Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.
That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.

The Positives:
I was immediately drawn into this book the second I started reading. I hadn't read a book that was in first person in a while and it was a refreshing change. 
It was a fast paced and fun experience to read from Ellis's point of view. It didn't take me too long to guess that she was ADHD. She made me frustrated at times. (Can she not see logic?) I actually felt ADHD reading from her point of view. I couldn't seem to concentrate on one sentence before Ellis started on a whole different thing. I had to go back and read several paragraphs over because I had skipped over details. It didn't bother me much though, it gave the desired effect of Ellis's ADHD.
Griff was such a sweetheart and I love how he loved Ellis for who she was.
I loved how the author wove the mystery about men threatening Griff in there. It kept me guessing at what would happen next.

The Negatives:
The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars was because of the lack of real faith being taught in this book. You got the feeling the Etons went to church and were Christians. But I didn't sense a real faith in any of the Etons or the other characters, which I expected more because this was a Christian book. I got the feeling Griff was a strong believer, but it was never talked about. That was the only disappointment this book had.

I loved this book and highly recommend it!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cover Reveal for Jaye L. Knight's Newest Book

Hello everyone! I've a got a special post for you today! It's the cover reveal for Jaye L. Knight's (previously published as Molly Evangeline) new NA novel, Resistance! I'm so happy to be a part of this cover reveal. I love Jaye's books and I was so excited when she asked me to review Resistance. I will be posting that review during the blog tour week. For now, here's the cover reveal for Resistance!

About the Book
“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair and her twin brother live every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Kindle release date: May 20, 2014

About the Author
JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as
Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at

Blog Tour Announcement
Excited for this book’s release? Join us for the blog tour May 20-27, which will include reviews, interviews, a giveaway, and more! Mark your calendars, and check the blog tour page in May for more information. Hope to see you there!

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In celebration of the epic cover reveal for Resistance, Jaye L. Knight is giving away two handcrafted bookmarks with sword charms—one each to two different winners! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and you can enter via the Rafflecopter form below:
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Excerpt from Resistance (©2014 Jaye L. Knight)
Just when he lowered his guard enough to relax, a grating voice sent tension knotting across his shoulders.
“Look what the excitement dragged into town.”
Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
“Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
“A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
“Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
Jace froze. His heart thundered.
“Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
An evil pang of doubt knifed through Jace’s heart, colder and more painful than the steel of any dagger, and robbed the breath from his lungs. His eyes settled on Rebekah’s face, but it was her pitying expression that caused the weak grip on his emotions to fail. Heat flared in his muscles. He spun around and smashed his fist into the side of Morden’s jaw, sending the man reeling. Regret followed, but it was too late. Morden’s friends caught him by the arms and steadied him as he shook his head to clear his vision.
Jace dragged deep breaths into his tightened lungs and waited for Morden’s next move. Just walk away. The silent plea went out in desperation. If only it would just end here. But satisfaction lit Morden’s eyes, and his lip curled in a malicious sneer.


I hope you all enjoyed the cover reveal for Resistance! Please check out Jaye's website and add Resistance to your to-read list!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introduction of Characters: Unafraid - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Introduction of Characters - Part 2. (Sorry it took so long to post.)

The Kings and Queens: 
(Photo credit: Pinterest)
Left to Right: King Arawn, Queen Arayna, King Rian, Queen Harianta

King Arawn:
Race: Lolnalian
Age: Late 40's
Physical Traits: Gray-brown (used to be blond) hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall
Arawn is the father of William and Genevieve and one of the strongest characters in the story. He is usually more serious but does have a playful side.

Queen Arayna:
Race: Lolnalian
Age: Mid 40's
Physical Traits: Brown hair, green eyes, 5 feet 2 tall
Arayna is the mother of William and Genevieve. She is a strong character, but does have doubts. She has a sweet personality.

King Rian:
Race: Ulairoin
Age: Late 40's
Physical Traits: Black hair, brown eyes, 6 feet tall
Rian is the father of Daniel and Carolina. He is a very fun loving character and can seem a bit 'does it really matter' at some times. But he has strong faith in the King of Kings and does have a serious side.

Queen Harianta: 
Race: Ulairoin
Age: Mid 40's
 Physical Traits: Black curly hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 3 inches tall
Harianta is the mother of Daniel and Carolina. She is a sweet character and has a smile for everyone. She is more quiet than Rian.