Friday, September 22, 2017

The Dark Heart (Dinah Harris Mystery #4)


Title:  The Dark Heart (Dinah Harris Mystery #4)

Author:  Julie Cave

Pages:  276

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Master Books

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Dinah Harris is visiting an old FBI friend, Elise Jones, who is now a detective in a small town.  While in town, a body of a junkie is discovered.  She has been strangled, but evidence is also found that she might not be who everyone thought she was.  Dinah acts as a consultant on the case with Elise heading up the investigation.  The many hours of leg work, phone calls and research begin to find the culprit.  Evidence leads to the local town pastor as having had contact with the drug addict.  Dinah soon discovers he had known the addict while he was in college 20 years before.  Then, another woman’s body is also found strangled.  She had worked a series of temporary jobs, but was known to move around a lot and not settle down.  She, too, was also known to the pastor from his college days.  She has multiple passports and social security numbers just like those found in the addict’s apartment.  What do these three people have in common?

While Dinah and Elise work long hours to gather information and question potential witnesses or culprits, Elise’s 15-year-old daughter is in her sophomore year in school.  She is a good student, but most of the other kids think she is a nerd.  Her best friend and only friend is the local pastor’s daughter.  As Elise continues to question the pastor as she thinks he is hiding something, the friendship between her daughter and his daughter shows signs of tension.  Stretched to the breaking point, the friendship snaps.  Now, Chloe is truly alone and doesn’t know where to turn.

This is not just a murder mystery, but a powerful story about racial injustice and bullying.  These are two terrible acts that are prevalent in our society today.  The bullies in the story are extremely cruel and hateful to someone who is different.  They commit a terrible crime that has devastating results.  The perpetrators of racial injustice in the past are now reaping the consequences of their actions with some dying while another faces the past.  The author does a masterful job of storytelling that drew me in to the tale immediately and pulled my heartstrings with Chloe’s story.  This is a book that plunges to deep depths of sorrow for some and regret for others.  There is hope in the end, but at a high cost.  I got completely involved in the story, letting my emotions ride along with those of some of the characters in the story.  I look forward to Dinah’s next mystery!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home


Title:  Bringing Maggie Home

Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer

Pages:  337 (ARC)

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Waterbrook

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

This is one of those novels that tells a story through flashes of memories in the past with a return to the present day.  The three main characters are Hazel, Margaret Diane, and Meghan.  They are three generations of family.  Hazel is the grandmother, Diane her daughter and Meghan her granddaughter.  Every summer Meghan would spend several weeks with her grandmother, but now that she is a grown woman she hasn’t seen her for a few years.  Due to a car accident in which Meghan broke her ankle and needs to take time off from work to recuperate, so she decides to spend the time with her grandmother.  When she arrives at her grandmother’s door, she is surprised (not happily) to find her mother there with her four dogs!  Diane and Hazel have a very contentious relationship.  They love each other, but they don’t get along.  Their arguments put Meghan in the middle, feeling like she must choose a side.  She is not looking forward to her weeks of recovery with both in the same small house.

As a gift for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday, Meghan wants to put together a scrapbook of Hazel’s life, including Diane and Meghan.  She discovers some old photos that bring to light painful, but bittersweet memories for Hazel.  A traumatic event from her past has shaped her whole life and that of her relationship with Diane.  This in turn affected how as a single mother Diane raised Meghan.  The ripple effect of trauma is evident, but Hazel has God in her life.  Does she really trust Him?  Diane has rebelled against just about everything her mother imparted to her growing up, so she is far from God.  Meghan listens to her grandmother talk about God and wants to know more.  In the midst of the personal turmoil each woman is feeling, the past makes itself known.  What will each do with it?

