Friday, May 2, 2014

The Christmas Singing

Title: The Christmas Singing
Author:  Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
Available:  now
Received:  Blogging for Books
Pages:  210
Genre:  Christmas Romantic Fiction

After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s hopes?
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve.

Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

Spend Christmas with the Amish in this story of love, romance, heartache, and restoration.

Experience the holidays with the Plain folk and discover the power of second chances in this touching story from the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Bridge of Peace.

Gideon Beiler has loved Mattie Eash since they were children. But when faced with unexpected circumstances, he makes up an excuse to end their engagement. He doesn’t want to lie to her, but he believes that telling Mattie the truth will be more hurtful.  

Brokenhearted, Mattie moves from Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania to Ohio, where she pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator. She finds a new beau—a man offering the secure relationship Gideon has denied her.  

When Mattie is forced to return to Apple Ridge, she and Gideon must confront the suffering created by his dishonesty – and address the powerful emotions that continue to bind the two childhood friends.

My Take:
It's always a wonder that someone can pack so much information with such few words.  And yet Ms. Woodsmall does it in this book.  She has made us fall in love with each of the characters and find a meaningful story with those few words.
Sometimes lying seems to be the easy way out and as Christians we should know better, but sometimes we just don't listen to God.  It's the same as forgiveness...hard to forgive but being Christlike we should always be willing to do just that and maybe grow in the process.
This short novella was mesmerizing and perfect for the cold snowy days that come with Christmas.  Not only for a great read but to remember why we do celebrate Christmas.  There were many feelings portrayed through the book that if you are looking for a sweet HEA that is funny, sweet, poignant, I urge you to pick up this book.

Thursday, May 1, 2014




Title:  Sins of the Fallen (book 1)
Author:  Karina Espinosa
Available:  today
Genre: YA Fantasy
When seventeen-year-old Maximillion Taylor and his best friend, Jones go to a house party, he doesn't expect to get kidnapped—much less by a succubus—and she's not the only one on the hunt. Thrown into a world of angels and demons, where nothing and no one is what they seem, Max ventures to find his true identity and learn to fight the demons who pursue him. When his origin is revealed, it's a race against the clock for a battle that will determine whether he can protect the ones he loves or succumb to his true nature. Through lies, betrayal, love and pain, Max must prepare to face the demons before it is too late…

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And coming soon to a bookseller near you...the second book to Sins of the Fallen

Title:  Greed
Author:  Karina Espinosa
Available: now
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Maximillion can never return to the normal life he once had—not now that he's Wrath—one of the seven Nephilims. After the failed battle with Abbadon and his demons, the death of a loved one, and the betrayal of the person he trusted the most—Max was forced to go into hiding. But not before devising a plan to look for answers: to search for the other Nephilim.
Max and his best friend/guardian angel, Jones are on the run for a month before their first clue leads them to Sin City, Las Vegas to find the Nephilim of Greed, but Nikolai's reluctance to help and fear of an unknown force leaves Max with more questions than answers. 
Will he discover who is hunting the Nephilim? And if he does, can he overcome the forces of evil against them?
Find out in the sequel to Sins of the Fallen, where Karina Espinosa pulls readers back to the saga unfolding in the world of angels and demons—a world where everything falls part.

About the Author:  Karina Espinosa

Born in New York City, my family picked up and moved to South Florida when I was twelve. After high school I spent the next few years traveling and experiencing what life had to offer me. At twenty four years old, I'm back in South Florida in my third year of University-majoring in Communication studies. When not in the writing cave, I usually have my nose in a book or on Netflix, cut off from the world with a huge bowl of ice cream.

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