Book Review: Doctor’s Dilemma

27 Mar

Dr. Tyler Gentry had it all planned out, but the death of his parents in a plane crash changed everything. When he discovered his father had left him a mountain of debt, piled on top of his own student debt, the offer from Dr. William Hall to join his group of surgeons seemed a perfect solution. But the night before he was to start, Tyler received a call that told him to get out while he could. Despite the salary and perks, Tyler found a curtain of mystery surrounding the surgical group. The only thing that made it worthwhile was the lovely operating room nurse, Ashley Wynn, with whom Tyler seemed to make an instant connection. But when their first date ended with his car exploding while she watched, Ashley seemed hesitant to continue their relationship. The stakes continued to rise while Tyler was faced with his dilemma: stay or go?

 

 

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of five published novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year, and have won the Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Richard’s non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse (Kregel Publishers), has ministered to multiple thousands of grieving individuals. His meditations and short pieces have appeared in The Upper Room, In Touch, and several other periodicals.

When Richard is not writing, he spends his time reading, working fruitlessly to improve his golf game, and defending his title as the world’s best Granddad. He and his wife live in north Texas and are active members of Stonebriar Community Church, pastored by Dr. Chuck Swindoll.

Connect with Richard on his blog or website.

 

My Impressions:

Do you like fast-paced medical suspense novels? Me too! That’s why I always reach for a book by Richard Mabry, MD. Dr. Mabry knows his stuff — he is a retired physician who takes his work experience and blends it with good storytelling and a firm faith. His latest novella-length book, Doctor’s Dilemma, is a winner. I could not put it down! The main characters are likable, and the mystery they face will keep you guessing until the end. And because this one is a quick read, it’s perfect to tuck into a tote bag for a weekend getaway. I loved it, and I think you will too.

Tyler Gentry has just finished his medical residency and has a dilemma. He had been planning to join his father’s medical practice, but the deaths of his parents changed his life and his plans. Student loans and an unforeseen debt from his father have made Tyler desperate for a job. A too-good-to-pass-up job offer seems to be his salvation. But there is something off about the Hall Group and Tyler is soon plunged into solving the mystery.

Action-packed is a good descriptor for Doctor’s Dilemma. The story is the focus, but the characters are interesting and believable. Twists and turns in the story keep Tyler (and the reader) off-balance. I got to the point that I suspected everyone! A sweet romance develops for Tyler and his faith is re-engaged at the end. Overall, Doctor’s Dilemma was a fun read.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE. (It’s currently FREE for Kindle Unlimited.)

(Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. All opinion expressed are mine alone.)

Clash of The Titles!

26 Mar

 

Clash of the Titles presents four new springtime reads! 

Peruse the images, read the blurbs, 

then vote on your favorite in the survey. 

I know which one is my favorite.

Enjoy, dear readers!

 

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He’s a nature photographer returning to make amends, and she’s a camera-shy naturalist seeking privacy. Their love for a boy brings them together, but the camera could drive them apart.

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Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a crime that shakes the roots of the town’s power brokers and sends her life into a tailspin. Previously burned by love, Detective Kyle Taylor has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown, but now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

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She’s ready to fly free of a life-long cocoon; he’s looking for anything but Raine. Can Paradise Pines find a miracle for two unwilling hearts?

 

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When a homeless man rescues Glorilyn Neilson from violent assault, he’s not the man he seems. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?

VOTE BELOW!

 

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Book Review: When Tides Turn

25 Mar

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston–both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he’s torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

 

 

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of nine novels, including the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn.)

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novel Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist, won the INSPY Award, and Booklist named it to the 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years and the Top 10 Inspirational Fiction: 2015. Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards, and in 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Please visit Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

 

My Impressions:

When Tides Turn is the perfect ending for the fabulous Waves of Freedom series. With just the right blend of history, romance and intrigue, Sarah Sundin has done it again — characters that will steal your heart and a story that will keep you turning the pages long after everyone else has headed to bed. This one is a highly recommended read!

Quintessa “Tess” Beaumont and Daniel Avery are the focus of When Tides Turn. The two seem opposite in many ways, except perhaps their commitment to serving their country to the best of their abilities. The no-nonsence Navy man and the vivacious and beautiful WAVE are determined to stay the course and not become involved, but no one really believes that will happen! Sundin does a great job of creating two characters who compliment each other. Tess brings perspective and color into the flat black and white world Dan sees, and Dan offers the needed encouragement that Tess needs to find her purpose. Their developing relationship was a joy to behold.

As always it is evident that Sundin has done her research —  naval operations, the creation of the WAVES, and the efforts of French patriots and Nazi collaborators. The era really did come alive to this reader. I visited Boston last Fall and it was fun to revisit the city along with Tess, Dan, and their friends. Spiritual themes of judging appearances and the need for rest were insightful and convicting. The faith of the characters was lived out naturally without need for preachiness. Although When Tides Turn is the last book of a series, it is not necessary to read the first two, however, I recommend you begin at the beginning. You don’t want to miss anything!

For fans of Sundin, When Tides Turn is a must-read. It is also a great book for those who love historical romance with a bit of mystery, especially that of the WWII era.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: Still Life

24 Mar

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

 

 

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at http://www.DaniPettrey.com.

