First Line Friday – 14 September 2018 – My Hands Came Away Red (Lisa McKay)

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Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! The book I’m featuring today actually released around ten years ago, but it’s just been released with a brand new cover (which I LOVE) in honour of an exciting announcement! You can read my full review here, but just let me say, this was an absolutely RIVETING read. I really, truly couldn’t put it down. As in, my brain would be reciting “This is the last chapter for now” like a mantra, but somehow the message didn’t filter to either my hands or my eyes.

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My Hands Came Away Red (Lisa McKay) – Review

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~ About the Book ~

Right up until the day they burned the church, I thought I understood things. You know… God, people, myself. Life. Then, suddenly, I understood nothing except that we had to run. And that we might never make it home.

When eighteen-year-old Cori signed up for a mission trip to Indonesia she was mostly thinking about escaping her complicated love life, making new friends, and having fun on the beach.

She never expected a civil war to flare up on the nearby island of Ambon.

She never expected violence to find them.

And she never expected that seven teenagers would be forced to flee into the hazardous refuge of the mountains on their own.

Now, haunted by blood and fire, Cori and her teammates must rely on each other to survive. Continue reading

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Word Nerd Wednesday – Forty Winks

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Greetings, word nerds! This week’s Word Nerd Wednesday post is inspired by a poem by Shel Silverstein. I don’t know whether you know of his various children’s books, but Runny Babbit is a popular one in our household, all the funnier because it uses so many spoonerisms. And to share a bit of the fun, I’m going to share Runny and the Worty Finks with you. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – Indie and Small Press Love

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s official topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Hidden Gems. I find it’s always helpful to set some parameters with a topic like that, and this time I decided I would focus on indie (independently published) and small press books that I think deserve more love. All of the books listed in this post have fewer than fifty reviews on Amazon, and as many of you would know, fifty reviews is kind of a big deal on Amazon because some cross-promotion begins happening then.

With the exception of the first book on this list (which I only finished reading today, and will have a review for on Thursday) each of these books are ones that I have personally read and enjoyed. They represent a variety of genres, so why not pick one and give it some love! Continue reading

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Deep Calling Deep (Carole Towriss) – Review

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~ About the Book ~

Experience the psalms like never before — through heart-pounding fiction! 

Praetorian Prefect Sextus Burrus has spent his life fighting for the glory of Rome, but that glory has lost its shine. As both his health and his career crumble, he is drawn toward the seemingly inexhaustible peace of one of his Jewish prisoners, the Apostle Paul. 

The moment Timothy hears his mentor and surrogate father Paul has been arrested, he rushes to Rome. Under the looming threat of execution, Timothy struggles to make sense of what is happening. Finally, an unexpected crisis requires him to reexamine everything, and places their hope for Paul’s freedom on the shoulders of Praetorian Prefect Sextus Burrus. 

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Weekend Book Buzz – 8/9 September 2018

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Welcome to the Weekend Book Buzz! I’m buzzing for more reasons than one this weekend, having travelled to Melbourne to spend two days with my dear friend Rel (from Relz Reviewz). What a treat to be able to spend the weekend together! I do hope you’ve been able to take the time to relax this weekend, be it with a good friend or a good book. 🙂

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The Cost of Betrayal – Blitz Tour

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Welcome to THE COST OF BETRAYAL Blitz with JustRead Publicity Tours!

~ About the Book ~

9780764231735Title: The Cost of Betrayal
Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: 4 September 2018
Genre: Novella Collection / Romantic Suspense

Faith will be tested. Trust shattered.
Three bestselling romantic suspense writers reunite for novellas of deadly betrayal.

Dee Henderson – “Betrayed”
After serving six years of a twenty-year sentence for a murder she didn’t commit, Janelle Roberts is finally freed. But the truth is still waiting to be discovered, and a murderer is still at large. Janelle needs to be somewhere safe with someone she can trust. She may not survive another act of treachery. Continue reading

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