY . . .

About the book:
Author: Derrick Tribble
Book: The Wanderers of Time series (Book One)
Genre: Science-fiction/Young Adult/Christian.
Pages: 308
Age range: Highly recommended to ages 13 and up

"Our parents are gone, and it's my fault."


"I prayed for something interesting to happen . . . and it did."

It was supposed to be a fun trip to London, packed with sightseeing, fine dining and family time. But a freak lab accident robs them of their parents, and now Amy and Ben must dive into an adventure bigger than space and time. They go through the same mysterious arch their parents vanished into, and emerge into the Victorian era.

As they search for their parents, Amy and Ben encounter an eccentric and deadly crime lord who wants the secret of time travel -- a secret he thinks they have -- and he will stop at nothing to get it. To survive, Amy and Ben must stand up for what's right, persevere in the midst of their trials, and develop character that leads to hope.

Can these two 21st century teens overcome Queen Victoria's London, and discover the way home?

About the Author:
Derrick Tribble lives in the foothills of California, where the air is clear and fresh, and the trees are big. He shares his house with his wife and two children, and two strange cats. When not writing, he can occasionally be found working or playing the drums.
For more information on Derrick and his writing visit his website and become a fan at

My Review . . .
You know how it feels when you find a book and it feels like treasure? Will that’s how Servants and Thieves was . . . a treasure. I stumbled upon this book from a friend and thought it sounded interesting. Time traveling into the Victorian era, along with a Christian touch. Why not give that a go?

The main characters Ben and Amy were great.  They felt real! I really enjoyed following Ben and Amy on their point of views and liked the switch off between them every other chapter. He also did a good job on humor and how some of us (girls) can be a little dramatic.

This book brought back old memories on why I fell in love with Christian Speculative fiction. Perhaps it’s just me, but I've been a little bored the last two years. Wanderers in Time, brought back that spark on why this genre is so good. If you enjoy tales of adventure with depth and heart, some fun history and real characters; then you’ll really enjoy book one of this wonderful series.  Highly recommended to ages 13 and up! Forewarning though . . . you’ll want to purchase book two right away.

Because I liked this book so much, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY!

(NEW UPDATE) Share about this giveaway with your friends and family. If we make it to 75 entries then “the author” will give a complete signed set of the Wanderers of Time series to the top winner, and I will give a signed copy of book one to winner two. Please share your link on where you shared, such as facebook, Pinterest, your blog, a comment on another blog/website, etc . . .  

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Unbound by J. B. Simmons and GIVEAWAY . . .

About the book:
Author: J. B. Simmons
Book: The Omega Trilogy (Book One)
Genre: Hybrid fantasy/sci-fi/End-times/Thriller/Christian.
Pages: 298
Age range: YA, yet I recommend if for readers sixteen and older. One curse word, which wasn't too bad and it does have romance, but it’s all pretty clean.

He must be released for a little while.
But the one who sees doesn’t believe. 

Elijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter’s Basilica? He’s never even been to Rome.

It’s bad timing, too. He’s graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the International Security Agency. That’s where he meets Naomi. She’s the kind of girl who makes boys like Elijah want to share their secrets. Were they brought together to learn what his secrets mean? There’s more to their sparks than they think.

This is 2066, the year the world ends.

About the Author:
J.B. Simmons writes thrillers with an apocalyptic twist, and political philosophy clothed in fantasy. His latest novel, Unbound, tells the story of a rich kid from Manhattan with nightmares of a dragon and the world ending in 2066. In his Gloaming books, J.B. carries the torch of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis into an underground city with an exiled prince.
J.B. lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, two toddlers, and an intriguing day job. He wakes early, runs a lot, and fuels it all with coffee or leftover juice boxes. He'd love to hear from you:
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On the web:
On Twitter: @jbsimmonslight
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My Review:
J. B. Simmons is truly a very gifted writer. I don’t mean this lightly. I LOVE his style of writing.  It pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. . .  forewarning.
Unbound is his third published work, book one of a new series, and so far my personal fav from him.

Being aware of the world’s craziness and living in the 21st century where technology has taken over, I enjoyed how Mr. Simmons wrote the future so believable. It’s not like Star Wars, indeed futuristic, but strangely real.

Unbound is told through Elijah’s point of view and he is a fun character. He’s Jewish, but holds no faith, is training to be a spy, and has these crazy dreams that mean something really big. Right away you like him and I enjoyed following him in this adventure. It was great being in his head.  All of Mr. Simmons character’s felt real and he did a really nice job on having a variety of people with different backgrounds. 

This book is for YA, yet I recommend if for readers sixteen and older. One curse word, which wasn’t too bad and it does have romance, but it’s all pretty clean.

Cons . . . I don't mean this in any disrespect, I really don't,  but the only con I can give is the authors view pertaining to certain events in the book of Revelation, such as the 1000 Years of Peace, which I believe has not come to pass.  Now I believe in the book of Revelation just with different opinions from what is told sometimes in Unbound.  He has some great history and it all flows in nicely, but I want to warn the reader to be a little cautious about some of it. I wasn't too pleased with the ending. With that being said, please look into the book of Revelation for yourself and decide. Remember Unbound is fiction, woven with some truth, so don't take it all as literal. J. B. Simmons is indeed a Christian, I don't doubt that. :-) He has written a great tale and I have enjoyed it, but with all end-time fiction a warning of caution is good to have.