The dynamics of the relationship between these three women was interesting to read about.  Meghan job as a cold case detective is perfect for what her grandmother has experienced.  Hazel has an intense desire to find the truth and Meghan longs to help her beloved grandmother find peace.  Hazel longs for healed relationship with her daughter and for them both to know the Lord.  The emotions are heartfelt and the characters easy to get involved with.  This was a different type of story than I’ve read from this author in the past as I’m fond of her historical romances.  I liked reading about how one event affected the lives of so many people and their reactions to it.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Blown Away (Curl Up & Dye Mystery #2)


Title:  Blown Away (Curl Up & Dye Mystery #2)

Author:  Nancy Mehl

Pages:  256

Year:  2011

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Hilde Higgins and her boyfriend Adam are due to attend the funeral of one of Adam’s friends from their ministry Clowns for Christ who was accidentally electrocuted while working on a house.  The members of the troupe are attending in full dress as clowns.  Adam asks Hilde to stop by the gravesite before the service to make sure the deceased member’s clown hat is atop the gravestone.  What Hilde discovers is not a hat at the head of the grave, but another dead body in the hole for the grave!  As information is gathered about the crime, Adam becomes the prime suspect.

Hilde and her next-door neighbor, Gabe, are determined to clear Adam’s name.  Along the way, Hilde must come to terms with her feelings of abandonment by her father as it is causing her some doubts about Adam.  Hilde also has her best friend wanting to attend church with Hilde for the first time and perhaps opening the door to allow Christ in her life.  Gabe also has a mysterious man looking for him and Hilde just knows Gabe is hiding under a secret identity and will be forced to leave to avoid discovery.  Gabe won’t talk about his past, which leaves Hilde wondering about his future.  Plus, with the information she and Gabe have gathered, she begins to wonder if the first clown death was truly an accident and who could be responsible for the deaths of two clowns.

I really like the hometown feel of these mysteries.  When disaster strikes, the small town of Eden bands together to help one another.  I also like the witty dialogue between Hilde and Adam, as well as Gabe’s godly advice.  That is so needed and special for Hilde, whose own father left her life at a young age to run off with a young woman.  Hilde lives her faith, which is evident to her best friend Paula who has not had the best of Christian examples in her judgmental parents who claim to be Christians.  Hilde knows Paula needs Jesus and Hilde patiently waits for Paula to come to Him.  The mystery is interesting and will keep readers’ attention.  Grab a copy of a good, solid, Christian mystery and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1)



Title:  Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1)

Author:  Don Brown

Pages:  330

Year:  2011

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Wow, what a thrilling story!  The setting is modern era Korea, both North and South.  There have been rumors circulating that the North Koreans have a prison camp where they are still holding American servicemen from the Korean War.  These prisoners have been held captive for sixty years!  If the rumors are true, then Commander Christianson “Gunner” McCormick plans to rescue them no matter the cost.

Gunner comes from a wealthy family, but he doesn’t flaunt that and is a member of the U.S. Naval Intelligence branch of the service.  His U.S. Marine grandfather went missing during the Korean War, leaving a hole in the life of his mother as she was only five years old when he disappeared.  He is presumed dead, but in his memory Gunner vows to rescue these captive servicemen.  His mother taught him to memorize Scripture every night while growing up, and the one that sticks in his mind while he is deciding whether to pursue this extremely dangerous rescue mission into Communist North Korea is “Do what is right,” from Deuteronomy.  Gunner is risking his naval career as this mission is not sanctioned by the military, lots of money, as well as his life.  He recruits two retired servicemen, one from the U.S. Army and the other from the South Korean military, to help him in this mission.  All the men know that their odds of success are slim at best, but are willing to “leave no man behind”.

Gunner asks for thirty days leave from his assignment aboard the U.S.S. Harry Truman to begin his mission.  While he is gone, his ship engages in practice maneuvers with their South Korean allies.  Missiles get launched, attacks by North Korea, then retaliation from the U.S. cranks up the tension.  Another portion of the story tells about the prisoner camp and the cruelty and brutality of the North Korean soldiers.  When one captive falls ill, they find help from an unexpected source only for the source to be captured and sentenced to execution.  This is the world Gunner and two companions must enter.

