Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sponsered Book Review: Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan

Title: Lessons Learned
Author: Sydney Logan
Category: Contemporary/Inspirational Romance
Pub. Date: 09/06/2012
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Format: Kindle
Pages: 283
ISBN#: 9781612131153

Synopsis:   
A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.
English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.
She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.
Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Review: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by KENDARE BLAKE

Title: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
Author: KENDARE BLAKE
Category: Young Adult
Pub. Date: 08/11/2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Kindle
Pages: 387
ISBN#: B004V9052U
Series: Anna #1

Synopsis:   
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
  
 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teas.           


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday's with Rev. Kim




Welcome to my feature. It's my prayer that you will be encouraged and blessed by following and becoming involved in this journey to love the Lord and His word.

I invite you to visit often. The Welcome mat is always here, as my ideas, insights from Gods word is blogged as often as I can.  Rev. Kim 




 Sunday's with Rev. Kim is a feature that I created here on Breath of Life.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday's with Rev. Kim




Welcome to my feature. It's my prayer that you will be encouraged and blessed by following and becoming involved in this journey to love the Lord and His word.

I invite you to visit often. The Welcome mat is always here, as my ideas, insights from Gods word is blogged as often as I can.  Rev. Kim 




 Sunday's with Rev. Kim is a feature that I created here on Breath of Life.





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sponsered Book Review: Dark Shala by Cathy Benedetto

Title: Dark Shala
Author: Cathy Benedetto
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Pub. Date: 03/13/2013
Publisher: Blackqyrn Publisher
Format: Kindle
Pages: 269
ISBN#: B00BU7CH7Q
Series: The Shala Book #1

Synopsis:  
Vigilance reader! There are more battles, more strategies, more Shala and Fels and most of all more mysteries! Many questions about the Shala from The Eyes of Sandala have been answered and many new ones arise. The most pressing question being who are the Dark Shala and what is their place in the war? But the mysteries do not end there, as new characters bring new questions and new prophecies as well. The back and forth battles cause each side to make adjustments in strategy which lead to more suspense and a strong desire to find how the future will unfold

Friday, May 17, 2013

Book Review: Her Restless Heart by Barbara Cameron

Title: Her Restless Heart
Author: Barbara Cameron
Category: Amish/Christian Fiction
Pub. Date: 01/01/2012
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 306
ISBN#: B007MCWJRG
Series: Stitches in Time #1

Synopsis:  
Mary Katherine is caught between the traditions of her faith and the pull of a different life. When Daniel, an Amish man living in Florida, arrives and shares her restlessness, Mary Katherine feels drawn to him and curious about the life he leads away from Lancaster County.  
But her longtime friend Jacob has been in love with her for years. He’s discouraged that she’s never viewed him as anything but a friend and despairs that he is about to lose Mary Katherine to this outsider.  
Will the conflicted Mary Katherine be lost to the Englisch world, or to Daniel, who might take her away to Florida? Or will she embrace her Amish faith and recognize Jacob as the man she should marry and build a life with?
"You'll laugh and cry right alongside the characters in this story that tests a young woman's faith in Gods's plan for her life." - Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including From Ashes to Honor, #1 in the First Responders series.)  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Book Review: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Title: Breaking Dawn
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy
Pub. Date: 08/02/2008
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 756
ISBN#: 031606792x
Series: Twilight, Book #4

Synopsis:  
WHEN YOU LOVED THE ONE WHO WAS KILLING YOU, IT LEFT YOU NO OPTIONS. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to a werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life - first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse - seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed...forever?

The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.  

Book Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Title: Eclipse
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy
Pub. Date: 08/04/2009
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 629
ISBN#: 0316027650
Series: Twilight Book #3

Synopsis:  
Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour the paperback edition Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?  

Book Review: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Title: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Category: Young Adult/Fictional
Pub. Date: 09/06/2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 563
ISBN#: 1904233875 
Series: Twilight #2

Synopsis:   
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning....

Legions of readers entranced by New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural spin. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Category: Young Adult/Fantasy
Pub. Date: 09/06/2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 434
ISBN#: 0316015849 
Series: Twilight #1

Synopsis:   
 Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teas.           

