The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder

About the book:

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Harvest House, April 2016)

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever—if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

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About the author:
 
 

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder By: Rachel McMillan

Are you a fan of mysteries? Witty banter? And a love of Sherlock and Sherlock-type stories? If so, Rachel McMillan’s debut novel is one you must check out! This historical mystery follows the two main characters, who according to society’s standards should be married and doing things that are more appropriate for ladies and not running their own private investigation agency.

McMillan has an amazing way with words that makes her books captivating and fun. Her cast of characters is diverse, with the two leads being reminiscent of Sherlock and Watson, they are polar opposites who compliment each other and go on quite the adventures through the streets of Toronto.

McMillan is definitely the new author to keep your eye out for!

I received this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

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Toddler Gift List: Books

Little Love Letters from God Written By: Glenys Nellist Illustrated By: Sophie Allsopp

Little Love Letters from God is a lift-the-flap book of Bible Stories, with a selection of your favorite Bible Stories each page is beautifully illustrated and includes a lift-flap letter that can be personalized for your child. This is a fun book that will start to introduce the Bible to your little one.

Adventure Bible for Little Ones

Looking for the starter Bible for your little ones? The Adventure Bible is a great place to start for the toddlers in your life. Full of colorful pictures, Bible Stories and is a board book to help withstand those terrible twos. This book has shorter verses to paraphrase the Bible story that will keep any toddlers attention.

Little One, God Loves You Written By: Amy Warren Hilliker Illustrated By: Polona Lovsin

The artwork in this book is absolutely fantastic! I love the colors and the attention to detail. This is a book your kids will bring to you over and over again. Little One, God Loves You is an adorable story and great addition to any book collection.

All Aboard the Ark

All Aboard the Ark is a fun rhyming story of the animals boarding the ark and the animals adventures while in the ark. This is a board book that will hold up with fun pictures and is also a great way to start teaching kids their animals.

-Elle

I received these books complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Glimmer Girls By: Natalie Grant

  

Glimmer Girls:
London Art Chase and A Dolphin Wish

The Glimmer Girls series is an adorable series written by the singer Natalie Grant for young girls. The Glimmer Girls are three sisters that travel the world with their famous singer mother, Gloria Glimmer and their slightly off-kilter nanny Julia. Each book follows the girls on a new adventure. Through each adventure the girls learn valuable lessons about prayer, telling the truth, being a good friend and so much more.

This series is a great to add to any young girls reading collection, they are fun stories with valuable lessons, I highly recommend this series and they would make a great addition to any Easter basket.

From the author:
Glimmer Girls is a fiction series that I have created with my daughters.  The storyline is about three girls who go on tour with their singing mom.  I have no idea where I came up with that plot!  It’s fun for my little girls to help with the content because they actually live that life.  Glimmer is the last name of the family, but it also has a special meaning.  It is a light that is never extinguished.  Sometimes it may glimmer a little bit brighter, sometimes it may glimmer a little bit dimmer, but it never goes out.  I felt like that was such a perfect description for all of us.  We all have a light on the inside and depending on the day, sometimes it’s bright and sometimes it’s dim.  That is the message I wanted girls to get from this book.  You don’t always have to be shining bright, some days are going to be more difficult than others, but Jesus has put a light in you that will never go out.”

-Elle

I received these books complimentary through FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Enter the Cold Shot by: @DaniPettrey sweepstakes!

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

Summary:

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

See my review here!

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes

GRAND PRIZE:
Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize

ROAD TRIP REUNION GETAWAY

In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.

SECOND PRIZE:

FINLEY’S FAVORITES PACK

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second Prize
Finley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 value cedar wood steamer trunk and vivid Maryland coffee table photo book.

TASTE OF MARYLAND KIT

THIRD PRIZE:
COLD SHOT is sure to leave you with a craving for the mouth-watering snacks Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew enjoy in the story. If you wish you could sample Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind local fare too, this prize is for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The beautifully lithographed, $50 value Taste of Maryland Tin, including the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook and famed local treats such as Old Bay Seasoning, Maple Syrup, Maryland crab soup mix, specialty dip, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

How to Enter:

Go to: http://www.danipettrey.com/cold-shot-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 16 – March 7, 2016.

Glory Days By: Max Lucado Review and special pre-order offer!

Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!