I couldn’t put this book down!  The various threads of the story all had their own set of players with tension and danger galore.  The bravery, courage and strength of the U. S. servicemen was inspiring.  Gunner and Keith, both held to their faith in the most trying of circumstances.  God certainly answered the prayers of Margaret, Gunner’s mother, in a big way!  The characters were easy to get to know and connect with, so the story was a quick read for me.  I can’t wait to read book two in the series, Fire of the Raging Dragon.  This is one not to miss, so grab a copy for yourself and a friend!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2 Weeks till the 3rd installment is out for readers!

Ghost Heart (A Medical Thriller)


Title:  Ghost Heart (A Medical Thriller)

Author:  Lisa Harris & Lynne Gentry

Pages:  350         

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Create Space Independent

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What a heart (no pun intended) gripping story has been written by these two gifted authors!  Just wait until you read in the back of the book what spurred this novel to be written!  If a little bit of graphic descriptions of body parts and blood bother you, please try not to let that keep you from reading this tale with a very surprising ending.

The story is staged both here in the United States and Africa, telling about organ donation and procurement.  Along with that storyline is another about pharmaceutical testing of medicines and ultimately about greed with its consequences.  Remember, this is fiction even though as I read the book I could envision all that was described as taking place.  Here is a very good way of giving us insight into what parents of children or adults go through when needing an organ replacement. 

I felt for the doctor fighting for her patient’s survival in a small village in Africa while another doctor was after money, prestige and playing upon the superstition of the villagers.  Dr. Mia Kendall would befriend the villagers and help to save lives no matter the cost to her personally.  Race was the pilot who would transport the organs to the hospitals and as Dr. Kendell shared her suspicions, he risks a lot to help.  Could there be a blossoming romance between the pilot and doctor?

Here is a thriller that will cause your heart to race and have you staying up until all hours reading as you reach the very action-packed ending!  The novel is one of the best and one of my favorites for this year thus far!  Though truth be told I have many favorites being a voracious reader, lol!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Rule of Law


Title:  Rule of Law

Author:  Randy Singer

Pages:  480

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

For Randy Singer, this story is his best ever in my opinion!  I really enjoy legal thrillers and suspense type tales and what adds an extra boost to this book is how it also involves politics, the military and much more!  The book may look daunting because of the number of pages; however, the action happens so fast you’ll be hard pressed to turn the pages quick enough!

The question as well as others that propels the tale is did the U.S. President send in the military fully knowing it was going to cost each serviceman their life?  Did a couple of the key cabinet members or intelligence community keep information from the President that she needed to know?  Once Paige, a girlfriend of one of the young men and a Kristen now a widow receive information from someone calling themselves the Patriot, Paige, who is a young lawyer, is burning with more questions than answers. 

The material that the Patriot feeds Paige continues to stir questions for her, as well as what Kristen receives and turns over to her lawyer.  Can a couple of lawyers go up against the establishment to bring into the light any wrong doing?  Is Paige ready to perhaps argue her first case ever before the Supreme Court without reprisals from those she points a finger at along with Kristen’s lawyer?

The story is like reading the news on the front page of a newspaper or social media posts.  It takes one’s breath away to see that no one including those who are in Washington and are to be serving the people who sent them to office are above the law.  On top of that, readers will become enamored with the bravery of our servicemen and women who give their all to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.  For me, this was a long wait since Randy’s last work of fiction, but is was so worth it!  This is an over-the-top, well-written and exciting book I hope many read and share with others!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body (Serena Jones Mystery #3)


Title:  Over Maya Dead Body (Serena Jones Mystery #3)

Author:  Sandra Orchard

Pages:  348

Year:  2017

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

This is the third book in the Serena Jones Mystery series.  Serena works for the FBI as an agent in the artistic crimes division.  On this adventure, she is with her parents on the way to a wedding of her dad’s best friend.  Upon arrival, said friend has just been found dead.  Is it murder or an accident?  Serena is upset over the death as she spent many summers with Uncle Jack and has lots of great memories.  She can’t let his death remain in limbo as to whether it was accidental or not.  Unbeknownst to her, the two men vying for her affections, Nate and Tanner, show up separately to help her solve the case.  As Serena asks questions, more questions pop up.  She also is dealing with two men who seem interested in her one minute, then turn cold the next.  Her Aunt Martha is also active in seeking out clues, which adds some funny moments into the story.  Of course, everything gets wrapped up at the end of the story and Serena finally does choose a man, but I’m not telling which one!

