Beast of Stratton by Renee Blare

Beast of Stratton

 



MY REVIEW:

“Beast of Stratton” is a 172 page novella that takes the reader on a fast and furious suspense-filled ride. It is a story about betrayal, trust, forgiveness, and healing. Readers get an up-close and personal look at the sufferings of an injured military man who suffers from PTSD as he struggles to overcome the pain and flashbacks.

In my personal opinion, “Beast of Stratton” is a good story that would have been even better in a full-length novel. I would have liked more background on the primary players, especially Miles, Aimee, and Ian as well as additional details about what was actually happening during much of the tale. The romance between Miles and Aimee went from dislike and distrust to love much too quickly. I wanted to watch it develop over more than what seemed to be one day’s time. I understand the need to condense and hasten the plot in novellas to fit page requirements. That is one reason I prefer full-length books. The story here is good and the author’s talent is obvious – I just wanted more of it.

This book was provided for review by The Book Club Network.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Architect Aimee Hart, determined to locate her father, infiltrates Miles Stratton’s engineering firm as a secretary. Her presence wrenches the shaggy, wounded man from his penthouse, and the quest begins. Betrayed by his best friend, Miles would rather hide than help, especially from the man’s daughter. But something’s not right. Someone’s trying to destroy Stratton Industrial. A decorated war veteran, he’s defended his own before and the Beast of Stratton can do it again. Even with the enemy at his side.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Renee BlareRaised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to Laramie and she’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar. Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her Christian stories, keeping them interesting with action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

Website: http://www.reneeblare.com/
Blog: https://reneeblare.wordpress.com/
Group Blog: http://diamondsinfiction.blogspot.com/

The StoneKeepers by Sally Chambers

The Stonekeepers



MY REVIEW:

When I agreed to review “The Stonekeepers”, I was unfamiliar with the author and took a chance because I thought the book might be interesting. I did not realize that teens and young adults seem to be its targeted audience. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

From the very beginning the author sets the perfect tone with a mysterious old house that seems to reach out to Lexi Christensen. When she learns that the house is scheduled to be torn down by the city, she and her two best friends set out to stop it. Along the way, she discovers some secrets that actually do connect her to the old home. Little does she realize the adventure and danger she, her friends, and family will  encounter before summer is over.

The story itself is so imaginative yet keeps its characters and their relationships very realistic. I liked that Lexi was a typical teen who had conflicts with her parents, a crush on the same guy her best friend claimed, yet she was always determined to practice her faith and to follow the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

I believe this is a book that would be enjoyed by most teens and even some adults. I enjoyed it and these days I am far from young.

This book was provided for review by The Bookclub Network.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

For the past eighteen years, Lexi Christensen has been sheltered from the truth, protected by a soft-cushioned life of normalcy, until the contents of an envelope link her to an ancient vow. All Lexi wants is to get out from between the vise grips of her suddenly protective parents, rescue an historic mansion before she leaves for college, and stop herself from falling in love with the man her best friend claims to love. But finding the envelope thrusts her into new choices . . . and new danger. Someone knows more about Lexi’s heritage than she does, wants what she’s found, and will risk her life to get it. As her future twists into an incredible mission that propels her from her sand-ringed island home to a foreign mountaintop, she’s in a race against both time and danger. Her faith may be strong, but is God asking too much?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sally ChambersSally Chambers lives in warmth and sunshine among palm fronds, revels in sea breezes, loves the feel of sand between her toes, and braces for hurricanes annually. She, her husband, and two married children call Florida home. Sally writes for young adults, new adults, and women of all ages who enjoy contemporary inspirational fiction that’s a blend of easy drama, suspense, and light romance.

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

To Capture Her Heart



MY REVIEW:

Beginning with the rescue of a kidnapped Montaukett princess Heather Flower, “To Capture Her Heart” follows the lives of Heather, her rescuer, and long-time friends and relatives in the area now known as Long Island, New York. Grieving over the murder of her new husband at their wedding, Heather soon finds herself the object of the affections of two men. Can we say “love triangle”?

To tell the truth, the primary subject of this novel is not as much the romance as the daily lives of the residents of Southold and the neighboring Indian fort. I found the descriptions of the hard work, challenges, and danger faced by all to be extremely interesting. I was mostly unaware of the enmity between the British and Dutch settlers in that area. If it was in my American history books, I certainly forgot.

