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Friday, January 18, 2019

Book Review - THE PENITENT by A. Keith Carreiro

Okay, I admit it. The book is better than well-written. Descriptions and characters are outstanding and vivid. The story line is really captivating. But--I didn't read much of it. If I want to sleep at night sans nightmares, I cannot read, watch, or listen to horror stories. This one is. So ... even though I didn't personally like the genre, I can admire the writing skills. I still have to give this terrifying sci-fi five stars. The Penitent is Part I of The Immortality Wars.

Pall is a young man at the beginning of the book, a little dazed at his first real exposure to deadly battles. As he stumbles away from the countless dead and dying soldiers, he  encounters John, a much more experienced and expert soldier than he is. They become companions, not even knowing if they fought that battle on the same side or not.

It's very shortly after that point--when Pall begins to experience worse than war and John spots an enemy more deadly than any either of them had met before--that I quit reading. Sorry, Mr. Carreiro. Rank cowardice, I realize.

So go ahead and buy it, if you dare. Available from Amazon.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, but my opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review - CONVENIENT LIES by Robin Patchen

Oh, this one is good. It's a romance--sort of. It's a tight suspense--definitely. This novel is proof positive that you can write a great novel with no sex or swearwords. Five huge, twinkly stars.

How do a mother and baby hide from her devious, vicious, international-criminal husband? He won't hesitate to kill her to get his son back. And her husband is only half the cold killer his father is. Rae is running and terrified. Who can she trust? No one. Only Gran, and Gran is dead.

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Review - THE MEDALLION by Victoria Simcox

This is a young adult fantasy, the third of four in the Bernoven Chronicles. The overall story is good; I enjoyed the previous two books, but I had trouble following this one as it went along. Characters changed names, shapes, and allegiances faster than what I could keep up with. It probably takes someone with a quicker mind than mine. Coupled with the distraction of more than the average punctuation errors and typos, I can only give The Medallion three stars.

The book is available from Amazon.

I received The Medallion free from the author, but my opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review - THE EMPEROR'S TRAP by R.A. Denny

I'm not too old to enjoy a well-written YA fantasy--and R.A. Denny has put together a goodie. It's got scary adventures, heroism, and just the least hint of romance--but between whom? I know most of you are adults who are reading this--but, remembering back to when you were a teenager, didn't more than one person of the opposite sex set your pulse astir?

There are really four main characters in this book (Amanki of the mud people, who have webbed feet; Moshoi of the rock people, who have heavy scales on their backs; Brina of the tree people, who have flying-squirrel-type skin flaps between their arms and their legs; and Metlan, a human cat rider. In this book, Moshoi has been covered by a rock slide, and although he's uninjured (thanks to those heavy scales), he's unable to move because of the weight of the rocks. His younger brother, Tuka, has to take his place in searching for others who have the blue stone seals. The owners of those blue stones are ones who know that the new star is calling them together and that they have a purpose to fulfill in Adon, the One God. Only Adon knows what that task will be, exactly.

Each of them has reason to believe now that, whatever it is, their task is impossible.

Your kids (and you) will love this Tales of Tzoladia series. The Emperor's Trap is the second in the series. Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, but my opinions are my own.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Morning Devo - Trudging On

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:7-9, NKJV

The past three years were difficult. Becoming and being a widow is not for sissies. There are days when it's all that I can do to put one foot in front of the other--but that's exactly what is required. When Jack's health began going downhill, God reminded me day after day that He was my source of strength--my backbone. There are days when going forward is not easy, but it's doable. Without Jesus, it would not be doable. He's the One who helps me over the hard spots.

Going backward in time isn't possible, no matter what Star Trek and other sci-fi and fantasy stories tell you. God never intended for us to relive, only to live until He comes to take us home to heaven.

One step, one day, one life at a time. Trudge on until your steps become lighter and more joyful. With Him as the One who gives us strength to stand, we can do it. We can get there.