I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but this one just didn’t draw me in.  I kept putting the book down, picking it up and hoping I could get into the story, but it didn’t happen.  The going back and forth between the two guys was drawn out too long for my taste.  The story just couldn’t hold my interest.  I will continue to read books by this author as I liked the first two books in this series as well as her Port Astor series.  The mystery portion was okay with some exciting moments, and I love the character of Aunt Martha.  I would like to see a series featuring her! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lou Holtz inspirational speech

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma



Title:  My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma

Author:  Andrea Boeshaar

Pages:  256

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The year is 1816, the place Middletown, Virginia where McAlister Albright has now bought property to build a home.  Once he was a sea captain and now he wants to be on land with desires to start afresh from his past.  Here is where he meets his nearest neighbor named Lily who lives with her aunt and two brothers in their home since her father’s passing.

Sounds like a love story waiting to happen, right?  Well, not all is what it seems to be as Mr. Everett, who is definitely a mean man; yet, what he lets others see of him is not even close to the “real” man.  With pure genius at work, Andrea leads readers into a deeper mystery veiled in the story that will keep people turning pages until the very end.

I really enjoyed the story with its climax, unique set of characters, and adventure always occurring in the pages.  In the novel, there was never a dull moment and I absolutely was captivated the more the author pealed back the intricacies of the plot and lives of the characters.  So, grab a copy as soon as you can and perhaps read the other novels in the series by other authors, each with their own tale full of excitement!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Portrait of Vengeance (Gwen Marcey #4)


Title:  Portrait of Vengeance (Gwen Marcey #4)

Author:  Carrie Stuart Parks

Pages:  311

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Gwen Marcey has finally gotten a full-time job, although she is on probation for four weeks until she can earn her first paycheck.  She volunteers to take a case that really doesn’t appear to need a forensic artist, but is eerily like events from Gwen’s past.  She arrives in Idaho at the Nez Perce Reservation to begin helping the local police force in a double homicide.  Two parents of been brutally murdered and their 4-year-old daughter has gone missing.  As Gwen works the case, she begins having flashbacks of memories from her own childhood and thinks that maybe what happened in her past could be linked to what is going on now.  This is a hard sell to the local police chief.  When Gwen starts to follow leads on her own case instead of the double homicide case, the chief lets Gwen’s boss know that she has missed some interview appointments and is distracted.

Gwen and her best friend Beth who has come along to act as Watson to Gwen’s Sherlock research cases from surrounding states that have a similar set of circumstances.  What they uncover leads them to believe the killer is someone Gwen knows and he/she is wanting Gwen to find out his/her identity.  Gwen also is trying to solve the mystery of her past.  As she gets closer to the truth, more attempts on her life are made.  Gwen refuses to give up, but will her refusal cost her life?

I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and would highly recommend it to anyone!  I find the writing style of the author easy to follow and the main character real and down-to-earth.  The author really brings her artistic nature to the story in her descriptions using the names of lots of colors I’ve never heard of, but expanded my knowledge in that matter.  Gwen is a survivor.  She never gives up.  She digs and digs until she finds the truth.  She is willing to risk her life and knows to Whom her life is devoted to.  Her faith has played an ever-increasing role in her life and I liked watching that aspect of her character mature.  I love Gwen’s sense of humor and her friendship with Beth.  I’m always excited when I see a new book in this series is coming out, so grab some of the excitement and get ready for plenty of action and suspense!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

We Have Not Forgoten the Fallen nor the family & Friends

God Bless America and her people this day 9/11/17!


