31 July 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews ABANDONED MEMORIES by MaryLu Tyndall

Abandoned Memories

Abandoned Memories - Escape to Paradise series
by MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Publishing Inc. (July 1, 2014)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****

A stunning, action-packed conclusion to an outstanding series!!

Venture into the steamy and breathtakingly lush Brazilian jungle in ‘Abandoned Memories’, a location  dense with verdant, lofty trees carrying vine-laden branches, while the tropical floor erupts with a flourish of ferns and a lavish array of colorful and fragrant flowers. Among the trees and azure sky, boasts an abundance of vibrant birds echoing their calls throughout the jungle. Amidst this majestic setting however, abides a dark and destructive evil that starkly contrasts with the picturesque beauty of the jungle..

In this third book of the ‘Escape to Paradise’ series, the third invisible malevolent being has recently been released from deep in the caverns below an ancient temple, bringing with it destruction and anguish to New Hope’s colonists. The group of colonists that had arrived in Brazil for a fresh beginning after the Civil War, strive to survive the deception, delusion, and devastation that threatens to completely destroy their budding utopia. But can they halt the release of the fourth and most apocalyptic beast while they fight for their survival? In time, the colonists wonder if perhaps there was a much higher purpose guiding them toward their escape to this unstable paradise.

Balancing the page-turning action, author MaryLu Tyndall brings us a stirring love story between two of the colonists, James and Angeline. These charismatic characters of tremendous depth have shameful pasts hidden from each other, pasts that affect them both in every measure of their lives. James longs to be the spiritual leader in a utopia free from immoral women, women that once led to his downfall. In love with Angeline, how will this preacher/reluctant-doctor handle Angeline’s sordid past when it’s revealed? The camaraderie between all the colonists is heart-warming, bristling with friction at times, and always engaging. Many of these folk have dreadful pasts that have damaged their lives with wounds that continue to bleed… will it be possible for this battered community to ever abandon their memories to make new ones?

Wow, what a story! ‘Abandoned Memories’ is packed with as much excitement, adventure, and love, as there is foliage in the overgrown jungle. The author uses the vivid strokes of a master artist’s brush to effortlessly transcend the words on the page into striking colours, sounds, and aromas. Emotionally, I found my heart swelling, throat clogging, and spirit rejoicing! And that’s when my pulse wasn’t racing, although those reactions sometimes eventuated within moments of each other, giving credit to the author’s expertise. Last but certainly not least, inspirational and relevant spiritual messages of redemption & forgiveness are strongly featured. Highly recommended!!

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This book may be purchased from Amazon, CBD, BAM, Barnes & Nobel, and Book Depository. The first two books in this thrilling series, 'Forsaken Dreams' and 'Elusive Hope' can be found on Amazon by clicking on their names!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of one of the books in the 'Escape to Paradise' series!


29 July 2014

Teresa Mathews Reviews Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall

Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Publishing July 2014                   
Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
5 Stars*****

What a wonderful conclusion to this exciting series!! A Definite Must Read!!

MaryLu Tyndall has once again written a book that took my breath away.  Being taken back to the lush green jungles of Brazil was something I have looked forward to since I started this fabulous Escape to Paradise series. If you haven't read the two previous ones; Forsaken Dreams and Elusive Hope I would suggest you do so as you will be able to follow the storyline a lot better. Besides you don't want to miss Blake and Eliza, and Magnolia and Hayden's exciting stories.

It seems an evil presence is lurking in this magnificent jungle paradise that is seeking to destroy New Hope's residents. Even James Calloway, the runaway minister turned doctor is still having haunting dreams and visions from his past. James feels he is a failure at everything he has attempted in his life and if the people of New Hope were to ever find out about his past they wouldn't want him as their spiritual leader. Thank God that the anonymity of this group of strangers will allow it to stay buried in his past! 

Angeline Moore thought when she joined this group of diverse members on their trek to Brazil there was no way anyone of them would know the person she used to be. If only that were true; being constantly haunted by visions of people from her former life has made Angeline realize maybe you can't out run your past after all. Especially when two men from her former life are living with this small group of transplants; one was probably too drunk to remember her and the other is just waiting for the right moment to expose her to all of her new friends!

Angeline knows she should stay away from James but there is something that draws her to him; could it be he is the one man that she can finally trust with her heart? What will happen if her past comes to light? Will James be able to deal with the fact Angeline has not always been the reserved woman she is now?