 

My Impressions:

Still Life by Dani Pettrey was my book club’s March selection. We all liked it, perhaps not as much as book 1 in the Chesapeake Valor series, Cold Shot, but all of us liked the fast-paced suspense and the developing romance between main characters, Avery and Parker. There was one thing we did have trouble with: the number of characters that were involved — lots of characters in the ensemble cast and lots of characters that were involved with the investigations the book undertook. I actually had trouble with the names given to the main characters. Most are gender non-specific and are usually last names. I know, I know, this is hardly a real problem and I am a bit old-fashioned (my 3 kids all have very traditional names), but it still took me out of the story as I tried to remember just who was who. As I looked at the lower starred Amazon ratings, I found some had trouble with the darker turn to Pettrey’s novel. My group members are big fans of Criminal Minds, CSI, and other shows of the same genre, so the creep-factor was a bonus for us! Still Life also made us want to explore Baltimore and environs. When a book’s setting inspires, that is a really good thing. The spiritual theme of forgiveness and its impact on past guilt is a relevant issue and we found it well-handled. For readers that may not be able to road trip to Maryland, Pettrey has a Book Club Kit for Still Life that includes recipes, pictures of Fells Point in Baltimore, discussion questions and more. What a great resource!.

Still Life is book 2 in the series and many story threads are still to be untangled. We are looking forward to more thrilling rides with Dani Pettrey.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

Spotlight — 21 Days of Grace

23 Mar

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About the Book

21 Days of Grace
Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide
Genre: Devotional
Release Date: March 24, 2015

Love fiction? Looking for a devotional? Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group). Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.

About the Author

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit http://www.KathyIde.com

Guest Post from Kathy Ide

I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go”. And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.

Giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:

1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd

 

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March 23: Reading Is My SuperPower

March 23: A Reader’s Brain

March 24: ASC Book Reviews

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March 24: It’s Storytime with Van Daniker

March 25: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

March 25: Inklings and notions

March 26: Blossoms and Blessings

March 26: The Power of Words

March 27: Lighthouse Academy

March 27: Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting

March 28: Moments Dipped in Ink

March 28: A Greater Yes

March 28: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

March 29: Captive Dreams Window

March 29: Donna’s BookShelf

March 29: Southern Chelle

March 30: Pause for Tales

March 30: The Scribbler

March 31: Carpe Diem

March 31: Faithful Acres Body Soul Spirit

April 1: A Baker’s Perspective

April 1: Splashesofjoy

April 2: Christian Bookaholic

April 2: Karen Sue Hadley

April 3: Ashley’s Bookshelf

April 3: Lane Hill House

April 4: Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet

April 4: History, Mystery and Faith

April 5: God is Love

April 5: Reader’s Cozy Corner

April 5: Simple Harvest Reads

 

Book Review: The Senator’s Youngest Daughter

22 Mar

Senator A.C. McFerren has been missing for more than six months. The obvious prime suspect in his disappearance is the homegrown terrorist group known as the Army of Social Justice. Searching for her kidnapped father leads Brenna McFerren Jefferson to the terrorists’ elusive “Death of Government” headquarters, known as The Doghouse. But nosing around where the federal government won’t investigate puts a target on her family… and sets in motion a rebellion she isn’t prepared to lead. Dreams of liberty cause the Senator’s daughter to disguise herself for undercover recon, recruit a high-ranking defector, and partner with a subversive news agency that combats government propaganda. As Brenna’s strength and family ties are tested, she unites a political party that commands the power to transform the United States.

 

 

Kelley Rose Waller writes fiction to imagine new life experiences. Her debut novel, The Senator’s Youngest Daughter, was released October 1, 2016. This conservative political thriller pits a young woman and her family against a media tycoon backed by the president of a very different United States.

Kelley’s day job as a marketing strategist offers her the opportunity to write and plan for clients in diverse fields. Kelley and her husband are Pennsylvania foster parents. She lives and writes to uplift and glorify the name of Jesus Christ.

Kelley is a ridiculous fan of science fiction and board games. She has a B.A. in English and lives in Lancaster, PA, with her husband, three sons, and their dog.

 

My Impressions:

The Senator’s Youngest Daughter is Kelly Rose Waller’s debut novel featuring a futuristic United States that has abandoned its constitutional foundation to become a benevolent dictatorship. But as the old adage goes, absolute power will result in absolute corruption. This novel is a fast-paced, action-packed political thriller that hits a little too close to home in its portrayal of a nation given over to one man’s ideology.

Waller’s debut is first person, present tense which can be a bit jarring, but in this case kept this reader in the action and definitely guessing at what would come next. Main character Brenna is the narrator, and her strengths and weaknesses are focused as she joins in her family and friends’ struggle against an oppressive US government. The novel kept me engaged when the action was at its highest, but the story bogged down when the characters expounded on political ideas. That came off as a bit preachy. The Senator’s Youngest Daughter has a YA vibe, but many scenes were a little too adult for that designation. I think it falls more into the New Adult designation. It is a clean-read, but not a Christian book, although the author’s Christian worldview does impact the subject matter.

For fans of political thrillers and dystopian fiction, The Senator’s Youngest Daughter is worth a look.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE. (The Kindle version is $1.99)

(Thanks to the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Authors To Read in One Sitting

21 Mar

I love, love, love suspense! And I have a few go-to authors that I must read. Some of their books are so good that I just cannot put them down. It’s a blessing and a curse! A blessing because I know when I buy their books I will be in for a twisting, turning good time. A curse because the ride, like those at amusement parks, are over much too quickly! LOL!

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, I have 5 authors that have books that are easily read in one sitting. To find out what other bloggers are sharing this week, click HERE.

Top Books I Could Not Put Down!

Terri Blackstock

Brandilyn Collins

Rene Gutteridge

Irene Hannon

Lisa Harris