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There are two pre-order options:

OPTION 1:

Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format), and receive a free digital download of the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado.

After you’ve pre-ordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at GloryDaysBook.com.

OPTION 2:

Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format) AND one copy ofGod is With You Every Day (Max’s brand-new, 365-day devotional—any format), and receive both the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace and a paperback copy of Traveling Light by Max Lucado (U.S. addresses only).

After you’ve preordered, please claim your free gift by submitting your email and proof of purchase at GloryDaysBook.com.

Pre-order today and get your free gift by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the offer ends on August 31, 2015.

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My Review:

The Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for years, wandering, searching for the promised land, when they could have been living in their glory days the entire time. In Lucado’s latest book “Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now,” he focuses on the book of Joshua and the time the Hebrews spent in the wilderness. While the Hebrews had escaped Egypt and Pharohs rule they were still full of fear and stuck in a season of wandering. Rather than focusing on the Promised Land and all that had been provided, they forgot God’s provision and His promise.

During the time of Joshua, the Hebews were in their glory days, and Lucado goes on to ask if you are living your glory days or are you stuck wandering in the wilderness? God has intended each of us to be living in our glory days, Lucado shows us through scripture and the story of Joshua how God wanted us to live in our inheritance, to live beyond our pasts and our hurts, beyond our stumbles and our pains.

The life God has planned for each of us is within our grasp, Lucado has always had a way with words, and a way of teaching and inspiring us to embrace and live the life that is awaiting us. Using scripture and practical life skills, Glory Days will show you that it is possible to get out of the wilderness and embrace the life that God has promised us.

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Resist By: Tracy Lawson Now Available!

Q and A with the author
Can you give us a brief summary of Resist?
The second volume in the Resistance Series, Tommy and Careen are no longer naïve, frightened teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense can protect them from terrorist attacks. They’ve discovered the OCSD’s miracle antidote’s true purpose: to create a population bereft of free will, incapable of defying the tyrannical OCSD. They join the Resistance, but on their first mission, things spin out of control and soon they’re on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the Resistance’s secret headquarters. Being part of the Resistance presents them with new challenges. Not everyone working for change will prove trustworthy, and plans to spark revolution go awry with consequences greater than they could’ve imagined. Tommy and Careen’s relationship is tested when their philosophical differences and the pressures of interpersonal rivalries and jealousy put a strain on their romance. Can they make time for each other while trying to start a revolution?
What was the inspiration behind The Resistance Series?
I was mentoring a friend of my daughter’s when the initial idea for Counteract came about. Chase is a pretty sharp guy and an excellent writer—and when he was in high school I had a lot of fun working with him and editing some of his short stories. We had finished working on a story about baseball, a broken nose, and a broken heart, and were ready to start
something new, when he suggested we write scenes in response to the prompt: “What if everyone were on LSD and all thoughts were communal?” It was certainly thought provoking! Chase created the characters Tommy and Eduardo, I created Careen, and rightaway, we knew we were onto something. Obviously, the story morphed and changed a lot
before it became the finished version of Counteract—but that was how it all began.
What do you enjoy about this series that cannot be found in any of your other books?
The Resistance Series is my first published fiction. My other book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, is based on a journal kept by my great-great-great grandfather during his family’s 1838 horse and wagon trip from Cincinnati to New York City. I did a ton of research before writing that book, and amassed two filing cabinet drawers full of information related to the 22=-page journal! During the publication process, I nearly went crazy double-checking all my facts and citations, and by the time the book went to print, I never wanted to see another footnote. Fiction? Yes, please!
Now that I’ve had a little break from footnotes, I’m enjoying writing another nonfiction history book. I’m planning to merge my two favorite genres and write some YA historical fiction sometime after I finish the Resistance Series.
The main characters in The Resistance Series are Tommy and Careen. Where did you find
your inspiration for them?
My characters are a little bit of me, and little bits of people around me, but as I spend time with them in the context of the story, they become less like people in the real world; I don’t stop developing them until they are individuals: unique and unlike anyone else. Chase created Tommy, and at first I wasn’t as close to him as I was Careen. That changed as I wrote more scenes for Tommy—especially the scene when he and Careen meet. His reactions and his choices came from inside me; before long, he was unique and independent of any outside influence.
You can get the behind-the-scenes scoop on all things Resistance Series, see book trailers,and check out the blog at
You can also find her on Twitter @TracySLawson and on Instagram as TracyLawsonAuthor
Look for Resist on Amazonand Barnes and Nobles, make sure to get your copies today!
-Elle

Summer’s List by Anita Higman

Summer’s List

Summer’s List By Anita Higman

In recent years creating a bucket list has become one of the ‘cool’ things to do, but what if instead of creating your own bucket list, someone did it for you and challenged you to complete that list. Would you be able to? That is exactly what Summer is asked to do by her grandmother, a wise woman full of godly wisdom.