Deadly Proof


Title:  Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice Series #1)

Author:  Rachel Dylan

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany Publishers

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What an exciting and provocative new book by author Rachel Dylan where legal courtroom battles will capture not just your mind but your heart as well.  When an up-and-coming bright lawyer is tapped for lead counsel to take on a pharmaceutical company allegedly responsible for knowingly putting people at risk with deaths having occurred, Kate Sullivan finds herself being a walking target.  Strange things happen to her materials, as well as between her and the opposing counsel who was a friend in college and more!

The most intriguing legal thriller to come out in a long time!  People like me who get into reading legal thrillers aren’t going to want to pass this book up!  I learned so much about what it takes to prepare for big cases and the multiple people it takes to put legs to finding answers.  I love how Rachel paints such a vivid portrait of the pharma industry and the fictional company who must now defend itself at all costs.  The questions are just how far will they go to avoid going to court and risk losing billions of dollars in settlement costs?

The adventure and danger will ramp your heart rate up and you’ll find yourself cheering for justice to prevail.  Landon, who is a P.I., is tasked with keeping Kate alive throughout the legal battle and the threats she faces that come from many sides.  It will take people with very special skills to keep Kate alive and her material safe.  I cannot wait until the next story comes out in the series, and I hope you will enjoy the heart-pounding action Rachel writes for readers to enjoy!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Miss Leslie’s Secret


Title:  Miss Leslie’s Secret

Author:  Jennifer Moore

Pages:  219

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Conall Stewart has arrived home from fighting a war only to find his home destroyed and his family gone.  No one seems to be able to locate them.  With no place to live, Conall migrates to a small village and rents a home.  He relishes being back in Scotland and being part of a community.  He has dearly missed his homeland.  His eye catches Aileen Leslie, but she keeps her distance from him.  He employs her young son with various odd jobs.  Conall quickly develops an affinity for young Jamie and sees that he is a hard worker who takes pride in a job well done.  He also begins to consider Aileen as a friend and perhaps more.

Aileen Leslie came to the village about eight years ago.  No one knows her past, except Mrs. Campbell her next-door neighbor who arrived with Aileen.  Aileen is a beekeeper to support herself and her son.  She will not accept charity, but as Jamie spends more time with Conall she begins to realize Jamie needs a man in his life to instruct him on how to become a man.  She even feels a little jealous when Jamie spends time with Conall and shows signs of growing up.  She thinks Conall is handsome, but he is rich in her eyes and would want nothing to do with a poor woman like her.  She tries to keep her distance, but she is attracted to him and he to her.  However, she is keeping a big secret that no one can discover or lives will be put in danger.

The story is predictable, but also enjoyable.  There was tension and danger along with romance building to climax of the plot, which held my interest.  I have read other books by this author and found them also worth reading.  The characters in this story, especially Aileen, were engaging for me.  I could relate to her stubborn pride!  I liked the characters of Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Ross to add some light touches of humor.  Conall and Aileen have lived through some terrible events in their young lives, but have survived.  I liked their strength and tenacity.  I look forward to reading more regency romances from this author soon!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Reunited by Danger (Cedar Key Series) Review


Title:  Reunited by Danger (Cedar Key Series)

Author:  Carol J. Post

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5.

Have you ever gone to your high school reunion and been surprised by how some people have changed and the choices they made brought a different result to their adulthood?  Right from the beginning, in the final book of the Cedar Key Series, readers will be hooked and drawn in when at a reunion one classmate is discovered dead outside.  That is just the beginning of six people who were close during high school and now are slowly but surely being eliminated one by one.  It all starts with a Facebook invite to the party by what turns out to be a deceased classmate.

Amber Kingston and Detective Caleb Lyon are collaborating to find the killer before anymore classmates disappear.  However, one of the people the killer is after is Amber herself.  Amber is a local police officer who initially isn’t afraid for her life, but when the killer ups the ante, Amber’s thinking changes.

