Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jennifer An O'Malley Love Story by Dee Henderson

If you loved Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series then this is definitely a book you must get! Finally Jennifer’s story gets to be told. This is a novella that is about 160 pages long. Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story begins by showing us what a dedicated doctor Jennifer is. The novella also shows us her love for the young cancer victims that she treats and her tireless fight to keep them alive. We get to see how she meets her future husband Tom and how their attraction grows for each other through working together and how he introduces her to the Savior. Not only do we see her love and care for her patients but also once she knows the Lord there is an instant desire to tell her family about Him because of her love for the O’Malley’s. If you have read the O’Malley series then you know the rest of Jennifer’s story. Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story tells the beginning of Jennifer’s battle with cancer, the heartbreak and betrayal that she felt when she heard the news and how Tom was with her from the very beginning.

My Thoughts:
I really liked Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story but am disappointed that it was only a novella. I realize that the majority of Jennifer’s story is told throughout the rest of the O’Malley series, but I definitely would have liked to see more of Jennifer’s work with children and more of her relationship unfolding with Tom. That being said, I wouldn’t have missed this no matter what the length!  

I received my copy for review from the publisher Bethany House through NetGalley. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Rescue Team by Candace Calvert

Kate Callison, head nurse at Austin’s Grace Hospital has her work cut out for her. Stepping into the shoes of the former beloved head nurse that has gone missing has Kate scrambling to gain the trust of her staff. It seems to be an uphill battle; with scandal around every corner she turns it doesn’t seem that Kate will be at Grace Hospital for very long.

Wes Tanner is a part of the volunteer rescue team in the community. When he and Kate meet sparks fly between them. He thinks of her as a prickly cactus and she lets him know under no uncertain terms that she has no need to be rescued. 

When a young mother gives birth on the restroom floor in the ER and leaves her baby behind Kate and Wes are each reminded of events in their lives that they would both rather forget. Wes was abandoned by his mother when he was a young boy. He doesn’t understand how a mother could do such a thing. Kate has a secret in her life which keeps her running from her past and keeps her from becoming close to anyone, including God. When a fledgling relationship between Wes and Kate develops their pasts may prevent them from ever exploring what they could have.

Rescue Team was a great story of God’s ultimate forgiveness and peace. I liked the main characters of Kate and Wes, but I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters like Kate’s friend Lauren and Wes’s friend Gabe. Both of them are honest and truthful and full of humor. I liked how the characters were true to life and portrayed so that the reader could feel a connection to them. A very good read and I am looking forward to reading other books in the Grace Medical series.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wounds by Alton Gansky

Ellis Poe is a shy and timid man. He also has a terrible secret that he has kept for almost 30 years. When one of his students is a murder victim Ellis is thrown back 30 years when the detective that comes to question him brings back all of the memories of one fateful night when he was just 17. 

Carmen Rainmondi is no stranger to murder. It is her job to find out who this latest killer is. Carmen has been working her sister’s murder for years. She is determined that someday she will find out who killed her sister and make him pay. 

When murdered victims start turning up Ellis and Carmen’s paths cross. Carmen and her team are baffled by what makes this killer tick. What are his motives for the bizarre killings? When Ellis, a professor at a local seminary, happens to see the murder board in an investigation room he is able to provide a fresh perspective on the killings. But will Ellis have the courage to confess to Carmen his part in her sister’s death or will he once again take flight?

I think WOUNDS was a great murder mystery! It kept me turning the pages to the final outcome. If a person is squeamish about blood and guts this is probably not the book for you. Each of the murders was gruesome in some way, shape or form and graphically portrayed to the point that I almost felt like I was seeing it for myself. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and left me a little disappointed, but for the most part WOUNDS was a solid read.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Ryn by Serena Chase

I have to confess that I almost missed out on this book! But I also have to confess that I have always loved the cover! I put off getting the book because I thought for sure I wouldn't like the genre(a bit of fantasy). But after glowing reviews from other bloggers I just had to try it. I was NOT disappointed!! I loved it! I recommend it! And most of all I am so glad that I have the next one in the series THE REMEDY on my Kindle and ready to read!

