A Shadow Bright and Burning

What’s Inside:

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?


Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Who Wrote It:


JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Visit her at jessicacluess.com and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

My Thought:
This book was on my To Be Read List for a couple of months. I’m so happy that I read this book the Characters where truly amazing, I love Henrietta she is a take no crap from anyone kind of girl who can basically turn into Flames!!! This book was very well written I’m so happy to share with my 13 year old daughter wants to read it now. The only thing that did nag at me when reading this book was the fact that at times I felt like it was a little drawn out or there were parts of the story that really didn’t fit well together. Since this is book 1 in the series I’m sure a lot of my unanswered questions will be addressed in the next book which I will be reading I can’t wait to see what happens next to all the characters.

Star Rating:
I give A Shadow Bright and Burning an overall star rating of 4 1/2 Stars I give the Cover 5 Stars!

~I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.~


The Angel of Forest Hill

What’s Inside: The Angel of Forest Hill

A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.

Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?
An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.


When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.


As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?

Who Wrote It:

Cindy Woodsmall

  is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book my heart was breaking for Rose I could completely understand why she felt the way she did her upbringing was horrible she never truly knew what love was from her own family that is why she second guess everything even her own feelings. Then we have Joel who lost the love of his life not knowing how he is going to make it with 3 very small children. I could not put this book down I read it in one sitting! I love how no matter what the situation looks like all you need to is to trust in God an he will bless you just like he did for Rose & Joel just in time for Christmas.

Star Rating:

Overall I give The Angel of Forest Hill 5 Stars it was beautiful written an pulled on my heart strings from the very first page.
Note: I received this book for free in return for my honest review from Blogging for Books.

Boys Among Men by Johnathan Abrams

What’s Inside:


The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.

When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college—as young basketball prodigies were expected to do—but instead enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year.

 Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era—Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable “busts” who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.

In compelling, masterfully crafted prose, Boys Among Men goes behind the scenes and draws on hundreds of firsthand interviews to paint insightful and engaging portraits of the most pivotal figures and events during this time. Award-winning basketball writer Jonathan Abrams has obtained remarkable access to the key players, coaches, and other movers and shakers from that time, and the result is a book packed with rare insights and never-before-published details about this chapter in NBA history. Boys Among Men is a thrilling, informative, must-read for any basketball fan.

Who Wrote It:

JONATHAN ABRAMS is an award-winning journalist who has covered the NBA for ESPN’s Grantland, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

My Thoughts: 

Boys Among Men is a great read for any Basketball sports fan! Abrams did an excellent job getting all the facts in order. I do agree with a lot Abrams had to say in this book the behind the scenes info the NBA stories were truly amazing. I love how in-depth Abrams went when sharing Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant even Bill Willoughby stories. I love the fact that even though Abrams kept his information in chronological order the stories were not if that makes sense. I really feel this book has opened my eyes to a lot of things that I wasn’t aware of that players had to deal with. 

Star Rating:

I give Boys Among Men 5 Stars

Note: I was given a copy of Boys Among Men from Blogging for books in return for my honest review.

All But Normal 

What’s Inside:
Growing up, Shawn Thornton’s life was anything but normal, but then, so was his mother. After waking from a coma following a car crash, Beverly Thornton’s once sweet and gentle disposition had been replaced by violent mood swings, profanity laced tirades, and uncontrollable fits of rage. Inside the Thornton house, floors and countertops were piled high with dirty laundry and garbage, because Bev was unable to move well enough to clean. Dinners were a Russian roulette of half cooked meat, spoiled milk, and foods well past their expiration dates. A moment of frustration might prompt her to hurl a knife at Shawn, his brother, Troy, or their dad or to vehemently cuss them out, only to shower them with love and affection moments later as though nothing had happened, and God help the family cat!On several occasions, Bev even tried to jump out of the car on the highway while Shawn and his brother struggled to keep her inside. Yet this same woman was also a devoted Bible reader, Sunday school teacher, and friend to the elderly, poor, and marginalized wherever she went. How the same woman could be a saint one minute and a nightmare the next was a constant source of frustration for the family. Then one day, after decades of embarrassing outbursts, a surprise discovery finally helps the Thornton family come to grips with Bev’s mysterious condition and brings Shawn to a startling realization that changes the course of his life forever. A heartwarming coming of age story, All But Normal is a powerful reminder that sometimes the broken people in our lives are the ones who need fixing the least.

Who Wrote It:
Shawn Thornton serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. He is also the Bible teaching voice heard daily across America on the half-hour radio program, “All Things New.” Shawn has the honor of serving on the Boards of Directors of Awana Clubs International, Awana Lifeline Ministries, the Joni & Friends Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees of his local hospital, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. He blogs regularly at PastorShawn.com. Shawn and his wife, Lesli, have three young adult children—Jon, Katie, and Megan.

Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News and dozens of newspapers and magazines. He has authored and ghostwritten more than 60 books, including a New York Times bestseller. He has reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries, and received numerous prizes for writing and reporting, including the highest award for Christian humor. Kilpatrick earned an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1995. He lives in southern California with his wife and five children, most of whom he loves.

My Thoughts: 

This was a powerful read I was so moved by Shawn’s story my heart goes out to the little boy who had to grow up with so much fear an confusion. I can really relate to how Shawn felt in this book being that my own mother suffers from schizophrenia. I highly recommend this book because it’s shows just how good God can be in your time of need. I love when I can read a book an it touches me deep down in my soul. 

Star Rating: 

I give All But Normal 5 Stars this book was amazing 

Note: I received All But Normal by Shawn Thornton an Joel Kilpatrick compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. 