The story kept me on the edge of my seat with my heart beating in excitement while also trying to figure out who is after these classmates after a decade.  Plus, I enjoyed the way the character, Caleb, comes to a point where he must decide to risk loving again and entrusting the future with Amber to God.  I hope folks take the time to enjoy each of the Cedar Key books as each was such a joy to read.  While people are at it, they may consider sharing the books with other readers, be they family, friends, or coworkers.

Buried Memories (Cedar Key Series) Review


Title:  Buried Memories (Cedar Key Series)

Author:  Carol J. Post

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What an intense and mind-blowing story!  I have read the prior three novels in the Cedar Key Series: Hidden Identity, Shattered Haven and Mistletoe Justice with each being an exciting tale.  However, the author outdoes herself with this story from the start.  Some of the characters return from the other books and the action takes place mainly in Cedar Key, but what captured my attention was guessing if the main character, Nicki Jackson, really saw her mother murdered or not.

Throughout the book, Nicki is being stalked, threatened, and a victim of vandalization of all she owns because someone thinks she can identify the man who took her mother’s life 20 years ago.  The nightmares return of that night when the Nicki learns the case has been reopened.  Her best friend from her broken childhood is back from serving his country, Tyler Brant, and he wants to keep her safe.  In order to do so though, he must face his past experience and allow God to heal his mind, heart and soul.

The twists and turns in the book kept me guessing as to who was after Nicki, and if it was more than one person.  Plus, the now budding romance between the best friends seemed to be on then off again and I longed to see the two characters with broken pasts, healed and have hope in their future.  Let me just share there are some surprises in the book and the ending was the best, a real “I didn’t see that coming” type of response!

So, enjoy the Cedar Key Series now with this 4th installment!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mistletoe Justice Review


Title:  Mistletoe Justice (Cedar Key Series)

Author:  Carol J. Post

Pages:  224

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The Cedar Key series includes prior books titled, Hidden Identity and Shattered Haven.  While each book in the series is a unique story, the place and characters continue throughout.  Reading all the stories isn’t absolutely necessary, but I know I enjoyed each book more knowing what occurred in other novels.

Carol J. Post takes readers on an adventure in this book when Darci Tucker who formerly owned her own store now works for a man who is turning out to have dubious business transactions.  Darci needs the job to support her and her autistic son Jayden so Darci tries to ignore what she is sensing, but soon it seems that ignoring the danger isn’t going to make it go away.  Her boss is doing something on her computer during off-business hours and when Darci discovers what is happening, the tension skyrockets!

Conner is one of the mechanics working there.  His sister also worked there and then disappeared.  Is Darci going to disappear too or is she going to jail with the boss setting her up to take the fall?  For a couple hours of entertainment and action, faith and romance, here is an author whose books you don’t want to miss!


Hidden Identity Review


Title:  Hidden Identity (Cedar Key #1)

Author:  Carol J. Post

Pages:  218

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Megan is living in Cedar Key and hoping no one can find her.  When she helps rescue a senator from a plane crash she becomes the center of peoples’ unwanted attention.  Megan is trying to live a life free from her past and all the fear she carries around with her daily.  Now that her face is on the news, she knows it is only a matter of time until the past catches up to her, and just may kill her.  However, she does have some protection and the attention of a police officer, Hunter Kingston, along with the help of some of his fellow officers.  As time goes by though the line between protection and attraction is getting blurred.  Just how many times can Megan continue to guard her heart, and stay alive another day to enjoy the friends she is making?

This is a riveting suspense-filled story readers will enjoy for the action and also for the possibility of a relationship between Hunter and Meagan!

Shattered Haven Review


Title:  Shattered Haven (Cedar Key Series)

Author:  Carol J. Post

Pages:  216

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

In this installment of the Cedar Key series, the focus is on finding the stalker who is relentlessly terrorizing Allison.  She has come to Cedar Key to start her life over and leave the shame of her past behind.  So, Allison sails customers around various points on Cedar Key which helps supports herself.  She loves the freedom sailing brings!  Now, the well-built wall she has around her heart is in danger of crumbling when she meets a former police officer named Blake from Dallas.