Although the story is not a fast-moving one, it has a realistic blend of drama, danger, romance, and even grief. A strong emphasis is placed on faith including a scene where one major character is led to the Lord. There are several surprises in store for the reader. The outcome of the love triangle is not fully revealed until the very end.

“To Capture Her Heart” is an excellent follow-up to the first novel of The Southold Chronicles, “A Place in His Heart” but can easily stand on its own. Lovers of early American history will certainly want to read both.

This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever

It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die–until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice–stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.

Read an excerpt from To Capture Her Heart Here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photo Credit: © Something Blue Photography

Photo Credit: © Something Blue Photography

Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Southold Long Island Historical Society. She was a 2011 Genesis Award semi-finalist. Rebecca is retired from a major airline and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com.

 To celebrate the release of “To Capture Her Heart” the author is hosting a giveaway on her blog.

Prizes being offered in the giveaway:

Grand Prize: $75.00 Gift Card of choice (Amazon, Target, iTunes or Google play), Signed copy of To Capture Her Heart & A Place in His Heart.

Runner Up Prize: $25.00 Gift card to Barnes & Noble, Signed copies of To Capture Her Heart & A Place in His Heart
Second Runner Up Prize: Signed copies of To Capture Her Heart & A Place in His Heart

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To Capture Her Heart Book Launch

Double Edge by Thomas Locke – Free eBook

DoubleEdgeFreeBookGraphic-700x366Discover how it all began in this explosive prequel to Trial Run

There isn’t much that can throw Charlie Hazard off balance. But the mystery woman with the striking eyes and the intense request to follow her—now—just might accomplish it.

Knowing little more than her beautiful name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job.

But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty—if the two of them survive the test.

Leave behind your perceptions of what is possible and race into the unknown corridors of human consciousness in this breakneck prequel to Thomas Locke’s Trial Run. Click here http://tlocke.com/fault-lines/ to download “Double Edge,” free from your favorite online bookseller.

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Pizza Ranch and Living Hope CD

Living Hope



MY REVIEW:

I have never eaten at Pizza Ranch and judging by the wonderful food photos on their website, it is probably a good thing they do not have a location in my area. It would be much too great a temptation for someone who is trying hard to limit her carbs. Actually, if I was a little younger and had some money to invest, I think a Pizza Ranch franchise would probably go over well here in west Tennessee, especially in one of the small towns just east of Memphis. I am particularly impressed by their vision and mission and encourage all who do have one of their restaurants withing easy driving distance to support them.

The Living Hope CD is a compilation of various artists whose songs encourage the listener to hope. The styles of the songs are quite varied with styles from folksy, to top 40, and even a little quirky. Obviously, not all of them will appeal to all listeners but I found that the more I listened, even the songs that were not exactly my preference grew on me. The album introduced me to a few artists I had not heard before and also contained songs by some old and new favorite artists. And let’s not forget “hope”. Each one of the songs contains lyrics that point to Jesus and the hope that is in him – and what could be better than that?

My favorite song on the CD is “Hold Onto Hope” by Ellie Holcomb. You can check out the other songs on the YouTube channel link below.

A copy of the CD was provided for review by FlyBy Promotions Blogger Network



About Pizza Ranch:

Pizza RanchAdrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. 

About The Living Hope CD project: 

Living Hope ProjectOn June 2, 2015, Pizza Ranch released a CD called Living Hope containing twelve songs from many of their favorite Christian artists.  Most of the songs are brand-new and written exclusively for this CD around the theme of Hope.  Artists include Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Kevin Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.  
 
The CD will be available to purchase for $5 plus tax exclusively in Pizza Ranch restaurants or for download at pizzaranch.com/livinghope through August 31.  
 
From Adrie Groeneweg, President & CEO of Pizza Ranch, Inc.:  “This album has a very special meaning for Pizza Ranch.  Although Pizza Ranch is not in the music business, many things have been happening, conversations have been taking place and doors have been opening for this album.  Through these events, I believe it was obvious that God has been behind this for His specific purpose and putting it on our hearts to collectively create this project.  As such, we call this our miracle album, Living Hope.”
 
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Twitter:  @PizzaRanch @PRServes

 
 
YouTube Channel (features images and videos of the artists talking about the story behind each song):  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9lEnxuNzMyLfRyX8_tiLA
 
Press Release with additional information about the Living Hope CD project:  https://t.e2ma.net/message/7tnbk/7l1cgr
 
GIVEAWAY:
I will have one copy of the Living Hope CD to give one reader of this blog. If you would like to win a copy, please leave a comment below no later than Saturday, July 25.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”