At the climatic ending of this amazing story Blake, Eliza, Magnolia, Hayden, James and Angeline realize God has led them to Brazil for a purpose far beyond what they could have ever dreamed. These six individuals who thought they were running away from their past were in fact walking into their destiny. Six people who were failures in man's sight were going to become God's mighty warriors used to defeat an evil so horrendous it could affect the whole world.

I have always looked forward to reading Ms. Tyndall's stories. Her flair for details draws me into the story and it's as though I am experiencing it up close and personal. There always seems to be just the right amount of adventure and romance that is tied together with a beautiful thread of God's love. This series was that and so much more. I know that Ms. Tyndall stepped out in faith when she decided to delve more into the spiritual realm in this series; I think she did a tremendous job of showing the fight that goes on around us each and every day; good versus evil. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 Bravo MaryLu!! JOB WELL DONE!!!  

You may purchase this book and the others in this exciting series at AmazonCBDBarnes and Noble and BAM.

Giveaway: We are giving away one book from this fabulous series; US Residents winner's choice of book and format. E-book ONLY to International winner.



24 July 2014

JEHOVAH JIREH...The Lord Our Provider



JEHOVAH JIREH...The Lord Our Provider 

 But my God shall supply all your need according     
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

In the seven weeks since we started on this journey with Carlton being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma there have been numerous times GOD has shown himself to be JEHOVAH JIREH...The Lord Our Provider.  

When we first found out about the cancer we were worrying about how we would pay the huge insurance deductible. I called the insurance company to inquire how the insurance would pay for the chemo because the doctor's office thought we would have to meet the deductible. The lady from the insurance company was very polite and helpful; she told me if the chemo was administered in the doctor's office it there would be a $40 co-pay for each treatment and the deductible wouldn't be required.  Later we also found out that the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Foundation had a grant we qualified for that would pay the co-pays. So all we have had to pay is $40 once every three weeks when Carlton sees the doctor. The co-pays for the chemo have been paid by the grant. GOD has truly been our Jehovah Jireh.

It never ceases to amaze me when I pick up my Bible there is always something "new" that catches my attention. I have been taking my Bible with me when I take Carlton for his treatments and it seems every morning GOD has provided some encouraging word for us. I want to share some of those scriptures that I have been relying on during this time: Psalm 28:6-9, Psalm 62:5-8, Psalm 115:13-15, Psalm 116:1-9, Jeremiah 29:11-13

Carlton has gotten more good news since my last update; the protein levels they use to track his cancer have dropped 362 points since starting his treatments. The doctor told us that he might be on chemo for 2 years; it will depend on whether he has a stem cell transplant or not. He will be going to the hospital in Charleston, SC possibly as early as next month to talk to about it. Once again we are going to rely on GOD providing everything we need during this time. Carlton has used all of his sick leave at his work so he will not be paid during the time he is having the transplant but as I have said since day one.......GOD'S GOT THIS!!

Prayer Request: We have met numerous people while at the infusion center that are in desperate need of prayer. This week we met a young couple that the husband was going to be admitted to the hospital for his treatments. His wife was very cautious in even saying what stage his cancer was, she mentioned Proverbs 18:21, so I knew she was a believer. I would ask that you please join with us in prayer for this family. I don't know their names but I know that GOD does.

22 July 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews CAPTURED BY LOVE by Jody Hedlund

Captured by Love
Captured by Love
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2014)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****


‘Captured by Love’ indulges the reader with the fascinating geographical location of Michilimackinac (Mackinac) Island of Michigan, and the engaging history that forms a bygone era when the British military controlled the American island during the Revolutionary war. During the occupation, the food resources were dangerously scarce for all, leaving the Islanders half-starved and the British soldiers faring even worse..

The dashing and humorously egotistical Pierre Durant, who was the head man of a fur brigade, arrives back home to Michilimackinac Island after being away for several years. Returning with a heavy burden of guilt, partly from being away so long from his mother, Pierre feels even worse upon discovering her undernourished, with a severe disability, and her farm in shambles. He helps where he can but is still torn between leaving her again, and the draw of the vast, beautiful wilderness and his adventurous life as a fur-trader. Meeting up with his childhood friend Angelique, who has grown into a beautiful woman whilst still retaining her youthful spirit, also makes Pierre’s decision whether to stay or leave, more conflicting… especially after his feelings for her begin to grow into something much more powerful. Complicating things however, is the fact that she is betrothed to his brother!

