Friday, April 16, 2010

Suspense Book Review

Do you crave a good suspense book? How about a suspense with a touch of Christianity thrown in? I'm not usually a person who reads suspense books (although I have read some Peretti in the past that put shivers up my spine); however, right from the get go I was hooked on this book.

I was recently asked to review the book Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze and I was extremely pleased with this read. I really enjoyed the character development and the plot of the book. Ms. Hinze is an excellent writer and I think you will enjoy it as well.


A mother who cannot face her future.

Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family.

Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace.

The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

Author Bio:

Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, three nonfiction books, and hundreds of articles. Selected for Who’s Who in America in 2004 as a writer and educator, Hinze is active in Romance Writers of America and serves as a Vice President on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. Vicki lives in Florida with her artist husband, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Visit to learn more about Vicki’s books, blogs, and writing programs.

**This book was provided free of charge for review by WaterBrook Multnomah**

Would you like a copy of this book? I just happen to have an extra copy to give away! Just leave me a comment of any kind and I will enter you into the drawing. I will draw a winner via next Friday April 23rd! Good Luck and Happy Reading!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

This Little Prayer of Mine

Have you ever heard a small child pray? The wonder? The innocence they have when praying to God? I love listening to small voices pray for family, friends, animals and even for the things they want.
We all know how important it is for mamas, papas, aunties, uncles and grandparents (as well as friends) to teach young children to pray. In order for a child to grow in the way of the Lord they must first learn to pray.
Anthony DeStefano brings us this wonderful book called This Little Prayer of Mine which can be read to younger child while young readers can read it on their own. The prayers go from how the children feel at different times and places of their lives, what things they are thankful for, prayers that ask to be like God and how their futures are in the hands of God! The words are simple but straight to the heart! In addition to the beautiful prayers Mark Elliott brings us beautiful illustrations. I think that anyone would be excited to have this book sit on their shelf so that they can share it with the young person in their life!
Author Bio:
Anthony DeStefano is the author of The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.

Mark Elliott’s brilliant illustrations have appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s Princess Tales series. His acclaimed artwork delivers inspiration, wonder, and timeless beauty on every page.
**This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group**
Would you like a copy of this book for your own bookshelf or for that special young someone in your life? I have an extra copy to giveaway! All you have to do is leave me a comment about a special young man or woman who would benefit from this book.
I will choose a winner via on Sunday April 18th and will send the book out as soon as I get shipping info from the winner! Good Luck and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

It's OK Mom...

Let me tell you a story... (**Please do not take offense at anything you read...and if you do...don't read!**)

....A few nights ago my sister Shannon and her family were sitting down to dinner when they heard a loud knock on the door.

My sister told everybody not to answer the door as they don't know many people in their neighborhood. She also said that the only people that knock loudly at the front door are the Mormon neighbors, and she didn't feel like talking to them that particular night (honestly, she doesn't ever feel like talking to them...and they live in a town with a whole lot of Mormons!).

Again, another LOUD knock at the front door!!! My sister said, "Don't answer it!!"

However, y'all haven't met my six-year old nephew Mason.

Mason doesn't listen very well.

Mason is a highly energetic six-year old.

Again, a LOUD knock.

Then you hear Mason open the door and yell across the room..."It's OK Mom, it's not the Mormons!!!!"

OMG....(Oh My Gravy....according to my cutie patootie cowboys on Amazing Race) mortifying, but how freakin' hilarious! It happened to be somebody on personal business for my sister!

I bet that guy at the front door was laughing inside while trying to keep a straight face!