Deadly Encounter by Diann Mills

What’s Inside:

Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747. 

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

Who Wrote It: 

DiAnn Mills

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman Mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She and her husband

My Thoughts: 
Okay to be completely honest this book was so hard for me to get through I felt like certain scenes were forced! There were times when I was reading an felt like giving up completely on this book. Stacy got on my last nerve I felt I just wanted her to sit down somewhere. I did love how much Stacy cared for Whit that was sweet to watch. I really don’t think I will be picking up book 2 in this series. 

Star Rating: 

Overall I give Deadly Encounter 2 Stars 

Note: I received Deadly Encounter by Diann Mills compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. 

Raising Money for the African Study Bible

Major Christian Organizations Partner to Launch Africa Study Bible Kickstarter Campaign Planned to Help Raise 1 Million for 100,000 Study Bibles 
“The Africa Study Bible is a project that has almost unprecedented ability to positively influence the body of Christ in Africa, perhaps more than other single continental-wide project in the history of Christianity.” –Dr. Danny McCain, University of Jos, Nigeria 
Wheaton, IL – Millions of English-speaking Africans know and love Christ, but for many, God’s word is hard to grasp. With nearly every full evangelical study Bible written from the viewpoint of the United States and United Kingdom, Africans have lacked a resource that connects with their unique experience, hindering discipleship. But that is about to change as major Christian organizations, led by Oasis International, are joining together to launch the Africa Study Bible (ASB), a six-year, cross-continental effort that has produced the first study Bible developed by Africans for Africans.

“With the ASB, we’re bringing the power of Scripture to Africa in a new and culturally relevant way,” says Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis, publisher of the ASB. “Under the leadership of an 11-member editorial board of scholars from across Africa, we’ve brought together 350 writers and editors from over 40 African countries, representing 50 denominations. This is an unprecedented project that will impact the global church.” 

With the editorial nearly complete, Oasis, with the support of its partners, is inviting fellow Christians to join with them in helping get the ASB into the hands of Africans. With a goal of raising one million dollars to print the first 100,000 copies, Oasis is seeking private donors as well as launching a Kickstarter campaign, which begins April 18 and runs through June 16. Contributors to the Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to receive incentives ranging from artwork prints to limited Italian leather editions of the ASB as well as all-expense paid trips to the launch of the ASB in the United States and in Africa.

“Our goal is to have the first run of the ASB available in Africa by the end of 2016,” says Elliott. “We already know of more than 100 million people in denominations and movements in Africa whose leaders want to use the ASB for discipleship so there is a lot of anticipation throughout the continent.” 

Designed to grow the faith of African church members, teach them to evangelize their communities, and apply a biblical worldview to their society, the ASB uses the New Living Translation and includes 2,400 plus features such as application notes, stories and proverbs, touch points that link Africa and the Bible, learn notes that explain basic theology, and major theme articles that apply the Bible to key issues. Oasis plans to initially release the ASB in English with French and Portuguese translations in development. Oasis is also developing a full-featured app of the study Bible.

To support the effort, Oasis is partnering with Tyndale House Publishers to create the study Bible. Other participants include Willow Creek and Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), Scripture Union, Africa Leadership, TransWorld Radio, Moody Broadcasting, Center for Early African Christianity, PJA (Publications pour la Jeunesse Africane), MMD Global, The Livingstone Corporation, InSight Books, Urban Ministries Inc., and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, with additional participants being added on a regular basis.

“We have seen the hand of God in amazing ways throughout the development of this project,” says Elliott. “In the words of our supervising editor, Dr. John Jusu, the content of the ASB is bubbling up from the cultures of Africa. The biblical truth is percolating through our own cultures and stories to create a rich and textured tapestry that Africans can claim as their own.” 
Spokesperson Bio – Meet Matthew Elliott

Dr. Matthew Elliott serves as president of Oasis International and project director for the Africa Study Bible.

Oasis International serves areas of the English-speaking world where people lack access to affordable Christian literature and the Bibles needed to mature in their faith. In these countries, the measure of annual incomes is often in hundreds, not thousands, of dollars. The great needs of Africa, in particular, drive Oasis to concentrate on this continent, where the Church is experiencing significant growth yet printed resources are scarce.

Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in New Testament at Wheaton College, as well as a Masters of Theology and a Doctorate of Philosophy in New Testament Studies from University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He was ordained at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois under Dr. Kent Hughes. He is the author of Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament (InterVarsity UK/Kregel) and Feel (Tyndale House).

Matthew, his wife, Laura, and three children reside in the Chicago area.

For more information on Oasis and the Africa Study Bible, visit http://www.oasisint.net or http://www.africastudybible.com

The Debt by Tyler King

What’s Inside:

Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hersHadley’s my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one.

 My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it’s the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . . Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I’ll do anything to fix it. I’ll never leave her again. I won’t ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I’m terrified that if I tell her everything, she’ll never forgive me. I’m even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it’s a debt I’m determined to repay.

Who Wrote It:

Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud army spouse currently living in Virginia with her husband.

My Thoughts:

Wow this book was a crazy emotional ride that had me at the edge of my seat I could not put this book down. I love that my emotions were running super high Josh and Hadley are both so emotional damage yet they seem to fit an work together. When I first started to read this book I had No clue where this story was really going I’m so glad that I was able to read this book. Josh and Hadley story was truly amazing an at the same time it was very well written. I highly recommend The Debt if your looking for a great book about Love, Sacrifice and Redemption. 

Star Rating:

I give The Debt an overall rating of 5 huge Stars!

Note: I received an ARC copy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Net Galley in return for my honest.