The tension and impact of the war soon escalate, and violence increases on the island. Angelique is at the mercy of her merciless step-father, and Pierre himself is in grave danger as the British discover his true loyalties. Can there be any resolutions to the divisions and dangers that separate them all so vastly?

There was plenty to admire and savor in ‘Captured by Love’. The story-line shifts with twists and turns, saturating the plot in intrigue and anticipation while leaving you with no idea how it will end. There are heart-in-throat moments and occasions that cause your emotions to swirl. The romance leaves you breathless and smiling. And the entertaining, playful bantering between the two fabulous main characters is immensely amusing. Spiritually, I came away with two character-building messages: To humble oneself and allow God to help, instead of trusting in only our own abilities. And secondly, to remember that no matter what comes our way, God is our unchanging, solid, rock!

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Available from Amazon, CBD, Barnes & Noble, BAM, and other bookstores!

GIVEAWAY: We have a copy of Captured by Love for one person who leaves a comment! Your choice of format. Non US residents - ebook only.

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20 July 2014

4 Aspects of My Writing Process by Carrie Fancett Pagels




Recently Connilynn Cossette and Charlene Quiram asked me to participate in a blog hop on "Writing Process." Conni was one of the top ten finalists on the Family Fiction contest, in which I recently won in historical genre for my short story "The Quilting Contest." She has also won the Frasier and Genesis contests and writes biblical fiction, represented by Tamela Hancock Murray. Charlene is the author of speculative fiction and YA.


The My Writing Process Blog Tour Instructions:
Step 1: Acknowledge the person (& site) who involved you in the blog tour.
Step 2: Answer these 4 questions about your writing process.
Step 3: Tag another writer or 2 to answer the questions the week after you. Give a one-sentence bio of each, and link to their websites.

1. What are you working on?  I’m working on my novella “The Fruitcake Challenge” which is set at a lumber camp in northern Michigan in 1890. This novella releases in mid September, 2014 and is part of the Christmas Traditions Series headed up by Cynthia Hickey. My cover is the third from the right in the banner, above.

Blurb: When lumberjack Tom Jeffries tells the camp cook Josephine Christy that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake “just like my mother made,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axe man her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And Jo intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. All the other shanty boys join in to support their cook. The fruitcake wars are on! But as their faith (and letters from
Tom’s mother) brings them together, will Jo have to help him face the possibility that his mother may be dying?

2. How does your writing differ from other’s work in the same genre?  I write fairly complex story lines.  There are other authors out there who have some similarities with that. I pack a fair amount of punch as far as historically accurate information into my stories. Yet I also have somewhat of a sparse writing style—I tend to stay away from overwriting a story.

3. Why do I write? I write because God has called me to do it. And He gives me joy in my work. Writing Christian fiction is hard work. I really don’t know who would work this hard if the Lord hadn’t asked them to do so. I have times when He lifts His hands from my work and I take breaks then and often wonder why I am doing this. For Him. In obedience to His will. I don’t want to sound like I don’t enjoy my writing, because I do—I’ve always loved story telling. But when God’s not on board with it, then the process isn’t enjoyable to me!

4.  How does your writing process work? I am normally inspired by real life people or situations, but not always. Once I have inspiration, I pray about it and I let it “percolate” for months, maybe a year, as I get to know the characters and storyline. Then I write a massive synopsis—last one was 19 pages long. I need to learn to write the brief 1-2 page one before I do the big synopsis. I then take that and do chapter by chapter synopses normally.  I work in the morning, from the synopsis, and typically write new words at a rate of about 2000 to 3000 words per hour on a first draft. I work again after a break, reviewing the first section. I always look over the previous chapter to get me back on track. The farther I go into the story, the more time I have to allow for back checking, but I try to keep this to a minimum, hoping to catch that on the next edit. I had been doing several edits but am hoping to cut that to one intensive self-edit and then use a freelance editor for the third edit. After a while, the author’s eyes just skip over things and I’m often working on several projects at once. On a second edit, my word count drops in half to 1000 to 1500 words edited per hour, so I have to allow myself more time. I may end up doing three hours vs. two hours a day of writing at that point, so I can complete the project in a month. I aim for about 65,000 words or so on the first draft of a story that will go to 90,000, allowing for additional scenes and corrections.


I am tagging Darlene Franklin, whose tagline is Writing at the Crossroads of Love and Grace. You can find her at her blog http://darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com/

Darlene's latest release: Saving Felicity (Harlequin/Heartsong) and Colorado Melodies (Barbour)
Darlene's Christmas novella "Apples for Christmas" will release in September as part of the Christmas Traditions series.