 I look forward to book two,and I look forward to more books by J. B. Simmons.

Because I liked this book I’m doing a GIVEAWAY and since J.B. Simmons is pretty awesome he is graciously adding two signed paper copies into my giveaway.  So THREE lucky winners.

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You can purchase Unbound in Kindle and paperback here

Friday, August 1, 2014

Cover Reveal for Orphan's Song by Gillian Bronte Adams. . .

I'm excited to share this beautiful cover reveal with you. Gillian Bronte Adams is a talented writing friend and I've been eagerly waiting for one of her epic stories to be published. I've been spoiled with her blog for the last few years with her fun short stories, great character in custom challenges and teasers on her Orphan's Song, and Out of Darkness Rising (also being published sometime this year.)
Orphan's Song comes out this fall through Enclave (formally Marcher Lord Press.) But if you would like to support her and a few other great writers (it's so much fun giving a little love to authors) you can receive it and other great stories a little earlier. Truly, check out Enclave's Kickstarter project here . . .  Such cool prizes!

Every generation has a Songkeeper – one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one.
When Birdie’s song attracts the attention of a notorious Khelari soldier, she is captured and forced into a centuries old conflict plagued with ancient secrets and betrayals. Rescued by traveling peddler Amos McElhenny, Birdie flees the clutches of her enemies, determined to discover the truth behind the Song’s power.

Ky Huntyr has stolen many a thing in his time as a street-wise thief and senior member of the Underground—a gang of orphans banded together to survive—but he never thought he would be guilty of successfully stealing a priceless treasure from the Khelari and bringing their wrath on his comrades. Haunted by the tragic consequences of his raid, Ky joins Birdie and Amos in hopes of drawing the Khelari after him to keep the Underground safe.

But war soon threatens all of Leira, and the enemy is closing in. When Amos’ shadowed past threatens to undo them all, Birdie is forced to face the destiny that awaits her as the Songkeeper of Leira.

Author Bio: Gillian Bronte Adams was born with a pen in her hand, a sword at her side, and a saddle beneath her feet. As a speculative fiction writer from the great state of Texas, she delights in combining epic adventure and fantasy with themes that point to the greatest story of all—or, as she refers to it, writing to the echoes of eternity. During the day, she works as the Equine Director at a Christian youth camp, while at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs and transforms into a novelist. You can find out more at her blog:
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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis and GIVEAWAY ...

About the book:
Author: Ashlee Willis
Book:  The Word Changers
Publisher: Conquest Publishers
Genre: Medieval/Fantasy/Christian.
Pages: 328
Age range: 13 and up.

Her parents’ marriage is falling apart. Fifteen-year-old Posy feels her life is falling apart with it. Retreating to an old library down the street, she selects a mysterious book in a secluded corner and is magically drawn into its story…

Posy finds herself in a kingdom ruled by a cruel and manipulative king and queen who have attempted to usurp the role that belongs only to the Author of their story. The princess has fled and the kingdom is teetering toward rebellion. Posy is joined by the Prince Kyran as they fight with the characters of the story against their slavery to the Plot.

Posy and the prince search beyond the borders of the story for the runaway princess. They visit mysterious places, face horrifying monsters, and fight fierce battles. They make both friends and enemies as their journey leads them into many dangers. But some of the worst dangers, Posy soon finds, lie deep within her own heart.

Now Posy must find the courage and forgiveness needed to save the story and, most important, heal the heartache she knew in her own world.

About the Author:
Ashlee has a passion for three things: God, family, and books, and is happiest when all three can be enjoyed together.  Ashlee graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education. She divides her time chiefly between homeschooling her young son, reading about fantasy worlds she wishes she could visit, and dreaming up fantasy worlds of her own to write about. She loves taking walks in the woods, drinking tea with friends, and spending time with the ones she loves most.  Ashlee lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband, son, and cat, where she is busily at work on her next book, also a fantasy for young adults.

Find Ashlee on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, or email her at

My Review:
Ashlee Willis kindly asked me if I would review her fantasy debut, The Word Changers. Reading the short synopsis instantly made me say, yes!

Her characters were real feeling, even her fantasy creatures and the wonderful owls. Oh, I can't look at owls the same. I quickly bonded with her main characters Posy and Kyran. I realize, even though I'm a girl, that  main female characters are hard to write well and readers at times don't enjoy them as much as a main male character. I honestly liked Posy and enjoyed following her on this adventure. At times she felt older than fifteen, but understandably for what she was going through.

I especially loved the sibling relationship between characters. Anyone with a sibling will enjoy it too.

The coverart is beautiful and fits the book very well. The inside interior is just as lovely and made it even more enjoyable to read.

The Word Changers has a deep and moving message that was done with great care. So much of our youth struggle with the things Posy and Kyran went through. Divorce and bad relationships with parents is sadly so thick in our Christian families and the world. I highly recommend this tale to any young adult, especially those with struggling families. And to those who don't have struggling families, you'll still enjoy this tale.

The ending was a little bittersweet but well done. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for more tales by Ashlee Willis.

(I received a paperback copy of The Word Changers  from the author; however, it does not influence my review. The opinions in my review are entirely my own. Thank you!)

Giveaway... PLEASE know that I have ONE paperback copy along with an owl key-chain for the winner. This Giveaway is open to everyone. Enter in below. If Rafflecopter won't let you enter, let me know in your comment and I'll personally enter you in.
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