I’m torn about how I feel about this book. It was a good book and I enjoyed the story but it was hard to get into the story and connect with the characters. The story was lacking in areas and didn’t quite get to where I wanted it to. I will try more of Anita Higman’s books, but as for Summer’s List I will have to stay middle of the road with it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

It’s safe to say, that if you know anything about me it’s that I love fairy tales and I loved Robin Hood (I’m watching the BBC Robin Hood series as I write this on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it be sure to add it to your list!) Needless to say when Melanie Dickerson released her latest story based on Robin Hood I knew I was going to love it. Not only that but the character of Robin Hood is a girl. (I always love a strong female character who can hold her own!)

In the Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, Odette cannot help but see the need of the poor children in the village, without enough food to live she decides to do what she can, however illegal it is. Odette chooses to take her hunting skills onto the Kings grounds to poach animals at night to give to those in need for food. Odette meets Jorgen who wants to help her care for the poor, however, Jorgen is the margraves forester is on her trail and he will stop at any cost to stop the poacher.

This may be my favorite story from Dickerson yet, I couldn’t put it down. This is one to add to the reading pile (as well as all of her other books!)

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Luminary By: @KristaMcGeeYA

Thalli is back in the second book in the Anomaly trilogy and the Scientists are still on her trail. After finding their way to the surface Thalli, Berk, Rhen and John find themselves on a 900 mile trek across what used to be the United States. After long days filled with dust and attacks from animals they had only seen on screens the group finally makes it to the town of New Hope, where Thalli learns the truth of what happened to the world. With so many questions Thalli is not sure what to believe. With violence from the nearby town of Athens threatening New Hope, Thalli volunteers to go on a peace seeking mission to find a way for the towns to work together. From everything she has heard of about Athens she expects to find a town of ruthless people but instead finds Prince Alex who is kind and a city in need of help. With the stories of the Designer that John has told her Thalli finds herself searching for answers and the truth but her time is running short because the State is closing in on the group.

Krista McGee never fails to impress and continues the Anomaly Trilogy  with a captivating story of hope! This story will surprise you from beginning to end, with twists and turns around every corner and new characters you will love. McGee keeps you guessing all the way through. This trilogy will be the next big dystopian book! The only negative is having to wait until July for the conclusion! I absolutely loved this book!

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Overextended and loving most of it By: Lisa Harper

Overextended…and loving most of it! By: Lisa Harper

We’ve all been there, the days where we feel so wrung out but still have more to get done. The days where the bad feels like it outweighs the good. We understand that life is busy and some things in life come hurtling at us and we have no control and no way to prepare for the outcome. Lisa Harper’s latest book, Overextended is just about those days. However, this book is not another how-to book on how to handle what life throws at you or another story of someone who has it all together.

In Overextended Lisa Harper has taken a huge step in being transparent in the trials she has faced during one of the most trying times she has gone through, Lisa takes you through her journey of adoption, sick family members and surviving and finding the joy in the little moments when we feel ready to jump. Lisa reminds us that God isn’t expecting us to show up looking perfect but instead

“I think this is what we’re supposed to look like when we stand before Jesus. I don’t think we’re supposed to show up in glory with time to spare, a fresh manicure, and perfect hair. I think if we’re really living the gospel, we’re going to fall at His feet exhausted and messy, with mismatched socks, just plumb worn out from loving people as hard as we can!”

I really enjoyed this book and the transparency that Lisa was willing to share with us, especially when we see her, or other speakers and authors in person and sometimes feel like these people have it all together and that everything seems to go there way, through Lisa’s story we see and understand that she has struggled with the same things we do, from failed adoptions to losing loved ones, that even though life gets overwhelming we can still learn to enjoy most of it!

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.