17 July 2014

Teresa Mathews Reviews So Fair a Lady by Amber Perry



So Fair a Lady (Daughters of His Kingdom)
Liberty Publishing (April 14, 2014)

Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
5 Star*****

In this Amber Lynn Perry's debut novel we are taken back in time to when our countrymen were yearning for the freedom they thought they were going to achieve when they left England far behind. The year is 1773 and things in Massachusetts are heating up; there is unrest and murmuring among the Colonists. There are even those who would dare to speak against the Crown; brave men who call themselves the Sons of Liberty.

Eliza Campbell didn't realize how much life was going to change for her and her sister Kitty with her father Robert's deathbed confession of his secret life. Wasn't it enough that he was going to die? Why does she now have to carry the burden of knowing her beloved father was a spy for the Sons of Liberty? Maybe when her handsome beau, British Officer Samuel Martin, comes to visit he can help her figure out what to do.

Thomas Watson is tired of being blackmailed and his family threatened by British Officer Samuel Martin. He is hoping soon to be done with all this spying on the people he has come to respect as true patriots; the Sons of  Liberty. Will this last piece of information be enough to send them on a chase in the wrong direction? Almost too late he realizes what the soldiers' real intent is and he rushes to rescue Eliza and Kitty Campbell. Arriving only minutes before the soldiers, Thomas is able to convince the girls they have to flee for their lives.

When Officer Samuel Martin realizes Eliza and Kitty are missing, he searches frantically to find them. He is determined to have Eliza for his wife. When they meet again will she find out what kind of man Samuel really is before it's too late? Or will Thomas win Eliza's heart before Samuel finds them?

Amber Perry has written a truly amazing story; one filled with exciting tidbits of American history. I was drawn in from the very beginning and things got more exciting from there! I immediately fell in love with Thomas and Eliza. I also enjoyed the friendship between Nathaniel, Thomas' friend and Kitty. I am very eager to see what comes next from the pen of this talented writer, perhaps a story featuring those two!! Thank you Amber for an extremely enjoyable read!

You can purchase this great book at AmazonBarnes and Noble and BAM



GIVEAWAY: OWG is giving away a copy of this wonderful book and Amber is also giving away one signed copy! 



15 July 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews SO FAIR A LADY by Amber Perry

So Fair a Lady

So Fair a Lady (Daughters of His Kingdom)
Liberty Publishing (April 14, 2014)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****


So Fair a Lady’ is a wonderfully rich, historical drama and romance set in 1773 during the few years before the American revolution. This harrowing journey into history that author Amber Perry so skillfully pens, is dripping with intrigue and suspense, and carries a thoroughly satisfying unpredictability from one page to the next!

Robert Campbell has long been a friend of the King’s soldiers, but when a dreadful disease took his life, Robert’s daughter Eliza took solace that he’d left her a personal letter to read. The words she thought would bring comfort however, increased her turmoil instead. Discovering her father was a spy and supporter of the Sons of Liberty has Eliza reeling and feeling very confused, but she is determined to follow through with her father’s advice, and search for the truth. And it is something she must keep from the dashing British officer, Captain Samuel Martin, who is deeply in love with her.

When the handsome press owner, Thomas Watson, suddenly finds himself a marked man by the Redcoats, and that the beautiful Eliza and her sister Kitty are also in grave danger, they flee together through the night. Thomas is intent on protecting the women, but can he safeguard his own heart as well as his life? Captain Samuel Martin is obsessed with Eliza and will stop at nothing to save his woman from her supposed kidnapper. Nor will he give up on his vow to make Thomas pay, not only for taking his beloved but also for his crimes against the Crown.

The reader will fully appreciate the vivid and dramatic depiction of the history within ‘So Fair a Lady’. The characters suited the era to perfection and all were effortlessly brought to life, including a favorite secondary character of mine - the suavely charming patriot Nathaniel Smith with his spirited sense of humor, heroics, and charisma! This engaging story also demonstrates that by embracing and sharing God’s truths-- we too can make a difference in the world. Thank you, Amber Perry, for this immensely memorable and enjoyable trek back in time. Highly recommended! 

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This wonderful book may be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, and other good bookstores!

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GIVEAWAYS: We're giving away a copy of Amber's debut release this week and Amber Perry will also be giving away a signed copy of her book!

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