Lord, thank You for that hope. Amen.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Saturday Sermonette - Procrastination

Demain, Domani, Mañana, Morgan. Amanhã. Huomenna. Morgaŭo ... Tomorrow

Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1, NKJV.

Well--I should have done this post several hours ago, but Procrastination grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Procrastination is a thief, stealing time that could have been productive.

I seem to be doing a lot of this lately. I know I need to get on the ball, but the ball flies right toward me and I don't even raise a glove to stop it. I know God doesn't want me doing this, but it's like an addiction. I watch a movie or play a computer game or both. How do I break this cycle?

Prayer. On the knees (but with padding under the one that was replaced), honest, praying-it-through prayer. I don't like Procrastination having control over me. Or any other bad habit. The only habits I really want are things like turning to God for my answers, my inspiration, and my direction.

Lord, help me. I'm a weak human, but I'd like to be a strong Christian. I can't do it without Your help! In Jesus's Name, Amen.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Author Interview - Christine Dillon

Anne: It's been a while since I've done an author interview, but I've been so impressed with this lady's two novels about a cancer patient that I asked her for one. I know she must be really busy, but she agreed.

Thanks, Christine. I really appreciate you taking the time to share with us. After reading the very thorough account of the things the heroine was going through with her treatments, my curiosity was set into high gear. I wondered several times through the two books if you have had cancer yourself, or you have had relatives with the disease.

Christine: I have not personally had cancer although we have a long family history of it. I have had a close friend in Taiwan (my age) who had four rounds of cancer before going home to Jesus. I also interviewed a neighbour who had just finished chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer. Some of the best quotes in the book are hers. An author has to research many things and there are forums online which I read and learned a lot from. A breast cancer specialist also checked my manuscript. I made some changes for the novel, like having one specialist instead of several, but the aim was to be as accurate as possible.

Anne: Right. I know our books are fiction, but even so, details need to be accurate to be believable, and yours definitely fit that category. I read that you are an Australian. Since my readers are from the US and a few other countries, could you tell us what you love most about your native country?

Christine: I am an Australian but it is a little more complicated that that. 80% of my life is lived in Taiwan where I'm a missionary. When I'm in Australia I love the lack of pollution and the beauty. I also love the variety of weather.

Anne: Australia is high on my list of "Someday I'd like to visit .... Now, every author seems to have a story or two about how he or she got started writing. Care to share?

Christine: I am a very reluctant novelist. I had written non-fiction and knew that fiction would be much more difficult. God had to give me the ideas and then push me for more than five years before I was willing to obey. The final push was reading one of Francine Rivers biblical fiction novellas and suddenly thinking, "That's how you practice. You're a Bible storyteller already, write a biblical novel for practice." I wrote two practice novels and then took four years to write and edit 'Grace in strange disguise'.

Anne: Wow--four years! But I could tell the care you put into the two I've read. Just one more story, please? What made you decide to be a Christ follower?

Christine: I had the privilege of being raised in a missionary family, so it was hard to avoid the Bible. Mum and Dad are prayerful people with a practical faith, and that must have had an impact.
I was home from boarding school (part of being a missionary in those days was sending children overseas) and feeling especially miserable from a guilty conscience. My mother and I were doing the dishes, and she said, "Is your heart feeling like this dirty plate?"
I nodded.
She then plunged the plate into the water and washed it clean. "Would you like Jesus to wash you clean like that? You can ask him to forgive you."
I used to be embarrassed at my 'simple' testimony but now love it because many people come to Jesus is a simple way and it doesn't take a wonderful evangelist to do it either.

Anne: True. I have a lot of friends who are deep-dyed Christians, but they don't remember the experience. So, thank you so much for your time, Christine. People, if you haven't read Christine Dillon's novels, Grace in Strange Disguise and Grace in the Shadows, I really, really do highly recommend them. The draft of the third in the series is finished, and she'll be starting the long editing process in about a week, so I'm really hoping to see this one out within a few months. I don't recommend a lot of self-pubbed authors, but this lady is one of the best.