THE RYN is set in a kingdom with Knights(one very handsome one in particular), a Princess(who at first does not know she is a Princess), and Story-Tellers(who can show their stories as they are being told). Add to those: secrets, curses, romance and magic and  you have yourself the perfect story!

Serena knows how to weave a perfect fairytale and keep the reader entranced by her writing and the story being told. I've already read the first page of THE REMEDY and am hooked!

Here is a description of THE RYN from Serena's website. You can also check out the Cover Reveal post for THE REMEDY on the post below this one.

I purchased my copy of THE RYN from Amazon and was not required to give a review.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


THE REMEDY by Serena Chase is the second book in the Eyes of E'veria series. I'm currently reading the first book THE RYN and hope to have a review up soon.


The path widened and the knights moved into a more protective position around me.  Julien and Kinley galloped side by side at the rear and Gerrias was beside me.
Turning in my saddle, I met Julien’s eyes. His face was set and ready for battle. I turned to look at Kinley. He mirrored Julien’s expression. Before I could turn back to face forward, the Dwonsil warriors rounded a bend and came into sight, closing the gap between us with unbelievable speed.
There were five of them. We were outnumbered and they had arrows at the ready, possibly wrapped with hairs from a Cobeld’s beard. We had dressed for speed, not battle. My knights wore no chain mail or armor.
The warriors nocked their arrows.
“No!” I breathed. 
As if of one accord, each archer fumbled and his arrow fell to the ground. None noticed the others’ clumsiness. Instead, each deftly reached to string another arrow. 
Did I do that? I wondered, even as the truth of it washed over me.
My great-grandfather’s words coursed through my memory. “Each time you use one of your gifts,” he had said, “it is only by the permission of the Giver.”
I closed my eyes and let Stanza’s reins slacken in my hands as my arms dropped and my palms rose. My face tilted toward the sky.
Please, Giver of Gifts. Protector and Sustainer, I pleaded silently, tell me what to do. Show me how to best use what you’ve entrusted to me!
Sudden heat warmed the pendant hung hidden beneath my tunic. My hand flew to where the carved Emblem of The First rested against my skin as a memory from a childhood dare danced across my mind. 
My eyes flew open. Could it work?
It was worth a try.
I tied Stanza’s reins to the pommel of the saddle, hoping the knights hadn’t noticed the grin that had sprung across my lips at the memory of an escapade involving Rowlen and Lewys, and the dare I had accepted—and achieved—at the age of twelve. The question was: could I do it again?
I bent my left leg under me and shifted my body in the saddle. This is so much easier when you don’t have to bother with skirts! Bending my other leg, I gripped the saddle and rotated my backside. I straightened my legs and secured my feet in the stirrups, though backward, facing Julien and Kinley.
Stanza forged ahead, unbothered by the unorthodox position of his rider. It was gratifying to know that my horse trusted my instincts, but when I finally looked at Julien and Kinley—I couldn’t say the same for the knights.
What are you doing?” Kinley roared. “Turn around!”
I shook my head, hoping we would live long enough for him to forgive me, and concentrated on the ever-decreasing gap between the warriors and us. Just as they let another batch of arrows fly, I closed my eyes and spoke to the shafts of wood.
Without opening my eyes I saw each arrow abruptly nosedive into the ground. The arrows shook with the vibration of the impact. I allowed myself a small smile at the disbelief that crossed the minds of the warriors, but did not have time to dwell on it. They had quickly reached for fresh arrows.
We galloped through a shallow canyon. My thighs ached from gripping Stanza’s sides and my knuckles whitened on the back edge of the saddle as I knocked the new arrows from their bowstrings.
I turned my head. Just beyond us was a fissure in the dusky orange rock of the canyon. Its sides were steep and reached at least as far above us as the vaulted entry of Holiday Palace, but its path was narrower even than the hallway that led to the palace’s Grand Hall. Wide enough for two skilled riders to enter at a time, it would be a tight fit for a skittish horse or horseman. Thankfully, none of our group fit into either of the former categories. But would it lead us out—or to a dead end that would trap us?