Sponsored Book Review: INDISCRETION by Charles Dubow

Title: INDISCRETION
Author: Charles Dubow
Category: Contemporary/Romance
Pub. Date: 02/05/2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
ISBN#: 0062201050

Synopsis:  
 We’ve all been around a couple who can engulf the attention of an entire room merely by occupying it. Harry and Madeleine Winslow are that set; the natural ease between them is palpable and their chemistry is almost tangible. He is a recent National Book Award winner with a promising career ahead of him, and she is blessed with family money, but radiates beauty, elegance, and humility. Whether they are abroad in Italy after he receives the Rome Prize, in their ambrosial East Hampton home, or in gritty Manhattan, they are always surrounded by close friends and those who wish to penetrate their inner circle. During a summer spent at the beach, they meet 26 year-old Claire and, as the summer blazes on, she is slowly inducted into their world. Claire can’t help but fall in love with Harry and Maddy and at the end of the summer, it is no longer enough to just be one of their hangers-on. Told through the omniscient eyes of Maddy’s childhood friend Walter, Indiscretion is a juicy, page turning novel with writing that is sophisticated and lyrical. Deeply textured, full of light and darkness, and overwhelmingly sensual, this book will be the sexiest, most intimate story you read all year. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Guess what...Its Monday! What are you reading this week? This is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week. It is hosted by  Book Journey. 

I have been traveling the past couple of weeks so not  a lot has changed. Still working on these three books and hope to have them done soon. As well as some reviews. Thanks for stopping by. 


What I Read Last Week: 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Book Review: STEPPING UP by Beth Moore

Title: STEPPING UP
Author: Beth Moore
Category: Bible Study
Pub. Date: 02/01/2009
Publisher: LifeWay Christian Resources
Format: Paperback
Pages: 175
ISBN#: 1415857431

Synopsis:   
Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent
Takes a look at the pilgrimage theme found in Psalms 120 134 and explores the major feasts of Israel. For the ancient Israelites, pilgrimage was a three-times-per-year journey to the temple in Jerusalem; for New Testament believers all of life becomes a journey together toward the new Jerusalem. Contains homework for six sessions. Leader Kit, Leader Guide, and Audio CDs available separately. (7 sessions) 

Book Review: the KEEPER of DAWN by J.B. HICKMAN

Title: the KEEPER of DAWN
Author: J.B. HICKMAN
Category: Contemporary/Young Adult
Pub. Date: 10/01/2012
Publisher: Shadeflower Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 294
ISBN#: 0983582904

Synopsis:  
Groomed for greatness, 15-year-old Jacob Hawthorne is sent to boarding school against his will. With a self-absorbed mother, an estranged father, and an older brother on the other side of the world, only the unlikely friendship with his grandfather can lure Jacob back home. But home feels like a distant memory from the shore of Raker Island, the isolated campus of one of the Northeast's elite boarding schools. As the surrogate bonds of a cloistered all-boys school fall into place, Jacob finds himself among other sons of privilege who suffer the same affliction-growing up in their fathers' shadow. But when tragedy strikes, Jacob is forced to journey into the past to reclaim a well-guarded family secret.  

Book Review: CAPTURED by GRACE BY DAVID JEREMIAH

Title: CAPTURED by GRACE
Author: DAVID JEREMIAH
Category: Inspirational
Pub. Date: 03/07/2006 
Publisher: Integrity Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN#: 1591453895

Synopsis:   
Grace--it's a stained-glass, impersonal word until it happens to you . . .
Until you have been broken beyond belief and need a miracle for your soul. Until you have betrayed a loved one and cannot bring him back. Until you have befriended every darkness and are desperate for the light.That's when God's relentless, amazing, very personalized grace finds you.
It reached a slave trader onboard a ship raiding Africa's coast in March 1748. He later gave the world its most beloved hymn.
It struck the Christian church's most treacherous enemy on a Damascus road in AD 45, and he became the gospel's greatest messenger.
And it can free you too . . . of any shameful memory, open wound, unthinking mistake, or willful choice.
Encountering God's grace changes lives forever. Let Dr. David Jeremiah show you how the transforming mercy that captured songwriter John Newton and the apostle Paul can awaken within you a fresh experience of the God who loves you fearlessly and pursues you with abandon.
""Captured by Grace" could just be the fresh experience of the love of God you've been waiting for."John C. Maxwell, Best-Selling Author
"You'll never hear 'Amazing Grace' in the same way again."John Tesh, Entertainer and TV Personality
"One of the most interesting and compelling books I have ever read."Tim LaHaye, Best-Selling Author
 
 

Sunday's With Rev. Kim



Welcome to my feature. It's my prayer that you will be encouraged and blessed by following and becoming involved in this journey to love the Lord and His word.

I invite you to visit often. The Welcome mat is always here, as my ideas, insights from Gods word is blogged as often as I can.  Rev. Kim 
 Sunday's with Rev. Kim is a feature that I created here on Breath of Life.




Saturday, May 11, 2013

On My Wishlist


On My Wishlist is a Meme hosted by Book Chick City.
  