But wait there is more to the story!  Carol J. Post has crafted a tale that will bring readers into the adventure and keep them turning pages until the very end.  I love her writings as she brings faith, romance, mystery and a touch of danger all together.  I quickly got caught up in the story and wondered how it was all going to come to a climax and then conclusion.  Carol does an excellent job of showing faith in action along with the wrestling of trust the characters go through and then ending with God’s faithfulness.

So, grab a copy and enjoy a few hours in the Florida sunshine by way of Cedar Key books!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Carol J. Post's Cedar Key Series books & blurbs


SHATTERED HAVEN

Allison Winchester's old Victorian house contains a valuable secret code, one that someone is dead set on uncovering. After her house is ransacked and her life is threatened, she has no choice but to accept the protection of injured ex-cop Blake Townsend. Allison never thought she'd trust a man with secrets again—and Blake is as much a mystery as the man who is stalking her. The lawman vows to shield her from the dangerous criminal. But can Blake and Allison decipher the mysterious code before their island safe haven becomes their ultimate resting place?

HIDDEN IDENTITY

When Meagan Berry is caught on camera rescuing a senator, she knows her cover's been blown. After faking her death, she's spent months keeping her identity hidden from an abusive ex-fiancé. Now he's on her trail in remote Cedar Key, Florida. Officer Hunter Kingston knows Meagan's running from something, but he can't imagine anyone wishing harm on the pretty artist. Then an intruder breaks into Meagan's house, and Hunter promises not to leave her side. But when evidence from the crime scene doesn't add up, Hunter wonders whether he should trust Meagan. Yet he will have to put his faith in this mysterious beauty if they both want to live to see another day.

MISTLETOE JUSTICE

Someone has framed Darci Tucker for embezzlement—and she's pretty sure it's her boss. The real criminal will do anything to make sure she doesn't talk, from breaking into her home to hacking her computer. Her only hope for regaining control, and protecting her young son from danger, is Conner Stevenson. Desperate for answers about his sister's sudden disappearance, Conner is determined to uncover why the bookkeeper was named a target. Now Darci and her son have become pawns in a deadly game, and as Conner races to protect them, he finds he wants more than justice. He may want a family for Christmas after all…if they live that long.

BURIED MEMORIES

After her broken engagement, Nicki Jackson hoped her move to Cedar Key would give her a fresh start—instead she quickly learns someone's out to destroy her. Are the attacks tied to her mother's recently reopened murder case…or to the nightmares Nicki's beginning to suspect are actually hidden memories? With the threats against her escalating, former soldier Tyler Brant vows to keep Nicki safe. He refuses to lose the woman who's swiftly becoming more than a childhood crush. But when danger circles closer, is Nicki's traumatic past better left forgotten…or are her memories the key to something far more sinister?

REUNITED BY DANGER

When a former classmate is murdered at Detective Caleb Lyons's ten-year high school reunion, he knows the victim's old group of friends are keeping secrets. That includes Cedar Key, Florida, police officer Amber Kingston. Back in school, Amber was headed for trouble, but now she's as dedicated to the law as he is. As he works overtime to get the pretty cop to open up to him, Amber and her friends receive messages threatening payback for past deeds. And her friends keep dying…one by one. But protecting Amber and unmasking a murderer isn't just the widowed detective's shot at redemption—it's his unexpected second chance at love.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Meet Author Carol J. Post & her Cedar Key series Part #2


You won’t find a chain restaurant in Cedar Key, or a chain hotel or grocery store, either.

But there are some great local places sprinkled throughout the island. Several restaurants are situated along Dock Street. Many of the buildings there extend out over the water, supported by pilings. For one of my stories, I needed a hotel room situated high enough above the water for the heroine to feel safe, but close enough for a determined villain to figure out a way to get to her. I stopped at Harbour Master Suites, where someone took me on a tour and helped me find the room that would suit my purposes perfectly.