I looked down each side of the canyon, but I could note no other exit. The fissure had to be the way out.
The Dwonsil warriors seemed to have an endless supply of arrows.How long would it be before one of them evaded my notice and struck one of my friends?
The gestures and nods being exchanged between my friends seemed to indicate that the knights had formulated a plan. I might not be able to interpret my knights’ nods and gestures, but I could peer into Julien’s thoughts to gauge their intent.
Julien met my eyes, nodded, and tapped a finger at his temple, giving me the permission he knew I sought.
His colors rushed over me the second I sought his mind. I had to push away his tension, his fear for me—even his love—to find that which I sought.
I grasped on to the thread. His thoughts were clear, warm, and true. You are the Ryn. I trust you.
I loosened my hold just a tad and sought Gerrias’s and Kinley’s thoughts in tandem.
They were of one mind and both assumed Julien was, too. And rightly so, as I’d seen the plan in his thought, just awaiting my approval.
Kinley and Julien intended to turn and fight, delaying the warriors as long as possible, while Gerrias took me through the fissure to meet up with our friends at Shiridyn Bridge.
I shook my head. Julien and Kinley were finely skilled knights, but against five Dwonsil warriors, and arrows which may or may not be wrapped in a Cobeld curse, the risk was too great. No. I could not, would not, lose them. Not when this predicament was entirely my fault. But how could we all escape?
I knocked the next arrows from the warriors’ hands before they touched them to their bows and looked over my shoulder at the narrow way out of the canyon and then up its rocky sides. A way out was a door, right? Could I . . . ?
With a wave of my hand I sent another round of arrows to the dirt, and then spoke into the knights’ thoughts.
Follow me through the fissure!
Kinley and Gerrias shook their heads.
A strange strength welled up within me, a feeling of authority I had never experienced before. The sudden swell of Julien’s anger, however, directed at his brother and mine, surprised me, and although he did not voice it aloud, Julien’s authority as our company’s leader clearly backed mine. Whatever his next nod and gesture conveyed, it was clearly not to be argued with.
Kinley and Gerrias exchanged a quick glance, but each nodded their reluctant compliance.
Beside me, Gerrias spoke to Julien. “This is not wise. We need to draw them away from her. She must be protected at all cost!”
 “Don’t do this, Rose,” Kinley pleaded. “Let us protect you!”
“You are protecting me. Now I need you to trust me as well. They will not be able to follow us.”
As Kinley ground his teeth, I sent another plea for strength to Rynloeft above that my words would prove correct.
Sudden shade alerted me that we were entering the fissure. I disabled another round of arrows, and even more swiftly than I’d turned to the rear, regained a normal riding posture. Untying the reins from the pommel, I leaned forward to urge Stanza faster. It was a tight squeeze with Gerrias beside me, but soon we exited the rock-walled passageway and entered a slightly wooded glen, followed closely by Julien and Kinley. 
My hand pulsed where I held Julien’s kiss. Did he know how much his belief in me, his counsel, the very potency of his presence, strengthened me?
I circled Stanza back around until I faced the fissure.
Gerrias reached for his sword. “What are you going to do?”
“It’s a door,” I said, gesturing to the fissure. “I’m going to close it.”  


A life-long lover of fairy tales, Serena Chase is the author of THE RYN (3/26/13) and THE REMEDY (April 2013).  Together, these two novels comprise an expanded re-imaging of the classic Grimm fairy tale, Snow White & Rose Red and are the first two books in the Eyes of E’veria series.
A frequent contributor to USA Today’s  Happy Ever After blog and Edgy Inspirational Romance, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband, two daughters, and a white golden-doodle named Albus.  She has been known to live vicariously through her hair, however, so don’t be too surprised if she looks a tad different from one day to the next.  We all have our vices.
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