On My Wishlist is a weekly meme that allows us to share the books we haven't bought yet but are waiting to be bought and devoured. If you are anything like me then your wishlist is getting longer by the day! If you would like to take part and have your own 'On My Wishlist' post then you can more info here. (This post was inspired by the fab In My Mailbox by  Kristi at The Story Siren

 My on My Wishlist includes books that are older and already out, or brand new. Today I am bringing you four books that I am dying to read and get for my book shelves.  
So lets see what we have here this week.. I well update when I get these books. There are so many that I decided to narrow it sown to just four this week.! 


Book Review: COME THE SHADOWS by WENDY L. YOUNG

Title:  COME THE SHADOWS   
Author: WENDY L. YOUNG
Category: Mystery/Suspense
Pub. Date: 07/11/2011
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Format: E-Book
Pages: 232
ISBN#: 1463774494

Synopsis:  
Officer Will Harmon lives a comfortable life in Campbell Creek, North Carolina, where there hasn't been a murder in seventeen years. When bones are discovered in the old bread factory his life is disrupted but the body only the beginning. Challenges, threats, and surprising mysteries are coming and he will do whatever it takes to protect the life he loves...


Book Review: THE CHAIR by JAMES L. RUBART

Title: THE CHAIR
Author: JAMES L. RUBART
Category: Christian Fiction
Pub. Date: 09/15/2011
Publisher: B&H Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 388
ISBN#:  1433671522

Synopsis:  
If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering... could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?

Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he'll reveal. Corin's life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he's not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

Book Review: THE HAMBLEDOWN DREAM by DEAN MAYES

Title: THE HAMBLEDOWN DREAM
Author: DEAN MAYES
Category: Romance/Fantasy
Pub. Date: 01/20/2010
Publisher: ireadwrite Publishing
Format: E-Book
Pages: 189
ISBN#: 9781926760278


Synopsis:  
Australian Denny Banister had it all; a successful career, a passion for the guitar, and Sonya - the love of his life. Tragically, Denny is struck down with inoperable cancer.

Andy DeVries has almost nothing; alienated from his family, moving through a dangerous Chicago underworld dealing in drugs, battling addiction while keeping a wavering hold on the only thing that matters to him: a place at a prestigious conservatory for classical guitar in Chicago.

As Andy recovers from a near fatal overdose, he is plagued by dreams - memories of a love he has never felt, and a life he's never lived. Driven by the need for redemption and by the love for a woman he's never met, he begins a quest to find her, knowing her only by the memories of a stranger and the dreams of a place called Hambledown...

Book Review: A SUDDEN GLORY by SHARON JAYNES

Title: A SUDDEN GLORY
Author: SHARON JAYNES
Category: Spirituality
Pub. Date: 08/21/2012
Publisher: Maltnomah Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 244
ISBN#: 1601424086

Synopsis:   
Do you long for something more in your relationship with God?

The good news is that “something more” does not mean “doing more.” God is not waiting for you to get your spiritual life “right.” He wants to be with you right where you are.

The real question is not “What does God want from you?” but “What does God want for you?”
 
Sharon Jaynes understands what it’s like to have a “glory ache”—a longing to experience God’s presence on a daily basis. She also knows how easily working for God can get in the way of intimacy with God. And she’s discovered that we tend to make our faith journey much too hard.

In A Sudden Glory, Sharon uses Scripture and story to help you erase the line between your “spiritual life” and your “daily life” as you enter the sanctuary of God’s presence even in the middle of your busy, messy day. Here you will find your eyes opened to moments of sudden glory in which the Creator assures you of His love as you live and move and have your being in Him. Here you will discover true freedom—the freedom of experiencing God in a deeper and more intimate way than ever before.
 
Includes Bible study and discussion guide.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Book Review: WRITERS WORKSHOP OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

Title: WRITERS WORKSHOP 
Editor: Michael Knost
Category: Writing Tips
Pub. Date: 04/18/2013
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Format: E-book
Pages: 210
ISBN#: BooCFu2K4W

Synopsis:   
Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.

This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And that's one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her.

Featuring essays and interviews with:
Neil Gaiman
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
James Gunn
Tim Powers
Harry Turtledove
Larry Niven
Joe Haldeman
Kevin J. Anderson
Elizabeth Bear
Jay Lake
Nancy Kress
George Zebrowski
Pamela Sargent
Mike Resnick
Ellen Datlow
James Patrick Kelly
Jo Fletcher
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Lou Anders
Peter Crowther
Ann VanderMeer
John Joseph Adams
Nick Mamatas
Lucy A. Snyder
Alethea Kontis
Nisi Shawl
Jude-Marie Green
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
Jackie Gamber
Amanda DeBord
Max Miller
Jason Sizemore

This edition also includes several full page illustrations from award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson.   


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