Being the second oldest city in Florida, Cedar Key has a long and rich history. It’s actually a series of keys (the Cedar Keys) and in the 1800s was a thriving port city and railroad connection. Today its main businesses are tourism and farming clams, and all that remains of the old railroad are some pilings jutting up through the water. The Railroad Trestle Trail plays an important part in Buried Memories, so I provided Harlequin’s art department with this picture, shot from the end of the trail, looking out over the water. It was clearly the inspiration for the cover they created.

Reunited By Danger is my fifth and last Cedar Key book, so my research there is finished. But the quaint little town keeps calling me back. Whether enjoying the fare in one of the regionally famous seafood restaurants, relaxing with my husband on the balcony of our favorite Cedar Key condo, or kayaking the protected waters around the islands, Cedar Key will always hold a special place in my heart.

Meet Author Carol J. Post & her Cedar Key series Part #1


I love discovering fun, new places. Many years ago, my husband and I were sailing in the Suwannee area off the west coast of Florida and needed to come in to get gas and restock supplies. It looked from the chart as if the closest place to do so would be Cedar Key.



Even though we’ve lived in Florida most of our lives, we’d never heard of Cedar Key. When we sailed into the Cedar Cove Beach and Yacht Club, we were immediately impressed with the friendliness of the people. We learned that gas was on the other side of the island, but instead of sending us on our way, a local gentleman insisted on loading our portable gas tank into his golf cart and driving my husband there.

When I decided I wanted to write a series of books set in a quaint island community, I knew Cedar Key would be perfect. The second oldest city in Florida (behind St. Augustine), it has an artsy, “Old Florida” air. It’s the home of several festivals each year, including the Cedar Key Art Festival in the spring and the Seafood Festival in the fall. There’s even an annual Pirate Invasion Weekend, which comes into play in Hidden Identity. So does the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op, a gallery that showcases a wide variety of work by local artists.

Research for this series has been a pleasure. Everyone I’ve talked to has been eager to help. Since I write suspense, the police station is always on my “must visit” list. My first time there, Chief Sandlin took me into his office and patiently answered all my questions, even coming up with possible scenarios to clarify his answers. Although I’ve set five suspense stories there, Cedar Key is actually an extremely safe little town. (All my bad guys come from somewhere else!)

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Taste of Torah (A Devotional Study Through the Five Books of Moses)


Title:  A Taste of Torah (A Devotional Study Through the Five Books of Moses)

Author:  Keren Hannah Pryor

Pages:  280

Year:  2016

Publisher:  First Fruits of Zion

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you ever gotten a thought of going on a journey then proceeded to just go?  Or do you take time to prepare, make reservations, perhaps read books, watch movies about where you plan on going?  Recently, I began to become disenchanted by the devotional offerings that I was coming across.  Many were shallow or written to take less than one minute per day.  My walk with God toward a deeper relationship was certainly not happening.  I wanted to grow.  I didn’t want regurgitated words based on a few or single verses of the Bible.

All of that led me to look for more and by the grace of God and leading of the Holy Spirit I came across the ministry of First Fruits of Zion.  A messianic ministry for both a Jewish and Gentile audience.  Their loving presentation of information drew me to look at what they offered.  Hence, I came across the devotional I am sharing with you today.  Most people avoid the first half of the Bible and read the New Testament, seeing no need or reason to read the first part of God’s Word.  I always saw that as sad because all the Bible God gave; therefore, all of it we must need or God wouldn’t have given it to us.

Here is a devotional that will really, I hope, touch your heart, mind and soul for Him.  This devotional has opened my eyes to see the deeper and impacting truth that isn’t easily seen or known by just reading the five books of Moses.  Even today’s reading for me helped me grasp in a fresh and powerful way the meaning and use of the sacrifices that God set up and how they lay the foundation for all that occurs thereafter in the prophets, writings and New Testament.

Please grab a copy and spend time being renewed, refreshed and taught in a way that perhaps you never have before!